Cushman, Robert, Gen

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1972-1975, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
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1935 - 1975



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Gen Cushman's Biography Click Here

During LtGen Cushman?s tenure, he saw the last of the Marines leave Vietnam and the peacetime strength fall to 194,000 while still maintaining readiness to act in such emergencies as the Mayaguez rescue and the evacuations of Phnom Penh and Saigon.

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Date of Action: July 21 - August 20, 1944


The Navy Cross is presented to Robert E. Cushman, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guam, Marianas Islands, from 21 July to 20 August 1944. When his Battalion was ordered to seize and hold a strongly organized and defended enemy strong point which had been holding up the advance for some days on 25 July, Lieutenant Colonel Cushman directed the attacks of his Battalion and the repulse of numerous Japanese counterattacks, fearlessly exposing himself to heavy hostile rifle, machine-gun and mortar fire in order to remain in the front lines and obtain first-hand knowledge of the enemy situation. Following three days of bitter fighting culminating in a heavy Japanese counterattack which pushed back the flank of his Battalion on 28 July, he personally led a platoon into the gap and, placing it for defense, repelled the hostile force. By his inspiring leadership, courage and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to the success of the mission with the annihilation of one enemy Battalion and the rout of another, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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CIA Medal Awarded Gen Cushman Click on Photo

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As early as April 1959, Richard Nixon sent a memorandum to President Eisenhower saying: ?Castro is a communist and the revolutionary government has to be overthrown.?

In 1964, Nixon said: ?I have been the strongest and most persistent advocate for setting up and supporting the CIA program of covert action against Cuba. Phil Bonsal called Richard Nixon the father of the operation. Brigadier General Robert Cushman, Nixon?s military aide and later deputy director of the CIA, described Nixon in 1960, as ?the Bay of Pigs project?s action officer of the White House.? As H.R. Haldeman, who was Nixon?s top aide when Nixon became president, wrote, ?Nixon knew more about the genesis of the Bay of Pigs than almost anyone.?

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USMC (United States Marine Corps)/Formal SchoolsUSMC (United States Marine Corps)US NavyMarine Barracks
MARDET (Afloat)9th Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)MCB Quantico, VA
CIA / StaffArmed Forces Staff College2nd Marine RegimentIII MEF/3rd Marine Division
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)4th Marine DivisionMCB Camp Pendleton5th Marine Division
III MAFCIACommandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1935-1935, Basic School for Marine Officers, Philadelphia Navy Yard
  1935-1935, MCB San Diego, CA
  1936-1937, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1938-1938, US Navy/New York / Navy Yard
  1938-1938, Marine Barracks Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, VA
  1939-1941, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1941-1941, MARDET USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1943, 9th Marine Regiment
  1943-1945, 2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)
  1945-1948, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1948-1949, US Navy/Amphibious Warfare Branch/OffNavResrch
  1949-1951, CIA / Staff
  1951-1953, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1953-1956, Armed Forces Staff College
  1956-1957, 2nd Marine Regiment
  1957-1961, Office of the Vice President of the United States/Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs
  1961-1962, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
  1962-1964, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1964-1966, 4th Marine Division
  1964-1966, MCB Camp Pendleton
  1966-1966, 5th Marine Division
  1967-1968, III MAF
  1969-1969, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1969-1971, CIA
  1972-1975, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1963-1973 Vietnam War3
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)1
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  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
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