Holcomb Jr., Bankson, BGen

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Primary MOS
0203-Ground Intelligence Officer
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Primary Unit
1951-1952, 0203, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
Service Years
1925 - 1952
Foreign Languages
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Golden Dragon Certificate
Iwo Jima Certificate

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Home Town
Last Address
U.S. Consulate
London, England

Date of Passing
Oct 05, 2000
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin (20 Years) Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity

BGen B. Holcomb, USMC retired in 1952.  He was given a "Tombstone Promotion"  to BGen upon retirement.

Other Comments:
BGen Holcomb was a cousin to Gen Thomas Holcomb, 17th CMC, and served under him from 1936-1943.

BGen Bankson Holcomb Jr., along with his friend & cohort Col. Alva Lasswell, is considered one of the "Founding Fathers" of the USMC Cryptologic Program.  Like Lasswell, his career seems to have been impacted due to his years of duty with Naval Intelligence.  The problems this caused didn't dampen the BGen.'s dedication or performance.  He served his Corps and Country well.  Holcomb, like Lasswell, blazed the trail for all of the Crypto/Signal Intelligence Marines to follow.  BGen Holcomb was a great Marine Officer and a fine example for all Marines to follow.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1925, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), D
 Unit Assignments
MARDET American Legation, Peking, ChinaUS Navy/US Naval AcademyThe Basic SchoolUS Defense Attache Office (USDAO)
Defense Language Institute (DLI)CINCPACFLT/Fleet Intelligence Center Pacific (FICPAC)US NavyArmed Forces Staff College
I MEF/1st Marine DivisionHQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
  1925-1927, 0300, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1927-1931, 9917, US Navy/US Naval Academy
  1931-1932, 0301, The Basic School
  1934-1936, 9820, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO)/Attache - Staff American Minister Peking China
  1936-1938, 0294, Defense Language Institute (DLI)
  1938-1943, 2643, CINCPACFLT/Fleet Intelligence Center Pacific (FICPAC)
  1943-1944, 2643, US Navy/Naval Security Group (NSG)
  1949-1950, 0203, Armed Forces Staff College
  1950-1951, 0203, I MEF/1st Marine Division
  1951-1952, 0203, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1927-1931, United States Naval Academy
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