Del Valle, Pedro, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
Primary Unit
1945-1948, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1915 - 1948

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Puerto Rico
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San Juan

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1978
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After retiring from the Marine Corps, del Valle worked as a representative of ITT in the company's office in Cairo, Egypt. After some time with the company he was named president of ITT for all South America in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a position that he held until 1951.

Believing that the United States was in danger of a communist threat, del Valle tried to convince the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Department of Defense to form a vigilante minuteman group. He also believed that the CIA should operate behind Russian and Chinese lines. After his ideas were turned down, he decided to form his own group. In 1953, del Valle met with Lt. Col. John H. Hoffman (USMC), Lt. Col. Eugene Cowles Poneroy, Brigadier General Bonner Fellers, and Major General Claire Chennault (USAF) and formed the "Defenders of the American Constitution" (DAC). DAC's main goal was to purge the United States of any communist influence. The idea behind the group was to organize the citizens in each state as vigilantes against sabotage and other forms of treason, then link them up in some national headquarters.[8] Del Valle ran for governor of Maryland in 1953, however he was defeated and failed to be nominated in the Republican primary election. The controversial views shared by some of the members of "DAC" was to blame for the organization's decline in popularity.[9] On April 12, 1961, del Valle invoked The Protocols of the Elders of Zion during a speech before the United States Daughters of 1812, in an attempt to prove that Communism and Socialism were introduced to Russia by an "Invisible Government" whose intention was to destroy that country. Del valle also belonged to a group known as the "Sons of Liberty", established in 1967 in Annapolis, Maryland and named after the secret patriotic society which directed the actions of the Boston Tea Party on December 13, 1773.

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Foreign decorations
Order of the Crown of Italy, Italy 1936,
East African Medal, Italy
Colonial Order of the Star of Italy,
Italian Bronze Medal for Military Valor,
Cuban Naval Order of Merit second class, Cuba 1938,
Ecuadorian Decoration of Abdon Calderon Star first class with Diploma, Ecuador 1942.
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I MEF/1st Marine DivisionHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1944-1945, I MEF/1st Marine Division
  1945-1948, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1919 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1915-1915 US Occupation of Haiti
  1916-1916 Invasion of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Campaign)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
  1945-1945 Ryukyus Campaign (1945)/Battle for Okinawa
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United States Naval Academy
  1911-1915, United States Naval Academy
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