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9903-General Officer
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1995-1999, 9903, Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1963 - 1999



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The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorHistorical Marines
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1995, Historical Marines [Verified]

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Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, General Krulak joined MBNA America in September 1999 as chief administrative officer for MBNA America, responsible for Personnel, Benefits, Compensation, Education, and other administrative services. Krulak has served as the Senior Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MBNA Europe (2001-2005). He was the executive vice chairman and chief administration officer of MBNA Corporation (2004-2005). He retired from MBNA in 2005.

Following the takeover of English Football Club Aston Villa by MBNA Chairman Randy Lerner in August 2006 and as of 19 September 2006, General Krulak joined the Board of Aston Villa as non-executive director, where he quickly earned the approval of the fans by taking the time to post on various Aston Villa messageboards.[1]

Krulak also serves on the Boards of ConocoPhillips, Phelps Dodge Corporation and Union Pacific Corporation
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After graduating from The Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., General Krulak attended the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated from there in 1964 with a B.S. degree in Engineering. General Krulak also holds an M.S. degree in Labor Relations from George Washington University (1973). He is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School (1968); the Army Command and General Staff College (1976); and the National War College (1982).

Since his commissioning and graduation from The Basic School at Quantico, General Krulak has held a variety of command and staff positions. He commanded a platoon and two rifle companies during his two tours of duty in Vietnam; Commanding Officer, Special Training Branch, and Recruit Series, MCRD, San Diego, Calif. (1966-1968); Commanding Officer, Counter-Guerilla Warfare School, NTA, Okinawa (1970); Company Officer, U.S. Naval Academy (1970-1973); Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, North Island, Calif. (1973-1976); and Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines (1983-1985).

General Krulak's staff assignments include: S-3 of the 2d Battalion, 9th Marines (1977-1978); Chief of the Combat Arms Monitor Section, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. (1978-1979); Executive Assistant to the Director of Personnel Management, Headquarters Marine Corps (1979-1981); Plans Officer at FMF Pacific (1982-1983); Executive Officer, 3d Marines, 1st MEB; Assistant Chief of Staff for Maritime Pre-positioning Ships, 1st MEB; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 1st MEB; and the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He was assigned duty as the Deputy Director, the White House Military Office in September 1987. While serving in this capacity, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general in November 1988. He was advanced to that grade on June 5, 1989, and assigned duties as the Commanding General, 10th Marine Expeditionary Brigade/Assistant Division Commander, 2d Marine Division, FMF, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C., on July 10, 1989. On June 1, 1990 he assumed duties as the Commanding General, 2d Force Service Support Group/Commanding General, 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, FMF, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He served in this capacity until July 12, 1991, and was assigned duty as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (Personnel Management/Personnel Procurement), Headquarters Marine Corps on Aug. 5, 1991.

He was advanced to major general on March 20, 1992. General Krulak was assigned as Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia on Aug. 24, 1992, and was promoted to lieutenant general on Sept. 1, 1992. On July 22, 1994, he was assigned as Commander of Marine Forces Pacific/Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, headquartered at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

General Krulak was promoted to General June 29, 1995 and assumed duties as the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps on June 30, 1995.

His decorations and medals include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and two gold stars; Purple Heart with gold star; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Vietnam Service Medal with silver star and two bronze stars; Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Color, 1st Class); the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

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Commandant Marine Corps (HQMC)
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  1960-1964, United States Naval Academy
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