U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Vandegrift, Alexander A

Eighteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps and recipient of the Medal of Honor. The hero of Guadalcanal was a Virginia native born March 13, 1887 and as a lieutenant general on Jan. 1, 1944 he was appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps. A March 21, 1945 law permitted the President to appoint the Commandant to the rank of general, which he did effective that date. An Act of Aug 7 1947 fixed the rank of the Commandant at general.


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