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US 1st Marine Division staff at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Aug 1942

Caption     US 1st Marine Division staff at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Aug 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Marine Corps Clifton Cates Collection
Identification Code   COLL/3157
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Photos on Same Day 20 Aug 1942
Photos at Same Place Guadalcanal, British Western Pacific Territories
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 9 Aug 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
19 Jul 2021 12:53:34 PM

From row, left to right:
George R. Rowan
Pedro del Valle
William C. James
Alexander A. Vandegrift
Gerald C. Thomas
Clifton B. Cates
Randolph M. Pate
2. Alan Chanter says:
25 Oct 2021 01:18:17 AM

On the extreme right (next to Col. Pate) is Commander Warwick T. Brown USN
3. Alan Chanter says:
25 Oct 2021 02:00:20 AM

Four of the officers in this picture served in three wars. Lieutenant Colonels Gerald C. Thomas, division operations officer, and Randolph McC. Pate, division logistics officer, served in both World Wars I and II, and each commanded the 1st Marine Division in Korea. Colonel William T. Whaling similarly served in World War I and II, and was General Thomas’ assistant divisional commander in Korea. Major Henry W. Buse, Jr., assistant operations officer, served in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. Others served in two wars – World War I and II or World War II and Korea. Represented in this photograph is a total of nearly 700 years of cumulative experience on active Marine Corps service. Among the Marines, 23 were promoted to general officer rank and three became Commandants of the Marine Corps.
The photograph was taken on the slopes of the coral ridge which provided a degree of protection from naval gunfire coming from the north and was therefore selected as divisional CP.
Also in the photograph is Commander Warwick T. Brown MC USN, who made flag officer while on active duty and was promoted to vice-admiral on retirement.

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