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Encyclopedia > Ben H. Fuller

Ben Hebard Fuller (27 February 1870 - 1937) was a significant U.S. Marine Corps general. He was the Commandant of the Marine Corps between 1930 and 1934. February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... General is a military rank, in most nations the highest rank, although some nations have the higher rank of Field Marshal. ... The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps, who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reports to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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Born in Big Rapids, Michigan, Fuller was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1889 and appointed a second lieutenant 1 July 1891. He, with six other members of his class, attended the first course for new Marine officers at the School of Application, which was the prototype for today's Basic School. He was promoted first lieutenant, 16 March 1893; captain, 3 March 1899; major, 27 December 1903; lieutenant colonel, 3 February 1911; colonel, 29 August 1916; brigadier general (temporary), 1 July 1918; and brigadier general 8 February 1924. He was appointed the Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps on 7 August 1930. Captain Fuller participated in the Battle of Novaleta, Philippine Islands, 8 October 1899, and was commended for gallant, meritorious, and courageous conduct in the Battle of Tientsin, China, 13 July 1900. Big Rapids is a city located in Mecosta County, Michigan. ... Teamwork: Fourth Class Midshipmen lock arms and use ropes made from uniform items as they brace themselves climbing the Herndon Monument The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and is located in Annapolis, Maryland. ... The Basic School or TBS is where all newly commissioned United States Marine Corps officers are sent to learn the art and science of being a Marine officer. ... The Republic of the Philippines is an island nation consisting of an archipelago of 7,107 islands, lying in the tropical western Pacific Ocean about 100 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia. ...


From 1904 to 1906 he served at the Naval Station, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. In June and July 1908, he was on detached duty with an expeditionary force organized for service in Panama, and from August of that year until January 1910, commanded a Marine Battalion at Camp Elliott, Panama Canal Zone. From March to June 1911, he commanded the 3d Regiment of Marines at Camp Meyer, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... State nickname: The Aloha State Other U.S. States Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Governor Linda Lingle (R) Official languages Hawaiian and English Area 28,337 km² (43rd)  - Land 16,649 km²  - Water 11,672 km² (41. ... Map of the Panama Canal Zone The Panama Canal Zone was a 553 mile² (1,432 km²) territory inside of Panama, consisting of the Panama Canal and an area extending 5 mi (8. ... Map of Cuba with location of Guantanamo Bay indicated. ...


From 1911 to 1915, he commanded various posts and stations in the United States, and during this period also, he completed the Field Officers’ Course at the Army Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the course at the Army War College, Washington, D.C. Following a tour of duty as Fleet Marine Officer of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, from January 1915 to June 1916, LtCol Fuller was assigned to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, where he successfully completed the course. In 1827, Colonel Henry Leavenworth established a post on the bluffs overlooking the western bank of the Missouri River to protect the fur trade, safeguard commerce on the Santa Fe Trail and maintain the peace among the inhabitants. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Other U.S. States Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius Official languages None Area 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² (15th)  - Land 81,815 mi²; 211,900 km²  - Water 462 mi²; 1,196 km² (0. ... The United States Army War College is a U. S. Army school located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, specifically in the historic Carlisle Barracks. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the... The Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy is the part of the Navy responsible for operations in around the Atlantic Ocean. ... Logo of the Naval War College The Naval War College (NWC) of the United States Navy is an education and research institution that specializes in developing ideas for naval warfare and passing them along to officers of the Navy. ... A side street in Newport, Rhode Island, showing the historic buildings near the waterfront Newport is a city located in Newport County, Rhode Island. ...


In August 1918, he was assigned to command the 2d Brigade of Marines in the Dominican Republic, remaining there until October 1920. He also served on the Staff of the Military Governor of Santo Domingo as Secretary of State, Interior, Police, War and Navy, from December 1919, until his detachment departed from Santo Domingo.


From November 1920 to July 1922, he served on the staff of the Naval War College, Newport, and from July 1922 to January 1923, commanded the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. In January 1924, he assumed command of the 1st Brigade of Marines in the Republic of Haiti, with Headquarters at Port au Prince, and served in this capacity until 8 December 1925. Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ... Port-au-Prince, population 846,200 (1995), is the capital and largest city of Haiti. ...


Following his return to the United States from Haiti, BGen Fuller was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as President of the Marine Examining and Retiring Board, serving in that capacity until July 1928, when he was appointed Assistant to the Major General Commandant. Following the death of Major General Commandant Wendell C. Neville on 9 July 1930, BGen Fuller was promoted to major general and appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps. He served in that capacity until 1 March 1934 when he was retired from active service, having attained the statutory retirement age of sixty-four years. Wendell Cushing Neville (1870 - 1930) was a U.S. Marine Corps general. ...


Major General Fuller’s tenure was a period of general retrenchment and withdrawal of Marines from foreign countries. Beginning in 1933, these Marines composed the newly designated Fleet Marine Force, the principal operating force of the Marine Corps. The Fleet Marine Force is a combined command of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps which comprises a combination of permanent afloat personnel, stationed on U.S. Navy ships, and ground units of the United States Marine Corps infantry branch. ...


Major General Fuller died 8 June 1937, at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Washington D.C., and was buried 11 June 1937 in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery at Annapolis, Maryland, beside the grave of his son, Captain Edward C. Fuller, of the 6th Marines, who was killed in World War I action at Belleau Wood. Nickname: Americas Sailing Capital , Naptown Location in Maryland Founded  -Incorporated 1649  1708 County Anne Arundel County Mayor Ellen O. Moyer (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 19. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... The Battle of Belleau Wood was a battle of the first World War. ...


He held the following medals and decorations: Medal of Military Merit of Santo Domingo; Presidential Medal of Merit of Nicaragua; Spanish Campaign Medal; Philippines Campaign Medal; China Campaign Medal; Victory Medal; Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal; Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for service in Panama; Santo Domingo, and Haiti..


USS Fuller (AP-14) was named in his honor.



Preceded by:
Wendell C. Neville
Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
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Succeeded by:
John H. Russell, Jr.


Neville on the cover of Time in 1929 Wendell Cushing Neville (1870–1930) was a U.S. Marine Corps general. ... The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps, who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reports to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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