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Encyclopedia > Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

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. As with the other joint chiefs, the commandant is responsible for insuring the organization and readiness of his respective service branch and for advising the President. However, as with the other joint chiefs, the commandant has no operational command authority.

1. Samuel Nicholas   (28 Nov., 177527 Aug., 1783)
2. William W. Burrows (12 July 17986 Mar., 1804)
3. Franklin Wharton (7 Mar., 18041 Sept., 1818)
4. Anthony Gale (3 Mar., 18198 Oct., 1820)
5. Archibald Henderson (17 Oct., 18206 Jan., 1859)
6. John Harris (7 Jan., 18591 May 1864)
7. Jacob Zeilen (10 June 186431 Oct., 1876)
8. Charles G. McCawley (1 Nov., 187629 Jan., 1891)
9. Charles Heywood (30 June 18912 Oct., 1903)
10. George F. Elliot (3 Oct., 190330 Nov., 1910)
11. William P. Biddle (3 Feb., 191124 Feb., 1914)
12. George Barnett (25 Feb., 191430 June 1920)
13. John A. Lejeune (1 July 19204 Mar., 1929)
14. Wendall C. Neville (5 Mar., 19298 July 1930)
15. Ben H. Fuller (9 July 193028 Feb., 1934)
16. John H. Russell, Jr. (1 Mar., 193430 Nov., 1936)
17. Thomas Holcomb (1 Dec., 193631 Dec., 1943)
18. Alexander A. Vandegrift (1 Jan., 194431 Dec., 1947)
19. Clifton B. Gates (1 Jan., 194831 Dec., 1951)
20. Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. (1 Jan., 195231 Dec., 1955)
21. Randolph M. Pate (1 Jan., 195631 Dec., 1959)
22. David M. Shoup (1 Jan., 196031 Dec., 1963)
23. Wallace M. Greene, Jr. (1 Jan., 196431 Dec., 1967)
24. Leonard F. Chapman, Jr. (1 Jan., 196831 Dec., 1971)
25. Robert E. Cushman, Jr. (1 Jan., 197230 June 1975)
26. Louis H. Wilson, Jr (1 July 197530 June 1979)
27. Robert H. Barrow (1 July 197930 June 1983)
28. Paul X. Kelley (1 July 198330 June 1987)
29. Alfred M. Gray, Jr. (1 July 198730 June 1991)
30. Carl E. Mundy, Jr. (1 July 199130 June 1995)
31. Charles C. Krulak (1 July 199530 June 1999)
32. James L. Jones (1 July 199912 Jan., 2003)
33. Michael W. Hagee (13 Jan., 2003present)

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United States Marine Corps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (8332 words)
The Commandant of the Marine Corps is the highest-ranking officer of the Marine Corps, though he may not be the senior officer in time and grade.
As of October 2005, Marine Generals Peter Pace (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and James L. Jones (Commander of the United States European Command; NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; and a former commandant of the Marine Corps) are senior in time and grade to the commandant.
Marines and those familiar with Marine Corps tradition will often object to the use of the term "ex-Marine," Marines are inculcated with the Marine ethos "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Former Marine refers to an individual that completed their service and has received an honorable or general discharge from the service.
Encyclopedia4U - United States Marine Corps - Encyclopedia Article (768 words)
The Marine Corps is part of the United States Navy, however the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the highest ranking officer and representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does report to the Secretary of the Navy, but does not report to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Historically, United States Marine Corps are known for several campaigns as referenced in their anthem "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli".
The Marines are proud of their Gung-ho attitude and are inculcated with a strong belief in their chain of command and the importance of esprit de corps, a spirit of enthusiasm and pride in themselves and the Corps.
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