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Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Third Batallion. Platoons 308, 309, and 310.
([1954])

[Marine Corps Recruit Depot],   pp. [4]-[96] ff. PDF (43.3 MB)


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BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM J. WHALING
United States Marine Corps
Deputy Commander
Brigadier General William J. Whaling, one of the top rifle and pistol shots in
the Marine Corps, is Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
San Diego, California.
General Whaling, w ho was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on February 26,
1894, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1918 and received a field commission in
1918 while serving with the Sixth Marine Regiment in France.
During the years of peace, 1918 to 1941, General Whaling served aboard the
U.SS. Tacoma and the U.SS. Maryland; saw foreign duty in China, Nicaragua
and Haiti; and, performed duty at United States stations of Mare Island, Cali-
fornia; Parris Island, South Carolina; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Brooklyn,
New York; Washington, D. C.; Quantico, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania.
When the Japanese launched their attack on Pearl Harbor, General Whaling
was serving with the Marine Detachment there. After the attack he was ordered
back to the United States and assigned to the Fifth Marine Regiment of the
Fifth Marine Division. With the Fifth Regiment General Whaling took part in
the Guadalcanal campaign and later in the Cape Gloucester fighting with the
First Marine Regiment.
General Whaling was promoted to his present rank on July 1, 1949, while
serving as Chief of Staff of Marine Barracks, Camp Lejeune, N. C. On the same
day he was named Assistant Division Commander of the Second Marine Di vision.
In May, 1951, General Whaling became Assistant Commander of the First
Marine Division in Korea. He returned to the United States in March, 1952,
and was named Commanding General of the Recruit Depot the following month.
He held the Commanding General's post until September.
General Whaling holds as decorations and medals the Navy Cross, the Silver
Star, the Legion of Merit, the Gold Star in lieu of a second Legion of Merit, the
Purple Heart, the Haitian Order of Honor and Merit, the Haitian Distinguished
Service Medal, the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation with two stars, Victory
Medal with Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel and Defensive Sec-
tor Clasps, Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, China and Haiti Expedi-
tionary Medals with one Bronze Star, Yangtze Service Medal, Second Nicaraguan
Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp, Asiatic-
Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, Chinese Order of the Cloud and
Banner, American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal and the China Service Medal.
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COLONEL RICHARD P. ROSS, JR.
I 'ited States Marine Corps
Chief of Staff
(d onel Richard P. Ross, Jr., took over as Chief of Staff for the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit
I)cpot in October, 1952. He came to the Depot from Yokosuka, Japan, where he had served as
rnmanding officer, Marine Barracks, from 1950 to 1952.
Colonel Ross was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps on June 2, 1927,
upon graduating from the U. S. Naval Academy.
prior to World War 11, he served at Hampton Roads, Va., Quantico, Va.; in Nicaragua; on the
-S. Legation Guard, Peking, China; aboard the U.SS. Colorado; as an instructor in naval ordnance
adgunnery at the Naval Academy, and a number of tours in the Fleer Marine Force.
In May, 1941, he was assigned as commanding officer of the Marine detachment aboard the
t:SS Oklahoma. After the Oklahoma was sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, Colonel Ross and
detachment joined the Marine Barracks ashore where he was promoted to Major effective January,
i2. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in September, 1942.
In November, 1942, he took over command of the 16th Defense Battalion on Johnston Island.
A short tour of duty at Washington, D. C., in the Division of Plans and Policies, Headquarters,
.\Iarine Corps, followed in 1943.
In June, 1944, he was ordered to duty with the First Marine Division and was assigned as execu-
tie officer of the First Marine Regiment. His regiment fought at Peleliu, and Okinawa. Colonel
R ss was promoted to Colonel in September, 1945.
Following the Japanese surrender, he was assigned to command the Seventh Marine Regiment
xN hich was ordered to North China to assist the Nationalist Chinese forces there in accepting the
,urrender of the Japanese.
Hie returned to the United States in 1946 for tours of duty at Quantico, Va., and Washington,
1)  C. He attended the Command and Staff School at the Virginia base and was a member of the
on War Plans Committee in Washington. He also attended the National War College, gradu-
.ring in 1948, at which time he was transferred to Headquarters, Marine Corps, to head the stra-
tu,,ic plans section.
In June, 1950, Colonel Ross sailed for Japan where he took command of the Marine Barracks,
Yokosuka. He was stationed there until his transfer to the Depot in 1952.
Colonel Ross holds the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and Combat V, the Bronze Star
with Gold Star and Combat V, and the Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, Fifth Grade.
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