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American George MARSHALL

born George Catlett MARSHALL

American soldier and statesman famous for his leadership roles during World War II and the Cold War

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on December 31, 1880 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: on October 16, 1959 in Washington, D.C., USA


George Catlett Marshall, Jr., was born into a middle-class family in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the son of George Catlett Marshall, Sr. and Laura Emily (née Bradford) Marshall. Marshall was a scion of an old Virginia family, as well as a distant relative of former Chief Justice John Marshall. Marshall graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Order, in 1901.

Following graduation from VMI in 1901, Marshall sat for a competitive examination for a commission as a Second Lieutenant as ROTC did not exist at that time, and while awaiting the results he took the position of Commandant of Students at the Danville Military Academy in Danville, Virginia. Marshall was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in February, 1902. Prior to World War I, he was posted to various positions in the US and the Philippines. He served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander in the Philippines during the Philippine–American War and several other guerrilla uprisings. He was schooled and trained in modern warfare. His pre-war service included a tour at Fort Leavenworth, KS from 1906 to 1910 as both a student and an instructor.

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