One Of My Favorite Globe and Anchor Stories....

One Of My Favorite Globe and Anchor Stories....

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

December 15th, 2005, 10:25 pm #1

"WORLD WAR ONE MARINES
"Pershing was mercilessly thinning the ranks of
senior officers he considered too old or infirm
for field command. Brigadier General Doyen was
one of the casualties. He was invalided home and
replaced by a Pershing favorite, Army Brig. Gen.
James Harbord. Harbord had been Pershing's chief
of staff and he had gone from major to brigadier
general in a year. Col. Buck Neville, now the
commander of the 5th Marines and far senior to
Harbord at the war's beginning, had every reason
to think that he should have been given command
of the brigade. On Harbord's arrival, when
Neville handed him a pair of Marine Corps
emblems, it was half a greeting, half a
challenge. Harbord promptly put them on his
collar....On Bastille day, 14 July, Harbord, a
jaunty hybrid in his poilu's helmet and Marine
emblems, moved up to command of the 2d Division.
Buck Neville took over the Marine brigade and
would soon be promoted to brigadier general."
-Simmons"
Ref
http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dickg/notes.html
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GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952 (Plt #437)--'72
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