U.S.M.C. Historical Figures

Last Updated : 10 February, 2013


Samuel Nicholas

Samuel Nicholas was the first officer commissioned in the United States Continental Marines and by tradition is considered to be the first Commandant of the Marine Corps. Wikipedia

Born: 1744, Philadelphia

Died: August 27,1790, Philadelphia

Education: University of Pennsylvania


Archibald Henderson

Archibald Henderson was the longest-serving Commandant of the Marine Corps, serving from 1820 to 1859. Wikipedia
Born: January 21, 1783, Colchester
Died: January 6, 1859, Stanford
Parents: Alexander Henderson



John A. Lejeune

Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, was the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Known as the "greatest of all Leathernecks" and the "Marine's Marine", he served for nearly 40 years. Wikipedia
Born: January 10, 1867, Pointe Coupee Parish
Died: November 20, 1942, Baltimore
Education: Louisiana State University (1881 – 1884),United States Naval Academy



Chesty Puller

Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller was a retired general officer of the United States Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Puller is one of the most, if not the most, decorated combat Marine in Marine Corps history.
Born: June 26, 1898, West Point
Died: October 11, 1971, Saluda
Buried: Christ Church, Virginia
Education: Virginia Military Institute
Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Silver Star, Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Distinguished Service Cross



John F. Mackie

John Freeman Mackie was a United States Marine and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War. He was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor. Wikipedia
Born: October 1, 1835, New York City
Died: June 18, 1910



Presley O'Bannon

Presley Neville O’Bannon was an officer in the United States Marine Corps, famous for his exploits in the First Barbary War. Wikipedia

Born: 1776, Fauquier County

Died: September 12, 1850, Franklin County