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CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 26.--The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Charles C. Krulak, will deliver the next Greater Issues Speech at The Citadel on Friday (Feb. 28) at 1:45.

     Greater Issues Speeches are presented to enrich the educational experience of the cadets. The speeches are held in McAlister Field House on campus and are open to the public. They are supported by the Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

     From commanding a platoon in the Marines to commanding the entire Corps, General Krulak has led an illustrious career in the military.

     A native of Quantico, he was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1964.

     He earned a master of science degree in labor relations from George Washington University in 1973, and he is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Army Command and General Staff College, National War College, and The Basic School at Quantico.

     Since commissioning and graduation from the latter, General Krulak has held a variety of command positions, from a platoon and two rifle companies during two tours in Vietnam to the Counter-Guerilla Warfare School and the 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, in Okinawa.

     His numerous staff assignments include Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In November 1988, while serving as Deputy Director of the White House Military Office, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general. He was subsequently assigned as the Commanding General, 10th Marine Expeditionary Brigade/Assistant Division Commander, 2d Marine Division, FMF, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune; Commanding General, 2d Force Service Support Group/Commanding General, 6th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, FMF, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune; and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.

     Krulak advanced to the rank of major general in March 1992 and five months later he was assigned as Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico. He attained the rank of lieutenant general in September 1992 and in July 1994 he was assigned as Commander of Marine Forces Pacific/ Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

     He was promoted to full general on June 29, 1995, and the following day he assumed the duties as the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps.

     General Krulak's decorations and medals include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and two gold stars; Purple Heart with gold star; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Vietnam Service Medal with silver star and two bronze stars; Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Color, 1st Class); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and Kuwait Liberation Medal.


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