- Pate, Randolph McCall
U.S. 2* Marine Corps General. Iwo Jima-Guadalcanal-Okinawa.
- 11-02-1898, Port Royal, South Carolina.
- 31-07-1961, age 63, Bethesda, Maryland.
Arlington Cemetery, Virginia USA. Section 3-Grave 2501.
During the course of the battle the division had 310 killed and 1.083 wounded. The battle for Guadalcanal would cost the division 650 killed in action, 1.278 wounded in action with a further 8.580 contracting malaria and 31 missing in action. The month of fighting against the 14th Division (Imperial Japanese Army) on Peleliu cost the 1st Marine Division 1.252 dead and 5.274 wounded. Fighting on Okinawa cost the division 1.655 killed in action. Returning to the United States after the war, he was named Director of the Division of Reserve at Marine Corps Headquarters in January 1946. The following year he assumed duties as a member of the Navy General Board. In July 1948, he became Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, and two years later was named Director of the Marine Corps Educational Center. While stationed at Quantico in September 1949, he was promoted to Brigadier General. In July 1951, Pate was assigned to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he served as Deputy Director of the Joint Staff for logistic Plans. He was named Director of the Marine Corps Reserves for a second time that November, and in August 1952 was promoted to Major General. The following month, he took command of the 2nd Marine Division, nickname "The Silent Second" at Camp Lejeune. Ordered to Korea in June 1953, he commanded the 1st Marine Division until May 1954, earning him the Distinguished Service Medal and the Republic of Korea's Order of Military Merit Taiquk. In July 1954, Pate was appointed Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Chief of Staff, serving in that capacity with the rank of lieutenant general for eighteen months. On 01-01-1956, he was promoted to the rank of General and executed the oath of office as Commandant of the Marine Corps, succeeding General Lemuel Cornick Shepherd, he died very old age of 94, on 06-08-1990.
Following four years as Commandant, he retired with the rank of General. At his retirement ceremonies, 31-12-1959, Pate was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Commandant of the Marine Corps from 01-01-1956 to 31-12-1959." Following a brief illness, Pate died at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, following a brief illness, 31-07-1961, age 63. Interred with full military honors with his wife Mary, born Bijting, who died age 76, on 31-12-1975, in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 3. In Section 3 also buried,Major General, Commander, G1 (Personnel) Section, Headquarters SHAEF, Charles Bonesteel (see Bonesteel), 101st Airborne General, Anthony McAuliffe (see McAuliffe)