Liversedge, Harry Bluett, born 21-09-1894, in Volcano, California, began his career in May 1917, when he enlisted as a private, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in September 1918. He was promoted to first lieutenant in July 1919 while serving with the Fifth Brigade in France.
Following his return to the United States in August 1919, he was ordered to the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia, but shortly thereafter was assigned to the Second Provisional Marine Brigade at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, arriving in October of that year. In April of the following year he was returned to the United States and played football in the Army-Marine Corps game at Baltimore, Maryland. Liversedge at the selection for the 1919 Inter-Allied Games. In late May 1919 Liversedge passed the pre-selection for the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, France. In late June he took part in the Games and finished second in the shot put. Next year Liversedge represented the United States in the 1920 Olympics at Antwerp, Belgium, winning a bronze medal in the shot put with a distance of 46 feet 5-1/4 inches (14.15 m) . Upon return from the Olympic Games in 1920 and after a tour at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, he was ordered to Marine Barracks, Quantico in March 1922. As aide to Brigadier General John Henry Russell, he later sailed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but was ordered back to Quantico in August of the same year. He returned to Haiti in December of that year for duty as aide to the American High Commissioner. In July 1923, he reported for duty again at Quantico.Brigadier General John Henry Russell died 06-03-1947, age 74, in Coronado, San Diego County, California,
He returned to Quantico in August of that year, this time to attend the Company Officers’ Course at the Marine Corps Schools . Upon completion of his course he was transferred to Mare Island, California. He served at Quantico from September 1926 to February 1927 when he was detached for duty in China. Following his arrival in Asia he was temporarily detached to the Third Brigade at Tientsin to act as boxing coach, and while in Shanghai, participated in the International Track and Field Meets.
In August 1929, he was transferred to Quantico and in November of the same year was ordered to the Marine Corps Base at San Diego, California. Following his promotion to the rank of captain in January 1930, he was ordered to Headquarters, Department of the Pacific, San Francisco, in May 1932. There he served as aide-de-camp to the commanding General.
He served aboard the USS California, from June 1933 to June 1935, when he returned to Quantico. He completed the Senior Course at the Marine Corps Schools and in June 1936, was transferred to serve on the staff of the Basic School, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia. He was appointed a major in July of that year. Early in 1938 he was again ordered to Quantico, this time to serve with the First Marine Brigade. under command of Gemneral Oliver Prince “the Professor” Smith. who died 25-12-1977, age 84, in Los Altos, California.
In May 1940 another transfer saw the General on the West Coast. There he was assigned duty as the Inspector-Instructor, Fourteenth Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve at Spokane, Washington. Following his promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in August 1940, he was ordered to the Marine Corps Base, San Diego, and was subsequently assigned to the 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Colonel Liversedge and his Marine Raiders, cutting the cake during their 1943 celebration of the Marine Corps birthday.
In January 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Liversedge departed from the United States for American Samoa, in command of the Second Battalion, Eighth Marines. He was promoted to colonel in May of that same year and in August he assumed command of the Third Marine Raider Battalion. He led this unit ashore at Pavuvu in the unopposed occupation of the Russell Island. He commanded the battalion until March 1943 when he was given command of the newly organized First Marine Raider Regiment.
In January 1944, he was transferred to the 5th Marine Division and assumed command of the 28th Marines. He gallantly led the “twenty-eighth” ashore in the Iwo Jima campaign, for which he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of his second Navy Cross . and where the flag was raised for the famous Iwo Jima photo, of Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on Mount Suribachi. The operation on Iwo Jima was one of the deadliest conflicts in U.S. Marine Corps history. The Japanese death toll approached 18,500 soldiers, and some 6,800 U.S. Marines were killed and 19,200 were wounded.
Following a brief tour of duty with the occupation forces in Japan, he was ordered to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego in March 1946. In July 1946 he was assigned duties as director of the Twelfth Marine Reserve District and District Marine Officer, Twelfth Naval District, San Francisco.
Liversedge served in that capacity until he was named assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California in February 1948. In May of that year, he was promoted to Brigadier General, and the following May, he took command of Fleet Marine Force, Guam, where he remained until April 1950. He then served briefly as deputy commander, Marine Barracks, Camp Pendleton, before becoming director of the Marine Corps Reserve in June 1950.
On 25-11-1951, age 57,Harry the Horse, Liversedge died at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.and is buried Pine Grove Cemetery Pine Grove, Amador County, California, VS.
Death and burial ground of Liversedge, Harry Bluett “Harry the Horse”.
On 25-11-1951, age 57, Harry the Horse, Liversedge, died at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. Liversedge is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery Pine Grove, Amador County, California, VS.