Marshall, Richard Jacquelin.

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Marshall, Richard Jacquelin, born 16-06-1895, in Markham, Virginia, , the son of Marion Lewis Marshall and his wife Rebecca Coke Marshall. His maternal grandfather, Richard Coke Marshall, was a colonel for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and great grandson of the first supreme court justice, John Marshall. He was also a distant cousin of George Catlett Marshall. and attended public schools and Norfolk Academy in Norfolk from 1907 to 1911.

In 1911, he entered Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia. He graduated eighth in his class of 56 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1915,[6], was an initiate of the Beta Commission of the Kappa Alpha Order, and went to work as an assistant chemist for Consolidated Electric Light and Power Co., in Baltimore, Maryland. He enlisted in the 4th Maryland Infantry, National Guard while employed in Baltimore. When the Guard was called into the service for the Mexican Border War, 18-06-1916, he was commissioned First Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant. While at Eagle Pass, Texas, in August, 1916 he took examinations for the Regular Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery in November 1916. In March, 1917 he joined first Regular Army unit, 8th Field Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Later he was a 2* Major General in the US Army. He served in the 1st Division, nicknamed  ”

The Big Red One” or “The Fighting First”    during World War I and became the Chief of Staff for all Army forces in the Pacific Theatre in 1945 near the end of World War II. The 1st Infantry Division of the United states Army the oldest division in the United States Army. It has seen continuous service since its organization in 1917. It was officially nicknamed the The Big Red One after its shoulder patch and is also nicknamed The Fighting First. However, with typical soldier gallows humour, the division has also received troop monikers of The Big Dead One and The Bloody First as puns on the respective officially-sanctioned nicknames. It is currently based at Fort Rilley, Kansas. Other commanders Major General Terry de la Mesa “Terrible Terry” Allen from August 42 – July 43, Major General Clarence Ralf Huebner from July 43 – December  44, Major General Clift “Mr Chips’ Andrus , from December 44 – Augustus 46. Casualties during the European campaign in WWII, 4.411 killed in action, 7.201 wounded in action, 1.056 missing or died of wounds. Richard Marshall served as Assistant Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government in the Philippines underGeneral, Douglas MacArthur
  from 1939 to 1941 when he was named Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army forces in the Far East. Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute, is alma mater, from 1946 to 1952 following his retirement from the Army.

Death and burial ground of Marshall, Richard Jacquelin.

Richard Marshall died at the age of 78, on 03-08-1973, in  Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is buried on the Arlington Nataional Cemetery in Section 7. Close by in Section 7, the Major General, Commander 1st Division Northwest, Clift Andrus , Major General, Commander 35th Division, Paul Baade, Air Force Lieutenant General, Operation “Market Garden”, Louis  Brereton, General, Chief of Staff of Sixth Army, George Decker, General, Commander 85th Infantry Division , Wade Haislip and Fleet Admiral, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, John Hull.

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