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Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
1. Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker
Inscription. Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift was born in Charlottesville on 13 Mar. 1887. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1909 and served on posts in the Caribbean, Central America, China, and the United States. General Vandegrift led American forces in their first successful major Pacific offensive in World War II at Guadalcanal and was awarded the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor. He also served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps from l944 to 1947 and in 1945 became the first active-duty Marine four-star general. He died on 8 May 1973 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 1.929′ N, 78° 28.683′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East High Street and 4th Street NE, on the right when traveling east on East High Street. Click for map. Marker is at the edge of Jackson Park next to the old courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Jonathan Jackson Sculpture (within shouting distance
Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
2. Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker
of this marker); Paul Goodloe McIntire (within shouting distance of this marker); Albemarle Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack Jouett’s Ride (about 300 feet away); Historic Courthouse Square (about 300 feet away); Monticello (about 300 feet away); Site of Old Swan Tavern (about 400 feet away); Watering Fountains (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Also see . . .  Alexander A. Vandegrift, General, United States Marine Corps. “General Vandegrift was detached to the First Marine Division in November 1941 shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He was promoted to major general in March 1942, and in May sailed for the South Pacific area as Commanding general of the first Marine division to ever leave the shores of the United States. On August 7, 1942, in the Solomon Islands, he led ashore the First Marine Division, Reinforced, in the first large-scale offensive action against the Japanese.” (Submitted on May 2, 2009.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 27, 2009
3. Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,518 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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