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North Downtown in Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists.
 
Location. 38° 1.929′ N, 78° 28.683′ W. Marker is in North Downtown in Charlottesville, Virginia
Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
2. Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of East High Street and 4th Street NE, on the right when traveling east on East High Street. Marker is at the edge of Jackson Park next to the old courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Jonathan Jackson (within shouting distance 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Downtown.
 
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.) 
 
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 was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,751 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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