“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Castle in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

General Thomas Holcomb

17th Commandant of the Marine Corps


— 1936-1943 —

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By Nate Davidson, June 13, 2012
1. General Thomas Holcomb Marker
Inscription.  "You will be the first officer of the Corps to hold the rank of General - the highest rank in our Armed Forces. I know of no other officer to whom that distinction more fittingly belongs." - Secretary of the U.S. Navy, 1944

On December 1, 1936, (then) Major General Thomas Holcomb was appointed to the office of Major General of the Marine Corps. Continued beyond the mandatory retirement age - by order of the President - and advanced to Lieutenant General on January 20, 1942, Lieutenant General Holcomb became the highest ranking officer ever to command the United States Marine Corps up to that time.

On January 1, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt - pursuant to an act of Congress - advanced Lieutenant General Holcomb one rank on the retired list. He thus became the first U.S. Marine ever to hold the rank of General.

General Holcomb came home to his native New Castle, Delaware in 1964.

In his honor and memory Semper Fidelis
Erected 1997 by City of New Castle and the U.S. Marine Corps Inspector-Instructor Staff of Wilmington, DE.
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By Nate Davidson, June 13, 2012
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topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1643.
Location. 39° 39.417′ N, 75° 33.867′ W. Marker is in New Castle, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from West 3rd Street. Located at Battery Park, New Castle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Castle DE 19720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad (about 700 feet away); Landing Place of William Penn (about 800 feet away); Gunning Bedford House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Delaware Street Wharf Reconstruction (approx. 0.2 miles away); Penn's Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Castle Court House 1732 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packet Alley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Castle.
More about this marker. Attached to flagpole.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2012, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2012, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 7, 2021