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General Roy Stanley Geiger,United States Marine Corps

 
 
General Roy Stanley Geiger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 24, 2017
1. General Roy Stanley Geiger Marker
Inscription. Roy Stanley Geiger, the “Father of Marine Corps Aviation,” was born on January 25, 1885, in his family home on what is now the campus of Middleburg First Baptist Church. He served as a school teacher, principal, and lawyer. Geiger joined the Marine Corps in 1907 and was commissioned in 1909. After tours of duty in Nicaragua, Panama, and China, he became the fifth Marine Corps Aviator in 1917. Major Geiger commanded the 1st Marine Aviation Force in France during WWI. During WWII, he commanded the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Guadalcanal and was named Commander of Third Marine Amphibious Corps for the invasion of Guam and Okinawa. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in July 1945 and was named Commander of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. General Geiger was the most senior marine present at the Japanese surrender on board the U.S.S. Missouri in September 1945. Following his death on January 23, 1947, Geiger was promoted to four-star general by the U.S. Congress. General Geiger is the only general in the American military to be born and raised in Clay County. An icon in Marine Corps history, General Roy Geiger now rests in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected 2014 by The Clay County Historic Preservation Board,the Clay County Board of County Commissioners, and the Florida Department of
General Roy Stanley Geiger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, March 4, 2017
2. General Roy Stanley Geiger Marker
State. (Marker Number F-840.)
 
Location. 30° 3.81′ N, 81° 52.344′ W. Marker is in Middleburg, Florida, in Clay County. Marker is on Blanding Boulevard (Florida Route 21) west of Parsonage Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2645 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg FL 32068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middleburg Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Thompson - Chalker Docks (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Heilman (approx. 0.8 miles away); Middleburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Town of Penney Farms 1927 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Camp Blanding (approx. 8.8 miles away); Camp Chowenwaw (approx. 9.7 miles away); Hickory Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleburg.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World IWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 3, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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