Near Triangle in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune
Patrick F. Taylor, Cpl, USMCR
New Orleans, Louisiana
(Marker on front, bottom)
United States Marine Corps
Major General Commanding Second Division
American Expeditionary Force
France, World War I
Major General Commandant
United States Marine Corps
(Marker on back)
Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps
1867 – 1942
During his more than forty years of service with the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune participated in campaigns in Panama, Cuba, Mexico, France and Germany. He led the famed 2nd Division, American Expeditionary Force, during World War I with valor and distinction. His leadership of his Marines in the critical action at St. Mihiel earned him the French Legion of Honor.
As Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps, he foresaw a unique mission for the Corps in amphibious expeditionary operations. By doing so, he single-handedly saved the Corps from extinction
He was born in Pointe Coupee Parish on 10 January 1867. After attending Louisiana State University, he obtained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Upon his graduation from the Academy in 1888, he was assigned sea duty aboard the USS Vandalia and Midshipman Lejeune began his exemplary career as a United States Marine.
1890: Commissioned Second Lieutenant while at sea.
1898: Captain Lejeune excels at sea during the Spanish-American War.
1903: Major Lejeune and his battalion quell uprisings in Panama.
1910: Graduates U.S. Army War College following tour in the Philippines.
1919: Lieutenant Colonel Lejeune and his 2nd Provisional Brigade quell uprisings in Cuba.
1914: Commands the 2nd Advanced Base Regiment in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
1917: promoted to Brigadier General, first commander of Marine Barracks, Quantico, Va.
1918: World War I, France
- Commanded a brigade of the 32nd Division at Brest.
- Commanded 4th Marine Brigade following Soissons offensive.
- Promoted to Major General.
- Commander of 2nd Division, American
- Became the first Marine officer to command a division in combat.
- Assaulted Marbeche sector during drive on St. Mihiel.
- Stormed Blanc Mont Ridge during Champagne offensive.
- Led 2nd Division triumphantly into Germany following its surrender.
1919: Commands Marine Barracks, Quantico, VA. for second time.
1920: Named Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps.
- Developed Fleet Marine Force concept.
- Established formal Marine Officers schools at Quantico, Va.
- Founded Marine Corps Association, Marine Corps Institute and Marine Corps League.
- Provided sound leadership and much needed vision for the Marine Corps at a time when efforts were underway to dissolve the service.
- Carved a unique path for the Marine Corps in amphibious operations thereby ensuring its long-term future.
1929: Major General Lejeune retired from active duty.
1929: Became Superintendent for the Virginia Military Institute, a position he held until poor health forced his resignation in 1937.
1942: Promoted to Lieutenant General while on retired list.
- Became first Marine to
- The assault against the Japanese on Guadalcanal proved his amphibious concepts and substantiated his service.
- November 20, at the age of 75, John A. Lejeune died in Baltimore, Md.
- Buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Today, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., not only bears the name of one of the Corps finest officers, but the name of one of the most able officers of American military history.
Presented by Patrick F. Taylor
Erected 2006 by Patrick F. Taylor. (Marker Number 5/6.)
Location. 38° 32.604′ N, 77° 20.579′ W. Marker is near Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Touch for map. Marker is located east, and on the grounds, of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Marker is in this post office area: Triangle VA 22172, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Once a Marine .... Always a Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); Alfred Lerner (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iron Mike Soldiers of the Sea (about 500 feet away); Second Battalion, 4th Marines (about 500 feet away); HMM-362 Ugly Angels Vietnam Memorial “Wing” (about 500 feet away); The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path (about 700 feet away); The Kings Highway ~ Road to Yorktown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
Regarding Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune. This is the fifth of six monuments of General Lejeune sculpted by Patrick Miller. Others are located at General Lejeune's birthplace in New Roads, Louisiana; the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; and the USS Kidd Memorial, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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