A Marine's Marine - Merwin Silverthorn Legacy

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A Marine's Marine - Merwin Silverthorn Legacy

Post by Patriots » July 31st, 2018, 12:32 am

A 100 years ago in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918 during World War I the legacy of U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Merwin H. Silverthorn began ... and respectfully referred to as "A Marine's Marine".

Merwin Silverthorn was assigned to the newly created 5th Marine Regiment. Silverthorn after basic training in 1917 and sailed to France as a member of 16th Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. He was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the 45th Company of the same Battalion and participated in the Battle of Belleau Wood ... where he distinguished himself, receiving a Battlefield Commission as a second lieutenant on June 9, 1918 and being decorated with Silver Star for gallatry in action.

Silverthorn also performed heroically in other World War I battles earning a second Silver Star, the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross.along with being decorated with the French Croix de guerre 1914–1918 with Gilt Star.

He serverd in World War I World War II; became Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1950; appointed commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in 1952, and, retired from his distinguished Marine Corps career in 1954.

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