Robert E. Hogaboom
|Robert Edward Hogaboom|
General Robert E. Hogaboom
November 13, 1902|
|Died||November 11, 1993
St. Mary's City, Maryland
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1925-1959|
|Commands held||1st Marine Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of Kwajalein
*Battle of Saipan
*Battle of Tinian
*Battle of Guam
*Battle of Iwo Jima
|Awards||Legion of Merit (3)|
Robert Edward Hogaboom (November 13, 1902–November 11, 1993) was a United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Hogaboom was promoted to four-star rank upon retirement as a "tombstone general".
Robert Edward Hogaboom was born on November 13, 1902 in Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated from Marion Military Institute in 1921. Hogaboom attended Mississippi State College for two years before entering the United States Naval Academy, where he was a member of the boxing team. He graduated on June 4, 1925 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After completing the Basic School at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, he joined the 5th Marine Regiment at Quantico, Virginia. He saw service in Cuba, Nicaragua, and China.
In World War II, Hogaboom saw action at Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians, and on Makin Island, Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for outstanding service at Saipan and Tinian as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations and Training), Northern Troops and Landing Force. At Iwo Jima, he earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Legion of Merit for his service as Chief of Staff of the 3rd Marine Division.
Hogaboom retired on October 30, 1959 as a lieutenant general and was advanced to the rank of general upon retirement.
Decorations and honors
General Hogabooms medals and decorations include:
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