Verne J. McCaul

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Verne J. McCaul
Born (1903-08-18)August 18, 1903
Ayr, North Dakota
Died March 2, 1968(1968-03-02) (aged 64)
U.S. Naval Hospital San Diego, California
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Legion of Merit

Verne J. McCaul (August 18, 1903—March 2, 1968) was the 7th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Early years[edit]

McCaul was born August 18, 1903 in Ayr, North Dakota and after joining the Marine Corps participated in World War II. He was commissioned in 1925 and subsequently became a naval aviator.

Major McCaul established Marine Fighting Squadron 221 at San Diego in 1941 and took the unit to Midway Island by year end. On Midway he joined the staff of Marine Air Group 22, then returned to the U.S. He saw additional Pacific service in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines, where he assumed command of Marine Air Group 12 in early 1945.

After the war McCaul was promoted to brigadier general, serving in USMC Headquarters. Subsequently he commanded the 1st and 2nd Aircraft Wings and in 1957 he became assistant commandant for aviation.

By the time McCaul retired in 1960 he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant General. He died March 2, 1968 in U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

Awards and decorations[edit]

During his military career he was awarded: Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star in lieu of a second award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the American Defense Service Medal with Base clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, and the Chinese Order of the Purple Cloud and Banner.

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