Eli K. Cole

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Eli Kelley Cole
Eli Kelley Cole in 1917
Born(1867-09-01)September 1, 1867
New York City, New York
DiedJuly 4, 1929(1929-07-04) (aged 61)
San Francisco, California
Place of burial
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
 United States Marine Corps
Years of service1888–1890 (USN)
1890–1929 (USMC)
Rank Major General
Commands heldAssistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Department of the Pacific
41st Infantry Division
Battles/warsBanana Wars
AwardsNavy Cross

Eli Kelley Cole (September 1, 1867 – July 4, 1929) was the first assistant commandant of the Marine Corps from 1911 to 1915. He also briefly commanded the 41st Infantry Division at the end of World War I. Cole was awarded the Navy Cross for his service as "Commanding Officer of the First Provisional Brigade of Marines" during the Haitian campaign from 1915 to 1917.

Cole graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1888. He then served two years as an ensign in the U.S. Navy before transferring to the U.S. Marine Corps.[1]


  1. ^ "Major General Eli K. Cole". U.S. Marine Corps University. Archived from the original on January 26, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2016.


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