Robert D. Bohn

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Robert Dewey Bohn
Born (1921-11-30)November 30, 1921
Neenah, Wisconsin
Died November 3, 2002(2002-11-03) (aged 80)
Fairfax, Virginia
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1944–1974
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Service number 0-37498
Commands held MCB Camp Lejeune
2nd Marine Division
5th Marine Regiment
Battles/wars

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Awards Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Purple Heart (2)
Other work Sports Club Owner

Robert Dewey Bohn (November 30, 1921 – November 3, 2002) was a highly decorated officer of the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Major General. He served in three wars and concluded his career as Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Biography[edit]

Robert D. Bohn was born in Neenah, Wisconsin on November 30, 1921 and, following high school, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco and later with a Master's degree from George Washington University.[1] Following his university studies, Bohn enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and was commissioned Second lieutenant in 1944. Upon the completion of basic training, he was assigned to the Marine Detachment aboard the light aircraft carrier USS Monterey and participated in Battle of the Philippine Sea towards the end of June 1944. Bohn later took part in battles Iwo Jima and Okinawa with the same unit during 1945 and after the War's end, he remained on active service.[2]

With the outbreak of the Korean War, Bohn sailed to Korea as First lieutenant and Commanding officer of "G" Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines under Lieutenant colonel Robert Taplett. He took part in the Battle of Pusan Perimeter within 1st Marine Division under Major general Oliver P. Smith in August 1950 and his task was to lead his "G" Company up to the hill held by enemy in the vicinity of Kosong. Advancing under enemy rifle and machine gun fire, Bohn was wounded in the shoulder and neck, but refused to be evacuated and continued to personally lead and deploy his troops into effective attack. Only until all enemy forces were annihilated did he allow himself to be taken to the rear and his wounds to be dressed. For this act of valor, Lieutenant Bohn was decorated with the Silver Star.[3][2]

Following his recovery from his wounds, Bohn returned to his "G" Company and later took part in the Battle of Inchon in September 1950, where he led his company up to the radio hill near Wolmido and subsequently secured the nearby Sowolmi-do.

Bohn later participated in the Second Battle of Seoul at the end of September 1950 and, following his promotion to the rank of Captain, he was appointed naval aide to General Omar Bradley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bohn also served as a Tactical instructor at Camp Pendelton, California, and at Marine Corps Base Quantico before he was transferred to Vietnam and appointed Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations with the staff of 1st Marine Division under the command of Major-general Donn J. Robertson. He took part in Operation Allen Brook in the summer of 1968 and received the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for his service in this capacity.[3]

He was transferred to the 5th Marine Regiment and within this capacity, he commanded the Marine troops during Operation Auburn at the end of December 1968. The operation was successful under his command and he received his second Silver Star for valor.[3]

Bohn was later ordered back to the United States and attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier general and appointed Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Bohn also served as temporary Division Commander from June 5 to September 28, 1971, when his superior, Major general Michael P. Ryan was appointed Deputy Commander Fleet Marine Force Atlantic.

His last assignment was Commanding general of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from August 22, 1973 to September 1, 1974, when he retired after 30 years of service. Following his retirement, he was active in business and founded Courts Royal Racquetball Clubs. Bohn later lived in Alexandria, Virginia before he moved to Falls Church, Virginia.[4]

Major general Robert D. Bohn died of pneumonia on November 3, 2002 at Fairfax Nursing Center. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery together with his wife Anna Marie Serocca. They had together two daughters, Barbara and Nancy.[4]

Military offices
Preceded by
Michael P. Ryan
Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division
June 5, 1971 – September 28, 1971
Succeeded by
Fred E. Haynes Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arlington Cemetery Record". arlingtoncemetery.net. Arlington Cemetery Websites. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Fortitudine 30, Part 1" (PDF). marines.mil. Marines Websites. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Valor awards for Robert D. Bohn". valor.militarytimes.com. Militarytimes Websites. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Obituaries - Major General Robert D. Bohn". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post Websites. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
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