Vandegrift, A. A. (Alexander Archer), 1887-1973

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General Alexander Archer Vandegrift, USMC (March 13, 1887 – May 8, 1973) was a United States Marine Corps four-star general. During World War II, he commanded the 1st Marine Division to victory in its first ground offensive of the war, the Battle of Guadalcanal. For his actions on August 7 to December 9, 1942, in the Solomon Islands campaign, he received the Medal of Honor. Vandegrift later served as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was the first four-star general on active duty in the Marine Corps.
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referencedIn Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps. Office of the Commandant. 9/18/1947- Organization Authority Record United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Harry S. Truman Papers Pertaining to Family, Business and Personal Affairs, 1280 - 1975. Family Correspondence Files, 1910 - 1964. Correspondence from Harry S. Truman to Bess Wallace Truman, 1921-1959: June 15, 1945. Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, 6/15/1945. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Vandegrift, A. A. (Alexander Archer), 1887-1973. Address given before the Virginia Foundation for Cancer Research [manuscript], 1948 Mar 31. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. GUN. VANDERGRIFT SPEAKS ON THE 171ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARINE CORPS United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn William Frederick Halsey Papers, 1907-1959, (bulk 1943-1959) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn U.S. Marine Corps. Office of the Commandant. 1798-1834 Organization Authority Record United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn World War II Oral Histories, Interviews and Statements, ca. 4/1942 - ca. 12/1946 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. MARINE LANDING, BOUGAINVILLE United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Greely, Rose, 1887-1969. Rose Greely papers [manuscript], 1909-1961. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Halsey, William Frederick, 1882-1959. Papers William Frederick Halsey, 1907-1959 (bulk 1943-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 5] National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Photograph of General Alexander Archer Vandegrift [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Department of the Navy. U.S. Marine Corps. Office of the Commandant. 1834-9/18/1947 Organization Authority Record United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. JAPANESE SHIPS SMASHED AT GUADALCANAL [ETC.] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Van Stockum, Ronald Reginald, 1916-. Van Stockum, Ronald Reginald b.1916 Papers 1937-2001. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Wilkinson, Theodore Stark, 1888-1946. Theodore Stark Wilkinson papers, 1893-1962 (bulk 1920-1945). Library of Congress
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referencedIn Theodore Stark Wilkinson Papers, 1893-1962, (bulk 1920-1945) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1804 - 1983. Navy Motion Picture Film Productions. 1939 - 1947. THE SOLOMON ISLANDS National Archives at College Park
contributorOf Smith, Holland M. (Holland McTyeire), 1882-1967. Papers, 1905-1967. Auburn University.
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referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. U.S. MARINES ON GUADALCANAL PUSH BACK JAPANESE TROOPS [ETC.] National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. ADM. NIMITZ amp; GEN. VANDEGRIFT TOUR GUAM National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775-. Official Military Personnel Files, 1905 - 1998. Official Military Personnel File for Alexander Vandegrift. National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. CONFERENCE ON YONTAN AIRFIELD, OKINAWA; ADMIRAL NIMITZ, GENERAL VANDEGRIFT; CENERAL BUCKNER; SEABEES ON OKINAWA National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. ADMIRAL NIMITZ AND PARTY AT GUAM: ADM. NIMITZquot; PRESS CONFERENCE AT GUAM National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. PURPLE HEART PRESENTATION AIEA HOSPITAL National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. ADM. NIMITZ, SPRUANCE, GEN. VANDERGRIFT amp; OTHER HIGHRANKING OFFICERS TOURGUAM National Archives at College Park
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associatedWith Greely, Rose, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Halsey, William Frederick, 1882-1959. person
associatedWith Hench, Atcheson Laughlin, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Smith, Holland M. (Holland McTyeire), 1882-1967. person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
leaderOf United States. Marine Corps corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Virginia corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia corporateBody
associatedWith Van Stockum, Ronald Reginald, 1916- person
associatedWith Virginia Foundation for Cancer Research. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wilkinson, Theodore Stark, 1888-1946. person
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Bethesda MD US
Charlottesville VA US
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Guadalcanal, Battle of
Medal of Honor
Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943
Communism
World War II, 1939-1945
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Generals--United States
Marine Corps officers
Commanding officers
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Birth 1887-03-13

Death 1973-05-08

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