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Rockey, Keller E. (1888-1970)


Photograph of General Keller E. Rockey

USMC

A graduate of Gettysburg College and a student at Yale prior to joining the Marine Corps, Keller Rockey was awarded the Navy Cross for leading reinforcements to the front line in the battle of Chateau-Thierry in the First World War. He subsequently commanded a district of the Haiti Gendarmerie.

Rockey served at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington early in the Pacific War, rising to the position of Assistant Commandant of the Corps. He then commanded the untried 5 Marine Division in the assault on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima.

Service record

1888-9-22     

Born at Columbia City, Indiana
1913-11-18     
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned in the Marine Corps
1915-5

BB Nebraska
1917-6

5 Marine Regiment, France
1919

Haiti Gendarmerie
1921

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
1924

Field Officers' Course
1925-7

Command and General Staff School
1926-6

Instructor, Department of Tactics, Marine Corps Schools
1928-1
Major
Commander, 1 Battalion, 11 Artillery Regiment, 2 Marine Brigade, Nicaragua
1928-11

Intelligence, operations, and training officer, Marine Corps Base, San Diego
1934-6

Chief, War Plans Division, Headquarters Marine Corps
1939-7

War Plans, Navy Department
1941-8
Colonel
Chief of staff, 2 Marine Division
1942-8

Director, Division of Plans and Policies, Headquarters Marine Corps
1943-8
Brigadier general
Assistant Commandant of the Corps
1944-2-4
Major general
Commander, 5 Marine Division
1945-6-25

Commander, III Amphibious Corps
1946-9

Commander, Department of the Pacific, San Francisco
1947-1-1
Lieutenant general (temporary)    
Commander, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic
1949-7-1
Major general
Commander, Department of the Pacific, San Francisco
1950-9-1
Lieutenant general
Retires
1970-6-6

Dies at Harwich Port, Massachusetts

References

ArlingtonCemetary.net (accessed 2010-3-18)

Leckie (1962)

Rottman (2002)

U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division (accessed 2008-1-28)



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