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Upshur, William P. (1881-1943)


Photograph of William P. Upshur

Marine Corps

William P. "Deacon" Upshur was a 60-year-old major general commanding the Pacific Fleet's amphibious forces at the start of the war. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute rather than Annapolis, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions against Cacos bandits in Haiti in 1915. He also fought with 13 Marine Regiment in France in World War I. He was an early advocate of the LVT, having evaluated Roebling's "Alligator" as an umpire during FLEX 5 in January-March 1939.

Service record

1881-10-28     

Born at Richmond, Virginia
1902

Graduates from Virginia Military Institute
1904-2-1 Second lieutenant    
Commissioned in the Marine Corps
1907-1-9

Marine Barracks, Guantanamo Bay
1908-6-19

Marine Barracks, Panama
1912-1

1 Marine Brigade
1914-2

Marine Detachment, American Legation, Peking
1915-8-4

2 Marine Regiment, Haiti
1922

1 Marine Brigade, Haiti
1924

Command and General Staff School
1929

Staff, Battle Force
1931

Naval War College
1933

Army War College
1939-9-25
Major general      Marine Corps Base, San Diego / Commander, Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet
1942-12-9

Commander, Department of the Pacific
1943-7-21

Severely injured in airplane crash near Sitka
1943-8-18

Dies of injuries

References

DANFS (accessed 2012-7-11)

Pettibone (2006)

United States Marine Corps History Division (accessed 2008-7-14)\

Venzon (2003)



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