Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Yearbook (San Diego, CA)

 - Class of 1980

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Page 7 text:

1 DEPOT PANORAMA. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, as seen from the air. The large structure in the foreground is the Administration Building; the Quonset huts and "If shaped buildings on the right art recruit barracks. Center is the gigantic parade ground. The Depot’s 482 acres comprise one of the "show places of the Marine Corps.



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MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES G. COOPER, USMC COMMANDING GENERAL, MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DISTRICT MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES G. COOPER assumed the duties as the Commanding General. Marine Corps Recruit Depot on August 10, 1979. General Cooper was born and raised in Clarksdalc, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in June 1950. After completing The Basic School in March 1951, he joined the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in Korea. Participating in the Korean Counter-Offensive of 1951 as a rifle platoon commander, he was seriously wounded and hospitalized until November 1951. For his service in Korea he was awarded the Silver Star Medal and two awards of the Purple Heart Medal. He returned to full duty in 1953 and was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor in Columbia, SC. In July 1956 he was transferred to the 4th Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as a rifle company commander, weapons company commander and anti-tank company commander. He also coached the Hawaiian Marines football team. As a captain and major he served as in instructor at The Basic School, attended the Marine Corps Amphibious War- fare School, and was later assigned as Marine Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations. After promotion to L.tColonel in 1965, he was transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC for duties as Battalion Commander. Regimental Executive Officer and Division Operations Officer. He next attended the U.S. Army War College before going to Vietnam for duty with the III Marine Amphibious Force and as a Battalion Commander. Returning to the U.S. in August 1970. he was promoted to Colonel and served in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to assuming command of the Marine Barracks. Washington. D.C. in June 1973. Upon promotion to Brigadier General on June 2. 1975 General Cooper became Legislative Assistant to the Commandant at Headquarters Marine Corps. In July 1977 he was promoted to Major General and on August 8lh assumed command of the 1st Marine Division. On August 10. 1979 General Cooper moved to San Diego to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. General Cooper's personal decorations include the Silver Star Medal. Legion of Merit with combat “V" and one star and the Purple Heart Medal with one star.

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