Albert S. McLemore

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Albert Sidney McLemore
Maj. H.H. Kipp, Colonel Albert Sidney McLemore, Maj. W.H. Parker, and Capt. T.G. Sterrett in 1917.jpg
Maj. H.H. Kipp, Colonel Albert Sidney McLemore, Maj. W.H. Parker, and Capt. T.G. Sterrett in 1917
Born (1869-05-23)May 23, 1869
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Died July 13, 1921(1921-07-13) (aged 52)
Mare Island, California
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1893–1921
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
Awards Marine Corps Brevet Medal

Albert Sidney McLemore (May 23, 1869—July 13, 1921) was an American officer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War. He was approved to receive the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery but died before it could be presented.


McLemore was born May 23, 1869, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1891 he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps. McLemore served in the Spanish–American War and during World War I was the officer in Charge of Marine Corps recruiting. He was approved to receive the Brevet Medal for gallantry in the Spanish–American War, but died before it could be presented. Since the brevet medal was not presented posthumously it was never given to his family and instead placed on display in the National Museum.[1]

Major McLemore is credited with coining the Marine Corps recruiting slogan "First to Fight" ca. 1911 while assigned to the Marine Corps Recruiting Service.[2] This phrase became part of the lyrics of The Marines Hymn.

He died at the Naval Hospital at Mare Island in Vallejo, California, on July 13, 1921, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Marine Corps Brevet Medal citation

Secretary of the Navy citation


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct and public service in the presence of the enemy while serving with Company E, First Marine (Huntington's) Battalion, at Guantanamo, Cuba, on 11 June 1898. On 18 March 1901, First Lieutenant McLemore is appointed Captain, by brevet, to take rank from 11 June 1898.[1]

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  • John E. Lelle SgtMaj. USMC (Ret) (1988). The Brevet Medal. Quest Publishing Co. ISBN 0-915779-02-1.
  • "Marine Corps Officers: 1798 to 1900". Naval Historical Center. 2006-04-06. Archived from the original on 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  • Edward S. Haynes (May 1972). "The United States Marine Corps Brevet Medal and Its Recipients". The Collector. 23 (5).
  1. ^ a b "Hall of Valor". Albert McLemore. Military Times. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. ^ "Soldiers of the Sea, pg 192", Robert D. Heinl, Jr., United States Naval Institute

External links

  • Colonel Albert S. McLemore biography (Archived 2009-10-25)
  • Marine Corps League Detachment 324
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