Verne J. McCaul

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Verne James McCaul
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Born (1903-08-18)August 18, 1903
Ayr, North Dakota
Died March 2, 1968(1968-03-02) (aged 64)
U.S. Naval Hospital San Diego, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1925 - 1960
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Service number 0-3987
Commands held Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

World War II

Korean War
Awards Legion of Merit (2)

Verne James McCaul (August 18, 1903—March 2, 1968) was a lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps who served as the 7th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Early years

McCaul was born on August 18, 1903, in Ayr, North Dakota, and after joining the Marine Corps participated in World War II. He was commissioned in 1925 and subsequently became a naval aviator.

Major McCaul established Marine Fighting Squadron 221 at San Diego in 1941 and took the unit to Midway Island by year end. On Midway, he joined the staff of Marine Air Group 22, then returned to the U.S. He saw additional Pacific service in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines, where he assumed command of Marine Air Group 12 in early 1945.

After the war, McCaul was promoted to brigadier general, serving in USMC Headquarters. Subsequently he commanded the 1st and 2nd Aircraft Wings and in 1957 he became assistant commandant for aviation.

By the time McCaul retired in 1960, he had achieved the rank of lieutenant general. He died on March 2, 1968, in U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

Awards and decorations

During his military career, he was awarded: Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star in lieu of a second award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the American Defense Service Medal with Base clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, and the Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner.

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1st Row Legion of Merit with one Gold Star and Combat "V"
2nd Row Navy Presidential Unit Citation with two Stars Navy Unit Commendation American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp
3rd Row American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three service stars China Service Medal
4th Row World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal
5th Row Order of the Cloud and Banner (Republic of China) Philippine Liberation Medal with one star United Nations Korea Medal

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
  • "Lieutenant General Verne J. McCaul, USMC". Who's Who in Marine Corps History. History Division, United States Marie Corps. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
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