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Commandant of the Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps is led by a Commandant, who reports to the Secretary of the Navy. The Commandant is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  1. Samuel Nicholas[?] (November 28, 1775-August 1783)
  2. William W. Burrows[?] (July 12, 1798-March 6, 1804)
  3. Franklin W.[?] (March 7, [[1804-September 1, 1818)
  4. Anthony Gale[?] (March 3, 1819-October 8, 1820)
  5. Archibald Henderson[?] (October 17, 1820-January 6, 1859)
  6. John Harris[?] (January 7, 1859-May 1, 1864)
  7. Jacob Zeilen[?] (June 10, 1864-October 31, 1876)
  8. Charles G. McCawley[?] (November 1, 1876-January 29, 1891)
  9. Charles Heywood[?] (June 30, 1891-October 2, 1903)
  10. George F. Elliot[?] (October 3, 1903-November 30, 1910)
  11. William P. Biddle[?] (February 3, 1911-February 24, 1914)
  12. George Barnett[?] (February 25, 1914-June 30, 1920)
  13. John A. Lejeune[?] (July 1, 1920-March 4, 1929)
  14. Wendall C. Neville[?] (March 5, 1929-July 8, 1930)
  15. Ben H. Fuller[?] (July 9, 1930-February 28, 1934)
  16. John H. Russell, Jr[?] (March 1, 1934-November 30, 1936)
  17. Thomas Holcomb[?] (December 1, 1936-December 31, 1943)
  18. Alexander A. Vandegrift[?] (January 1, 1944-December 31, 1947)
  19. Clifton B. Cates[?] (January 1, 1948-December 31, 1951)
  20. Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr[?] (January 1, 1952-December 31, 1955)
  21. Randolph M. Pate[?] (January 1, 1956-December 31, 1959)
  22. David M. Shoup[?] (January 1, 1969-December 31, 1963)
  23. Wallace M. Greene, Jr[?] (January 1, 1964-December 31, 1967)
  24. Leonard F. Chapman, Jr[?] (January 1, 1968-December 31, 1971)
  25. Robert E. Cushman, Jr[?] (January 1, 1972-June 30, 1975)
  26. Louis H. Wilson, Jr[?] (July 1, 1975-June 30, 1979)
  27. Robert H. Barrow[?] (July 1, 1979-June 30, 1983)
  28. Paul X. Kelley[?] (July 1, 1983-June 30, 1987)
  29. Alfred M. Gray, Jr[?] (July 1, 1987-June 30, 1991)
  30. Carl E. Mundy, Jr[?] (July 1, 1991-June 30, 1995)
  31. Charles C. Krulak (July 1, 1995-June 30, 1999
  32. James L. Jones (July 1, 1999-present)



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