Clement, William T.

Commanded 4th Marines in first landing on Japan 2 weeks after surrender

Price: $40.00

Description:
(1894-1955) US Marine Corps general in WW II. Joined USMC 1917, served in Haiti to 1919. Served in China, recruiting duty and at sea, becoming a battalion commander with the 5th Marines. At outbreak of WW II, on staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet in the Philippines until ordered to leave by submarine for Australia April 1942. Awarded Navy Cross for his handling of diversified units engaged at Cavite Navy Yard and on Bataan. Assigned to work on plans for the June 1944 (D-Day) invasion of France, then promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as assistant division commander of the 6th Marine Division, then on Guadalcanal preparing for Okinawa. Clement led the 4th Marines ashore at Yokosuka, Japan Aug. 30, 1945, commanding the Fleet Landing Force that make the first landing on the Japanese home islands following the nation's unconditional surrender. Less than 2 months after the Yokosuka landing, he rejoined the division in No. China. When the division was re-designated the 3rd Marine Brigade, Clement became commanding general and in June 1946 was named Commanding General, Marine Forces, Tsingtao Area. In Sept. 1949, assumed command of Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego until 1952 retirement as Lieut. General. 2 x 3 ½ card signed “Wm. T. Clement/Brig. Gen. of Marines”. Uncommon autograph, dating from 1944-46.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Card






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