NO. R-111.  House concurrent resolution in memory of the late retired U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Wallace M. Greene Jr.

(H.C.R.62)

Offered by:  Representatives Perry of Richford, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Bailey of Hyde Park, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Connell of Warren, Corcoran of Bennington, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Duffy of Rutland City, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Freed of Dorset, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Head of South Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kenyon of Bradford, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Pelham of Calais, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Reese of Pomfret, Robinson of Richmond, Rodgers of Glover, Rogers of Castleton, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Starr of Troy, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweeney of Colchester, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Randolph, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County, Senator Welch of Windsor County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, General Wallace M. Greene Jr. USMC (retired), a native of Waterbury, was like his ancestor, Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene, a distinguished American military leader, and        

Whereas, the modern era General Greene, after attending the University of Vermont for his freshman year, matriculated at the United States Naval Academy and, upon graduation in 1930, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, his early Marine Corps postings included the U.S.S. Tennessee and the Fourth Marine Regiment in Shanghai, China where the Marines were protecting the city’s international enclave, and

Whereas, his World War II responsibilities took him to London and subsequently to the Pacific theater of operations, where the future Marine Corps commandant assisted in planning the invasion of Saipan and Tinian, and

Whereas, in the post‑World War II period, General Greene graduated from the U.S. Naval War College, and

Whereas, in the late 1950s, he was commanding general at the Marine Corps base at Parris Island, South Carolina, and

Whereas, in 1960, General Greene was appointed the Marine Corps chief of staff, the service’s number two position, and in 1963, his outstanding record of accomplishment prompted President Kennedy to name him commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, during his service as Marine Corps commandant, he was instrumental in developing a study of future battlefield techniques, and

Whereas, General Greene, a four‑star general, was the recipient of many military honors, including two Distinguished Service Medals and two Awards of the Legion of Merit, both with the combat “v” device, and

Whereas, his recent death marks the passing of a distinguished 20th‑century American military leader, and

Whereas, his son, retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Wallace M. Greene III, and daughter Vaughan, along with many others, will remember him on April 3 at an Arlington National Cemetery memorial service featuring full military honors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the memory of General Wallace Greene Jr., USMC (ret.), and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his daughter Vaughan, to his son, Lt. Colonel Wallace M. Greene III, USMC (ret.), to the Acting U.S. Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Hansford T. Johnson, to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Michael W. Hagee, and to the Marine Corps League in Merrifield, Virginia.