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NO. R-436.  House concurrent RESOLUTION commemorating the unveiling and dedication of the state house portrait of former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Wallace Martin Greene Jr.


Offered by:  Representatives Perry of Richford, Adams of Hartland and Sweaney of Windsor

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack and Nitka

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

Whereas, the 20th-century General Greene graduated from the United States Naval Academy as a member of the class of 1930, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, one of his early Marine Corps postings was Shanghai, China, and during World War II, he was stationed first in London and later in the Pacific, 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 military record prompted President Kennedy to name him commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and

Whereas, after the general’s death in 2003, the color photograph that has served as the general’s state house portrait was displayed in the well of the house in connection with a legislative memorial ceremony, and

Whereas, while the photo was on display in the House chamber, the picture’s deteriorated condition was readily apparent to even a casual observer, and

Whereas, General Greene’s family was desirous of honoring him in his native state with a more dignified pictorial likeness and commissioned Robert Liberace, a prominent Washington, D.C. portrait artist, to create a new oil portrait, and

Whereas, on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29, 2008, this new portrait is being unveiled at a state house ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room with members of General Greene’s family and the artist in attendance, and

Whereas, the new portrait will be placed on permanent display for all Vermonters who visit the state house to see and admire, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the unveiling and dedication of the new state house portrait of former U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Wallace Green Jr., and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to members of the family of General Wallace Green Jr. and to Robert Liberace.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont