Commandants of the Marine Corps
Recorded on November 8, 2004
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
From personal papers and official documents, prominent
historians of the U.S. Marine Corps present essays on the
twenty-seven commandants who served the Corps between 1775 and
1983. Collectively, their essays trace the history of the Marine
Corps through the experiences of the Commandants and their support
staff. Each essay describes a Commandant's personality and outlines
his entire career with a focus on his term as Commandant. Frank
assessments are offered of each Commandant's performance and
historical significance. In addition to the editors, authors
include Victor H. Krulak, Edwin Howard Simmons, Joseph H.
Alexander, Merrill Bartlett.
Introductory essays by Allan R. Millett provide a general
interpretation of the history of the Marine Corps through the
leadership of the Commandants and the organizational changes at
Headquarters Marine Corps. Millett also outlines the contributions
made by the Commandants serving since 1983. From the appointment of
Samuel Nicholas in 1776 to John A. Lejeune in 1920 and Robert H.
Barrow in 1979, this anthology of original essays is the first in
terms of focus, research, and analysis to tell the story of the
Marine Corps through the performances of its Commandants.