Robert H. Barrow

Robert H. Barrow

Infobox Military Person
name= Robert H. Barrow
born= Birth date and age|1922|2|5
placeofbirth= Baton Rouge, Louisiana

caption= 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1979-1983)
allegiance= flagicon|United States United States of America
branch=United States Marine Corps
serviceyears= 1942-1983 [Barrow enlisted in 1942 and was commissioned in 1943.]
rank= General
commands=Commandant of the Marine Corps
battles= World War II Korean War -Battle of Inchon -Battle of Chosin Reservoir Vietnam War -Operation Dewey Canyon
awards=Navy Cross Distinguished Service Cross Defense Distinguished Service Medal Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Legion of Merit (3) Bronze Star with Combat "V" (2)
laterwork= Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
General Robert Hilliard Barrow (born February 5, 1922) was the 27th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) from 1979-1983. Now retired, Barrow served for 41 years, including overseas command duty in three wars.

Marine Corps career

World War II

Barrow attended Louisiana State University from 1939 to 1942,cite web
title=General Robert H. Barrow
publisher=Office of Public Affairs, LSU
] leaving early to join the Marine Corps in 1942.Barrow received an honorary doctorate of science from LSU in 1990.] He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and was retained as a Drill Instructor after his graduation. While serving on the drill field, he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School in February 1943. He was commissioned a second lieutenant on May 19, 1943.

During World War II, Barrow served with the Sino-American Cooperative Organization which was a U.S. trained and equipped Chinese guerilla team in Japanese-occupied Central China. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.Camp, Dick (2006). ‘’”Leatherneck Legends” – Conversation swith the Marine Corps' Old Breed.’’ pp. 84-87. Zenith Press. ISBN 0-7603-2157-4.]

Korean War

During the Korean War, Barrow commanded Company A, 1st Battalion 1st Marines in the Inchon-Seoul campaign and in the Chosin Reservoir campaign. For his heroism in holding a pass near Koto-ri on December 9–10, 1950, he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Interwar years

From 1957 to 1960, Barrow served as the Marine Officer Instructor at the Tulane University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Vietnam War

In Vietnam, Barrow served as Commanding Officer, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division (Rein), and as Deputy G-3, III Marine Amphibious Force. He received the Army Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in Operation Dewey Canyon.


General Barrow's medals and decorations include [] :






* (third award)

* in lieu of second award)

* Presidential Unit Citation (United States) (with one Bronze Star)

Post-military career

After General Barrow's retirement from the Marine Corps, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and to the president's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management. [cite web
title=Appointment of General Robert H. Barrow as a Member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
date=January 6, 1984
publisher=Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

ee also

*List of Korean War veterans who are recipients of the Bronze Star



:Marine Corps
*cite web|accessdate=2007-09-06
title=General Robert H. Barrow, USMC
work=Who's Who in Marine Corps History
publisher=History Division, United States Marine Corps

External links

* [ Official Biography for Robert H. Barrow] from the United States Marine Corps
* [ General Robert H. Barrow] from Keystone Marines

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