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Gen Edwin A. Pollock
Birth: Mar. 21, 1899
Augusta
Richmond County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 1982
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

United States Marine Corps General. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was awarded the Navy Cross for bravery in August 1942 action on Guadalcanal. Raised in Augusta, Georgia, he attended Staunton Military Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon his 1921 graduation from The Citadel. After completing the Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to Parris Island, South Carolina, and in 1923 was deployed to the Dominican Republic. Subsequently ordered to Nicaragua in 1926, the next 15 years saw him in a variety of assigments both stateside and aboard several Navy ships. After advanced schooling at Quantico Pollock was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assigned command of the Second Battalion, First Marine Division, in 1942; when on the night of August 21-22, 1942, Marines under his command were subjected to a surprise attack at the Tenaru River, Guadalcanal, he left the Command Post and directed operations from the front lines for the next 12 hours, resulting in the killing of 700 Japanese and earning him the Navy Cross. Pollock received the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for the 1943 Cape Gloucester operation, was advanced to colonel in November of that year, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for action on Iwo Jima. Posted as Commanding Officer of the Basic School, a job often held by future generals, in November 1945 he later served at Headquarters Marine Corps and in July of 1949 was promoted to brigadier general. Pollock received his second star in October 1951 and became Commanding Officer, Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; he arrived in Korea to command the First Marine Division in August of 1952 and for his leadership in that position received the Army Distinguished Service Medal. After returning stateside he commanded the Marine Corps Education Center, Quantico, and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, before being promoted to lieutenant general and named to head the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico. General Pollock's final two postings were as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, Honolulu, and Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Norfolk. The General received his fourth star upon his November 1, 1959, retirement, spent his last years in the Low Country of South Carolina, and died of cancer. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Mary Essie Morgan Pollock (1899 - 1982)*
 
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Burial:
Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort
Beaufort County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 40
 
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Record added: Nov 24, 2007
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- Bob Hufford
 Added: Mar. 21, 2014
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- Red
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014
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