Gen Harry Kleinbeck Pickett

Gen Harry Kleinbeck Pickett

Birth
Ridgeway, Fairfield County, South Carolina, USA
Death 19 Mar 1965 (aged 77)
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Burial Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Plot 105
Memorial ID 122615531 · View Source
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US Marine Corps Major General who held important command positions and also had the distinction of having been present at the start of both World Wars.

Native of Ridgeway, South Carolina and Class of 1911 at The Citadel where he served as the first drum major of the cadet band when it was organized in 1909. Commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in 1913; he had sea and shore duty on the west coast and was then was posted to Guam, when the US entered World War I in 1917 he was involved in the seizure of the German cruiser Cormoran. Also served with the American Expeditionary Force in France, postwar assignments in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico; also various stateside locations including Quantico and Marine HQ in Washington DC as well as sea duty on the USS Arkansas. As a Colonel he was responsible for preparing defense plans for Midway, Wake, Johnston and Palmyra Islands in the Pacific and was serving as Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. During World War II served as Commanding General of Marine Forces for the 14th Naval District and had a key assignment as head of training for Marine Amphibious Forces in the Pacific, also commended for critical role in training of US Army troops who served in the Pacific Theater. He retired in November, 1946 and resided near Charlottesville, Virginia; died suddenly while touring Darjeeling, India while on a round the world trip in 1965, interred at the Singtom British Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Bob Mebane
  • Added: 2 Jan 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 122615531
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Harry Kleinbeck Pickett (9 Jan 1888–19 Mar 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 122615531, citing Singtom Cemetery, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India ; Maintained by Bob Mebane (contributor 47303096) .