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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (E)
General Graves Blanchard Erskine


Just thought I would pass on that my grandfather on my mothers side, James Blanchard Erskine, was a ww2 Brigadier Marine General. He commanded a regiment at Iwo Jima and also had many other accomplishments during his career. He retired as a four star general. He was raised in Lousiana and he is honored there in a museum which I hope to go to one day as well as Scotland. I hope to get further information from my Aunt in the near furure.
Thanks, Patrick Daughtry  Alabama

Born at Columbia, Louisiana, June 28, 1897, he graduated from Louisiana State University in 1917. He entered the Marine Corps in 1917 and advanced through the grades to General.

He served at Pearl Harbor; was Chief of Staff of the Amphibious Group, Atlantic Fleet and other related duties. He led the assault on Iwo Jima in 1945 and also at Guam in 1945. After World War II, he was the commander of the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, California, 1950; Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, 1951-53; and retired from active duty in 1953. He then served as an assistant to the Secretary of Defense, 1953-61. 

He died on May 21, 1973 and was buried in Section 5, Grave 7033, of Arlington National Cemetery.


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