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
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.
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