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Lecture and Book Signing: Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943
November 8, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
A lecture with David J. Ulbrich, Ph.D.
During the Great Depression, the U.S. Marine Corps fell to less than 18,000 men and its budgets slipped to $20 million in 1936. At this low point, Thomas Holcomb became Marine Corps Commandant. Over the next seven years, he directed the Corps’ incredible growth to 385,000 Marines with a budget of $500 million when he retired in late 1943. David Ulbrich is the first scholar to make a detailed examination of Holcomb’s roles in this period of extraordinary transformation. Ulbrich demonstrates how Holcomb drew on thirty-six years of experience and education and why he became a successful commandant during the Corps’ transition from the Great Depression to the Second World War. Holcomb molded the Marine Corps into the modern amphibious force that helped defeat Japan. His skills in leadership and management compare favorably with those of Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George C. Marshall.
“Preparing for Victory” received an honorable mention for the 2012 Rear Adm Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for Naval Literature.
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