Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune was a United States Marine and 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest Marines to have ever served, the "greatest of all Leathernecks". Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was named in his honor during World War II.
John Archer Lejeune was born January 10, 1867 in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of Confederate Army Captain Ovide Lejeune and Laura Archer Turpin. John grew up in Pointe Coupee.
John attended public school, James Archer's private school, then Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for a few years, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts, before moving on to enter the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as a midshipman, graduating from the Academy in 1888. He then went on to serve in the Marines, being commissioned as a second lieutenant 25 July 1890.
John's family sometimes accompanied him on his duty trips. They were with him when he was sent to the Philippines. John and Ellie otherwise raised their family in Virginia, where they were married. Their children included Laura Turpin Lejeune and Eugeinie D Lejeune.
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Lejeune had nearly 40 years service in the Marine Corps including commanding the Marine Guard of the USS Cincinnati (C-7) during the Spanish-American War and the U.S. Army's 2nd Division during World War I, being second of two times in U.S. military history when Marine Corps officers commanded an Army division. Lejeune wasn't really ready to retire, but was relieved of duty as commandant in March 1929. His service with the Marine Corps after he retired was as the 5th Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute.
John was bestowed with the Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor and Croix de guere with Bronze Palm honors by the French Government for his service in World War I. He also was awarded the United States Army's Distinguished Service Medal and the United States Navy's Distinguished Service Medal.
Lejeune is often referred to in the present day as being the "greatest of all Leathernecks" and the "Marine's Marine." 
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was named in John's honor during World War II. He also honored on a postage stamp in 2005. There are several statues of Lejeune erected across the country. He is also memorialized in building names and on USS Lejeune (AP-74), a Navy Transport ship.
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On 29 Mar 2019 at 15:04 GMT Sheila x wrote:
On 10 Aug 2017 at 15:05 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
It is policy that only Project Box templates be above the biography line. I know that a lot of profiles do not meet this standard at this time, but will be changed to conform soon. Would you mind moving the succession box back under his military service discussion section? That is where it makes sense since his service is then discussed there. Thanks!
On 22 Jun 2017 at 04:34 GMT Debbie (Fink) Thomas wrote:
On 24 May 2017 at 19:13 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:
I was considering building up John's profile to use for next week's Memorial Day example profile of the week. Do you mind if I do so? We'd feature it as part of the Military and War project, in connection with Notables, as well.
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