General Alexander Archer Vandergrift
United States Marine Corps
Felix de Weldon
Wars and Conflicts:
World War II
H x W x D: 21 in. / 19 in. / 10 in.
The Army and Navy Club Library Trust
Iwo Jima Room, Second Floor
From 1985: The Army and Navy Club, acquired from Felix de Weldon
Alexander Vandegrift received his commission in the Marine Corps in 1908. In 1909 he foresaw future battle when he authored “Aviation, the Cavalry of the Future.” He commanded the 1st Marine Division during World War II in the Solomons during the attack on Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Gavulu. He was awarded the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor for his actions in those battles. He was sworn as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1945 and appointed General, the first Marine officer on active duty to attain four-star rank. General Vandegrift is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.