Victor H. Krulak, Marine Behind U.S. Landing Craft, Dies at 95

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  1. bruno

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    "Lt. Gen. Victor H. Krulak, a highly decorated Marine commander who championed innovative tactics in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died Dec. 29 in San Diego. He was 95.
    His death was announced by his son Gen. Charles C. Krulak, the Marine commandant from 1995 to 1999.
    When he attended the Naval Academy, he was nicknamed Brute by his fellow midshipmen, a wry reference to the fact that he was only 5 feet 4 and weighed 120 pounds or so."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/obituaries/05krulak.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

    RIP Brute. They don't make too many like this anymore. Despite the headline- his greatest moments were his insights and differences with Gen Westmoreland into how to fight the war in Vietnam. He was a major proponent of the widespread use of Civil Action Patrols rather than large scale unit actions to destroy the enemy and then returned to base- so he was a forerunner of Gen Petraeus approach in Iraq..
     

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