Krulak, Victor Harold "Brute"

Date of birth:
January 7th, 1913 (Denver, Colorado, United States)
Date of death:
December 29th, 2008 (San Diego/California, United States)
Buried on:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps (2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Parachute Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps)
Awarded for:
Operation Blissful
Action:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Victor H. Krulak (0-4990), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service as Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, First Marine Parachute Regiment, during operations on Choiseul Island, Solomon Islands, 28 October 1943 to 3 November 1943. Assigned the task of diverting hostile attention from the movements of our main attack force en route to Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville Island, Lieutenant Colonel Krulak landed at Choiseul and daringly directed the attack of his battalion against the Japanese, destroying hundreds of tons of supplies and burning camps and landing barges. Although wounded during the assault on 30 October he repeatedly refused to relinquish his command and with dauntless courage and tenacious devotion to duty, continued to lead his battalion against the numerically superior Japanese forces. His brilliant leadership and indomitable fighting spirit assured the success of this vital mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Details:
SPOT AWARD, Serial 02132 (SofN Signed March 9, 1944).
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
6th Marine Division "The Striking Sixth", U.S. Marine Corps (6th Marine Division "The Striking Sixth", U.S. Marine Corps)
Awarded for:
Operation Iceberg
Action:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Colonel Victor Harold Krulak (MCSN: 0-4990), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving as Operations Officer of a Marine Division preliminary to and during operations against the enemy on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, from 10 November 1944 to 21 June 1945. Prior to the Okinawa operation, Lieutenant Colonel Krulak planned and supervised the training of a newly formed division, overcoming severe handicaps to bring it to a state of complete readiness for pending operations. During the operation his advice to the Commanding General was of immeasurable value, being always sound, and based upon comprehensive and excellent tactical judgment and a consistently complete grasp of the situation. To better acquaint himself with the situation he exposed himself to enemy artillery and small arms fire in frequent visits to front line units. His coordination of subordinate units and supporting area contributed materially to the success of this difficult operation as did his preparation and rapid dissemination of excellently conceived operations orders. His professional ability and devotion to duty were outstanding and his actions throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Lieutenant Colonel Krulak is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)
Details:
General Orders: Commanding General FMF Pacific: Serial 61803 (17 August 1945).
With "V" device for valor.
Legion of Merit - US Military

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