Merrill B. Twining (1902-1996)

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Robin- vuii- Merrill Twining 1904-1996 General Merrill Twining of the Marine Corps, who helped plan the landing on Guadalcanal in World War II and later fought in the Korean War, died on May 1 1 in California. He was 92. Twining retired in 1959 as commandant of the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia, training ground for generations of American and foreign military commanders. Twining was born in Wis consin, and graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1923. He served in China before returning to the US in 1928 where, while working at the Judge Advocate General's office in Washington, he earned a law degree. In 1941 he was assigned to the First Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He had reached the rank of lieutenant colonel by May 1942, when the division moved to the Pacific. Before the August 1942 landing on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, Twining went on an aerial scouting mission that helped him and other officers map strategy in the Guadalcanal campaign. For his action he was awarded the Legion of Merit In November 1943 he was reassigned to the Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, where he served until 1947. By 1952, when he rejoined the First Marine Division as assistant division commander, the Korean War was in its second year. Twining returned to Korea in 1955 as commander of the First Marine Division. He assumed command of the Marine Corps Schools in 1956 as a lieutenant general, and he was given four-star rank on retirement in 1959. Twining is survived by a son, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The New York Times

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  1. The Sydney Morning Herald,
  2. 27 May 1996, Mon,
  3. Page 38

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