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Old 14 November 2007, 00:48
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Major General Grinalds?

Anyone serve with or under him? Strangely enough he's my parents next door neighbor. I haven't met him yet and they don't know him well yet either, but I found it interesting that they've got a Maj Gen next door.

Of course maybe it isn't so strange either; former CMC, Gen Mundy lives in the same subdivision as well and recently introduced himself to them.

Small world I suppose.
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Major General John S. Grinalds - Retired


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Major General John S. Grinalds is currently serving as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Commanding General, Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, California.

General Grinalds was born January 5, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in June 1959, where he earned a B.S. degree in military Art and Science, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, the first West Point cadet to do so since 1814. He also holds BA. and MA. degrees in Geography from Oxford University (1963 and 1967), and an MBA. degree in Business Ad-ministration from Harvard University (1974).

Following completion of The Basic School, at Quantico, Virginia, in April 1960, and an assignment as a platoon commander at the Officers Candidate School, he transferred overseas to attend Oxford University. While at school -he was promoted to first lieutenant in December 1960.

Returning from overseas in August 1963, General Grinalds reported to the 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served until March 1966, as a Company Commander and Assistant Operations Officer for the 2d Battalion, 8th Marines. He was promoted to captain in January 1964.

In March 1966, he was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam where he was assigned as Senior Advisor to the 4th Bat-talion, Vietnamese Marine Corps until April 1967. He subsequently was assigned as Aide-de-Camp to the Comman-ding General, FMF, Pacific. He was promoted to major in November 1967.

He returned to the continental United States in June 1968, and following graduation from the Command and Staff College at Quantico, in June 1969, transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served for a year in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Analysis.

General Grinalds returned to Vietnam in June 1970, where he served as the Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, and as Intelligence Officer for the 1st Marines. Ordered back from overseas he then served for a year as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C. He then was selected for the Special Education Program at Harvard University in August 1972, graduating in June 1974 with an M.B.A. degree.

From June 1974 until August 1977, General Grinalds served in the Manpower Department at Headquarters Marine Corps. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in July 1975. His next assignment was as a student at the National War College, and upon graduation in June 1978, returned to the 2d Marine Division where he served successively as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 8th Marines; as the Division Operations Officer; and as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1. He was promoted to colonel in September 1980 while at Camp Lejeune.

Transferred to the 3d Marine Division on Okinawa, General Grinalds assumed command of the 9th Marines and Camp Hansen in May 1981. He served in this capacity until the following May, when he was assigned to Supreme Head-quarters Allied Powers, Europe, for duty as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for USCINCEUR matters.

He returned to Headquarters Marine Corps in July 1985 for duty as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations. While serving in this capacity, he was selected for promotion to brigadier general in April 1986. He was advanced to that grade on June 30, 1986, and was assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the Assistant Deputy Director, Force Development and Strategic Plans, J-5. He served in this capacity until Nov. 30, 1986, at which time he became the Deputy Director for Force Structure, Resource, and Assessment, J-8. He assumed duty as the Director for Force Structure, Resource, and Assessment, J-8, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., and the rank of major general on May 16, 1988. General Grinalds assumed his current assignment on Aug. 22, 1989.

General Grinalds' decorations and medals include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of a second award with Combat "V"; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with silver star and two bronze stars; Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (First Class); Republic of Vietnam Staff Ser-vices Honor Medal (First Class); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross color with palm); and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. General Grinalds also has been named to the French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier.
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