Famous Marines

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"

"...the strength of the Corps is the Marine, the strength of the Marine is the Corps."
- Gen. J. L. Jones, USMC, Commandant

 

This list is comprised of people whose main fame comes from their life OUTSIDE their military service,
and should not be confused with "Noteworthy Marines", although the two are not mutually exclusive.

My father, his brother, and three uncles were in the Army.  My husband and an uncle were in the Navy. 
Only my great uncle, Bill, was in the Marines.
But when I was two years old, I fell in love with the Corps. 
Next to a newborn baby and a few select brides, what could be as gloriously beautiful as a Marine in his dress blues? 
Not much!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_U.S._Marines 

A - F

PHOTO NAME BIRTH DEATH OTHER CLAIM TO FAME
 

1966

Don Adams

(Donald James Yarmy)

13 Apr 1923
New York City, NY
25 Sept 2005
Los Angeles, CA

* Actor

geocities.com/SunsetStrip/
Underground/9798/
donadams1.htm

canoe.ca/JamMoviesArtists
A/adams_don.html

monmouth.com/~ccummins/
donadams.htm

 

1958

   

Birney Adams

(Birney A. Adams)

03 June 1926
Tacoma, WA
19 Apr 2014
Vashon Island (King Co.), WA
ussslcca25.com/adams.htm

* Served as XO, Marine Detachment, USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) before taking command of the Marine Detachment, USS Macon while in port at Oslo.

 
* Enlisted Marine in WW II
* 1950 - Commissioned
* Infantry Company Commander in Korea: injured by enemy fire on three occasions and awarded the Purple Heart on each combat injury.
 
3 Purple Hearts awarded: 14 Sept 1951 - combat action at Hill 749, Korea;
15 Sept 1951 - combat action at Hill 749, Korea.;
12 Oct 1951 - combat at Hill 803, Korea.
 
Joe Agee

(Joseph Schroth Agee)

10 Feb 1931
Portsmouth, VA
Living
* 1954 - 1958 Taught Physical Education and U.S. History, Coached 5 sports (Head Basketball Coach for three years) at Warwick High School.
* 1958 - 1999 Taught Kinesiology for 34 years at College of William and Mary. Coached for 41 straight years, including basketball, baseball, football, soccer and golf ('64-'99)
* Served in Korea - 03/01/53 to 04/01/54.*
* Offered a Baseball contract with Pittsburgh Pirates; received draft notice from Army; accepted commission
in the USMCR
.
 

1973

Bea Arthur

 (Bernice Frankel)

13 May 1923
New York City, NY
25 Apr 2009
Los Angeles, CA

(Cancer)

*SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC.
* Actress - Best remembered for her title role in the TV series Maude and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls"

geocities.com/beaarthur
boulevard/

lgt2.com/bea/

 
  Harry Atkinson

(Harry Eugene Atkinson)

about 1920
(probably) Hampton, VA
30 June 2001
Newport News, VA
* Attorney
* Mayor of Newport News, VA
* City Councilman for Newport News, VA

nnhs65.com/obit-Harry-Atkinson.html

nnhs65.com/10-14-09-NNHS-If-You-Wanna-Be-Happy.html

 
F. Lee Bailey

(Francis Lee Bailey, Jr.)

10 June 1933
Waltham, MA
Living

* Attorney
 * Author

law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/
ftrials/mylai/myl_bbailey.htm

 
  Hank Barbe

(Henry James Barbe)

17 Jan 1974
San Antonio, TX
Living * Blanco High School,
Class of 1992
* Football Coach
* My Friend
* LDS Fast Tracker
* Awesome Dude
 
Harold W. Bauer

(Harold William Bauer)

20 Nov 1908
Woodruff, KS
KIA
14 Nov 1942
* United States Naval Academy,
Class of 1930

acepilots.com
/bauer/usmc_bauer1.html

usmc.mil/moh.nsf/
000003c919889c0385255
f980058f5b6/000003
c919889c0385255
f9800618fcb?OpenDocument

 
Chick Bennett

(Charles C. Bennett)

USMC0811@comcast.net

26 Mar 1944
Millville, NJ
Living * Millvill NJ Police Officer
until 1 Nov 1992
* Private Detective
until 2002
DaNang, Vietnam -
26 Mar 1965 - 21st Birthday
Millvill, NJ Police Officer 1 Jan 2004
 

3 Nov 1990
Lewis and Mary Harty, Clinton Bennett
Clinton Bennett

(Clinton Jay Bennett)

15 Apr 1966
Litchfield, IL
Living * Civil Servant
* My Oldest Son's
Brother-in-Law
* My Friend
 
Rod Carew

(Rodney Cline Carew)

01 Oct 1945
Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama

Living

* Baseball Hall of Famer

baseballhalloffame.org/
hofers_and_honorees/
hofer_bios/

carew_rod.htm

pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/
ballplayers/C/Carew_Rod.stm

 
Drew Carey

(Drew Allison Cary)

23 May1958
Cleveland, OH

Living

* Actor

geocities.com/TelevisionCity/
5927/drew.html

 
Philip Carey

(Eugene Joseph Carey)

15 Jul 1925
Hackensack, NJ
06 Feb 2009
New York City, NY

* Actor

wchstv.com/abc/onelife/
philipcarey.html

williamsmith.org/carey.html

 
  David Carradine

(John Arthur Carradine)

08 Dec 1936
Hollywood, CA
Living * Actor

davidcarradine.org/

geocities.com/Hollywood/
Bungalow/2034/david
carradinemain.html

 
James Carville

(Chester James Carville, Jr.)

25 Oct 1944
Fort Benning, GA
Living * Political Strategist and Manager

wordiq.com/definition/
James_Carville

 
Roberto Clemente

(Roberto Clemente Walker)

08 Aug 1934
Carolina, Puerto Rico

31 Dec 1972
San Juan, Puerto Rico

(plane crash)

* Baseball Hall of Famer
(1973)

toptown.com/hp
/66/roberto.htm

 
1st LT Coffman (second from left) serving with the 3rd Force Recon Company, Vietnam, 1968.
He was given a battlefield commission.

 


GySgt "Buck" Coffman USMC dining with President Lyndon B. Johnson in Vietnam - "Buck" was awarded the Navy Cross by the President that day, and it was featured in Life Magazine, November 4, 1966, Page 27.
(L to R) Lt Hammer, United States Army; President Lyndon B. Johnson, Gunnery Sergeant Clovis C. Coffman, Jr. USMC

Lt. Col. Clovis C. "Buck" Coffman, USMC
Buck Coffman

(Clovis Clyde Coffman, Jr.)

 

12 Dec 1931 27 Aug 2001
Virginia Beach, VA
* Craddock High School,
Class of 1950
* Artist
* Author

members.tripod.com/~rq
bing/memories.htm

homeofheroes.com/verify/
1_Citations/nc_19rvn_
usmcA.html

ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC
/USMC-M-Marshalls/USMC-M-
Marshalls-V.html


ibiblio.org/hyperwar/
USMC/III/USMC-III-G.html


homeofheroes.com/verify/
1_Citations/nc_19rvn_
usmcA.html


Joint Base Fort Story, VA
 
L Gerald W. Colbert
(Gerald Warren Colbert) 
31 Dec 1928
Mount Vernon, NY
27 Jan 2014
Nassau, NY

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/
timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?pid=169385435

* Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1947 to 1952;
 Honorably Discharged with the Rank of Sergeant
 
* Served in the Mount Vernon, New York Police Department from 1952 to 1988; Retired with the Rank of Lieutenant
 
* Life Member of the Marine Corps League
 
* International Police Association - USA Section - Region 11 (Florida/South)
1947 - PFC Gerald W. Colbert, USMC Cpl. Gerald W. Colbert, USMC 17 Dec 1981 - Lt. Gerald W. Colbert Gerald W. Colbert, USMC
 

Newport News High School,
Class of 1963
Danny Coleman
(Dan Lee Coleman)
19 Oct 1945
Newport News, VA
Living * Newport News High
School
, Class of 1963
* My Friend
*
USMC/Combat Engineer
* Retired from sales, 2004
* Writer for 11 years (novels/newspaper)
* Now writing again, without the pressure
* Developing  trademark, IVY BRIDGE, a private label clothing mark
* Designing new marks for eventual retail/wholesale marketing
 
Rip Collins

(Russell Eugene Collins)

30 Nov 1946
Washington, DC
Living Newport News High
School
, Class of 1965
* My Friend
Fall 1955 Newport News High School,
Class
of 1965
   
 
Chuck Colson

(Charles Wendell Colson)

16 Oct 1931
Boston, MA
Living * Attorney
*
Assistant to the Assistant
Secretary of the Navy
19551956

* Founder - Prison Fellowship
Ministries - 1976
 * Author

pfm.org/Template.cfm?Section
=About_Chuck_Colson&
Template=/TaggedPage/
TaggedPageDisplay.

cfm&TPLID=16&Content
ID=6840

Lt. C. W. Colson
Camp LeJeune, NC
Summer 1953
Lt. C. W. Colson
Camp LeJeune, NC
Summer 1953
 
 
  Richard Coltrane

(Richard Brooks Coltrane, Jr.)

  Living * Newport News High School, Class of 1957
* University of Virginia
* Selected for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned after successful completion of the OCS course at Quantico, VA; served three years in the Corps and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 when his unit, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC was embarked in USS Chilton (APA-38).
Newport News High School,
Class of 1957
 
 
Syd Dearing

(Sydney Clyde Dearing, Sr.)

30 Dec 1918
Hampton, VA
16 Feb 2002
Norfolk, VA

(brain aneurysm)

* Professional Jazz Pianist
* Survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima
* Storekeeper with
C&O Railroad
* Father of Sydney Dearing, Newport News High School, Class of 1956

nnhs65.com/02-19-08-NNHS-
Iwo-Jima-Plus-63-Years.html

Monday, February 26, 1945 1945 Wednesday, July 11, 1945 in his office at the C & O
 
  Brian Dennehy

(Brian Mannion Dennehy)

09 Jul 1938
Bridgeport, CT
Living

* Actor
* Producer
* Director
 * Writer

mindspring.com/~
billandsue/briandennehy
.html

 
Laz Diaz

(Lazaro Antonio Diaz)

29 Mar 1963
Miami, FL
Living * Major League Umpire

mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/
mlb/team/mlb_team_
umpires_bio.jsp?id=2332

ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/
MGA7EV8SKED.html

centredaily.com/mld/centre
daily/sports/baseball/
5642200.htm

 
        Walt Disney      
 

Andre Dubus

(Andre Jules Dubus)

11 Aug 1936
Lake Charles, LA
24 Feb 1999
Haverhill, MA

(heart attack)

* Author

salon.com/10/reviews/
dubus1.html

bedfordstmartins.com/litlinks/
fiction/dubus.htm

 

U.S. Marine David Douglas Duncan.
Photograph
by Lt. Richard M. Nixon, USNR Bougainville, 1944.
David Douglas Duncan 23 Jan 1916
Kansas City, MO
Living * Photographer

hrc.utexas.edu/
exhibitions/online/ddd/

theartists.org
/ArtistView.cfm?id=
C5D8B352-5767-472D-8166F56A3324708E

temple.edu/
photo/photographers/
duncan/bio.htm

 
R. Lee Ermey

(Ronald Lee Ermey)

24 Mar 1944
Emporia, KS
Living

* Actor
* TV Personality

rleeermey.com/

 

Don Everly

(Isaac Donald Everly)

1 Feb 1937
Brownie, KY
Living * Musicians

everlybrothers.com/

everly.net/

bellenet.com/everly.html

Phil Everly

(Phillip Everly)

19 Jan 1939
Chicago, IL
Living
 

Newport News High School,
Class of 1958
Gary Farnsworth

(George Gary Farnsworth)

  Living in Sparks, NV * Newport News High
School
, Class of 1958
 


Newport News High School,
Class of 1961

Gary Fitzgerald

(Gary Wayne Fitzgerald)

8 Sep 1943
Newport News, VA
Living * Newport News High
School
, Class of 1961
* My Friend
 
Glenn Ford

(Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford)

1 May 1916
Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
3o Aug 2006
Beverly Hills, CA

* Actor
* Producer


glennfordonline.com/
pages/384118/index.htm

meredy.com/glennfor
dtriv.html

 
Shelby Foote

(Shelby Dade Foote, Jr.)

17 Nov 1916
Greenville, MS
27 June 2005
Memphis, TN

(heart attack)

* Novelist
* Historian

 books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/
story/0,,1518756,00.html

olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/foote_shelby/
 

 
Mark Fuhrman

(Mark James Fuhrman)

05 Feb 1952
Los Angeles, CA
Living * Homicide Detective, Los Angeles Police Department
* Producer

wordiq.com/definition
/Mark_Fuhrman

encyclopedia.thefree
dictionary.com/Mark
%20Fuhrman

 
               


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M - R

S - Z

Famous Marines - Part II : Additional Marine Corps Sites, Images, Backgrounds, and Stories


The United States Marine Corps Hymn

Words: L.Z. Phillips (?) (1919)
Music: Jacques Offenbach from Genevieve de Brabant (1868)
 

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom 
And to keep our honor clean; 
We are proud to claim the title 
of United States Marine. 

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes; 
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines. 

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve 
In many a strife we've fought for life 
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; 
They will find the streets are guarded 
By United States Marines. 


"Marine Corps Hymn" lyrics courtesy of http://www.fiftiesweb.com/usa/marine.htm

"Marine Corps Hymn" midi courtesy of http://www.f11view.net/usaflag/midmusic/marine2.mid

Famous Airmen
Famous Coast Guardsmen and Famous Merchant Marines
Famous Sailors
Famous Soldiers
Return to Newport News High School

 

Famous Marines

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"

 

If you (or a family member) served our nation as a member of the United States Marine Corps,
and would consent to being included on this page, please send your full name,
date and place of birth, other occupations, and any images
(those in dress blues are always treasured!)
of your choice to the Web Mistress:

Carol Buckley Harty of NC: cluckmeat@yahoo.com

Thank you.

07/22/01