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Ronald R. Van Stockum turns 104 today (some positive news)
7/8/2020

Posted on 07/08/2020 9:07:27 AM PDT by Borges

A veteran of Bougainville and Guam campaigns, Brigadier General Van Stockum is most noted for his service as director, Marine Corps Reserve and later as commanding general, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (Forward) on Okinawa during the Vietnam War.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: stockum; usmc; vietnam; ww2

1 posted on 07/08/2020 9:07:27 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Happy birthday, sir, and Semper Fi!


2 posted on 07/08/2020 9:13:16 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Borges

Wow!

He was 28-29 as a BG!

Respect.


3 posted on 07/08/2020 9:16:41 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The prisons do not fill themselves. Get moving, Barr!)
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To: Borges

I hope this man hasn’t turned on the news recently to see what’s happened to the country for which he put his life on the line.


4 posted on 07/08/2020 9:22:49 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Borges

His mother lived to the age of 110. Good genes there!

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79535918/florence-rosetta-van_stockum


5 posted on 07/08/2020 9:29:15 AM PDT by Deo volente ("When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation." Pres. Trump)
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To: Borges

A salute to a life being well lived! General Van Stockum has a far more interesting life than this brief squib relates. Born in England, his birth father, Royal Army Sergeant Reginald George Bareham, died 6 days before his birth at the Battle of the Somme. His widowed mother, Florence, became an ambulance driver for the RAF where she met a Dutch-born American Army Sergeant, Antonius Wilhemus Van Stockum, just before the war’s end. By 1920, she married him and Ronald was adopted, settling in Washington State.

Ronald graduated from University of Washington and their ROTC program in 1937, joining the Marines as a 2nd Lieutenant. He earned his first battle ribbon commanding a Marine Fleet Detachment aboard the USS Wasp when it twice went deep into the Mediterranean to ferry Spitfires to Malta in 1942.

Transferred to land duty, he participated in the post-Guadalcanal Marine actions of Bougainville and Guam, earning a combat Bronze Star, exiting the war as a Lieutenant Colonel. Post war, he was active duty but working with the various components of the Marine Reserves and later in various other areas. He retired in 1969 with the active rank of Brigadier General, choosing Kentucky for his retirement.

He has authored several books including one about the birth father he never got to meet; My Father: British Sergeant Reginald G. Bareham (1894–1916) and The Battle of the Somme.


6 posted on 07/08/2020 9:58:42 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: Alas Babylon!
He was 28-29 as a BG!

Think this is an error, he was frocked BG in 1962 which made him about 36 at the time.

7 posted on 07/08/2020 10:02:50 AM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: Borges

Semper Fi and a big Marine Corps Happy Birthday sir!


8 posted on 07/08/2020 10:34:46 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies)
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To: Borges; archy; xzins; SandRat; HarleyLady27; BlackFemaleArmyCaptain; Interesting Times; ...

Happy Birthday wishes from an Army vet.


9 posted on 07/08/2020 11:11:15 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SES1066

Even so, I wonder how many high ranking WWII officers are still alive?

I’d guess not more than a handful.


10 posted on 07/08/2020 11:30:02 AM PDT by cyclotic (The most dangerous people are the ones that feel the most helpless)
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To: Borges

From one old Marine to another: Happy Birthday!... Semper Fi!...


11 posted on 07/08/2020 1:15:26 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is Sam Adams now that we desperately need him)
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To: Borges
"...is most noted for his service as director, ..."

IMHO, it should be pointed out that this statement is nonsense...

He was in the amphibious assaults and battles taking both Bougainville and Guam... That is far more note worthy...

12 posted on 07/08/2020 1:26:24 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is Sam Adams now that we desperately need him)
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To: cyclotic
Even so, I wonder how many high ranking WWII officers are still alive?
I’d guess not more than a handful.

VA Statistics show that TOTAL US Veterans is around 300k, a drop of 600k+ since 2015. Given that Officers, except for aviation, tended to be older and fewer than the rest, I'd say that there are very few remaining that ended the War at O-5 or above (Lt.Col. / CDR). My late father was an Army Major at the end and was only a year younger than Van Stockum and he passed at age 95 seven years ago.

One thing of note although probably not applicable to Officers, WW2 was the last conflict with a significant number underage GIs. My Dad had troops as young as 16 in Europe and sent home a couple who were younger. Still, after a single day of combat, they earned a CIB (Combat Infantry Badge) and would have Veteran Status (unless stripped).

The youngest documented, that I know of, was a Texas Seaman named Calvin Graham on the USS South Dakota at age 12 in 1942. When the Navy learned of his age, he was in the brig for 3 months, dishonorably discharged and stripped of his Purple Heart and Bronze Star. The Bronze Star was restored to him under President Carter, his disability benefits were restored by Reagan and his family got his Purple Heart 2 years after his death in 1992. If he were still living, he would be just breaking 90.

13 posted on 07/08/2020 2:56:15 PM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: SuperLuminal
He was in the amphibious assaults and battles taking both Bougainville and Guam... That is far more note worthy...

Cannot agree more!

14 posted on 07/08/2020 2:59:28 PM PDT by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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