January 1972

General Robert Everton Cushman Jr. Twenty-Fifth Commandant

Volume 56, Issue 1

B B Rutherford


Gen Robert E. Cushman, Jr., a Marine since his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, is the new Commandant of the Marine Corps. He joins a select group. Since the founding of the Corps 196 years ago, only 25 Marines have served in the top billet.

Gen Cushman gave up his position as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to accept the President's appointment. In leaving his highly-ranked post at CIA, he stated sincerely, "Any Marine would want to be Commandant."

He made this statement following President Nixon's announcement of his appointment 30 Nov 71:

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