MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
The Marine Corps University Foundation honored retired Lt. Gen. Victor H. Krulak for his service to Country and Corps and thanked him for donating all proceeds from his book, First to Fight, to the Foundation in a ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego’s Bay View Restaurant Jan. 23.
Depot and Western Recruiting Region commanding general, Brig. Gen. Angie Salinas, accompanied by several other generals, retired and former Marines and depot Marines, honored Lt. Gen. Krulak’s service and donation. Lt. Gen. Krulak decided to donate all proceeds from his book starting in June 2007. So far, the book has accumulated $21,000 for the foundation.
"We get semiannual checks from the publisher, the U. S. Naval Institute," said retired Brig. Gen. Thomas V. Draude, president and executive offi cer, Marine Corps University Foundation.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway recently distributed a required reading list for Marines highlighting Lt. Gen. Krulak’s book First to Fight as one to be "read and discussed by every Marine." Lt. Gen. Krulak spoke about the honor of having the Commandant use his book as a pivotal tool for Marines.
Lt. Gen. Krulak’s book is an autobiography with historical references and insight into his 34-year career.
During his speech, Lt. Gen. Krulak spoke about his experience in the Marine Corps and the need to donate proceeds from his book without personal gain or anyone taxing the donation.
"He has definitely been one of the most infl uential leaders of the Corps," said Brig. Gen. Draude. "He has given a lot to the Marine Corps."
The 95-year-old’s early Marine Corps service included duty with the 6th Marine Regiment in San Diego, and the 4th Marine Regiment in China. At the outbreak of World War II, he volunteered for parachute training went into action at Vella Lavella with the 2nd New Zealand Brigade, as the commanding offi cer of the 2d Parachute Battalion.
In 1943, he received the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart Medal for his actions on Choiseul Island. He also participated in the Okinawa campaign and the surrender of Japanese forces in Tsingtao, China, earning the Legion of Merit with Combat “V” device and Bronze Star Medals. He also served in Korea with the 1st Marine Division, earning a second Legion of Merit with Combat “V” and the Air Medal. He retired as commanding general, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific.
The Marine Corps University Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enhance and enrich professional military education and leadership at the Marine Corps University and for the Operating Forces and Supporting Establishment. Its goal is to "Change lives and save lives!"