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Victor Krulak

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Victor H. "Brute" Krulak (1913-) retired as a lieutenant general (LTG) of United States Marine Corps, with the final assignment of commanding Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific. He is the father of General (GEN) Charles Krulak, the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps.

A 1934 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he spent two years as a company commander in China. During WWII, he qualified as a parachutist, commanded a parachute battalion, and made a diversionary landing at Choiseul Island, his raid covering the Bougainville invasion. He was wounded, but also stayed in an active command role, earning the Navy Cross, the second-highest U.S. decoration for valor.

He was the first Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from February 1962 to February 1964.

His book, First to Fight, is one of the definitive histories of the U.S. Marine Corps and its culture, and is required reading for all Marines.