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Oliver P. Smith

Chief of Staff, United States Marine Corps from 1948-1950.

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b. October 26, 1893 - d. December 25, 1977

A career marine officer, Oliver P. Smith, served as the Marine Corps Chief of Staff, from 1948-1950. He commanded the successful retreat and extraction of the 1st Marine Division from an overwhelming Chinese counter-offensive near the Chosin Reservoir.

Chief of Staff, Marine Corps, 1948-1950