VAN STOCKUM: Brigadier General of Marines: Part 1, New rank, new crisis

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Growing in rank and responsibility a newly minted Marines brigadier general brings a perspective on life during the Cold War era. Today: The events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

By Ron Van Stockum

In June 1961, while serving as director of the 4th Marine Reserve and Recruitment District based in Philadelphia, I was selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. In the Marine Corps promotion is based upon the recommendations of selection boards composed of about seven officers senior in rank to those officers in the selection zone.

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