Details for Roster ID 4691
|Name:||George Catlett Marshall|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1901|
|Biography & Genealogy:||George Catlett Marshall (Class of 1901). |
Biographical Summary: A distinguished soldier and statesman, Marshall was born December 3, 1880 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. After graduating from VMI in 1901-- having served as First Captain, the highest ranking cadet-- he entered the U. S. Army. His military career culminated in his appointment as Army Chief of Staff in 1939. He served in this vital position throughout World War II, and Winston Churchill referred to him as "the organizer of the Allied victory." Although he retired from the Army in 1945, General Marshall continued to serve his country as special envoy to China, Secretary of State, President of the American Red Cross, and Secretary of Defense. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his significant leadership role in the post-World War II European Recovery Program, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. Marshall died at Walter Reed Army Hospital on October 16, 1959, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The photograph on this page shows Marshall as a VMI cadet, 1900-1901.