CHAPTER 484

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

EXPRESSING THE SYMPATHY OF THE 123RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPON THE DEATH OF GENERAL THOMAS HOLCOMB.

WHEREAS, the 123rd General Assembly of the State of Delaware has learned with regret of the death of General Thomas Holcomb, a resident of the State of Delaware and one of its revered heroes; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb served as Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from 1936 to 1944; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb was a native of the Town of New Castle and a member of one of the town's pioneer families; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb was a United States Marine for 44 years and was its first Four Star General; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb led the United States Marine Corps through the World War II build up and their fighting from Guadalcanal to Tarawa; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb was appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as our country's minister to South Africa at which post he served from 1944 to 1948; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb was a winner of the Navy Cross, the nation's second-highest decoration for valor, the Silver Star with three clusters, the Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre three times; and

WHEREAS, General Thomas Holcomb was one of Delaware's most illustrious citizens whose accomplishments will always be remembered by our citizens;