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Merwin Hancock Silverthorn
September 22, 1896(1896-09-22) – August 14, 1985 (aged 88)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota
Place of death Bethesda Naval Hospital
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Navy Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Silver Star
Purple Heart

Merwin Hancock Silverthorn (September 22, 1896—August 14, 1985) was the 3rd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.


Early years

Silverthorn was born September 22, 1896 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and enlisted in the Marines as a private in 1917. He was an expert in amphibious warfare and taught courses at Marine Corps training facilities in the 1930s. He served in numerous conflicts including World War I and World War II.

By the time he retired he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant General. He died August 14, 1985 in Bethesda naval Hospital and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lieut. Gen. Merwin Hancock Silverthorn died August 14 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

Awards and decorations

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.


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