Rathvon M. Tompkins
Major General Rathvon McClure Tompkins (August 23, 1912 – September 17, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps general who received decorations for his gallantry in combat during World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, the son of Anne Cochran Rathvon (1887–1924) and Howard Richard Kelsey Tompkins (1882–1945). His father served in the 89th Division during World War I, commanding a battery of field artillery and rising to the rank of major. Rathvon Tompkins was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Saipan and the Silver Star for actions during the Battle of Tarawa.
|Rathvon McClure Tompkins|
August 23, 1912|
|Died||September 17, 1999
Lexington, South Carolina
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1939–1971|
|Commands held||3rd Marine Division
MCRD Parris Island
1st Battalion 29th Marines
Bronze Star Medal
Tompkins served in the Pacific during World War II. He was the commanding officer of a battalion that fought on the island of Saipan in the Marianas. He received the Navy Cross for an act of gallantry on Saipan on 17 June 1944. He also obtained a Silver Star at Tarawa and a Bronze Star Medal at Guadalcanal.
Tompkins served as base commander of the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina for two years. He then retired from active duty in 1971.
He died on 17 September 1999 in Lexington, South Carolina, following a stroke.
- Navy Cross – Battle of Saipan
- Silver Star – Battle of Tarawa
- Bronze Star Medal – Battle of Guadalcanal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- National Defense Service Medal with star
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
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- This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.