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The Passing of a Great: Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr.

In Marine Corps history, only 34 Marines have had the distinct honor of leading America’s finest from the front as commandant of the Marine Corps.

On April 2, 2014, one of these great men, retired Gen. Carl Epting Mundy Jr., passed away at the age of 78. Mundy honorably served the Corps for 38 active duty years. From 1991-1995, he was our 30th commandant. Even in his final moments, Mundy maintained his  warfighter spirit, and he shaped the following metaphor to describe the cancer that took his life:

“The fire support provided by recent chemotherapy did not achieve the desired result. Although it hit the target, the Merkel Cell proved to be quite resilient, and the disease rebounded quicker than expected. It has now gained a position of overwhelming strength.”

Mundy drew great comfort in knowing that he would soon join forces with the legion of Marines who have gone before.

Semper Fidelis, Sir.

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. joined the Marine Corps reserves in 1953. He was commissioned in 1957 following graduation from Auburn University.

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Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1953. He was commissioned in 1957 following graduation from Auburn University.

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. served as a member of Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1991-1995.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Gen. Mundy served in Vietnam as the operations and executive officer of 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines.

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. served in Vietnam as the operations and executive officer of 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Gen. Mundy served as commandant from 1991 to 1995. He was the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. raised three children with wife Linda. His two sons are both currently serving as officers in the Marine Corps.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Gen. Mundy served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1991-1995.

After 38 years of active duty service, former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. served as the CEO and president of the USO from 1996-2000.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

After 38 years of active duty service, Gen. Mundy served as CEO and president of the USO from 1996-2000.

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. served as commandant from 1991 to 1995. He was the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Gen. Mundy raised three children with his wife Linda. His two sons are both currently serving as officers in the Marine Corps.

Among former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr.'s awards were the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with valor device, Purple Heart medal and Navy Commendation Medal with one award star and valor device.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Among Gen. Mundy’s awards were the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star with valor device, Purple Heart medal and Navy Commendation Medal with one award star and valor device.

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    RIP, Marine
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  • Corey B Huntsucker Lmt

    Semper Fi , sir.
    Proud to have served with you.

  • Norma gonzalez

    RIP. Semper Fi.

  • Craig Mickel

    I served during his Command as Commandant. General Mundy, Jr was a great Leader & will be missed.