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Re: Leftwich Trophy

From: William G. Leftwich III
Date: 03 Aug 2001
Time: 21:41:56
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Since 1979, The Leftwich Trophy has been annually awarded by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to the outstanding Marine Corps Captain in the ground combat arms field (infantry, artillery or tanks). To be eligible for the award, the officer must be recommended by his Commanding Officer as exhibiting those superior professional and personal traits that others may wish to emulate. Competition is very stiff.

The award is named for LtCol William G. Leftwich Jr, a career Marine who was killed in Vietnam in 1970. During the war, he received the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Three Legion of Merits with Combat V, two Air Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (three times), the Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class. A Spruance Class destroyer was also named in his honor.

The winner receives a trophy depicting LtCol Leftwich. This trophy is a minature of the full size statue located at The Basic School, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. The statue was sculpted by Felix DeWeldon who also created the Marine Corps Monument in Washington, DC.

Joyce, if you have any additional questions, I'll be happy to help.


Bill Leftwich

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