Gathering of Six Active-Duty Marine Corps Four-Star Generals

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Photo Credit: Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans, U.S. Marine Corps

At one time in history, the Marine Corps had six active-duty four-star generals. On April 19, 2013, they gathered at the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps where this epic picture was taken.

“Old Breed, New Breed, there’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine Breed.” Chesty Puller

Dressed in their desert camouflage uniforms, the six Marine four-star generals share “coffee” and reminisced about the four decades of working on and off together.  “It was a bunch of friends who started out as second lieutenants,” said Gen. James Mattis. “We never thought we would end up as four stars. It is the surprise and twists and turns of life.”

From left to right, the generals are John F. Kelly, James N. Mattis, Joseph F. Dunford, James F. Amos, John R. Allen, and John M. Paxton Jr.

I’m not sure how I originally missed this in the news but it’s pretty amazing.

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