Marine Corps Legacy Museum


Sergeant Majors of the Marine Corps
The first Sergeant Major in the Corps was Archibald Sommers Jan 1, 1801. An act of legislation in 1833 made the billet of SgtMaj a permanent part of the Corps. By 1954, the position of SgtMaj was introduced into the Marine's rank structure. In 1957 The position of SgtMaj U.S.M.C. was implemented as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant on matters concerning the enlisted Marines. This was a unique billet, which while no other branch of American military then had, all soon followed suit. The distinctive Rank device of the SgtMaj U.S.M.C. was authorized in 1970 and features the Marine Corps emblem flanked by two stars as opposed to the standard SgtMaj's chevron which has a single large five point star in the center.

SgtMaj Wilbur Bestwick
1957-1959
SgtMaj Francis D. Rauber
1959-1962
SgtMaj Thomas J. McHugh
1962-1965
SgtMaj Herbert J. Sweet
1965-1969
SgtMaj Joseph W. Daily
1969-1973
SgtMaj Clinton A. Puckett
1973-1975

SgtMaj Henry H. Black
1975-1977
SgtMaj John R. Massaro
1977-1979
SgtMaj Leland D. Crawford
1979-1983
SgtMaj Robert E. Cleary
1983-1987
SgtMaj David W. Sommers
1987-1991
SgtMaj Harold G. Overstreet
1991-1995
 
SgtMaj Lewis G. Lee
1995-1999
SgtMaj Alford L. McMichael
1999-
 

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