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Lieutenant Colonel Harry W. Edwards, USMC (Ret), was in charge of the Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, from 1952-1955. He also served on the board of the Marine Corps Gazette and as an editor of the Old Breed News for the 1st Marine Division Association. In 1940 he graduated from the University of Minnesota and in May 1941 received his commission in the Marine Corps as a member of the 5th Reserve Officers Course. His 21 years of service included duty with the 1st, 2d, and 3d Marine Divisions. As a regimental staff officer with the 3d Marines, he participated in the amphibious landing on Bougainville in the Solomons, 1 November 1943. From 1944 to 1946, he commanded the Marine Detachment, American Embassy, in London. In the Korean War, 195 1-1952, he commanded the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines. He was awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V. He taught in the Senior School at Quantico, and was a member of the Advance Base Problem Team 1955-1958. He serrved on the Joint Staff in Tokyo, Japan, 1958-1960, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He retired on 1 April 1962.

Source: A Different War: Marines in Europe and North Africa, 1994, page 33.
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