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Robert Livingston Denig Sr.
Born (1884-09-29)September 29, 1884
Died July 25, 1979(1979-07-25) (aged 94)
Place of birth Clinton, New York
Place of death Los Altos, California
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1905 - 1945
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held Director of Public Information

Banana Wars

World War I

World War II
Awards Navy Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart
Relations Commodore Robert G. Denig (father)

Robert Livingston Denig Sr. (September 29, 1884 – July 25, 1979) was a highly decorated Brigadier General in the United States Marine Corps, who served as its first Director of Public Information.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Robert Livingston Denig was born on September 29, 1884 as a son of navy officer, Commodore Robert G. Denig and his wife Jane (néé Jane Livingston Hubbard) in Clinton, New York. Robert L. Denig spent most of his childhood in Japan, because his father was posted there, while serving with Asiatic Squadron.[2]

Denig moved then with his family to Sandusky, Ohio, where he attended a High school and became a member of 6th Ohio Regiment of the National Guard in 1900. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania.

On September 29, 1905, Denig was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After studies at the Officer Candidates School at Annapolis, Maryland in 1906, he was assigned to the Provisional Marine Brigade, which late took part in Cuban Occupation. Denig served there until November 1907.

Decorations[edit | edit source]

Brigadier General Denig´s ribbon bar:[3]

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Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Gold star
1st Row Navy Cross Distinguished Service Cross Legion of Merit
2nd Row Purple Heart w/ 1 award star Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 service stars Army of Cuban Pacification Medal World War I Victory Medal w/ two battle clasps
3rd Row Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1933) American Defense Service Medal w/ base clasp American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
4th Row World War II Victory Medal Officer of the Legion of Honour French Croix de guerre 1914–1918 w/ palm and silver star Nicaraguan Medal of Merit w/ silver star

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