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Robert Osborne Bare
Robert O. Bare, circa 1954 (14344340955).jpg
Robert O. Bare as Major general, USMC
Born (1901-06-18)June 18, 1901
Died September 30, 1980(1980-09-30) (aged 79)
Place of birth Winterset, Iowa
Place of death Salinas, California
Buried at Scattered at Sea
Allegiance United States
Service/branch USMC logo United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1924-1957
Rank US-O9 insignia Lieutenant General
Service number 0-3909
Commands held Director of Personnel, HQMC
1st Marine Division
ADC of 1st Marine Division
CoS of 1st Marine Division

World War II

Korean War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal

Robert Osborne Bare (June 18, 1901 – September 30, 1980) was a decorated officer of the United States Marine Corps, who reached the rank of Lieutenant General. He is most noted for his work as Chief of staff of 1st Marine Division during World War II and later as Assistant Division Commander of the same unit during Korean War.

World War IIEdit

At the outbreak of the World War II, Bare served at the Marine Barracks Quantico, Virginia and remained there until October 1942, when he was transferred to San Diego, California as Operations officer (G-3) of the Amphibious Corps (later I Marine Amphibious Corps) under Major general Clayton Barney Vogel. He sailed almost immediately for South Pacific and spent next eight months at Nouméa, New Caledonia. Another important assignment came in June 1943, when Bare was transferred to London, United Kingdom and assigned to the staff of Naval Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Naval Expeditionary Force, Admiral Bertram Ramsay. He participated in the planning of the Invasion of Normandy and later observed the British Assault Force "J", attacking germans forces near Courseulles-sur-Mer. Bare compiled the notes and sketches of his observations and incorporated these intelligence informations into his report. He was later decorated with Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for his service in this capacity.

Colonel Bare was transferred back to the Pacific theater in October 1944 and assigned to the staff of 1st Marine Division. He participated in the final phase of the Palau Islands Campaign and succeeded Colonel John T. Selden as Division Chief of staff at the beginning of November 1944. Bare was appointed to this capacity following the Battle of Peleliu, where 1st Division suffered heavy casualties. New Division commanding general, Pedro del Valle, tasked Colonel Bare with the supervision of the re-equipping and training, which effected a virtual reorganization of the division.

Following the five months of training, 1st Marine Division participated in the Battle of Okinawa at the beginning of April 1945. Bare distinguished himself again and was decorated with Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for his merits during the training of the division and for his service during the battle.[1]


Here is the ribbon bar of Lieutenant General Robert O. Bare:[1]

Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg
Bronze star
American Defense Service ribbon.svg
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg China Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Korean Service Medal ribbon.svg
United Nations Service Medal Korea ribbon.svg Order of the Cloud and Banner 4th.gif
Bronze star
Eulji Cordon Medal.png
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg
1st Row Navy Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row Legion of Merit with Combat "V" and one Oak leaf cluster Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" Navy Presidential Unit Citation with two stars American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp
3rd Row American Campaign Medal European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one 3/16 inch service star Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two 3/16 inch service stars World War II Victory Medal
4th Row Navy Occupation Service Medal China Service Medal National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal with two 3/16 inch service stars
5th Row United Nations Korea Medal Order of the Cloud and Banner, 4th Class (Republic of China) Korean Order of Military Merit, Ulchi Medal with Silver Star Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Military offices
Preceded by
Merrill B. Twining
Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division
18 August 1956 – 30 June 1957
Succeeded by
David M. Shoup


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Valor awards for Robert O. Bare". Militarytimes Websites. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
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