Kentucky Marine

Kentucky Marine – Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC by David J. Bettez, Winner, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Colonel Joseph Alexander Award

Always Faithful, but Forgotten to History

New book examines the life career of one of the most influential figures

BettezCompF.inddLexington, KY—Soldiers of the Sea serve with a quiet dignity that belies the extraordinary feats they accomplish. Major General Logan Feland, an influential and significant figure in the history of the United States Marine Corps, served his country and his Corps in a career that spanned the Spanish-American War, World War I, and the Nicaraguan Revolution, and which nearly concluded with an appointment as Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC, by David J. Bettez, now available in paperback, Feland has finally received the long-overdue biography brings this quiet, intelligent, acerbic, and brave strategist and technician to the attention of a new generation. Drawing on personal letters, contemporary news articles, official communications, and confidential correspondence, Bettez captures Feland as a transitional figure in Marine Corps history, reflecting its changing nature during the early twentieth century.

A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Feland led a momentous life. His service coincided with the United States’ expansion as a global power, with territories and responsibilities around the world. In an expanding Marine Corps, which was often the tip of the spear in times of crisis, Feland became one of the USMC’s most highly ranked and regarded officers.

Decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroic actions during the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, Feland was specially selected to command the hunt for rebel leader Augusto César Sandino during the Nicaraguan revolution from 1927 to 1929—an operation that helped to establish the Marines’ reputation in guerrilla warfare and search-and- capture missions. He was one of the first instructors in the USMC’s Advanced Base Force, which was the forerunner of the amphibious assault force mission the Marines adopted in World War II, and during his tenure as an officer, the Corps expanded exponentially in manpower, influence, and prestige. Yet, despite Feland’s role in the development of the modern Marine Corps, he has been largely ignored in the Despite failing to achieve the ultimate goal of Commandant, Major General Logan Feland could be proud of his service to the Corps and to his country. He had proved his bravery and his willingness to step into and succeed in leadership positions in the Corps. Had Feland been named Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1930 in place of Brigadier General Ben Fuller, Feland’s place in the storied history of the Marine Corps would have been assured. Kentucky Marine was named the winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Colonel Joseph Alexander Award.

David J. Bettez served as director of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Kentucky and is the author of Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front.

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Cpl. Kyle Carpenter relives his journey

Cpl. Kyle Carpenter relives his journey to the Medal of Honor through letters to his mother. From recruit training to a phone call from the president, Carpenter talks about his recovery after being wounded in Afghanistan and the strength he’s drawn from his family.

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GovX honors Staff Sergeant Doug Siers

Profile: SSGT Doug Siers
U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve

SSGT Doug Siers
SSGT Doug Siers
“With 13 years in, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Marine Corps. I was fortunate to be able to serve with a variety of units during my time on active duty and in the reserves.

I served with Security Forces in Washington, D.C. and then with the Infantry with 3rd Marines out of Hawaii where I traveled the world. I also served with 24th Marines, Mobilization Command, and finished my last stint on active duty with Wounded Warrior Battalion West as a staff member taking care of our Wounded Warriors.

I currently work at as the Customer Support Manager. Although all of my duties in the Marine Corps were great experiences, I would have to say training, traveling and suffering together with my fellow grunts of both 2/3 and 3/3 are at the top of my list as my most memorable moments, but there are too many to list.

Semper Fi to all of those with whom I have served and to those who served before me, and will serve after me. Your service is greatly appreciated.”

From Cpl. Beddoe: Semper Fi Staff Sergeant!
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