Today is General Lemuel C. Shepherd’s birthday. Shepherd, a member of the class of 1917, commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant following his graduation from VMI. During his 39 year career in the Marines, General Shepherd served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. In his final assignment Shepherd served as the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
General Shepherd left his diary and letters written during World War I, orders, speeches, photograph albums, and scrapbooks to the VMI Archives. Some of General Shepherd’s records have been digitized and can be viewed on the VMI Archives Digital Collections site: https://bit.ly/3uAt9b4
Lemuel C. Shepherd as a cadet, 1916
Captain Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., USMC, 1919
Major General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., USMC, 1945
General Lemuel C. Shepherd reviews troops in Korea, 1953
General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Commandant of the USMC
General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. stands with a group of cadets, c. 1980