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15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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Camp Pendleton, CA
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Col. T.P. Murray 1990-1992
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Major General Terrence P. Murray is the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs/Director, Personnel Management Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. After completing The Basic School at Quantico, VA., and Army Ranger School, in 1969 he went to Vietnam and commanded a rifle platoon with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, before commanding Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines.

At the Marine Corps Development and Education Command in Quantico, VA., he held a variety of billets, including platoon commander and company executive officer, at Officer Candidate School. Assigned to the Naval Academy, he instructed in the Physical Education and English, History, and Government departments. Transferred to the Western Pacific, he was the Logistics Officer for 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, which later deployed from Okinawa as Battalion Landing Team 2/9. Following a tour as Inspector-Instructor of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, he served as Operations Officer, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. and then attended the Armed Forces Staff College. He spent a year as a writer in the Marine Corps History Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, and afterward became the Marine Corps' Senate Liaison Officer. After serving as Executive Officer, 1st Marines, General Murray commanded 1st Battalion, 1st Marines which became Battalion Landing Team 1/1 and deployed to the Western Pacific as ground combat element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. BLT 1/1 participated in Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of Clark AB and Subic Bay, Phillippine Islands, following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.

In 1990, General Murray took command of 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit which he led in deployments to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. While assigned as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen, U.S. Naval Academy, he was selected and promoted to brigadier general. In July 1994, he became Director, Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. He was Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces, Japan from July 1996 to June 1998. His next assignment was the Director, Reserve Affairs Division from June 1998 to June 1999. He assumed his present duties in June 1999.

His personal decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with Gold Star; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and Gold Star; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; and Combat Action Ribbon. He earned a masters degree in public communication from Fordham University.

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