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Divisions required an additional brigadier general assistant division
commander. According to the MACV commander, the "wide dispersion" of
division units dictated that the Marine Corps adopt the Army practice
of two assistant division commanders "for most effective command and
control." General Chapman concurred as did Admiral Sharp, the Pacific
theater commander. By mid-January, the Defense Department authorized
each of the Marine divisions two assistant division commanders.31


With the new authorization, General Chapman immediately set out to fill the new billets. On 19 January, he informed both MACV and Lieutenant General Krulak, the FMFPac commander, that he had ordered Brigadier General Jacob Glick, the former commander of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade

Department
of Defense (USMC) Photo A419340

Right,
BGen Jacob E. Glick, here in an official portrait, relieved BGen Louis
Metzger, who was about to be promoted to major general, as Assistant
Division Commander of the 3d Marine Division. Below, from left, MajGen
Rathvon McC. Tompkins, the 3d Division commander; Gen Leonard F. Chapman,
Commandant of the Marine Corps; MajGen Metzger; and LtGen Robert E.
Cushman, CG, III MAF, hold the two-star flag of newly promoted MajGen
Metzger.

3d
MarDiv ComdC, Jan68











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