MAJOR GENERAL RANDOLPH CARTER BERKELEY
MUSIC - HONORS FOR A TWO-STAR GENERAL
General Berkeley was born on January 9, 1875, at
Staunton, VA., where he attended grade and high school. He graduated from Potomac
Academy at Alexandria, VA in 1891, and was appointed a Marine second lieutenant on August
8, 1898, for service during the Spanish-American War. General Berkeley completed
over 40 years active service in the Marine Corps, including service at sea and in the
Philippines, Cuba, Panama, China, Haiti, Nicaragua and Guam. In addition to the
Medal of Honor, he was awarded the Navy Cross as commander of the 11th Marine Regiment in
Nicaragua in 1927, and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal as Chief of Staff of the 2nd
Marine Brigade in that country in 1928-29.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Medal and Navy Cross, General Berkeley's medals and decorations include: The Spanish Campaign Medal, Haitian Campaign Medal, Cuban Campaign Medal, Mexican Campaign Medal, Philippines Campaign Medal, World War I Victory Medal, Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and three Nicaraguan decorations - the Presidential Medal of Merit, the Medal of Distinction and the Medal of Merit.
Following his retirement in 1939 General Berkeley lived in Beaufort and Port Royal, South Carolina, until his death in 1960.