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Lt. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1948
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1948
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman was born on August 27, 1948. Coleman graduated from Cheney University in 1973. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1974. Coleman’s military education includes the Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, the Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Coleman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1968, and was discharged upon his return from Vietnam in 1970. He was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant in December of 1974. In 1982, Coleman was transferred to Marine Corps headquarters in the officer assignment branch and served as administrative assistant to the director of the personnel management division. In June of 1991, Coleman reported to the Marine Corps headquarters and served as the logistics project officer in the installations and logistics branch. In 1996, he reported to the Pentagon where he served as the deputy division chief in the Logistic Readiness Center. Coleman also served as an instructor at the Amphibious Warfare School and the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

In 1999, Coleman deployed to the Balkan Region and served with Joint Task Force Shining Hope. Coleman was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Commanding General of the Marine Air and Ground Task Force in 2003. He deployed again in 2004 as the Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force Haiti in support of Operation Secure Democracy. On September 29, 2006, Coleman was assigned as the deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs and appointed to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Coleman’s military honors and decoration include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the French Legion of Honor, and the Meritorious Service Medal. The Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with five service stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Coleman also wears the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge. He is married and has five daughters.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen Ronald S. Coleman was interviewed by The History Makers on February 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about how his parents met and the tension between his mother and father's families
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his parents' personalities and his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his family's success despite their hardships and his maternal grandmother's positive influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his relationship with his maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman describes growing up in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses the importance of sports in his young life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman comments on his primary and secondary education, and Pennsylvania basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his favorite subjects and teachers in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his junior high school, watching television and playing little league baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about playing sports after school and his summer jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about playing sports in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his high school coaches, student council and his academic performance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his high school's championship games and playing high school football
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses the poor counseling he received in high school and his college plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about attending church with his family as a youth and Northeastern University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman explains why he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about joining the U.S. Navy Reserve
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his basic training in the U.S. Navy and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his tour of duty in Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman recalls the public criticism of the Vietnam War, as well as his return to the U.S.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about the return of the black soldiers to Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses the black community's response to Vietnam veterans and his reluctance to remain in the service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman uses his family as an example to explain the black community's response to Vietnam veterans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about Vietnam and returning to school in the states
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about teaching and his decision to join the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about the U.S. Marine Corps' Officers Candidate School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about the most difficult part of Officer Candidate School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about the racist treatment of blacks in the military
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his first assignment at Camp Lejeune and his completion of Officer Candidate School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses attending Amphibious Warfare School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses working for the Officer Assignment Branch
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman remembers the bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and the invasion of Grenada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about attending U.S. Marine Corps Command Staff College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan and the Gulf War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his unit's role in the Gulf War and his assignment at Camp Lejeune
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his attendance at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his work at the Pentagon and assignment in Albania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman describes the military's assistance to refugees in Albania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his promotion to brigadier general and the death of his parents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his wife's colon cancer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his deployments to Kuwait and Haiti
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ronald S. Coleman details his assignment in Haiti, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ronald S. Coleman details his assignment in Haiti, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about becoming a three star general
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ronald S. Coleman comments on the historical significance of being a three star general
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his role as deputy commandant of Manpower and Reserve Affairs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ronald S. Coleman discusses his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ronald S. Coleman talks about his family, reflects upon his legacy and shares his regrets
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Ronald S. Coleman describes his hopes and concerns for the African-American community and how he would like to be remembered