Carlton W. Fulford Jr.

Carlton W. Fulford Jr. (born May 11, 1944) is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (DCINCEUR) from 2000 to 2002.

Carlton W. Fulford Jr.
Carlton W Fulford Jr
General Carlton W. Fulford Jr.
Born May 11, 1944 (age 74)
Newnan, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1966-2002
Rank General
Commands held 1st Battalion
7th Marines
4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Marine Corps Bases, Japan
FMF, Pacific
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4)[1]
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star with "V"
Purple Heart (2)
Other work Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Director
Jamestown Foundation, Director[1]


Carlton Fulford Jr. was born on May 11, 1944, in Newnan, Georgia.[2]

Fulford graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1966 and following graduation received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Following completion of The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the Vietnamese Language School, he was assigned as a platoon commander with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in the Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to first lieutenant in October 1967, and subsequently reassigned as Commanding Officer, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines until his return from Vietnam in June 1968.

His other Fleet Marine Force assignments include: Commanding Officer, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (1971–1972); Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines (1979–1980); G-3 Training Officer for the 2nd Marine Division (1980–1981); Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (1981–1982); Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1987–1989); Commanding Officer, 7th Marines (1989–1991); Commanding Officer, Regimental Combat Team 7 (Task Force Ripper) during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Commanding General, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1991–1992), Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994–1995), and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (1996–1998); Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific /Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific/Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii (1998–1999).

His non-FMF assignments include: Company Commander, Naval Academy Preparatory School (1968–1969); Management Engineer, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (1973–1976); Economics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy (1977–1978); Branch Head, Training Department, HQMC (1982–1984); Strategy Planner, Forces and Strategy Branch, United States Pacific Command (1985–1987); Commanding General, Landing Force Training Command, Atlantic (1991–1992); Director, Training and Education Division, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (1992–1994); Commanding General Marine Corps Bases, Japan (1994–1995); Vice Director, The Joint Staff (1995–1996); Director, The Joint Staff (1999–2000); and Deputy Commander in Chief, United States European Command (2000–2002).

In addition to The Basic School, Fulford graduated from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course; Command and Staff College; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Fulford also earned a Master of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1973).

Awards and decorations

His personal decorations include:

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star Medal ribbon
Gold star
Legion of Merit ribbon
Bronze Star Medal ribbon
Gold star
Purple Heart ribbon
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon Meritorious Service Medal ribbon Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon
Gold star
Combat Action Ribbon
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon
Vietnam Service Medal ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross, with palm Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d
VNCivilActionsRibbon-2 Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal
Basic Parachutist Insignia
1st Row Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster
2nd Row Silver Star Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star & valor device Bronze Star w/ valor device Purple Heart w/ 1 award star
3rd Row Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star
4th Row Combat Action Ribbon w/ 1 award star Navy Presidential Unit Citation Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 service stars
5th Row Vietnam Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ palm Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation
6th Row Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

See also


  1. ^ a b "Jamestown Welcomes New Board Members: General Carlton Fulford (Ret.), Bruce Hoffman, and Kathleen Troia McFarland Join Jamestown Foundation Board" (Press release). Jamestown Foundation. December 2, 2008 0. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2008. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "General Officer Announcement (MajGen Carlton W. Fulford Jr. for promotion and assignment)" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. May 28, 1996. Retrieved December 30, 2008.


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