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  • ID: I32053
  • Name: Walter Stauffer MCILHENNY
  • Nickname: Tabasco Mac
  • Prefix: Gen.
  • Suffix: USMC
  • Title: USMC
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 OCT 1910 in Washington,D. C.
  • Death: 1985 in Avery Island,Iberia Parish,Louisiana
  • Burial: Grove Cemetery,Avery Island 1
  • Note:
    OCCUPATION: He was a businessman and a retired Marine General. He was an engineer with Continental Oil Company until 1940. Following his discharge from the Marines, he joined the family firm, McIlhenny Company, and was president of the company at his death.

    Education: The General was educated at Force School and Central High School in Washington, D.C; Lane High School, Charlottesville, Virginia; and the University of Virginia.

    MILITARY: He served two years with the Washington High School Cadets and then four years with the Virginia National Guard attaining the rank of Platoon Sergeant. He was honorably discharged from the Virginia Guard 15 Jun 1935, and then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 3 December 1936. Called to active duty as a 1st Lieutenant following the outbreak of World War II, General McIlhenny served continuously until December, 1945. He saw his first action in the Pacific at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, as Executive Officer of Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. His heroism at Guadalcanal earned his Citation for the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He later served during the assault and capture of Peleliu, Palau Islands. He retired from the Marine Corps Ready Reserve in Louisiana 1 November 1959. Upon his retirement, he was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General by reason of having been specifically commended for heroism in combat.

    Comments: His grandfather, Edmund McIlhenny was a New Orleans banker who invented Tabasco sauce following the Civil War. Avery Island, site of the McIlhenny Company, has been in the family since 1818.
  • Change Date: 15 JUL 2006 at 20:52:55



    Father: John Avery MCILHENNY b: 29 OCT 1867 in Avery Island,Iberia Parish,Louisiana
    Mother: Anita Vincent STAUFFER b: MAR 1886 in Louisiana

    Sources:
    1. Title: Brigadier General Walter S. McIlhenny "Who's Who in Marine Corps History"
      Publication: United States Marine Corps History Division, www.usmc.mil
      Abbrev: Walter S. McIlhenny
      Quality: 3
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