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Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Major General Harold W. Chase:
Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Major General Harold W. Chase was a heroic veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was wounded twice in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

He was born on February 6, 1922, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He spent his early in the Worcester Public School system. He then enrolled in Princeton University where he received three degrees: B.A. in 1943, M.A. in 1948 in political science and a Ph.D. in 1954, in political science.

Chase enlisted in the Marine Corps and was commissioned a year later. He was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, and was wounded twice in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After World War II, he went into the reserve.

When the Korean War began, he was returned to active duty. In 1969, Chase spent a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam.

He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1971 and was again promoted to Major General in 1974 with the responsibility of being the Deputy Assistant Director of the Marine Corps Reserve.

During President Carter’s administration, General Chase, in 1977, he accepted the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs until 1980.

General Chase was a founder of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Adjunct Faculty. From 1947 to 1966, he served on the teaching staffs of University of Delaware, Princeton University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the National War College.

General Chase was the author or editor of twelve published books. Some of his best know books were “What It Means Today”; “Federal Judges: The Appointing Process”; “Constitutional Interpretation.”

Major General Chase had two sons who served in the Marine Corps: Colonel Eric L. Chase and Private First Class Bryce S. Chase. They both practice law in New Jersey.

Major General Harold W. Chase died on January 19, 1982. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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