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Biddle, William Phillips

Born: 1853 AD
Died: 1923 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Naval Officer

1853 – He was born on the 15th of December in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

         – He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania.

1875 – Biddle was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

1882 – He returned to sea duty on the Kearsarge in March.

1884 – He was promoted to first lieutenant.

1891 – He returned to Philadelphia for duty in February.

1894 – He promoted to captain.

1895 – He resumed sea duty on board the Baltimore.

1900 – With the battalion, he arrived in China in time to take part in the famous relief expedition to Peking.

         – Capt. Biddle was transferred with his battalion to the First Brigade of Marines, Philippine Islands.

1903 – He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on the 23rd of March.

         – In December, he was sent to Panama in command of the battalion of Marines on the Dixie.

1905 – Lieutenant Colonel Biddle was promoted to colonel in February.

1906 – He returned to the Philippine Islands where he commanded the First Brigade of Marines.

1910 – He returned to Headquarters where he continued to serve the remainder of his active duty.

1911 – He became the Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps on the 3rd of February.

1914 – He was retired on the 24th of February.

1923 – Major General Biddle died in Nice, France, on the 25th of February and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.