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Dion Williams
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Brigadier General Dion Williams
Nickname(s) Father of Marine amphibious reconnaissance
Born (1869-12-18)December 18, 1869
Williamsburg, Ohio
Died December 11, 1952(1952-12-11) (aged 82)
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Buried
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1893–1934
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held 10th Marine Regiment
2nd Provisional Marine Brigade
4th Marine Regiment
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
  • Battle of Manila Bay

Philippine–American War
Banana Wars

  • Occupation of the Dominican Republic
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier General Dion Williams (December 15, 1869 – December 11, 1952) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from August 1, 1925 – July 1, 1928. During his early career, Williams pioneered the first conceptual study of amphibious reconnaissance in the United States and becoming one of the strongest advocates in having the Marine Corps assume the amphibious, expeditionary role. During his career, he fought guerrillas in the Philippines and Dominican Republic during the Spanish–American War.

Williams is credited in the persuasion of Admiral Dewey in 1907 to assert Congress that "a force of 5,000 Marines with a Fleet" would have ensued the Philippine–American War following the Spanish defeat. This 'force' was the first of the doctrinal sequence of the establishment of the Advanced Base Force, its titulage American Expeditionary Force and subsequently its modern namesake, Fleet Marine Force.

Williams retired from the Marine Corps in 1934, spending the rest of his life in Maryland.

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