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Terrence R. Dake
General Terrence R. Dake
Born July 22, 1944(1944-07-22) (age 78)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1966-2000
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Marine Helicopter Squadron One
Inspector General of the Marine Corps
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Asst. Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Desert Storm/Desert Shield
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Other work Bell Helicopter Textron, Sr VP

Terrence R. Dake (born July 22, 1944) is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) from 1998 to 2000.


Terrance Dake was born on July 22, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] He was raised in the Missouri Ozarks. He earned undergraduate degrees from the College of the Ozarks and the University of Arkansas. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in October 1966. Dake was designated a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, Florida, on the January 25, 1968. Dake logged more than 6,000 flight hours in military aircraft. Significant flying tours include a combat tour in Vietnam in 1968-69 flying CH-53A helicopters; Commanding Officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, designated as the President's helicopter pilot, 1983–1985; Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, July 1995 - July 1996. General Dake has flown helicopters in every aircraft wing in the Marine Corps. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations, G-3 for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the largest aircraft wing ever fielded in combat by the Marine Corps.

Dake served as the Director of Joint Training and Doctrine with the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Atlantic Command from July 1987 - July 1990.

Promoted to brigadier general in March 1992, Dake's assignments as a general officer were: Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of Aviation; Inspector General of the Marine Corps; Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation.

Dake was advanced to the rank of general and assumed his position as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps[1] on September 5, 1998. He retired on September 7, 2000.


Dake's personal decorations include:

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Gold star
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Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Naval Aviator Badge Presidential Service Badge
1st Row Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star
2nd Row Air Medal w/ valor device, gold award numeral "2" and bronze Strike/Flight numeral "31" Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation
3rd Row Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 service stars
4th Row Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ bronze star Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation
5th Row Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "General Officer Announcement, No. 174-98". U.S. Department of Defense. April 16, 1998. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
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