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Walter E. Boomer
General Walter E. Boomer, USMC
Born 22 September 1938(1938-09-22) (age 84)
Place of birth Rich Square, North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1960–1994
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held

2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
Marine Security Guard Battalion
4th Marine Division
U.S. Marine Forces Central Command
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Shield
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star (2)
Other work

Rogers Corporation, CEO
McDermott International Inc, Exec. VP

Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, President[1]

General Walter E. Boomer (born 22 September 1938) is a retired former four-star General and Assistant Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and business executive. Boomer led all Marines in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War.[2] He later served as the Chairman and CEO of Rogers Corporation, and retired in 2004. He is the current[when?] lead director of Baxter International.[1] Boomer is a 1960 graduate of Duke University; he later earned a master's degree from American University.


Walter Boomer was born on 22 September 1938 in Rich Square, North Carolina. In 1956, He graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia. He earned a B.A. degree from Duke University in 1960, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned a Master of Science degree in Technology of Management from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1973.

Marine Corps service

After completing The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia in January 1961, his first assignments were with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, where he was platoon commander, weapons platoon commander and battalion training officer, respectively, from 1961 to 1964. He was promoted to first lieutenant in December 1961, and to captain in April 1965.

Boomer saw combat action from 1966 to 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam as the Commanding Officer, Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. During this combat tour, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for valor. Returning to the States, he attended the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico. Upon completion of school, he was promoted to major in May 1968, and was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., for duty as the Administrative Assistant and Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs. Following this assignment, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1971, Boomer attended the Short Advisors Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in preparation for advisor duty with the South Vietnamese Marines. In August of that year, he returned to Vietnam as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Marine Infantry Battalion. While serving this tour of duty, he was involved in the Easter Offensive, North Vietnam's largest assault on the South.

Transferred back to the States in September 1972, he attended American University, receiving his M.S. degree in December 1973. The following month, he began a three-year tour as a management instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. During the last year of his tour, he was the Chairman of the Department of Management. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in September 1976.

From July 1977 to June 1980, Boomer was stationed in Hawaii, where he served as Executive Officer, 3rd Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, and then as Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. Returning to the mainland in July 1980, he attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction in June 1981.

He then assumed the duties as the Deputy Director of the Fourth Marine Corps District, Philadelphia. He was promoted to colonel on 1 November 1981, and became the Director of the Fourth Marine Corps District on 17 June 1983.

During February 1985, Colonel Boomer returned to Quantico to assume command of the Marine Security Guard Battalion. While serving in this capacity, he was selected in April 1986 for promotion to brigadier general. He was advanced to that grade on 2 June 1986 and assigned duty as the Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps on 7 June 1986. He served in this capacity until 27 May 1988, when he was assigned duty as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division (Reinforced), FMF, New Orleans. On 14 March 1989, he was advanced to major general; then, promoted to lieutenant general on 8 August 1990.

On 15 August 1990, General Boomer deployed to Saudi Arabia, where he served as the Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

On 22 April 1991, he returned to Camp Pendleton and assumed the duties of Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commanding General, Marine Corps Base. He served in this capacity until 6 September 1991. General Boomer reported to Quantico, Virginia, on 27 September 1991, where he assumed duty as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He was promoted to general on 1 September 1992, and assumed his last duty assignment as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

General Walter E. Boomer retired from the Marine Corps 1 September 1994.

Awards and honors

General Boomer's medals and decorations include:

Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Gold star
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1st Row Navy Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star w/ 1 award star Legion of Merit
2nd Row Bronze Star w/ 1 award star & V device Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ V device Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 service star
3rd Row Navy Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 service stars Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star
4th Row Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 service star Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 3 service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
5th Row Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ gold and silver stars Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st class King Faisal Award, 2d Class Ordre national du Mérite, Officer class
6th Row Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Post-Marine Corps career

After retiring from the Marine Corps, General Boomer served as Executive Vice President of McDermott International (1994–1996). He joined Rogers Corporation – an international specialty materials manufacturing company[3] — in 1997 as President and CEO. From 2002 to 2004, Boomer was Chairman of the Board of Rogers Corporation. Boomer current serves on the Board of Directors of Rogers Corporation, Cytyc Corporation, and Baxter International.[4]

See also



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