Military leaders at an award ceremony
Caption on reverse: "Former commandant of U.S. Marines decorated by Secretary of Navy: At a ceremony in Washington, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (left) congratulates General Thomas Holcomb after presenting him with the Distinguished Service Medal for his 'exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service' as commandant of the U.S. marine corps from December 1, 1936 to January 1, 1944. Looking on are Lieutenant Colonel James W. Roosevelt of the marinese (second from left), eldest son of President Roosevelt, and Lieutenant General Alexander A. Vandegrift who succeeded Gen. Holcomb as marine corps commandant. Gen. Holcomb recently was appointed U.S. minister to the Union of South Africa. This photo was taken before Secretary Knox's death."
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