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Lieutenant General Leo J. Dulacki USMC (Ret)

1918 - 2019
Lieutenant General Leo J. Dulacki USMC (Ret) Obituary
Lieutenant General Leo J. Dulacki - USMC (Ret)

Sun City West - Lieutenant General Leo J. Dulacki - USMC (Ret). died on January 4, 2019 in Sun City West, Arizona. Dulacki was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1918, the son of Polish immigrant parents. Upon graduation from Creighton University in 1941 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in which he served until retirement in 1974.

During World War Il , he served in the Pacific Theater: aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (during the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in 1942, the Battle of Midway, and other operations) until the ship was sunk off Guadalcanal in 1942; and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Belleau Wood during numerous Pacific engagements until the ship was severely damaged off the Philippines in 1944.

After World War I l, he served in various capacities in posts and stations throughout the United States and abroad. After completing the Russian Language School, he served as Assistant Naval Attaché, American Embassy, Helsinki, Finland, from 1950 to 1952 During the Korean War, he commanded a battalion in the 1st Marine Division and then participated in the UN Truce negotiations at Panmunjom which brought an end to the hostilities.

From 1958 to 1961, he served as Assistant Naval Attaché and then as Naval Attaché at the American Embassy, Moscow.

He served two tours of duty in Vietnam: in 1965-66 as the Intelligence Officer of the Ill Amphibious Force and the Chief of Staff of the 3rd Marine Division; and in 1969-70 as the Operations Officer of the Ill Amphibious Force and then its Chief of Staff. At Camp Pendleton, he commanded the 5th Marine Division in 1968-69 and the 4th Marine Division in 1970-73. Upon retirement in 1974, he was serving as Director of Manpower, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.

Among his decorations are two Distinguished Service Medals; five Legions of Merit; two Bronze Star medals; the Purple Heart; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Navy Commendation Medal; the Order of the Lion of Finland; the Republic of Korea Chung-mu Medal; the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the National Order of Merit.

Funeral Mass and internment with military honors will be at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dulacki Scholarship Fund, The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th St., NY, NY, 10021 or the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation,18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 9, 2019
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