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James MATTIS

American James MATTIS

born James Norman MATTIS

Retired United States Marine Corps general, nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Defense in the Donald Trump administration

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Born: on September 08, 1950 in Pullman, Washington, USA  (68 years)


Biography

Mattis was born on September 8, 1950 in Pullman, Washington. His mother's name is Lucille (Proulx) Mattis. He graduated from Columbia High School, Richland, Washington, in 1968.
Military career

He initially enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1969. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Central Washington University and was commissioned a second lieutenant through ROTC on January 1, 1972. During his service years, Mattis was considered to be an intellectual among the upper ranks, with his personal library numbering more than 7,000 volumes. Major General Robert H. Scales, Retired, PhD, described him as "....one of the most urbane and polished men I have known." Reinforcing this intellectual persona was the fact he carried his own personal copy of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius throughout his deployments.

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