Major Gen. Clayton Barney Vogel, USMC

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Clayton Barney Vogel

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA
Death: November 1964 (82)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Theodore Knight Vogel and Clayonia W Barney
Husband of Margaret Jane Bennett
Father of Private

Occupation: United States Marine Corps
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About Major Gen. Clayton Barney Vogel, USMC

His World war II service:

  • Commanding General, 2nd Marine Brigade 1939-41
  • Commanding General, 2nd Marine Division 1941
  • Commanding General, 2d Joint Training Force (later called Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet) 1941-42
  • Commanding General, I Marine Amphibious Corps 1942-43
  • Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego 1943-44
  • Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island 1944-46

Major General Clayton Barney Vogel was a United States Marine Corps general who served in a variety of capacities from 1902 until 1946. He is best known for his support of the Navajo code talker program.

Early life

Vogel was born on 18 September 1882 in Philadelphia, P.A. His father, Theodore Knight Vogel was a founding member of the Loyal Legion and a Captain in the Union Army. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1904. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1904.

Navajo Code Talkers

On February 28, 1942, General Vogel testing the idea of the Navajo code talkers by "installing a telephone connection between two offices and wrote out six messages that were typical of those sent during combat. One of those messages read "Enemy expected to make tank and dive bomber attack at dawn." The Navajo managed to transmit the message almost verbatim: "Enemy tank dive bomber expected to attack this morning." The remaining messages were translated with similar proficiency, which duly impressed General Vogel

On 6 March 1942, General Vogel wrote a letter to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Thomas Holcomb recommending the Navajo Code Talkers. The Navajo were recommended, in part, because Nazi Germany had not infiltrated the Navajo as they were the only "tribe that has not been infested with German students during the past twenty years. These Germans, studying the various tribal dialects under the guise of art students, anthropologists, etc., have undoubedtly obtained a good working knowledge of all tribal dialects except Navaho."

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Major Gen. Clayton Barney Vogel, USMC's Timeline

September 18, 1882
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA
November 1964
Age 82
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA
Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States