Albert Sidney McLemore (May 23, 1869—July 13, 1921) was an American officer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish–American War. He was approved to receive the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery but died before it could be presented.Biography
McLemore was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 23, 1869, the son of William Sugars McLemore. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1891 he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps. McLemore served in the Spanish–American War and during World War I was the officer in Charge of Marine Corps recruiting. He was approved to receive the Brevet Medal for gallantry in the Spanish–American War, but died before it could be presented. Since the brevet medal was not presented posthumously it was never given to his family and instead placed on display in the National Museum.Major McLemore is credited with coining the Marine Corps recruiting slogan "First to Fight" ca. 1911 while assig
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