GENERAL RADFORD DIES; LONG IN MARINES, 82
Retired Quartermaster General
Designed Corps Uniforms – A Founder of Farragut School
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey, January 20, 1951 – Brigadier General Cyrus Sugg Radford, retired, former Quartermaster General of the Marine Corps, died last night in Paul Kimball Hospital, Lakewood, New Jersey. General Radford, who resided here, was 82 years old.
At his death, he was chairman of the board of trustees of Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach. A founder of the naval preparatory school, he had served as associate superintendent from 1942 to 1947.
General Radford, who was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, attended the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy and two years later was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
During the Spanish-American War, General Radford served aboard the USS Texas in the battle of Guantanamo Bay in 1898, when the Spanish fleet was destroyed. He served in the Philippines for two years after the war.
In 1903, he was transferred to Philadelphia where he was responsible for the building, equipping and development of the Marine Corps manufacturing and supply base. He was commanding officer of the depot when he was made Quartermaster General of the Corps in 1929.
General Radford was responsible for designing much of the uniforms and equipment of the Marine Corps, much of which still in use today. For many years, also, he was a technical adviser in military supplies and equipment to the governments of Cuba, Haiti, Santo Domingo and Nicaragua.
Shortly after taking the post as Quartermaster General, he retired to become a vice president of the Bankers Trust Company of Philadelphia. Later he joined the organization of Newburger, Loeb & Company, stock brokers.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Catherine Manson Radford; a son Commander Francis M. Radford, USN; and two daughters, Mrs. Charles John of New York and Mrs. Thomas McKean, Jr. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
NOTE: His son, Cyrus Sugg Radford, Jr., Commander, United States Navy, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
RADFORD, CYRUS SUGG SR
- BRIG GEN U S M C RET
- DATE OF BIRTH: 06/03/1868
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/19/1951
- BURIED AT: SECTION 7 SITE 8153-A
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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