Born In: Pullman, Washington, United States
Jim Mattis was the 26th U.S. secretary of defense and a former marine commander, best known for his glorious contribution to the American military expeditions in the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and the Iraq War. He was born into a middle-class family and was one of the three sons of his parents. His mother was associated with the American troops as a stenographer during the Second World War. Following his high-school graduation in 1968, Jim joined the ‘U.S. Marine Corps.’ He was known as an excellent soldier and was quickly promoted to various high-ranking positions in the marines, such as second lieutenant, lieutenant colonel, brigadier general, and major general. He participated in the Persian Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and the Iraq War and earned many honors, such as the ‘Edson’s Eagles.’ He read a lot and emphasized on the importance of knowing a country’s history before going to fight there. In 2013, he retired from the ‘Marines,’ and in January 2017, he was instated as the secretary of defense under President Donald Trump. However, owing to several issues with Trump, he resigned in December 2018.
Nick Name: Chaos, Warrior Monk
Also Known As: James Norman Mattis
father: John West Mattis
mother: Lucille (Proulx) Mattis
siblings: Tom Mattis
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Washington
Ancestry: Canadian American
Notable Alumni: Central Washington University
education: Central Washington University
awards: Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
After graduating high school, Jim Mattis joined the ‘Central Washington University,’ located in Ellensburg, Washington, eventually obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history in 1971. The country was in the middle of a war with Vietnam in the late 1960s, back when Jim had graduated high school. The wave of nationalism that spread across the nation after this made many youngsters join the armed forces, and Jim was no exception.
Jim Mattis had enlisted as a reserve in the ‘Marine Corps’ in 1969, and as part of his training, he had to participate in the ‘Reserve Officers’ Training Corps’ program. He was a voracious reader and read world history ardently. His fellow officers once claimed that he had a collection of about 7,000 books on world history.
His battalion was one of the firsts that launched a military assault in Kuwait. Jim’s commands were noted for being bold and fearless. He thus became a legendary figure after the war ended. He was honored with a ‘Bronze Star’ for bravery and then received a promotion to the rank of colonel. He was also awarded with one of the U.S. military’s highest but lesser known honors, the ‘Edson’s Eagles.’
Before the Iraq War, Jim Mattis was promoted to the position of major general. He led the ‘1st Marine Division’ in the early few weeks of the Iraq War. It was the longest-sustained advance over land in marine history. His antics during the Iraq War earned Jim a third star. Upon his return to the U.S. after the war, he was assigned to Quantico, Virginia, where he shared the lessons learned during the Afghan War and the Iraq War with new marine recruits.
Jim Mattis opposed the U.S. collaborations with China and Russia and said that they could be a threat to the U.S.-led world order.
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