Holland Smith

1882 - 1967

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Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith, KCB (April 20, 1882 – January 12, 1967) was a general in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He is sometimes called the "father" of modern U.S. amphibious warfare. His nickname, "Howlin' Mad" Smith, had been given to him by his troops in the Dominican Republic in 1916.On the eve of World War II, General Smith directed extensive Army, Navy, and Marine amphibious training, which was a major factor in successful U.S. landings in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He subsequently helped prepare U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Holland Smith has received more than 296,401 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Holland Smith is the 1,090th most popular military personnel (down from 986th in 2019), the 3,729th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,546th in 2019) and the 56th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Holland Smith ranks 1,090 out of 1,466Before him are Ernst-Günther Baade, Vladimir Kappel, Ludwig von Reuter, Karl Decker, Lucius D. Clay, and Maciej Sulkiewicz. After him are Prince Frederick of Württemberg, Ōtomo no Otomaro, Hydarnes II, Franz Bäke, Katō Yoshiaki, and Abdul Haris Nasution.

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Among people born in 1882, Holland Smith ranks 128Before him are Kamo, José Vasconcelos, Paul Anspach, Hendrik Willem van Loon, Cai E, and Max Decugis. After him are Joseph Marx, Nicolae Titulescu, Geraldine Farrar, Ernst Weiss, Huseyn Javid, and Károly Huszár. Among people deceased in 1967, Holland Smith ranks 132Before him are Claude Rains, Victor de Sabata, Nils von Kantzow, Tudor Arghezi, André Cluytens, and Gideon Ståhlberg. After him are Bob Anderson, Geraldine Farrar, Otto Erich Deutsch, Paul Löbe, Morris Swadesh, and André-Louis Danjon.

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Among people born in United States, Holland Smith ranks 3,729 out of 15,968Before him are Linda Darnell (1923), Nancy Marchand (1928), Charles Best (1899), Ryan Phillippe (1974), Kelly Hu (1968), and Stewart Copeland (1952). After him are Anne Francis (1930), Laurens Hammond (1895), Oscar Hammerstein II (1895), Harold Robbins (1916), Lillian Hellman (1905), and Edmond O'Brien (1915).


Among military personnels born in United States, Holland Smith ranks 56Before him are James Jesus Angleton (1917), Wesley Clark (1944), Kit Carson (1809), Herman Kahn (1922), David Petraeus (1952), and Lucius D. Clay (1898). After him are William Calley (1943), Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1887), Alvin York (1887), Marc Mitscher (1887), Anthony McAuliffe (1898), and James M. Gavin (1907).