Lieutenant General Louis H. Buehl was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and served as the Commanding General of the Marine Base, Camp Lejune. He held the Number 3 post in the Marine Corps next to Commandant and Assistant Commandant.
He died Oct. 5, 1988 in Bethesda, MD.
At the time of his death he was U.S. Marine Corps Chief of Staff. A Marine since June, 1954, he had held every key infantry command position. He served in Vietnam twice, and was on the staff of Naval Forces there in 1970. His decorations included the Defense Distinguished Defense Superior Service Medal, plus the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medals, all with Combat V’s.
A native of Pittsburgh, the General was a graduate of Miami University in Ohio and received a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Michigan. He won his first of three stars in April 1982 when he assumed command of the First Marine Brigade at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.