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Leo J. Dulacki
Class of 1936 - Inducted in 2013
Leo was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2013.
USMC Lt. General retired in 1974 after 32 years of active service. He is a war hero and an outstanding leader of the troops as attested by his many promotions, assignments, medals and awards. His schooling included a BS from Creighton University in Omaha, MS from George Washington University, Russian language course completion in California, Senior Course at Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, VA, Strategic Intelligence School in Washington, DC, graduation with distinction from the Naval War College, and he was an Instructor at the Marine Corps Schools.
His assignments included top leadership command posts in recruiting, personnel, manpower and many other key areas including commanding battalions and divisions. He served as Naval Attaché at the American Embassies in Helsinki, Finland and in Moscow, USSR. He served in leadership positions in Korea, Vietnam, and many locations throughout the USA.
Upon returning to the USA in 1961, he served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USMC through Creighton’s Army ROTC program upon graduation, and immediately attended basic training in Philadelphia for active duty in the USMC. During WWII he was assigned aboard the USS Hornet during the “Doolittle” bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan during the Battle of Midway. When his ship was sunk during the Battle of Santa Cruz, he was rescued by another ship and returned to the USA. In 1943 he became Commanding Officer of the Marine detachment aboard the USS Belleau Wood until the ship was severely damaged in 1945 and he returned to the USA. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1951. Dulacki served as Commanding Officer of the 1st battalion, 7th Marine Regiment and subsequently as a staff officer at the Korean truce negotiations until hostilities ended in 1953. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1967 and commanded the 5th Marine Division. He served as Chief of Staff of the III Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam. He was promoted to Major General in 1970 and commanded the 4th Marine Division. In 1973, Dulacki returned to the US Marine Corps Headquarters where he was promoted to Lieutenant General and designated Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Manpower.
His awards include Distinguished Service Medal (2 times); Legion of Merit (4 times); Bronze Star (2 times); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Purple Heart; Order of the Lion of Finland; Chung-Mu Medal, Korean President Unit Citation, Republic of Korea; National Order of Vietnam, Cross of Gallantry, President Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam; Navy Unit Commendation; and the Alumni Merit Award from Creighton University in 1974.
He has never forgotten his Polish roots and served on the Board of Trustees of the Kosciuszko Foundation and is an honorary trustee of the San Diego Paderewski Society. He also fondly remembers his Packer days and has donated funds for scholarships for SHS youth. He said his time at SHS was his source of inspiration.