SCOPE: This coverage is of General Louis H. Wilson accepting the Marine Corps Battle Color?
Marine rings bell to start ceremony.
Marine Corps band marches in.
General Cushman receives 4th DSM from Secretary Middendorf.
Secretary Schlesinger observes ceremony.
General Wilson's speech.
Passing of the Marine Battle Color.
Troops pass in review.
Generals Cushman and Wilson shake hands at conclusion of ceremony.
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Background: SCOPE: This coverage is of General Louis H. Wilson accepting the Marine Corps Battle Color and becoming the 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
BACKGROUND: General Louis H. Wilson accepted the Marine Corps highest post from outgoing Commandant, General Robert E. Cushman, Jr., at a ceremony at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., at 2:30 p.m. on 30 June 1975. Earlier in the day, Secretary of Navy J. William Middendorf II presented General Wilson with his fourth star. The appointments as a general and Commandant of the Marine Corps became effective 1 July 1975. General Cushman was also presented his fourth award of the Distinguished Service Medal.