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[1]

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. Army and Canadian troops for the Kiska and Attu landings, then led the V Amphibious Corps in the assaults on the Gilberts, the Marshalls, Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas. During the Marianas operation, besides the V Amphibious Corps, he commanded all Expeditionary Troops, including those that recaptured Guam. He then served as the first Commanding General of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and headed Task Force 56 (Expeditionary Troops) at Iwo Jima, which included all the assault troops in that battle.

Corporal Henry 'Ben' Townsend


Townsend Detachment # 920 Marine Corps League is named in honor of

Henry 'Ben' Townsend, Corporal United States Marine Corps.

          Ben Townsend was born, January ll, 1962, and raised in the greater Montgomery area and graduated High School in 1981.  After high school he enlisted under the “Buddy Program” in the United States Marine Corps.  He completed basic training at Paris Island, S.C., and advanced infantry training at Camp Lejeune,N.C.  He was stationed at Camp Lejeune with the 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment.