General Walter E. Boomer retired from the Marine Corps 1 September 1994. His last active duty assignment was as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.

General Boomer was born 22 September 1938 in Rich Square, North Carolina and graduated from Randolph Macon Academy, Front Royal, Virginia, in 1956. He earned a B.A. degree from Duke University in 1960, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He also holds a M.S. degree in Technology of Management from American University, Washington, D.C. (1973).

After completing The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia in January 1961, his first assignments were with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines and the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, where he was platoon commander, weapons platoon commander and battalion training officer, respectively, from 1961-1964. He was promoted to first lieutenant in December 1961, and to captain in April 1965.

General Boomer saw combat action from 1966-1967 in the Republic of Vietnam as the Commanding Officer, Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines. Returning from overseas, he attended the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico. Upon completion of school, he was promoted to major in May 1968, and was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., for duty as the Administrative Assistant and Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs. Following this assignment, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk.

In 1971, General Boomer attended the Short Advisors Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in preparation for advisor duty with the South Vietnamese Marines. In August of that year, he returned to Vietnam as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Marine Infantry Battalion.

Transferred back to the states in September 1972, he attended American University, receiving his M.S. degree in December 1973. The following month, he began a three-year tour as a management instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. During the last year of his tour, he was the Chairman of the Department of Management. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in September 1976.

From July 1977 to June 1980, General Boomer was stationed in Hawaii, where he served as Executive Officer, 3d Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, and then as Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines. Returning to the mainland in July 1980, he attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with distinction in June 1981.

He then assumed the duties as the Deputy Director of the Fourth Marine Corps District, Philadelphia. He was promoted to colonel on 1 November 1981, and became the Director of the Fourth Marine Corps District on 17 June 1983.

During February 1985, General Boomer returned to Quantico to assume command of the Marine Security Guard Battalion. While serving in this capacity, he was selected in April 1986 for promotion to brigadier general. He was advanced to that grade on 2 June 1986, and assigned duty as the Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps on 7 June 1986. He served in this capacity until 27 May 1988, when he was assigned duty as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division (Rein), FMF, New Orleans. On 14 March 1989, he was advanced to major general. General Boomer was promoted to lieutenant general on 8 August 1990. On 15 August 1990, General Boomer deployed to Saudi Arabia, where he served as the Commanding General, U.S. Marines Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. On 22 April 1991, he returned to Camp Pendleton and assumed the duties of Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commanding General, Marine Corps Base. He served in this capacity until 6 September 1991. General Boomer reported to Quantico, Virginia, on 27 September 1991, where he assumed duty as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He was promoted to general on 1 September 1992, and assumed his last duty assignment as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

General Boomer's medals and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal with gold star in lieu of a second award; Legion of Merit; two Bronze Star Medals with Combat "V"; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; Navy Unit Commendation with two bronze stars; Meritorious Unit Commendation with two bronze stars; Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with bronze star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars; The King Faisal Award, 2d Class; "Ordre National du Meriate"; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with silver and gold stars; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross color with palm); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions color); the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Assistant Commandants of the Marine Corps