Samuel Jaskilka, a four-star general and combat veteran of three wars who ended his 36 years in the Marine Corps as the service’s second-ranking officer, died Jan. 15 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He was 92.
He had pneumonia, said his daughter, Diane Jaskilka.
Gen. Jaskilka, an Annapolis resident, retired in 1978 as assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. He fought as a platoon leader in the Pacific during World War II and served as a company commander in the Korean War. He later held command positions of increasing responsibility during the Vietnam War.
For his Korean service, Gen. Jaskilka was twice awarded the Silver Star — the military’s third-highest decoration for valor. According to the citation, Gen. Jaskilka received his second Silver Star for “for repulsing endless assaults and killing hundreds of the enemy.”
In 1950, the syndicated columnist Joseph Alsop wrote that Gen. Jaskilka “coolly” led his men after landing at Inchon, and destroyed pockets of enemy resistance in a methodical fashion.