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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 13, 1995
                     PRESIDENT NAMES JOHN P. HERRLING 

     The President today announced his intention to appoint Major General

John P. Herrling (United States Army, Retired) of Virginia to serve as the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Major General John P. Herrling retired on August 1, 1995 from his post as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, headquartered at Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Major General Herrling was born on July 7, 1937. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. Major General Herrling also attended the United States Army War College, and the Army Command and General Staff College. He is married to Marlene Herrling and they have three children: Kathleen, Karen, and Mark.

The American Battle Monuments Commission is responsible for commemorating the U. S. Armed Forces in places where they have served since April 6, 1917 by designing, constructing, operating and maintaining permanent American military burial grounds on foreign soil. The Commission also controls the erection of military monuments and markers in foreign countries by other American citizens, both in the public and private sectors. The Commission operates and maintains 24 military burial grounds for War Dead and 73 memorial structures worldwide.

Additionally, the Commission was responsible for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Events commemorating this occurrence took place throughout the United States and France, from May 11- June 13, 1994.