The Leftwich Trophy
, also known as the Leftwich Award
a trophy given for outstanding leadership and is an award
presented annually in memory of Lieutenant Colonel William Groom Leftwich
, U.S. Marine Corps
, who was killed in action in the
Republic of Vietnam
in November 1970.
Eligible nominees are Marine Captains
in the Ground Combat Arms
serving on active duty as a company or battery commander with
the ground forces of the Fleet Marine Force
at the time of
nomination. Posthumous awards can be made of this award providing
nomination complies with all the criteria for receiving the award.
Selection is done by a board of senior officers chaired by the
Deputy Commandant of Plans, Policy and Operations (DC,PP&O),
who then after reviewing the applicants, makes recommendation
to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for his final approval.
The trophy is provided to the Marine Corps through an endowment
by the H. Ross Perot Foundation. LtCol Leftwich and Mr. Perot
were classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy. The trophy itself was
designed by Mr. Felix de Welden, designer of the Marine Corps War
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Leftwich Trophy, a replica of the statue commemorating the
service and leadership of Lieutenant Colonel William G. Leftwich,
was first presented in June 1979 at the commissioning ceremony for
the USS Leftwich.
Previous Winners of the Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership
Recipients Since 1979
- 1979 Captain Clyde S. Brinkley, Jr.
- 1980 Captain Charles R. Sherrill
- 1981 Captain John Caldwell
- 1982 Captain Dirk R. Ahle
- 1983 Captain Ronald L. King
- 1984 Captain Robert K. Dobson, Jr.
- 1985 Captain Dennis J. Hejlik
- 1986 Captain David W. Mauldin
- 1987 Captain Paul E. Lefebvre
- 1988 Captain John R. Allen
- 1989 Captain James B. Laster
- 1990 Captain Ronald F. Baczkowski
- 1991 Captain Dennis M. Greene
- 1992 Captain Michael L. Ettore
- 1993 Captain Robert F. Castellvi
- 1994 Captain Steven M. Zotti
- 1995 Captain Jeffery J. Sharrock
- 1996 Captain Jeffery J. Kenney
- 1997 Captain Julian D. Alford
- 1998 Captain Jason Q. Bohm
- 1999 Captain Daniel M. Sullivan
- 2000 Captain Jason L. Morris
- 2001 Captain Michael D. Grice
- 2002 Captain Farrell J. Sullivan
- 2003 Captain Christeon C. Griffin
- 2004 Captain Christopher J. Bronzi
- 2005 Captain John W. Maloney (Deceased)