The Commission

The authorizing legislation for ABMC (36 U.S.C., Chapter 21) specifies that the president will appoint not more than 11 members to the commission.  Appointees of former president Barack Obama served through December 4, 2017.  We will post President Trump’s appointees to the Commission when the White House announces those appointments.  Robert J. Dalessandro (SES) continues to serve as Acting Secretary until a new Secretary is officially appointed.

Previous Commissioners

Barack H. Obama Administration 2009-2017

  • Merrill A. McPeak
  • Cindy Campbell
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • Darrell Dorgan
  • Larry R. Ellis
  • John L. Estrada
  • Lisa A. Hallett
  • Jerry MacArthur Hultin
  • Rolland Kidder
  • Richard L. Klass
  • Thomas R. Lamont
  • Constance Morella
  • Ike Skelton
  • Maura C. Sullivan

George W. Bush Administration 2001-2009

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 2005)
  • Frederick M. Franks (Chairman beginning in 2005) 
  • Julius W. Becton, Jr.  
  • Patrick H. Brady
  • Leslie G. Baker  
  • Chester L. Berryhill, Jr. 
  • Donald T. Bollinger  
  • James B. Culbertson     
  • James B. Francis 
  • Frederick M. Franks
  • Jerry L. Laws
  • Antonio Lopez
  • Zell B. Miller 
  • Thomas E. Morris 
  • Carol A. Mutter  
  • Joseph E. Persico
  • James M. Reynolds, III   
  • Sara A. Sellers  
  • Alan K. Simpson
  • Will Hill Tankersle  
  • Sue Ellen Turner  

William J. Clinton Administration 1993-2001

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 1994)
  • Frederick F. Woerner, Jr. (Chairman beginning in 1994)
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Hugh L. Carey   
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Evelyn P. Foote
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon    
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Steve M. Hilton
  • Rolland F. Kidder  
  • Douglas Kinnard
  • Robert C. Laughter  
  • Alfred S. Los Banos
  • Thomas G. Lyons 
  • John C. McDonald
  • Ned R. McWherter
  • Brenda L. Moore  
  • Frank B. Moore  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Gail H. Reals
  • Ed L. Romero     
  • Mark V. Rosenker
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • William G. Simpson  
  • David H. Sudderth
  • William M. Wardlaw
  • F. Haydn Williams 

George H.W. Bush Administration 1989-1993

  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman until 1990)  
  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman beginning in 1990)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Robert C. Laughter
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald   
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Mark V. Rosenker   
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • David H. Sudderth      

Ronald Reagan Administration 1981-1989

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman until 1984)  
  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman beginning in 1985)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Edwin Bliss Wheeler
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • Joseph W. Canzeri  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Redford C. Early
  • William E. Hickey
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Lawrence A. Wright     

James Carter Administration 1977-1981

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • William G. Bray  
  • Alfred P. Chamie  
  • Benjamin 0. Davis, Jr. 
  • William C. Garrison     
  • T. Harry Gatton 
  • James H. Gavin 
  • Anna Mae Hays
  • James L. Holloway III  
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Oliver E. Meadows  
  • John M. Pope  
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Louis H. Wilson 

Gerald R. Ford Administration 1974-1977

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)  
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage
  • William G. Bray
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • Leslie H. Fry   
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Charles E. Potter     
  • Harvey A. Roffman
  • Richard J. Vander Platt

Richard M. Nixon Administration 1969-1974

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • T. C. Connell
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Carl Spaatz
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Clinton F. Wheeler   

Lyndon B. Johnson Administration 1963-1969

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • T. C. Connell
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Felton M. Johnston  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.   
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden     

John F. Kennedy Administration 1961-1963

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle      
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden  

Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration 1953-1961

  • George C. Marshall (Chairman until 1959)
  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman beginning in 1960)
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Benjamin 0. Davis    
  • Joseph J. Foss  
  • Forest A. Harness  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • John Phillips 
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Carl Spaatz    
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Mrs. Wendell L. Wilkie

Harry S. Truman Administration 1945-1953

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman until 1948)
  • George C. Marshall (Chairman beginning in 1949)  
  • Joseph C. Baldwin  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker   
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Edward C. Kalbfus     
  • Harold A. Keats    
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Burnet R. Maybank
  • David A. Reed
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Robert G. Woodside   

Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration 1933-1945

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle   
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey      
  • David A. Reed
  • Robert G. Woodside

Herbert Hoover Administration 1929-1933

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside

Calvin Coolidge Administration 1923-1929

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • Mrs. Frederick W. Bentley
  • J.P.B. Clayton Hill
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Thomas W. Miller  
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside  

Learn More About ABMC

Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.