Carl Mundy, controversial Marine Corps commandant, dies at 78

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Carl Mundy, a retired four-star general who, as commandant of the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, oversaw troop reductions in the wake of the Cold War and whose statements on race, women and gays in the military provoked widespread criticism, died April 2 at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was 78.

General Mundy was commanding general of the US Atlantic Fleet Marine Force in Norfolk, Va., when he was named commandant, or the top officer in the Corps, in 1991. He was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

When he was named commandant, General Mundy was described in the Los Angeles Times as ‘‘one of the most articulate, intelligent, and polished Marines in the Corps.’’ But he soon found himself in hot water for his comments about women, race, and homosexuality in the military.

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