Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1937. Master of Science in Oriental History and Geography, University Utah, 1952.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, United States Army Reserve cavalry, 1937; resigned, United States Army Reserve, 1937; directly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, 1937; advanced through grades to brigadier general, United States Marine Corps, 1958; legislation assistant to commandant, United States Marine Corps, 1952-1958; assistant to secretary defense legislation affairs, 1958-1960; retired, 1960; director national security and foreign affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1960-1967; syndicated columnist, Copley News Service, 1964-1969; military commentator, Mutual Broadcasting System, 1964-1969; director, DISC, Inc., 1960-1967; special counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee, 1968-1969; consultant, House Armed Services Committee, 1968-1969; founder, director, District of Columbia National Bank, 1965-1969; assistant secretary navy for manpower and research affairs, 1969-1971; senior vice president government affairs, Pan American World Airways, Washington, 1971-1973; consultant to administrator, VA, 1973-1977; consultant to president, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1974-1975; participant commercial air management survey, S.E. Asian Transportation and Communications Commission, 1975; consultant, Gleason Associations Inc., 1974-1990; consultant, Ling-Temco-Vought Aerospace and Defense Corporation, 1975-1988; consultant, Marriott Corporation, since 1975; consultant, KMS Industries, Inc., 1985-1990; commandant, United States Marine Corps, 1979-1981; secretary, United States Navy, 1981-1982; counselor to, Secretary of Navy, 1982-1987. Member of advisory committee United States Navy Postgraduate School 1983-1987, 89-94.
Board of directors Stafford County (Virginia) Industrial Development Authority, 1974-1988, 90-96, vice chairman, 1993-1996. Vice chairman Belleau Woods United States Military Cemetery Memorial Day Superior vena cava syndrome, since 1978. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, British Legion (honorary), Louisiana State History Society (honorary.life), Military Order World Wars, Clan MacArthur Society American, Navy League, United States Marine Corps League (legislation committee 1980-1982), Battleship Association United States, 1st Marine Division Association (life), 3d Marine Division Association (life), Company Mil.Historians, Military Order of Carabao, China-Burma-India Veterans Association, China Marine Association, Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War, Sons of the Revolution, Naval and Maritime Correspondents Circle, United States Ship Washington Reunion Group, Army-Navy Club of Washington (president 1983-1987, president emeritus1988-), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Delta.
Married Edna Jane Smith, December 9, 1939 (deceased 1969). Children: Harry McArthur, James Richard. Married Patricia Ann Herring, September 5, 1970.