Marine Corps Commandant Has Heart Surgery 

He is recovering and will be able to return to full duty status. 

General Eric Smith, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, underwent open heart surgery Monday, the Corps announced. They said the general had successful surgery “to repair a bicuspid aortic valve in his heart, which was the cause of his cardiac arrest on October 29.” 

The service branch reported, “He is in good condition and continues to recover at the hospital among family members and his doctors. Following his rehabilitation, Gen. Smith will return to full duty status as Commandant.” 

“Smith and his family are focused on his rehabilitation and appreciate everyone’s continued respect for their privacy ahead of his full recovery,” according to the Marine Corps statement. 

The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Christopher Mahoney, is performing General Smith’s duties during this time. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For General Smith’s full recovery from the surgery and healing of his heart.
  • For General Mahoney as he covers the commandant’s duties during his rehab.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post 


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