FORT WORTH, TX. (July 29, 2013)– James Frederick Korth, an associate attorney with Cantey Hanger LLC in Fort Worth, is the new Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines 4th Marine Division. Korth, recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, took command during a formal ceremony at the conclusion of the unit’s annual training at Fort AP Hill, Virginia.
The Battalion, affectionately titled the Lone Star Battalion, is one of eight Marine Reserve infantry battalions in the United States and includes nearly 1,000 Marines. Its storied lineage includes not only deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, but participation in the Battles for Saipan and Iwo Jima. The Battalion’s Companies are located in Bossier City, LA and Houston (its headquarters), Austin, Corpus Christi and Harlingen in Texas.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to lead the Lone Star Battalion,” Korth said. “Being in this position is a tremendous responsibility, and I look forward to the next two years.”
Korth has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, respectively. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device and Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.
He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and received his juris doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law. His practice focuses on oil and gas.
In the community, Korth is a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, TCU Frog Club, Rotary, and the Inn of Courts. He is on the board of directors of the James L. West Alzheimer Center and a former board member of the Fort Worth Navy League, and Past President of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. He volunteers with Junior Achievement.