Marines


Biography

 

Colonel James Frederick Korth
Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Advisor Company B

Colonel Korth entered the Marine Corps through the Officer Candidates Course (OCC), immediately following his graduation from Texas Christian University, in December of 1996. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in April of 1997, in Quantico, Virginia.

After completing The Basic School in October 1997, he attended his Primary MOS School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While serving on active duty, Second Lieutenant Korth deployed with the 13th MEU (SOC) in the fall of 1998. The MEU participated in several operations including EAGER MACE, EDGED MALLET, and SOUTHERN WATCH. Then Lieutenant Korth served as the FIST team leader and Headquarters Platoon Commander for Echo 2/1 during the deployment. His remaining active duty tour was spent as the Battalion Liaison Officer working as the Fire Direction officer for both 1st Tank Battalion and 1st LAR, and several months of service with Special MAGTF-X.

In October 2000, Captain Korth left active duty to pursue life as a civilian in Austin, Texas. In the spring of 2001, longing the esprit that Marines provide, Captain Korth began active participation in the Marine Corps Reserve and joined 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure with 4th Recon, he served as a Platoon Commander in both Alpha and Charlie Companies. In January 2003, while serving with Charlie Company, he was activated. The company was attached to 2d Force Recon Company as Task Force Recon, in support of Task Force Tarawa. The Task Force spent the next two months in Kuwait, prior to entering Iraq on March 19, 2003. Upon returning to the U.S. and his deactivation in the fall of that year, Captain Korth resumed his studies in Law school, which had been interrupted by the war.

Beginning a new career as an attorney, Major Korth enrolled in Nonresident Command and Staff College. Upon completion of the school in August 2008, Major Korth joined 1st Battalion 23d Marines, assuming duties as Company Commander, in Bossier City, Louisiana. While serving as Company Commander Major Korth focused on preparing his Marines for the Battalion’s imminent deployment to Afghanistan. The Battalion mobilized in the fall of 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in February of 2011. Major Korth’s company was attached to Regimental Combat Team 1, in Afghanistan’s Southern Helmand Province. His Marines were dispersed, and conducted operations in and around the Marjah District of Helmand.

Upon returning from the deployment, Major Korth assumed duties as the Battalion Operations Officer. After his selection and promotion to LtCol, he assumed duties as Bn Commander in 2013. Following his successful command tour, LtCol Korth served successive tours from 2015-2019 as the Executive Officer for 14th Marine Regiment, 2D Civil Affairs Group, and Marine Corps Advisor Company A. Following his promotion to Colonel on October 1, 2019, he assumed duties as the Force Headquarters Group Assistant Chief of Staff and SMCR G-3/5, until assuming command of Marine Corps Advisor Company B in March 2021.

Colonel Korth’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device and Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Outstanding Volunteer Medal.

Colonel Korth is married, and he and his wife have three children. In his civilian career, Colonel Korth operates a law office, practicing Oil and Gas Law, and oversees his family’s ranching operations. He is also active in numerous civic organizations.