Marine Corps Provides Update on General Smith
8 Jan 2024

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Eric. M. Smith, underwent successful open heart surgery on Jan. 8 to repair a bicuspid aortic valve in his heart, which was the cause of his cardiac arrest on Oct. 29. 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.

General Smith and his family are focused on his rehabilitation and appreciate everyone’s continued respect for their privacy ahead of his full recovery.

The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, continues to perform the duties of the Commandant during Gen. Smith’s rehabilitation.

Communication Directorate

Headquarters Marine Corps