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This Month In USMC History
1 October 1997:
The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.

5 October 1775:
Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2d Continental Congress used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions, when it directed General George Washington to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.

6 October 1945:
Major General Keller E. Rockey, Commanding General, III Amphibious Corps, accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.

8 October 1889:
A force of 375 Marines under command of future Commandant George F. Elliott, attacked and captured the insurgent town of Novaleta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, and linked up with U.S. Army troops. There were 11 Marine casualties.

9 October 1917:
The 8th Marines was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Although the regiment would not see combat in Europe during World War I, the officers and enlisted men of the 8th Marines participated in operations against dissidents in Haiti for over five years during the 1920s. During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and earned three Presidential Unit Citations.

11 October 1951:
A Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a frontline combat position for the first time, when HMR-161 lifted the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, and its equipment, during Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.

19 October 1968:
Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.

23 October 1983:
At 0622 an explosive-laden truck slammed into the BLT headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, where more than 300 men were billeted. The massive explosion collapsed the building in seconds, and took the lives of 241 Americans--including 220 Marines. This was the highest loss of life in a single day for Marines since D-Day on Iwo Jima in 1945.

28 October 1962:
An 11,000-man 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week earlier, the entire 189,000-man Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the defenders of the U.S. Naval Base. Other 2d Division units and squadrons from five Marine Aircraft Groups were deployed at Key West, Florida, or in Caribbean waters during the Cuban crisis.

31 October 1919:
A patrol of Marines and gendarmes, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing the bandit chief, and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor.

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History Of Marine Corps Force Recon

Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance was first conceived in 1954, at Marine Base Camp Pendleton, outside of San Diego, California, when an experimental recon team was formed. Three years later, that team merged with an existing amphibious reconnaissance company to form the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company.

In 1958, half the Marines in 1st Force were removed from the Company and hauled over to the Eastern seaboard, forming the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. 1st Force supplemented Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPac), while 2nd, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLant).

Force Reconnaissance received their baptism by fire during the Vietnam War, arriving first in 1965 and staying for five years. Forty-four Marines of 1st Force were killed or missing in action through the course of the war.

After US withdrawal from Vietnam, 1st Force and 2nd Force were both deactivated in 1974, and the existing Force Marines were rolled into the non-Force 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in order to maintain Marine Corps deep recon capabilities. However, the roll-in was never completed to a satisfactory condition, and 1st Force Reconnaissance was reactivated as an individual unit in 1986, and was later deployed in the Gulf War.

Many Force Recon Companies are in existence today, and have been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by admin on Friday 27 March 2009 - 01:52:52 | LAN_THEME_20
Marines Awarded The Medal Of Honor During The Vietnam War

* PFC James Anderson, Jr. - 1967 - 3rd Marines *
* Lance Corporal Richard A. Anderson - 1967 - 3rd Recon. Bn. *
* PFC Oscar P. Austin - 1969 - 7th Marines *
* Lance Corporal Jedh C. Barker - 1967 - 4th Marines *
1st Lieutenant Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. - 1965 - 9th Marines
2d Lieutenant John P. Bobo - 1967 - 9th Marines
* PFC Daniel D. Bruce - 1969 - 5th Marines *
* PFC Robert C. Burke - 1968 - 27th Marines *
* PFC Bruce W. Carter - 1969 - 3rd Marines *
PFC Robert M. Clausen, Jr. - 1970 - HMM-263
* PFC Robert L. Coker - 1969 - 3rd Marines *
Staff Sergeant Peter S. Conner - 1966 - 3rd Marines
* Colonel Donald G. Cook - 1964-67 - Sr. Marine Advisor *
Lance Corporal Thomas E. Creek - 1969 - 9th Marines
* Sergeant Rodney M. Davis - 1967 - 5th Marines *
* Lance Corporal Emilio De La Garza, Jr. - 1970 - 1st Marines *
* PFC Ralph E. Dias - 1969 - 7th Marines *
* PFC Douglas E. Dickey - 1967 - 4th Marines *
* Sergeant Paul H. Foster - 1967 - 4th Marines *
1st Lieutenant Wesley L. Fox - 1969 - 9th Marines
* Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez - 1968 - 1st Marines *
* Captain James A. Graham - 1967 - 5th Marines *
* 2nd Lieutenant Terrance C. Graves - 1968 - 3rd Recon. Bn. *
Staff Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard - 1966 - 1st Recon. Battalion
* Lance Corporal James D. Howe - 1970 - 7th Marines *
* PFC Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. - 1969 - 3rd Recon. Battalion *
* Lance Corporal Jose F. Jimenez - 1969 - 7th Marines *
* PFC Ralph H. Johnson - 1968 - 1st Recon. Battalion *
* LCpl Miguel Keith - 1970 - Combined Action Platoon 1-3-2 *
Staff Sergeant Allan J. Kellogg, Jr. - 1970 - 5th Marines
Captain Howard V. Lee - 1966 - 4th Marines
Captain James E. Livingston - 1968 - 4th Marines
* PFC Gary W. Martini - 1967 - 1st Marines *
* Corporal Larry L. Maxam - 1968 - 4th Marines *
Staff Sergeant John J. McGinty III - 1966 - 4th Marines
Captain Robert J. Modrzejewski - 1966 - 4th Marines
* Corporal William D. Morgan - 1969 - 9th Marines *
* PFC Melvin E. Newlin - 1967 - 5th Marines *
* Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. - 1969 - 9th Marines *
Corporal Robert E. O'Malley - 1965 - 3rd Marines
* Lance Corporal Joe C. Paul - 1965 - 4th Marines *
Corporal William T. Perkins, Jr. - 1967 - 3rd Marine Division
* Sergeant Lawrence D. Peters - 1967 - 5th Marines *
PFC Jimmy W. Phipps - 1969 - 1st Engineer Battalion
Lance Corporal Richard A. Pittman - 1966 - 5th Marines
Captain Stephen W. Pless - 1967 - VMO-6
* Lance Corporal William R. Prom - 1969 - 3rd Marines *
* 1st Lieutenant Frank S. Reasoner - 1965 - 3rd Recon. Bn. *
* Sergeant Walter K. Singleton - 1967 - 9th Marines *
* Corporal Larry E. Smedley - 1967 - 9th Marines *
* Lance Corporal Karl G. Taylor, Sr. - 1968 - 26th Marines *
Captain M. Sando Vargas, Jr. - 1968 - 4th Marines
* Lance Corporal Lester W. Weber - 1968 - 7th Marines *
* Lance Coporal Roy M. Wheat - 1967 - 7th Marines *
* PFC Dewayne F. Williams - 1968 - 1st Marines *
PFC Alfred M. Wilson - 1969 - 9th Marines
Lance Corporal Kenneth L. Worley - 1968 - 7th Marines

Posted by admin on Monday 09 March 2009 - 20:41:05 | LAN_THEME_20
Marine Corps "Blood Stripe".

Many legends persist as to the uniform of the Marine Corps and the origin
of certain traditional aspects. One frequent question raised is "Why do
Marine officers and NCOs have red stripes on the blue uniform trousers?"

According to legend this commemorates the courage and tenacious fighting of
the men who battled before Chapultapec in the Mexican War and whose exploits
added the phrase "From the Halls of Montezuma..." to the Marine Hymn. The red
stripe on the trousers of all Marine officers and NCOs is said to symbolize
the blood shed by these Marines of another century.

Posted by admin on Friday 06 March 2009 - 01:24:51 | LAN_THEME_20
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Marine Of The Month

Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff

20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 19 in Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.


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