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Marine Corps Photos: Come At Me

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United States Marines with Africa Partnership Station participated in a training exercise focusing on riot control, riverine operations, ambush reaction drills and more October 18, 2013.

Each exercise, led by British Marine forces, challenged the Marines through different scenarios focusing on all aspects of military tactics.

Photo by Sgt Marco Mancha.


Moto Military Quotes

“In the various states of society armies are recruited from very different motives.
Barbarians are urged by their love of war; the citizens of a free republic may be prompted by a principle of duty; the subjects, or at least the nobles, of a monarchy are animated by a sentiment of honor; but the timid and luxurious inhabitants of a declining empire must be allured into the service by the hopes of profit, or compelled by the dread of punishment.”

Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


Today In Marine Corps History: 21 August 1968

PFC James Anderson, Jr., was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Secretary of the Navy, Paul R. Ignatius, for heroism in Vietnam while serving as a rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines in February 1967.
This was the first Medal of Honor presented to an African-American Marine.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Sr., received the award during ceremonies at Marine Barracks, 8th and I.



2nd Lt. John J. McGinty, Medal Of Honor

(Part of a continuing series of articles spotlighting United States Marines who have been awarded America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.)

From the Presidential Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Acting Platoon Leader, First Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966.

Second Lieutenant (then Staff Sergeant) McGinty’s platoon, which was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of the battalion from a position which had been under attack for three days, came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment. With each successive human wave which assaulted his thirty-two-man platoon during the four- hour battle, Second Lieutenant McGinty rallied his men to beat off the enemy.

In one bitter assault, two of the squads became separated from the remainder of the platoon. With complete disregard for his safety, Second Lieutenant McGinty charged through intense automatic weapons and mortar fire to their position.

Finding twenty men wounded and the medical corpsmen killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy.

Although he was painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire so effectively that the attacking hordes were beaten off.

When the enemy tried to out flank his position, he killed five of them at point-blank range with his pistol.

When they again seemed on the verge of overrunning the small force, he skillfully adjusted artillery and air strikes within fifty yards of his position.

This destructive fire power routed the enemy, who left an estimated 500 bodies on the battlefield.

Second Lieutenant McGinty’s personal heroism, indomitable leadership, selfless devotion to duty, and bold fighting spirit inspired his men to resist the repeated attacks by a fanatical enemy, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.



Medal Of Honor Recipient Capt. James Livingston

(Part of a continuing series of articles spotlighting United States Marines who have been awarded America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.)

From the Presidential Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam.
On 2 May 1968, Company E launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, which had been seized by the enemy on the preceding evening isolating a Marine company from the remainder of the battalion. Skillfully employing screening agents, Captain Livingston maneuvered his men to assault positions across 500 meters of dangerous open rice paddy while under intense enemy fire.
Ignoring hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly led his men in a savage assault against enemy emplacements within the village.
While adjusting supporting arms fire, Captain Livingston moved to the points of heaviest resistance, shouting words of encouragement to his Marines, directing their fire, and spurring the dwindling momentum of the attack on repeated occasions. Although twice painfully wounded by grenade fragments, he refused medical treatment and courageously led his men in the destruction of over 100 mutually supporting bunkers, driving the remaining enemy from their positions, and relieving the pressure on the stranded Marine company.
As the two companies consolidated positions and evacuated casualties, a third company passed through the friendly lines launching an assault on the adjacent village of Dinh To, only to be halted by a furious counterattack of an enemy battalion.
Swiftly assessing the situation and disregarding the heavy volume of enemy fire, Captain Livingston boldly maneuvered the remaining effective men of his company forward, joined forces with the heavily engaged Marines, and halted the enemy’s counterattack.
Wounded a third time and unable to walk, he steadfastly remained in a dangerously exposed area, deploying his men to more tenable positions and supervising the evacuation of casualties.
Only when assured of the safety of his men did he allow himself to be evacuated. Captain Livingston’s gallant actions uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service.



United States Marine Quotes: Maj Gen John A. Lejeune

“The future success of the Marine Corps depends on two factors: first, an efficient performance of all duties to which its officers and men may be assigned; second, promptly bringing this efficiency to the attention of the proper officials of the government, and the American people.”

MajGen John A. Lejeune, 13th CMC


PGR Mission Alert: A Day with Heroes

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to escort the opening ceremony flag to the Moundsville Honor Guard, August 23, 2014, A Day with Heroes on the Avenue, Moundsville, WV.

A flag line will then be assembled for the ceremony to Honor our Hereos.

Ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m. at the BB&T Bank and parking lot located on Jefferson and Fifth Street Moundsville, WV.

Staging for escort will be at Valley Harley-Davidson, I-470 Exit 2, RT 88 N, 1034 East Bethlehem Blvd., Wheeling, WV at 9:00 a.m.

Briefing at 9:15 a.m.

KSU at 9:25 a.m.

Bring 3×5 flags

RCIC for this ceremony are Susan Whitlatch and Michael Whitlatch.

Activities for the day will include:

OVCOF Firefighter challenge
Window Displays
Military Relic Display
First Resonders Vehicles and Equipment
Meet and Greet members of the Armed Forces
Live Music
Food Vendors
Steak Fry from 5-7

The Patriot Guard Riders have also been invited to stand a flag line to retire the colors at 5:00 p.m. at BB&T, Jefferson and Fifth, Moundsville, WV.

Staging will be at the location at 4:45.

Delores Minear

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Today In Marine Corps History: 20 August 1942

31 planes of MAG-23 were the first to land at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.



The U.S. Marines Change History and Tactics In Haiti

As one action of many during the Banana Wars, the Marine Corps was called to Haiti July 28, 1915, to occupy and stabilize the nation in an effort to protect American interests throughout the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.

From 1911 to 1915, Haiti went through six presidents who were torn from office through forced exile, military coups, or assassination.

Haitian Gen. Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, was sworn into office in March of 1915 then established a dictatorship, and faced an active rebellion — as most presidents of that period did. His main opposition, Rosalvo Bobo, armed with anti-American sentiment, appeared as a significant offset to U.S. strategy and economic growth. In retaliation against those who would oppose him Sam executed 167 political prisoners, which provoked a violent mob reaction, and eventually resulted in his brutal public execution.

Concerned that the ensuing chaos may lead to another violent overthrow and perhaps a shift in the balance of power, President Woodrow Wilson ordered 340 Marines and sailors from the USS Washington to land in Port au-Prince to establish peace, order and stability in the turbulent region.

The Marines and sailors re-established an interim government, and also established law enforcement, headed by Marine non-commissioned officers’ who were granted Haitian commissions and Haitian troops. The organized group was called Gendarmerie.

The ultimate goal of the Marines and Gendarmerie was to disband the various rebel armies in the region. This period was known as the Caco Wars, which was largely aimed toward the capture of Fort Riviere in 1915.

During the entirety of the occupation, eight Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions. Dan Daly and Smedly Butler, each earned their second Medal.

The occupation helped to centralize power in Port au-prince, and improved much of the nation’s infrastructure. More than 1,500 miles of roads were repaired and reopened, 189 bridges were built, port facilities were modernized and a public health service was founded. Schools, hospitals and other public buildings were built as well.

Conflicts like Haiti and years of small-scale conflicts helped Marines innovate new fighting methods for the Corps. These efforts eventually led to the publication of the Small Wars Manual, which was originally published as Small Wars Operations in 1935. Since it analyzes international intervention, anti-insurgency, guerilla tactics and the relevance of sea-based power projection, the manual remains relevant even in the 21st century. The manual was required reading for Marines by Gen. James Mattis during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

With more than two hundred years of fighting experience and global conflict occurring in every clime and place, the expeditionary character of the Marine Corps is now a fundamental aspect of how Marines operate. The Banana Wars helped usher in the future of how wars are fought.



Marine Corps News From World War Two: Telephone Line Put Up By Lone Corporal


Two awards for heroism were won by the late Corp. Walter J. Burak before he was killed on Guadalcanal. The awards were a Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism” in battle on Guadalcanal 18-14 Sept., 19-12, and a commendation for “meritorious conduct” in action while serving with a Marine Raider battalion on Tulagi 7-10 Aug. 1942.
Under very heavy mortar and machine gun fire, he repaired a break in a vital telephone line. When communication lines between the battalion commander and division commander were endangered, Burak, entirely alone, laid a direct wire from the forward observation post to the division command post despite heavy frontal and flanking fire.


Marine Corps Photos: Here Comes the Boom

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Marines with tank platoon, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire the M256 smoothbore gun of an M1A1 Abrams tanks on static targets during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 14-1 (RUTMEUEX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 20, 2014.

Photo by GySGt Rome M. Lazarus.

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