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Who Was First Female Marine To Obtain E-9 Rank?

The first female Marine to obtain the rank of E-9 was Master Gunnery Sgt. Geraldine M. Moran.

She received this promotion in 1960 and was stationed at the (then)El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in California.


Moto Quote Of The Day

“Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation.
Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid.
But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Heinlein


USMC Cadence – Got A Lot Of Motivation

A U.S. Marine Corps cadence, “Got a lot of Motivation”, taken from the “Run to Cadence with the U.S. Marines, Vol. 1″ album. Pictures are from www.marines.mil


Marine Corps History In Pictures

Marines In The Korean War 13


1st MarDiv

CLOSE SUPPORT – This is one of a series of three remarkable combat photographs showing the close coordination of United States Marine air and ground units during recent fighting with Chinese Communists in Korea. U.S. Marines drive forward after effective close air support of F4U-5 Corsair. Billows of smoke and flame from a small target area bear out the accuracy of the flying Leathernecks’ marksmanship.



Marine Corps Movie Poster

Remember when Hollywood made REAL movies, not the mindless crap they churn out today?

Marine Corps Moto,Marine Corps Motivational Poster,Retro Movie Poster


Marine Corps Music: Tell That To the Marines

“Tell That To The Marines” was first performed by music legend Al Jolson in 1918.
The images alone make this video a classic.


United States Marine Corps History: The Battle Of Wake Island

In 1941, following the air attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese struck Wake Island on 8 December.
Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Marines mounted a courageous defense before finally falling on 23 December.
This small force of Marines caused an extraordinary number of Japanese casualties and damage to the invading force.


Marine Corps Motivational Posters



Distributed to all branches of the military, this is one of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F***ed Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps during World War II to educate and boost the morale of the troops.
These films were never intended for public distribution and were screened for military audiences only.
These stories were unhampered by Hollywood censors of the day and are surprisingly uncivil, racist, sexist and politically incorrect by contemporary standards.


Marine Corps History: General Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr.

General Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr., a World War II recipient of the Medal of Honor and 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was born 11 February 1920 in Brandon, Mississippi. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941 from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, where he participated in football and track. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in May 1941 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in November of that year. After attending officers’ basic training, he was assigned to the 9th Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California.

Lieutenant Wilson went overseas with the 9th Marines in February 1943, making stops at Guadalcanal, Efate, and Bougainville. He was promoted to captain in April 1943. During the assault on Guam, 25-26 July 1944, while commanding Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, he earned the nation’s highest honor for heroism in combat when he and his company repelled and destroyed a numerically superior enemy force. Because of wounds received he was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, San Diego, where he remained until 16 October 1944.

Captain Wilson returned to duty as Commanding Officer, Company D, Marine Barracks, Camp Pendleton, California. In December 1944, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as Detachment Commander at the Marine Barracks. While in Washington he was presented the Medal of Honor by President Truman. He was promoted to major in March 1945.

From June 1946 until August 1951, Maj Wilson had consecutive tours as Dean and Assistant Director, Marine Corps Institute; Aide-de-Camp, Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Pacific; and Officer in Charge, District Headquarters Recruiting Station, New York City.

Promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1951, while stationed at Quantico, Virginia, he served consecutively as Commanding Officer of The Basic School’s 1st Training Battalion; Commanding Officer of Camp Barrett; and Executive Office of The Basic School. He completed the Officer’s Senior Course in August 1954.

After a brief tour as a Senior School Instructor, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, he departed for Korea to serve as Assistant G-3, 1st Marine Division. In August 1955, he returned to the United States with the 1st Division, and was appointed Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

In March 1956, LtCol Wilson was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC), serving two years as Head, Operations Section, G-3 Division. He then returned to Quantico, first as Commanding Officer of the Test and Training Regiment, and later as Commanding Officer of The Basic School.

In June 1962, after graduation from the National War College, he was assigned as Joint Plans Coordinator to the Deputy Chief of Staff (Plans and Programs), HQMC. He transferred to the 1st Marine Division and deployed with the Division in August 1965, stopping at Okinawa before going to Vietnam. As Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 1st Marine Division, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star.

Upon his return to the United States in August 1966, Col Wilson assumed command of the 6th Marine Corps District, Atlanta, Georgia. Promoted to brigadier general in November 1966, he was assigned to HQMC in January 1967, as Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps until July 1968. He then served as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, until March 1970, earning a second Legion of Merit.

He was advanced to the grade of major general in March 1970 and assumed command of I Marine Amphibious Force, 3d Marine Division on Okinawa, where he was awarded a third Legion of Merit for his service.

In April 1971, he returned to Quantico for duty as Deputy for Education/Director, Education Center, Marine Corps Development and Education Command. He was promoted to lieutenant general in August 1972 and on 1 September 1972 assumed command of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. During that tour, LtGen Wilson was presented the Korean Order of National Security Merit, GUK-SEON Medal, 2d Class and the Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander) for his service to those countries.

He was promoted to general on 1 July 1975, when he assumed the office of Commandant of the Marine Corps. As Commandant, Gen Wilson repeatedly stressed modernization of the post-Vietnam Marine Corps. He insisted on force readiness, responsiveness, and mobility by maintaining fast-moving, hard-hitting expeditionary units, each consisting of a single integrated system of modern ground- and air-delivered firepower, tactical mobility, and electronic countermeasures.

General Wilson retired on 30 June 1979 and returned to his home in Mississippi. For “exceptionally distinguished service” during his four-year tenure as Commandant, and his contributions as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster), upon retirement.

General Wilson passed away peacefully at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, on 21 June 2005. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Reprinted with the authorization of the United States Marine Corps History Division


U.S. Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron 121 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Since its commissioning as a Fighter Squadron 62 years ago, on 24 June 1941, the Green Knights of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 have compiled a distinguished history unsurpassed in the annals of Marine Corps Aviation. The Green Knights began combat operations operating F4F Wildcats and later F4U Corsairs as charter members of the Cactus Air Force and throughout Guadalcanal, the squadron fought from the legendary forward air bases of Espirito Santo Island, Turtle Bay, Bougainville, and Emirau.

VMF-121 was without equal among Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons during WWII. During the conflict, the Squadron produced 14 Fighter Aces, more than any other squadron, including Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Captain (later Major) Joseph J. Foss. Throughout the war, VMF-121 set the standard for enemy aircraft destroyed, by downing 209 Japanese aircraft (165 flying Wildcats and another 44 flying Corsairs) in aerial combat. After WWII, VMF-121 returned to the United States and Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois where the Squadron designation was changed to Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-121). The Squadron was flying a variety of aircraft including F4U Corsairs, F8F Bearcats and AD Skyraiders.

In mid 1951, VMA-121 received orders to activate its reserve members and departed Glenview, Illinois for Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California. After completion of training in the Skyraider, the Squadron was transported aboard the carrier USS Sikko Bay to Yokosuka, Japan to begin final preparations for a combat deployment to the Republic of Korea.

VMA-121 deployed to K-6 Airfield at Pyongtaek, ROK to conduct strike missions in support of infantry operations. Flying missions as long as 14 hours, the Skyraider could carry 9000 pounds of ordnance, a load which rivaled that of a seagoing WWII destroyer. The Squadron dropped more bomb tonnage during the Korean War than any other Navy or Marine Corps squadron, devastating enemy airfields, supply dumps, bridges, and railroad yards.

During the Korean War the Squadron insignia depicted Al Capp’s “WolfGirl” from the comic strip L’il Abner. The feared “Wolf Raiders” of VMA-121 remained in South Korea for several years after the cease-fire in 1953. Returning to MCAS El Toro in 1957, the squadron assumed its role in the Unit Deployment Program with scheduled rotations to Japan and traded in its AD Skyraider aircraft and joined the jet age with the F9F-8B. The Cougar equipped with the LABS system for loft bombing, was the first aircraft flown by the squadron capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

In late 1958, the Squadron traded the Cougars for brand new A-4 Skyhawks. Spending most of the next year at the likes of Fallon, Yuma, and China Lake, the “Green Knights” became the first squadron to complete the entire special weapons delivery syllabus. In January 1960, the Squadron deployed to Iwakuni, Japan for a scheduled six month UDP. However, in July the “Green Knights” were embarked onboard the USS TICONDEROGA and in October 1960, they transferred to the USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43) for six months. Finally ending their 15 month odyssey, the Squadron returned home to MCAS El Toro.

During November of 1962, the “Green Knights” deployed their new A-4s to NAS Cecil Field on the coast of Florida in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In August, 1966, the Green Knights were once again called to battle and ferried their Skyhawks to Iwakuni and ultimately, Chu-Lai Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. After six months of combat operations, the Squadron rotated back to Iwakuni, Japan and Naha Air Base, Okinawa before returning to Chu-Lai for another combat tour in 1968. During the first six months of that deployment, VMA-121 supported 118 major operations, providing the eagerly sought “Marine brand” of close air support to all allied units.

In early 1969 the Squadron was reconstituted at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina and newly designated VMA(AW)-121 to reflect the Squadron’s transition to the all weather attack mission with the Grumman A-6E Intruder. The Green Knights were now capable of acquiring and destroying surface targets in any weather, day or night, with a wide variety of ordnance.

After a 12 month deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, during 1977-1978, the Squadron was reassigned to MCAS El Toro. During this period, numerous updates and modifications to the A-6 constantly enhanced its capabilities, as the Green Knights operated from air bases in Sardinia, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines and Korea. When the Target Recognition and Attack Multi-sensor (TRAM) version of the A-6 aircraft was developed, VMA(AW)-121 was proud to be the first Marine Corps A-6 squadron to receive it.

In November 1985, VMA(AW)-121 was transferred to Commander, Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2), attached to USS RANGER (CV-61). Once again based aboard an aircraft carrier, the Green Knights brought expertise to CVW-2 in close air support, while rising to new challenges in areas such as war at sea, integrated service warfare and tanker support through back-to-back deployments onboard USS RANGER with CVW-2.

On December 8, 1989 the Squadron was redesignated as VMFA(AW)-121, becoming the first Marine Corps F/A-18D Night Attack Hornet Squadron. Slightly over one year later, the Squadron deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. During the Desert Storm Air Campaign, the Squadron flew 557 sorties and 1,655.5 combat hours (more than any other Navy or Marine Corps tactical jet squadron) in support of the First and Second Marine Divisions liberating Kuwait.

Returning to El Toro following the cessation of hostilities, the Green Knights returned to the unit deployment rotation and relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California during August 1994. The Green Knights made three deployments to WestPac before returning to combat over Iraq in March of 2000. The squardron flew 287 sorties in support of Operation Southern Watch while based at Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, VMFA(AW) was placed on a 96-hour “prepare to deploy” tether and remained on alert until called into action in April 2002. The squadron deployed with six aircraft to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, followed by the remaining six aircraft and personnel a month later. The squadron flew more than 900 combat sorties over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, returning to MCAS Miramar in October 2002.

Only 3 months after returning from Kyrgyzstan, the Green Knights deployed to Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait. From February to May 2003, the squadron flew more than 750 combat sorties over Iraq in support of Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and returned to MCAS Miramar on May 12th.

The Green Knights’ colors proudly display 2 Presidential Unit Citations, 5 Navy Unit Commendations, 4 Meritorious Unit Citations and 10 Battle Streamers. The Squadron has received numerous awards to include; the CNO’s Safety Award for 1960, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1989, 2000 and 2002, the Commandant’s Aviation Efficiency Trophy for 1960, the Marine Attack Squadron of the Year in 1979 and Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron of the Year in 2001, and the Commandant’s Aviation Trophy for 2003.



Honor, Courage, Commitment

Excerpted from the Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines:

Honor: Honor requires each Marine to exemplify the ultimate standard in ethical and moral conduct. Honor is many things; honor requires many things. A U.S. Marine must never lie, never cheat, never steal, but that is not enough. Much more is required. Each Marine must cling to an uncompromising code of personal integrity, accountable for his actions and holding others accountable for theirs. And, above all, honor mandates that a Marine never sully the reputation of his Corps.

Courage: Simply stated, courage is honor in action — and more. Courage is moral strength, the will to heed the inner voice of conscience, the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others. It is mental discipline, an adherence to a higher standard. Courage means willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences. This courage, throughout the history of the Corps, has sustained Marines during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. And each day, it enables each Marine to look in the mirror — and smile.

Commitment: Total dedication to Corps and Country. Gung-ho Marine teamwork. All for one, one for all. By whatever name or cliche, commitment is a combination of (1) selfless determination and (2) a relentless dedication to excellence. Marines never give up, never give in, never willingly accept second best. Excellence is always the goal. And, when their active duty days are over, Marines remain reserve Marines, retired Marines, or Marine veterans. There is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Commitment never dies.