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Marine Corps Photos: King of the Battlefield

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A tank drives by to provide better security for the Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, as they prepare to search a village for Taliban fighters in the early morning, April 18, 2012.
The Marines and sailors with Charlie Co. took part in a month long operation where they cleared the Gostan valley of enemy forces.

Photo by Cpl Ed Galo.
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Moto Quote Of The Day

“There’s no way to rule innocent men.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.
One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens?
What’s there in that for anyone?
But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted–and you create a nation of law-breakers–and then you cash in on the guilt.”

Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”

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Today In Marine Corps History: 1 September 1969

The 1st Marine Regiment was presented the Presidential Unit Citation for Operation Hue City (Vietnam).

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Today In Marine Corps History: 31 August 1950

North Koreans swarmed across Naktong River against the 1st Marine Brigade.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 30 August 1945

4th Marines land at Kurihama Naval Base – Yokosuka. (First Leathernecks in Japan in WW II.)

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Becoming A Marine: Basic Requirements

Interested in age, education, tattoo, fitness, and other requirements that you must meet to become one of the Few and the Proud?

Watch Marines explain what it takes to enlist in the Marine Corps, and get in touch with a recruiter at http://on.fb.me/uPbStA for more information.

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Marine Corps Photos: Dust Up

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A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Battalion Landing Team 1/4, fires the M777 howitzer during a battery defense battle drill at Arta Range, Nov. 3, 2013. A five-person gun crew can fire as many as five rounds per minute. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Photo by SSgt Staci Miller.
marines.com

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Marine Corps Moto Quotes

“Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They’ll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man’s normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines I’ve come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet.”

An Anonymous Canadian Citizen

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Today In Marine Corps History: 29 August 1916

The Marine Corps Reserve was founded.

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A Marine’s Final Salute

This is dedicated to our fallen Marines who have gone forth to guard the gates of Heaven.

Semper Fi, Marines….this dedication created by John Manuel a Marine, a Viet Nam vet.

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Medal Of Honor Recipient PFC Gary W. Martini

(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 a Rifleman, Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam. On 21 April 1967, during Operation UNION, elements of Company F, conducting offensive operations at Binh Son, encountered a firmly entrenched enemy force and immediately deployed to engage them.

The Marines in Private Martini’s platoon assaulted across an open rice paddy to within twenty meters of the enemy trench line where they were suddenly struck by hand grenades, intense small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire.

The enemy onslaught killed 14 and wounded 18 Marines, pinning the remainder of the platoon down behind a low paddy dike. In the face of imminent danger, Private Martini immediately crawled over the dike to a forward open area within 15 meters of the enemy position where, continuously exposed to the hostile fire, he hurled hand grenades, killing several of the enemy.

Crawling back through the intense fire, he rejoined his platoon which had moved to the relative safety of a trench line. From this position he observed several of his wounded comrades lying helpless in the fire swept paddy.

Although he knew that one man had been killed, attempting to assist the wounded, Private Martini raced through the open area and dragged a comrade back to the friendly position.

In spite of a serious wound received during this first daring rescue, he again braved the unrelenting fury of the enemy fire to aid another companion lying wounded only twenty meters in front of the enemy trench line. As he reached the fallen Marine, he received a mortal wound, but disregarding his own condition, he began to drag the Marine toward his platoon’s position.

Observing men from his unit attempting to leave the security of their position to aid him, concerned only for their safety, he called to them to remain under cover and through a final supreme effort, moved his injured comrade to where he could be pulled to safety, before he fell, succumbing to his wounds.

Stouthearted and indomitable, Private Martini unhesitatingly yielded his own life to save two of his comrades and insure the safety of the remainder of his platoon.

His outstanding courage, valiant fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty reflected the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service.

He gallantly gave his life for his country.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

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Marine Corps Recruiting Poster

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