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Today In Marine Corps History: 31 August 1942

3rd Marines leave San Diego bound for American Samoa.

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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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Today In Marine Corps History: 29 August 1916

The Marine Corps Reserve was founded.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 28 August 1891

Marines defended American interests in Valparaiso, Chile.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 27 August 1780

Marines guarding workmen cutting masts for the Navy pursued Indians near Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 25 August 1943

V Amphibious Corps joined fleet at Pearl Harbor.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 24 August 1814

Captain Samuel Miller’s 100-man detachment from Marine Barracks, Washington, fought in the battle of Bladensburg for the defense of the national capital. After helping to fight back three British charges, Captain Miller was wounded and the enemy began to work around both flanks of the American force. Almost encircled, the force of sailors and Marines was forced to retire to avoid capture. The Marines lost 8 killed and 14 wounded.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 23 August 1984

The last Marines to serve peace-keeping duty in Lebanon arrived home. The 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) arrived off the coast of Lebanon on 9 April to relieve Marines of the 22d MAU who were guarding the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. The 24th MAU left Beirut on 31 July, marking the last presence of U.S. combat troops in Beirut since Marines entered almost two years earlier.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 22 August 1942

The 4th Marine Air Wing was commissioned at Ewa, Hawaii, as the 4th Marine Base Defense Air Wing.

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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.

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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.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 19 August 1919

“The Marines’ Hymn” was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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