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Visit Future Jarheads For Answers To Your Questions About The USMC

So are you thinking about becoming one of The Few, The Proud, The Marines?

Have questions about Boot Camp, which MOS is right for you, how to deal with your Marine Corps recruiter fitness and knowledge requirements, ect.?

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Marine Corps Photos: Rough Riding

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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dillion Cornn, vehicle commander, Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team, observes his surroundings as a Mobile Strike Force Vehicle assigned to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Mobile Strike Force Kandak, navigates through a series of obstacles at a rough terrain driving course on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2013.

The course was part of a three-day training package that the Marines with Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team conducted for their ANA counterparts.

Photo by SSgt Ezekiel Kitandwe.


PGR Mission Alert: John G. Gorzelic

John G. Gorzelic
WW2 US Navy Veteran
30 OCT 2014
Fountain Hill / Bethlehem, PA

The family of World War 2 Navy Veteran John G. Gorzelic has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand to honor his service to our nation at his funeral and interment Thursday, October 30. John was a decorated Signal Man 3rd Class who served in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2. John’s son, Jim, a Veteran and a member of Rolling Thunder, has invited the PGR to help honor his father. John Gorzelic is a patriot who served our country with honor and now it’s our turn to stand and honor him.

VIEWING & FUNERAL, 30 OCT 2014 Viewing: 0900 HRS, Service: 1000 HRS

St. Ursula Catholic Church
1300 Broadway
Fountain Hill, PA 18015

Staging & Briefing: 0830 HRS
At the church
Please bring 3 x 5 flags

ESCORT & INTERMENT, following service (escort approx. 5 miles)

Holy Savior Cemetery
2575 Linden Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017

RCIC: George P (Bubba) Wirth, Region 5



The Flight Path Of A Marine Corps Pilot

Do you know what it takes to become a Marine Corps pilot? Whatever you want to fly, watch this Ask A Marine video and visit to learn more.



The Duties Of The United States Marine Corps

Title: Defining the Duties of the United States Marine Corps

Category: Executive Order No. 969
Author/Presenter: President Theodore Roosevelt

Date: 12 November 1908

In accordance with the power vested in me by section 1619, Revised Statutes of the United States, the following duties are assigned to the United States Marine Corps:

(1) To garrison the different navy yards and naval stations, both within and beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(2) To furnish the first line of the mobile defense of naval bases and naval stations beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(3) To man such naval defenses, and to aid in manning, if necessary, such other defenses, as may be erected for the defense of naval bases and naval stations beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(4) To garrison the Isthmian Canal Zone, Panama.

(5) To furnish such garrisons and expeditionary forces for duties beyond the seas as may be necessary in time of peace.

Theodore Roosevelt

THE WHITE HOUSE, November 12, 1908,

(No. 969)


Source: Re-printed with the permission of the Marine Corps History Division



Marine Corps Photos: Marine Corps Martial Arts Training

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Cpl Zach A. Stroth, an amphibious assault vehicle operator with Company L, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, kicks a training bag during physical training in the dojo aboard USS Carter Hall in the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility, Sept. 24, 2010. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is currently embarked aboard the ships of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group operating in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

Photo By LCpl Santiago Colon



Threatcon Definitions

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The nature and degree of the terrorist threat to the military services vary widely with geographical location, criticality, vulnerability of the target and level of hostile intent and capability.

The terrorist threat conditions (THREATCON) system is mandated by Department of Defense directive. It describes progressive levels of security measures in response to terrorist threats to Military personnel and facilities.

The THREATCON system is the baseline and foundation for development of all force protection plans and orders.

Declaration of a particular terrorist THREATCON and implementation of appropriate security and protective measures may be decreed by higher headquarters (Department of the Army, Military District of Washington), or the garrison commander following receipt of intelligence through official sources or following an anonymous threat.

There are five terrorist Threat Conditions as follows:

THREATCON NORMAL. Local security measures designed for implementation when there is no credible threat of terrorist activity. Under these conditions, only a routine security posture designed to defeat the routine criminal threat is warranted.

THREATCON ALPHA. This applies when there is a general threat activity against personnel and/or installations, the nature and extent of which is unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify full implementation of THREATCON BRAVO.

THREATCON BRAVO. This applies when an increased or more predictable threat exists.

THREATCON CHARLIE. Applies when an incident occurs or intelligence indicates some form of threat against personnel and/or facilities is imminent.

THREATCON DELTA. Implementation applies in immediate area where a threat attack has occurred or when intelligence indicates terrorist action in a specific location is likely. Implementation of THREATCON DELTA normally occurs for only limited periods of time over specified, localized areas.

The decision to implement a particular THREATCON is a command decision. It is based on an assessment of the terrorist threat, vulnerability of personnel or facilities, criticality of personnel or facilities, availability of security resources, impact on operations and morale, damage control considerations, international relations and the potential for U.S. government actions to trigger a terrorist response.


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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Knife Nips Ninth Nip For Irishman


A six-dollar San Diego knife put Irish Billy Beauhuld’s ninth Jap down for the long count, after his rifle was shot from his hand and a bullet ripped open his knee.
Irish Billy is a former lightweight boxer who battled some of the best in his day down St. Louis way. He was diving for a foxhole when the Nip won the drop on him and shot away a finger of his rifle hand. Beauhuld was credited with two snipers shortly after arriving on Guadalcanal, and six others In a skirmish shortly before the Marines were relieved by the Army.

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Marine Corps Motivational Posters

…These Marines have the swagger; confidence, and hardness that must have been in Stonewall Jackson’s Army of the Shenandoah. They remind me of the Coldstreams at Dunkerque.
—A British military officer visiting the U.S. Marines in Korea included the above in his daily report to the British command in Tokyo, 16 Aug. 1950


PGR Mission Alert: American Heroes Honors Ceremony

American Heroes Honors Ceremony
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
1158 Morgan Rd.
Bridgeville, PA 15017

The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in silent honor of the veterans that have been interred at the cemetery the past month without military honors.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Flag line:9:00 AM

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Staging/briefing: 8:45 AM at the Welcome Center at the cemetery.

Remember that the National Cemetery is a Federal Reservation and NO WEAPONS are permitted

Ride Captain: Aaron Zeff

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The Battle of Peleliu

The fall of Japan’s first line of defense in New Guinea, the Marshalls and the Marianas allowed the Allies to move on to strongholds in Japan’s second defensive line. The Palau Islands were stepping stones in Army General Douglas MacArthur’s plan to invade the Philippines. While it is still debated whether the capture of the Palaus was necessary to protect Gen MacArthur’s flank, the battle of Peleliu was one of the toughest to be fought during the entire Pacific war.

The Commanders

On 10 May 1944, the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet/Pacific Ocean Areas, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, issued the first planning orders for the assault on the Palau Islands of Peleliu and Angaur. Peleliu would be the primary target of the operation, which was code-named Stalemate II. The U.S. commanders of the campaign were assigned as follows:

–Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN, commanded the Third Amphibious Force.

–Major General Roy S. Geiger, USMC, commanded the III Amphibious Corps, comprised of ground troops from the 1st Marine Division (Peleliu) and the Army’s 81st Infantry Division (Angaur).

–Major General William H. Rupertus, USMC, commanded the 1st Marine Division. Under his command were 1st Marines commander Col Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, 5th Marines commander Col Harold D. Harris, 7th Marines commander Col Herman H. Hanneken and 11th Marines commander Col William H. Harrison.

–Major General Paul J. Mueller, USA, commanded the 81st Infantry Division.


D-Day on Peleliu was set for 15 September 1944. On that day, the 1st Marine Division planned to land on the western beaches of Peleliu three regiments abreast. The 1st Marines were to assault the beaches on the left, which were designated White 1 and White 2, and push through the enemy toward the northwestern peninsula of the island. In the center, the 5th Marines were to land on Orange Beaches 1 and 2 and drive across to the island’s eastern shore. They would be responsible for securing the island’s airfield before moving to seize the northeastern part of the island.

The 7th Marines on the right were to assault Orange Beach 3 and move to take the southern tip of the island.

The U.S. Navy demonstrated the value of sea power by blocking the Japanese access to sea lanes that would have enabled them to reinforce and resupply their men on Peleliu.

Three days of naval gunfire preceded the Marines’ landing, but it proved inadequate against the type of Japanese defenses created on the island. The Japanese took advantage of the rugged, ridged terrain around Umurbrogol Mountain (unreported by American reconnaissance units) to construct a series of interlocking underground shelters and well-concealed concrete bunkers. As U.S. troops came ashore, they faced enfilading fire from these bunkers and from the high ground above the beaches.

The enemy fought tenaciously to prevent the Marines from securing a beachhead. The first night ashore was grueling; small infiltration parties hit the Marine lines repeatedly. The cruiser Honolulu and three destroyers provided star shell illumination to help the Marines turn the infiltrators back, but the rest of the fleet withdrew to avoid enemy submarines. The Marines fought throughout the night, well dug in their foxholes. Water was in short supply as there were no natural sources the Marines could tap. According to one observer, by the morning 16th September, the Marines were “mean and thirsty.” That day, the 5th and 7th Marines advanced relentlessly; the 1st Marines more slowly, encountering fierce resistance from the northern ridges they were assigned to take.

Temperatures on Peleliu rose as high as 115 degrees, and drinking water was scarce during the initial combat. Marines on the front lines were parched, pleading for water. Hearing this, the crews of some of the ships offshore, to the surprise and delight of many Marines, sent cases of fruit and tomato juices ashore for the front line troops.

Brigadier General Oliver P. Smith, assistant 1st Marine Division commander, said of the first week of fighting, “Seven days after the landing, all of the southern end of Peleliu was in our possession, as well as the high ground immediately dominating the airfield. All the beaches that were ever used were in use. There was room for the proper deployment of all the artillery, including the Corps’ artillery. Unloading was unhampered except by the weather and hydrographic conditions. The airfield was available and essential base development work was underway.”

The battle for Peleliu provided an opportunity for Marines to practice and perfect their skills in close air support. Marine aviators demonstrated ingenuity and courage, but their efforts would have little effect on the underground fortresses built by the Japanese. Following the fighting, one report estimated the existence of more than 500 caves. Long-range flame throwers mounted on amphibian tractors, employed for the first time on Peleliu, proved to be the most effective weapon against these well-fortified caves.

In later phases of the operation, the seizure of Umurbrogol Mountain and the northern area of Peleliu were among the most difficult assignments faced by the Marines. This move was tactically important as a means to bypass and isolate enemy pockets of resistance. The northern ground was also to be used as a platform to attack the neighboring small island of Ngesebus. Ngesebus, connected to Peleliu by causeway, was an objective because of its unfinished fighter air strip.

The seizure of Umurbrogol Mountain took five regiments close to two months of battle to accomplish. Indeed, the 1st Marines suffered so many casualties as it fought to achieve its objectives that the Army’s 81st Infantry Division, known as the “Wildcats,” was called in to relieve them. The Wildcats’ initial mission to seize Angaur had been accomplished on 21 October when the division overran Angaur’s remaining resistance and the island was declared secure.

The Wildcats then began the tough job of relieving the 1st Marines and isolating the enemy pockets of resistance on Umurbrogol Mountain. Over the next weeks, the Wildcats would advance slowly around the Umurbrogol pocket, gradually eliminating all enemy resistance. Unlike earlier battles, the Japanese defenders did not attempt banzai (suicide) charges but continued to fight to the bitter end, hoping to inflict the greatest amount of damage to the American forces.

On 27 September, MajGen Geiger declared the island secure and ordered the American flag to be raised over the battlefield. Operation Stalemate II had become the Pacific’s largest amphibious operation thus far, involving more than 800 vessels and 1,600 aircraft.

Campaign Results

Throughout the battle, U.S. naval forces had prevented the Japanese from reinforcing their troops on Peleliu, which assisted U.S. ground troops to gain a victory over the well-entrenched enemy force. Victory on Peleliu denied the Japanese a staging area for attacks on the U.S. fleet in the South Pacific and denied them as well the ability to communicate with their forces in the Philippines. The cost of taking the island, however, was high. On Peleliu, Marine casualties were 1,336 killed and 5,450 wounded while the 81st Infantry Division suffered 1,393 casualties including 208 killed in action. On Angaur, the 81st Infantry Division had 1,676 casualties, including 196 killed in action. The Japanese lost an estimated 10,695 men, with an additional 301 taken as prisoners of war.


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