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Today In Marine Corps History: 17 September 1966

Elements of 5thMarDiv in Operation “Deckhouse IV,” south of DMZ.


Making Marines-Week 11: The Crucible-Leadership Wall (Part 1 of 4)

54 continuous hours of physical and mental challenges:
“It all comes together here. Teamwork, leadership, discipline and all of the skills you have learned. You have to dig deep and finish together to prove yourself worthy of the title Marine.”

This is real footage of Marine Corps recruit training. It is not a simulation. It is a look at the transformation from civilian to Marine through the eyes of real recruits.



Marine Corps Photos: In the Heat of the Night

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Marines with Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division load an M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer for firing during Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. May 2, 2013.
Exercise DESERT SCIMITAR was conducted to allow 1st Marine Division the opportunity to sustain their ability to plan and execute all aspects of its operations in offensive and defensive scenarios.

Photo by Cpl John Clary.


Marine Corps Moto Quotes

“The Marines keep their standards up and their leadership is dynamite! It is the same kind of leadership we have seen throughout the Marines’ history, and they are not lowering the bar.
They are increasing the bar, and they have long lines of people who want to join the Marine Corps.”

-Col David Hackworth, US Army-


Today In Marine Corps History: 16 September 1814

A detachment of Marines under Major Daniel Carmick from the Naval Station at New Orleans, together with an Army detachment, destroyed a pirate stronghold at Barataria, on the Island of Grande Terre, near New Orleans.


Making Marines-Week 10: Day Movement

During Day Movement exercises, recruits learn to stay together in simulated, tactical scenarios and ensure the safety of the Marines to their left and their right.



Leatherneck Legends: Corporal Duane Edgar Dewey

Corporal Duane Edgar Dewey, of South Haven and Muskegon, Michigan, the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, earned the Nation’s highest award for heroism on 16 April 1952, when, although already wounded, he smothered an exploding enemy grenade with his own body to save the lives of his comrades.

Legendary Marines, Marine Corps History

Corporal Dewey earned the Medal of Honor near Panmunjom, Korea, while serving as leader of a machine-gun squad with Company E, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He had been wounded, and was being treated by a Navy medical corpsman when an enemy grenade landed at the squad’s position. Yanking the corpsman to the ground, and warning members of the squad, Cpl Dewey flung himself on the grenade shouting, “Doc, I got it in my hip pocket!”

Suffering critical injuries, he was evacuated to Japan, and later the United States for treatment and was released from active duty on 19 August 1952. After presenting the award on 12 March 1953 at the White House, President Eisenhower told him, “You must have a body of steel.”

Duane Edgar Dewey was born 16 November 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended school in Muskegon until 1947. He then worked for six months on a farm in South Haven, and for a year as a foundry worker at National Motors, Inc., in South Haven.

Enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve on 7 March 1951, he completed recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, and underwent intensive combat training at Camp Pendleton, California, until embarking for Korea in September 1951. Before he was wounded he had participated in the United Nations summer-fall offensive of 1951 and the second winter of Korean fighting.

After treatment of his wounds at the front he was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, then to the U.S. Naval Hospitals at Mare Island, California, and Great Lakes, Illinois. Following his recuperation at Great Lakes, he was released from active duty on 19 August 1952.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Cpl Dewey’s awards include the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with two battle stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Source: United States Marine Corps History Division


Marine Corps News From World War Two: President Approves Hospitalization Bill


House resolutions calling for the expansion of facilities for hospitalization of Naval and Marine personnel dependents, and providing for issuance of devices in recognition of services of merchant sailors recently were approved by President Roosevelt.
Favorable reports were made by the Senate Naval Affairs committee on the following: An amended bill authorizing appointment of commissioned warrant and 3 warrant officers to commissioned rank in the line and staff corps of the Navy, Marine Corps and Const Guard, and a measure providing for coordination and consolidation of certain activities connected with administration in HQMC.

From The 29May1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron


Marine Corps Recruiting Poster

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Today In Marine Corps History: 15 September 1950

The 3d Battalion, 5th Marines landed on Wolmi-do Island in Inchon Harbor and secured it prior to the main landing. The 1st Marine Division under the command of Major General Oliver P. Smith landed at Inchon and began the Inchon-Seoul campaign.


Today In Marine Corps History: 14 September 1942

Japanese on Guadalcanal’s “Bloody Ridge” were shredded by Edson’s Raiders.


Today In Marine Corps History: 13 September 1990

The 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment embarked and arrived in Suadi Arabia in support of Desert Shield.

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