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Korean War Corsairs and F9F Panthers

This video shows Marine F4U Corsairs providing close air support during the withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir, demonstrating the why these pilots were justly revered by veterans of this operation. It closes with clips showing the latest in Korean War-era technology with the F9F Panther adding the capabilities of jet aircraft to the Marine Corps air arsenal.

For more information about this video, please contact the Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections, Quantico, VA.


U.S. Marine Corps Legends: General Robert H. Barrow

General Robert H. Barrow, 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was born 5 February 1922 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After attending Louisiana State University, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant 19 May 1943.

Lieutenant Barrow subsequently served as Officer-in-Charge of an American team attached to a group of Chinese Nationalist guerrillas. He entered China via India and after many months of operations along the periphery of the area held by the Japanese in central China, his team entered Japanese occupied territory and conducted intensive guerrilla operations for the last seven months of World War II. For this service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”. After the war, Lieutenant Barrow remained in China for another year, six months of which was spent in Shanghai and six months in the Tientsin-Peking area.

He returned to the United States in October 1946, and served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Atlantic, until September 1948. Captain Barrow then completed the Amphibious Warfare School, Junior Course, Quantico, Virginia.

From 1949 until 1950, he served as Commanding Officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

During the Korean War, he led Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, in the Inchon-Seoul operation and the Chosin Reservoir campaign. For the latter he was awarded the Navy Cross for holding a pass near Koto-ri on 9-10 December 1950.

In February 1956, he commenced an eighteen month tour with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From the summer of 1957 to the summer of 1960, he served as the Marine Officer Instructor, NROTC Unit at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. In September 1959, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Colonel Barrow graduated from the National War College in June 1968. He then served in the Republic of Vietnam, as Commanding Officer, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), and as Deputy G-3, III Marine Amphibious Force. During the nine months he served as Commanding Officer of the 9th Marines, his regiment participated in numerous combat actions in the vicinity of the DMZ, Khe Sanh, Da Krong Valley, and A Shau Valley. For extraordinary heroism in Operation Dewey Canyon, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross.

After promotion to brigadier general, he served as Commanding General at Camp Butler, Okinawa. On further promotion to major general, he became Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1975 and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower. In 1976, he was named Commanding General, FMF, Atlantic, at Norfolk.

General Barrow became the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps in July 1978, so serving until appointed the Corps’ Commandant on 1 July 1979.

General Barrow was the first Commandant to serve, by law, a regular four-year tour as a full member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was instrumental in acquiring approval of production for the Marine Corps of the American-modified Harrier aircraft, in awakening interest in new and improved naval gunfire support, in getting amphibious ships included in the Navy’s new construction programs, and in returning hospital ships to the fleet, especially on station with Marine Corps amphibious task forces.

General Barrow retired as Commandant on 30 June 1983 and returned to his native state of Louisiana. Upon retirement he was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal.

General Barrow died in his sleep on 30 October 2008 and was laid to rest at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in Saint Francisville, Louisiana.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Medal, a complete list of his medals and decorations include: the Navy Cross; the Army Distinguished Service Cross; the Silver Star Medal; three Legions of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star in lieu of a second award; the Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star; the American Campaign Medal; the World War II Victory Medal; the China Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star; the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars; the Vietnamese Service Medal with one bronze star; four Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry with Palm; the Republic of Vietnam National Order, Fifth Class with Gold Star in lieu of a second award; the United Nations Service Medal; and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Source: United States Marine Corps History Division


Quotes About Marines

“The intent of cultivating mental discipline is to produce Marines who are capable of understanding and handling the complexities of modern warfare; tactically and technically competent; capable of decision making under any combat condition; constantly thinking and situationally aware; and who posses the virtually instinctive impluse to do the right thing, for the right reason, in the right way.”

Captain Jamison Yi, USMC in “MCMAP and the Warrior Ethos”, Military Review, November-December 2004, page 23.


The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag

The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag
Barlow’s Knoll Flag Pole
Gettysburg Battlefield
Gettysburg, PA
31, July, 2014

“The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag Program is dedicated to flying their 6′ x 9′ casket flag over every cemetery where a son of Hoosick Falls lay buried. This Tribute Flag began its journey having been flown for 24 hrs. over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Seven National Cemeteries throughout Europe have committed to honoring the town’s request to fly this flag for 24 hrs. at their cemeteries where over 66 WWI and WWII Hoosick Falls veterans lay buried. The flag has already flown over a cemetery in Sicily. The flag is currently back in the United States and in conversation with the Tribute Flag Program organizers the Patriot Guard Riders have committed our resources to see that this Tribute Flag is flown over the 17 Civil War Battlefield cemeteries where 25 sons of Hoosick Falls lay in eternal rest.”.
The PGRNY is escorting this flag to Gettysburg PA, Antietam MD and Harpers Ferry WV. It will then be passed off and continue on its journey to the following places;
Winchester National Cemetery, 401 National Ave, Winchester, VA
Manasas Battlefield – 2nd Bull Run, VA
Wilderness and Spotsylvania Battlefields near Fredericksburg, VA
Cold Harbor, outside of Richmond, VA
Boydton Plank Rd, Alberta, VA
Albert Horton Veterans Cemetery, near Suffolk, VA
Fort Fisher, NC (perhaps the Wilmington National Cemetery in Wilmington, NC)
Folly Island, SC (perhaps in the Beaufort National Cemetery)
Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, GA
Chalmette National Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
Morganza Bend, LA
Pleasant Hill, LA
Brownsville, TX

Come out and support New York and the heroes Hoosick Falls NY by helping escort this flag.

STAGING: 31 JULY 2014 08:15
Quality Inn
380 Steinwehr Ave
Gettysburg, PA

ESCORT: 08:30
To Barlow’s Knoll Flag Pole Gettysburg Battlefield

To Antietam Battlefield MD [ Approx 1 hr] Raise Flag at 10:45

To Harpers Ferry Battlefield, WV [Approx. 30 min] Raise Flag at 12:15
Bill Schaaf
Asst. State Captain
NYPGR is leading the ride.
Douglas “Doc” Kimbell

PGR Avatar

Douglas “Doc” Kimbell
State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders Pennsylvania


Marine Week 2014 – Official Trailer

Seattle, Washington, United States
The Emerald City will play host to the fifth annual Marine Week, July 26 – August 3, 2014.
Marine Week is a celebration of Community, Country and Corps – providing the American public the unique experience to directly connect with hundreds of Marines.


Marine Corps Poems: A Sergeant of Marines

You have heard stories told
Of men that were bold,
And didn’t have an ounce of fear.
Now you can believe,
Can even conceive,
That there really are
Some members of that breed.

If you want to see the type
Of which I write,
Then join the
The United States Marines.

They make sergeants there
That are four square,
And some of them
Are really mean!
Now they don’t mean to be,
It’s just that they
Can see the faults
That dwell in you and me.

You know it hurts their pride
And they cannot abide
A Marine that is not
As he should be.
A sergeant takes you aside
And explains in words
A little snide
That you had better
“Shape up or ship out!”

It is their prideful duty,
And the Corps
Will back them up,
To make of you
What you ain’t
Never been before:
A United States Marine.

Robert Cook


Marine Corps News From World War Two: Cooking Wasn’t Fighting So They Skipped Overseas


Two Marine mess sergeants who served in World War I weren’t content with assignments in the States and through strenuous efforts had their classifications changed so they could be transferred to combat areas.*And so it may be said that a “fighting man’s life begins at 40,” for Sgts. George H. Mills and William Lawrence McCarthy sr. both attached to an MP company here.
Both Mills and McCarthy went through boot training at San Diego and were assigned to Terminal Island at Long Beach, Calif., for duty. They had enlisted in Class IVC which put them in non-com-batant service and limited their service lo the continental U. S.
Persistent efforts resulted in their transfer to Class 1118 to become part of FMF and eligible for combat duty. Both had to pass new physical examinations to be reclassified.
Mills, 44, served with the Army 27 years ago. His unit fought the Mexican forces which raided Columbus, N. M.
In World War I he was a line sergeant and served overseas.
He was a steward at Sun Valley, Ida., until enlistment.
McCarthy, 43, has one son serving in the Navy at Midway Island and a youngster at home. He enlisted in the Corps in 1918 when he was a railroad lineman in Chicago.
He trained at League Island, Philadelphia, saw duty at Quantico, Virginia, and was aboard the USS Mississippi in the Atlantic Ocean when the war ended.

From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron

Public Domain


The 6th Marine Division On Okinawa – Part Six Of Six

Part Six of a six-part series of declassified and uncensored footage of the 6th Marine Division on Okinawa in 1945.



Marines In Korea: Armistice Meetings

The fighting continued, and counterattack followed attack. In June, the lines were again north of the 38th parallel. The following month, July 1951, an armistice appeared on the horizon. Communist and UN negotiators met to discuss armistice meetings. The truce talks continued periodically, while the fighting intermittently grew cold and flared hot.

During this time, both sides engaged in limited offensives across the entire front, mainly for the purpose of securing more territory, either for bargaining purposes or for better defensive positions. Extensive trench systems were dug, and log and earthen bunkers were built. The war at times became static while both sides awaited the results of the drawn-out truce negotiations. At other times the fighting reached ferocious intensity.

In March of 1952, the Marines moved from the eastern front to the western front in order to ensure the security of the section of the Allied line near Panmunjom, the site of truce talks. The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, rendered outstanding service flying close support missions for the Marine Division as well as for other ground troops. Marine air support was constantly in demand by all frontline units.


My Meeting With A Marine Corps General

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Family Day Parris Island 16Sept2010.

I am reuniting with the daughter that I sent off a few months ago, and I am now meeting this young woman for the first time since she has become a United States Marine.

So perhaps I can be excused a momentary lack of situational awareness.

All morning long, I, wearing a maroon t-shirt to show that my new Marine was a female, had seen a slew of yellow t-shirts, worn by those who were showing their support for a family member or friend who was a male Marine.

This is the mindset I was operating under.

So when I was walking past a ramp on the parade deck, and I was greeted by two individuals wearing yellow shirts, I didn’t place any special significance on it.

So when one of these men caught my eye, and said to me “How are you doing?”, my reaction was one that was second nature to me.

I reached out, shook hands with him and the man with him and said:
“How am I doing??”
“I just watched my daughter be recognized as a United States Marine!”
“How the hell do you think I am doing?”
I’m doing GREAT!!”

With that, this gentleman looked me in the eye, said “Semper Fi”, and went on his way.

Sue, my wife, gave me a look, however, as I had seen that look thousands of times before during the course of our marriage, a look that said “I can’t believe you just did that”, I didn’t attach any special significance to it.

Until a bit later that is.

One of the things we did during our Family Day visit with PFC Holly was to pay a visit to her squad bay.

And as she was pointing out various things to Sue, Nick, and myself, a series of pictures mounted on the bulkhead caught my eye.

One picture in particular.

I called Sue over, pointed to the picture, and asked her “Honey, is that who I think it is?”

And she replied, “Yes Carl, that is the man you spoke to this morning.”
“If your head wasn’t in the clouds about Holly, you might have noticed what was written on the back of his shirt.”

I took another look at the picture, and although I have been unable to confirm it with 100% certainty, yeah, I’m pretty sure.

Yep, the man I had mouthed off to with my smart- ass remark was Brigadier General F.M. Padilla, the commanding general of MCRD Parris Island.

General Padilla, on the million-to-one chance that you learn of this article, I can only say this:

I may not shown you the level of respect I would have had I known who you were, but my answer to your question remains the same.

SEMPER FI right back at you sir.


The 6th Marine Division On Okinawa – Part Five Of Six

Part Five of a six-part series of declassified and uncensored footage of the 6th Marine Division on Okinawa in 1945.



Kenneth L. Worley Medal Of Honor Recipient

(Part of a continuing series of articles spotlighting United States Marines who have been recipients of 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 Machine Gunner with Company L, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in action against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam.
After establishing a night ambush position in a house in the Bo Ban Hamlet of Quang Nam Province, security was set up and the remainder of the patrol members retired until their respective watch. During the early morning hours of 12 August 1968, the Marines were abruptly awakened by the platoon leader’s warning that “Grenades” had landed in the house.
Fully realizing the inevitable result of his actions, Lance Corporal Worley, in a valiant act of heroism instantly threw himself upon the grenade nearest him and his comrades, absorbing with his own body, the full and tremendous force of the explosion.
Through his extraordinary initiative and inspiring valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved his comrades from serious injury and possible loss of life although five of his fellow Marines incurred minor wounds as the other grenades exploded.
Lance Corporal Worley’s gallant actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
He gallantly gave his life for his country.