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Marine Corps Poems: Patrol

The day was hot

the sun shown down

my dungarees were soaken.

We were pinned down

upon the ground and

most of us were shaken.

We were on patrol

upon this knoll

when taken by surprise.

The enemy was waiting there,

his presence not denied.

We fell to ground

we took some rounds

that left a man aching.

We marshaled all we had

and fired at point-blank range

the moment was for taking.

The BAR was chunkin’ shots

that made them hug the earth,

rifles were areachin’ out

from every man’s perch.

We kept a rapid fire and soon

the return fire slacken’d off.

We raised our head

counted up our dead and

made ready to resume.

We left them there

beside the trail

wrapped in ponchos:

Many for

those of us

that walked away.

I am here and now

confessing that

there is no fear greater

than being under fire.

You won’t forget it

till it’s your last hour.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 4 September 1910

A Marine Battalion under Major Smedley D. Butler sailed from Nicaragua for Panama.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 3 September 1926

Marines served at Shanghai, China, and aboard ship during the Yangtze Service Campaign, 3 September 1926 – 21 October 1927.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 2 September 1945

The Japanese officially surrendered to the Allies on board the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. With General Holland Smith transferred home in July 1945, the senior Marine Corps representative at the historic ceremony was LtGen Roy S. Geiger, who had succeeded Smith as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

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“Send More Japs.”

Many instances of the fighting spirit of Marines could be
cited but one story in particular attracts the attention.
When the Japanese initiated the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, they did not neglect the tiny island of Wake which served as an outpost for Hawaii. Their plans had been for a speedy seizure of this objective; however, the Marine garrison thwarted their initial attempts.

Late in December, the enemy returned with an even more powerful armada.
Attack after attack was mounted against the heroic defenders.
All Marine planes were shot down, casualties mounted, the
situation was becoming desperate. However, communications were still maintained with Pearl Harbor. A relief expedition was mounted but the remnants of the Navy were so pitifully weak that the mission was cancelled at the last minute.
Finally, Pearl Harbor queried Wake “Is there anything that we can provide?”

In one of the last messages from the doomed island came back “Send us more Japs!”

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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).Moto Poster

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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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