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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Maj. Foss Unit Arrives Overseas


Maj. Joe Foss of Sioux Falls, S. D., who downed 26 Japanese planes during the Guadalcanal campaign, and who has returned to the South Pacific as leader of a Marine fighter squadron, declared that his main concern is not records but just to “bring all these kids home safely.”

Foss’ new squadron, trained as a unit in the U. S. by the major himself, includes four other Henderson field veterans. The squadron also numbers a half-dozen filers under 21.
“We’re not out for records,” Foss said. “I just want to do our job well and bring all these kids home safely. If we get Zeros, It will be a result of team play.”

From the 18March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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Marine Corps Photos: Hit the Ground Running

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U.S. Marines evacuate the area as an MV-22B Osprey comes into land at Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 18 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. Cobra Gold, in its 33rd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Photo by Cpl Zachary W. Scanlon.



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PGR Mission Alert: Col. Steven L. Rohlena

Colonel Steven Lee Rohlena, 49, of Carlisle, PA, died at home on 30 July 2014. He was serving this Nation proudly, in the United States Army for the past 27 years. He served in various locations around the globe, and most recently served as the defense logistics adviser for NATO in Brussels, Belgium until July 2014. Colonel Rohlena was starting his new assignment serving as senior adviser on strategic logistics at the U.S. Army War College, in Carlisle, PA. His duty and service to our Nation was some of his proudest moments. He was a soldier first and loved his country. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and motorcycling. He is survived by his wife Rita Spreu of Carlisle, PA.

Col. Rohlena is to be interred on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery on 19 November 2014 at approximately 1300 hours from the Ft. Myer Post Chapel. PGR has been invited to attend the services by his wife Rita, and we will be there to stand tall silent and proud in honor of this American Warrior, his family, friends and comrades at arms.

Service: 19 November 2014

Stage: 1115 hrs. IWO Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA
Brief: 1130 hrs.
KSU: 1145 hrs. Transit to Ft. Myer, Old Post Chapel
Honors: 1215 hrs. Flag Line @ Post Chapel
Honors: 1315 hrs. Graveside ANC (Time Approx.)

Ride Captain: Sid “Deacon” Marcus

Iron Horses preferred, cars welcomed as always.
Mounted large flags preferred for the transit to Post Chapel (furl upon Chapel parking).
Large hand-held flags are NOT used in ANC for graveside services, but ARE needed for Chapel Flag line. Military mandated ID / gear IS required for this mission. (Photo ID, long pants and sleeves, full finger gloves, over-ankle boots,face shield / goggles / windshield, reflective vest or belt or jacket).
Dress & hydrate accordingly – Please check the weather @

NOTE: Concealed/carry permits are NOT recognized on military installations and federal reservations. Therefore do not bring weapons or hazardous materials to this mission.

Bruce “Robocop” Gentile
Asst. State Captain, ANC Team
USAF, 64-70



Marine Corps Photos: Don’t Look Down

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A Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit fast ropes aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea March 19, 2013. The 26th MEU is deploying to the 5th Fleet and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based, quick-reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis-response and limited contingency operations.

Photo by Cpl Kyle


Marine Corps Photos: Pull Pin, Throw Grenade

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LCpl Luis Maganapetrana, crewman, Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and a native of Merced, Calif., throws a practice M67 fragmentation grenade during a live-fire exercise on Range 210F.

Photo by LCpl Christopher J. Moore.


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Glenn Miller-American Patrol


How Did November 11th Become Veterans Day?

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Taken at 10:58 a.m., on Nov. 11, 1918, just before the Armistice went into effect; men of the 353rd Infantry, near a church, at Stenay, Meuse, wait for the end of hostilities. (SC034981)

n November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Signing of HR7786, June 1, 1954, this ceremony changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts.

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Source: U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs


Ronald Reagan – Veterans Day Prayer


Vietnam Veteran Visits The Wall

A veteran of the Vietnam War finds the name of a buddy who was KIA.


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