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Today In Marine Corps History: 6 March 1944

Marines assault Talasea on New Britain (secured 8 March 1944).

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Today In Marine Corps History: 5 March 1947

The 7th Marine Regiment disbanded at Camp Pendleton following their return from China. Personnel and equipment were transferred to the 3rd Marine Brigade.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 4 March 1801

The Marine Band performed at a Presidential Inauguration for the first time.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 3 March 1809

Five-year enlistments in the Corps replaced the previous three-year terms

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Today In Marine Corps History: 2 March 1867

Jacob Zeilin, Colonel Commandant of the Marine Corps from 30 June 1864, was this date promoted to the rank of Brigadier General Commandant, the first time Congress authorized this rank for the Marine Corps. The statute, however, was repealed in June 1874 so that the rank of Commandant would again revert to colonel upon Zeilin’s retirement.

 

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Today In Marine Corps History: 1 March 1960

The Beaufort (South Carolina) Auxiliary Air Station was redesignated a Marine Corps Air Station.

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PGR Mission Alert: Burnett H. Cain, Jr, USMC

We have been asked to stand for a Korean War Veteran, Burnett H. “Bud” Cain, Jr. Bud had quite a service record and continued to serve his community throughout his life.

His obit may be viewed at: http://orenderfamilyhome.net/book-of…t/obituary.php

Flag line for viewings: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00
@ Orender Family Home for Funerals
2643 Old Bridge Road
Manasquan, NJ 08736

Try to be there 1/2 hour before the start of the viewings (whatever time you can give will be appreciated)

Funeral service: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10:30 am at the funeral home.
Escort immediately after the service to: Greenwood Cemetery
Rt 35 South & Old Bridge Road
Brielle, NJ

RC: TBD

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Marine Security Guards Become Crises Reaction Forces

My daughter is currently serving at her second posting as a member of this elite group.

“In the wake of Benghazi, I think there’s an expectation that Marines and sailors will be there and respond within hours to a threat against our diplomatic corps, U.S. citizens or interests abroad.” — CMC Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. at the Senate Armed Services Committe Testimony | January 28, 2015

Being a U.S. Embassy Security Guard may traditionally have had as much appeal as standing on a busy mall acting as a slug-eyed meme in a costume.

Recent Benghazi, Libya, Turkey, Pakistan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Egypt and Mali embassy and diplomatic mission attacks in some of the 175 embassies worldwide, the job has been redefined as a crisis-reaction one.

Dec 2009, Jennifer Lynne Matthews, 45, chief of the CIA base in Afghanistan and seven of her staff were killed by an informant after claiming to have infiltrated al-Qaeda’s innermost circle, staged a suicide attack, killing the seven eight U.S. operatives. Matthews had been deployed to Afghanistan to a CIA operating base seven months before her murder. She was recognized as one of the CIA’s top experts on al-Qaeda and terrorism.

April 10, 2010, grenade and car bomb wielding terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate and the Pakistani intelligence headquarters in Peshawar, Pakistan, in simultaneous attacks. 50 were killed, none Americans.

In 2011, the U.S. warned of attacks on the embassy in Mali and in 2012, demonstrators stoned the embassy in Mali.

In Sept, 2012, Demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt, protesting the film made in the U.S., the “Innocence of Muslims,” that portray Mohammad as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser. That week U.S. ambassador Stephens was killed in Benghazi, Libya that week. That same year in Kandahar province, Afghanistan terrorists attacked a U.S. Army convoy carrying an Embassy employee, killing a U.S. soldier. Also in 2012, multiple attempts were made against U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions throughout Afghanistan and in the Philippines. In Egypt, protestors stormed a U.s embassy.

11 September the attack on the U.S. Special Mission, a mission annes, and on U.S. convoys that killed the U.S. ambassador Stevens and three other U.S. personnel took the center stage for terror attacks against U.S. embassies that year.

IN February 2013, a suicide bomber detonated 6 kilograms (13 lb) of trinitrotoluene (TNT) and a hand grenade—at the United States embassy in Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard and wounding three others, including a journalist.

The previous list is just highlights some of the more publicized attacks on U.S. mission.

U.S. Marines to be deployed as security guards have to undergo special training in weapons and tactics.

Get an exclusive look at how Marines are trained:

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Wreaths Across America

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Wreath Pick Up
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
1158 Morgan Rd
Bridgeville, PA 15017

Saturday, 7 February 2015, 8:00 AM

Staging: 7:45 AM in the ADMINISTRATION Building parking lot—NOT the welcome center
We will be working with the foreman, Mr. Webb. He will assign us our duties.
Come prepared to do some manual labor—dress accordingly.
We will be joined by a number of other volunteer groups.
Remember that the National Cemetery is a Federal Reservation and NO WEAPONS are permitted.

For more information contact:
Jim Shaw
Veterans’ Liaison-West
Pennsylvania Patriot Guard Riders

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Today In Marine Corps History: 31 Jan. 1944

The American flag was first raised over Japanese soil by B/1/25 in the Marshall Islands.

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A Taste Of Marine Corps Boot Camp

Marine Corps poolees get an idea of what life will be like at Boot Camp.

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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Marines In New Attack

Japs Imperiled By Operation On New Britain

Marines using leap-frog tactics have advanced to within 170 miles of the Jap stronghold at Rabaul with a new landing near Talasea on mountainous Willaumez peninsula where light opposition was quickly overpowered. The new landing represented an advance of 110 miles and tightened the Allied squeeze on Rabaul.
Japanese on the peninsula were reported Thursday to be resisting bitterly. Marine shock troops were fighting to hold their beachhead against fanatical Jap counter assaults.

NEW ATOLL FALLS IN MARSHALL ISLES

Adm. Chester W. Nimitz reported Tuesday that American forces have occupied Majuro atoll in the Marshall Islands without opposition. The newly won island of Majuro, a German supply base before World War I, will provide a good anchorage and advance position in the mid-Pacific, Nimitz announced. No Japanese were found on the island. While Marines moved closer to Rabaul, South Pacific headquarters announced, the reinforced dismounted Ist Cavalry smashed a Jap counter-attack to establish firm control over Los Negros island in the Admiralty group, about 300 miles northwest.
On northeast New Guinea, troops which made an amphibious landing Tuesday within 20 miles of Japan’s Bogadjim fortress, advanced both east and west to capture the villages of Bibi and Ganglau.

10,000 ENEMY TROOPS ISOLATED IN MARSHALLS

The 10,000 enemy troops still in the Marshalls were cut off by fleet units, submarines and planes from possible reinforcement or supplies. Japanese in the Southwest Pacific are in the same fix, Tokyo radio admitted. And in the Solomons, Japanese troops once estimated at 30,000 wait for little ships that never come. The Marine landing on Willaumez peninsula, New Britain, was five miles northwest of Talasea.
Hitting the beach without benefit of naval bombardment, but well covered by fighter planes, the Leathernecks pushed forward toward Talasea, where there is an airfield. Aerial attacks on Cape Hoskins, where 32 tons of bombs were dropped on an enemy airdrome, and on Japanese targets on Riebeck of Willaumez peninsula, aided the Marine thrust.

In Washington, where he has returned for a series of conferences, Adm. Nimitz said, “Our submarines are taking such a heavy toll of Jap shipping that lack of shipping may soon be the controlling factor in what Japan is able to do. “Our submarines are increasing in number and not decreasing in efficiency, even though the number of targets is slowly decreasing.”

From the 11March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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