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Today In Marine Corps History: 3 June 1918

The 4th Marine Brigade fought at Les Mares Farm, Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, France.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 1 June 1918

“Retreat Hell! We just got here,” said the 5th Marine Regiment in France.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 15 March 1944

Marine medium bombers struck Japanese positions at Rabaul.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 13 March 1943

The first group of 71 Women Marine officer candidates arrived at the U.S. Midshipmen School (Women’s Reserve) at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy’s willingness to share training facilities enabled the Marine Corps to begin training Marine Corps Women’s Reserve officers just one month after the creation of the MCWR was announced.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 11 March 1778

Marines participated the action when the Continental Navy frigate Boston, en-route to France, sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha.
As the drum of the Boston beat to arms, John Adams seized a musket and joined the Marines on deck until the frigate’s captain, Samuel Tucker, sent him below for safety.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 30 September 1945

Marines of III Amphibious Corps, commanded by Major General Keller E. Rockey, began landing in North China to assist the Chinese Nationalist government in accepting the surrender of Japanese forces and repatriating Japanese soldiers and civilians.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 27 September 1944

The American flag was raised over Peleliu, Palau Islands, at the 1st Marine Division Command Post. Although the flag raising symbolized that the island was secured, pockets of determined Japanese defenders continued to fight on. As late as 21 April 1947, 27 Japanese holdouts finally surrendered to the American naval commander on the scene.

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