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Today In Marine Corps History:12 June 1961

President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, “at all times during the day and night.” Discussions between the Attorney General’s office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation.

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Today In Marine Corps History:10 June 1898

The First Marine Battalion, commanded by LtCol Robert W. Huntington, landed on the eastern side of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The next day, Lt Herbert L. Draper hoisted the American flag on a flag pole at Camp McCalla where it flew during the next eleven days. LtCol Huntington later sent the flag with an accompanying letter to Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood noting that “when bullets were flying, …the sight of the flag upon the midnight sky has thrilled our hearts.”

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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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Marine Corps Photos: Talking Guns

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PFC Sebastian Rodriguez, machine gunner, Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fires an M240 machine gun during a night squad-attack exercise. MRF-D Marines used machine gunners, snipers and rifleman to suppress a simulated squad-sized enemy attack.

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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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Marine Corps History Photos: Chin Up

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Jiawei Fan, a 19-year-old Milford, Conn., native, grimaces while preforming pull-ups during the 2013 Annual Field Meet, at Chicopee High School’s Football Field, May 4, 2013. Approximately 600 newly enlisted men and women from across New England, to include; Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island, attended the event. The annual Marine Corps event is designed to test the Poolees’ physical fitness with a pull-up and sit-up competition to ensure that they are prepared for the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training.

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