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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: 25 March 1945

After 35 days of bitter fighting, the amphibious assault on the rocky fortress of Iwo Jima finally appeared over.
On the night of 25 March, however, a 300-man Japanese force launched a vicious final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2.
Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the fanatical Japanese force till morning but suffered heavy casualties –more than l00 killed and another 200 American wounded.
Nearly all of the Japanese force was killed in the battle.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 23 March 1815

Marines assisted the USS Hornet’s capture of the HMS Penguin off Tristan de Cunha.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 22 March 1952

Six new Marine battalions and Marine air groups were activated on the West Coast, giving the Corps the full authorized limit of three divisions and three wings.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 19 March 1928

Marine planes bombed a bandit group at Nueve Segovia, Nicaragua.
This was the first use of close air support.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 17 March 1967

The first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon.
Most worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section providing administrative support to Marines assigned as far north as the DMZ, but two Lieutenant Colonels, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O’Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch, Secretary Joint Staff, MACV.

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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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