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Roles In The Marine Corps: Infantry Officer

Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force.
They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment.
They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit’s use of weapons and equipment.

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1942 Everybody Joins US War Effort

Movie stars travel the country by train, stopping in cities and towns to sell War Bonds.
(Of course, back then most people in Hollywood didn’t spend all day snorting cocaine.)

Jimmy Stewart, Joe Louis, Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and others enlist.

Plants speed up war production.

RAF blasts Nazis in American made bombers. Cameras mounted on the planes show the bombing runs.

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A Marine Comes Home For Christmas

Get the tissues ready.

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Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has been making Christmas a happier time of year for children whose families may be struggling to provide a happy holiday season.

Some things you may not have known about the Toys For Tots program:

Established and run by the Marine Corps Reserves, they ask that you do not donate toys that suggest violence, ie toy guns.

Toys must be new and unwrapped.
The idea is give each child three toys and one book: a regular toy, a stocking stuffer, a stuffed animal or a ball and an age-appropriate book.

They ask that you refrain from donating clothing.

The suggested price range or donation amount is 20-30 dollars, although anything that you can do to help is appreciated.

Gifts for children younger than two and those 10 to 14 are often in short supply.

Click Here to find a Toys For Tots campaign office in your area.

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The Marine Corps Saves Christmas

The United States Marine Corps and Santa Claus.
How’s that for a winning combination?

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Toys For Tots And Corporal Miller

Please help the United States Marine Corps help needy children, donate to Toys For Tots.
The video is from 2010.
The message is timeless.

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How Toys For Tots Began

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Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane.
In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas.
When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one.
He did.
The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.
That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.
Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.
The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.
Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservist on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio.
This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots. In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.
Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.
Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.
Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.
First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national Spokesperson in 1983.
First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national Spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.

From 1947 through 1979, Marines collected and distributed new and used toys.
On Reserve drill weekends during October, November and December, Reserve Marines refurbished the used toys.

From Christmas 1980 through the present, Marines have collected and distributed only new toys.
Three factors dictated this change.
First, the Secretary of Defense’s Total Force Program, introduced in the 1970’s, assigned Reserves a greater role in America’s defense posture.
As a consequence, Reservists had to dedicate every minute of weekend drill time to honing and polishing combat skills.
No time was available to refurbish toys.
Second, public awareness of the health and safety aspects of toys that developed during the ‘70s made distribution of used toys legally inadvisable.
Third, distributing “hand me down” toys does not send the message Marines want to send to needy children.
The goal is to deliver a message of hope, which will assist in building self-esteem and, in turn, motivate less fortunate children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
A shiny new toy is the best means of accomplishing this goal.

To see the source for this article, find listings of Toys For Tots campaign offices, or to make a donation, click here to visit Toys For Tots.

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