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FDR Declares War On Japan

Actual newsreel footage of FDR addressing Congress and declaring war against Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, “a day which will live in infamy.”

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Marines at Pearl Harbor

On the afternoon of 6 December 1941, Tai Sing Loo, the colorful Pearl Harbor Navy Yard photographer, arranged with Platoon Sergeant Charles R. Christenot, the noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of the Main Gate at the Navy Yard, to have his Marines pose for a photograph between 0830 and 0930 Sunday morning, in front of the new concrete main gate. The photo was to be for a Christmas card.

As war clouds gathered over the Pacific basin in late 1941, the United States Pacific Fleet operated, as it had since May 1940, from Pearl Harbor. While the security of that fleet and for the island of Oahu lay in the Army’s hands, that of the Navy Yard and the Naval Air Stations at Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe Bay lay in the hands of Marines. In addition, on board the fleet’s battleships, aircraft carriers, and some of its cruisers, Marines provided security, served as orderlies for embarked flag officers and ships’ captains, and manned secondary antiaircraft and machine gun batteries — seagoing duties familiar to the Corps since its inception.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Attack on Pearl Harbor – Footage and Aftermath.

On 7 December 1941, a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii “awakened the sleeping giant”. Ninety minutes after it began, the attack was over. 2,386 Americans died and 1,139 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.

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Pearl Harbor – Dec. 7, 1941

NOTE: This is all original color film, not B&W that has been colored, or stock footage made by a studio. This is the only known real color film of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Marine Corps Music: The Ballad Of The Leatherneck Corps

Tyrone Power was one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a private in 1942, qualified for a commission and became an aviator who flew numerous missions during World War Two.
Here he reads “The Battle Of The Leatherneck Corps” which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.

Assault on Tinian Island

On July 24, 1944, the 4th Marine Division made the first and only shore-to-shore amphibious assault on the beaches of Tinian during WWII. The campaign for Tinian was a crucial part of Operation Forager, a mission to capture the Mariana Islands from the Japanese and to liberate Guam. The U.S. coveted the island of Tinian because it was perfectly suited for long bomber runways. During the operation, the U.S. pounded the island for two months with naval gunfire, long-range artillery, and aircraft bombings. The assault landed two Marine divisions, 4th and 6th, on two beaches that the Japanese thought were impossible to land on. The Marines accomplished a nearly impossible mission and secured the island in eight days, suffering minimal casualties in what is considered one of the best executed amphibious operation of the war. The U.S. bomber runways established on Tiniain are where the atomic bombs were loaded and launched from that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and ultimately ended the War in the Pacific.The island today is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The 6th Marine Division In World War Two

The 6th Marine Division was activated, 7 September 1944, on Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands.

The 6th Marine Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Okinawa, 1 April to 21 June 1945. The 4th and 22d Marines, as part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 July to 10 August 1944.

The old 4th Marines was cited in War Department orders in the name of the President of the United States, and its members are entitled to wear the Army Distinguished Unit Badge, for service in the Philippine Islands operations, 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942.

The 6th Marine Division (Headquarters) participated in authorized operations and engagements in the Asiatic-Pacific Area as follows:

Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto – 1 April to 30 June 1945.
China Service Medal – 11 October 1945 to 31 March 1946.

Reprinted with the authorization of the United States Marine Corps History Division

The 5th Marine Division In World War Two

The 5th Marine Division was activated on 21 January 1944 at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California.

Units of the division included in assault troops of the V Amphibious Corps, reinforced, were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, and those included in support troops of the V Amphibious Corps, reinforced, were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for Iwo Jima, 19-28 February 1945.

The 5th Marine Division (Headquarters) participated in authorized operations and engagements in the Asiatic-Pacific Area as follows:

Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima – 19 February to 16 March 1945.
China Service Medal – 15 December 1945 to (terminal date to be designated).

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The 4th Marine Division In World War Two

The 4th Marine Division was officially activated on 16 August 1943 at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California.

The 4th Marine Division was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Saipan and Tinian, 15 June to 1 August 1944. Units of the division included in assault troops of the V Amphibious Corps, reinforced, were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, and those included in support troops of the V Amphibious Corps, reinforced, were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for Iwo Jima, 19-28 February 1945.

The 4th Marine Division (Headquarters) participated in authorized operations and engagements in the Asiatic-Pacific Area as follows:

Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls – 1-8 February 1944.
Capture and occupation of Saipan – 15 June to 24 July 1944.
Tinian capture and occupation – 24 July to 7 August 1944.
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima – 19 February to 16 March 1945.

Lost Evidence Iwo Jima World War II (5/5)

Everyone has seen images of the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.
Not as many know the details of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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Today In Marine Corps History: 23 February 1945

Four days after the initial landings on Iwo Jima, 1stLt Harold G. Schrier led 40 men from Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, up Mt. Suribachi to secure the crest and raise the small American flag that battalion commander LtCol Chandler Johnson had given Schrier.
Within an hour, the patrol reached the rim of the crater. After a short fire-fight with Japanese defenders emerging from several caves, the small American flag was attached to an iron pipe and raised over the island.

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