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Inside This Month's Leatherneck
I joined the Corps 75 years ago. I am well past 92, and my memory leaves a lot to be desired. I was in the “Banana Fleet” for more than two years. I...
“WAITING” DRILL—Drill instructors from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego lead enlistees in a warm-up during Marine Corps Recruiting Station...
Leatherneck will pay $25 or give a one-year MCA membership for the craziest one received. It’s easy. Think up a caption for the photo above and...
“He tried to fly through the main gate ... with a bag!”
Your Corps This Week
Building Partnerships, Security in Africa
Thousands of refugees in the Republic of Djibouti are orphaned children anywhere between the ages of 7 and 17, and only a small fraction of them fall into the devoted care of someone like Father John, who runs a shelter in the city and welcomed Marines and Sailors deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to visit with the children for a few hours at his day shelter, Nov. 16, 2013.
MV-22 Osprey Makes Public Debut in Mainland Japan During Air Show
Japan Air Self-Defense Force Nyutabaru Air Base, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, hosted its annual air show Dec. 1, 2013. While an overwhelming majority of attendees were from Japan, one of the most adored static display was American. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 displayed one of their MV-22 Osprey during the event, drawing both the eyes and interest of all in attendance.
Marines Collect Toys, Brighten Holidays
Four Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s Single Marine Program volunteered to collect donations for Toys for Tots during the New Bern Singles Club Seniors’ Dance at the New Bern Knights of Columbus facility Nov. 16, 2013. During the volunteer event, the Marines collected more than 150 new, unwrapped toys that will later be distributed to area families to ensure hundreds of local children have a merrier Christmas.
Silver Eagle Squadron Celebrates 70th Anniversary
A recent reunion of Marines and sailors tied together current Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 Marines with those who pioneered the squadron’s success aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Nov. 8, 2013. The squadron, also known as the Silver Eagles, hosted the annual VMFA-115 Reunion Association’s reunion at their hangar, where they invited alumni to tour the work spaces and explore the F/A-18 Hornet.
Marines, Bulgarians Conduct Joint Exercise Peace Sentinel 13
Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 14 trained alongside Bulgarian soldiers from 1st Company, 2d Battalion, 61st Mechanized Brigade as a part of Exercise Peace Sentinel 13. The two-week long exercise, which began on Oct. 28, 2013, included cordon-and-search tactics and battalion-sized defense and raid operations that included dismounted, mounted, and combined-arms tactics.
Marines Take Time to Help Orphanage During Max Thunder
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 helped the local community while participating in Exercise Max Thunder by visiting an orphanage in Gunsan, South Korea, Oct. 29, 2013, and Nov. 5, 2013. Approximately 40 Marines and 40 airmen participated in two separate visits to the orphanage.
Top Marine Approves Uniform Board Proposals
PENTAGON, Washington, D.C. - The Commandant of the Marine Corps has approved the Marine Corps Uniform Board's recommendation to adopt the male dress and service cap as the universal dress and service cap for all Marines.
Marine Corps Association & Foundation Announces Social Media Consolidation to Better Serve its Members
The Marine Corps Association & Foundation announced today that it will be consolidating its social media components from Leatherneck magazine and the Marine Corps Gazette into the main property—the Marine Corps Association & Foundation—to better serve members.
Magazine Page Giants of the Corps: Ralph Talbot
Photo Gallery Leatherneck Laffs - December 1968
Photo Gallery On Duty: Nov. 22, 2013
BOOK OF THE MONTH
In the early months of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt saw the need for enhancements to military intelligence and recognized that the American people needed some early successes in Africa and Europe and against the Empire of Japan. Inspired by the British model, the President authorized a national special operations section, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and sanctioned the development of commando-like military formations.
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Today In History
1968 - The 1st, 5th, 7th and 26th Marine Regiments participated in Operation Meade River in Vietnam.
1992 - Marines of 2/9 landed at Mogadishu, Somalia, to begin Operation Restore Hope. The 15th MEU, RCT-7 and Provisional MAG-16 served.
Related Story: Meade River By Herb Richardson Leatherneck Magazine (April 1969)
Historic Leatherneck Magazine Covers
Leatherneck Staff Artist, Technical Sergeant Robert Fleischauer, felt that our July cover should be commemorative of the Fourth of July. Since the members of the missile units are probably the Corps' best rocketeers, he picked them to perform a standard Fourth of July action. Whether or not the "Honest Johnny" is useful as a combat piece is a matter for debate, but you can't beat it for morale." [July 1957.]
“The Join Up on the Nick” by Major Alex Durr, USMCR, a member of the History Division, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
Hospitalman Daniel T. Bobic, assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, rappelled at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, in late April, 2002.
The oldest post of the Marine Corps, Washington, DC, is celebrating 200 years of excellence. Posed near the Barracks main gate were members of the official Color Guard of the United States Marine Corps (left to right): LCpl Joseph N. Keough, rifleman; Sgt Blake L. Richardson, Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps; Cpl Gerardo A. Guajardo, organizational color bearer; and LCpl Gregory A. Serwo, rifleman.
GySgt Verlando Frazier, East Coast Food Service Management Team, looked ready to dig into some of the new items included in MREs.
This photo by Sgt Earnie Grafton of Marines from Fox Co., 2/4 shows varied emotions as they greeted the coalition forces outside Kuwait city.
A fleet of trucks was needed to transport Dr. Felix de Weldon’s original model of the Iwo Jima flag-raising statue from the sculptor’s home in Newport, R.I., to the grounds of the Marine Military Academy at Harlingen, Texas. After the statue’s arrival, a nearly around-the-clock effort by skilled workmen was required in order to have the memorial reassembled and ready for dedication ceremonies on April 16, 1982.
In April this year (1981), two squadrons of AV-8A “Harriers” sailed for the Mediterranean aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau. Purpose of the cruise was to demonstrate the Navy/Marine Corps team’s capability to augment naval forces in any area of the World on short notice and to provide at-sea training for Marine Harrier pilots.
The cover of Leatherneck’s Bicentennial issue is an oil painting by the late Colonel Donald L. Dickson, USMCR. The painting depicts General George Washington’s Colonial troops at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Va., during the French and Indian War.
Sightseeing tours for the men of the Marine Barracks, San Juan, Puerto Rico, include a trip to the El Morro Fortress. San Juan is now retired as a Post of the Corps.
The Marines in Vietnam have found that the programs which work best are those which operate close to the people. Our July cover is a mixed media (acrylic and charcoal) by Art Editor James L. Hopewell. It catches the spirit of Marines who enjoy their relationship with the Vietnamese around them.
In Naples, Italy, Marines are responsible for the internal security of the Headquarters of NATO’s Southern European Command, while the elite Carabinieri Corpa provides external security. PFC Robert M. Mallard’s NATO shield was admired by a Carabiniere as the two men prepared to take up their side-by-side posts at the entrance of the imposing NATO Headquarters, which appears in the background of this cover.
"We've Fought In Every Clime And Place": Stamping out the Caco Insurrection in the Republic d' Haiti.
January 2002: The Marines engraved another mark in the rich history of the Corps when they came from more than 400 miles offshore to establish a forward operating base south of Kandahar in the war on terrorism. The Marine CH-46 helicopter on the cover, photographed by PH1(AW/SW) Greg Messier, USN, fought in the desert sand to land and resupply Marines such as the ones (inset) photographed by Sgt Joseph R. Chenelly.
January 2001: This firefight during the Frozen Chosin Reservoir Campaign of 1950 was painted by “Chosin Few” veteran Jack Cannon, who served with Company B, 1st Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment and resides in the warmer climes of New Mexico. The cover was part of Leatherneck’s 50th anniversary salute to the Korean War veterans.
January 1992: This cover photograph of runners during Marine Corps Marathon XVI in Washington, D.C., was photographed by Sgt Deirdre Hallett.
January 1991: This month’s cover by Ross Simpson captures the Marines’ waiting-but-ready posture in the Middle East.
January 1982: Participants in the Sixth Annual Marine Corps Marathon presented a colorful spectacle as they began the 26-mile, 385-yard run in Washington, D.C., November 1, 1981. The cover photo, by Tom Bartlett, was taken from a bridge overlooking Highway 50 about a half-mile from the starting line.
January 1981: Nearly 7,800 runners participated in the Fifth Annual Marine Corps Marathon held in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The oldest finisher was 78; the youngest was 10. Leatherneck staffer Ron Lunn pre-positioned himself near the Nation’s Capitol to photograph runners during their 14th mile of the 26-mile, 385-yard course.
January 1972: This month’s cover, by Marine Combat Artist Peter Gish, shows members of the New Corps sightseeing in the Old World. While on liberty in Athens, Greece, the 3d Bn, Eighth Marines, were able to tour the Erektheon Porch and Cariatides. The water color is from the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Art collection.
Originally Published December 1983 -- Something tells us that we could date the cover without knowing when it was published.
Originally Published December 1972 -- We're not sure what's more interesting, Santa or the old style gas pump.
MCA&F News and Announcements
The Bidding is Open for MCA&F’s Annual Auction to Benefit Marines
MCA&F’s annual auction starts Dec. 5, 2013. The auction proceeds benefit the MCA&F programs that support Marines including the ...
Enter Gazette's Weekly Book Drawing
Books chosen for the drawing are selected by the Marine Corps Gazette, and each week’s prize book title will be posted on the...
U.S. Marines Provide Humanitarian Aid in Philippines
As of Tuesday 129,000 pounds of relief supplies have been distributed and hundreds of displaced persons have been relocated to Manila.
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