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Articles about resilient Marines and their experiences behind enemy lines.

Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Donald G. CookDon PriceLeatherneck January 2015“Do what is right and just no matter what the personal cost”
Captured on CorregidorP.L. ThomspsonLeatherneck May 2017On May 6, 1942, American forces of Corregidor, including 4th Marine Regiment surrendered to Japanese forces.
Courage in CaptivityMaj Allen Bevilacqua, USMC (Ret)Leatherneck
June 2003
Korean War Prisoners
I Still Wonder, “Why Me?”B. Rivers PennLeatherneck June 2002Korean War POW and Corpsman Billy Penn repeatedly defied death and imprisonment.
Long Live the Red, White, and Blue!Col Mary H. Reinwald, USMC (Ret)Leatherneck August 2019Because the Iranian militants couldn’t read Spanish, Sgt James M. Lopez got away with Posting a patriotic slogan on his cell wall.
Marine BandsJoseph R. ChenellyLeatherneck September 2004Making Music and Winning Wars
Accounted ForSara W. BockLeatherneck January 2019DPAA strives never to leave a fallen American behind.
One of 52Sara W. BockLeatherneck February 2020Marine Sgt Rocky Sickmann, held hostage in Iran, recalls 444 days in captivity
Sergeant Robert Leroy Frey, USMCMaj Jim Geiser, USMC (Ret)Leatherneck February 2017WWII Wake Island defender and POW survivor
SurvivorDick CampLeatherneck June 2009Corporal Glenn McDole and the Palawan Massacre
Terry AndersonCWO-4 Randy Gaddo, USMC (Ret)Leatherneck November 2013Veteran Marine went “boot” to endure seven years as hostage
The Case of the Peripatetic ChessmenWilliam Howard ChittendenLeatherneck July 2013William Howard “Chick” Chittenden was a corporal in the Marine Detachment, American Embassy, Peking, at the time of this capture.
The Secret POW CameraR.R. KeeneLeatherneck February 2004POWs at Fukoka prison camp.
Two Tours in HellMaj Allan C. Bevilacqua, USMC (Ret)Leatherneck March 2011Warrant Officer Felix McCool, captured and imprisoned for a total of almost six years in two wars, refused to yield.
Until They Are HomeMary D. KarcherLeatherneck March 2008JPAC Strives to account for missing Americans.