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MAKIN M1—This M1 Garand was found in the grave where 19 Marines of the Second Raider Battalion were buried together after being killed in action during a raid on Makin Atoll in 1942. In 1999, personnel from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command traveled to Makin to recover the remains of the Marines...
THE TOWN OF QUANTICO—The cars look different now, but little else has changed on Potomac Avenue since this photo was taken by a Leatherneck photographer in 1960. The town, which can trace its beginnings to the 1600s when English colonists settled the area, has gone by several names including...
GLOBAL MARINES—In this image from the photo archives, Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt, right, enjoys a cigar and a meal in Vietnam with Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, the well-known actor. In January 1967, Ford spent a month in country working on the documentary film “Global Marines.” A Marine Corps...
REVIEWING THE BATTALION—In 1943, on the one-year anniversary of their arrival in Northern Ireland, U.S. Marines from the 1st Provisional Marine Battalion are reviewed by James Hamilton, the 3rd Duke of Abercorn. The battalion landed in the town of Derry on May 12, 1942, to guard the Naval...
ONCE A MARINE—Before he was a U.S. senator, a history-making astronaut or a record-breaking test pilot, John H. Glenn Jr. was a Marine. Colonel John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, enlisted in the U.S. Navy as part of the Naval Aviation Cadet program during World War II, but...
“TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI”—This photograph was taken in November 1945 during actress Maureen O’Hara’s visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sitting next to her is the captivated future Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General Clifton B. Cates. In 1942, O’Hara starred in the film “...
HONOR THE VALIANT DEAD—On Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, eight Marines composed the firing detail, which honored 15 officers and enlisted men who fell defending Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay. The Navy unquestionably suffered the most from the air raid on...
TRAINING FOR THE FIGHT—In May 1917, only one month after the U.S. entered World War I, the Commandant of the Marine Corps established Marine Barracks Quantico, Va., as a training base for Marines. Before it became the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps,” it was a muddy tent city, where Marines...
OPERATION MAUI PEAK—Leathernecks from the Fifth Marine Regiment cross a small stream during Operation Maui Peak. The operation was launched on Oct. 6, 1968, near a U.S. Army Special Forces camp at Thuong Duc in Quang Nam Province after it was attacked by enemy forces. Seventh Marines was tasked...
BECOMING THE BRAND—In the early 1800s, the Marine Corps did not have a distinct emblem to distinguish themselves from the other branches of service. Numerous variations of emblems incorporated eagles or anchors as well as other elements like laurels and wreaths. According to Dr. Frederick L. Briuer...

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