March 2012

"Crusading for Right": the Story

Volume 95, Issue 3
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In front of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command headquarters at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., stands a statue often incorrectly identified as "Iron Mike." Marines and civilians who have been around for a while know the statue by its proper name "Crusading for Right."

The history of this statue is one of controversy and fraught with interservice rivalry. The real "Iron Mike" stands proudly at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and the dedication, dated 25 July 1924, is "in memory of the men of Parris Island who gave their lives in the World War."

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