January 2013

"Denig's Demons": and Telling the Marine Corps Story

Volume 96, Issue 1

History doesn't record it, but we can imagine Colonel Robert L. Denig Sr. 's surprise on 30 June 1941, when he was brought out of retirement, tombstone promoted Lo brigadier general and told to form the first Marine Corps public relations division.

Marines of the day had their own questions about public relations. "What the hell is that?" many asked. More importantly: "Why in the world do we need it? We're Marines!"

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