• Perhaps no wartime Christmas in hist­ory was gloomier for Marines and their friends back home than a particular 25 Dec., back in 1943. 
 On that day dispirited American families gathered around decorated trees to ex­change shoddy gifts and whisper prayers for their sons who were scattered every­...
  • Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun
 Late in the afternoon of 7 Oct. 1846, frigate USS Savannah entered California’s San Pedro harbor and anchored alongside American merchant ship Vandalia . Within minutes, Captain Archibald Gillespie went aboard the man-of-war and briefed her commanding officer, Navy...
  • The First Reconnaissance Battalion’s Teams Chili Pepper and War Cloud Mission Impossible encountered loss and luck in the Que Son Mountains south­west of Da Nang on 1 Sept. 1970. The re­sult was that one seven-man team suffered the accidental deaths of two Marines and two seriously injured while...
  • Marines Run With Dakota Meyer 
To Twin Towers Site 
 Medal of Honor Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer led Marines based in the Greater New York City area on a run from Brook­lyn to where the World Trade Center towers once stood during the annual Stephen Siller Tun­nel to Towers run on Sept. 29.
 Meyer...
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  • Marine “Exemplifies the Best of the Best”
 A Marine deployed to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) recently was selected as the United Service Organizations’ 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Gunnery Sergeant Jeremiah C. Johnson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 as the...
  • The following awards were announced in September:

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