• Robert Leroy “Bob” Frey was born June 1, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo. The firstborn child of Louis Chase Frey Jr. and Sylvia Mae DeMoss, he grew up in Kansas City, only leaving when he enlisted in the Marine Corps on Jan. 11, 1940, after being turned down by the Navy. He traveled by train to Marine...
  • One of British Royal Marine Major Tom White’s initial interactions with U.S. Marines was an event that very well may have saved his life. During his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2008, White, then a young lieutenant attached to a Royal Marine unit known as 42 Commando, was operating in Helmand...
  • From the Archives: November 1960 A whale oil lamp flickered wildly as a tall, sun-bronzed man, his face furrowed, his eyes faded from too many hours of staring out over the empty sea, grimly signed his name to a letter on the desk before him. He was Charles Endicott, skipper of the merchantman...
  • Introduction All Marines take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to bear true faith and allegiance to its provisions. Enlisted Marines also vow to obey the orders of the President and officers “according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice” (...
  • Energy Office Moves the Corps Toward a “Greener” Future As part of an ongoing effort to be the premier self-sufficient expeditionary force, the Marine Corps is striving to make itself “leaner, meaner and greener” as its leaders take a look at energy use across the Corps—equating the efficient use...
  • Have a question or feel like sounding off? Address your letter to: Sound Off, Leatherneck Magazine, P.O. Box 1775, Quantico, VA 22134, or send an e-mail to: leatherneck@mca-marines.org . Due to the heavy volume, we cannot answer every letter received. Do not send original photographs, as we cannot...
  • Do you have an interesting story from your time in the Corps that will give our readers a good chuckle? Maybe it’s a boot camp tale or a good old sea story that will have us in stitches? We would love to hear your stories and see any accompanying photographs. Write them down (500 words or less) and...
  • 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...
  • Entries for “Reader Assistance,” which include “Reunions,” “Mail Call,” “Wanted” and “Sales, Trades and Giveaways,” are free and printed on a space-available basis. Leatherneck reserves the right to edit or reject any submission. Allow two to three months for publication. Send your e-mail to s.bock...
  • Marines Help Commemorate Japanese Samurai “ Oyakata-sama !” thundered warrior voices to show their motivation and dedication to their lord. Convinced, the lord called for a “battle” to the death. The 27th annual Kuragake Castle Festival and Samurai Parade was held on Nov. 20, 2016, to commemorate...

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