• Private First Class Omer Hadsall’s time with First Platoon, Echo Company, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines ended abruptly one morning when he stepped on a land mine. “It happened south of Da Nang, about 8:30 in the morning, April 24, 1966. We were patrolling in this area where enemy action had taken...
  • “Heads or tails?” “Wherever the dart lands?” It may be easy for Marines in the fleet to conjure a caricature-like image of how their monitor makes assignments and issues orders, but the truth is that there’s no coin flip or dartboard that’s driving decisions in the Manpower and Reserve Affairs...
  • From the Archives: July 1947 For reasons which have never been clear to anyone, Peleliu, although one of the most fiercely defended islands on the Marines’ long road across the Pacific, never received much notice in the press, while accounts of Tarawa, which preceded it, and Iwo Jima, which...
  • Scout Sniper Screener: Do You Have What it Takes? Marines with 2d Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division conducted a scout sniper “screener” at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 3-7. The battalion was searching for highly qualified candidates to train and send to the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Reunions • 1stMarDiv Assn. (all eras, 70th Annual Reunion) , July 31-Aug. 6, Norfolk, Va. Contact June Cormier, P.O. Box 9000 Box #902, Oceanside, CA 92051, (760) 763-3267, june.oldbreed@fmda.us . • 3dMarDiv Assn. , Aug. 1-8, Savannah, Ga. Contact Don Gee, P.O. Box 254, Chalfont, PA 18914, (215)...
  • New PFT Standards: Hawaii Marines Put to the Test Marines with Headquarters Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, conducted a physical fitness test (PFT) on March 14 using the new scoring system that was implemented Jan. 1. The new PFT standards raise the bar for physical fitness. Pull-ups, crunches...
  • In Memoriam is run on a space-available basis. Those wishing to submit items should include full name, age, location at time of death (city and state), last grade held, dates of service, units served in, and, if possible, a published obituary. Allow at least four months for the notice to appear...

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