• Marines Prepare for Future Battles A new partnership between the Marine Corps’ Installations and Logistics Department and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) led to the first-ever Hybrid Logistics Symposium, which was held at the UCSD campus Feb. 26-March 1. Along with civilian personnel...
  • Letter of the Month ( Leatherneck will pay $25 for a “Sound Off Letter of the Month” submitted by an MCA&F member or provide a one-year courtesy subscription to a non-member whose letter is selected.) It was Christmas Eve in December 1968. I was the only Marine officer on a small staff at the...
  • SEA STORY OF THE MONTH Parris Island Waiter When I was in boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., in August 1963, we had to perform kitchen patrol (KP) duty for one week. Because I was a college graduate, my drill instructor assigned me as a waiter for officer meals, hoping I would perform satisfactorily...
  • USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) is shown here off of Mare Island in October 1942, having just undergone repairs for damage sustained in the Battle of Savo Island. The ship was named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient and World War I aviator, Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot. USS Ralph Talbot was heavily...
  • Background It was early morning on Feb. 28, 1968, with no Vietnamese in sight. It was quiet—too quiet. We were on patrol, going in and out of houses along the canal. The Phu Cam Canal was a place of stress and tension—nothing like the small celestial pagoda that overlooked it. From experience, we...
  • A single bead of sweat dripped from the furrowed brow of a Marine, travelling down the rest of his face in a single, straight line, mirroring the line he was standing in. A line that had been formed by Marines and Sailors of USS San Diego (LPD-22) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to...
  • Special Events • USMC Combat Correspondents Assn. Professional Development and Training Symposium, Aug. 20-23, New Bern, N.C. Contact Jack T. Paxton, (352) 748-4698, [email protected] . • MCA&F Ground Awards Dinner, May 3, Arlington, Va. Contact Sarah Cohen, (703) 640-0174, [email protected] -...
  • TAPS Launches Institute For Hope and Healing The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national nonprofit organization that provides compassionate care for those grieving the death of a military loved one, expanded its reach to grieving civilian families with the launch of the TAPS...
  • MSgt Elsie M. Anderson , 94, of Kensington, Md. Her 20-year career in the Marine Corps began in 1953. Following her retirement, she worked as a CPA. She was a member of the Woman Marines Association, serving as treasurer of her chapter. Maj Mordecai “Mawk” R. Arnold , 94, of Fairhope, Ala. He began...

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