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A Leader Larger Than Life

By: 1stLt Aaron Ellis, USMC

Executive Editor’s note: The following article received first place in the 2024 Leatherneck Magazine Writing Contest. The award is provided through an endowment by the...

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Putting History Back Together: Telling the Story of a Marine Helicopter Squadron Through a Rebuilt Huey

By: Nancy S. Lichtman

After his second tour in Vietnam, Sergeant Rick Ault returned to the United States on a flight that landed in San Francisco. The soldiers and...

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The Battle for Najaf, Part 1: Assaulting the "Valley of Peace"

By: Kyle Watts

Author’s note: This month marks the 20th anniversary of the battle in Najaf, Iraq, fought by the warriors of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion,...

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Night Battle on Tinian: Marines Engage With Enemy Tanks

By: Steven D. McCloud

Executive Editor’s note: This article is based on interviews and research done for the author’s book “Black Dragon: The Experience of a Marine Rifle Company...

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From Bellhop to Leatherneck: “8th and I” Marine Witness to Turbulent Time in U.S. History

By: Kipp Hanley

In 1961, in the sleepy town of Marshalls Creek, Pa., everybody knew the Huffmans. Unfortunately for Joel Huffman, the town was also familiar with his...

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Remember What You Represent: The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon

By: Kyle Watts

A highly selective and unique niche fills the ranks of the Marine Corps’ Silent Drill Platoon. Throughout the unit’s history, the platoon has proven unparalleled...

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Her Story: Military Women's Memorial Invites Servicewomen to Take Their "Rightful and Visible" Place

By: Sara W. Bock

Editor's note: This article was re-published in honor of Women Veterans Appreciation Day on June 12. It was originally published in the August 2022 issue...

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VMFT-401: The Corps' Adversary Squadron

By: Patrick Reed

At first glance, with their dis­similar camouflage and a red star on the tail, the F-5 Tigers on the flight­line don’t appear to be American...

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Tank Attack on Saipan!

By: MSgt Jeff Dacus, USMCR (Ret)

By June 15, 1944, the Central Pacific drive of the United States had inexorably pushed the Japanese back toward their homeland. Throughout the methodical island-hopping...

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Return With the Elixir: The Psychology of Pilgrimages to the "Devil Dog" Fountain

By: Heather A. Warfield, Ph.D.

A shuttle van rolled to a stop across the street from the Belleau Town Hall. Out of the side door emerged an elderly gentleman, hunched...

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Battle Scars

By: Chip Reid

Executive Editor’s note: In 2003, NBC News journalist Chip Reid embedded with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines during the opening days of OIF. He spent six...

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Safeguarding the Airspace: Marine Air Traffic Controllers' Critical Role in Marine Aviation

By: Kyle Watts

Marine Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) represent a small slice of the active-duty component. Less than 1,000 of these Marines exist in the service today, with...

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