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This Month In USMC History
1 October 1997: The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.
5 October 1775: Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2d Continental Congress used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions, when it directed General George Washington to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.
6 October 1945: Major General Keller E. Rockey, Commanding General, III Amphibious Corps, accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.
8 October 1889: A force of 375 Marines under command of future Commandant George F. Elliott, attacked and captured the insurgent town of Novaleta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, and linked up with U.S. Army troops. There were 11 Marine casualties.
9 October 1917: The 8th Marines was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Although the regiment would not see combat in Europe during World War I, the officers and enlisted men of the 8th Marines participated in operations against dissidents in Haiti for over five years during the 1920s. During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and earned three Presidential Unit Citations.
11 October 1951: A Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a frontline combat position for the first time, when HMR-161 lifted the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, and its equipment, during Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.
19 October 1968: Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.
23 October 1983: At 0622 an explosive-laden truck slammed into the BLT headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, where more than 300 men were billeted. The massive explosion collapsed the building in seconds, and took the lives of 241 Americans--including 220 Marines. This was the highest loss of life in a single day for Marines since D-Day on Iwo Jima in 1945.
28 October 1962: An 11,000-man 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week earlier, the entire 189,000-man Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the defenders of the U.S. Naval Base. Other 2d Division units and squadrons from five Marine Aircraft Groups were deployed at Key West, Florida, or in Caribbean waters during the Cuban crisis.
31 October 1919: A patrol of Marines and gendarmes, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing the bandit chief, and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor.
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The Fontman Website of Mark Schallow A retired Marine and graphic artist. Check out his page and tell him The Squadbay sent you!
Yellow Footprints Yellow Foot Prints is a historical data resource center with information that starts with boot camp, and ends with a Marines final duty station. WHY this web site when there are so many Marine sites on the Internet today? There are many great Marine Corps sites on the net, there are none like Yellow Foot Prints and the content it provides to the Marine Community! This site is about historical information not found within the Marine Corps archives, and certainly not found on the Internet in a searchable database.
Military Connection Government jobs, up-to-date information on military schools, federal jobs, as well as military loans and military pay at Military Connection.com. Our online directory of resources and information feature vital information on military education and benefits including the GI Bill, employment opportunities, the latest military job postings, pay charts and salary calculators. Don't wait any longer, search through our directory for government, federal jobs and civilian employment opportunities today!
The Semper Fi Fund Since their inception in May 2004, through December 2006, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $12 million in assistance to our wounded heroes.
Flying Leathernecks Ours is the only museum in the world, dedicated to the primary purpose of preserving the history of Marine Corps Aviation. When finished, the museum will tell the story of Marine Corps Aviation -- aviators and the Marines that put them in the air and kept them there.
Military Schools Offering you a wide array of information about military schools, military safety and military knowledge.
Home Of Heroes Next to the word "MARINE" in the dictionary there should be a notation...."see JIMMIE HOWARD". Perhaps no other words in the English language better describe what it means to be a member of the Corps than the name of the man who led the MOST DECORATED UNIT in American military history in the most improbable battle of modern warfare.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Skyhawk Association The Skyhawk Association is an affiliation of individuals who have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk"; and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the legend, history, traditions, and camaraderie associated with the greatest attack aircraft ever built.
3rd Battalion 11th Marines - Vietnam Era We will review every submission for membership and may ask you to provide additional information to confirm that you were associated with the 3/11 or are a family member of said unit. . We hope you understand the necessity of these measures as there are some very unsquared away individuals floating around in cyberspace.
Marine Of The Month
Lance Cpl. James M. Gluff
20, of Tunnel Hill, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 19 in Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations.