On November 10, 1775, as God was
establishing a new nation, the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia
passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be
raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This
resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the
My Great Uncle, Eugene
McCrory, brother of Mary Mozelle Fields, entered service with the Marines at
PISC 1 June 1918 (lying about his age in order to enlist). He served with the Marines (G Co., 11th
Regiment) during WW1 in
Again, in WW2, the Marines were called upon to stem the tide of Japanese aggression in the Pacific. They stormed the shores of Tarawa (where, on 20 November 1943, the survival rate for the first wave of groundpounders was 20%) and Iwo Jima (23 February 1945).
Elmer Geiges helping me with my rod and reel. Flag Raising, Iwo Jima
Mr. Geiges was one of those who fought at Iwo Jima 23 February 1945
That's me with 1LT Clebe McClary, a Marine Vietnam War Hero
(yeah, I'm an Army Chaplain now). Clebe told me ARMY stands for “Ain’t Real Marine Yet”
I served much later, from 1981-85. It was a time of relative peace, and Ronald Reagan took advantage of the times to build the military to an indomitable and intimidating force. This was especially important after the Vietnam War, during which politicians forced servicemembers to fight the flow of communism with one arm tied behind their back.
worked with bombs and
Koreans really appreciated us (
(and mixed a little Napalm)
C-Rations (Ernie Pyle died by sniper succeeded by the HMMWV)
on the island,
Silent Drill Platoon tryouts at Yuma, AZ (1982) training with their 10 1/2 lb. M1s
Silent Drill Platoon
The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon
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