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Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham’s squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in […]

Julia Hamblet, a retired colonel who was instrumental in integrating women into the regular Marine Corps in the late 1940s and became the longest-serving director of the women’s branch of the Marines, died April 17, 2017 at a retirement community in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was 100. After working in Washington, D.C., for several years with […]

Sergeant Major Daniel “Dan” Joseph Daly was once acclaimed by MajGen John A. Lejeune, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, as “the outstanding Marine of all time.” MajGen Smedley D. Butler called him “The fightinest Marine I ever knew,” and wrote that “it was an object lesson to have served with “him.” This kind of […]

Following the Japanese surrender ending World War II on September 2, 1945, the U.S. Army was reduced to just 10 divisions, with four of them, the 7th, 24th and 25th Infantry divisions and the 1st Cavalry Division, stationed in Japan on occupation duty. With the war over, Americans generally thought there was no real need […]

On this day, February 19, 1945, Operation Detachment, the U.S. Marines’ invasion of Iwo Jima, is launched. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away. The Americans […]

On November 10, 1775, the Second 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 United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first […]

In the annals of military valor, he is known as “Chesty” Puller, not only for his bull chest but also for his absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty. “Chesty” Puller came to the Marine Corps out of Virginia Military Institute, the college where General Stonewall Jackson taught before the Civil War. The school itself had […]

John Basilone was born in 1916 in Buffalo, New York, one of 10 children of Salvatore and Dora Basilone. Reared and educated in Raritan, New Jersey, he gained local attention as a light-heavyweight boxer. He enlisted in the Army when he was 18 and served in the Philippines, where he picked up the nickname “Manila […]

August 13 marks an important day in Marine Corps history—the enlistment of the first female Marine, Opha Mae Johnson. Opha Mae was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1879. She graduated from the Shorthand & Typewriting department of Wood’s Commercial College in 1895. In 1898, Opha Mae Jacob married Victor Johnson, who was the Musical Director […]