Historians Corner

The Commandant and The Dragon

The decade of the 80s saw the Marine Corps modernizing and replacing many of the components of its tactical vehicle fleet in order to meet the increasing mission requirements of developing global contingencies. Serendipitously, a revolutionary new vehicle was now available that would provide the Corps with its first true cross-country capability for high-volume logistics […]


Lejeune Naming Vignette

Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune, Major General Commandant from 1920 to 1929 and traditionally known as the “Greatest Marine,” died on 20 November 1942 and was buried with full military honors on 23 November in Arlington National Cemetery. Lieutenant General and Commandant Thomas Holcomb commanded the funeral escort consisting of two battalions of Marines, the […]


The U.S. Prepares for War and Marine Barracks New River Is Established

Toward War: Marine Corps Mobilization, 1939-1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a wartime radio address.In response to the rising tension in international politics during the 1930s, the United States began moving from a peacetime status to a state of increased military preparedness, despite a strong current of isolationist sentiment. But it was not until 1940, […]


Origins of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

CREDIT: http://www.lejeune.marines.mil/Offices-Staff/Environmental-Mgmt/Cultural-Resources/History-Live/History-of-Camp-Lejeune Evolution of Amphibious Assault and Base Defense Missions History of the Marine Corps The Marine Corps is one of the several armed services that constitute the Armed Forces of the United States. Established by the Continental Congress in 1775, and re-established in 1798 after the American Revolution with a total of 83 officers […]

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