Historians Corner

“And a few Marines…”

An Early History of the Coast Guard and Marines in Onslow County LtCol L.J. Kimball, USMC (Ret), 15 June 2009 The Coast Guard and the Marines can be said in a sense to have come to Onslow County together for the first time in August of 1862, predating by seventy-nine years their convergence at Camp […]

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EARLY CAROLINA MARINE HELOS AND HEROES

Carolina Marines can rightfully take credit for playing a major role in developing several of the major warfare innovations of the 20th century, along with meriting credit for numerous “firsts”, within the Marine Corps, and having a close association with many of the notable figures populating Marine Corps history. Two of the latter, one also […]

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CAROLINA MARINES AND MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

CAROLINA MARINES AND MANNED SPACE FLIGHT Carolina Marines added another laurel to their proud history by their important contributions to our nation’s manned space flight programs, beginning in 1959 with the Mercury program and continuing through the Gemini and Apollo programs, including all the lunar landings, until the final launch, Apollo 17 in 1972. The […]

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CAMP LEJEUNE’S WAR DOGS

As the traditional home of women Marines and also the home of the only training camp for black Marines, Camp Lejeune stands alone among the bases and stations that have written many of the chapters in the Corps’ proud history. There is yet another unique distinction that can be credited to Camp Lejeune, it was […]

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CAMP LEJEUNE, HOME TO WOMEN MARINES

by LtCol Lynn “Kim” Kimball, USMC (Ret) Women first served in the Marine Corps during World War I, taking over clerical jobs to “free a Marine to fight,” and this phenomenon was repeated in World War ll for the same purpose. In November 1942 a much-needed increase in manpower resulted in the establishment of the […]

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Montford Point

MONTFORD POINT   A peninsula projecting conspicuously into the New River at its major junction with Northeast Creek, Montford Point (initially Montfort Point) has enjoyed a remarkable history dating to pre-colonial times Prior to the immediate area’s acquisition by the Marine Corps, it was considered the foremost recreation destination in Onslow County, even being described […]

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The Marine Phantoms

submitted by LtCol Lynn “Kim” Kimball, USMC (Ret) Generations of spectators have been enthralled and left spell-bound by the aerial, seemingly death-defying, aerobatics of the world’s premier fight demonstration teams, the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. However, to the U.S. Marine Corps must go the honors, once again, of being the first: […]

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The Lejeune Bell

In accordance with U.S. Navy Regulations, the national flag is reverently hoisted on the flagstaff in front of Building 1, the Base headquarters, every morning at 0800 during a formal Morning Colors Ceremony. This ceremony is further enhanced and solemnified by the striking of eight bells on the 280-pound brass bell affixed to the flagstaff, […]

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Parachute Tower Road

Parachute Tower Road, a historic but almost forgotten relic from early World War II Camp Lejeune (then, Marine Barracks, New River) now lies truncated and dead-ended on the perimeter of the massive new regimental complex at Wallace Creek. Once the ingress to the isolated and wooded Parachute Training Area off Holcomb Blvd, it led, beginning […]

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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 […]

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