Historians Corner

The First Marines

  Beginning during the summer of 1940, the Marine Corps had actively searched the east and Gulf coasts for a division training area. A selection board, headed by Colonel Julian C. Smith, who would later command the 2nd Marine Division during the epic battle for Tarawa, eventually settled on the New River area of Onslow […]

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THE FIRST BLACK MARINE: Alfred Masters

June 1942 was a watershed year in history: The Battle of Midway, one of WW II’s most decisive, forever stopped the Japanese relentless expansion across the Pacific, placing their armed forces on the defensive until ultimate defeat. On the home front, in a first step down the long road to racial equality and the obtainment […]

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HISTORY IN STAINED GLASS 

    By the completion of the first phase of construction (15 Apr 1941-30 Sep 1942) at the New River Marine Barracks (subsequently Camp Lejeune), 1431 buildings had been finished. Of particular note were the two main post chapels-Building 16 (Protestant) and 17 (Catholic)-located on the Main Service Road (now McHugh Blvd) in the main […]

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“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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