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History Of The USMC Emblem and Seal

History Of The Marine Corps Emblem and Seal

The history of the Marine Corps emblem is a story related to the history of the Corps itself. The emblem of today traces its roots to the designs and ornaments of early Continental Marines as well as British Royal Marines. The emblem took its present form in 1868. Before that time many devices, ornaments, and distinguishing marks followed one another as official marks of the Corps.

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Religious Responses to Combat

Religious Responses to Combat
Submitted by:
Donald D. Denton Jr., D. Min

(Reprinted with permission from the 1st Marine Division Association’s The Old Breed News December 1996)

It is a distinct honor to speak with fellow Marines, especially because in this group there is a breadth of experience in the Corps which spans the sweep of contemporary Marine Corps history. Here in this room are men and women whose service exemplifies the globe- spanning image of our Corps, much of our experience coming deployed under arms and in harms way. It is because of this breadth of actual combat experience, I intend to speak with yourather than to youabout the religious nature of our experiences. Because we speak as fellow Marines and combat veterans, I will try to avoid the technical language of professional preachers. Rather, my hope is to provide all of us with helpful patterns to organize our responses to combat within a religious framework

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2nd Marine Division Lineage

A History of the Second Marine Division


Activated 1 July 1936 at San Diego, CA as the 2nd Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, deployed during August-September 1937 to Shanghai, China. Relocated during February-April 1938 to San Diego, CA.

Re-designated 1 February 1941 as the 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Elements deployed to Iceland, July 1941-March 1942. Deployed to the South Pacific during January 1942-January 1943. Participated in the following World Ward II campaigns:
GuadalcanalSouthern SolomonsTarawaSaipanTinianOkinawa

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Marine Corps Prayer

The Marine Corps Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of thy presence and obedient to thy will.

Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate to those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

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Continental Marines: Notable Dates

Notable USMC Dates of the Revolutionary War

1776, March

Marines land on New Providence Island, Bahamas. In 13 days the secure two forts, occupy Nassau, control the Government House, seize 88 guns, 16,535 shells, and other supplies.

1776, December

Marines assist Washington’s Army in the second battle of Trenton, marking the first documented Army-Marine engagement. Later that spring, Washington incorporated some Marines into artillery units of his reorganized Army.

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Obtain Marine Corps Graduation Books and Videos or Platoon Photos

How do I obtain Platoon Photos?

MCRD San Diego:
The Yearbook Office keeps records for two years. For more information they can be contacted at (619) 296-3840.
To purchase Platoon Grad photos over the phone please call (619) 524-4426 or you may choose to purchase online, please visit the MCRD Museum Historical Society website.

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Cold War Certificates

Cold War Certificate Now Available

Between 28 Million former and current service members and DOD civilians began applying on 5 April 1999 for certificates honoring them for their parts in winning the Cold War. Person are eligible for the Recognition Certificate if they have honorable military or civilian service with the War, Navy or Defense Departments between 2 September 1945 and 26 December 1991.

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VMA-231 History

VMA-231 History
Submitted by: Norris Gwin

To Marine Aviation the Ace of Spades symbolizes some of the greatest exploits and some of the most outstanding names in the Corps. It is the insignia of VMA-231 whose history virtually epitomizes the story of Marine Aviation.

From the remnants of the Northern Bombing Group which served in France in 1918 and transferred to old Curtis Flying Field, at Miami, Florida in 1919, emerged, on 8 February of that year, 1st Division, Squadron D. Before the month was over the newly activated squadron arrived in Santo Domingo for duty with the Second Brigade where, under various redesignations, it served until July 1924.

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