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TODAY IN MARINE CORPS HISTORY: MARCH 2010

 
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>17 March 1918:</FONT> The 5th Marine Regiment was the first Marine unit to move into WW I front-line trenches.</FONT>
<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>17 March 1967:</FONT> The first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section providing administrative support to Marines assigned as far north as the DMZ, but two Lieutenant Colonels, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O’Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch, Secretary Joint Staff, MACV.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>18 March 1945:</FONT> MAG-14 flew air support for U.S. Army landings at Panay, Philippines.</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>19 March 1928:</FONT> Marine planes bombed a bandit group at Nueve Segovia, Nicaragua. This was the first use of close air support.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>19 March 2003:</FONT> The war against Iraq begins 20 March 2003 5:30 AM Baghdad time (9:30 PM EST, March 19), when the U.S. launches Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>20 March 1943:</FONT> Marine “Avengers” conducted the first aerial mine-laying mission.</FONT>
<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>20 March 1944:</FONT> Marines seized Emirau Island in Bismarck Archipelago. </FONT>

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<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>21 March 1945:</FONT> General A. A. Vandergrift, 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps, became the first Marine four-star general on active duty.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>21 March 2003:</FONT> Marines from the 15th MEU, attached to 3 Commando Brigade and the Polish Special Forces unit GROM, crossed the border into Southern Iraq and secured the ports of Umm Qasr and Az Zubayr.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>21 March 2003:</FONT> First KIA by hostile fire in Iraq was U.S. Marine 2nd Lieutenant Therrel Shane Childers, 1st Bat. 5th Marine Reg., 1st Mar. Div. Lieutenant Childers was from Harrison Co., Mississippi.

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>22 March 1952:</FONT>  Six new Marine battalions and Marine air groups were activated on the West Coast, giving the Corps the full authorized limit of three divisions and three wings.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>23 March 1815:</FONT> Marines assisted the USS Hornet’s capture of the HMS Penguin off Tristan de Cunha.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>24 March 1944:</FONT> The 22nd Marine Regiment captured Ebon and Namu Atolls in the Marshall Islands.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>25 March 1804:</FONT> The Secretary of the Navy approved the first formal uniform of the Marine Corps.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>25 March 1863:</FONT> Marines with Farragut’s squadron engaged Confederates at the Battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>25 March 1945:</FONT> After 35 days of bitter fighting, the amphibious assault on the rocky fortress of Iwo Jima finally appeared over. On the night of 25 March, however, a 300-man Japanese force launched a vicious final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the fanatical Japanese force till morning but suffered heavy casualties—more than l00 killed and another 200 American wounded. Nearly all of the Japanese force was killed in the battle.</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>26 March 1943:</FONT> Battle of Komandorski Island, Aleutians.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>26 March 1944:</FONT> WW II, Marines of 1stProMarBrig landed on Kili island and Namorik Atoll, Marshall Islands.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>26 March 2002:</FONT> In support of the coalition effort in Afghanistan. Marine helicopters completed more than 400 combat sorties in Operation Anaconda. </FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT color=#000066><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>27 March 1948:<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff” color=#000000> Key West Agreement gives the Marine Corps the Primary Amphibious Warfare role.</FONT></FONT></FONT></FONT>
<FONT size=4><FONT color=#000066><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>27 March 1953:</FONT> </FONT><FONT color=#000000>The 5th Marines, supported by the 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, in the first full day of fighting after the Chinese assault the previous evening of Outpost Vegas on Korea’s western front, counterattacked to regain enemy-held positions. Companies E and F of 2/7, down to only three platoons between them, managed to regain partial control of Outpost Vegas that day.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>28 March 1870:</FONT> 129 Marines seized and destroyed illicit<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #00ffff”> distilleries </FONT>in “Irishtown” (Brooklyn), New York.</FONT>
<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>28 March 1918:</FONT> Marines were placed under the command of French Marshall Foch in WWI.</FONT>
<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>28 March 1953:</FONT> The 1STMARDIV defeated the Chinese in the battle of “Vegas” Hill in Korea.</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>29 March 1917:</FONT> Marines garrisoned St. Croix to deny harbor to German submarines</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>30 March 1966:</FONT> The 7th Marine Regiment terminated Operation Indiana in Vietnam.
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