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TODAY IN MARINE CORPS HISTORY:  May 2010

 
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>1 May 1992:</FONT> BGen Marvin Hopgood Jr. led 1,500 Marines from Camp Pendleton to help quell the Los Angeles riots.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>2 May 1946:</FONT> Marines from Treasure Island Marine Barracks, under the command of Warrant Officer Charles L. Buckner, aided in suppressing the three-day prison riot at Alcatraz Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. WO Buckner, a veteran of the Bougainville and Guam campaigns, ably led his force of Marines without suffering a single casualty</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>3 May 1898:</FONT> Lt Dion Williams and Marines from the USS Baltimore raised the American flag over Cavite, Philippines.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>4 May 1942:</FONT> Marines participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea during WW II.
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<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>5 May 1919:</FONT> HQMC moved into the new Navy Building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. <FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>5 May 1961:</FONT> Marine pilots retrieved America’s first astronaut, Navy Commander Alan Shepard. <FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>5 May 1983:</FONT> In Beirut, Lebanon, a UH-1N helicopter carrying the commander of the American peace-keeping force, Colonel James Mead, was hit by machine gun fire. The six Marines aboard escaped injury. Colonel Mead and his crew had taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket duels between rival Syrian-backed Druze Moslem militiamen and Christian Phalangists that endangered French members of the multinational force.

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>6 May 1937:</FONT> Marines at NAS, Lakehurst, New Jersey, helped rescue survivors of the Hindenburg disaster.

<FONT color=#ff0000><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00”>6 May 1942:</FONT> <FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00”>The colors of the 4th Marine Regiment were <U>burned to avoid capture on Corregidor</U>.</FONT> </FONT></FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>7 May 1873:</FONT> 200 Marines and Seamen from the USS Pensacola and Tuscarora land at Bay of Panama, Colombia to protect Americans.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>7 May 1965:</FONT> MAG-12 (Forward Echelon) arrives at Chu Lai, Vietnam. </FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>8 May 1808:</FONT> Marine Barracks, Charleston was established under Lt Pinckney and 22 Marines.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>8 May 1995:</FONT> In the wake of the most devastating storm to hit the New Orleans area in more than 200 years, a group of Marines and sailors from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the quick response synonymous with the Navy/Marine Corps team. Within 24 hours of being called, Marines assisted in the evacuation of 2,500 civilians, and Navy corpsmen treated scores of flood victims.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>9 May 1846:</FONT> Lt Archibald Gillespie delivered a presidential message to Capt John C. J. Fremont in Oregon.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>10 May 1845:</FONT> Marines and Sailors of the USS Constitution landed at Tourane, Cochin China (later known as Da Nang, Vietnam).

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>10 May 1934:</FONT> The first amphibious landing exercise by embryo FMF at Culebra.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>10 May 1945:</FONT> The 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack south across the Asa River Estuary and seized a bridgehead from which to continue the attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa. </FONT>

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<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc00” color=#ff0000>11 May 1920:</FONT> The 16th Marine Regiment organized at Philadelphia for duty in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>12 May 1975:</FONT> Marines were alerted for rescue of the Mayaguez crew and assault on Koh Tang Island, Cambodia.</FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>13 May 1846:</FONT> War was declared against Mexico.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>13 May 1928:</FONT> Marines participated in the Battle of Cua River in Nicaragua. </FONT>

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>14 May 1917:</FONT> The first Marine detachment transferred from Annapolis to a new Marine post at Quantico.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>14 May 1919:</FONT> Marines from the USS Arizona landed at Constantinople to secure the American Consulate</FONT>.

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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>15 May 1862:</FONT> Corporal John Mackie, the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor, was commended for service in the USS GALENA during action against Confederate shore batteries at Drewry’s Bluff which blocked the James River approaches to Richmond.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>15 May 1991:</FONT> After flooding killed 130,000 in Bangladesh, the 5th MEB provided aid in Operation Sea Angel.
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<FONT size=4><FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>16 May 1927:</FONT> Marines participated in the Battle of La Paz Centro in Nicaragua.

<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff00” color=#ff0000>16 May 1945:</FONT> The 22d and 29th Marines continued the attack against Half Moon Hill, a day characterized by the 6th Marine Division as the “<FONT style=“BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff”>bitterest</FONT>” of the Okinawa campaign. By the 18th, the famed “Shuri line” had been broached.</FONT>

 
 
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