Shipping Out.

On 13 January 1944, the Fourth Marine Division – including the First Battalion, 24th Marines aboard the USS DuPage – departed California for an undisclosed destination in the Pacific. The cynics among them thought they were off for another mock landing on Catalina Island and would be back at Camp Pendleton in a day or … More Shipping Out.

Earwitness Report

Here’s a simply fascinating piece of history. In addition to photographers and motion picture cameramen, the Marines also occasionally deployed audio technicians to combat operations. These guys (who were, needless to say, almost senselessly brave) carried bulky recording equipment into battle, sometimes even while wading ashore. The sound, of course, is tinny and crackly; the … More Earwitness Report

Past And Future

“Marines cleaning their .30 caliber water-cooled machine gun while in reserve [for the] first time since D-Day. Iwo Jima 26 February 1945.” USMC photo by Sgt. Nicholas Ragus, H&S Company, 24th Marines. First Battalion is now a week into the battle for Iwo Jima; it’s D-plus-6 and they have had a rough time in the … More Past And Future

Birthday Update

Yesterday was the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and today, of course, is Veteran’s Day. I was looking for an appropriate photo and remembered the one above, which I scanned during a research trip to Quantico a few years ago. And that reminded me of a few other updates I’ve been meaning … More Birthday Update