Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
General Conway. General Conway became the 34th Commandant in November 2006.
4th. While male recruits train at either MCRD San Diego or MCRD Parris Island, female Marines still train exclusively at Parris Island.
Opha Mae Johnson. Minnie Spotted-Wolf was the first female American Indian to enlist, Carol Mutter was the first female Marine to achieve the rank of Major General, and Anne Lentz was the first female Marine Commissioned Officer.
France. The Marines received their nickname, Devil Dogs, as a result of their fierce fighting during this battle.
Beirut, Lebanon. This blast led to the eventual withdrawal of peacekeeping forces in Lebanon that had been there since the 1982 Israeli invasion.
Camp Lejeune. When not deployed, the 26th MEU is based at Camp Lejeune for training. When deployed, the MEU Marines are attached to a Navy ship out of Norfolk, VA.
Loyalty. Marines live by our core values: Honor, Courage, Commitment. Marines are even instructed to carry in their uniform pocket a card with these values listed on it, to remind them on a daily basis.
The Marines Hymn. It is a line from the first verse of our heralded Marine Corps Hymn. The final line to our Hymn states: "If the Army and the Navy ever looked on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by UNITED STATES MARINES!".
Honor. Honor is one of our core values, not a Leadership Trait. Marines have an acronym to remember the Leadership traits, which is "J.J. DID TIE BUCKLE" The traits are: Judgement, Justice, Dependability, Integrity, Decisiveness, Tact, Initiative, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Enthusiasm.
Guadalcanal. Okinawa was the LAST major Marine battle of WWII. Some 50,000 Marines still occupy the island.
|I commanded the assault and capture of the fortress at Derna, Tripoli in 1805, and was presented with what would become the famous Marine Corps Officer's Sword. Who am I?||U.S. Marines Basic Knowledge
Lt. Presley O'Bannon. The Mamaluke sword is still carried by Marine Officers.
Tun Tavern. Hence the reason Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA is considered the birthplace of the Marine Corps.
|Not including the Navy Corpsman, how many Marines raised the SECOND (and most famous) flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in WWII?||U.S. Marines Basic Knowledge
5. There were two flag raisings at Mt. Suribachi, but the first flag was too small and could not be seen around the island, so 5 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman raised the flag a second time, and the photograph of which quickly became the most famous photo of WWII.
Alfred A. Cunningham. Lt. Alfred Cunningham was the first Marine Corps Aviator.
3 Pull-Ups, 45 Sit-ups, 29:00 3 Mile run. To achieve a "maximum score", a Marine would have to do 20 pull-ups, 100 sit-ups, and run a 18:00 3 mile, regardless of age. The MINIMUM pull-up requirements for our Personal Fitness Test (PFT) is 3 for all ages. The minimum sit-up requirement for ages 17-26 is 50, for ages 27-45 it is 45, and for ages 46 and up it is 40. For the 3 mile run, Marines up to age 26 must run under 28 minutes, 27-39 must run 29 minutes, 40-45 must run 30 minutes, and 46 and up must run 33 minutes.
11. The Marine Corps requires every Marine to know all 11 General Orders, as they are the fundamental orders every Marine must follow, without instruction, while posted as a sentry on Duty. Stay tuned for a quiz regarding these General Orders!
MCAS Cherry Point. 1st Marine Air Wing is at Miramar, CA and the 3rd MAW is in Okinawa, Japan.
Archibald Henderson. Archibald Henderson served his Corps for 53 years. Wow!
|It is for this battle that Marine Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) wear the blood stripe on our Dress Blue Trousers. Which battle was it?||U.S. Marines Basic Knowledge
Chapultepec. Marine Junior Officers and NCOs overcame poor senior leadership that bloody day to accomplish their mission. The Battle of Chapultepec occurred in 1847 during the Mexican-American War.
Chesty Puller. Chesty Puller is the most decorated and most revered Marine in Marine Corps history. He went on to serve 37 years in our Corps and achieved the rank of Lieutenant General (3 stars).
Always Faithful. Semper Fi is more than just a motto, it is a way of life for Marines. The motto was adopted in 1883.
Capt. Samuel Nichols. After the 2nd Continental Congress authorized two battalions of a new Marine Corps for the Naval Forces, Captain Nichols was at Tun Tavern when the first Marines were recruited for service.
During the Revolutionary War. The slogan 'a few good men' first appeared during the Revolutionary War during a recruitment for Marines to serve aboard the Providence. The modern slogan is, 'the few, the proud, the Marines'. And you thought it was all about that bogus movie, didn't you?
The Royal Marines. When commandant Zeilin adopted the Eagle Globe and Anchor design, the globe was borrowed from the British Royal Marines. The anchor and eagle with the crest, Semper Fidelis completed the emblem and is now known worldwide.
The blood stripe. Casualties amongst officers and NCOs were extreme during the storming of Chapultepec. The blood stripe is worn by every officer and NCO on the outside of his dress trousers to commemorate that sacrifice and to remind them that rank carries responsibility and sacrifice if need be.
Prevent the merger of the Marine Corps with the Army. Archibald Henderson was the first commandant (among several) who successfully prevented the Marine Corps from being merged with the US Army. The one single word that prevented this was "mission". Today, the two bywords are "mission" and "doctrine". Marines are not soldiers. What they do and their training and operations are completely different from the Army.
For identification puposes. Marine officers wore quatrefoil on their shakos in order to keep their own sharpshooters from shooting them. Quatrefoil was rope sewn on the top of the shako. Marine officers still wear this design on their barracks cover today.
The Mameluke Sword. Prince Hamet presented Lt. O'Bannon with the Mameluke sword for his service in the First Barbary War. The sword was a symbol of the warrior class in the Ottoman Empire. Marine officers carry it today in drill and during ceremonial events.
Protect the neck from a sabre blow. In theory, the leather neck collar could also ward off a sabre blow to the neck. The term 'leatherneck' became synonymous with Marines who wore it while fighting Barbary pirates.
From leftover stocks. In June 1800, Major William Ward Burrows, commandant of Marines, inherited a leftover stock of blue uniforms with red trim. This design and color scheme became the standard dress uniform for Marines.
It was an amphibious operation. Nassau was an amphibious assault in the Bahamas in the early stages of the Revolutionary War. It was the very first landing undertaken by Marines in the Continental Army.