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#WeaponsWednesday - Wake Island M1903 Springfield RifleThis rifle, much loved by Marines, was the primary issue rifle fo...
09/23/2020

#WeaponsWednesday - Wake Island M1903 Springfield Rifle

This rifle, much loved by Marines, was the primary issue rifle for much of the first half of the 20th century before being replaced by the M-1 Garand during WWII. Millions of these rifles were manufactured.

This particular M1903 rifle was used by Marines defending the U.S. naval outpost at Wake Island. The Japanese captured it when they took the island in December 1941, and according to the writing on the Japanese sling, issued it to a member of the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces. The Marine unit accepting the Japanese surrender at the end of the war recovered the weapon.

Learn more about this rifle and other weapons used by U.S. and Japanese forces in our WWII Gallery.

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The 1970 Marine Corps Football TeamMarines and sports are often intertwined; whether fighting on the battlefield or batt...
09/22/2020

The 1970 Marine Corps Football Team

Marines and sports are often intertwined; whether fighting on the battlefield or battling on the gridiron. Lieutenant James “Wes” Hodges was one such Marine.

Hodges was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in May 1968. Prior to playing football for the Quantico Football Team in 1970, he completed a combat tour in Da Nang, Vietnam (1968 - 1969) with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, serving in an infantry platoon and later commander for Bravo Company. Hodges was awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V for his service during the war.

After his tour, Hodges returned to Camp Lejeune. As a former player on the Milliken University football team he joined the 1970 Quantico Marine Football team.

Players for the football team were “recruited” from across the Marine Corps with open trials at several bases. One day Hodges happened to look out a window to see Marines trying out for what he thought looked like a football team. He walked across the street to see what was going on and ran into Ron Eckert, their coach, who said, “You're Wes Hodges and you are coming to play football for me.”

At 6’ 3” and 245 lbs. Hodges played center and long snapper for the team. Home games were played at Butler Stadium on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The team went on to amass a record of 6 wins and 4 losses for the season. The team roster included several notable Marines who in some cases went on to play professional football after their service in the Corps: future Marine Corps MajGens Terry Murray (USNA running back) and Jerry Humble; Les Steckel who went on to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 1984; Glenn Ellison who played running back for the Oakland Raiders in 1971; and Vern Albery who later played for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Museum recently acquired a poster listing the games scheduled for the 1970 team along with a windbreaker worn by members of the football team from Hodges.

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Marine Monday - LCpl Jedh C. BakerToday’s #MarineMonday highlights the actions of LCpl Jedh C. Barker who was posthumous...
09/21/2020

Marine Monday - LCpl Jedh C. Baker

Today’s #MarineMonday highlights the actions of LCpl Jedh C. Barker who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam.

On 20 July 1966, Barker enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was a member of the Special Volunteer Reserve, 1st Marine Corps District, New York, NY, until he was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on 5 October 1966.

On 21 September 1967, during a reconnaissance operation near Con Thien while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, 3d Marine Division, Barker’s squad was suddenly hit by enemy sniper fire. The team deployed into a combat formation and advanced towards the enemy’s position. Wounded in the initial burst of fire, Barker continued to deliver accurate fire on the enemy force. The enemy fired upon him and he was again wounded, this time in his right hand, which prevented him from operating his machine gun. When an enemy grenade landed among the Marines, Barker threw himself upon it and absorbed the blast with his body. Before succumbing to his wounds, he crawled to a wounded comrade and administered first aid.

For his actions, LCpl Jedh C. Barker was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Semper Fi, Marine.

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09/19/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

Happy Birthday, Marine!

Join us in wishing a very special birthday to the oldest living Marine, Dorothy (Schmidt) Cole, as she turns 107 today!

Sweet Celebration

Join us in wishing a very special birthday to the oldest living Marine, Dorothy (Schmidt) Cole, as she turns 107 today!

Ahoy! It's #TalkLikeAPirateDay and who could pull off a better swashbucklin' pirate look than Chesty Puller himself? Hop...
09/19/2020

Ahoy! It's #TalkLikeAPirateDay and who could pull off a better swashbucklin' pirate look than Chesty Puller himself? Hope you have your sea legs ready for this great picture!

In this photo, Lewis "Chesty" Puller is aboard the USS Fuller on the way to Guadalcanal in 1942. He is fulfilling his duties as pirate "Davy Jones" during a Neptunus Rex Ceremony (when a ship crosses the equator).

Official USMC Photograph.

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Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force!A special shout-out to our sister service museum, National Museum of the U...
09/18/2020

Happy Birthday to the United States Air Force!

A special shout-out to our sister service museum, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio!

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In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day, check out our latest blog post by Special Assistant Monica Cronin which highlights ...
09/18/2020
Artifact Highlight - Korean War POW Cigarette Papers

In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day, check out our latest blog post by Special Assistant Monica Cronin which highlights an artifact from Korean POW, Marine Felix L. Ferranto.

This artifact of twenty-five cigarette papers, which Ferranto accumulated through rationing from his Korean guards, were used by the Marine to write the names of other prisoners who he encountered in the camps.

Learn more about Ferranto and this artifact in the blog post here:
https://www.usmcmuseum.com/blog/artifact-highlight-korean-war-pow-cigarette-papers

By Jennifer Castro, Curator As an artifact, it is unassuming. Twenty-five scraps of paper, yellowed by age and exposure, fixed on a red background. A casual glance could never reveal that these...

You Are Not ForgottenToday we remember and honor America's prisoners of war, those who are missing in action, and their ...
09/18/2020

You Are Not Forgotten

Today we remember and honor America's prisoners of war, those who are missing in action, and their families.

POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

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Artifact Highlight - Medal of Honor for "Hiking Hiram" BearssThis is the reverse Medal of Honor inscription for the lege...
09/17/2020

Artifact Highlight - Medal of Honor for "Hiking Hiram" Bearss

This is the reverse Medal of Honor inscription for the legendary Hiram Iddings Bearss. Nicknamed “Hiking Hiram” Bearss, he saw action in the Philippine War (Samar) and World War I.

Bearss’ Medal of Honor citation from the Samar reads:

"…for extraordinary heroism and eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle at the junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, P. I., November 17, 1901… Bearss…made a surprise attack on the fortified cliffs capturing and destroying a powder magazine, 40 lantacas (guns), rice, food and cuartels. Due to his courage, intelligence, discrimination and zeal, he successfully led his men up the cliffs [by] means of bamboo ladders to a height of 200 feet. The cliffs were of soft stone of volcanic origin…Tons of rocks were suspended in platforms held in position by vine cables… in readiness to be precipitated upon people below. After driving the insurgents from their position which was almost impregnable, being covered with numerous trails lined with poisoned spears, pits, etc., he led his men across the river, scaled the cliffs on the opposite side, and destroyed the camps there. He and the men under his command overcame incredible difficulties and dangers in destroying positions which according to reports from old prisoners, had taken three years to perfect, were held as a final rallying point, and were never before penetrated by white troops…”

It was at this time that Bearss received the colorful nickname, "Hiking Hiram" for his constant foot patrols. During WWI, Bearss had the unusual honor of leading U.S. Army infantry units in battle, most notably the 102d Infantry Regiment in the Lorraine counteroffensive. For this, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Hiram Bearss was tragically killed in 1938 at the age of 63 in an automobile accident. His collection was donated to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in 2008.

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09/17/2020
Honoring Ed Bearss

We are truly sad to hear of the passing of legendary Civil War Historian Ed Bearss.

Bearss was a decorated U.S. Marine veteran of WWII, serving with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion and 1st Marine Division in the invasion of Guadalcanal and New Britain. After the war, he pursued a distinguished career in the National Park Service (NPS), rising to the Chief Historian of NPS.

Bearss is featured in our orientation film at the Museum where he speaks about the spirit of the Corps. Below is a short clip from the film.

A faithful friend of the Corps, he will be missed.

Semper Fidelis, Marine.

It's #AskACurator day! Join us over on our Twitter account(@USMCMuseum) today as our curators answer YOUR  questions. Wh...
09/16/2020

It's #AskACurator day! Join us over on our Twitter account
(@USMCMuseum) today as our curators answer YOUR questions. What do you want to know?! Here are a couple we've already received:

Q: How do you become a curator?

A: A curator needs to be a subject matter expert, which usually involves a Masters Degree or higher. For a museum like ours, it will most likely be a Master of Arts in history. There are also museum studies programs which are important for collection management and it isn't unusual for a curator to also have a subspecialty in museum studies to augment their degree program.

Q: What is your favorite artifact?

A: There are many answers to that question, depending on which curator you ask! As the flag curator, I would make a strong argument that the Marine Corps’ favorite artifact is the 2nd National Ensign raised over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The flag, the photo, and moment even inspired the architecture of the Museum! -Uniforms and Heraldry Curator, O. Conner

Head on over to our Twitter account for more great questions throughout the day! Have a question? Tweet us and our curators will respond!

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Battle of Peleliu D-Day#OTD in 1944, covered by air and naval bombardment, wave after wave of 1st Marine Division Marine...
09/15/2020

Battle of Peleliu D-Day

#OTD in 1944, covered by air and naval bombardment, wave after wave of 1st Marine Division Marines churned toward Peleliu’s beaches in amtracs, followed to the reef by small boats. Peleliu’s terrain and Japanese defense forces combined to make the 1st Marine Division’s campaign one of the most trying of the Pacific War. ⁠

In the twelve-day battle, Marine casualties (including Navy corpsmen and doctors) numbered 6,526, of which 1,252 were killed. The Japanese had an estimated 10,900 casualties, all but a tiny fraction were killed. ⁠

A total of 8 Marines received the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions on Peleliu: Cpl Lewis K. Bausell, USMC; PFC Arthur J. Jackson, USMC; PFC Richard E. Kraus, USMCR; PFC John D. New, USMC; PFC Wesley Phelps, USMCR; Capt Everett P. Pope, USMC; PFC Charles H. Roan, USMCR; and 1stLt Carlton R. Rouh, USMCR.⁠

IMAGE: "Rugged Terrain - Picking their way through the rocky terrain on Peleliu, a column of Marines moves up to the front lines. This is the kind of territory on which Leathernecks are doggedly battling the remnants of the Japanese forces on the island." Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo.

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Medal of Honor Recipient Baldomero Lopez Date of ActionFirst Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez was posthumously awarded the Med...
09/15/2020

Medal of Honor Recipient Baldomero Lopez Date of Action

First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the landing at Inchon #OTD in 1950.

On 8 July 1943, Lopez enlisted in the United States Navy, he served until 11 June 1944. After his discharge, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, and upon graduating 6 June 1947, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Korean war, he volunteered for duty as an infantry officer in Korea. On 15 September 1950, while leading his men over the seawall at Red Beach, Lopez was wounded by machine-gun fire. He had just pulled the pin on a hand grenade to throw at the North Koreans, and once he was hit, he pulled the grenade into his chest to save his men.

Semper Fi, Marine.

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Battle of Inchon D-Day"I know that this operation will be sort of helter-skelter. But the 1st Marine Division is going t...
09/15/2020

Battle of Inchon D-Day

"I know that this operation will be sort of helter-skelter. But the 1st Marine Division is going to win the war by landing at Inchon."
- General Douglas MacArthur, USA, in conversation with Major General O.P. Smith, USMC, August 1950

Seventy years ago today, the 1st Marine Division, under the command of Major General Oliver P. Smith, landed at Inchon and began the Inchon-Seoul campaign.

General MacArthur's controversial plan was to surround the entire North Korean army by invading from the sea. In fact, when he briefed the plan, he said "We shall land at Inchon and I shall crush them!" The Marines overcame Inchon's notorious tidal surges, mudflats, and seawalls, and indeed "crushed" the port's defenders.

Within two weeks, the Leathernecks had fought their way inland and raised the American flag in recaptured Seoul.

IMAGE: "Carrying scaling ladders, United States Marines in landing craft head for the seawall at Inchon, Korea, afternoon of 15 September 1950." Dept of Defense Photo (Marine Corps)

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Artwork Highlight - "Major Kenneth D. Bailey, USMC, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - 12 to 13 September 1942"Today we high...
09/14/2020

Artwork Highlight - "Major Kenneth D. Bailey, USMC, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - 12 to 13 September 1942"

Today we highlight Maj Kenneth D. Bailey for #MarineMonday, who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions on Guadalcanal on 12 to 13 September 1942.

This painting by Col Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR is titled, "Major Kenneth D. Bailey, USMC Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - 12 to 13 September 1942". It is a depiction of Bailey in action on Guadalcanal.

This artwork is part of a series by Waterhouse. It is currently on display in our Combat Art Gallery exhibition "In the Highest Tradition - WWII Medal of Honor Art: Paintings by Col Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR (Ret). Stop by and see it in person!

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Marine Monday - Maj Kenneth D. BaileyWe’re back with #MarineMonday and today we are looking at Major Kenneth Dillion Bai...
09/14/2020

Marine Monday - Maj Kenneth D. Bailey

We’re back with #MarineMonday and today we are looking at Major Kenneth Dillion Bailey who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Guadalcanal on 12 - 13 September 1942.

Bailey received his second lieutenant’s commission in the Marine Corps on 1 July 1935, prior to which he spent three years with the 130th Infantry, Illinois National Guard. In May 1942, he was promoted to Major. Just a few months later, he landed on Tulagi on 7 August 1942 and he later moved to Guadalcanal.

On 12 - 13 September, while serving as the commanding officer of Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion during a Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Bailey and his company were threatened when the enemy came through a gap in the main line. In addition to repulsing this threat and steadily improving his own position, he was able to cover the forced withdrawal of the main line before an assault of enemy forces. Bailey aided the battalion commander in stemming the retreat and reorganized the troops and led his troops in fierce hand to hand combat for a period of 10 hours.

For his actions, Bailey was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was later killed in action on the island on 26 September 1942.

In 1945, the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Kenneth D. Bailey in commission from 1945 to 1970, was named in his honor.

Semper Fidelis, Marine.

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Halls of Montezuma#OTD in 1847, Marines help seize the fortress of Chapultepec in Mexico City and occupy the National Pa...
09/13/2020

Halls of Montezuma

#OTD in 1847, Marines help seize the fortress of Chapultepec in Mexico City and occupy the National Palace on the site of the "Halls of Montezuma."

This flag was reportedly carried by the Marine battalion attached to Gen Winfield Scott's army in Mexico. The battalion was with Quitman's division on the Tacubaya Road during the storming of Chapultepec and accompanied the Marines as they marched into Mexico City through the Belen Gate.

Visitors to the Museum can view the flag in our Halls of Montezuma exhibit in the Defending the New Republic Gallery.

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09/12/2020
Marine Museum Minutes - St. Mihiel

Battle of St. Mihiel WWI

#OTD in 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade served as the reserve of the 2d Division during the First Army’s attack to reduce the St. Mihiel salient. By the end of the battle, Marine losses total 919.

Check out our Marine Museum Minutes video on our YouTube channel to learn more.

LINK: https://youtu.be/CPFzwbjhGkI

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12-16 Sept 1918 - St. Mihiel One hundred years ago, the 4th Marine Brigade served as the reserve of the 2d Division during the U.S. First Army's attack to re...

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A Monument to HONOR, COURAGE & COMMITMENT

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future.

Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

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Please note security at the Museum:

When you visit the Museum you will be greeted by our security personnel who will ask you to empty your pockets and walk through the metal detector. Average size and smaller handbags will be x-rayed and diaper bags will be hand-checked. Handbags larger than 14" wide x 12" high x 6" wide, briefcases, backpacks, large camera bags and suitcases will NOT be allowed into the Museum. Other prohibited items include: weapons, pepper spray and mace, sharp objects, food or drinks, and pets. (Service animals are, of course, always welcome.) Please leave these items in your vehicle to avoid any inconvenience. If you bring them into the Museum you will be required to either dispose of the item or return it to your vehicle. Museum personnel are not permitted to store items for visitors. Conduct and Page Guidelines ---------------------------------- We strive to provide our audience with information about the National Museum of the Marine Corps while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep any comments clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines may be removed: -We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. -We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. -We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. -Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice. -You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. - For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don�t post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense. You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy.

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Share to Honor the WW2 Iwo Jima Fallen - William Holmes, 5th Marine Division, was born 100 years ago today on July 6, 1920. Read about William at: http://ww2fallen100.blogspot.com/2020/07/ww2-iwo-jima-fallen-william-holmes-5th.html or https://www.fold3.com/page/653605675-william-lee-holmes/stories.
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