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From the April - June 2003 issue of Marines magazine.
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Marine Extremes



1. Brigade de Marine 26 June 1918: BGen James G. Harbord, the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Brigade, notified American Expeditionary Force Headquarters that Belleau Wood was "now U.S. Marine Corps entirely." After 20 days of combat, and at a cost of over 4,000 casualties, the 4th Brigade of Marines had proven its fighting heart. The grateful Commander of the French Sixth Army would soon decree that in all official correspondence, Belleau Wood would henceforth bear the name, "Bois de la Brigade de Marine."

11. Iwo Jima

28. Glenn In 1959, Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. was named as one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts selected for space training. The seven astronauts, all volunteers, were selected by NASA from an initial group of 110 leading military test pilots. Three years later, on 20 February 1962, Col Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

34. Lusk Jamie Lusk won first place in the Women's Expert category of the Stars and Stripes Military Bike Classic. She is now at the Naval Academy but will transfer to Quantico for training at The Basic School next year. The race was held at Cheatham Annex Naval Storage Base in Williamsburg, Va. and was open to all active-duty military members, with about 70 Marines, soldiers, Sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen participating in the event. Those in the Beginner category raced two laps on the 6.5 mile course, Sport would complete three laps and those in the Professional and Expert categories would complete four circuits.

50. Daly Sergeant Major Daniel ("Dan") Daly and General Butler are the only Marines who ever received the Nation's highest military award-the Medal of Honor-twice for separate acts of heroism.

Daly was a strict disciplinarian, yet fair-minded and very popular among both officers and enlisted men. He was noted not only for his reckless daring, but also for his constant attention to the needs of his men. Offered a commission on several occasions, he is said to have declined on the grounds that he would rather be "an outstanding sergeant than just another officer."

Dan Daly is perhaps best remembered for a famous battle cry delivered during the desperate fighting in Belleau Wood in June 1918. Marines took a terrific pounding on the outskirts of Lucy le Bocage ("Lucy Birdcage" to the A.E.F.) at the fringe of Belleau Wood. They were outnumbered, outgunned and pinned down. Then Daly made history. He ordered an attack. Leaping forward, he yelled to his tired men, "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"

Daly was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, on 11 November 1873, and enlisted in the Marine Corps on 10 January 1899, hoping to be in the Spanish American War

A complete list of Sergeant Major Daniel Daly's decorations and medals includes the Medal of Honor (Navy) (1900-Peking, China); Medal of Honor (Navy) (1915-Haiti); Navy Cross (1918-Belleau Woods); Distinguished Service Cross; Letter of Commendation (Secretary of the Navy); Letter of Commendation (Secretary of the Navy); Letter of Commendation; Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars; China Relief Expedition Medal; Philippine Campaign Medal; Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star; Mexican Service Medal; Haitian Campaign Medal; World War I Victory Medal with Aisne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive-Sector clasps; Medaille Militaire; Croix de Guerre with Palm; and the Fourragere (the last three awards from the French government).

55. Truth Tom Cruise famously proclaims “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” in the 1992 Marine movie, A Few Good Men. Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon and Demi Moore also star.

68. Sergeant Major Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael was born in Hot Springs, AR. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 27 August 1970, and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA.

From 1971 to 2003, McMichael has served at stations in Pearl Harbor, HI; Camp Pendleton, CA; the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark; Quantico, VA; the University of Minnesota; Okinawa, Japan; Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; El Toro, CA

Sergeant Major McMichael assumed his current post as the 14th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps on 1 July 1999.

Sergeant Major McMichael's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.

70. Khafji The first serious ground fighting of Operation Desert Storm broke out when Iraqi troops started an attack on Saudi Arabia along a 40-mile front. Iraqi units centered their efforts on Khafji, a port city six miles south of the border. Saudi and Qatari troops, supported by artillery from the 1st Marine Division and attack helicopters and other allied coalition aircraft, recaptured the town two days later.

82. Blitz Kernel Blitz is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations. The landing force practices maneuvers while the ships concentrate on providing follow-on support from the sea.

The exercise includes amphibious landings and naval gunfire support, medical evacuations and humanitarian assistance. Amphibious landing operations are considered among the most complex of all naval maneuvers. The United States is the only nation currently maintaining a brigade-level amphibious assault capability.

The sea forces in 2002 were made up of 25 ships including a Canadian frigate, the hospital ship USNS MERCY, and three large Amphibious Assault ships with their embarked airwings.

83. Two There are currently two active duty female generals in the United States Marine Corps. Both Brigadier General Krusa-Dossin and Major General Frances Wilson now serve at the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps.

Brigadier General Krusa-Dossin was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1975 through Officer Candidate School. After graduating from the Basic School at Quantico and Military Police Officers Basic Course at Fort McClellan in 1976, she served as Platoon Commander with the Security Department of MCAS El Toro. Following her duty in Texas, Krusa-Dossin has served in Iwakuni, Japan; Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Butler, Okinawa; Camp Foster, Okinawa; Camp Lester, Okinawa; Camp Pendleton, CA and the Pentagon.

Krusa-Dossin earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 1974 from Texas Christian University. In 1981 she earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University. In 1995 she earned a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. She also completed the Military Police Officers Advanced Course at Fort McClellan in 1984 and the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

Krusa-Dossin currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps. Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star.

General Wilson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in November 1972 and was the Honor Graduate and recipient of the Leadership Award from Marine Corps Women Officer Basic School. Following air traffic control school in Glynco, Georgia, she served as an ATC Officer in Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona. Wilson continued duties in Kaneohe, HI; Quantico, VA; Parris Island, SC, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; Fort Benning, GA; Camp H.M. Smith, HI Quantico, VA; Okinawa, Japan and the Arlington, VA at the Pentagon.

General Wilson is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in social sciences, Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts in Education, University of Northern Colorado with a Master of Arts in psychology, Salve Regina College with a Master of Science in business management, Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, and University of Southern California with a Doctor of Education. General Wilson has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal, and is authorized to wear the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff identification badges.

General Wilson is currently assigned as Director, Personnel Management Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

89 Chosin Landing at Inchon, Korea in September 1950, Marines proved that the doctrine of amphibious assault was still viable and necessary. After the recapture of Seoul, the Marines advanced to the Chosin Reservoir only to see the Chinese Communists enter the war. After years of offensives, counter-offensives, seemingly endless trench warfare, and occupation duty, the last Marine ground troops were withdrawn in March 1955. More than 25,000 Marines were killed or wounded during the Korean War.

92 LeJeune Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune, was often referred to as "the greatest of all Leathernecks," during his more than 40 years service with the Marine Corps. He led the famed Second Division (Army) in World War I, and was Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps from June 1920 to March 1929. He assumed command of the 2d Division, U.S. Army in France, and remained in that capacity until August 1919 when the unit was demobilized. He was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the Armistice, he led his division in the march into Germany.

99 Marianas On June 15, 1944, preceded by naval gunfire and carrier air strikes, the V Amphibious Corps assaulted the west coast of Saipan, Marianas Islands. By nightfall, the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions, moving against heavy opposition, had established a beachhead 10,000 yards wide and 1,500 yards deep. On July 24, the V Amphibious Corps, commanded by Major General Harry Schmidt, landed on Tinian, in the Marianas Islands. The following morning, the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions began a shoulder-to-shoulder southward sweep of the island. Organized enemy resistance faded within a week, and on 1 August, MajGen Schmidt declared the island secure.

104 Platoon Oliver Stone directed the 1986 Vietnam movie starring Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen.

105 Tommy General Tommy R. Franks is the Commander in Chief, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

General Franks was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of the Artillery Officer Candidate School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After his tour at Fort Sill, he was assigned to duties in Vietnam, West Germany, Fort Hood Texas, Fort Monroe, Virginia and Korea where he served as the CJG4 of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.

General Franks attended the University of Texas, Arlington, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1971. Following attendance at the Artillery Advance Course. He also graduated from Armed Forces Staff College and attended the Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he also completed graduate studies and received a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration at Shippensburg University.

General Franks' awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service Medal (two awards); Legion of Merit (four awards); Bronze Star Medal with "V" (three awards); Purple Heart (three awards); Air Medal with "V"; Army Commendation Medal with "V"; and a number of U.S. and foreign service awards.

112 Emma 5 September 1956, eleven Marines from the 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, stationed near Naha, Okinawa, drowned while swimming, from an undercurrent caused by Typhoon Emma. The violent storm, with 140 mph winds, struck the Philippine Islands, Okinawa, Korea, and Japan, causing some 55 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.

116 Full Metal Jacket Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio and Adam Baldwin star in this 1987 Stanley Kubrick Vietnam film.


1. Bridgeport The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) is one of the Corps most remote and isolated posts. The Center was established in 1951 as the Cold Weather Battalion with a mission of providing cold weather training for replacement personnel bound for Korea. After the Korean Conflict, the name was changed to the "Marine Corps Cold Weather Training Center." As a result of its expanded role, the Center was renamed "Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center" in 1963. MCMWTC operated on a full-time basis until 1967 when it was placed in a caretaker status as a result of the Vietnam War. The training Center was reactivated as a full-time command on 19 May 1976. Today, MCMWTC is the premier institute for training in mountain and cold weather warfare. MCMWTC is located on California Highway 108 at Pickel Meadow. The Center is 21 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California and 100 miles south of Reno, Nevada, on 46,000 acres of the Toiyabe National Forest. Under agreement with the US Forest Service the Marine Corps uses the training area to instruct US and international military personnel in mountain and cold weather combat operations. The Center is located at 6,762 feet, with elevations in the training areas ranging to 11,459 feet. During the winter season (October - April), snow accumulation can reach depths of six to eight feet. Further, severe storms can deposit as much as four feet of snow in a 12 hour period. Annual temperatures range from +90 degrees to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

MCMWTC conducts formal schools for individuals and battalion training in summer and winter mountain operations. The training emphasizes development of both individual and unit mountain skills with primary emphasis on enhancing overall combat capability. Marines at the Center are also involved in testing cold weather clothing, equipment, human performance, rough terrain vehicles, and developing doctrine and concepts to enhance our Corps' ability to fight and win in mountain and cold weather environments.

2. Asa 10 May 1945, 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.

6. Maine 15 February 1898: 28 Marines and 232 seamen lost their lives when the battleship MAINE was mysteriously sunk by an explosion in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Though no definitive evidence linked the Spanish with the sinking, the cry went up, "Remember the Maine!", and by late April the U.S. and Spain were at war.

7. Raider “Edson’s Raider Battalion” was made up of men of the First Marine Raider Battalion named for the commanding officer and Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Merritt A. Edson.

The 800-man battalion was formed in 1942 and was among the first Marine units to take offensive action in the Pacific. Their first mission at Guadalcanal earned them the reputation as a fast-moving, hard-hitting outfit. They fought in several battles and campaigns before disbanding after their final battle on the island of Bougainville in 1943.

12. Webb Director and Star of the 1957 Marine movie, The D.I., Jack Webb was known for producing, writing, directing and acting in various movies and TV series until the 80s.

13. James 5 May 1983: 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.

23. Thirty third Commandant

General Michael W. Hagee was named Commandant 14 January 2003. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.

General Hagee's command assignments include: Commanding Officer Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines (1970); Platoon Commander, Company A and Commanding Officer Headquarters and Service Company, First Battalion, First Marines (1970-1971); Commanding Officer, Waikele-West Loch Guard Company (1974-1976); Commanding Officer, Pearl Harbor Guard Company (1976-1977); Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (1988-1990); Commanding Officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (1992-1993); Commanding General, 1st Marine Division (1998-1999); and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force(2000-2002).

General Hagee's staff assignments include: Communications-Electronics Officer, 1st Marine Air Command and Control Squadron (1971); Assistant Director, Telecommunications School (1972-1974); Training Officer, 3d Marine Division (1977-1978); Electrical Engineering Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy (1978-1981); Head, Officer Plans Section, Headquarters Marine Corps (1982-1986); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 2d Marine Division (1987-1988); Executive Officer, 8th Marines (1988); Director Humanities and Social Science Division/Marine Corps Representative, U.S. Naval Academy (1990-1992); Liaison Officer to the U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia (1992-1993); Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (1993-1994); Director, Character Development Division, United States Naval Academy (1994-1995); Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.; Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence (1995-1996); Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters, U.S. European Command (1996-1998); and Director Strategic Plans and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command (1999-2000).

His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with palm, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, Bronze Star with Combat "V", Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

27. Peleliu 27 September 1944: The American flag was raised over Peleliu, Palau Islands, at the 1st Marine Division Command Post. Although the flag raising symbolized that the island was secured, pockets of determined Japanese defenders continued to fight on. As late as 21 April 1947, 27 Japanese holdouts finally surrendered to the American naval commander on the scene. The battle of Peleliu was one of the toughest to be fought during the entire Pacific war and also included the most famous and decorated Marine, Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller.

30. NASCAR The team of Marines consists of 28 members who race in all major NASCAR competitions in the south and elsewhere. Their main driver is Bobby Hamilton Jr. The team is owned by Sam and Ed Rensi from Hopedale, OH. They race under the name “Team Marines.” For more information and photos visit http://www.teammarinesracing.com/index.php

32. Surf Apocalypse Now was based on Joseph Conrad’s famous novel, Heart of Darkness. The 1979 movie was set in Vietnam starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford.

35. Six The famous “flag raisers” at Iwo Jima were Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley, Harlon Block, Michael Strank and Rene Gagnon. Strank, Block and Sousley died in Iwo Jima.

53. Hartnett The young star of Black Hawk Down, Hartnett also appears in the newly released film Hollywood Homicide and other favorites 40 Days and 40 Nights, Pearl Harbor and The Faculty.

67. East General Douglas MacArthur was a five star general and war hero in World War II and the Korean War. He also served as the superintendent of the US Military Academy from 1919-1922, the army chief of staff from 1930-1935 and commanded US occupation of Japan from 1945-1951. He was recalled by Harry Truman in 1951.

68. Shuri Line 16 May 1945: The 22d and 29th Marines continued the attack against Half Moon Hill, a day characterized by the 6th Marine Division as the "bitterest" of the Okinawa campaign. By the 18th, the famed "Shuri line" had been broached.

91. Three Produced in 1999, Three Kings stars Mark Walhberg, George Clooney and Ice Cube. The action/drama is based on the aftermath of the Gulf War.

98. Panama 20 December 1989: Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama to protect American lives, restore the democratic process, preserve the integrity of the Panama Canal Treaty, and apprehend dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega. One Marine, Corporal Garreth C. Isaak, was killed and three other were wounded during the operation.