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“Backbone” USMC Leadership Traits – JJDIDTIEBUCKLE

2013/07/19

by Cpl. Beddoe, 2013 JJDIDTIEBUCKLE is an acronym used by Marines representing their 14 leadership traits. Justice, Judgment, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Endurance, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty,& Enthusiasm. BACKBONE is a fantastic book (Julia Dye, Ph.D., 2011) about those leadership traits and includes fitting stories of iconic Leathernecks and others who signified those…

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USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART

2007/12/24

I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Mike Leahy (http://www.thehootch.com) to draw the EGA for me, which he did. I took Mike’s hand-drawn EGA (and bayonets) and had it made into a tattoo. I think it came out really awesome! If you use Mike’s…

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Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam

2007/01/21

PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one day after he received fragment wounds from an explosive device while on patrol in the vicinity of Quang Tri (Hill 881S). He was my Dad’s 1st cousin. As long as…

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D-Day through the eyes of an 11 year old

2014/12/17

Project Vigil:Stanley Stockins On June 6th, 2014, my 11 year old son wanted to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and died on Omaha beach on D-Day morning 70 years earlier. This is how he did it. Link to this post!

The History of HMM-163’s “Evil Eyes”

2014/08/14

By Norm Urban HMM-163, to my knowledge, is, and has been, the ONLY U.S. Marine helicopter squadron that has distinguished itself for almost 40 years, using a non-standard, nonregulation, unofficial paint scheme. In Viet Nam, at least in 1966, most other Marine Sikorsky H-34 squadrons painted the transmission hump a specific color. But HMM-163’s were…

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The War of 1812

2014/08/02

Battles at Sea and on Lakes The Marines’ participation in the War of 1812 was both on land and aboard vessels sailing the high seas and lakes. In four major sea battles, Marines helped win three, and earned a reputation for deadly marksmanship. In September 1813, Marines and woodsmen fought with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s…

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The Barbary Pirates War

2014/08/02

For centuries, the inhabitants of present-day North Africa had made their living by extorting tributes from maritime countries that crossed the Mediterranean Sea. Most European countries accepted this arrangement as a cost of doing business, and paid the tributes. The Federal Government of the new American nation did not have the deep pockets that their…

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First Amphibious Landing

2014/08/02

The attack on New Providence, Bahamas was led by Captain Samuel Nicholas and was the first amphibious raid in the history of the Marine Corps. It was done to support General Washington’s new army. General Washington did not have the minimum amounts of ammunition needed to mount an attack on Trenton against the British. Eight…

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Birth of the Marine Corps

2014/08/02

When the Revolutionary War began, a debate ensued regarding the need for a Navy. One reason the colonies went to war with England was over the issue of taxation without representation. In order to fund a Navy, the newly formed “federal” government would need to raise money. Many colonies were apposed to such matters, but…

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My Men Are My Heroes – The Brad Kasal Story

2014/07/29

Last summer, a friend gave me a copy of “My Men Are My Heroes”, the book which tells the story of Marine First Sergeant Brad Kasal, the senior NCO in 3/1’s Weapons Company in Iraq during the November 2004 Battle for Fallujah. As I had several other books I was either reading or planned to…

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The Lieutenant Don’t Know

2014/06/30

In “The Lieutenant Don’t Know“, Marine Lt. Jeff Clement of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, provides a gripping and descriptive view into navigating the hostile and challenging terrain of North Helmand Province in Afghanistan where the supply routes between the main base Camp Leatherneck, and the various remote outposts are described by Jeff as either ‘bad’…

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Once, Always Marine

2014/05/28

A great reflection from Fred Reed… Link to this post!

Navy SEAL’s advice to grads: Make your bed every morning

2014/05/22

During a commencement speech at the University of Texas, the commander of the forces that organized the raid to kill Osama bin Laden delivered some key advice on success. “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven told the graduates of his alma mater…

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GovX honors Staff Sergeant Doug Siers

2014/05/06

Profile: SSGT Doug Siers U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve “With 13 years in, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Marine Corps. I was fortunate to be able to serve with a variety of units during my time on active duty and in the reserves. I served with Security Forces in Washington, D.C. and then…

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MARINE CORPS CREAMED GROUND BEEF (SOS)

2014/04/30

For those of us that remember SOS -Ed Creamer 1 – 1/2 Lb. (24 oz) of lean ground beef (80/20) 2 Tbsp. butter 1 cup chopped onion 3 Tbsp. flour 2 Tbsp. granulated garlic (or garlic powder) 4 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 cups milk Salt and pepper to taste Brown meat,…

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Former Marine Navigates Life After Active Duty

2014/04/16

Former Marine, Dianna DiToro, joined the Marines shortly after college and transitioned to life as a Reservist in 2008. Read below to hear her inspirational story about navigating life outside of active duty and finding success in a rewarding new career as a Certified Personal Trainer. Former Marine Navigates Life After Active Duty by Dianna…

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What You Need to Know About the US Military Ban on Flags Made in Other Countries

2014/04/08

What’s more American than an American flag? Turns out that maybe it’s more than you think. Like a plethora of other items, American flags can be manufactured less expensively in China than they can here. North Bay, California Congressman Mike Thompson joined other citizens in being up in arms over the concept that our soldiers…

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Death of General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., 30TH Commandant

2014/04/03

Date Signed: 4/03/2014 ALMARS Active Number: 008/14 R 031935Z APR 14 UNCLASSIFIED/ ALMAR 008/14 MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS(UC)/F002// SUBJ/DEATH OF GENERAL CARL E. MUNDY, JR., 30TH COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS// GENTEXT/REMARKS/ 1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF GENERAL CARL E. MUNDY, JR., U.S. MARINE CORPS, RETIRED, THE 30TH…

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Fourteen women have tried, and failed, the Marines’ Infantry Officer Course. Here’s why

2014/04/03

By Sage Santangelo, Published: March 28 I awoke to Eminem blasting hours before dawn at Quantico Marine Base. A fog of breath and sweat permeated the cold January air as I joined 104 other nervous lieutenants hauling gear to the classroom where we would receive our first instructions. With body armor, Kevlar, a rifle and…

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Jeremiah Denton blinked “torture”

2014/03/31

The most famous Morse Code communication in history – and the bravest. Wall Street Journal, Mar. 31, Pg. A12 | Editorial Jeremiah Denton never blinked. He did not blink while leading bombing runs over North Vietnam as commander of a squadron of A-6 Intruders. He did not blink after he was shot down and taken…

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Laying Down Some Lead

2014/03/31

A demonstration of firepower from Dillon Aero… Laying down some lead Link to this post!

LETS BE REAL: WOMEN IN COMBAT

2014/03/27

Author and Marine Jude Eden served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008, deploying to Fallujah Iraq in 2005-6. Jude shares her thoughts about women in combat… “Women have many wonderful strengths, and there is certainly a lot of work for women to do in the military. But all the problems that come with men and…

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Q&A on USS America

2014/03/24

Source UTSANDIEGO.COM It’ll be a different kind of (amphibious ready group.) And the Marines are working through what their concept of operations is going to be. They’ll take a different (vehicle) load … It’ll be a different capability. Much stronger in some areas, not as strong in other areas. Q: What’s the strength of this…

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