The making of the new Marine
Corps through politics,
amphibious warfare and the
Dedicated to all Marines: Past, Present and
The picture above is of my grandfather (far left), he fought in WWII
and Korea retiring a Major. He was apart of the 1st Marine Division
as a gunner and was awarded the bronze star.
(Notice they are wearing their “new” camouflage helmets and
uniforms dated to WWI)
Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, USMCR. "World War II and the Pacific War." In The Marines, by
Edwin H. Simmons and Robert J Moksin, 59-74. Quantico, Va: Marine Corps Heritage
Foundation, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1998.
In order for the Marine
Corps to prove itself to
the United States
Congress, Maj. Gen.
Lejeune devised a tactic
that would bring the
Marines to the forefront
on the war in the Pacific.
The amphibious warfare
would be tricky to prove
in the eyes of most. Yet
through the shear
determination of the
corps, the amphibious
assaults were essential to
the defeat of Japan.Marine riflemen keep their heads down as they get closer
to the assault beach on D-Day. Department of Defense
Photo (USMC) 62751
In addition to the amphibious assaults an elite
marine battalion was formed. It was called the
Raider Battalion and on the left is a picture of
them during a training exercise. Could you
imagine our military doing this today. Those days
they would train also with real bullets, maybe
that’s why they seemed to fight on another level.
Photo Courtesy of Life Magazine
Above are the Marines that landed on Guadalcanal, the ships that were
supplying them left them on the island with only 4 days of rations. After 17
days and with great relief, they found canned rice and dried fish but even with
this were on quarter rations.
Photo Courtesy USMC
Bonsai was what the Japanese
would yell as they ran out
fighting to the death.
American’s would soon learn
that when they heard that
phrase being yelled, it meant
for them a bloody fight. The
Raider Battalion would fight
using guerilla tactics and
demolishing the Japanese in
With the Marines proving
themselves worthy a powerful
fighting force during WWII,
They felt comfortable in the fact that
they wouldn’t have to face extinction
Unfortunately once again, President
Truman and congress wanted to fold
Into the Army and Navy because of
the costs and once again the Marines
would show they weren’t going
This victory for the corps would
create an Act by Congress,
Promising that they would no longer
have to face being disbanded again.
Courtesy of: http://www.rocklandusmc.com/
The corps has changed throughout the years but like no other
than in WWII. A lot of the adaptations to survive during the war
are still in place to this day. May God bless those who sacrificed
their lives in the name of the United States Marine Corps.