Smedley Darlington Butler, US Marine Corps General, was born on July 30, 1881. One of only 20 men to have twice received the Medal of Honor, He joined the Marines at age 16 in 1898. He saw combat during Spanish-American War; the Philippine Insurrection, China Relief Expedition, the Nicaragua Campaign, the Vera Cruz, Mexico Landings (first CMOH) the Haitian Campaign (second CMOH), the Dominican Campaign. In World War I he commanded the Embarkation Center in Brest, France and 5th Marine…
Although the Marines’ Hymn made an appearance around the 1800s, it didn’t have an official version until 1929, when Commandant of the Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune authorized the hymn as we know it.
General Alexander Archer Vandegrift, USMC (March 13, 1887 – May 8, 1973) was a General in the United States Marine Corps. He commanded the 1st Marine Division to victory in its first ground offensive of World War II, the Battle of Guadalcanal. For his actions during the Solomon Islands campaign, he received the Medal of Honor. Vandegrift later served as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and was the first U.S. Marine to hold the rank of four-star general while on active duty.
Grave site at Arlington of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, a United States Marine Corps officer who was an American fighter ace during World War II. For his heroic actions, he was awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Boyington flew initially with the American Volunteer Group in the Republic of China Air Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He later commanded the U.S. Marine Corps squadron, VMF-214 ("The Black Sheep Squadron") during World War II.
The official portrait of United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Harold William “Joe” Bauer (1908-1942), an air group commander and fighter pilot ace credited with destroying 11 Japanese aircraft during World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on January 1, 1944 for his heroic actions during the battle for the Solomon Islands at the Battle of Guadalcanal. Image via the National Archives.
Gunny Claus.. Get a kick out of this photo because it remains me when my commanding officer called me and told me I was going to be Santa Claus for the Toys For Tots program at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. I laughed but sure enough I was Santa Claus the next day and for 4 straight days. LOL!