On this date in history... 7 August 1990: President Bush ordered US military aircraft and troops to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend that nation against possible Iraqi invasion. One week later the Marine Corps announced the commitment of 45,000 troops to the Persian Gulf area as part of Operation Desert Shield. This would become the largest deployment of U.S. forces since the Vietnam War. #usmc #marines #marinecorps #usmarines #marinecorpsmuseum #usmcmuseum #tdih
The original Iwo Jima flag that flew atop Mt. Suribachi. It was raised February 23, 1945 by the United States Marines. It is now at the United States Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia Taken by Melinda Hall 2012
Did you know that the USMC earned an Oscar? To be specific, the 2d Marine Division Combat Cameramen who documented the assault on Tarawa were honored with an Oscar for their film, "With the Marines at Tarawa." One of the cameramen, SSgt Hatch was twice decorated, promoted to warrant officer, and went on to help document the assault on Iwo Jima. Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #USMC #Marines #WWII #Tarawa #IwoJima #USMCmuseum #Oscar #ComCam #NormHatch
This sword is set to go on display at the Museum shortly. It will replace Sergeant Major John Quick's sword. The Quick sword is being moved to a temporary exhibit at the Pentagon. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #NCO #NCOsword #Quantico #SemperFi
This Colt M4 carbine was used by Marines in Det 1 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Ordnance Curator intends to display this weapon in the Final Phase. The Final Phase covers 1976-2013 and is set to open to the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Quantico #OIF #Grunts #recon #Colt #M4 #Ordnance
This Colt M carbine was used by Marines in Det 1 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Ordnance Curator intends to display this weapon in the Final Phase. The Final Phase covers 1976-2013 and is set to open to the public in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Quantico #OIF #Grunts #recon #Colt #M4 #Ordnance
This is Private Paul M. Estis. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 2 January 1935 and served with the 4th Marines in Shanghai, China from 23 March 1935 to 10 July 1936. The dress pictured on our last post belonged to him. Semper Fi #SemperFi #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Quantico #DressBlues
This is a fine set of ornithologically correct Eagle Globe and Anchor collar ornaments c. 1935-37. They belonged to Private Paul M. Estis. Private Estis enlisted in the Marine Corps on 2 January 1935 and served with the 4th Marines in Shanghai, China from 23 March 1935 to 10 July 1936. Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #Marines #USMC #USMCmuseum #ChinaMarine #DressBlues #Quantico
The Marine Corps Band supports the President and the Commandant. This uniform was worn by LtCol Santelmann, who directed the band from 1940-1955. He led the band during the inauguration of three presidents: Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #Marines #USMC #USMCmuseum #USMCband #PresidentsOwn #Inaugural #inauguration #Quantico
Morris Fisher was an American sports shooter who competed in the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics. He won a total of five olympic gold medals and authored two popular books on marksmanship. Fisher frequently competed in shooting tournaments as a United States Marine. He retired from the Marine Corps and in April 2009, he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame. This is his Good Conduct Medal. Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #marksman #Quanti...
Semper Fly: A Century of Marine Aviation is only on exhibit for a few more days. One of the things you'll get to see is this Blue Angels flight suit. Most people aren't aware that Marine pilots fly with this famous group of Naval aviators. This suit was worn by LtCol Matthew Shortal, USMC. Shortal was the 2004 Aviator of the Year. Semper Fly #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #NavalAviator #Pilot #LtCol #SemperFi
This rare Tiffany Cross variant of the Medal of Honor was earned by Marine First Lieutenant Christian Schilt. Schilt served in WWI, the Banana Wars, WWII, and Korea. His Medal of Honor citation follows: Citation: During the progress of an insurrection at Quilali, Nicaragua, 6, 7, and 8 January 1928, 1st Lt. Schilt, then a member of a marine expedition which had suffered severe losses in killed and wounded, volunteered under almost impossible conditions to evacuate the wounded by air and tra...
Have you ever wanted to touch the real stuff of history? Every year a few interns get to handle the objects carried by the early Marines. If you know someone who's interested, send them to our website: www.USMCmuseum.org Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #USMC #USMCmuseum #Quantico #Marines #interns #armory
This sign from a protest in Okinawa was recently donated. It may prove useful in developing the next round of galleries, which will cover the years 1976 to present. The exhibits are scheduled to open in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Do you have a story, a picture, a video clip, or an object that you think would really resonate in these galleries? Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Quantico #Marines #NavalAviation #Okinawa #SemperFi
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land millions worked their holiday plans. Free to worship, purchase or travel, they did as they pleased. But speckled near and far were little banners with blue or gold stars, signs that freedom still would be ours. Whatever you believe, you do so freely because men and women continue to selflessly protect people they'll never meet. Do something nice this year for the greater good, and think about people such as Sgt Raphael Peral...
Twenty two years ago these Marines from HMM-265 helped to achieve victory during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Do you know any of them? Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #USMC #USMCmuseum #DesertStorm
Do you have a great grandfather who would've worn a pair of these enlisted Marine full dress shoulder boards from the 1880's? Semper Fidelis #SemperFi #USMC #USMCmuseum #Quantico
Some old salts like to talk about the Old Corps. This Marine officer's epaulette is from the 1800-1825 timeframe, the age of wooden ships, boarding axes, and Marines in the fighting tops. Do any of you have family who were 18th or 19th century Leathernecks? If so, tell us about them. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Quantico
This Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal was earned by the renown Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. If we shared a different award worn by Chesty every day, we would fill up (a) one month, (b) two months, or (c) three months? Semper Fidelis #USMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Quantico #SemperFi #ChestyPuller #veteran #hero
First procured by the Marine Corps in 1916, the King Armored Car was built by the Armored Car Company of Detroit on a King luxury chassis. After initial testing of two vehicles, Commandant Barrett ordered the purchase of 8 more and the establishment of the 1st Armored Car Squadron in Philadelphia. The vehicle saw no action in WWI. Two were sent to Galveston, TX, where 8th Marines were poised to go into the Tampico Mexico oil fields. Five others were sent to Haiti and the Dominican Republ...
This 8-point cover was made from a WWII camouflaged poncho in Vietnam. It was worn by SSgt Robert Edward Tully, who was killed in action in Quang Nam Province on 16 Jun 1968. Rest in peace, brother. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USA #USMCmuseum #Marines #KilledinAction #SSgt #VietnamVet #VietnamWar #artifact #Quantico #SemperFi
This Second Haitian Campaign medal was issued to an aggressive young Marine NCO. As a corporal, Lewis B. Puller received orders to serve as a lieutenant in the Gendarmerie d'Haiti. He participated in over forty engagements. The First Haitian Campaign medal looks very similar to the second, but the date on the obverse reads "1915" where the second reads "1919-1920." In this photo you see the reverse face of the pendant. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USA #NMMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Haiti #Hai...
This Second Haitian Campaign medal was issued to an aggressive young Marine NCO. As a corporal, Lewis B. Puller received orders to serve as a lieutenant in the Gendarmerie d'Haiti. He participated in over forty engagements. The First Haitian Campaign medal looks very similar to the second, but the date on the obverse reads "1915" where the second reads "1919-1920." Semper Fidelis #USMC #USA #NMMC #USMCmuseum #Marines #Haiti #HaitianCampaign #Gendarmerie #BananaWars #ChestyPuller #Sem...
This 1896 undress officer's cap belonged to Henry Clay Cochrane. Cochrane was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century. He participated, most notably, as a newly minted 2nd Lieutenant in the American Civil War, and later the Spanish American War, where he served as Executive Officer of the 1st Marine Battalion during the 1898 landing at Guantanamo Bay, as well as the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, where he was involved with th...
This epaulette belonged to Brigadier General John Lejeune, who went on to serve as the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He served for nearly 40 years. His service included commanding the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division during World War I. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USA #USArmy #NMMC #WWI #Commandant #Marines #Leatherneck #DevilDog #USMCmuseum #SemperFi #Lejeune #Quantico