Honors of the 1st Marine Division

Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with one Silver and Bronze Star

WORLD WAR II
Guadalcanal1942
Peleliu, Ngesebus1944
Okinawa1945

KOREA
1950
1951

VIETNAM
19661967
19671968

Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with on Bronze Star

KOREA
19521953

SOUTHWEST ASIA
19901991

Other Awards

Mexican Service Streamer
Dominican Campaign Streamer
Haitian Campaign Streamer with One Bronze Star
Marine Corps Expeditionary Streamer
World War I Victory Streamer with One Bronze Star
American Defense Service Streamer with One Bronze Star
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Streamer with One Silver And One Bronze Star
World War II Victory Streamer
Navy Occupation Service Streamer with "ASIA"
China Service Streamer
National Defense Service Streamer with Two Bronze Stars
Korean Service Streamer with Two Silver Stars
Armed Forces Expedition Streamer with One Bronze Star
Vietnam Service Streamer with Two Silver and Three Bronze Stars
Korean Presidential Unit Citation Streamer
Southwest Asia Service Streamer with Two Bronze Stars
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer
Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Streamer
Joint Meritorious Unit Award

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Korean War Service Medal

Update on the Korean War Service Medal
From an article by Mike Lazorchak in the
Marine Corps Times April 23,2001

Eligible veterans who served on the Korean Peninsula, flew over it or served in the waters adjacent to it at any time between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, still may apply for the Korean War Service Medal.

The Air Force, as the lead military agency, is accepting and approving applications and issuing the awards to veterans of all services. Applications, which must include a copy of DD Form 214 (discharge papers), may be sent to:

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CMC Vision for the Corps

FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)
TO AL ALMAR(UC)
UNCLASSIFIED
ALMAR 018/05
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/33RD COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS UPDATED GUIDANCE
(THE 21ST /CENTURY MARINE CORPSCREATING STABILITY IN AN UNSTABLE WORLD)
GENTEXT/REMARKS

1. WHEN I ASSUMED DUTIES AS THE 33RD COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS ON 13 JANUARY 2003, I PUBLISHED MY GUIDANCE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE DIRECTION DURING THE FOLLOWING FOUR YEARS. TODAY, THE ENTIRE MARINE CORPS IS ENGAGED IN SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. WHILE THIS MISSION IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, WE ALSO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE. THIS MESSAGE UPDATES THE GUIDANCE OF 13 JANUARY BY LAYING OUT OUR VISION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY MARINE CORPS. ADDITIONALLY, IT CONTAINS MY INTENT FOR ACHIEVING THIS VISION.

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Lineage of the USMC Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Lineage of the USMC Eagle, Globe and Anchor
Submitted by: Tom McLeod

Eagle, Globe and Anchor

Notably one of the most worldwide recognized emblems is the U.S.M.C. Eagle, Globe, and Anchor or EGA. Note: Eagle, Globe and Anchor as used herein are abbreviated as EGA for article space only. This is not meant as a demeaning abbreviation.

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Marine Corps Birthday Cake Cutting Script

Cake Cutting Script

The following are three separate and slightly different cake cutting scripts. There does not appear to be a set-in-stone script.

Script Example #1

It is customary at Marine Corps birthday celebrations worldwide to cut a traditional cake in celebration of the birth of our illustrious Corps.

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Marine Corps Trivia

Marine Corps Trivia

David M. Shoup  1960-1963 For many of us, General Shoup was Commandant of the Marine Corps when we enlisted. For those of us that had the pleasure to serve under his command, his picture is in our platoon books. I for one, never really looked at the picture until today when it hit me. “Is that the Congressional Medal of Honor on his chest?” A little research showed that General David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1960-1963 is indeed a Medal of Honor recipient and his citation reads as follows.

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The U.S. Marines: An Early History

An Early History of the USMC

After several attempts by the American colonies reconcile the Crown and the American people, the Colonial Congress decided to assume a more serious attitude. A congressional committee drafted a resolution that created a new unit: the Continental Marines. The entire legislative body approved the resolution on November 10, 1775, the celebrated birthday of the US Marines. Robert Mullan (owner of Tun Tavern, the Philadelphia inn where the original resolution was drafted) was named a Marine Captain, and Samuel Nicholas (owner of another local tavern) was designated commandant of the Continental Marines.

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USMC Invocation

Marine Corps Birthday Ball Invocation
University of Oklahoma
Sgt George R. Gordy IV

Another glorious night of the Lord,
Another glorious night in the Corps!

Dear Heavenly Father,
What a privilege it is to be able to assemble here this evening to celebrate the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Lord, you were here before we came, and you saw fit that on 10 November 1775, a United States Marine Corps be established. Lord, we pray that you would help us to live up to your might expectations.

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Marine Corps Terms, Slang, and other Sayings

Marine Corps Terms
author unknown

“A few good men”

Cap’t Wm. Jones was quoted in the Province Gazette on March 20, 1779. “The Continental ship Providence, lay-up at Boston, is bound on a short cruise, immediately, a few good men are wanted to make up her compliment.

“Retreat Hell”

Capt. Lloyd Williams, during WWI at Belleu Wood said this as French officers encouraged their retreat in June 1918. Others took credit for it also.

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