Religious Responses to Combat

Religious Responses to Combat
Submitted by:
Donald D. Denton Jr., D. Min

(Reprinted with permission from the 1st Marine Division Association’s The Old Breed News December 1996)

It is a distinct honor to speak with fellow Marines, especially because in this group there is a breadth of experience in the Corps which spans the sweep of contemporary Marine Corps history. Here in this room are men and women whose service exemplifies the globe- spanning image of our Corps, much of our experience coming deployed under arms and in harms way. It is because of this breadth of actual combat experience, I intend to speak with yourather than to youabout the religious nature of our experiences. Because we speak as fellow Marines and combat veterans, I will try to avoid the technical language of professional preachers. Rather, my hope is to provide all of us with helpful patterns to organize our responses to combat within a religious framework

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Cold War Certificates

Cold War Certificate Now Available

Between 28 Million former and current service members and DOD civilians began applying on 5 April 1999 for certificates honoring them for their parts in winning the Cold War. Person are eligible for the Recognition Certificate if they have honorable military or civilian service with the War, Navy or Defense Departments between 2 September 1945 and 26 December 1991.

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Marine Corps Birthday Message

General James T Conway’s Birthday Message

ALMAR 044/07
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE10 NOVEMBER 2007//
POC/SGT M. BELL/ADMIN CHIEF/CMC STAFF GROUP/-/TEL:(703) 614-2326//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR NATION, OUR LIBERTY HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY VALIANT MEN AND WOMEN OF DEEP CONVICTION, GREAT COURAGE, AND BOLD ACTION; THE COST HAS OFTEN BEEN IN BLOOD AND TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE. AS AMERICAS SENTINELS OF FREEDOM, UNITED STATES MARINES ARE COUNTED AMONG THE FINEST LEGIONS IN THE CHRONICLES OF WAR. SINCE 1775, MARINES HAVE MARCHED BOLDLY TO THE SOUNDS OF THE GUNS AND HAVE FOUGHT FIERCELY AND HONORABLY TO DEFEAT THE SCOURGE OF TYRANNY AND TERROR. WE ARE MARINESTHAT IS WHAT WE DO.

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Marine Corps Prayer

The Marine Corps Prayer

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of thy presence and obedient to thy will.

Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate to those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

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The Articles of the Code of Conduct

USMC Code of Conduct

ARTICLE I:

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

ARTICLE II:

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

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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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Obtain Marine Corps Graduation Books and Videos or Platoon Photos

How do I obtain Platoon Photos?

MCRD San Diego:
The Yearbook Office keeps records for two years. For more information they can be contacted at (619) 296-3840.
To purchase Platoon Grad photos over the phone please call (619) 524-4426 or you may choose to purchase online, please visit the MCRD Museum Historical Society website.

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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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VMA-231 History

VMA-231 History
Submitted by: Norris Gwin

To Marine Aviation the Ace of Spades symbolizes some of the greatest exploits and some of the most outstanding names in the Corps. It is the insignia of VMA-231 whose history virtually epitomizes the story of Marine Aviation.

From the remnants of the Northern Bombing Group which served in France in 1918 and transferred to old Curtis Flying Field, at Miami, Florida in 1919, emerged, on 8 February of that year, 1st Division, Squadron D. Before the month was over the newly activated squadron arrived in Santo Domingo for duty with the Second Brigade where, under various redesignations, it served until July 1924.

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