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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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Lejern Lejeune Master Fall 2007

Lejern Lejeune Master Fall 2007 (.pdf document)

The common denominator of all Marine Corps virtues is “respect”. Therefore, it would, indeed, be difficult, if not impossible to find a Marine past or present who has earned our respect, more than Major General John Archer Lejeune, pronounced LeJERN. Every year Marines worldwide read, as ordered in November of 1921, General Lejeune’s (pronounced LeJERN) Birthday message which enhanced our much-envied 10 November tradition.

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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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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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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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Ribbon Precedence Chart

U.S. Marine Corps Correct Order Of Ribbon Wear

Below is a list of Marine Corps Ribbons in the order of precedence (from top left). Visit our Ribbon Precedence Layout Page for an automatic layout of your personal ribbons.

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross
Defense Dist. Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion Of Merit
Distinguished Flying
Navy & Marine Corps Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Combat Action Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Merit. Unit Commendation
Navy “E” Ribbon
Prisoner of War Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Selected Marine Corps Rsv. Med.
Marine Corps Exp. Medal
China Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Eur.- African-Mid East Campaign
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service
Medal for Humane Action
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Exp. Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
Global War on Terrorism Service
Korean Defense Service
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Svc. Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon
Armed Forces Res. Medal
Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon
Foreign Decoration
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Philippine Defense Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Independence Ribbon
United Nations Service Medal
United Nations Medal
NATO Medal
Multinational Force & Observers Medal
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Republic of Korea Service

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The Story of the Stamp

Story of the Stamp

The GySgt John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment was first presented on Basilone Day 19 February 2004, at the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia to Sergeant Major C.A. “Mack” McKinney [USMC ret]. Brooks Corely, at the time National Executive Director for the Marine Corps League was asked to choose to whom the award would be presented. The award was presented by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant Major Estrada.

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Sword Care and Maintenance

Instructions for Sword Care and Maintenance

Stainless steel, thought by many to be invulnerable to corrosion, is not blemish proof. With stainless steel, one must be more cautious because of the evidence of corrosion does not show itself as quickly as it does on carbon spring steel. If the blade is touched with a finger and merely wiped off with a soft rag, that finger print will be permanently etched into the steel forever! In time, the print will become more and more visible and pronounced.

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Marine Corps Terms, Slang, and other Sayings

Marine Corps Terms
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“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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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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