Until the advent of World War II, most individuals receiving commissions in the Army or Navy came from privileged backgrounds. Likely as not, military service was a family tradition or the result of family influence; this is how many officers, such as George Patton, George Marshall, and Mark W. Clark were able to attend military … Continue reading Pete Ellis —Oracle
In February 1942, General Douglas MacArthur (shown left) (who formerly served as Army Chief of Staff and then after retirement, as Field Marshal of the Philippine Army) scampered away from the Philippine Islands and headed toward Australia, thereby avoiding capture by a massive Japanese invasion of the Philippines. He did this at the direction of … Continue reading Who Was Willoughby?
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Chew-fen Lee was a high school student who answered to the name Kurt. He had voluntarily associated himself with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). In 1944, the 18-year old engineering student joined the United States Marine Corps. Standing barely 5’6” tall, weighing only … Continue reading The Bravest Marine …
As stated in my banner, this blog mostly contains stories about Marines ... but I have also included articles involving Air Force, Army, and Navy personnel. This article will be about a U. S. Army unit in Korea. It should be read within this framework: elements of the 7th US Infantry Division operated in conjunction … Continue reading Task Force MacLean-Faith
This video is worthy of a few moments of your attention, and reflection. Hat tip: AOW
It has been necessary for troops now fighting in Korea to pull back at times, but I am stating now that no unit of this Brigade will retreat except on orders from an authority higher than the 1st Marine Brigade. You will never receive an order to retreat from me. All I ask is that … Continue reading Edward A. Craig —Marine
In his later years of service, Oliver Prince Smith commanded the 1st Marine Division in one of its most extraordinary battles: The Chosin Reservoir. Few battles can compare to the intense fighting that took place there. It was a time when the entire body of United Nations forces were stopped in their advance to the … Continue reading Scholar-Warrior