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?
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
Henry Cochrane is another of the so-called Old Breed Marines: he served during the Civil War. Described as a somewhat cantankerous fellow, he is known for his professionalism, adherence to regulations, and tempered protocol. I write of tempered protocol because in his adherence to regulations and military propriety, Cochrane was often critical of senior officers … Continue reading Henry Clay Cochrane
As with many of the so-called old breed, Littleton W. T. Waller was an authoritarian officer whose initial commission as second lieutenant of Marines occurred on 24 June 1880. These old breed Marines were of a different type from those wearing the uniform today. In the late 1800’s, Marine officers and enlisted men lived hard, … Continue reading Among the Old Breed
Presented to the United States Senate Committee on Naval Affairs May 6, 1946by General Alexander A. Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps Commandant of the Marine Corps Mr. Chairman, last autumn I testified before the Military Affairs Committee on the subject of unification of the armed forces. Since that time the real points at issue have … Continue reading Vandegrift —Part II
Anyone having served their country as a United States Marine is likely to have traveled on Vandegrift Boulevard while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. One engages Vandegrift Boulevard at the Main Gate just off I-5 in Oceanside, and after making the long trek through the Camp, exits at the San Luis Rey Gate. Vandegrift Boulevard … Continue reading Vandegrift —Part 1