Art Donovan (5 June 1924 – 4 August 2013) was a defensive tackle that played with the Baltimore Colts (1950, 1953-1962), New York Yanks (1951), and the Dallas Texans (1952). In his second run with the Colts, Donovan became one of the outstanding defense tackles in the game, selected to five straight Pro Bowls (1953-1957). … Continue reading Art Donovan
In 1798, there were only 83 U. S. Marines serving in uniform. On 12 July of that year, President John Adams appointed William Ward Burrows to the post of Major Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Burrows was the second man to serve in this post, tradition giving Samuel Nicholas the title Commandant of … Continue reading Colonel Commandant John Harris
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
Given the average duration of human conflicts the Spanish-American War did not last very long; it did, however, have global implications for both the United States and Spain. The Treaty of Paris (1898) compelled Spain to relinquish its claims on Cuba, and cede its sovereignty over Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands. It was a gain … Continue reading Spanish-American War
The Cuban people rebelled against Spain in 1895, and it was not long after the initial rebellion when two insurgents came to the fore, (Jose Marti and Maximo Gomez); in three years, these two geniuses had only secured two Cuban provinces. The suggestion here is that the revolution wasn’t going very well. In January 1898, … Continue reading Cuba 1898
. . I remember my friends who did not survive the crucible of combat; I remember them every single day. My request for you is this: let this be a solemn holiday for us all; it is not too much to ask.