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Meet Terry Basham! As one of our Docents, Terry knows everything about the Museum. Here's a little bit about him.
Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Basham
Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Basham
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9 August 1942-Guadalcanal

The decision by the Navy to remove all transports and cargo vessels around Guadalcanal on 9 August 1942, left the Marines perilously short supplied. Marines subsisted on two meals a day to stretch out their meager stock. Guadalcanal would become known as "Starvation Island."

Pictured here is a ration tin carried by U.S. Marine Harry Horsman on Guadalcanal. Does anyone know what is inside this ration tin?

Find out more about the Battle of Guadalcanal in our WWII Gallery: https://buff.ly/2tcCWTr
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June 6, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. In honor of this historic occasion, we've put together a list of 100 facts.
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It's #MarineMonday!

Today we highlight Private First Class Albert E. Schwab.

During WWII, PFC Schwab was a flamethrower operator with Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in the Battle of Okinawa. On 7 May 1945, when his company was pinned down in a valley by machine gun fire coming from a ridge high to the company's front, Schwab scaled the cliff in the face of the devastating fire and attacked the gun with his flamethrower. Quickly demolishing the position and its crew, his company was able to occupy the ridge.

When a second machine gun opened fire inflicting more casualties on the unit, Schwab, without hesitation, advanced on the second gun and succeeded in eliminating it. Unfortunately, the final burst of the enemy's gun caught Schwab in the left hip, inflicting fatal wounds.

For his outstanding valor, Schwab was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

On 3 October 1959, Camp Schwab on Okinawa was named in honor of the heroic Marine.

Semper Fidelis Marine.

Find out more about Schwab in our Medal of Honor exhibit in the Legacy Walk Gallery.

#NeverForget #Marines #USMC #MOH
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27 April 1805-Derna

#OTD 1stLt Presley N. O'Bannon, who with seven other Marines was part of a force of Greeks and Arabs led by American Consul William Eaton, raised the United States flag for the first time over a conquered fortress of the Old World at Derna, a stronghold of the Tripolitan pirates. Two Marines were killed and one wounded in the assault on the walled city.

Our success at Derna in Tripoli is echoed in the official Marines' Hymn: "...To the shores of Tripoli..."

In this video, see the marble tablet that marked the fort at Derna. You can also view the tablet in our Defending the New Republic Gallery.

#TDIH #history
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Navajo Code Talker Roy Hawthorne, died Saturday at 92 years old.

Hawthorne, one of the last surviving Code Talkers from WWII, enlisted in the Corps at 17 and became part of a legendary group of Native Americans who encoded messages in the Navajo language.

Semper Fi, Marine.
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In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we would like to thank our amazing Volunteer Corps for their dedicated service to the Museum.

The Museum is truly blessed with a Volunteer Corps of vibrant, dedicated men and women, who have contributed over 200,000 volunteer hours of service. These individuals work in our galleries, conduct tours, greet visitors, work with our Curators and Restoration team---and so much more.

The Museum and Marine Corps history come alive because of their efforts!

Thank you and Semper Fidelis!
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15 Apr 1962: #OTD Operation Shufly begins. It is 1st Marine Task Unit to provide air support during the Vietnam War.
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13-14 April 2003 - OIF

Marines with Task Force Tripoli captured the "New Palace" compound in Tikrit. Their objective was to dart quickly from Baghdad and attack the last Hussein regime holdout. En route, the task force rescued 7 US service members held captive in Samarra. #OTD
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9 April 2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom

Fifteen years ago today, Iraqi resistance in Baghdad collapsed and U.S forces occupied the remainder of the capital. Marines assisted Iraqi civilians in toppling a large statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Firdos Square.

Read more about Operation Iraqi Freedom in "U.S. Marines in Iraq, 2003 Basrah, Baghdad and Beyond": https://buff.ly/2qcbjsJ

Photo by 1st Marine Division.
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