Archive for the 'Marine Corps' Category

Jul 15

The Marianas Operation Phase 1: Saipan

Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:26 AM


This multi-part World War II documentary, produced by the United States Marine Corps, provides a detailed examination of the campaign to take the Marianas from the Japanese.  

May 19

Stories of the Past

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:59 AM


 Last week the Naval History and Heritage Command was host to the 2010 National Historical Conference and Naval History Workshop. This conference brought together those working to preserve and share naval history, allowing talk about how historians, museums, and libraries and archives are getting the job done and to learn from each other. One of the sessions focused on libraries and archives, highlighting the amazing naval history collections that are available.  Staff members from the Library of the Marine Corps, Archives and Special Collections; the library at the National Naval Aviation Museum; and the Operational Archives of NHHC shared with… Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

Guest Post by LCDR Glenn Smith (USN-Ret.): Cover from a China Marine

Saturday, May 15, 2010 6:11 AM


This cover was mailed from Quartermaster Clerk L. F. Shoemaker, a Marine with the Marine Detachment, Tientsin, China (now known as Tianjin). The letter was posted in early 1941 apparently to his wife at home in rural Texas. The cachet appears to be hand drawn, and shows a street vendor with his monkey. Many old China hands would be familiar with this kind of sight on any street in the China of that era. At a time when Shanghai was only a small, unremarkable town among the paddies along the Huangpu River, Tientsin was already a vibrant ancient walled Chinese… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 29

Operation Frequent Wind: April 29-30, 1975

Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:01 AM


For 125,000 Vietnamese-Americans and their descendants, April 30, 1975 marks the day their lives changed forever. On that date, Saigon fell to the forces of North Vietnam and thousands of “at risk” Vietnamese joined the dwindling number of Americans still left in Vietnam to be evacuated by Operation Frequent Wind a massive assembly of aircraft and ships that became the largest helicopter evacuation in history. With the fall of Saigon imminent, the United States Navy formed Task Force 76 off the coast of South Vietnam in anticipation of removing those “at risk” Vietnamese who had ardently supported our efforts to stop the Communist takeover of South Vietnam.  Task Force 76 Task Force 76 USS Blue Ridge… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 7

The First Truly Amphibious Assault in History

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 10:20 PM


The past month the HBO series The Pacific has drawn long overdue attention to the War in the Pacific as it followed the United States Marine Corps in a series of amphibious assaults that were designed to cut off the tentacles of the Japanese war machine and provide for unsinkable aircraft carriers from which to launch bombers against the Japanese mainland. This caused me to reflect on how far back the strategy and tactics of amphibious warfare went in history. I settled on one crucial battle that reflected what at the time was a combined sea and land attack that when studied… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 1

Air Strikes Set the Stage for Okinawa Invasion

Thursday, April 1, 2010 8:12 AM


WJ9FS7855VEC 65 years ago today, Okinawa, the largest of the Ryukyu Islands, was the site of one of the last major island landings of World War II and scene of some of its heaviest fighting. Supporting operations leading up to Operation Iceberg, under the strategic command of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, began with 5th Fleet air strikes against Kyushu on 18 March 1945. Executed with heavy naval gunfire and air support, the initial landings—the Joint Expeditionary Force under Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner and the soldiers and marines under Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner, USA—took place on 1 April. Overwhelming… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 26

Naval History Magazine’s Guide to the HBO’s The Pacific

Friday, March 26, 2010 10:52 AM


Ton’s of articles and first hand accounts of those who were there in the Pacific war and information about HBO’s The Pacific 

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