For more than 225 years, United States Marines have served with distinction in conflicts around the globe, acting as the leading edge of American military power. Their unswerving dedication to the principles of freedom and the American way of life have made us proud, and this book celebrates their extraordinary service.
- Marines have been at the forefront of every American combat action from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq.
- The term "Leatherneck" came from the protective leather collars worn by the first Marines during the Revolutionary War.
- "Devil Dogs," is a nickname earned by the famed 4th Marine Brigade at the battle of Belleau Wood during World War I, when the German troops facing their furious resistance dubbed them "Teufelhunden".
- The long list of famous U.S. Marines includes Sen. John Glenn, Jr., John Philip Sousa, Gene Hackman, Montel Williams, Ken Norton, and Dan Rather.
- The first woman to join the Marine Corps was Opha Mae Johnson, who enlisted in 1918.
This book is a retrospective of that glorious tradition; a celebration of the courageous and committed men and women who make up the world's finest fighting force, the United States Marine Corps.
"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference to the world, but the Marines don't have that problem." —President Ronald Reagan
From its inception in 1775, the Marine Corps has produced soldiers of the highest caliber. Always on the front lines of America's wars, Marines have carved out their reputation in such far-off places as Bladenburg and Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal, Pork Chop Hill, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world." —General Douglas MacArthur, Korea, September 1950
Here you'll find the stories of such legendary Marines as Lt. General Louis B. "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine ever, Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, the only enlisted Marine to twice win the Congressional Medal of Honor, and tough Marine pilot Major "Pappy" Boyington of the famous "Black Sheep" squadron, who destroyed 28 Japanese aircraft before he was shot down and captured. You'll learn the origin of the Blood Cross and Mameluke Sword and discover why the Marine shout, "Semper Fidelis" (always faithful), is more than a motto—it’s a way of life.
Scott Keller, Capt. U.S.M.C., has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Marine Corps, during which he has logged airtime in F-18, F-16, A-4 and F-5 fighter aircraft. In addition to flying CONUS air defense missions over the continental United States, he has flown combat missions in Operation Southern Watch during a posting to Saudi Arabia and Iraq in the summer of 2000. Following the terror attacks of September 2001, Captain Keller was heavily involved in Operation Noble Eagle, which coordinated air defense for the entire United States. He is currently attached to the 158th Fighter Wing in Burlington, Vermont, flying the F-16. He lives in Still River, Massachusetts.