Donald R. McClarey

Happy 242nd Birthday to the Corps!

  Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem. President Ronald Reagan, letter to Lance Corporal Joe Hickey, September 23, 1983      

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James Forrestal and his Prophecy

  The last cabinet level Secretary of the Navy, and the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal was not content to remain in Washington.  As Secretary of the Navy during World War II he often visited the sites of active

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John Wayne and the Sands of Iwo Jima

   They told me to get you into shape so you can handle a piece of this war. That’s what I’m gonna do and that means I’m gonna tell you what to do every day, how to button your buttons

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Happy 237th Birthday to the Corps

You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced, to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth – and the amusing thing about it is that they are…You should see the group about me

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