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Colonel Peter Ortiz and the Covert Marines

Colonel Peter Ortiz

Michael E. Haskew Among the most compelling and least known U.S. Marine exploits of World War II is the saga of 41 intrepid Marines who served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the European Theater. The covert Marines

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VMF N-541: Night Fighter Squadron in the Philippines

Michael E. Haskew VMF N-541 Night Fighter Squadron During the spring and summer of 1944, the buildup for the long-awaited return of General Douglas MacArthur and the U.S. Army to the Philippines was proceeding at a rapid pace. Amid the

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Marine Corps Desegregation: WWII Begins to Break Barriers

Marine Corps Desegregation

Michael E. Haskew Although President Harry S. Truman did not sign the legislation that officially ratified Marine Corps Desegregation the U.S. armed forces until July 26, 1948. African-American Marines had trained and served in a segregated Marine Corps since early in World War II. In

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Marine Corps Base Quantico: Starting Marine Amphibious Warfare

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Michael E. Haskew Marine Corps Base Quantico Perhaps the best known permanent facility operated by the United States Marine Corps is Marine Corps Base Quantico, located in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. Established as Marine Barracks Quantico in the spring

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Marine Raiders: Evans Carlson’s Noble Experiment

Marine Raiders

Michael E. Haskew The 1st and 2nd Raider Battalions, U.S. Marine Corps, which fought so bravely under Lieutenant Colonel Merritt A. “Red Mike” Edson and Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson at Guadalcanal were the embodiment of a noble experiment that

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