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The True Story of Marine Special Operations Team 8222

by Michael Golembesky The unforgiving Afghan winter has settled upon the twenty-two men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, call sign Dagger 22, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, Afghanistan. The Taliban fighters in the region

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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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Major General William Rupertus: The Marine Rifleman’s Creed

Michael E. Haskew Major General William Rupertus was a tough old school Marine. He grudgingly refused to relinquish the preeminence of his 1st Marine Division on Peleliu to the Army’s 81st Infantry Division. Commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1913,

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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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