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Little Dynamite: The 75mm Pack Howitzer

Michael E. Haskew Nicknamed “Little Dynamite”, the 75mm pack howitzer proved its worth with the 1st Battalion, 10th Artillery in support of the Marines on Tarawa. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Presley Rixey, the 75mm pack howitzer fired 2366

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The Higgins Boat: America’s First Amphibious Warfare Strategy

Higgins Boat

Michael E. Haskew From the inception of amphibious warfare strategy and tactics, the Marine Corps sought the most efficient method of moving fighting men from ship to shore. Finding a proper landing craft that could reach the beach and discharge

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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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Major Pappy Boyington: Commander of the Black Sheep Squadron

Black Sheep Squadron

Michael E. Haskew One of the legendary fighting units to emerge from the Solomon Islands Campaign, and more broadly from World War II in the Pacific, was Marine Fighter Squadron 214 (VMF-214), popularly known as the Black Sheep Squadron. The

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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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