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SHAKO: Happy Birthday Leathernecks

242 Years Young.

SHAKO USMC Birthday 11-11-2017

(U.S. Marine Corps photo Staff Sergeant Mark E. Morrow Jr.)

Friday, November 10, was the 242nd anniversary of the creation of the United States Marine Corps. The organization has been defending the Republic since before there was a Republic —  by about nine months.

The Continental Congress resolved on November 10, 1775 to create two battalions of Marines. Captain (later Major) Samuel Nichols — considered the Corps’ first commandant — advertised in and around Philadelphia for “a few good men” and signed them up at Tun Tavern in Philly.

As we have noted in the past, 4GWAR has a warm spot in its heart for the USMC because this blog was born on Nov. 12, 2009 — just two days after the Corps’ birthday.

In the above photo, Marines with color guards from various units stand ready for the Joint Daytime Ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on November 8, 2017. The event honored the 242nd Marine Corps birthday and included the traditional birthday cake-cutting.

In 1952, the 20th Marine Corps commandant, General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., formalized the ceremony, stating the first piece of cake must be presented to the oldest Marine present, who passes it to the youngest Marine.

USMC uniforms

Marine Corp uniforms since 1775 (the green number with wig, 5th from the right). Photo courtesy of United States Marine Corps Historical Company.

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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

 

 

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November 11, 2017 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 27, 2017)

I Talk to the Trees.

1st LAR prepares for Southern Katipo 17

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Allison M. DeVries)

Marine Corps Sgt. Jonathan Streit (center), briefs Marines during a ghillie suit and sniper exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California on October 13, 2017. Streit is a squad leader assigned to 1st Marine Division’s 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

The ghillie suit, worn by civilian hunters and military snipers, is designed to look like heavy foliage in a forest or field. It was originally developed by Scottish gamekeepers as a portable hunting blind and first adopted for war in 1916. The name derives from a Scottish word for “lad” or “servant.”

To see more photos of this exercise (it was really hard to pick just one photo this week) click here.

And if you don’t get the Hollywood/Broadway reference in today’s headline, click here to see a scene from Paint Your Wagon, a Big Budget musical western from 1969 — and yes, that is who you think it is singing amid the trees.

October 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 20, 2017) UPDATE

Looking for Trouble.

2nd LAAD Stinger Range

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Cody J. Ohira)

Marines search for an aerial target during a live-fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, October 10, 2017. The weapon the Marine in the middle is holding is a Stinger — a man-portable, shoulder-fired, heat-seeking, anti-aircraft, guided missile.

The Stinger provides short-range air defense to counter high-speed, low-level, and ground attack aircraft. Stingers have an identification, friend or foe (IFF) subsystem that helps the gunner and team leader identify friendly aircraft.

One interesting factoid about the Stinger, the Marines’ gunner handbook warns that when firing, the gunner and assistant must hold their breath until the trigger is released to avoid inhaling toxic fumes. And this is what it look like when the Stinger leaves the tube.

These Marines are with the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion.

FRI FRO add Marines rocket 10-27-2017

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Cody J. Ohira)

Updates with new second photo.

October 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (October 6, 2017)

Osprey Power.

Guajataca Dam strengthening operations

(U.S. Army photo by Private First Class Deomontez Duncan)

Marines attach a Jersey barrier to a hovering V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft while working to reinforce the Guajataca Dam in Puerto Rico, October 3, 2017, in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath.

More than 11,000 U.S. service members are in Puerto Rico providing logistical, medical and aviation support to help commonwealth and local emergency personnel following the devastating Category storm that struck the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands September 20.

For more photos, click here.

October 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 29, 2017)

Invictus.

Invictus Games 2017

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Luksan)

Medically retired U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Sarah Rudder competes in the 200-meter dash in Toronto, Canada during Invictus Games 2017, an international Paralympic-style event. Rudder, who lost her leg due to injuries suffered at the Pentagon on 9/11, won seven gold medals at last year’s games in Orlando, Florida.

The poem Invictus, by English Victorian poet, William Ernest Henley, himself an amputee, ends with the famous lines:

I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

For more photos, click here, here, here and here.

September 29, 2017 at 1:38 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 22, 2017)

Sunrise, Sunset.

Deep Strike II 2017

(U.S.Marine Corps photo by Corporal Justin Huffty)

Marines in a light armored vehicle (LAV) provide security during Exercise Deep Strike II in California on September 12, 2017. The Marines are assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

Like Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention, we’re unsure whether this week’s Friday Foto shows a rising sun or a setting sun, but if you were in this photo (or were the photographer) please let us know.

September 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (September 8, 2017)

Not a Toy.

FRIFO 9-8-2017 Mini Drone

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Michaela R. Gregory)

Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ryan Skinner, with the 1st Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment prepares to fly the Mark-2 Instant Eye during the Infantry Platoon Battle Course as part of a Deployment for Training (DFT) at Fort Pickett, Virginia on August 15, 2017. The Instant Eye is a small unmanned aerial system to be deployed at the squad level for quick and local surveillance and reconnaissance.

September 8, 2017 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

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