Marines: Tootsie Rolls

“You heard me. We need Tootsie Rolls dropped ASAP!” – Radio Operator requesting supplies Late 1950, surrounded by approximately 200,000 Chinese and North Korean troops in the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, approximately 10,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Division were in imminent danger and unable to move out of an untenable position. With temperatures dropping […]

Commandant’s Professional Reading List

 “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire Beginning in 1989, General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, put into effect the first Commandant’s Professional Reading List. He believed mental preparation as […]


leatherneck leath·er·neck [leth-er-nek] noun, informal : plural, leathernecks definition, a US marine. The Naval Committee of the Second Continental Congress published new Continental Marines uniform regulations on September 5, 1776. The uniforms consisted of a green coat with white facings, including lapels, cuffs and coat lining, and a high leather collar called “The Stock,” buff […]

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