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Articles about pivotal days in history that changed the Marine Corps.

The Flight to Ground Zero Sept. 14, 2001, Presidential Transport Remains Etched in the Minds of HMX-1 MarinesSara W. BockLeatherneck September 2018Just three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, five Marines transported President George W. to Manhattan aboard Marine One.
September 11, 2001: A Morning Unlike Any OtherRobert J. DarlingLeatherneck
September 2011
A Marine records the 9/11 action from his unique post inside the White House bunker.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps Remembers September 11, 2001Gretchen Winterer & Carrie BowersLeatherneck
September 2011
Take an in-depth look at a special exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Beirut Bombing 1983: MAU Marines Race to Help the BLTDick CampLeatherneck October 2018On Oct. 23, 1983, a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of explosives crashed into BLT 1/8’s headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, and killed or wounded hundreds of Marines.
The 1983 Beirut Bombing: Who Did It and How It Has Affected HistoryCWO-4 Randy GaddoLeatherneck October 2008Beirut—a major operation against America established terrorist tactics leading to Sept. 11, 2001.
“The BLT Is Gone!”CWO-4 Randy GaddoLeatherneck October 2003One Marine remembers his Beirut brothers 20 years later.
Beirut BombingSSgt Randy GaddoLeatherneck
Sunday, October 23, 1983, had much in common with Sunday, December 7, 1941. Both sneak attacks took place early in the morning, and both left many American servicemen dead or wounded.
Dec. 7, 1941…Standing Duty as the Japanese AttackedRay ElliottLeatherneck December 2016Sgt Delmar “Dick” Lewis vividly describes what he saw and experienced on Ford Island, Hawaii, on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941.
Remember Pearl HarborLtCol W.G. Muller, Jr.Leatherneck December 1985An eyewitness account of the Attack on Pearl Harbor written by 2ndLt William G. Muller Jr., aboard the USS Maryland ten days later.
“We Were Caught Flat-Footed”Dick CampLeatherneck December
It was called Ewa Mooring Mast Field, and its 48 Marine aircraft were parked wingtip to wingtip on that fateful morning when Japanese aircraft made their devastating strafing runs.
World War II: 70 Years Ago, December 1941Eric HammelLeatherneck December 2011The Japanese hit in disciplined, deadly formations from the air in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The war in the Pacific had begun.
MidwayMSgt Steven MarcusLeatherneckMidway’s heroic men held the rock in 1942 and gave courage to the free world.
The Battle of MidwayR.R. KeeneLeatherneck
The Japanese were looking for another Pearl Harbor. The Marines on Midway were waiting for the Japanese.
The Flag Raisings on Iwo JimaTom BartlettLeatherneck
The first American flag was raised over Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Another flag went up a few hours later.
Two FlagsNorm HatchLeatherneck
An event that would become the symbol to the world of Marine heroism in the Pacific War—the raising of Old Glory on the crest of Mount Suribachi.
Atop Mt. Suribachi with Sergeant Lou LoweryCol W.G. FordLeatherneck
Images from the flag raising on Iwo Jima.
Unraveling the Mysteries of the First Flag RaisingDustin SpenceLeatherneck
Photographs shed new light about the first flag raising atop Mount Suribachi.
Examining the Evidence: USMC Reviews Iwo Jima Flag-Raising PhotoCol Mary H. ReinwaldLeatherneck
The identities of the Marines who were immortalized in the famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photo are still being questioned.
Confirming the First Flag Raisers: The Holy Panel ReconvenesCol Mary H. ReinwaldLeatherneck
Gen Robert B. Neller ordered a review of the first flag raising in order to confirm the identities of those who embodied the tenacity and bravery of all of the Marines who fought on Iwo Jima.
Terrorism In Oklahoma City: 20 Years Later, Marine Survivor Shares His StorySara W. BockLeatherneck April
Capt Randy Norfleet entered the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building two minutes before the terrorist bomb went off. He survived, but 168 people were killed, including two of his fellow Marines.
Two Marines Die in Oklahoma BlastCWO-2 Robert C. JenksLeatherneck
Two Marines were killed and four Marines were injured in the catastrophic explosion on April 19th.