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A new nom guerre was added to the lineage of the "Old Corps" with the term "America's Force" describing these 21st century Marines. Among the several non-combatant evacuation operations supported by Marine units were operations in Liberia and Somalia and humanitarian lifesaving operations in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and northern Iraq.

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In December Marines landed in Somalia marking the beginning of a two year humanitarian relief operation in the famine-stricken and strife-torn nation. In April , Marines Again demonstrated their ability to protect Americans in remote parts of the world when A Marine task force evacuated U. Closer to home, Marines went ashore in September in Haiti as part of the U.

During this same period Marines were engaged in providing assistance to our Nation's counter-drug enforcement efforts, assisting in battling wild fires in the western United States, and aiding in flood and hurricane relief operations. During the late 's, Marine Corps units deployed to several African nations, including the Central African Republic, Zaire, and Eritrea, in order to provide security and assistance in the evacuation of American citizens.

During periods of political and civil instability in those countries, Humanitarian and disaster relief operations were also conducted by Marines during strife in Kenya, and in the Central American nations of Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. Marine units deployed to the Arabian Sea and in November set up a forward operating command in southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is traditionally marked as the beginning of the War on Terror.

Within months, the Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist governments were history and 25 million Afghans were able to experience their first freedom in over 20 years. When the President calls, the Marine Corps answers that call.. After the question, "Where are the carriers? Today, Marines continue to serve their nation in Iraq, Haiti, and countless other places.

May God continue to Bless them and our Nation. The Marine Corps has continued its tradition of innovation to meet the challenges of a century.

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The Marine Corps war fighting Laboratory was created in to evaluate and assess the impact of new techno1ogies on war fighting, and expedite the introduction of modern capabilities into the operating forces of the Marine Corps. Exercises such as "Hunter-Killer", and "Urban Warrior" were designed to explore future tactical concepts, and to examine military operations within urban settings.

Continuing a long and proud heritage of faithful service to the nation, with the resolve to face tomorrow's challenges will continue to keep the United States Marine Corps the "first to fight" and the "best of the best. Vote for us at Military Topsite Top Click Here to see how you can help. Support the Marine Corps League and its programs? The first amphibious landing in Marine Corps history came on March 3, , when a force under Captain Samuel Nicholas stormed the beaches of the British-held island of New Providence in the Bahamas. The Marines had journeyed to the Caribbean with a Continental Navy flotilla in search of military supplies.

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After landing unopposed near Nassau, they captured the town and took possession of its two forts, both of which surrendered after a token resistance. Marine Corps Band, c. Marine Corps attack on Derna.

Following a brief disbandment after the American Revolution, the Marine Corps was revived in July and later sent into action against the Barbary pirates, a group of North African corsairs that had spent years raiding American merchant shipping and extorting costly ransoms and tributes. They then took their soldiers-for-hire on a grueling day march across the desert to Derna in modern day Libya. With the help of a bombardment of U.

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Navy ships, the Marines participated in a daring assault on April 27 that successfully seized the city and its fortifications. The victory was the first ever battle fought by the United States on foreign soil, and helped lead to a favorable peace deal in the First Barbary War.

While the Marine Corps is its own branch of the U. Today, more than 67, people live in Jacksonville and 20 percent of them are black, according to Census data. In December , nearly four months after the boot camp opened, the men got their first liberty and headed into town to celebrate and catch a ride to the nearest cities.

Town merchants, startled by the sight of a hundred black Marines in green, shut their stores, the bus and train station. Griffin, Carpenter and Manuel said they mostly bypassed white establishments, looking for juke joints run by black owners and getting meals from side windows or backdoors of restaurants, as was the rule at the time. White Marines barred blacks from leaving Montford Point on one occasion, Carpenter recalled. Rolling brawls erupted.

But soon, Carpenter said attitudes among some white Marines stationed on nearby Camp Lejeune, changed. Carpenter was returning from leave and fell asleep in the white section.

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When the bus driver stopped and told him to get off, white Marines came to his defense, telling the driver to shut up and keep driving. When this happened to some of his friends, both white and black Marines would kick the driver from his own bus and drive it back to the gate themselves. The first year the training cadre, commanders and support staff were white. Despite his rank, or perhaps because of it, he drove the recruits hard. The black drill instructors were tougher on them than the whites, because they wanted the recruits to be tested.

Some of the Marines who are now charged with keeping the history and significance of Montford Point alive had little to no knowledge of its existence when they were in uniform. Much of that changed when former Commandant Gen.

Everett Wills, a retired gunnery sergeant and association member, enlisted in Even then, nearly 35 years after Montford Point opened, Wills said there were few blacks serving as officers or in the senior enlisted ranks. Only a few years before, in the late s, large-scale riots and race-charged brawls between white and black Marines had led to stabbings, beatings and deaths at Lejeune, Okinawa and in Vietnam. In , Headquarters Marine Corps began compiling briefs on race-related incidents in the Corps.

The 2nd Marine Division commanding general created a committee to address the issue. Through the years much of the tension subsided as blacks attained higher ranks, including generals and sergeants major of the Marine Corps. Spencer said honoring the past, even if it was segregated, can help people appreciate the present. With that, Wills and others are leading a multiyear research project to find all the names of each of the nearly 20, Marines trained at Montford Point.

Many records were damaged or lost. Manuel would reach the rank of staff sergeant. He loved the Corps, but left after he started a family. Carpenter rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, helping modernize the Corps by installing one of the first mainframe computers. Each of the three count their years in uniform as some of their most cherished, but they reflect on it in different ways. Griffin admits he faced a lot of discrimination both in and out of the Corps. He harbored resentment for many years.