Operation Starlite 

Operation Starlite 

In August 1965 Operation Starlite was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War.

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US Ground Troops Land in South Vietnam

US Ground Troops Land in South Vietnam

https://youtu.be/Cxuv28ZVAOM In March 1965 3,500 United States Marines landed at Da Nang Vietnam, adding combat troops to the 25,000 U.S. military advisers already in the country. Source: Wikipedia

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US Marines Sent To Lebanon

US Marines Sent To Lebanon

https://youtu.be/0qFbBgDFzBM In July 1958 President Eisenhower ordered 5,000 US Marines to Lebanon, at the request of that country’s president, to face a perceived threat by Muslim rebels and help end a short-lived civil war. Eisenhower justified his decision to send...

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Cuban Rebels Capture US Sailors & Marines

Cuban Rebels Capture US Sailors & Marines

In June 1958, Cuban rebel forces captured 29 Sailors and Marines as they returned to Guantamano from leave in Cuba. The hostages were detained in the hills for 22 days, then released . Source: Naval Technology

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U.N. Forces Evacuate from Hungnam North Korea

U.N. Forces Evacuate from Hungnam North Korea

https://youtu.be/VPUVcOiYodM Despite the rousing background music of the Battle Hymn of the Republic on this video, the harrowing retreat from the Chosin Reservoir debacle to the coast at Hungnam was desperate and dispiriting for US Marines and Infantry. Encyclopædia...

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Tootsie Rolls Saved US Marines

Tootsie Rolls Saved US Marines

https://youtu.be/8emP0_xDP2Q As the temperature reached -38°C during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in late November 1950, weapons began to malfunction. Tank fuel pipes froze and cracked. Running out of mortar rounds, the US Marines requested more mortar shells...

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Chosin Reservoir

Chosin Reservoir

https://youtu.be/JOxvHkBpYX8 For Americans, the tragic battle at the Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir in late November 1950 might be compared to Custer's last stand. For the victorious Chinese Communists it was a Pyrrhic victory with heavy losses. In the initial phases of...

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Inchon Landing

Inchon Landing

On September 15, 1950 U.S. Marines made a surprise amphibious landing at the strategic port of Incheon (formerly romanized as Inchŏn) on the west coast of Korea, about 100 miles south of the 38th parallel and 25 miles from Seoul. Although many among the U.S....

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Race Riot Guam

Race Riot Guam

Montford Point Marines In July 1944, the U.S. Army and Marines recaptured Guam from the Japanese at a cost of 1,783 Americans killed and ~6000  men wounded. ~18,000 Japanese died. After the battle, the Allies developed five airfields on Guam to attack targets in the...

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Battle of Leyte Gulf

Battle of Leyte Gulf

The Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 23–26, 1944) proved to be the most decisive naval engagement in the Pacific War. Japanese defeat resulted in severe losses of its remaining surface vessels and virtually ended its ability to move...

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Battle of Peleliu

Battle of Peleliu

Designed to capture an airstrip on a tiny coral island, the Battle of Peleliu was fought from September to November 1944 by  the First Marine Division, and the U.S. Army's 81st Infantry Division. Although American military planners anticipated a...

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Banzai Saipan

Banzai Saipan

In June 1944, U.S. Marines landed on Saipan, the island in the Marianas nearest to the Japanese homeland. The Allied goal was to build an air base for new long-range B-29 bombers that could attack the Japanese home islands. Japanese resistance...

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Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Code Talkers

The U.S. deployed Cherokee and Choctaw Indians as code talkers during WWI. During WWII, other Native Americans, including Lakota, Meskwaki, and Comanche and Basque speakers, were also used. A team of German anthropologists tried to learn Native American languages...

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Tarawa

Tarawa

https://youtu.be/IcQ_1ZvM4Ls  Heart-breakingly ferocious, the Battle of Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands the first American offensive    

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American Marine Diary

American Marine Diary

Here are excerpts from the American Marine Eugene Sledge's diary ( published as With the Old Breed) when Sledge was at the battle of Pelieu in 1944. Although Sledge wrote a year later at Pelieu, it's not hard to imagine that this is was what the...

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Ted Williams

Ted Williams

                                       What's My Line -  1954 Ted Williams won six batting titles and led the American League in on-base percentage seven...

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America Steps Up

America Steps Up

By the end of 1942, the USA had begun to tool up, flex its industrial might and prove itself in battle against war-seasoned Axis enemies. June 4–7 – The United States Navy defeated an Imperial Japanese fleet in the Battle of the Midway Atoll. July 4 – The US 8th Air...

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Flamethrower

Flamethrower

The flamethrower has a long history of military use. - In the first century AD, the Greek navy developed a hand-pumped apparatus that shot bursts of fire at enemy ships. - In the 10th century AD, the Chinese employed a piston-driven weapon that sprayed “fierce fire...

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Guadalcanal Diary

Guadalcanal Diary

  The journalist Richard Tregaskis defined the meaning of the phrase "embedded correspondent" with this classic account of the initial phase of the battle of Guadalcanal . " ...While the firing continued and I could hear the occasional impact of a bullet hitting...

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Guadalcanal

Guadalcanal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEZBNqg5Weg via Battlefield S4/E5 - The Battle of Guadalcanal - YouTube. This excellent  1 -1/2 hr. documentary is very much worth watching if you have the time.

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Battle of Guadalcanal

Battle of Guadalcanal

In August 1942, U. S. Marines landed on Guadalcanal, the first stepping stone back toward the Japanese homeland. The bloody campaign, with three major battles on land and seven at sea, lasted six months. The Navy lost so many personnel that they ceased reporting...

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