This Week In Marine Corps History - Oct. 27-Nov. 2

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This Week In Marine Corps History - Oct. 27-Nov. 2

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:40 pm

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27 October 1962: The 2nd Marine Division and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing deployed during the Cuban missile crisis.

28 October 1881: Birth date of Major General William Upshur, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in 1915 during the Haitan Campaign.

29 October 1950: Major Reginald R. Myers earned the Medal of Honor in Korea for fearlessly leading 250 troops to victory over 4,000 enemy.

30 October 1943: Private Joseph William Ozbourn, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life to save his comrades on Tinian in the Marianas, enlisted in the Marine Corps.

31 October 1919: A patrol of Marines, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing the bandit chief, and dispersing his followers.

1 November 1921: Major General Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to every command on 10 November each subsequent year in honor of the birthday of the Marine Corps.

2 November 1950: Colonel Archie Van Winkle earned the Medal of Honor as a staff sergeant during the Korean War, for leading a daring charge during which a bullet shattered his arm and an enemy hand grenade exploded against his chest.

CORRECTION: Operation Urgent Fury was launched 25 October 1983, not 20 October as reported in the last installment Of This Week In Marine Corps History.

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“The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!” MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952
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