This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

Nov 29, 2012


The attached article is from General Amos, CMC. If the public ever wanted to know what is the U.S. Marine Corps and why we
exist, or what is a Marine, or an insight of who we are, they may want to read this.


S/F
Woz

LtCol Ronald S. Wozniak USMCR Retired

 
 
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Nov 25, 2012

Lt Presley O’Bannon

Photo: Lt Presley O’Bannon led the Marine Corps’ first battle on foreign soil in 1805 and helped Prince Hamet Bey restore his place as ruler of Tripoli. The battle is mentioned in the Marines’ Hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” 

Explore the Marine Corps timeline here: http://bit.ly/QTf6psLt Presley O’Bannon led the Marine Corps’ first battle on foreign soil in 1805 and helped Prince Hamet Bey restore his place as ruler of Tripoli. The battle is mentioned in the Marines’ Hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” 

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Nov 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving



Wishing you all a Hearty and Happy Thanksgiving this year!
Happy Thanksgiving 



Nov 17, 2012

Ho Chi Minh Trail Today




Some great photos of the Ho Chi Minh Trail today. 
I am sure that a lot of the vehicles were hit by 
bombs guided by old unit MASS-3 (Marine Air 
Support Squadron-3) from our five Air Support 
Radar Teams (ASRT) sites in I Corps,  South 
Vietnam from 1965 until 1971.












Click below for many more images.






Nov 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, Marines

CMC
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS

     As we pause to celebrate the 237th birthday of our Corps, we reflect on the rich legacy of service handed down to us, we recommit ourselves to the tasks at hand, and we look forward toward a bright future in service to our country.
     
Marines exist to fight and win our Nation's battles. We are most proud of our well earned reputation for answering the clarion call first. This was never more evident than at the epic battle of Guadalcanal 70 years ago. Picked to lead the first allied counter-offensive ofthe Pacific war because they were the "most ready," Marines landed on 7 August 1942 in the Solomon Islands. They persevered through months of unremitting deprivation and bitter combat. By the time the veterans of the Blue Diamond, the Cactus Air Force, our legendary Marine Raiders, and initial elements of the Follow-Me Division gathered together to raise a canteen and toast the birthday of their beloved Corps some three months later, the battle was no longer an Issue. The situation was well in hand ... victory was assured.

We carry that same legacy of resolute commitment and valor today. Over the past year, Marines have stood firm in the toughest of circumstances and on numerous occasions. We've taken the fight to the enemy in Helmand and to the Hom of Africa. 

We've manned the ramparts of beleaguered embassies in the Middle East and North Africa, fought alongside our allies throughout the world, while behind the scenes, afloat and ashore, other Marines did the painstaking hard work required to maintain our high levels of readiness and efficiency.

As we look toward the future, we know that our sentimental place in the hearts of our fellow Americans and critical role in the defense of our way of life are assured. America has always wanted a Marine Corps .. .it's always been that way. Now, more than ever, America needs its Marines as we confront a dangerous and unpredictable world. Faced with difficult days ahead, we will continue to draw strength from our rich heritage and the shared values of the Marines to our left and to our right. We know who we are ... we know what we stand for. As ever we will strive to be found worthy of the legendary trust of our fellow Americans.

I salute the enduring faithfulness of those who have gone before, of those who wear our cloth today, and of the families who stand so resolutely at our sides. 

Happy Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
General James Amos
James F. Amos
General, U.S. Marine Corps



Nov 7, 2012

Long Distance Kill Shot

New Long Distance Kill Shot Record (8,120 Feet / 2,706.67 Yards) 



Here is something that has been in the news the last few days. A British Army soldier by the name of Corporal Craig Harrison, of the Household Cavalry, set a new record for the longest shot in combat. Twice. Cpl. Harrison fired two shots at Taliban machine gunners in Afghanistan . They were confirmed via GPS to be 8,120 feet from Cpl. Harrison's position. That is 1.54 miles. More than a mile and a half. To make it even more astounding, the range was almost 3,000 feet beyond what is considered the effective range of the weapon. At that range the bullet takes around 3 seconds to reach the target.

The previous record was set in 2002 for a sniper kill at 7,972 ft. That shot was made by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, of Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, who was using a .50BMG McMillan TAC-50 rifle.






Harrison accomplished this feat with the above pictured weapon, a L115A3 rifle. The weapon is manufactured by Accuracy International in Britain and is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. This is significant because the previous two shots that held the world record were with weapons chambered for the .50BMG. The .338 is a cartridge designed for accuracy and power beyond the range of the older 7.62mm rifles. It has a much flatter trajectory, which makes the complex trigonometry problem of finding the right arc to lob the bullet onto the target much easier. It is one of several other "lighter" rifle rounds like the .300 Win Mag., .416 Barrett, and .408 CheyTac that have been designed with extreme long range shooting in mind. Of especial importance is the velocity past 1000 meters, the shape of its trajectory and how long the cartridges stay supersonic.

The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare .338 is a bolt action, detachable magazine-fed, precision rifle. The rifle is about 15 pounds, unloaded and without optics. It can mount a variety of telescopic sights, laser designators, and night vision or thermal sights. In British service, it usually mounts a S&B 5-25x56mm day scope. The extra-large objective lens size of 56mm gathers a lot of light, making shots possible in the dawn, dusk, or into the shadows. The L115A3 can also mount a suppressor, helping to reduce the report flash and dust from the powerful rifle. The barrel is free floated for increased accuracy and is fluted for strength and cooling without excessive weight.

You don't get all that performance cheap though. News reports put the rifle at around $25,000. But if you put it in the right hands and it can hit a sized target from 4500 feet. More importantly, even at extreme range, the bullet retains its power, hitting with more force than a .44 Magnum at 25 feet.

It was just unlucky for the Taliban that conditions were so good and we could see them so clearly. We saw two insurgents running through its courtyard, one in a black dishdasha, and one in green. They came forward carrying a PKM machine gun, set it up and opened fire on the commanders wagon. The first round hit a machine gunner in the stomach and killed him outright. He went straight down and didn't move. The second insurgent grabbed the weapon and turned as my second shot hit him in the side. He went down, too. They were both dead."

Cpl. Harrison had a memorable tour of duty, making the two impossible shots, having a bullet deflect off his helmet, and surviving an IED blast that broke both of his arms. He is reportedly healing well, and has returned to duty.

Corporal Harrison

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR CORPORAL HARRISON AND THE BRITS!!!

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In God We Trust!




Ist Marine Letter 2003


Nov 4, 2012

Have you ever read a story with no words?


 Have you ever read a story with no words?

  

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What a great love story! for both of them!


Nov 3, 2012

RealClearHistory.com

Part of my Marine Vietnam Blog got picked up by Real Clear History.com on Tuesday October 30, 2012. I have no idea how the found it but it was nice that my blog was chosen. My 15 minutes of fame.