This year the Association held an essay contest to support the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve. The question the authors had to answer was “With the current restructuring of the total force to support Force Design 2030, and the development of near peer capabilities around the world, what skill sets should the Marine Corps Reserve focus on?” After many, many, many essays, we are happy to announce the winners:
1st Place: 1stLt Tyler Vandenberg, his paper - "The “Jointest” Branch: A Future for the Marine Corps Reserve"
2nd Place: 1stLt Alexander D. Dragone, his paper - "Rapidly and Readily Deployable: The USMCR in an Age of Peer-to-Peer Conflict"
3rd Place: LtCol Sarah B. Pezzat, her paper - "Investing in Administration: The Key to Maintaining Tempo"
Each winner will receive a cash prize and a plaque for their exceptional work. The Association would like to also recognize the work of all those that participated in the contest. Another contest will again be held in 2023.
The annual yearly meeting will be a virtual event in 2022. We will be conducting the event on 18 & 19 November. In pursuant to the Associations By-Laws we are now accepting input to any "BY-LAW" changes and we have the following Officers and Board of Director position coming open this year.
If you are interested in applying for one of the positions, select here, to download a copy of the application form. Once complete, email a copy to USMCRA@USMCRA.ORG. Be a part of the ONLY veteran service organization dedicated to supporting the Marine Reservist. Applications will be accepted until 1 Nov 2022.
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The MCRA has been working dilegently on expanding our social media outlets. We are now on YOU-TUBE and SPOTIFY!
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Major General Keller E. Rockey, Commanding General, III Amphibious Corps, accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.
A force of 375 Marines under command of future Commandant George F. Elliott, attacked and captured the insurgent town of Novaleta, Luzon, Philippine Islands, and linked up with U.S. Army troops. There were 11 Marine casualties.
The 8th Marines was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Although the regiment would not see combat in Europe during World War I, the officers and enlisted men of the 8th Marines participated in operations against dissidents in Haiti for over five years during the 1920s. During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2d Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and earned three Presidential Unit Citations.
A Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a frontline combat position for the first time, when HMR-161 lifted the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, and its equipment, during Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.
Operation Maui Peak, a combined regimental-sized operation which began on 6 October, ended 11 miles northwest of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy were killed in the 13-day operation.
At 0622 an explosive-laden truck slammed into the BLT headquarters building in Beirut, Lebanon, where more than 300 men were billeted. The massive explosion collapsed the building in seconds, and took the lives of 241 Americans--including 220 Marines. This was the highest loss of life in a single day for Marines since D-Day on Iwo Jima in 1945.
An 11,000-man 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week earlier, the entire 189,000-man Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the defenders of the U.S. Naval Base. Other 2d Division units and squadrons from five Marine Aircraft Groups were deployed at Key West, Florida, or in Caribbean waters during the Cuban crisis.
A patrol of Marines and gendarmes, 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. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor.
The first African-American female colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.
Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 2d Continental Congress used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions, when it directed General George Washington to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.
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