It is with a heavy heart that I inform the members of The Association in the early hours of February 1, 2024, Col Robert “Bob” Donaghue died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at Lahey Hospital, MA. He was an honorable and inspirational man who impacted so many lives around him through his 73 years, the last eleven and a half years considered bonus years as a pancreatic cancer survivor.
Bob was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Edith Drapeau Murphy and the late James Donaghue. He was predeceased by his sister, Kara Ann, and his beloved aunt, Lillian Drapeau. TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE.
CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) works to help military families overcome unique financial challenges by providing educational resources, monitoring complaints, and working with other agencies to solve problems faced by servicemembers.
The Association would like to acknowledge those who have committed to supporting The Association at the Benefactor level. Their support will fulfill our promise to the men and women who sacrifice for our freedom - Today - Tomorrow. Become a Benefactor Today!
The deadline for filing a legal claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is August 10th. If you are looking for assistance, contact MCRA’s entrusted law firm Baird Mandalas Brockstedt & Federico. Read this educational and informative article for answers to questions you may still have. To learn more click here.
1. MARADMIN 032/24. Subj: OFFICER PROMOTIONS FOR FEBUARY 2024 AND PROJECTED OFFICER PROMOTIONS FOR MARCH 2024 click here.
2. MARADMIN 020/24. SUBJ: UPDATE 1 TO MARADMIN 448/23 AWARDS UPDATE click here.
3. MARADMIN 019/24. SUBJ: ANNOUCEMENT OF AVAILABLE FISCAL YEAR 2024 EXECUTIVE LEVEL EDUCATION ASSIGNMENTS click here
4. MARADMIN 16/24. SUBJ: FISCAL YEAR 2025 ACTIVE AND RESERVE MARINE ATTACHÉ SELECTION BOARD: OFFICER SELECTION RESULTS. click here
MCRA LATEST PODCAST
The MCRA latest PODCAST focuses on the career ofCol David Leighton, USMCR (Ret). In this PODCAST we will hear why Dave joined the Marine Corps; his training to become a Marine and a Naval Aviator. Listen to what Vietnam was like during the Corps' first "Advisory" mission in 1961. We hear about the Corps build-up and flying combat missions in 1966. Dave will also discuss the Association from the 1970s to today. This is a PODCAST you do not want to miss, from an American warrior who has served his country for over 60 years. Col David Leighton PODCAST
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Four days after the initial landings on Iwo Jima, 1stLt Harold G. Schrier led 40 men from Company E, 2d Battalion, 28th Marines, up Mt. Suribachi to secure the crest and raise the small American flag that battalion commander LtCol Chandler Johnson had given Schrier. Within an hour, the patrol reached the rim of the crater. After a short fire-fight with Japanese defenders emerging from several caves, the small American flag was attached to an iron pipe and raised over the island.
The I Marine Expeditionary Force and coalition forces began a ground assault on Iraqi defenses in the final chapter of Operation Desert Storm. The 1st and 2d Marine Divisions stormed into the teeth of Iraqi defenses while heavily armored allied forces attacked the Iraqi defenses in Iraq from behind. In 100 hours, U.S. and allied forces defeated the Iraqi Army.
Operation Desert Storm ended when the cease- fire declared by President George Bush went into effect. I Marine Expeditionary Force has a strength of more than 92,000 making Operation Desert Storm the largest Marine Corps operation in history. A total of 24 Marines were killed in action during the Gulf War.
Operation Prairie II was begun in Quang Tri province by elements of the 3d Marine Division. During the 46-day search-and-destroy operation which terminated 18 March, 93 Marines and 693 of the enemy were killed.
The 4th Marine Division, as part of the first assault on islands controlled by the Japanese before the start of World War II, captured Namur and eight other islands in the Kwajalein Atoll.
Two reduced Marine battalions, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines with two companies, and 2d Battalion, 5th Marines with three, recaptured Hue's hospital, jail, and provincial headquarters. It would take three more weeks of intense house to house fighting, and nearly a thousand Marines killed and wounded, before the imperial city was secured.
BGen John H. Russell was appointed U.S. High Commissioner and personal representative of the President to the government of Haiti. This nine-year assignment placed this future Commandant in supreme command of both the occupying American force and the Haitian Gendarmerie.
On this date, 28 Marines and 232 seamen lost their lives when the battleship Maine was mysteriously sunk by an explosion in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Though no definitive evidence linked the Spanish with the sinking, the cry went up, "Remember the Maine!", and by late April the U.S. and Spain were at war.
The first full day of Operation DECKHOUSE VI, which lasted until 3 March, was conducted near Quang Ngai city. The Special Landing Force (BLT 1/4 and HMM-363) accounted for 280 enemy killed.
TBS GRADUATION - Echo Company
7 Mar 2024
MCRA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
14 Mar 2024
2024 Mid-Year Meeting
22 Mar 2024
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