2 May 1946:
Marines from Treasure Island Marine Barracks, under the command of Warrant
Officer Charles L. Buckner, aided in suppressing the three-day prison riot
at Alcatraz Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. WO Buckner, a veteran of the
Bougainville and Guam campaigns, ably led his force of Marines without
suffering a single casualty.
5 May 1983:
In Beirut, Lebanon, a UH-1N helicopter carrying the commander of the
American peace-keeping force, Colonel James Mead, was hit by machine gun
fire. The six Marines aboard escaped injury. Colonel Mead and his crew had
taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket duels
between rival Syrian-backed Druze Moslem militiamen and Christian
Phalangists that endangered French members of the multinational force.
8 May 1995:
In the wake of the most devastating
storm to hit the New Orleans area in more than 200 years, a group of Marines
and sailors from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the quick response
synonymous with the Navy/Marine Corps team. Within 24 hours of being called,
Marines assisted in the evacuation of 2,500 civilians, and Navy corpsmen
treated scores of flood victims.
10 May 1945:
The 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack south
across the Asa River Estuary and seized a bridgehead from which to continue
the attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa.
15 May 1862:
Corporal John Mackie, the first
Marine to earn the Medal of Honor, was commended for service in the USS
Galena during action against
Confederate shore batteries at Drewry's Bluff which blocked the James River
approaches to Richmond.
16 May 1945:
The 22d and 29th Marines continued
the attack against Half Moon Hill, a day characterized by the 6th Marine
Division as the "bitterest" of the Okinawa campaign. By the 18th, the famed
"Shuri line" had been broached.
22 May 1912:
First Lieutenant Alfred A.
Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection
with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle, reported for
aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, and
Marine aviation had its official beginning.
23 May 1988:
The V-22 Osprey, the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft, made its
debut during rollout ceremonies at Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington,
Texas, facility. More than 1,000 representatives from the military,
industry, and media, gathered to hear various speakers, including Gen Alfred
Gray, Commandant of the Marine Corps, praise the versatile rotor craft
designed to meet the needs of 21st Century battlefields.
26 May 1969:
Operation Pipestone Canyon began when the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines and 3d
Battalion, 5th Marines began sweeps in the Dodge City/Go Noi areas southwest
of Da Nang. It terminated at the end of June with 610 enemy killed in action
at a cost of 34 Marines killed.
29 May 1991:
Elements of a joint task force that
included the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade departed the Bay of Bengal off
the coast of Bangladesh after nearly two weeks of disaster relief operations
following a devastating cyclone. The joint task force delivered tons of
relief supplies using helicopters, C-130s, and landing craft in Operation