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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the move to the Simmons History Center has been postponed. While we are re-opening to researchers, it is on a limited basis since a majority of our material remains packed. In-person research is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Requests for information or appointments should be submitted to

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Picture   Casualty Listing for World War I are now available on our Casualty Card Databases page.

  The new volume of Marine Corps History is now available online!

Picture   Read HD's latest publication United States Marine Corps in the First World War: Anthology, Selected Bibliography, and Annotated Order of Battle.

Picture  Read HD's latest publication Desert Voices: An Oral History Anthology of Marines in the Gulf War, 1990-1991.

Picture Read HD's latest publication The Marines Have Landed: Eighty Years of Marine Corps Landings, 1935-2015

Picture  Read HD's latest publication The Greene Papers: General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, January 1964-March 1965.

Vol 1 No 1The first volume of Marine Corps History is now available online!

Picture  Read HD's latest publication The First Fight: U.S. Marines in Operation Starlite, August 1965.

Picture  HD kicks off the U.S. Marines in World War I Centennial Commemorative Series with a reprint of The United States Marine Corps in the World War.

Picture  Read HD's latest publication U.S. Marines and Irregular Warfare Training and Education: 2000-2010.

NEW FOR 2015-16: History Division will publish Marine Corps History, a military history publication that focuses on the history of the Corps across the entire spectrum of time. We welcome submissions of scholarly journal-length articles of 4,000+ words and book reviews for this new publication. For more information or to submit an article, please send an email to with the subject line of "Marine Corps History Magazine".

Okinawa Staff Ride  Read HD’s latest publication Battle of Okinawa: III MEF Staff Ride Battle Book

Due to lingering questions, History Division has added information on the Identification of the 2nd Flagraisers on Iwo Jima (PDF)

Vietnam Casualty History Division is pleased to announce the release of the third and final phase of our new Casualty Card Databases.


 This Month in History


4 July 1801: President Thomas Jefferson reviewed the Marines, led by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, LtCol William W. Burrows and the Marine Band, on the White House grounds. The smartly uniformed Marines performed drills and fired various salutes in observance of the new nation's 25th anniversary.

6 July 1990: One of the oldest and most versatile attack aircraft in Marine Corps history, the A-4 Skyhawk, retired from the Corps' active aviation structure after over 30 years of service. The last two Skyhawks from MAG-32 flew their final flight from Cherry Point to NAS Patuxent River on this date.

7 July 1941: The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Within a year of activation, the Wing would participate in the Marine Corps offensive at Guadalcanal. That bitter campaign would be the first in a series of legendary battles in which the Wing would add luster to its reputation. The 1st MAW would earn five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry in campaigns spanning World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

11 July 1798: President John Adams approved "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps", and it became law. The following day, the President appointed William Ward Burrows the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, at that time still the capital of the new nation.

14 July 1993: The USS Iwo Jima was decommissioned after over 30 years of service in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. The ship was named for the World War II battle during which three Marine divisions ousted 20,000 entrenched Japanese troops. The Iwo Jima was commissioned 26 August 1961, and it was the first ship specifically designed as an amphibious assault ship from the keel up.

18 July 1918: The 4th Brigade of Marines began an attack near Soissons, France, as part of a three-division counterattack against the Germans. In the first two days of battle, the brigade sustained 1,972 casualties.

24 July 1944: The V Amphibious Corps, commanded by Major General Harry Schmidt, landed on Tinian, in the Mariana Islands. The following morning, the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions began a shoulder-to-shoulder southward sweep of the island. Organized enemy resistance faded within a week, and on 1 August, MajGen Schmidt declared the island secure.

26 July 1947: The National Security Act of 1947 became effective, reaffirming the status of the Marine Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Navy. The Act provided for Fleet Marine Forces, and confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases, as well as land operation incident to naval campaigns.

28 July 1918: Brigadier General John A. Lejeune assumed command of the 2d Division, U.S. Army in France, and remained in that capacity until August 1919 when the unit was demobilized. He was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the Armistice, he led his division in the march into Germany.


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