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We’ll All Die As Marines

We’ll All Die As Marines

One Marine's Journey from Private to Colonel By Colonel Jim Bathurst For seventeen-year-old high school dropout Jim Bathurst, the Marine Corps reputation for making men out of boys was something he desperately needed when he enlisted in March of 1958. What began as a four-year hitch lasted nearly thirty-six years and included an interesting assortment of duty stations and assignments as both enlisted and officer. We'll All Die As Marines narrates a story about a young, free-spirited kid from...

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Once a Warrior by Jake Wood

Once a Warrior by Jake Wood

How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home By Jake Wood When Marine sniper Jake Wood arrived in the States after two bloody tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was not leaving war behind him - far from it. Ten years after returning home, Jake's unit lost more men to suicide than to enemy hands overseas.  He watched in horror as his best friend and fellow Marine, Clay Hunt, plunged into depression upon returning, stripped of his purpose, community, and sense of identity. Despite...

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Military Rank Structure

Military Rank Structure

Since the time of the Revolutionary War, the United States military has had a formal structure. Over time, that has helped it develop from a stoic collection of patriots with a cause to the world’s most powerful armed forces. Over time, new branches of the Armed Forces have been added to the United States Army and Navy, and its structure has been altered, but the tradition of proud service has not abated. Together We Served, the world’s largest tool for locating US veterans, is intimately...

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Navy Training

Navy Training

Think you know everything about the US Navy? How about the basic US Navy training program? Take a second today to find out some interesting facts about the US Navy training program and what it takes to become a sailor.

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Marine Corps Units

Marine Corps Units

Did you know that the Marine Corps’ first amphibious raid was only weeks after its creation? Marines successfully stormed a British weapons cache in the Bahamas. Find out more about the Marine Corps by Together We Served.

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All About U.S. Military Rank Insignia

All About U.S. Military Rank Insignia

Many of the ranks adopted by the United States military at the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775 are still in use today. The early military took a lot of inspiration from the British and French forces. Over time, the military rank insignia has come to represent American Valor. These emblems, worn on the uniform to denote rank, help people identify military personnel’s rank and pay-grade at a glance. Military Rank Insignia & Terms You Should Know There are general rules for ranks that...

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