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On This Day Marine Corps History
Today is June 25, 2018 1988 ★ Seven Marines died when a CH-53rd helicopter crashed into a ridgeline on Shikoku Island, Japan. The helicopter was on route from Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, when it encountered severe weather. The CH-53rd was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 462. The squadron was nearing the end of a six-month deployment in Japan from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in California. 1990 ★ On this date, 40 years ago, the "land of the morning calm" was invaded by more than 60,000 North Korean troops marking the beginning of the Korean War. The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade arrived in Pusan on 2 August 1950 and was followed by Marines of the 1st Marine Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing who participated in the war from September 1950 to July 1953. 1990 ★ Staff Sergeant Mitchell Reed of the U.S. Marine Corps Pistol Team fired his way to his third consecutive title at the Interservice Pistol Matches. Staff Sergeant Reed competed against 140 shooters, using various weapons and ammunition. Traditionally held in Nashville, Tennessee, the matches were moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the first time. 1995 ★ Forty-five years ago on this date, seven infantry divisions and an armored division of the North Korean People's Army swept across the 38th parallel into South Korea. The Korean War had begun, and within days U.S. air and naval forces were ordered into action. 1996 ★ Terrorists exploded a truck bomb outside the perimeter of Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The action severely damaged the building, a housing facility for U.S. and allied forces supporting the coalition air operation over Iraq in Operation Southern Watch. There were 19 deaths and approximately 500 other casualties. 2000 ★ Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined seven other NATO countries to participate in Exercise Cooperative Partner in Odessa, Ukraine. The simulated combined peacekeeping exercise included soldiers and Marines from Bulgaria, Ukraine, France, the United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, and Greece. It was designed to improve understanding of peace support operations doctrine and training, and practice interoperability of maritime and amphibious forces. 2001 ★ 7,000 Marines and sailors participated in Kernal Blitz experimentation exercises at Camp Pendleton. The focus of the exercises, which became the largest experimentation and demonstration exercise ever, was to test computers and wireless equipment that may be made available as early as 2007. 2004 ★ The Pentagon gave formal approval to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program office to delay several milestones in order to provide more time to fix the aircraft’s weight problems. This pushed the expected first fielding date back from 2010 to 2012 for all interested services, including the Marine Corps. 2004 ★ Nearly 2,000 Marines, most from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and its regimental staff, officially ended their peacekeeping mission in Haiti and began returning home to North Carolina after a U.N. peacekeeping force began arriving to take over. The Marines arrived in country in late February because of political unrest. Two Marines were shot and wounded during the mission. copyright
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