Stories of
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Learn about Marines who have served above and beyond.

Extraordinary Valor

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Throughout the storied legacy of the Marine Corps, there have been those whose remarkable fighting spirit and commitment to victory has preserved our country’s freedom and inspired generations of Marines.

NAVAJO CODE TALKERS

In WWII, Navajo Code Talkers provided an unbreakable code using their native tongue that was crucial to securing victory over Japan. Today, Navajo Code Talkers are emblematic of Marines’ fighting spirit and epitomize American patriotism.

MONTFORD POINT MARINES

The Montford Point Marines fought two wars, one abroad and one at home. While they fought for freedom overseas, they returned home to a nation that was separate and unequal. Breaking through racial barriers, they transformed the face of the Marine Corps.

FEMALE ENGAGEMENT TEAMS

In 2009, the Marine Corps made history with the development of its Female Engagement Team (FET) program, which continues today. Trained to gather intelligence and perform community outreach with women and children, these Marines showed that an outstretched hand is often the strongest weapon for winning battles against terror.