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TUESDAY. N O V E M B E R 9, 1943___________________ ___________ PUBLISH ED BY A S S O C IA T E D ST U D EN T S A T F LAG STAFF , A R IZ O N A __________________________ V O L 13— N O . 17 MARINE CORPS ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW Top Three Aces Of World War II Leathernecks A third Marine flier has. joined the exclusive ranks of aces " ho have reached the 20 mark in enemy planes shot down in World War II. A belated report of a Marine fighter sweep over Kahili airdrome 18 October reveals that Major Gregory Boyington commanding the “Black Sheep” squadron of Corsairs, shot down his 20th Jap plane and is now the leading fighter in action in the South Pacific. His 19-plane group shot down 8 of 20 attacking Zeroes during the battle to raise its total to 58. Still out in front is Major Joe Foss, who shot down 26 Ja p planes to tie the all-time high set by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in World War I. He is now doing duty in the states. The other leading American Ace ‘ is First Lt. Kenneth A. Walsh. At the time of his return to the States several weeks ago he was officially credited with downing 20 planes and several probables. The three Marine fliers’ records are tops in the nation’s services. YANKS TEACHING NIPS WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 <AP) — The Marines’ Number 2 aerial killer of Japanese fliers said today the Nipponese enemy is learning combat tactica from his American opponents. . Here are some of Walsh’s observations: “The Japanese pilot is wising up, abandoning stunt flying as an individual and adopting the aerial team tactics used by American fliers." The Corsair F4U1 fighter, widely used by the Marines in the Solomons area, is tops, not so maneuverable as the Japanese Zero but faster and better armed and armored. It’s the plane you don’t see that gets you in a fight. ‘T he Jap will kill you any Way^he*can, in a parachute, in the water. Our feelings now are quite mutual; they started it and well finish it.” General T. A. Holcomb Tells Marine Officers What Job They Must Do Holcomb, Commandant, U. S. Marine graduating September 22, 1943 on the subject “Your Job as a Marine Officer.” are training for future In fitting that THE P IN E, on the Bhould guch Course, the Reserve Officers’ of,the Candidates’ Class: I congratulate you upon the successful completion of your’ courses, and for the Candidates' Class I have a hearty welcome Officers’ ranks of the Marine Corps. " It is no accident that you are wearing bare on your shoulders today. You have earned them— and privileges and recognition — they responsibility. The manner in which you wear them will affect If you wear them well, with cour- ( Pleat* Turn to Page Four) Gifts Prepared merrier for 10,000 Marines overseas who will receive gift packages donated by civilians and prepared for delivery by the Marine Corps League, it has been disclosed recently. Each of the packages contains merchandise valued at four dollars. Articles include playing cards, sew- ■ng kits, razors and dried fniits, nuts, and candy. The League's drive for service Christmas presents will include Tuts for women reserves of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps away from home. Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 10, 1943, commemorates the one hundred sixty-eighth anniversary of the founding of the United States l^arine Corps. The anniversary falls on the eve of Armistice Day, which, in a sense, is fitting, since the Marine Corps has been a great factor "Sfor peace as well as w’ar. The past year has been a year filled with A ceremony jymboliiing the world-wide scope of Marine Corps service takes place on a Pacific beach as Pacific Ocean water *« bottled for shipment to an Atlantic C oast Marine base. A Leatherneck color guard stands vigilantly by with "sergeant Duffy," official Marine C orp s mascot. TRAINING MAKES A MARINE GOOD Canine "Devildogs" Fig In Equatorial Jungles Against Slant-eyed Jap The first detachment of fighting Marine dogs has arrived safely at South Pacific port and will soon go into action against the Japanese. Trained as scouts, sentries or messengers, the dogs will be attached to front-line units fightin g in the equatorial jungles. They are the first of their breed to be called upon to perform under enemy fire in the South Pacific war rone. Composed of Doberman Pinschers ana German Shepherds donated to the Marine Corps by private owners, the dog outfit underwent extensive schooling at Camp Le- Jeune, North Carolina, and Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, before embarking oversea*. The combat-trained "Devildogs” and their handlers made the long over-water trip from the United States aboard a Navy troop transp ort The dogs survived the difficult journey‘through tropical seas without a casualty and all arrived in excellent condition. For the trip over the dogs lived in individual crates placed on. the open deck of the crowded trans- (Please Turn to Page Two) Marine Confidence Acquired From Experience 'The Marines have confidence in themselves. And confidence is greatly different from braggadoci. Confidence doesn't come from the outside. I t comes from the inside. I t comes from character and discipline, from training and skill. "Experience has j^own that it isn’t the swaggering bully that makes the great fighter. It ’s the man with character, discipline and training. Take marksmanship, for instance. I f a Marine can’t snoot a rifle so that he’s proud of his marksmanship, he works at'TTtmUl he is good. And as a Marine gets to be a better and better shot, he gets confidence in himself. Confidence from the inside. Confidence that makes him ready to meet the if necessary, to close “There is an old Chinese proverb that goes: ‘Pien hsia chih shih fei chiao wu ch’eng.' I t means: 'Nothing in the world can be accomplished without instruction.’ The Marines agree." Thla la an extr*rt from an uMrm by Lira tenant tVnrrml T. Holcomb. UBMC. Commandant. U. 8. Maria* Corpa. New Ten Inch Bayonet Used By Leathernecks For Close Order Comb Streamlined for battle, the blade of the new issue used by the U. S. Marine Corps, the Shambo-sticker (Bayonet, U.S., M1942), will be ten inches in length, six inches ahorter than the old. Supplies of the old issue bayonet now on hand are being cut, retempered and sharpened to this new length. The seaboard (M7), shortened to accommodate the new size, is of a durable and light plastic, waterproof and shatter-proof. Plastic also substitutes for the wood grips on the bayonet handle. Redesigned to facilitate handling of close-in fighting, the weapon can be wielded with the same agil-ifforded by the favored, and rare, hunting knife, and yet in the same deadly piece at the nMrtlilzZzZlle* oo ff tthh*e. ““0n3H’" nr .**_\_f rifle. A t "sling arms” the short appendage on the rifle allows greater clearance for overhanding brances along jungle trails. In bayonet fightin g, considered the law of leverages, the longer blade ia easily parried to give the short blade full control of the action. The tip of the blade being closed (Please Turn to Page Four) Marine Detachment Gets Ten Trainees From Active Duty Ten hardened Leathernecks, I from line duty, joined the ranks i of Captain K irt W. Norton’s Ma- ; rine Detachment this week to replenish the loss of some sixty-three men who had left by 1 November, 1943. All but one of the new Marine trainees have seen active duty in the Pacific Area; four of them hold the Presidental Unit Citation; and one the Purple Heart. In future issues of THE P INE, “ Profile of a Marine” will present biographical sketches oi these men. For now these “briefs” will act as an introduction. B L A IR E. DALTON, ex-Ser-geant Major, USMC. He has seen three years, two months of service. He holds Sharpshooter, pistol; Marksman, rifle: wears the American Defense Medal and the Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal; has done duty in New Zealand; home town: Portage, Wisconsin. JA C K T RAIL, ex-Quartermaster Sergeant, USMC: three years and four months with the Marine Corps. He holds Marksman, pistol; Marksman, rifle. He wears the American Defense Medal (one star) and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (one star). Has done service at Pearl Harbor and New Zealand. Home town: Beaumont, Texas. JO H N D. CABLE. Ex-Sergeant, ( Please Turn to Page Four) Captain Norton Relates Of Marine Tomorrow marks the 168th niversary of the birth of our Corps, said by many to be the toughest body o f fighting men over organized. The first official steps taken to organize the Marine Corps was by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, when it authorized the establishment of two battalions. The resolution further specified that the personnel for the battalions were to be “good seaman or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage at sea.” November 10 for that reason has been officially designated as the birthday of the United States Marine Corps and has been observed as such since 1921. The early detachments of Marines fought with such force, vigor, and pride that they set into motion an esprit de Corps that hafe been handed down to this day and since the last war it has become contageous with all recruits without any encouragement whatever. Just recently General Hersey, U.S.A., in an address to a graduating clasa of officers at Quantico, (Please Turn to Page F our) Beach Landing War To Continue SO M EW H E R E IN THE SOUTH PA C IF IC— Ascertaining that it is "absolutely impossible for defending force* to protect all beaches,” Rear Adrn. Daniel E. Barbey as- Hert*4,»a,t * pre“ conference that “amphibious warfare must continue of the Japs are to be beaten.” The man who has commanded theae forces in the South Pacific, recently winnin g the Navy Cross f t * personally directing hazardous operations, said, "The Japs showed us that advances by taking beaches rather than porta are the cheapest kind of advances.” action; action painted red with the blood of United States Marines. Places such as Guadalcanal, Munda, Eogai, Inlet, Rendova, Vella Lavella, Kolombangara are but a few of the names ever to be remembered in the annals of the Corps. They will be placed alongside Belleau Wood, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fittin g . that we who are Marines should call to mind the glories of the Corps’ long and illustrious history. In every battle and skirmish since the birth of the Corps Marines Imve acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, win-n* n£ new honors on each occasion untjl the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue. The high name of distinction and soldierly repute the Marines today have received from those who preceded' them in 'the Corpa. History Corps Corps Commandant Talks OnConfidence T HE COMM A N D E R To the members of the Marine Corps V-12 unit: On the 168th anniversary of the birth of the United States Marine Corps, it is well to take stock pf the situation from your own standpo in t ices, whose motto has always been ■'Semper Fidilis." You have been selected for a course of instruction which, if successfully completed, will lead to commissioned rank. I f you had been most needed to serve in the ranks of the Marine Corps immediately, you would have received such orders. Obviously, the Marine Corps needs competent and trained officers. Such officers cannot be developed overnight. The .development requires long and arduous training both mentally and physic- “ f c . Commanding Officer hopes that you will take fu ll advantage of your opportunities, and live up to the hignest traditions of the Marine Corps. R. B. H O R N E R , Commanding. W ith it they also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated the Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines In every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish M arines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard them as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps. W hat should the Marine Corps birthday mean to us? Except for a small handful of men, most of us (Please Turn to Page Two) Brother, Sister Hold Same Rank QUANTICO— There’s a brother-sister combination in the Marine Corps, with the rank o f captain and service in two wars, p £ r? £ .e.r Captain John R. Thek, A dj. of OCS at Quantico. The sister is Captain Martre«e Ferguson, attached to U SM CW R a field moaician, while his aiater waa a Marinette. " Semper Fidelis” BIRTHDAY OF 168 YEARS DUTY ON LAND, AT SEA, IN THE AIR CELEBRATED BY LEATHERNECK Lieutenant General Thomas A. Corps addressed the .graduating class at Quantico, Virginia, on 22. Officer." While members of the Marine Detachment commissions in the Corps .it is , 1 Marine Anniversary, should print such an address. — “Officers of the Field Artillery H Course, and members of 4 the Can- I didates’ | Candidates’ wel- /< come as new members of the Of- ^ fleers’ I . “bars to- ^ day. while they entitle you to certain also place upon you a very definite a ar the reputation of the Marine Corps. cour-i T u n to u 10,000 Christmas I 1 Christmas this year will be a o\ little m P r r i r frxr 1A AAA MnrinA>«
|Creator||Northern Arizona University. Associated Students.|
|Title||The Pine, November 9, 1943.|
|Notes||Incorrectly published as Volume 13|
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TUESDAY. N O V E M B E R 9, 1943___________________ ___________ PUBLISH ED BY A S S O C IA T E D ST U D EN T S A T F LAG STAFF , A R IZ O N A __________________________ V O L 13— N O . 17
MARINE CORPS ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW
Top Three Aces
Of World War II
A third Marine flier has.
joined the exclusive ranks of
aces " ho have reached the 20
mark in enemy planes shot
down in World War II.
A belated report of a Marine
fighter sweep over Kahili airdrome
18 October reveals that Major
Gregory Boyington commanding
the “Black Sheep” squadron of
Corsairs, shot down his 20th Jap
plane and is now the leading fighter
in action in the South Pacific.
His 19-plane group shot down 8 of
20 attacking Zeroes during the battle
to raise its total to 58.
Still out in front is Major Joe
Foss, who shot down 26 Ja p planes
to tie the all-time high set by
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in
World War I. He is now doing
duty in the states.
The other leading American Ace
‘ is First Lt. Kenneth A. Walsh. At
the time of his return to the States
several weeks ago he was officially
credited with downing 20 planes
and several probables.
The three Marine fliers’ records
are tops in the nation’s services.
YANKS TEACHING NIPS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25