What is boot camp like in the Marine Corps? Check out our week by week guide for what you can expect if you want to earn the title United States Marine. The USMC's boot camp is the longest of all the services.
Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an American actor. Like Gene Hackman, he left home at age 16 to join the Marines, ending up in Lebanon with Operation Blue Bat in 1958. In this 2003 interview, he said, "For me the Marine Corps was a spiritual journey. It's not about war. Our duty is to protect those who do not have the means to protect themselves."
The "Why did you join the Marines," dialog portrayed in this clip from the HBO movie Generation Kill is right on the money. Whether you are a young Marine or an older one, you'll enjoy this clip from the movie!
Steve McQueen joined the Marine Corps in 1947, age 17. He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea. He was also assigned to an honor guard responsible for guarding then U.S. President Harry Truman's yacht. McQueen served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged.
John Basilone - He served three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines before joining the Marine Corps. In 1940 he joined the Marine Corps and after attending training was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Solomon Islands and eventually to Guadalcanal where he held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to two men. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima, after which he was posthumously honored with the Navy Cross.
Navajo Code Talker Wilfred Billey joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 as part of the second wave of Navajo code talkers. He died on December 12, 2013 at the age of 90. He was responsible for the Navajo inscription on the group's 2001 Congressional Gold Medal.
Long before he found fame riding alongside fellow 70’s heartthrob Erik Estrada in the hit TV series “CHiPs”, Larry Wilcox took on a very different role, one far less glamorous and that won him few fans. In May of 1967, the then 19-year-old, knowing the draft was looming, followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps. His unit, the 12th Marines, fought in Vietnam in the I Corps which ranged in areas from Dong Ha to the DMZ and Con Thien, and eventually, the Tet…
Marcus M. Cherry was inspired to become a Marine by his older brother, already a member of the Corps."He was very serious about graduating from high school and joining the Marines," said Imperial High School vice principal Steve Cato, who coached Cherry in football.Lance Cpl. Cherry, 18, of Imperial, Calif., was killed by hostile fire April 6, 2004 in Anbar province. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. "He was going to be a good citizen, a good Marine," his stepfather said.