The number of marines who die each year varies. In 2013, 10 Marines died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and at least 13 Marines died in incidents in the United States.Know More
In 2013, seven marines were killed in a training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada when a mortar round exploded during an exercise. Another four marines died while clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in California. Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and Cpl. Jacob Wooley were shot and killed by a third Marine at Quantico in Virginia.
Most of the marines who perished in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 died in Helmand province of Afghanistan. Cpl. David M. Sonka and Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian were killed in Farah province when an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon against them. Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.Learn more about Military
The Navy and the Marines are separate branches of the U.S. military. The Navy deals with control of the seas through attack, defense and transport of military equipment. The original purpose of the Marines was to capture and control "beach heads," but it expanded to involve more ground combat operations.Full Answer >
"Jarheads" is a slang term for Marines that was coined by sailors during World War II. The initial intent was as an insult toward Marines, but Marines embraced the term, and it gained acceptance as a descriptor for them.Full Answer >
The famous marine phrase "ooh rah" is a motivational expression of spirit and valor that originated among marines stationed in Korea in 1953. Marines use "ooh rah" to communicate approval, resilience and determination.Full Answer >
The United States Marine Corps utilizes crossed rifles in two of its uniform markings. The first is in the rank chevrons attached to the uniform sleeves. From Lance Corporal to Master Sergeant, each insignia bears a pair of crossed rifles. The second emblem that uses crossed rifles is the expert rifleman badge.Full Answer >