Who was Alexander Bonnyman Jr.?

Introduction Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr. (02 May 1910 to 23 November 1943) was a United States Marine Corps officer who was killed in action on Betio Atoll in the Gilbert Islands during World War II. A combat engineer, he received the Medal of Honour and Purple Heart posthumously for his actions during an important assault… Read More


What is a Jarhead?

Introduction Jarhead is a nickname for members of the United States Marine Corps. Refer to Devil Dog and Leatherneck. In Popular Culture Jarhead may also refer to: Book: Jarhead Anthony Swofford’s 2003 memoir of his experiences as a US Marine in the First Gulf War. Film: Jarhead: The 2005 film adaptation of Swofford’s book. Jarhead… Read More

What is a Leatherneck?

Introduction Leatherneck is a military slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps, or of the Corps of Royal Marines. It is generally believed to originate in the wearing of a “leather stock” that went around the neck. Contrary to popular opinion, it was used not to protect the neck during swordfights… Read More

What is a Devil Dog?

Introduction Devil Dog is a nickname for a United States Marine. Refer to Jarhead and Leatherneck. Brief History Multiple publications of the United States Marine Corps claim that the nickname “Teufel Hunden”[a] – “Devil Dogs” in English – was bestowed upon the Marines by German soldiers at the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918… Read More

What was the 1998 Cavalese Cable Car Crash?

Introduction The Cavalese cable car crash, also known as the Strage del Cermis (Italian: Massacre of Cermis), occurred on 03 February 1998, near the Italian town of Cavalese, a ski resort in the Dolomites some 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Trento. Twenty people were killed when a United States Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft,… Read More

Who was John J. McGinty III?

Introduction Captain John James McGinty III (21 January 1940 to 17 January 2014) was a United States Marine Corps officer who received the United States militaries’ highest decoration – the Medal of Honour – for heroism during July 1966 in the Vietnam War. Early Life and Education John McGinty was born on 21 January 1940,… Read More

Who was Pappy Boyington?

Introduction Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (04 December 1912 to 11 January 1988) was an American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received the Medal of Honour and the Navy Cross. A Marine aviator with the Pacific fleet in 1941, Boyington joined the “Flying Tigers” (1st American… Read More