The U.S. Naval Institute Chronicles series focuses on the relevance of history by exploring topics like significant battles, personalities, and service components. Tapping into the U.S. Naval Institute's robust archives, these carefully selected volumes help readers understand nuanced subjects by providing unique perspectives and some of the best contributions that have helped shape naval thinking over the many decades since the Institute's founding in 1873.
From the American Revolution to the present day, the U.S. Marine Corps has often led the fight against America's enemies. The selections in this anthology offer insights into Marine Operations in Korea in 1871 and again in the 1950s, the Spanish American War, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and more.
About the Author
Thomas J. Cutler is a retired lieutenant commander and former gunner's mate second class who served in patrol craft, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. His varied assignments included an in-country Vietnam tour, small craft command, and nine years at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Seamanship & Navigation Department and Associate Chairman of the History Department. While at the Academy, he was awarded the William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education (military teacher of the year).
He is the founder and former Director of the Walbrook Maritime Academy in Baltimore. Currently he is Fleet Professor of Strategy and Policy with the Naval War College and is the Director of Professional Publishing at the U.S. Naval Institute.
Winner of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Naval Literature, the U.S. Naval Institute Press Author of the Year, and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, his published works include NavCivGuide: A Handbook for Civilians in the U.S. Navy; A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy [one of the books in the Chief of Naval Operations Reading Program]; The Battle of Leyte Gulf; Brown Water, Black Berets: Coastal & Riverine Warfare in Vietnam; and the 22nd, 23rd (Centennial), and 24th editions of The Bluejacket's Manual. His other works include revisions of Jack Sweetman's The Illustrated History of the U.S. Naval Academy and Dutton's Nautical Navigation. He and his wife, Deborah W. Cutler, are the co-editors of the Dictionary of Naval Terms and the Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations.
His books have been published in various forms, including paperback and audio, and have appeared as main and alternate selections of the History Book Club, Military Book Club, and Book of the Month Club. He has served as a panelist, commentator, and keynote speaker on military and writing topics at many events and for various organizations, including the Naval History and Heritage Command, Smithsonian Institution, the Navy Memorial, U.S. Naval Academy, MacArthur Memorial Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, U.S. Naval Institute, Armed Forces Electronics Communications and Electronics Association, Naval War College, Civitan, and many veterans' organizations. His television appearances include the History Channel's Biography series, A&E's Our Century, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, and CBS's 48 Hours.
Table of Contents
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1 "American Marines in the Revolution" Major Edwin N. McClellan, USMC U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, June 1923 3
2 "River Raid on Korea" Lieutenant Colonel Merrill L. Bartlett, USMC (Ret.) Jack Sweetman Naval History, December 2001 11
3 "The Marines at Playa Del Este" Carlos C. Hanks U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, November 1941 17
4 "The Marine Brigade" Captain John W. Thomason Jr., USMC U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, November 1928 22
5 "First Contact with the Enemy" Richard B. Frank Naval History, April 2010 31
6 "The Pacific War's Biggest Battle" Richard B. Frank Naval History, April 2010 41
7 "Fleet Marine Force Korea-Part I" Lynn Montross U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, August 1953 50
8 "Fleet Marine Force Korea-Part II" Lynn Montross U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, September 1953 72
9 "Number Five" Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, June 2014 89
10 "The Snowy Battle for Hill 1304" Captain William J. Davis, USMC Naval History, December 2010 92
11 "'…and a Few Marines'" Lieutenant Colonel William G. Leftwich Jr., USMC U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, August 1968 98
12 "Tribute: Colonel John Walter Ripley, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)" John Grider Miller U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2008 117
13 "Fury from the Sea: Marines in Grenada" Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Byron, USMC U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, May 1984 120
14 "Rolling with the 2d Marine Division" Lieutenant General William M. Keys, USMC U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, November 1991 143
15 "An Entirely Different Battlefield" Ed Darack U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, November 2008 153
16 "The Meditations of a Lion" Lieutenant Commander Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret.) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, January 2012 162