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History Of The
USMC Enlisted Rank Insignia
By R.W. “Dick” Gaines
GySgt USMC (Ret.) 1952-72
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The purpose of the new site is to consolidate my previous webpages, together with newly available information/photos regarding this topic, onto one central site.
The following is a listing of webpages/links on Marine Corps Enlisted Rank History from Gunny G’s Websites which have been in exisitence for the last several years. Though these pages are far from perfect in appearance, there is much information here (both general and detailed) previously not available on the Internet. Although some rank photos have been shown on my sites, my pages are incomplete due to my inability to find complete photo/image depiction of all the actual rank/insignia worn by enlisted Marines in days gone by. The pictures are indeed available in many books, etc., but due to copyright considerations, are unavailable for use on my website.
Most of these webpages I created while still finding my way around the new, to me, cyber-world with a WebTV. I’ve progressed somewhat since that time, but still not an expert.
A Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods. Available from the
Ludwig von Mises Instute
Compiled by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Chapter 16: JFK and LBJ
Who was the real John F. Kennedy?
For many years after his death, few could say an unkind word about JFK. But, he got relatively little accomplished (which was actually an unintentional virtue). Besides that, a great deal of his behavior was difficult to admire.
JFK’s two major books were ghostwritten. Why England Slept (1940) was a version of his senior thesis at Harvard. His father’s personal speechwriter was asked to attend to the manuscript and recalled that it was a very sloppy job. JFK’s father, Joseph, purchased between 30,000 and 40,000 copies and placed them in storage.
Joe Kennedy, who had become wealthy from selling bootleg liquor, was ambassador to Great Britain . He sent copies to Winston Churchill and British intellectual Harold Laski who expressed doubts that “any publisher would have looked at that book…if he had not been your son.”
By Cliff Kincaid
August 18, 2008
In a surprising admission that could become a major scandal in the presidential race, Barack Obama’s 40-page so-called “rebuttal” to Jerome Corsi’s book, The Obama Nation, acknowledges for the first time that the senator once had a personal relationship with identified Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis, a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.
But the 40-page report, advertised and sold to the media as a refutation of Corsi’s “lies,” doesn’t identify Davis as a hard-core communist and it dishonestly edits an article about Davis to eliminate references to his admitted involvement in CPUSA activities and make the black revolutionary writer and “poet” look like a civil rights activist.
In fact, Davis was a secret CPUSA member who continued his involvement in the CPUSA or its front activities into the 1970s, when he became Barack Obama’s mentor in Hawaii. Corsi’s book devotes part of chapter three, “Black Rage, Drugs, and a Communist Mentor,” to Davis.
This official Obama campaign cover-up, which attempts to further mislead voters about Obama’s mysterious and controversial background, occurs as serious questions are being raised about Obama’s initial soft line toward the Russian invasion of Georgia. In his first statement on the crisis, Obama failed to directly condemn the Russian invasion. Obama “did not directly blame Russia” for the crisis, the New York Times acknowledged.
Did Obama’s position reflect inexperience in foreign affairs, the influence of advisers, or an ideological tendency to take Russia’s side in global affairs against the U.S. and its allies?
Protest Groups Picket At ‘Gitmo On The Platte’
Written By Rick Sallinger
Aug 17, 2008 2:18 pm US/Mountain
DENVER (CBS4); Convention protest groups aren’t happy with what they call a “clandestine” detention center. It’s a warehouse filled with makeshift jail cells to be used if there are mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention.
Protesters gathered at the site Friday. They think the conditions will be inhumane. They say the warehouse wasn’t even fit for the voting machines it once housed. But the sheriff’s department says the facility will actually speed up the time many of those arrested will have to spend in custody should laws be violated at the convention.
Since its existence was revealed protesters have likened the facility to a prison camp.