Funny he (CMC Conway, above) should mention that, I have been posting articles on precisely that topic for quite some time now. In any case, I am happy to see someone finally taking notice of this situation.
I suppose this first most seriously came up about the time of The Great War when the Marines went to France, in regimental strength, to fight beside the U.S. Army. And again later, during WW II when the Marine Corps expanded to 6 Marine Divisions.
“THROUGH THE YEARS…
“Beginning with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Marines had survived eleven serious proposals to disband the Corps or merge it with the Army.5”
“…Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, who was inspecting Green Beach on Iwo Jima that morning in 1945, saw the Stars and Stripes go up atop Mount Suribachi and heard the beleaguered troops below come alive with whistles and cheers and shouts of joy. He turned to Marine General Holland M. Smith and said, ‘The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years!’1”
Forrestal had been speaking of the first flag raising on Suribachi at about 1020 on the morning of 23 February 1945, not the raising of the second, or ‘replacement’ flag made famous by the Rosenthal photograph.
“In 1948 Secretary Forrestal–the same Forrestal who had predicted a long future for the Marines on the beachhead below Suribachi–warned the Corps not to begin thinking of itself as a second Army.14”
“The following is from one of my Gunny G websites where I have gathered some notes and infornmation on the subject of the Marine Corps fight for survival back through its history. That site may be viewed by clicking here.
“Beginning with the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Marines had survived eleven serious proposals to disband the Corps or merge it with the Army.5””
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