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This Marine Corps Comic Strip Artist From The 1920s Might Be The Original Terminal Lance
Some things never change, and in the Marine Corps, an institution where upholding tradition is the order of the day, this is doubly true. I’m not talking about eagles, globes, and anchors, immaculate uniforms, or having a high-and-tight, no, I mean the real traditions: the never-ending grunts versus pogs dispute, service rivalries, drunken shenanigans on leave or in the barracks. These staples of the Corps aren’t new, and they’ve provided ample material to enlisted Marines-turned-biting-satirists for nearly a century.
Long before Marine veteran Maximilian Uriarte captured the spirit of low-fade sporting, regulation-defying E-3s in the Marine Corps with his comic series, Terminal Lance, another enlisted Marine armed with pen and paper was hard at work immortalizing rank-and-file Marine Corps life in ink.
A collection of postcards and sketches from the Marine Corps Archives’ Walter F. Kromp collection capture the humor (and downright admirable levels of booze-fueled belligerence) of Marines stationed in Beijing, China, in the 1920s. Many of the illustrations, are still relevant today, like how shit always rolls downhill, regardless of rank.
It’s likely the artist, who signed the illustrations “Simpson,” served with the 4th Marine Regiment, dubbed the China Marines, a contingent of jarheads who won the lottery in terms of duty stations when they were stationed in Beijing between 1927 and 1941 to protect American citizens and interests there.
The postcards made their way to the Marine Corps “sometime prior to 1981” as part of a collection from a man named Walter F. Kromp, according to Chris Ellis, an archivist with the Marine Corps History Division. Beyond that, the details are pretty scant. It’s unclear if the postcards were ever published, but it seems likely that the artist was a Marine on embassy duty with a bit of extra cash.
“The Marines posted to China during this time period were primarily embassy guards, and they had a lot of free time,” Ellis told Task & Purpose in an email. “It is very common for us to get donation offers of highly decorative China Marine scrapbooks that are lavishly illustrated and bound in dragon-embossed leather covers.”
“These guys had money to spend, and there were many items made available to them for purchase,” he added.
While the source of these comics remains a mystery, some of the illustrations and their themes should be pretty recognizable to current and former enlisted Marines.
There’s the belief that dress blues make you a chick magnet:
There’s always endless speculation about where we’ll invade next:
Or if you’ll ever even deploy:
But no one forgets their first trip home after boot camp:
Whoever the mysterious illustrator was, we’re pretty sure he’d be pleased to know that his craft is being carried on by salty devil dogs almost 100 years later.
KABUL/WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on Friday.
Large cargo ships, small fishing boats and other watercraft sail safely past Naval Station Norfolk every day, but there's always a possibility that terrorists could use any one of them to attack the world's largest naval base.
While Navy security keeps a close eye on every vessel that passes, there's an inherent risk for the sailors aboard small patrol boats who are tasked with helping keep aircraft carriers, submarines and destroyers on base safe from waterborne attacks.
So the Navy experimented Wednesday to test whether an unmanned vessel could stop a small boat threatening the base from the Elizabeth River.
In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq.
Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on the deck of a guard tower. The explosion lifted his body - in full armor - an inch or two off the floor.
Keltz says he thought he had escaped with little more than a mild headache. Initial assessments around the base found no serious injuries or deaths from the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, "All is well!"
The next day was different.
"My head kinda felt like I got hit with a truck," Keltz told Reuters in an interview from al-Asad air base in Iraq's western Anbar desert. "My stomach was grinding."
A video has emerged showing a U.S. military vehicle running a Russian armored truck off the road in Syria after it tried to pass an American convoy.
Questions still remain about the incident, to include when it occurred, though it appears to have taken place on a stretch of road near the Turkish border town of Qamishli, according to The War Zone.
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Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.
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