Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Raiders Live Again-- Part 1

From the August 18, 2014, Marine Corps Times by Hope Hodge Seck.

STORIED WWII UNIT'S NAME TO BE CARRIED ON SHOULDERS OF MARSOC OPERATORS.

The fabled Marine Raiders are to be remembered as the Marine Corps Special Operations Command will be renamed and rebranded to honor the elite Marine World War II unit.

During MARSOC's change of command ceremony at its headquarters in Snead's Ferry, N.C., General Jim Amos said that all units in the command would now be called Marine Raider Battalions.  This is a change for Amos, who had opposed the name change in the past.

Outgoing MARSOC commander, Major General Mark Clark said: "I think it's a celebration in a lot of ways.  We're honoring the Marine Raiders that we felt served so honorably in World War II."  This will link the present MARSOC with the work of te elite group in Pacific missions of the Raiders seven decades ago.

--GreGen

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