Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Raiders Live Again-- Part 2

During World War II, the Marine Raiders were renowned for mounting long-term operations deep behind enemy lines, with little or no logistical support from larger American forces  Like the Army's Long Range Recon Platoons of Vietnam, Marine Raiders were proficient at all types of unconventional warfare most often today attributed to Special Operations Command.

Activated in 1942, the Raider battalions were formally disbanded in 1944 after having fought at operations from Makin Island to Iwo Jima.

Even though MARSOC has adopted the Raider name, they will not be authorized to use the most famous Raider symbol: the blue-and-red emblem with stars and a menacing skull.


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