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Marine Raiders History

On August 17-18, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion conducted a raid on Matin Island in the central Pacific Ocean. They inserted by submarine, destroyed the Japanese installation and radio station, and then withdrew from the island. The force suffered 30 deaths but attained a morale boost for the U.S. military and American public. See Raid on Makin Island and Marine Raiders, SOF News, August 17, 2023.


Read news articles about MARSOC by SOF News

From Makin to Bougainville: Marine Raiders in the Pacific War, by Major Jon T Hoffman, USMCR. Marine Corps Historical Center.

Gomrick, Kathleen M., Major, USAF, Gung Ho, Raider! The Philosophy and Methods of Brig Gen Evans F. Carlson, Marine Corps Raider", Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, April 1999, PDF, 43 pages.

Videos about Marine Raiders

Video The Echoes of Makin Island. This video has clips of the 1943 movie Gung Ho!. Defense Media Activity Marines, August 15, 2023, DVIDS, 3 minutes.

Video 1942 Raid on Makin Raid. The History Guy, YouTube, 2020, 17 minutes.

Video Raid on Makin Island. Kings and Generals, YouTube, 2022, 20 minutes.

News Reports about Marine Raiders

January 25, 2024, "MARSOC Marine Raiders: Always Faithful, Always Forward", by Michael Ellmer, Grey Dynamics.

July 4, 2022, "Carlson's Raiders", by Stephanie Hinnershitz, National WWII Museum.

August 17, 2020, "How US Marine Raiders used Submarines to Raid Makin Island During World War II", by Matt Fratus, Coffee or Die Magazine.

November 4, 2019, "Marine veterans recount daring raid on Makin Atoll", by Patrick K. O'Donnell, Marine Corps Times.





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