VA -- Quantico -- Natl Museum of the Marine Corps -- Memorial Park:
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- Description of Subject Matter: Overlooking the Museum is the three acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, a place of remembrance and reflection dedicated to honoring the service of all Marines. Interwoven paths cross and meet at rally points, where monuments erected to honor various Marine Corps organizations and those who served in them provide places for visitors to pause and contemplate. Commemorative bricks line portions of the pathways through the park. Donated by family members and friends to forever attest the honor, courage, and commitment that embodies the Marine Corps, sales of these bricks support the operations of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The above was from http://www.usmcmuseum.org/Museum_Tour.asp
Among the statues:
Iron Mike is the de facto name of various monuments commemorating servicemen of the United States military. The term "Iron Mike" is uniquely American slang used to refer to men who are especially tough, brave, and inspiring. Because the use of the slang term was popular in the first half of the 20th century, many statues from that period acquired the Iron Mike nickname, and over the generations the artists' titles were largely forgotten. Even official military publications and classroom texts tend to prefer the nickname to the original titles.
Quantico’s Iron Mike is officially titled Crusading for the Right. It depicts a World War I Marine holding a 1903 Springfield rifle, wearing a pack with a bayonet.
At the end of the war, US Army General John J. Pershing commissioned a French sculptor to commemorate the service of the US Army’s "doughboys". The sculptor, unaware of the differences between the branches of service, used a Marine private as a model and included the Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignia on the helmet. When Pershing saw the finished product, he demanded that the Marine Corps insignia be removed. The artist would not allow his work to be censored, so the Army refused to buy the statue.
Finally, Marine Corps General Smedley Butler raised enough money to buy the statue and had it installed in front of the headquarters building at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Sources differ on the exact date of the dedication. Some hold that it was installed as late as 1921, but photos of the statue at Quantico exist with alleged dates of late 1918. The earlier date is unlikely, as it would coincide with the end of the war and does not seem to give sufficient time for the original sculpting, the controversy that followed, and the acquisition of the statue by the Marine Corps.
The above was from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Mike
John Archer Lejeune,
Lt Gen., U.S. Marine Corps, 1867-1942: During his more than forty years of service with the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune participated in campaigns in Panama, Cuba, Mexico, France, and Germany. He led the famed 2nd Division, American Expeditionary Force, during World War I with valor and distinction. His leadership of his Marines in the critical actions at St. Mihiel earned him the French Legion of Honor.
As Major General Commandant of the Marine Corps, he foresaw a unique mission for the Corps in amphibious expeditionary operations. By doing so, he single-handedly saved the Corps from extinction and preserved it for the service of our nation in war and peace. ...
The Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., not only bears the name of one of the Corps' finest officers, but the name of one of the most able officers of American military history.
A true American patriot, Patrick F. Taylor, believed in the power of the American people. He was a successful oilman, philanthropist, educational reformer, and a strong supporter of the U.S. military and all levels of law enforcement. He reached great success and wealth in his career. However, he will be remembered more for his generous help to his community, state and nation, especially in the area of education. ...
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