Marine AIr Ground Task Force

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Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) routinely gives demonstrations throughout the country. While this is not a museum nor their largest show, these are images of the equipment on display on July 4, 2010 in New York City. You will see the V-22 Osprey, a very impressive machine, the Apache, and the CH-46 transport helicopter.

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So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima by Kumiko Kakehashi

So Sad to Fall in Battle: An Account of War Based on General Tadamichi Kuribayashi's Letters from Iwo Jima by Kumiko Kakehashi. The battle of Iwo Jima, from the Japanese commander's perspective. More importantly, not only does it cover the 'at all cost' strategy of the defense of the island, it gives the modern reader insight on the Japanese military system and militarized society. How does a man like Kuribayashi who was opposed to the war with the US not only led part of the war, but was willing to die for it. What type of society and culture creates such seemingly contradicting philosphy on its people. From the brutal treatment of the common Japanese solider and in turn their dehumanization of the enemy, to the officer's sense of honor wihch binds their lives to their country - right or wrong. It's a fascinating read.

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NJIPMS 2010

National Museum of the Marine Corp

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The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located near Quantico, about 35 minutes south of Washington DC. Opened in 2006, it honors the people how has served and is serving the United States. Besides a history of the service told through artifacts, uniforms, and exhibits, the museum contains a good collection of aircraft and a smaller collection of armored vehicles. The center piece however in my opinion are the life size dioramas with sound effects that you literally walk through. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Washington DC Area.

http://www.usmcmuseum.org 

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