TO THE MARINE RAIDER WEB SITE
This history of the United States Marine Raiders has
been compiled from the most accurate sources available to us and will
be periodically updated and upgraded. The goal of this web site is the
establishment of a limited United States Marine Raider search engine,
by linking pages to relevant Raider information Online. The history of
a small military unit can not be adequately appreciated, unless it is
viewed in context of the larger effort of which it is a part. Effort will
be made to relate Raider operations to such efforts.
We promise that the story of these first combat ready
ground troops of World War II, the predecessor of all United States special
forces, will both educate and fascinate you, with the astounding tales
of their combat against the Japanese enemy. The Marine Raiders made the
intial ground offensives against the Japanese in WW II; they participated
in turning around the Japanese advance; the only ground unit that participated
in every island assault in the Solomon Islands; following which, Raiders
as individuals or units were in virtually every Island hopping event in
the Pacific War and the first landing in Japan after it's announced surrender.
The cooperation of Committee members: Jerome Beau, John E. Dornan, Frank
Guidone, Melvin Heckt, Jon T. Hoffman, George A. MacRae, the late Steve
Zentner; USMRA Presidents John B. Sweeney, John J. Freeling and Michael
B. Beeler, John McCarthy, Editor of Raider Patch; Members of the USMRA
Board of Directors; Executive Director of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Susan Hodges; David B. Crist of the Marine Corps Historical Center and
many others is acknowledged
copyrighted information is reproduced with permission.
United States Marine Raider Association wishes to express its' gratitude
to Andrew and Luciana "Lucy" Young. The designed, maintain &
host the website free of charge in honor of Andrew's father, The late
James L. Young Jr. of Houston, Texas, who served with the Marine Raiders
and the 6th Marine Division.
(Served as an enlisted Marine in the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion)
of the United States Marine Raider Association, "Committee to Preserve
the History, Legend and Legacy of the United States Marine Raiders
via the Internet".