History Of Suicide Charley

On 24 October 1942, the 1st Marine Division was occupying a defensive position around Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The 1st Battalion 7th Marines, commanded by LtCol Lewis B “Chesty” Puller helped form this line.


‘First Team’ takes gold PDF Print E-mail
Written by Story by Lance Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo   
Monday, 31 August 2015 16:26

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - A squad-sized element of war fighters trudge nine miles through the sweltering heat and unfamiliar terrain to the next objective. Their perseverance is tested, yet they do not give up. Instead, with support from one another, they fight through the adversity, quiet any doubt, and push on toward victory.

Marines of 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, competed in and won the Marine Corps Super Squad competition aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, July 30, 2015.

The Marine Corps Super Squad competition, held annually, is open to Marines and sailors from across 1st Marine Division. Within the division, each regiment chooses a squad to represent them. The competition is held as a means of testing each squad’s endurance, occupational intelligence and cohesion. This is the first time in 10 years that ‘First Team’ has participated in the competition. 

“When I first heard about ‘super squad,’ my thoughts were on what went into it,” said Cpl. Zachery Bennett, team leader, 1/7. “We were briefly told we were going to be put up for super squad. When I heard that, I went back, did my research and found out a little bit more. It sounded like a pretty big honor to even compete in it.”

Marines and sailors who participated in the competition were required to complete several events over the span of two days. The events for the first day included; a gear inspection, a combat fitness test, a 100-question written test, which covered basic infantry skills, and an operation order to conduct daylight patrolling. 

1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Story by Cpl. Seth Starr   
Monday, 31 August 2015 16:05

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - It was a warm morning when Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, rose at 3:17 a.m. to begin preparation for platoon attacks aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 24. 

Training kicked off for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year. 

Platoon attacks started with an assault on three reinforced enemy machine gun bunkers. The goal of the assault was to effectively suppress enemy positions, breach any obstacles toward the objective and clear all three bunkers. 

1st Lt. Cress Clippard, platoon commander for 1st Platoon, Company C, said that his Marines performed well and adapted to the situation despite several unknowns.

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