John M. Browning – Arming the USMC for More Than 100 Years.
Happy Anniversary Marines -- November 10, 1775.
The first Brownings enter USMC service
World War I
World War II
The most iconic image of WWII and the US Marine Corps is the flag raising on the summit of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. That famous photo served as the model for the USMC Memorial in Washington DC, and reminded Americans that, in due time, an Allied victory in WWII was assured.
You can watch the colors go up on Iwo Jima here in this old newsreel footage. This video is posted by a third party on YouTube and the person posting is not affiliated with Browning in any way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEtukwfLX90
Korea and the Cold War
The Battle for Hue City during Tet was another outright slugfest for the Marines in Vietnam. Hue City was the former imperial capitol of Vietnam, and included the Citadel, a vast 19th-century fortress surrounded by thick stone walls and a deep moat. Hue would be the scene of some of the most brutal fighting of the Vietnam War, and the worst urban battle since the Marines retook Seoul almost two decades earlier.
In the post-Vietnam era the Marines have been sent into any number of the world’s hot spots, rescuing American citizens, providing humanitarian aid and bringing order and stability to scenes of chaos.
Marines have also fought with great courage and devastated America’s enemies during several recent conflicts in the Middle East and as part of our nation’s War on Terror. During Desert Storm the Marines participated in the liberation of Kuwait, driving the Iraqi invaders from the tiny gulf state.
Post-Vietnam -- War On Terror
While Browning doesn’t currently make a full-size Model 1911 .45 automatic, we do offer several unique 1911-style pistols in the form of the 1911-22 and the 1911-380. Scaled at just 85% of the original, these single-action pistols are light, accurate, easy to carry and comfortable to fire.
So that about wraps up our short history of the USMC. Browning wants to wish the Corps and every Marine, past, present (and future) a very happy 241st birthday, and a thousand more to come.
Thank you for your dedication, service and sacrifice. Semper Fi!
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