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QPME: Small Wars and Irregular Warfare

The small wars of the Marine Corps play an important part in Marine Corps history - and a provide a foundation for understanding modern-day irregular warfare and counterinsurgency operations.

Medal of Honor: Banana Wars & Afghanistan

"His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure, success or failure. His responsibilities were great and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation."

—From the Medal of Honor citation of LtCol Wendell C. Neville, 
USMC, 4 DEC 1915

Depicted is then-Gunnery Sergeant Daly, a double recipient of the Medal of Honor. Image: Marine Corps Archives.
 

George Reid was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Image: Marine Corps Archives.

Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2010. Meyersaved 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghans. Image: DVIDS.

 

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