First to Fight: The Marine Corps Quiz


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The few. The proud. The Marines. Not many have what it takes. If you think you can be one of them, tackle our quiz first and you're (not even!) close to being on your way.

Where was the Marine Corps formed?

The first two battalions of Marines were formed at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


True or false: The first Marine Corps uniform jackets were gray.

The first Marine Corps uniform jackets were green.


Where was the first Marine Corps amphibious landing?

The first amphibious landing of the Marine Corps was during the Battle of Nassau on March 3, 1776, when 200 marines landed and secured stockpiles of ammunition and gunpowder.


What type of sword do Marine Corps officers carry?

Marine officers have carried the Mameluke sword since 1825 to reflect the Corps' success during the First Barbary War.


What does the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor symbol represent?

The symbol represents the United States, the Marine Corps' ties to the Navy and worldwide service.


Who was the first commandant of the Marine Corps?

Nicholas was appointed major of the Marines in 1776.


"<i>Semper fidelis</i>" is the Marine Corps motto. What does it mean?

Latin for "always faithful," <i>semper fidelis </i>became the Marine Corps motto in 1883.


Who was the first Marine aviator and the "father of Marine aviation"?

Capt. Alfred A. Cunningham is credited by many as having brought the Marine Corps into the age of flight.


The Battle of Belleau Wood was fought in which war?

Fought predominantly by U.S. Marines, the Battle of Belleau Wood stopped the German offensive in World War I and earned the Marines the nickname "Devil Dogs."


Which of the following is NOT a nickname for Marines?

Marines are often called leathernecks and jarheads, but not necessarily lone wolves.


What is the Marine Corps' recruiting slogan?

The Few. The Proud. The Marines.


What type of weapon does a Marine first gain proficiency as a marksman on?

No recruit earns the title Marine without first gaining proficiency as a marksman with the M16 service rifle.


How long is Marine Corps Recruit Training?

Marine Corps Recruit Training lasts 12 weeks, during which recruits go through strength, weapons and combat training.


True or false: The first retired Marine to ever receive an honorary promotion was in a Stanley Kubrick movie.

R. Lee Ermey, who is best known as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," retired as a staff sergeant. But in 2002 the Marine Corps granted him an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant. He is the first retiree in the history of the Marines to receive such an honor.


True or false: The Marines were held back at Normandy.

There was a large contingent of Marines onboard the USS Texas who were held back. The leaders of the Allied forces were all Army generals, and because of a longstanding rivalry between the Army and the Marines, perhaps they weren't willing to share spotlight on what could be the biggest operation of the war.


What famous Marine Corps fighter also became the first American to orbit Earth?

During the Korean War, hotshot fighter pilot John Glenn shot down three MiG fighter jets. He also became the first American to orbit Earth and the oldest person to ever go into space at age 77.


What is the name of the Marine Corps band?

First formed in 1798, The President's Own is famous for having performed at the inauguration of every American president since Thomas Jefferson in 1801.


What photographer captured four U.S. Marines raising the flag over Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima?

Photographer Joe Rosenthal provided the U.S. Marine Corps with one of its most enduring images with his picture of Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima, Japan, during World War II.


What is the highest combat award a Marine can achieve?

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to any member of the armed forces, including the Marines.


True or false: The Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy.

While the Marine Corps is its own branch of the U.S. military, it falls under the administration of the Department of the Navy.


Which of the following shows the ranking of officers from lowest to highest?

The ranking of Marine Corps officers from lowest to highest is second lieutenant, captain, major, colonel and brigadier general.


Where was the last major World War II battle for the Marines?

Allied forces invaded Okinawa on April 1, 1945. The battle lasted 82 days.


Five years after the end of World War II, where were Marines sent back into combat?

During the Chosin Reservoir campaign of the Korean War, Marines successfully evacuated 98,000 refugees, broke through an enemy encirclement and even rebuilt a bridge that the Chinese destroyed. The campaign is one of the defining events of the Marine Corps' modern history.


True or false: Lt. Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller is the most highly decorated Marine in U.S. history.

Lt. Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller was one of the most decorated Marines in the Corps and the only Marine ever to earn the Navy Cross five times.


In what year were women first allowed to enlist in the Marine Corps?

The secretary of the Navy allowed women to enroll for clerical duty in the Marine Corps in 1918.


What year did the first female Marines take the combat leadership test?

The first group of female Marines took the combat Leadership test in 2012.


True or false: Currently, women make up 5 percent of the Marine Corps.

Women account for more than 7 percent of the Marine Corps, serving in 93 percent of all occupational fields and 62 percent of all facilities.


True or false: In October 1983, 150 Marines died when a suicide bomber drove a truck bomb into the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit headquarters in Beirut.

Unfortunately, 220 Marines were killed when the suicide bomber drove a truck bomb into their secure headquarters in Beirut.


What is the name of the Marine Corps' drum and bugle Corps?

The Commandant's Own is the only drum and bugle corps in the active duty U.S. armed forces.


What is the Marine Corps' motivational cry?

Ooh-rah, not to be confused with the Army's cry "hooah!," signifies that Marines are ready and eager to accomplish the mission before them.


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