The United States Marine Corps

A Chronology, 1775 to the Present

by John C. Fredriksen


In March 1776, the Continental Marines performed America's first amphibious assault, seizing the British island of New Providence in the Bahamas. Since that time, U.S. Marines have stormed Derna, Tripoli; helped quash China's Boxer Rebellion; and, famously, raised the flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi. These are just a few highlights of more than two-and-a-quarter centuries of outstanding service.

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April 2011


Pages 361
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Armed Forces

This comprehensive survey profiles one of history's greatest fighting forces, on land, sea, and air.

The United States Marine Corps: A Chronology, 1775 to the Present touches upon all aspects of the Continental and U.S. Marine Corps since their inception. All major battles in all major wars are covered, along with innumerable smaller clashes and deployments abroad. The evolution of amphibious doctrine, so essential to Marine Corps activity in the 20th and 21st centuries, is likewise covered in detail, along with the rise of Marine Corps aviation.

Through a diary of daily occurrences proffered in the context of greater historical events, this chronology captures the entire sweep of U.S. Marine Corps history. It follows the Corps from the American Revolution to the halls of Montezuma and the shores of Tripoli, through World Wars I and II, and up to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Entries delineate battlefield events, but also significant political and administrative changes that have affected the Marines. Notable events in the careers of generals and other individuals are included as well.


  • Comprehensive daily coverage of wartime and peacetime activities as they have affected the U.S. Marine Corps as an institution and a fighting machine
  • Detailed coverage of all major and many minor military engagements from 1775 through 2009, affording informative glimpses of American men and women in combat across the globe
  • Illustrations throughout highlighting significant events and Marine Corps personalities
  • 20 sidebars that afford greater detail and context on a variety of events and individuals
  • A 5,000-word bibliography of the latest scholarship on U.S. Marine Corps history, organization, leadership, and battles


  • Pinpoints specific events in American military history, such as victories and defeats, but also the introduction of new technologies, the appointment of significant leaders, noted deaths in battle, and more
  • Covers political, institutional, and noncombat events, rounding out appreciation of the U.S. Marines Corps as a uniquely American institution
  • Traces the significant contribution of Marines through the rise of American global dominance, especially in terms of amphibious warfare
  • Highlights unique individuals and famous formations that contributed to the Marines' reputation as an elite fighting force
Author Info

John C. Fredriksen, PhD, is an independent historian and the author of 20 reference books on various subjects. He received his degree in military history from Providence College.



"Fredriksen's straightforward presentation is recommended for academic and public libraries seeking to provide material on the critical role of the institution in American history."Booklist

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