A Brief History of the 6th Marines, written by Lieutenant General William K. Jones, USMC (Retired)

Published, in 1987, by:
History and Museums Division
Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Chapters 1, 2 and 3 deal with "The First World War -- The Beginning;" the period "Between the Wars;" and the 6th Marines on "Iceland" prior to WWII.

Chapters 4 and 5 deal with an expanding and diversified Marine Corps, as well as the preparations for and doing battle on both Guadacanal and Tarawa.

Chapters 6 and 7 deal with the battles for Saipan and Tinian; and the issue of "What's Next" for the Corps at WWII's end.

Chapters 8, 9 and 10 cover the "Occupation" period, the years between 1945-1965, and the years from 1965-1985.

Notes, Appendices and Index.

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