Awesome Facts about Military Dogs

The USMC has – like other branches of our country’s military – depended upon man’s best friend in times of war. That is because as anyone who has ever owned a dog knows, they fiercely loyal to their owners and work tirelessly to protect them against danger. In fact, the use of dogs in war goes back at least as far as the Mid-7th century BC. They have helped carry supplies, sniff out explosives and psychologically assault the enemy and have performed many other services in support of their best friend – man. Here are just a few other facts about America’s war dogs.

  • Fact: There are approximately 2,500 dogs serving in the armed forces today. 'America's Battalion' Marines patrol central GarmsirMany of these dogs support our troops overseas.

  • Fact: Dogs have fought alongside soldiers in every conflict since the Revolutionary war. At this time dogs were used as message carriers and sentries. Today, they serve in a variety of jobs.

  • Fact: According to the United States War Dogs Associations, canines have saved more than 10,000 American lives. During World War I, a dog named Sgt. Stubby became the most decorated dog in history. It once saved an entire company from a deadly gas attack.

  • Fact: During WWII, the USMC nearly used dogs to attack the Japanese mainland. The assault would have been an amphibious assault lead by a battalion of specially trained canines.

  • Fact: Xerxes I of Persia was accompanied by packs of Indian hounds when he invaded Greece in 480 BC.

  • Fact: Approximately 5,000 dogs served in Vietnam.

  • Fact: The use of dogs as subjects of medical experimentation prompted major reforms. In Laboratory Animal Welfare Act was passed to govern this practice.

  • Fact: Prior to WWII, war dogs were often euthanized after service. President Bill Clinton signed a law that allowed these dogs to be adopted.

  • Fact: Today, military dogs serve as sentries, trackers, search and rescue, scouts, and mascots and therapy dogs.

Yes, man’s best friend will continue to follow him into battle protecting him every step of the way. They are currently an indispensable part of our country’s military. They are acompanion, protector, friend and guide. We have even immortalized them on some of our Marine Corps products online.

All Hail the Hoodie

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of the hoodie has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the popularity of this omnipresent article of clothing continues to confound non-wearers. But people who do wear these items including our USMC hoodies know that there is something that is timeless about them. They know that hoodies rule. But what are the origins of this popular article of clothing and why do people cling onto their hoodies? Here is some info on what is more than a fad or fashion trend for some of us.

The Origins of the Hoodie

Many people believe that the first hoodie was made back in 1919 by the Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Its former president Harold Lipson is believed to have been the first person to add a hood to a sweatshirt in order to protect athletes and laborers from the elements. Eventually workers in cold-storage warehouses and people working outdoors began to see the practicality of wearing this odd looking piece of clothing.

Why Hoodies are so Appealing

It is difficult to find a person who does not own or has not worn a hoodie at some point in his/her life. They are one of the top items in many people’s wardrobe for a good number of reasons such as:

  • Comfort: Hoodies are cozy and comfortable allowing the wearer to get into his/her own private space while still being out among others.

  • Protection: As we stated earlier, hoodies were originally designed to give workers and athletes some protection from the elements without the necessity of carrying an umbrella or clumsy overcoat. They still do this.

  • Style: Hoodies are fashionable and come in all colors, designs, etc.

  • Individuality: Hoodies allow people to express their own sense of taste. Our hoodies are embossed with the USMC emblem showing the wearer’s patriotism and love of the Corps. Some people have the logo of their favorite sports team, rock group, etc. We prefer to display the USMC emblem. We have other Marine Corps items for sale that do so as well.

  • Versatile: Although most popular in the fall and winter, hoodies are not out of place in the spring and summer. That is because the hood can be quickly removed to cool the wearer down.

Finally, despite the fact that there has been some push back against hoodies in recent times, it continues to be a popular part of many wardrobes. It has gone beyond a simple fashion statement to a lifestyle choice.

The Marine Corps and Toys for Tots

There is a saying and a song that goes “Christmas is for Children.” And with this saying comes the image of children all over the country who will awaken on Christmas morning to gleefully unwrap their presents after a restless night of sleep. However, as painful as it is to imagine, this is not how Christmas morning will play out in every home in the nation. Some families struggle hard to provide themselves with life’s necessities let alone the luxuries of the season. Children in such homes will sadly not share in the joy of opening a shiny new present on Christmas morning. Knowing that this is the case with many families, Major Bill Hendricks founded the Toys for Tots program in 1947.

The History of Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began back in 1947 when, inspired by his wife, Major Hendricks, gathered reservists to collect and distribute thousands of unwrapped toys to children. Eventually celebrity support was also gained and since then the organization has been designated as an official mission for the Marine Corps Reserves. Moreover, since its inception the program has collected and dispensed more than 512 million toys. That is a lot of joy delivered to a lot of children.

The Toys for Tots Mission

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect and distribute unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the vicinity of the collection sites. These collections take place from October to December of each year. You can go to ToysforTots.org to find the drop off site nearest you. You can also go to that same site to inquire how you can be of assistance by making your location one of those sites. We have many seasonal USMC gifts that will go well right alongside the rest of your Christmas decorations. Marine Corps items for sale on our site include festive, affordably priced ornaments that demonstrate pride in the Corps. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at eMarine PX.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gift

Gift giving can be as anxiety-inducing as it is rewarding. That’s because we want to give our loved ones gifts that will be useful and that they will also cherish due to the thought that we put into selecting them. For visitors to our site a large part of the riddle of what kind of gift to give someone is already solved. After all, visitors to our site already know that the intended recipient of their gift is dedicated to the Corps and its ideals. However, with the large variety of USMC Marine Christmas gifts that are available on our site, choosing just the perfect gift for a current or former member of the Marines Corps can still pose a problem. For that reason, we would like to offer you the following suggestions for selecting just the right gift for your loved ones.

  • Listen to what they say; observe how they act: Often people will drop hints as to what they need or desire in conversation. Sometimes our loved ones will even point out specific items they might like to receive when they are in our presence. Keep your antenna up particularly around the holiday gift giving season for such clues and let this be a guide.

  • Take notes: Whether you do so using a pad and pencil or simply keep mental notes, make a list of gift ideas and refer to it while shopping.

  • Ask the person what they need: It won’t be a surprise when you use this technique, but it will avoid any ambiguity. Some people are direct and very specific about their needs and will let you know right up front that they would rather be pleasantly surprised rather than just surprised.

  • Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: Beyond the Corps, what is the intended recipient interested in? Do they like to read? If so we have many books available on our site. Are they a collector? If so we have coins, coin holders and other items of interest for collectors. Are they especially proud of their car? We have license plate frames, hitch covers, etc. too.

  • Ask other friends, family members, etc: You may get an entirely new perspective from someone else when trying to come up with gift ideas.

In short, some of the anxiety that comes along with gift giving can be lessened by taking a little time and carefully thinking out your strategy. Be it a gift like our Marine Corps hats for sale or our decals and stickers, your loved ones will appreciate a carefully thought out gift the best.

TV Shows about the Marine Corps

Since the age of Television began back in the 50’s, some men and women – some who have served and some who have not – have sought to depict various aspects of life in the Marine Corps. Some creators have used humor/pathos to show life in the Corps. Others have sought to depict the more dramatic aspects of being a Marine. Moreover, some of these depictions have been spot on while others have missed the mark. Here are a few of the most iconic TV shows that have portrayed the Marine Corps in all of its multifaceted glory.

  • Men of Annapolis: This short-lived TV show was filmed at the U.S. Navy Academy in Maryland and ran for 41 episodes. The main cast included Darryl Hickman and Art Gilmore and featured episodes directed by legendary director Richard Donner.

  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. This show – which was a spin-off of the immensely popularJim_Nabors_Frank_Sutton_Gomer_Pyle_1966 Andy Griffith Show – starred Jim Nabors as Private Gomer Pyle. The show depicted the humorous aspects of Marine life but did so in an authentic and respectful manner. Indeed, The Marine Corps actually promoted Nabors’ character to corporal in 2001 and 2007 as a way of thanking the show for its depiction of the Marines.

  • Major Dad: Running from 1989-1993, this show starred Gerald McRaney and was set in fictitious Camp Singleton (based on Camp Pendleton). The show portrayed the humorous experiences of a by the book marine who was also the father of three girls.

  • The Lieutenant: Starring Gary Lockwood, Robert Vaughn and Don Penny, this short-lived show was created by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame. The show centered around Lockwood who starred as USMC Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice and idealistic officer and recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

  • BAA BAA Black Sheep / Black Sheep Squadron: This show starring Robert Conrad of Wild, Wild, West fame was loosely based on Gregory Boyington (Boyington, was a technical adviser for the series). It was centered on a group of fighter pilots based in the Solomon Islands during World War II.

Yes, TV has long honored this esteemed branch of the military. It has done so at times using humor and at other times using drama to depict the complicated life in the Corps. You too can honor the Marines by wearing a Marine Corps Jacket or making a present to someone who has or is serving one of our many other USMC gifts.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

From its first amphibious landing in the Bahamas in 1776 to the Invasion of Iraq to the present, the Marines have been an integral part to protecting our rights as a sovereign nation. Not only is there the history of its battles that rings across time, there is also the ethos of the Corps that still reverberates all throughout our culture. However, that history and that ethos can best be related by those who serve or have served. This is why the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia mission is so vital. It seeks to view the history of the Corps, and therefore America, through the eyes of the Corps itself. It contains artifacts, documents, etc., that tell the fascinating story of the Corps and it explores where the Marines are headed in the future. Vehicles, uniforms, weapons, personal effects from conflicts dating back to the Civil war and beyond are just some of the artifacts the museum holds.

The museum is situated on a 120,000-square-foot facility and is supported by a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The museum is designed for families and individuals, civilians and service men and women alike and receives visitors from all over the country. The facility even holds a rifle range making the trip there experiential as well as educational. There is no admission to the museum and parking is free in order to make the facility even more accessible to the public. Its current galleries include The American Revolution, Global Expeditionary Force, World War I, World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam.

Finally, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas, by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775, the Marines as an institution boast a history that few other Americans institutions can. The National Museum of the Marine Corps proudly preserves and depicts this history and is even in the process of expanding. We could not be prouder of the aims of the museum and the fact that it seeks to educate all Americans on the contributions, sacrifices, and victories of the Marines and that this tale is all told from the perspective of those who have served. This multimedia, experiential facility pays tribute to the same ideas that our customers do. That is why we are proud to display Marine Corps jackets, Marine Corps jewelry and other items that symbolize this vital branch of the armed services.

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The Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

Throughout its proud history the Marine Corps has been known for its community involvement and its support of worthy causes. This month of April finds the Corps involved in another such a cause. The cause is autism and this month is National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. This effort is designed to not only educate the public about autism but it is also designed to increase public participation in activities designed to help others understand this developmental disorder. The public can participate in these efforts specifically by:

  • Becoming a volunteer such as those who help at the Special Olympics.

  • Joining in walk/run events for the cause.

  • Displaying the Autism Puzzle Ribbon on your car, your clothing, or even in your social media profile picture. We encourage our customers here at eMarine PX, to pin the ribbon to clothes that you can buy at our USMC store to further demonstrate Marine support for this worthy cause.

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism.

  • Adults with autism are 10x more likely to consider suicide than adults who don’t have autism.

  • The unemployment rate for adults with autism is as high as 90% despite the fact that many people with autism can contribute greatly to the workforce.

Additionally, the ExceptionalFamily Member Program (EFMP) will host many events tohelp the public understand more about what has become the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. The EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that works with both military and civilian agencies to provide support for housing, education, medical and personnel services to U.S. military families with special needs. Again, we encourage our customers to shop our Marine corps products online with the multi-colored, puzzle ribbon that has become a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families that have been affected by autism.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

Physical fitness is one of the cornerstones of being a Marine. Without it a rigorous defense of our nation and our nation’s interest would be impossible. That is why the Corps and we support activities and events that promote physical fitness and that generate goodwill between the community and the Marine Corps. An event that is designed to do this is the Marine Corps Marathon which is being held on October 21, 2017. (A lottery for the event begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.) Runners from more than 50 countries will be participating. If you are someone who is interested in marathon running and the Marine Corps, we advise that you register early for the event. A full calendar of events is here. There will even be special Kids Run event for children 5-12 one October 21, 2017. (This will be a one mile run only.) Active duty registration begins on March 2, 2017.

As we’ve said, we support any event that makes physical well-being a cornerstone of a well rounded life. For our part, our Marine Corps items for sale and our Marine Corps hats for sale are a way for those who do and have served to further demonstrate their pride in the Corps. We have a wide variety of ball caps that are not only attractive but that also have the Marine Corps emblem embossed on them and that also keep the sun out of your eyes while you run. No one who has ever served can ever fail to recognize the importance of staying fit. Now, let’s hope for strong community support at this and similar events.

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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