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291 Mustangs

5th Special Basic Course

— 1951 —

 
 
291 Mustangs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
1. 291 Mustangs Marker
Inscription.  
This place has been set apart for rest and reflection. When World War II ended, Marines returned to peacetime duty stations or civilian life. This peace, bought at great cost, shattered when North Korea invaded the south in 1950. To help meet the ensuing crisis, the President ordered activation of reserves, but a shortage of lieutenants remained. The Marine Corps ordered 540 enlisted Marines (regular and reserve) to Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, for officers screening. Of that number, 291 earned commissions as second lieutenants on 29 May 1951 and reported to The Basic School. This class of 291 new lieutenants, Mustangs all, comprised the 5th Special Basic Course.

The quality of officers commissioned through this program was proven. Seventy-two completed careers as Marines. Others returned to civilian life, making contributions as CEOs, educators, engineers, doctors, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

Semper Fidelis
[Always Faithful]

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, Korean. A significant historical date for this entry is May 29, 1951.
 
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32.519′ N, 77° 20.552′ W. Marker is in Triangle, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial can be reached from Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Joplin Road (Virginia Route 619), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Co. E, 2d Bn, Spl Tra Regt (here, next to this marker); Co. F, 2d Bn, Spl Tra Regt (here, next to this marker); Remembering Our Fallen Brothers (a few steps from this marker); Second Lieutenants of The Basic School (a few steps from this marker); 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fallen Warrior (within shouting distance of this marker); 2d Recon Bn (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Triangle.
 
291 Mustangs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 12, 2021
2. 291 Mustangs Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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