Tactical Tuesday

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Shane Ragatz, left, and Lance Cpl. Chase Tucker provide cover fire during Mountain Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014. Ragatz, 24, is from Fillmore, Calif., and Tucker, 19, is from Aiken, S.C., and both are machine gunners with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. Marines with 3/1 Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October.

(Photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

In one of the most iconic images of the Korean War, if not the history of the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Lt. Baldomero López scales the seawall at Inchon on Sept. 15th, 1950. Mere minutes after the photo was taken however, Lopez would be killed in action, jumping on a grenade that he had dropped, after being struck by North Korean fire, in the act of throwing it. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

(National Archives)