The first United States Marine Commando unit in exsistence, they were also the first US Special Forces group to see action during WW2. The Raiders were a rather controvesial initiative, according to the comandant at the time “the term ‘Marine’ is sufficient to indicate a man ready for duty at any time, and the injection of a special name, such as “Commando,” would be undesirable and superfluous.” The Raiders while short lived (2 years) were a glorious portion of the Marine Warrior tradition, of the 8600 USMC Raiders and USN Corpsmen(Meidics), they earned 7 medals of honor, 136 Navy Crosses, 21 distinguished service crosses, 330 silver stars, 18 legions of merit, 6 naval and marine corps medals, 3 soldiers medals, 169 bronze stars, and 32 letters of commendation.
In 2014 the Marine Corps restarted the initiative making MARSOC the modern Marine Raiders.
Happy belated birthday to American artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine, who celebrated 42 yesterday, January 4. His exhibition of new works opens this Saturday, January 10, 6–8pm PT at Gagosian Beverly Hills. #Raiders