“The Leatherneck” Magazine of the Marines

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A very cool magazine that should be in the collection of everybody interested in WW2 Marines.

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Here is a short history from wikipedia:

“Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines (or simply Leatherneck) is a magazine for United States Marines. It was first published as a newspaper by off-duty Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico in 1917, and was originally named The Quantico Leatherneck. In 1918, “Quantico” was dropped from the magazine’s name.

In 1920, with the formation of the Marine Corps Institute (MCI) by Commandant of the Marine Corps John A. Lejeune, Leatherneck became an official Marine Corps publication under the auspices of MCI, and was moved to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. In 1925, the format was changed from a newspaper to a magazine.

During World War II, many of the Marine Corps’ combat correspondents were assigned to Leatherneck. In 1943, the Leatherneck Association was formed to govern the magazine, making it more autonomous and answerable only to the Commandant.

Leatherneck was an official Marine Corps publication until 1972, staffed primarily by active-duty Marines. That year all active-duty positions were eliminated and the magazine returned to Quantico. In 1976, the Leatherneck Association merged with the Marine Corps Association (MCA). As of 2010, MCA continues to publish Leatherneck alongside another Marine Corps periodical the Marine Corps Gazette.”

Format of “The Leatherneck” was 8,5 x 11″ from 1940 – 11/1943 and 10×13″ from 12/1943 – 1945. Left: Leatherneck April 1943, right: Leatherneck October 1944

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OK so much for the basic history of this well-known publication. But did you know that there was a special “Pacific Edition” of the Leatherneck for Marines stationed in the PTO? It was published from July 1944 onwards on the 1st and 15th of each month. It carried some of the articles of the standard “Leatherneck” but some exclusives as well. There were no advertisements in the “Pacific Edition”.

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Some common Leatherneck issues can be found really cheap and I highly recommend picking up a few. Good and sometimes unique info and articles, great artwork, photos, cartoons and more + you really get a feel for the “spirit of the time”. Some of the oldschool adverts are really hilarious! XD

The Pacific Editions are considerably harder to find and can get very expensive.

Here a re a few random pics from various Leatherneck magazines. I will feature some issues in detail in future posts.

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~ by m1pencil on March 30, 2014.

One Response to ““The Leatherneck” Magazine of the Marines”

  1. I love Leatherneck magazines. Especially Leathernecks during WW2. My favorite one is the July 1944 issue were the Marine is lighting a firecracker under his helmet.

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