University of South Carolina to Store and Digitize 10,000 Vintage Marine Corps Films

usmc-logoFor most of the 20th Century, the Marine Corps archived film footage of that recruit training along with Marines fighting in wars, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and various public relations activities.

Starting at the first of the year, that film collection – 10,000 Marine Corps film – will be permanently transferred to the University of South Carolina, where it will be digitized, stored and made available for public viewing. The footage covers Marine Corps activities from 1918 through the 1970s.

You can read more about this effort in an article by Roddie Burris in The State web site at

My thanks to newsletter reader Ernest Thode for telling me about this article.


Being from a Marine family, this is exciting news. Thanks for the link.


Donated to the archive fund. An ex-jarhead Sergeant from the Korean War, I urge other vets to help the cause. Semper Fi!


This is awesome!! My dad was a Project Officer for MAG-26, tasked with developing recovery procedures for Project Mercury. He’s told me about various activities and has a lot of photos, but I’d LOVE to see any film footage related to this. He is the command pilot who recovered Alan Shepard and his spacecraft, and he joined NASA later that year.


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