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Photo I took of the marine crewed turret on USS Iowa.

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The Marine Corps' MARDETs could be found doing a large amount of functions both ashore and afloat.  It's been less on ships for a while now but the tradition is old because it's essentially the Marines' original mission.  Some random MARDET stuff I found.

 

1900s

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1915-1917 Battleship MARDET (USN source).

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Below is from Wikipedia.

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Above is the MARDET for Northampton-class Heavy Cruiser USS Augusta in the 1930s.  The CO for this MARDET is none other than Chesty Puller, who can be seen in the center of the top row, with the sam brown belt across his chest.  The CO of Augusta at this time was Chester Nimitz.

MARDET getting inspected on Saratoga, 1940.

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MARDET for USS Alabama below (source).  I'm guessing WWII era.  Alabama's service was very short, only from 1942-1947.

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1980s

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Another one but this time according to the source, aboard USS Missouri.

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"Vice President George H. Bush reviews a Marine Corps honor guard and color guard during the recommissioning ceremony for the USS IOWA (BB 61). The Marines are from the battleship's Marine Detachment. Escorting the vice president are Captain Richard D. Benjamin, Commanding Officer of the detachment, and Captain Gerald E. Gneckow, IOWA commanding officer" (source)

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Below, aboard Wisconsin (source).

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Wisconsin, Desert Storm (source for the next two images).

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My time in the Marine Corps was with the Air Wing, so the number of people I knew that have ever done MARDETs was very small, and at the time the ones I did know that did them I had met during the 1990s.  They were "Lat Movers" from different occupations, namely prior combat occupations like infantry that later went into the air wing.  One guy I still remember mentioning doing MARDET and the security drills for the ship.

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