The following is a list of the essential names in
U. S. Marine Corps lore — the people who make up what the Marines call "Knowledge". Names in this list are notable for actions made as a Marine; individuals whose notability is unrelated to service in uniform can be found at List of United States Marines.
Archibald Henderson — "Grand old man of the Marine Corps," longest-serving Commandant of the Marine Corps (1820–1859) 10 11
Opha Mae Johnson — recognized officially as the first female Marine 11
James L. Jones, Sr. — commanded the Observer Group, the first amphibious reconnaissance unit in the United States; father of James L. Jones, Jr., the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Victor H. Krulak — developed new concepts in expeditionary warfare, such as use of Higgins landing craft and helicopters; father of 12 Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps
John A. Lejeune — 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps and author of the birthday message read aloud at every Marine Corps Birthday Ball ceremony
John F. Mackie — first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor 11
Alfred Masters — the first African American in the United States Marines Corps 13 14 15
Alford L. McMichael — first African American Marine to serve as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Samuel Nicholas — first Commandant of the Marine Corps 11
Presley O'Bannon — famous for his exploits in the First Barbary War
Peter J. Ortiz — parachuted into France to aid the 16 Resistance, Recipient of two (2) Navy Cross Medals.
Peter Pace — first Marine to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005–2007), previously the Vice Chairman (2001–2005)
Chuck Mawhinney — Marine sniper with most confirmed kills, all occurring during the Vietnam War
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller — most-decorated Marine in history including five Navy Crosses and the Army 17 Distinguished Service Cross
Félix Rigau Carrera — first Hispanic Marine fighter pilot 18
John Ripley — highly decorated Marine, only living person (at the time) to be memorialized in the Naval Academy's museum, first "all-Marine" inducted into the Ranger hall of fame.
Angela Salinas — the first Hispanic female to obtain a general rank in the Marines. 19
France Silva — the first Marine of Hispanic descent to be awarded the Medal of Honor 20
Dion Williams — patron of naval and amphibious reconnaissance; hoisted the first American flag raised over Spanish soil in the Spanish-American War
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^ "El Mundo"; "Fallece El Aguila - Fue Primer Boricua Manejo Avion en la Isla" (Spanish); by: Malen Rojas Daporte; October 20, 1954; Number 13,448
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