Famous Marines

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"

"...the strength of the Corps is the Marine, the strength of the Marine is the Corps."
- Gen. J. L. Jones, USMC, Commandant

 

This list is comprised of people whose main fame comes from their life OUTSIDE their military service,
and should not be confused with "Noteworthy Marines", although the two are not mutually exclusive.

My father, his brother, and three uncles were in the Army.  My husband and an uncle were in the Navy. 
Only my great uncle, Bill, was in the Marines.
But when I was two years old, I fell in love with the Corps. 
Next to a newborn baby and a few select brides, what could be as gloriously beautiful as a Marine in his dress blues? 
Not much!

NOTE: This page is in the process of being separated into smaller sections.  This will allow for greater stability,
ease of updating, and much faster uploading for you.  Three of the four sections are now laid out. 
I have a long list of additions and corrections to add once this process is completed.  It's both tedious
and time consuming, and I apologize for any errors that may creep in during that time period. 
Thanks for your patience.

- Carol Buckley Harty, 02/13/05

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A - F
 
UPDATED 10/20/09  
 
G - L
 
UPDATED 09/09/13  
 
M - R
 
UPDATED 11/06/12  

S - Z
 
UPDATED 12/03/12

Famous Marines - Part II : Additional Marine Corps Sites, Images, Backgrounds, and Stories

Al Simms' Visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps
and Heritage Center - 07/04/07

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_U.S._Marines 
 

PHOTO NAME BIRTH DEATH OTHER CLAIM TO FAME
Joe Madagan

(Joseph Andrew Madagan, Jr.)

 

08 Nov 1939
Charlotte, NC
Living * Newport News High School, Class of 1957
* Served in USMC from
9 Sept 57 to 10 Sept 60
on active duty
* Self-employed
* My Swimming Instructor - Summer 1957
* My Dear Friend

 

USS BOXER (LPH-4) was built
at Newport News Shipbuilding
and Dry Dock Company

July 1943 - Newport News, VA Newport News
High School,
Class of 1957
July 1959 - Graduation from
Sea School,
getting ready to go
to USS Boxer
(LPH-4)
Sept. 1959 - Home from Cuba on leave
Nov. 1959 - Portsmouth, VA, preparing to depart for the West Indies, while serving as Captain's
Orderly
Nov. 10, 1959 -
Hangar Deck
of USS BOXER
(LPH-4)
while at anchor
in Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba -
L/Cpl Hoffman and
Joe Madagan
Feb. 1960 - Norfolk
Naval Base, Norfolk,
VA - L/Cpl Madagan -
Color Guard detail
for USS BOXER
Change
of Command
Ceremony
July 1960 - 
Open Bridge
of USS Boxer
(LPH-4) -
Captain's
Orderly
Aug. 1960 - Quantico, VA - Schools Demonstration Troops.  Far Left: L/Cpl Madagan,
Far Right: Julius Berman, VMI, USMC. Refused a commission in the Corps. Said he was no politician.
Sept. 1960  -
U. S.
Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
1962 - Platoon
Sgt. Joe Madagan (R) Conducting Refresher Bayonet Training with
Cpl. Jimmy Parker (L)
1964 - Sgt. Joe Madagan Preparing
for Military Funeral,
Fallen Marine Vietnam Casualty from Peninsula
 

Fall of 1956
Bobby Maddy

(William Robert Maddy)

    * Newport News High School, Class of 1957
* 97th Rifle Company, Newport News, VA
* Traffic Accident Investigator, Hampton Police Department
* Youngest Chief of Police in the United States (WV)
 
  Hank Maloney

(Henry Edward Maloney, Jr.)

21 Apr 1921
Lexington, KY
20 June 1995
Newport News, VA
* WWII -  South Pacific Theater
* Daily Press Sports Writer

nnhs65.00freehost.com/obit-Hank-Maloney.html

nnhs65.00freehost.com/10-20-09-NNHS-I-Wonder-Whos-Kissing-Her-Now.html

 
Al Martino

(Alfred Cini)

07 Oct 1927
Philadelphia, PA
Living * WWII - wounded at Iwo Jima
* Singer
* Actor

almartino.com/

en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Al_Martino

 

 
Lee Marvin 19 Feb 1924
New York City, NY

29 Aug 1987
Tucson, AZ

(heart attack)

* Actor
* Producer

home.earthlink.net/~
cyclonepub/lmt.html

angelfire.com/or2/classicstars/
lee.html

 
Ed McMahon 06 Mar 1923
Detroit, MI
23 June 2009
Los Angeles, CA

* TV Personality
 * Actor

geocities.com/Hollywood/
Set/4435/

militarymuseum.org/
McMahon.html

 

1960
Steve McQueen 24 Mar 1930
Beech Grove, IN

07 Nov 1980
Juarez, Mexico

(lung cancer)

* Actor
* Producer

members.tripod.com/
~stvmcqueen/

members.aol.com/apslug/
SteveMcQueen/

 

Fall of 1963
Sid Melton

(Sidney Melton)

20 Mar 1946
Newport News, VA
Living * Newport News High School,
Class of 1964
* My Friend
 
Zell Miller

(Zell Bryan Miller)

24 Feb 1932
Young Harris, GA
Living *  Senator from GA (D)

miller.senate.gov/

1945 - Miller as a 13 year-old Boy Scout Miller served
in the Marines
from 1953-1956.
Miller had earned the
rank of Sergeant when
he left the Marines
in 1956.
09/01/04 - Speaking Before the Republican National Convention
 

Fall of 1961 - Junior Year, Hampton
High School,
Hampton, VA
Chandler Nelms

(Chandler Clinton Nelms)

23 Jan 1945
Hartsville, SC
Living * Hampton High School, Class of 1963
* East Carolina College,
Class of 1968
* DARPA

dirtyhandschoppers.com

krooners.com/customer
bikes17.htm

 
  Chad Nelms

(Chandler Stephen Nelms)

08 Sep 1970
Naval Hospital, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
Living * Chandler's Son
* Tequesta High School, Tequesta, FL,
Class of 1988
* Naval Academy Prep School, Newport, RI
* United States Naval Academy, Class of 1993
 
David Newton

(David Elandrith Newton)

  Living * Newport News High School,
Class of 1957
 
      Ollie North

(Oliver Laurence North)

07 Oct 1943
San Antonio, TX
Living * United States Naval Academy,
Class of 1968
* Actor
* Author
* Inventor
* Businessman
* Columnist
* Television News Show Host

http://www.townhall.com/
columnists
/BIOS/cbnorth.htm

http://www.foxnews.com/story
/0,2933,50566,00.html

 
Ken Norton 09 Aug 1945
Jacksonville, IL
Living

* Boxing Hall of Famer
 (1992)
* Actor

geocities.com/sadmspats/
norton.htm

ibhof.com/norton.htm

 
Yolanda Orozco 29 Dec 1961
San Francisco, CA
Living * Daughter of Virginia and Gustavo Orozco
* Horace Mann Jr. High
* J. Eugene McAteer High School
 
Johnny Palmer
(John E. Palmer, Jr.)
1931
Lynchburg, VA
25 Aug 1990
Pulaski Co., VA
* E.C. Glass High School Class of @ 1951
* Duke University, B. A.
 *
Newport News High School Assistant Varsity Football Coach
* Hampton High School
Head Football Coach
 
  Jimmy Parker

(James Wallace Parker)

 

14 Feb 1944
Newport News, VA
Living * Newport News High School,
Class of 1962
* Policeman Newport News
AND Hampton, VA
* Fireman Newport News, VA
* Private Investigator
* Attorney
* Pilot
* NASCAR Driver

* My Dear Friend
* My Favorite Marine

nnhs65.00freehost.com/
satnoon2000_files/jwp28a.jpg

angelfire.com/va3/65nnhs/
03-04-02-rpm-62.html

nnhs65.00freehost.com/
07-01-02.html

nnhs65.00freehost.com/
10_19_night_files/10-19-
night3.jpg

Easter 1949 -
age five
Spring 1949 -
age five
Newport News
High School,
Class of 1962
 
1962 - Conducting Refresher Bayonet Training @ 1964 - Newport
News Police
Department
@ 1999 Sat., Oct. 28, 2000 - Hampton, VA
 

Fall of 1969

1973

2005
Tim Parsons 07 Dec 1954
Newport News, VA
Living * NNHS Class of 1973
* My Friend
 
Sam Peckinpah 21 Feb 1925
Fresno, CA

28 Dec 1984
Los Angeles, CA

(heart failure)

* Director
 * Writer
* Actor
* Producer

geocities.com/Hollywood/
Academy/1912/

artandculture.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/
ACLive.woa/wa/artist?id=868

 
  George Peppard     * Actor
 
Tony Perkins   Living * Police Officer
* State Reprentative, LA (R)
* Author
* Family Research Council, President, 2003 - Present

frc.org/

frc.org/get.cfm?i=BY03H27

lcweb4.loc.gov/elect2002/catalog
/1395.html

wevotevalues.com/

 
L. Tom Perry 05 Aug 1922
Logan, UT
30 May 2015
Salt Lake City, UT

* Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter--day Saints, 1974 - 30 May 2015

lds.org/media2/biographies/
detail/0,5930,245-1-36,00.html

mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-l-tom-perry-dies-at-age-92

 

Newport News High School, Class of 1962
Monty Phillips

(Wallace Monselle Phillips, Jr.)

18 Apr 1944
Bethune, SC
15 Apr 2011
Yorktown, VA

(pancreatic cancer)

* Newport News High School,
Class of 1962
* My Friend
 

Newport News High School, 
Class of 1962
Max Pollard

(Carmel Max Pollard)

1944
Waynesville, NC
16 Sep 2000
Salt Lake City, UT

(heart attack)

* Newport News High School,
Class of 1962
* My Friend

nnhs65.00freehost.com/
memoriam62.html

 
Tyrone Power 05 May 1914
 Cincinnati, OH

15 Nov 1958
Madrid, Spain

(heart attack)

* Actor
* Producer

user.icx.net/~cowkisses/
PowerHome.htm

cmgww.com/stars/power/

 

1968
Artimus Pyle

(Thomas Delmar Pyle)

15 July 1948
Louisville, KY
Living * Musician - DoubleBass Drummer with Lynyrd Skynyrd

http://www.skynyrd.com
apbio.htm
l

 

Newport News High School, 
Class of 1963
Butch Ragland

(Henry Marvin Ragland)

05 Oct 1945 Living * Newport News High School,
Class of 1963
* My Friend
 

1953 - Parris Island, SC - age 22
Dan Rather 31 Oct 1931
Wharton, TX
Living

* CBS Anchorman

cbsnews.com/sections/
eveningnews/main3420.shtml

cbsnews.com/stories/2002/02/25/
eveningnews/main502026.shtml

EXPLANATION FOR INCLUSION WILL FOLLOW ON PAGE TWO SOMETIME SOON...

 
Rob Riggle

(Robert Allen Riggle, Jr.)

21 Apr 1970
Louisville, KY
Living * Actor
* Comedian
* Retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer

www.robriggle.com/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Riggle

 
    Garland Rigney   Living * NNHS Class of 1967
* My Friend
* USMC 1969-1970
 

1969 - Okinawa
 Syd Roady

(John Sydney Roady)

  Living * NNHS Class of 1969
* Brother of Bill Roady, NNHS Class of 1960
 
Charles S. Robb 26 June 1939
Phoenix, AZ
Living

* Lt. Governor of VA,
 1978-1982
* Governor of VA,
1982-1986
* U.S. Senator (D) from VA, 1989-2001
* Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, GMU, 2001- Present

gmu.edu/departments/law/
currnews/robb.html

jag.org/charles_robb.htm

iop.harvard.edu/fellowships-S2002.html

 

2003
Pat Robertson

(Marion Gordon Robertson)
22 Mar 1930
Lexington, VA
Living * Attorney
* TV Evangelist

patrobertson.com/

cbn.org/

wordiq.com/definition/
Pat_Robertson#Life_and_Career

 
Bob Rohrer

(Robert Lee Rohrer)

02 July 1939
Morristown, NJ
Living * Marketing and Sales
* Marketing and Sales Coach
and Consultant
* My New Friend

BobRohrer.com

marketingsalescoach.com/

 

1943 1948 1954 1957
1958 - Okinawa 1959 - Korea 1984 1994
 
      Gregory Russell

(Gregory Lee Russell)

25 Jan 1947
Newport News, VA
25 July 2011
Hampton, VA
* NNHS Class of 1965
* Newport News Fire Department Captain
* My Friend

nnhs65.com/07-28-11-NNHS-Gregory-Russell.html

 



May I recommend Lt. Colonel Harold W. "Indian Joe" Bauer, USMC (Deceased) for the Famous Marines page.
He was killed in action during World War II, so he was not given the opportunity to become famous after his service to our Nation.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor. His body was never recovered in the Pacific.
He is a USNA graduate and played football there.
Here is a photo of him in uniform as a Captain.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/21/04
Certainly, Joe - thanks!


May I recommend that you consider former Secretary of State George Schultz, who also served in the USMC.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/21/04
Of course!  Thanks, Joe!


Dear Carol.

Thanks for the great website.  I am looking for people who would like to help donate or raise awareness
of the building of a Fisher House at Palo Alto VA Hospital in California.

We are in need of $2.5 million to accomplish this task.  At this moment we have 5 Marines and many other military members
who have served and were wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as other conflicts.

If you know of anyone who would like more information, please let me know.  We are also looking for donations for a
fundraising event held on May 14th in San Jose, CA which will benefit our Fisher House project.

www.fisherhousepa.com

Blessings,

Mary Ellen Salzano, Realtor, C-21 Premier
Your "Caring and Sharing" Realtor
408-779-6916 or 408-489-0911
Proud Mom of LCpl. Ethan Salzano, USMC
www.yourmorganhill.com for letters to our wounded.

www.morganhilltimes.com for my "Caring and Sharing"  article. 

Ask me how you can support your military.

   Thanks, Mary Ellen!  We wish you well with your efforts.  Hopefully you'll hear from some of our subscribers.


The United States Marine Corps Hymn

Words: L.Z. Phillips (?) (1919)
Music: Jacques Offenbach from Genevieve de Brabant (1868)
 

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom 
And to keep our honor clean; 
We are proud to claim the title 
of United States Marine. 

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes; 
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines. 

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve 
In many a strife we've fought for life 
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; 
They will find the streets are guarded 
By United States Marines. 

"Marine Corps Hymn" lyrics courtesy of http://www.fiftiesweb.com/usa/marine.htm

"Marine Corps Hymn" midi courtesy of http://www.f11view.net/usaflag/midmusic/marine2.mid

Famous Airmen
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Famous Sailors
Famous Soldiers
Return to Newport News High School

 

Famous Marines

"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"

 

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If you (or a family member) served our nation as a member of the United States Marine Corps,
and would consent to being included on this page, please send your full name,
date and place of birth, other occupations, and any images
(those in dress blues are always treasured!)
of your choice to the Web Mistress:

Carol Buckley Harty of IL: cluckmeat@yahoo.com 

Thank you.

07/22/01