The Marines and Katrina: Whatever was Necessary

Oliver, Keith
November 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Nov2005, Vol. 131 Issue 11, p31
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on the role played by U.S. Marine Corps in rescue operations in New Orleans, Louisiana. Improvisation and small unit initiative marked the overall effort as Marines sometimes used borrowed johnboats and makeshift paddles in their search for stranded citizens. Commands around the world quickly identified Marines who hailed from the affected region and, where necessary assisted in getting them home. While frustrated citizens complained of a Guard-augmented military ahead's stretched thin by combat commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marines seemed to simply make more room on their already full plates.


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