5th MEB Heads to Cuba

October 28, 1962, in Marine Corps history.

5th MEB Heads to Cuba
Posted on 10/28/2000

On October 28, 1962, 10,000 Marines of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea en route for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A week prior, the entire Marine Corps had been put on alert, and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the U.S. Naval Base.

Photo Credit: Aerial view of Guantanamo Bay. (U.S. Navy photo, released.)


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