On October 24,1942, the 1st Marine Division was occupying a defensive position around Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The 1st Battalion 7th Marines, commanded by LtCol Lewis B “Chesty” Puller helped form this line. “C” company was flanked by “B” company on the right and “A” company on the left. At approximately 10 p.m., the Japanese launched a major offensive, throwing three regiments and part of a brigade against the battle weary, disease-ridden Marines. Charley company received the brunt of the Japanese attack. The morning of October 25 found the defensive line of the 1st Marine Division still intact. The Japanese attack had been repelled.
Later that morning, a flag appeared over the “C” company position. It consisted of white Japanese parachute material with a skull and cross bones crudely painted on it and inscribed with the word 1st Battalion, 7th Marines “Suicide Charley." The flag continued to appear throughout the hard-fought battle for Guadalcanal.
The “Suicide Charley” flag was not seen again until the battle for Peleliu. During one particular phase of that bloody battle, a replica of the original appeared briefly to inspire the tired Marines to victory.
Korea provided the stage for the next appearance of this battle symbol. While on “R&R” in Japan, some members of “C” company, 1st Battalion 7th Marines, had a new “Suicide Charley” flag made and proudly carried it back to Korea, misspelled name and all.
From that day on, the black and white “Suicide Charley” flag has traveled the world over with the company. Many replicas of the original flag have come and gone throughout the years. The history of “Suicide Charley” has been passed to each new generation of Marines. In 1961, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division authorized “C” company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines to display and carry the “Suicide Charley” guidon at all official ceremonies and functions. The tradition remains in effect today.
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We'll engrave the "Suicide Charley" on one side of the mug. You have the option to add the American Flag, the same graphic, or custom text to the second side for an additional $5.
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