The Essay Contest is aligned with the 2015 Naval History Conference and the conference’s focus. The Conference will examine historical U.S. Marine Corps actions that helped shapethis Nation’s history. The scope of the Essay Contest is quite broad—any U.S. Marine Corps action can be addressed. The judges will be looking for quality research and a solid case made for how and why this action helped shape the Nation’s history.

$5,000 First Prize
$2,500 Second Prize
$1,500 Third Prize

(Note: All winners will receive one-year membership in the U.S. Naval Institute and a one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.)

Deadline: 30 June 2015

Winner: Published in September/October Naval History and copies will be available for the Naval History Conference.

Selected Submissions

First Prize
ieutenant Colonel George S. Converse, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Second Prize
Salvatore R. Mercogliano
Third Prize
Lieutenant Commander Richard S. Lee, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy
Sponsored by
The William M. Wood Foundation

Previous Winners