One of the most prominent and recognized pieces of Marine Corps culture is the Marines’ Hymn, which in itself represents a prime example of the Corps’ ability to teach its history in interesting ways.
Colin M. Colbourn is the Senior Historian at Rowan Technology Solutions where he works alongside software developers, cartographers, and other digital experts on the West Point History of Warfare Digital Textbook. Colin is also a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi where he is completing his dissertation “Esprit de Marine Corps: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps through Public Relations, 1911-1947” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Wiest. Colin recently finished a two year fellowship as an ORISE Historian with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s Central Identification Laboratory, where he conducted research to help identify unknown soldiers from World War II. In 2012, he received the General Lemuel C. Shepherd Memorial Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Colin loves travelling the world, specifically to walk the grounds of past conflict. So far he's had the opportunity to participate in battlefield tours and studies of Italy, Sicily, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Vietnam.