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Military Minute - January 4th

Trump's Nuclear Button, a WWII Hero, and the Future of Marines' Warfare

Military Minute - January 4th
We're back in 2018 covering Trump's beef with North Korea's nuclear button, a WWII fighter pilot's passing, and the future of warfare in the Marine Corps.


Trump’s Red Button Tweet Gets him in Hot Water

U.S. lawmakers are offering legislation to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to launch a nuclear first strike after he heckled North Korea’s leader about the comparative size of his “nuclear button.”

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, and Rep. Ted Lieu, of California, have sponsored legislation that would require the president to receive congressional approval before initiating a first-use nuclear strike from the United States.

The two took to Twitter to rally support for their legislation after Trump bragged in a tweet Tuesday evening that he had a “much bigger” button than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

Marine Corps Phases Out Infantry Assault MOS

The Marine Corps is phasing out the assault section of rifle companies and abolishing the infantry assault Marine military occupational specialty altogether.

By doing so, the Corps expects to free up about 500 Marines for other jobs deemed essential to defeating future adversaries, such as cyber operations, electronic warfare and intelligence, reported on Wednesday.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller recently told Marines that future rifle companies will include combat engineers to breach barriers and destroy enemy fortifications with rockets — tasks which currently are assigned to infantry assault Marines. 

Final WWII Fighter Pilot Dies

The fighter pilot known for flying the last combat mission of World War II has died at the age of 93.

Jerry Yellin, a captain in the 78th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Corps, died on Dec. 21.

During World War II, Yellin flew his P-51 Mustang from Iwo Jima to attack Japanese airfields near Tokyo, according to HistoryNet.

Yellin and his wingman, 2nd Lt. Philip Schlamberg, took off on Aug. 14, 1945, hoping their mission would be called off if Japan surrendered. Yellin and Schlamberg never received word of the surrender, so they continued their bombing mission.

“When we got back to Iwo Jima from Japan, we found out that the war had been over for three hours while we were strafing,” Yellin said in an oral history documented by the Library of Congress.