|Edward James Land|
|Born||June 4, 1935|
|Place of birth||Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1953–1977|
|Unit||1st Marine Division|
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
|Other work||NRA Secretary|
United States Marine Corps[edit | edit source]
Land was born in Lincoln Nebraska in 1935.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17 in 1953. Land went on to become a Staff Sergeant and a Drill Instructor before attending Officer Candidate School in 1959. Upon graduating OCS, Land was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Marine Regiment. As an officer, Land demonstrated an aptitude for competitive shooting and was selected for the Marine Corps Rifle Team.
After Vietnam, Land served as the USMC Marksmanship coordinator.
After military service[edit | edit source]
Land retired from the Marine Corps as a Major in 1977.
References[edit | edit source]
- Senich, Peter R. (1996). The one-round war: USMC scout-snipers in Vietnam. Paladin Press. p. 10. ISBN 9780873648677. "The task of organizing a First Marine Division sniper program was assigned to Capt. Edward J. "Jim" Land Jr., an accomplished marksman and member of several championship Marine Corps shooting teams."
- Henderson, Charles (2003). Silent Warrior: The Marine Sniper's Vietnam Story Continues. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-425-18864-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=bIBhc5Lsrd8C&pg=PA283. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- Henderson, Charles (1 October 2001). Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Killes. Penguin Group US. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-101-22091-7. http://books.google.com/books?id=A4qOIz9LseIC&pg=PA53. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "NRA Secretary Named Defender of Freedom". National Rifle Association. 15 February 2011. http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/nra-secretary-named-defender-of-freedom/. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
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