Edward James Land

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Edward James Land
NicknameJim, EJ
Born(1935-06-04)June 4, 1935
Lincoln, Nebraska
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1953–1977
RankMajor
Unit1st Marine Division
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsLegion of Merit
Other workNRA Secretary
 
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Edward James Land
NicknameJim, EJ
Born(1935-06-04)June 4, 1935
Lincoln, Nebraska
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1953–1977
RankMajor
Unit1st Marine Division
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsLegion of Merit
Other workNRA Secretary

Edward James Land, Jr. or Jim Land (1935) is a retired Marine Corps Officer who was instrumental in starting the Marine Scout Sniper program.[1][2]

United States Marine Corps[edit source | edit]

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.[3]

In 1961 Land founded the first modern Sniper Course for the Marine Corps.[4]

In Vietnam, Land was the Commanding Officer of Carlos Hathcock, whom he had trained in one of his early Sniper Courses.[3]

After Vietnam, Land served as the USMC Marksmanship coordinator.[4]

After military service[edit source | edit]

Land retired from the Marine Corps as a Major in 1977.

Land was elected as Secretary of the National Rifle Association in 1994.[4]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ 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." 
  2. ^ Henderson, Charles (2003). Silent Warrior: The Marine Sniper's Vietnam Story Continues. Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-425-18864-4. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Charles (1 October 2001). Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Killes. Penguin Group US. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-101-22091-7. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "NRA Secretary Named Defender of Freedom". National Rifle Association. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.