Edward James Land
|Edward James Land|
June 4, 1935|
|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
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.
In 1961 Land founded the first modern Sniper Course for the Marine Corps.
After Vietnam, Land served as the USMC Marksmanship coordinator.
Land was active in the community and from 1977 until 1980 held the position of Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1183 in Triangle, Virginia. During his tenure he mentored many Scouts, several to the rank of Eagle. He was also instrumental in spearheading a newspaper recycling program years before such recycling practices were commonplace. Newspaper from the local community was collected once a month by the Scouts and sold to an insulation company to benefit the troop. From September 16 through the 29, 1978 funds from these efforts sent 12 Scouts and 3 leaders to Brownsea Island, England, the location of Lord Baden Powell's first Boy Scout camping trip in 1907.
After military service
Land retired from the Marine Corps as a Major in 1977.
- 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. 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. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "NRA Secretary Named Defender of Freedom". National Rifle Association. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Potomac News September 17, 1978
- The Father of USMC Sniping, Tactical Life.