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MILITARY: Marine unit that suffered most casualties coming home
NCtimes.com ^ | 3-25-11 | Mark Walker

Posted on 03/25/2011 9:55:54 AM PDT by 444Flyer

The Camp Pendleton unit that has seen more troops killed and wounded in action than any other Marine Corps unit in the 10-year-old Afghan war is coming home.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will return in a couple of weeks ahead of a wave of other units from the base's I Marine Expeditionary Force.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


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WELCOME HOME DARKHORSE!


1 posted on 03/25/2011 9:55:58 AM PDT by 444Flyer
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Welcome Home indeed...and we await each one to adjust to life in the states once more. I relly like the idea they are keeping then together, once here, for three months..so important when they have seen and heard all they have in the battlefield. May God heal their minds and restore their hearts once more.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 10:03:40 AM PDT by caww
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To: 444Flyer

God Bless these brave young men and women.


3 posted on 03/25/2011 10:07:17 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: caww

I wish the article might have focused somewhat on what they accomplished in Afghanistan, and also made mention of the medals that were earned.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 10:07:55 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: caww; NormsRevenge

Amen


5 posted on 03/25/2011 10:08:54 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer
Welcome Home my 3/5 Brothers! Semper Fi and Oorah for a job well done!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
6 posted on 03/25/2011 10:09:10 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: 444Flyer

WELCOME HOME indeed, 3/5.

Semper Fi!


7 posted on 03/25/2011 10:18:40 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: caww

These Marines have a long history of taking a beating in the service of the nation. The regiment fought at Belleau Wood and the Meuse-Argonne offensive. They were in the worst parts of the fights on Guadalcanal, New Britain, Eastern New Guinea, Peleliu and Okinawa. They were at Pusan and part of the Inchon Landing and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and were at Chu Lai, Phu Loc, Hue, Que Son Valley, An Hoa, Tam Ky and Da Nang in VietNam. Their actions on Peleliu and Okinawa were detailed in the book “With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” by Eugene Sledge which was part of the basis for the series “The Pacific”.

These guys have earned their relief every bit as much as their predecessors.


8 posted on 03/25/2011 10:26:36 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 444Flyer

WELCOME HOME and I wish nothing but the absolute best for them!!


9 posted on 03/25/2011 10:26:43 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Saoirise; Markos33; MestaMachine; HollyB; jazusamo; concretebob; Parmy; OpusatFR; knighthawk; ...

PING to all who have prayed for our beloved 3/5. Please keep those prayers up as they are coming home to an ever grateful nation.


10 posted on 03/25/2011 10:27:27 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: ConorMacNessa

“SAN DIEGO —— One injured Marine shares an unusual bond with his father.”

Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan A. Leasure, attached to Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and he and his father, Jay Leasure, were both assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines out of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base —— Jordan in 2010 and Jay in 1990.

“He (Jordan) was born on the Marine Corps birthday, so he was destined to be a Marine,” Jay Leasure said. “It makes me feel proud to know we are both part of the ‘Dark Horse’ tradition.”

Jordan even spent time in the same barracks his father had 20 years earlier.

After recruit training, Jay Leasure spent a year with the Marine Corps Security Force at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado before being assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at Pendleton in 1990.

A dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff in Squad Leader School training kept him from shipping out to Operation Desert Shield in Kuwait...”

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_a2bbdfbe-9631-5308-bef4-51d2c9b9dbd7.html


11 posted on 03/25/2011 10:38:48 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer

Thanks for the ping.


12 posted on 03/25/2011 10:43:58 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: 444Flyer

WELCOME HOME DARKHORSE!

Thank you for your service!

May God bless and sustain all of you and yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.


13 posted on 03/25/2011 10:46:42 AM PDT by RebelTex (Freedom!! It's not just another word.)
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To: 444Flyer

Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 03/25/2011 10:48:03 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: jazusamo

15 posted on 03/25/2011 10:51:16 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer

BTTT


16 posted on 03/25/2011 10:52:16 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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(( ping ))


17 posted on 03/25/2011 10:55:33 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard; All

Lt. West was mentioned in this coming home story.

Here is an article written about him. This Marine is all warrior and all heart.

2/26/11

“MILITARY: Marine from bloodied Camp Pendleton unit faces new fight

Lt. Cameron West says he was ‘lucky ‘cuz I still got one leg’”

“The war in Afghanistan ended in less than three weeks for Marine Lt. Cameron “Big Country” West.

The battle to rebuild his life —— after a roadside bomb tore apart his body —— will go on for years.

“I got lucky, to tell you the truth, ‘cuz I still got one leg,” the 25-year-old West said.

Many of the Marines he’s surrounded by at his daily rehabilitation sessions are missing both legs —— and arms.

Most of the young men once belonged to the highly decorated 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, which is bearing the brunt of the vicious fighting.

Now they’re assigned to another unit: the Wounded Warrior Battalion, created for troops whose injuries require months of care.

For West, and many other injured Marines, life changed with a footstep.

‘I looked down and it was gone’

On Oct. 15 of last year, West was leading his Camp Pendleton platoon on a hunt for Taliban insurgents...”

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_710d8e72-a8a3-5938-957e-c1343b4231b1.html


18 posted on 03/25/2011 10:58:59 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer
This Marine hero will be welcoming home his fellow 3/5 Brothers.

Semper Fi Lt. West!

"..."I've been waiting for the last six months," West said. "These are my guys and I can't wait to see them.""

19 posted on 03/25/2011 11:05:21 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer
“He (Jordan) was born on the Marine Corps birthday, so he was destined to be a Marine
One of the Iwo Jima flag raisers, Sgt. Mike Strank, was born on 10 November too - in Czechoslovakia no less. Destiny indeed.
Semper Fi ...
20 posted on 03/25/2011 11:10:08 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RJS1950
Well said - and I've read Sledge's book so many times I've worn the ink off the pages.
Semper Fi ...
21 posted on 03/25/2011 11:12:04 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 444Flyer

This will be a heart warming home coming for all of them. No doubt, West is looking forward to seeing them again. He’s made great strides since he left very injured. So, this will be something good for the troops to see, as they have no doubt suffered some very grievous losses during their time in Afghanistan.


22 posted on 03/25/2011 11:15:15 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: 444Flyer

May the Lord continue to Bless and Keep all those that venture into Harm’s Way.


23 posted on 03/25/2011 11:18:34 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Tea time!)
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To: HollyB
My goodness, he's an inspiration for us all.
24 posted on 03/25/2011 11:33:16 AM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: RebelTex
WELCOME HOME DARKHORSE! Thank you for your service! May God bless and sustain all of you and yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

Ditto that!!

25 posted on 03/25/2011 11:53:13 AM PDT by amom
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Welcome home, 3/5 Darkhorse Marines!!


26 posted on 03/25/2011 11:53:56 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: 444Flyer

SEMPER FI


27 posted on 03/25/2011 12:05:43 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

BTTT


28 posted on 03/25/2011 12:23:18 PM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

&

....Darkhorse Marines!
Hoooo-ah!

29 posted on 03/25/2011 12:32:10 PM PDT by LUV W (I'd rather be a Tea Partier than a FLEEbagger! :))
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To: RJS1950
“With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” by Eugene Sledge which was part of the basis for the series “The Pacific”.

I've got that, but have yet to find time to sit down and read it (ditto with the DVD of "The Pacific"). My 90 year old uncle - a reconnaisence pilot in Europe - sent it to me about three years ago with the following note enclosed:

"As I mentioned, I was a classmate and good friend of the author's brother, Edward Sledge. He was a tank company commander in Europe in WWII. Ed has been dead for about 10 years and Eugene died about 2 years ago."

"Their mother, also now dead of course, served on the (Mobile, Alabama) Tree Commission for several years while I was the Supt. of Parks; their dad was a doctor - wonderful family"

30 posted on 03/25/2011 1:01:04 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: 444Flyer

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31 posted on 03/25/2011 1:08:32 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: ErnBatavia

Well worth the time to read it. As a former Marine, the writing was straightforward and without any the flowery prose of “Helmet for my Pillow” although that book too was a great read. Sledge told the story as I would expect to hear it from a line grunt’s perspective.


32 posted on 03/25/2011 1:54:37 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 444Flyer
Welcome home warriors!

Freedom Needs a Soldier.

33 posted on 03/25/2011 1:57:07 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Such wonderful news!

God Bless them all!

Prayers for their everlasting safety!

34 posted on 03/25/2011 2:04:25 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: 444Flyer
Godspeed Warriors!

OORAH!

35 posted on 03/25/2011 2:07:00 PM PDT by Saoirise (Never attribute to malice that which can be ascribed to sheer stupidity - LTC (CENTCOM))
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To: 444Flyer

Thank you for letting us know these brave warriors will soon be home again. Thank God. We need to keep praying for them, that their wounds, both visible and invisible, will be healed. And that they will have the resources they need to heal and to adapt to life after their horrendous experiences.


36 posted on 03/25/2011 2:16:53 PM PDT by GoldwaterChick
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To: Lancey Howard
>> The 25 battalion deaths are among 61 combat fatalities for Camp Pendleton troops since March 1, 2010, according to records kept by the North County Times based on Department of Defense casualty releases.

Prayers and Welcome Home!

37 posted on 03/25/2011 2:17:24 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: GoldwaterChick

Amen.


38 posted on 03/25/2011 2:30:56 PM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: 444Flyer

Thank God for true patriots who put themselves between we the people, and the truly evil ones. Praise God for bringing you all back safely, “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for His friends...Jesus loves you and so do we!


39 posted on 03/25/2011 4:34:01 PM PDT by pastorbillrandles
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To: RebelTex

Amen and Ooorah


40 posted on 03/25/2011 4:40:30 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: 444Flyer

Welcome home Darkhorse & thank you for your service!

41 posted on 03/25/2011 5:32:52 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: 444Flyer

Welcome home our fine warriors. May Yahshua bless you and your families for the brave service you’ve continued to provide for our country. May you flow back into an easy peaceful way of living.


42 posted on 03/25/2011 6:02:05 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: AZamericonnie

That is outstanding!!


43 posted on 03/25/2011 6:21:24 PM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks for the ping. They are great guys, God bless them all. A job well done.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 9:13:54 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: All
THE FEW THE PROUD THE MARINES

45 posted on 03/25/2011 9:35:21 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: All
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46 posted on 03/25/2011 9:40:55 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: Dubya

“Welcome Home” (Marines!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQXqk9gVbwk&feature=related


47 posted on 03/25/2011 9:59:39 PM PDT by 444Flyer ("...Rather the scorned- the rejected -the men hemmed in with the spears..." from 'A Consecration')
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To: All
marine-hymn

48 posted on 03/25/2011 10:01:04 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: Dubya

A job well done....FOR SURE!!


49 posted on 03/25/2011 10:02:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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Nice one, thanks.


50 posted on 03/25/2011 10:03:05 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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