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  • Marine fights conviction for suicide attempt

    02/07/2012 10:31:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 02/02/2012
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A discharged Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces' efforts to battle a rise in suicides during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's not clear how often the Marines or any other service branch prosecute active duty members for trying to kill themselves. But the defense lawyer for Pvt. Lazzaric T. Caldwell says it's wrong to punish service members with mental health problems for genuine suicide attempts. Suicide prevention has become a priority across the...
  • Marine Writes About A Dog of War, Sgt. Rex

    02/02/2012 6:59:31 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 15 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | GREG HARDESTY
    CAMP PENDLETON – The second RPG round blew Cpl. Mike Dowling off his feet. The Marine had never seen combat before, but in 2004, he found himself in the thick of battle in Iraq's infamous "Triangle of Death." Boom! The blast from the rocket-propelled grenade slammed him into the ground, along with a fellow Marine, Sgt. Rex. As Dowling recounts in his just-published book, the explosion must have knocked him out cold for a second: "I come to with Rex on his feet, eyes white with fear and searching wildly in the smoke and dust to find me. "Then he's...
  • Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:29:06 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Ahoy, fellow FR boating lovers! (Boating = all boats and water-related activities; sailing, cruising, fishing, beach combing, flipflop wearing, key lime pie eating, surfing, SUPing – if it floats, tastes salty or is sand encrusted, it belongs here!) While politics are important, our country is great, and FR is amazing; boating is all about fun afloat! This post is the launch of a weekly FR thread about anything and everything boating. (Boating FReepers are either enjoying their boats or dreaming about boats while surfing on Free Republic.) Back story: my parents met in a boatyard, I grew up on boats,...
  • Prayers appreciated for young Marine

    01/15/2012 3:43:48 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 44 replies
    self ^ | 1/15/12 | self
    Prayers appreciated for a young Marine in our life - Until '05 I pastored with his father in Upstate NY - I watched this boy grow up - always wanting to be a Marine. Long story short - 3rd tour in Afghanistan - just got a call yesterday that he stepped on an IED and lost a few toes, along with some ankle damage. Being flown back as we speak. No one else in his team was injured. We are told the mud absorbed a lot of the blast will post updates as they become available Prayers appreciated for him...
  • Panetta: Apparent Marine desecration of Taliban corpses is ‘utterly deplorable’

    01/12/2012 5:28:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12/12 | Craig Whitlock
    Top U.S. officials moved swiftly Thursday to try to prevent diplomatic damage and contain public disgust from the release of a video that appeared to show Marines urinating on three Afghan corpses — images that spread quickly around the globe. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he had viewed the video and considered it “utterly deplorable.” He telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged a full investigation. Prior to the call, Karzai described the video as “completely inhumane and condemnable in the strongest possible terms.” His administration called on the U.S. military to “apply the most severe
  • Iraq war vet stands up to bullies on Lacey bus (video)

    01/01/2012 7:38:32 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    KING 5 (Washington) ^ | 12/31/11 | Tonya Mosley
    Jim Hardie doesn't really see himself as much of a hero. "I really don't feel like I have any more value than anybody else,” he said. He's a family man with an eight-year run in the Marine Corps. But for the last two years he’s been riding the bus in search of a job. Last week after a full day of searching, Jim sat across from three guys he felt were being disrespectful to everyone on the bus. But instead of turning the other way, he looked at them and said "Given the nature of what we've gone through with...
  • Marine shot during necklace robbery plugged bullet wounds with fingers

    12/30/2011 6:39:40 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2011 | Ihosvani Rodriguez
    DEERFIELD BEACH— One bullet went through his belly and lodged in his pelvis, while a second sliced through his chest and out his shoulder. Yet another grazed the back of his skull. Shot and wounded while chasing thieves on foot, Lt. Col. Karl Trenker said he did what he had been trained to do as a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Marines with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Running with bullet holes wasn't working out well, so I plugged them up with my fingers," Trenker said Friday.
  • Marine shot 3 times in robbery survives by by plugging bullet holes with his fingers (Hoorah!)

    12/28/2011 10:41:30 AM PST · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 10 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | December 28, 2011 | Paul Thompson and Mark Duell
    A U.S. Marine officer has told the incredible story of how he survived a street robbery by plugging bullet holes in his body with his fingers. Lieutenant Colonel Karl Trenker, 29, of Miramar, Florida, was shot three times as he confronted two men who had stolen a gold chain from him. He said he used his battlefield training from Afghanistan and Iraq to stem blood from chest wounds by shoving his finger into the gaping wound.
  • Prayer Request

    12/15/2011 1:58:28 PM PST · by Jemian · 44 replies
    email | 15 December 2011 | Jemian
    Please pray for a Lance Corporal stationed in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED today. The email I just now received is that he is "on the bird and is stable." Thank you for holding him before Our Father's throne in this fight against evil.
  • Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove founded

    11/28/2011 12:51:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change. In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September "a non-event."
  • Justin Timberlake Attends Marine's Ball

    11/14/2011 8:18:35 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 14, 2011 |
    Justin Timberlake took a marine to her unit's annual ball Saturday night The singer posted a photo along with a letter on his website that the Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Va., was "one of the most moving evenings I've ever had." "I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn't forget... Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn't know was how moved I would be by the whole experience," he wrote.
  • My Dad the Marine (Fighting cancer-prayers)

    11/10/2011 5:32:58 AM PST · by arbee4bush · 169 replies
    11/10/11 | arbee4bush
    Today is a special day for my dad Dan. He is a veteran of the Korean War. He fought in the battle at Chosin Reservoir. He has won a purple heart and bronze star. He is the most amazing man to his seven kids and wife of 58 years.
  • 3 Calif. Marines discharged after faking marriages

    10/20/2011 7:10:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | October 18, 2011
    (AP) SAN DIEGO — Three San Diego Marine corporals have been discharged for bad conduct after admitting they faked their marriages to receive housing allowances.
  • Bravery of Marine Who Lost 3 Limbs Then Walked Down the Aisle

    10/11/2011 5:14:06 PM PDT · by USMCWife6869 · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | October 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    "Both of his legs and his right arm were blown off by an improvised explosive device, making Mr. southern a triple amputee.
  • Fake Marine Problem. Help.

    10/11/2011 4:17:25 PM PDT · by grapeape · 126 replies
    myself | 10/11/2011 | Grapeape
    I think that I may have stumbled onto a very large problem. I am working with a guy that says that he was a Marine and I am 99% sure that he isn't. He has got a really great story going and he has fooled a lot of people. I need a place to go to so that I can prove that he isn't a marine. I can already proove several of his other stories are fabrications but this is the key. I have read online that is a rather big problem, especially for the Corps and the Seals. Can...
  • Hero Marine saves woman from would-be rapist in Queens (New York)

    09/28/2011 5:09:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 28, 2011 | JOE MOLLICA and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    A 31-year-old Marine vet who served five years in Iraq and Afghanistan used his best weapon to stop a would be rapist this morning in Queens — a deep jarhead scream. Brian Teichman was dropping off his 2-year-old daughter at the babysitter’s house on the shoulder road of the Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone when he spotted a man forcing an Asian woman over a guardrail across the street and into a deserted, wooded area. "It didn’t seem right. Once I saw him launch her over the guard rail I knew something was wrong," said Teichman.
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Eyes New (and Only Slightly Less Dangerous) Career as Firefighter

    09/27/2011 4:33:25 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 26, 2011
    One of the country’s bravest hopes to become one of New York City’s bravest. Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the Marine who received the Medal of Honor this month for personally rescuing 36 soldiers pinned down by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, told The New York Post that he aspires to become a New York City firefighter. "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a way I feel I can do my part in giving back to America,” Meyer said after he tossed out a ceremonial pitch at the Mets' Citi Field, the paper reported. Meyer's grandfather was a firefighter, and Meyer...
  • Marine awarded Medal of Honor

    09/15/2011 12:45:12 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is awarding the military's highest honor to a Marine credited with saving 36 lives during an intense fire-fight in Afghanistan.
  • Memorials Set as Former Marine Gets Medal of Honor

    09/15/2011 6:24:24 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 15, 2011 | AP via
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dakota Meyer saved 36 lives from an ambush in Afghanistan and the former Marine will collect the nation's highest military honor at the White House on Thursday. While he is receiving the Medal of Honor, Meyer's fallen comrades will be memorialized in hometown ceremonies at his request. His hero's moment was his darkest day. Meyer lost some of his best friends the morning of Sept. 8, 2009, in far-off Kunar Province. "It's hard, it's ... you know ... getting recognized for the worst day of your life, so it's... it's a really tough thing," Meyer said, struggling...
  • Before Medal of Honor, beer with obama (Hussein exploits hero, media plays along)

    09/15/2011 8:05:59 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 14 replies
    See B.S. News ^ | 9/15/11
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dakota Meyer saved 36 lives from an ambush in Afghanistan and the former Marine will collect the nation's highest military honor at the White House on Thursday. While he is receiving the Medal of Honor, Meyer's slain comrades will be memorialized in hometown ceremonies at his request. His hero's moment was his darkest day. Meyer lost some of his best friends the morning of Sept. 8, 2009, in far-off Kunar Province.