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  • US rushes troops to Haiti earthquake zone

    01/14/2010 11:22:58 AM PST · by traumer · 22 replies · 1,043+ views
    The US is sending up to 3,500 soldiers and 2,200 marines to Haiti to help rescue efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake. President Barack Obama pledged one of the biggest relief efforts in recent US history and said Haiti would "not be forgotten" in its hour of need. The search for survivors continues but rescuers lack heavy lifting equipment and many are using their bare hands. The Red Cross estimates 45,000-50,000 people are dead and up to 3m affected. BBC correspondents say the situation is increasingly desperate, with aid only trickling in. Mr Obama confirmed that some US...
  • U.S. Navy Ships with "Thousands of Marines" Headed to Haiti - Video Report 1/14/10

    01/14/2010 4:52:10 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 33 replies · 1,148+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 14, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a brief video report saying that Navy ships loaded with "thousands of U.S. Marines" and supplies is headed to Haiti to help the people in their desperate situation following a 7.0 Earthquake that struck there on Tuesday. The Marines will reportedly assist in rescue efforts and with security. . . . (VIDEO)
  • From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan (E-mail)

    12/17/2009 10:59:22 PM PST · by wac3rd · 11 replies · 1,585+ views
    Unknown - E-mail | 11-11-09 | Saucy Jack Marine
    Date: Wed, November 11, 2009 3:20 pm. From the Sand Pit. It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River , watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles. (snip)
  • Marine Corps chooses H&K to make SAW replacement

    12/03/2009 11:20:16 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 113 replies · 6,682+ views
    PAFOA ^ | December 3, 2009 | Dan Lamothe
    The Marine Corps has selected the infantry automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch as the weapon that will replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in infantry fire teams, a senior service official told Marine Corps Times on Wednesday. The H&K IAR “was truly the best in the class on multiple levels and will finally allow the billet of automatic rifleman to be performed as intended without the disruption of the squad integrity that the M249 created,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeffrey Eby, the Corps’ senior gunner, said in an e-mail. The final contract competition also included two models from...
  • A Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (VIDEO)

    11/10/2009 6:16:44 AM PST · by kellynla · 12 replies · 1,314+ views ^ | 11/10/2009 | General James T. Conway 34TH COMMANDANT OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
    Click on the link to watch the video. It is on the right side, down the middle of the page.
  • HEADS UP! Reminder: Don't Forget: Big Week: Veterans Day & Marine Corps Birthday

    11/08/2009 1:31:18 PM PST · by kellynla · 14 replies · 710+ views
    11/8/2009 | KELLY
    "All paid some, some paid all"
  • Marines Win Top Sharpshooter Prize

    10/27/2009 6:46:46 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 37 replies · 2,592+ views ^ | 26 Oct 09 | Bryant Jordan
    The Marine Corps earned bragging rights during the 9th annual U.S. Army International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., last week, when Leathernecks from the Corps' Scout Sniper School (West) in Camp Pendleton, Calif., claimed the title of top marksmen.
  • A Casuality of Callousness (USMC leave one of their own behind)

    10/09/2009 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Saoirise · 20 replies · 686+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/08/2009 | Kevin Cullen
    We are a forgiving lot, we Americans. We believe in redemption as much as anybody, and that would explain why we released Laith al-Khazali to the bosom of his family. Laith al-Khazali is a leader of Asa’ib al-Haq, the Iranian-backed insurgents in Iraq who, among other things, killed five American soldiers in the holy city of Karbala two years ago. But in what the US military described as its contribution to fostering reconciliation between the Iraqi government and insurgents, al-Khazali was recently released from American custody. This is all well and good, but it does beg the question: Why is...
  • USMC Vanity

    09/22/2009 2:09:37 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 30 replies · 1,937+ views
    I am pleased and proud to announce that my USMC son has completed his flight training and will be getting his wings on Friday the 25th of September in Pensacola. He hopes to complete his training in flying the CH-53..... As it turns out my uncle who was killed in WW2 was a Marine pilot. My brother is the family historian, is sending my uncles wings to FL to be used in the ceremony. We have three sons and this is my eldest sons day. The second in line is completing his college is going into flight in the USMC...
  • Bank of America Removes American Flags Honoring Dead Marine

    09/22/2009 7:41:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 41 replies · 5,267+ views
    Captains Journal ^ | 20 Sep 2009 | Herschel Smith
    Greenville, South Carolina saw the arrival of a Marine who perished in Afghanistan, and Gaffney, S.C. was his ultimate resting place. Only the faint sound of lightly marching feet could be heard as hundreds stood silent on the Greenville-Spartanburg International tarmac Wednesday while fully adorned Marines carried Lance Cpl. Chris Fowlkes’ flag-draped coffin. The solemn arrival began an afternoon-long procession that ultimately wound through the streets of the 20-year-old Marine’s hometown of Gaffney, where businesses shut down and mourners lined the streets. The homecoming came six days after the former Gaffney High School football player died in a military hospital...
  • Palin takes on AP (Dying Marine Photo)

    09/07/2009 12:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 5,117+ views
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2009 | Don Surber
    I feel guilty because originally I supported the decision by the Associated Press to release the photo of the young Marine that was taken as he lay dying. I lost readers over that and I do not blame them. Sarah Palin weighed in on Facebook. "Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero. Lance Corporal Joshua ‘Bernie’ Bernard was a selfless young American who sacrificed everything for our...
  • Target of Haditha Claims Facing New Accusations ( Here we go again... )

    09/02/2009 6:11:03 AM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 852+ views ^ | September 01, 2009 | staff
    Nearly four years after the so-called "Haditha Massacre," which was cited by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., when he publicly accused U.S. Marines of being cold-blooded killers, and after being cleared by multiple levels of military courts, a Marine officer is facing a new round of allegations stemming from the firefight in Iraq. According to some members of his legal team, the attorneys at the Thomas More Law Center, the original investigation that failed to produce evidence for a conviction took more than 65 investigators and cost millions of dollars. After an lengthy process in which prosecutors lost at every...
  • Friends mourn Milwaukee fighter pilot who served in three wars

    07/12/2009 1:14:21 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 494+ views ^ | June 27, 2009 | Rick Bella
    CLACKAMAS -- They came by ones and twos Friday, quietly slipping into the pews at New Hope Community Church. They smiled at the words honoring a man whose faith made him an inspiration and whose exploits in three wars made him a hero. And when the last mournful drone of the bagpipes faded, they said goodbye to Col. Kenneth L. Reusser of Milwaukie, the most decorated U.S. Marine Corps aviator in history. "He was the finest gentleman I've ever met," said Harley Wedel of Fairview, a fellow Korean War veteran. "I'm really going to miss him." Reusser flew an amazing...
  • Deserving of Salute: U.S. troops Mark a Major Landmark with the Start of Iraq Pullout

    07/03/2009 4:58:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 372+ views ^ | July 2nd 2009 | staff
    The pullback of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities this week, right on schedule, was a near-miraculous milestone. It was met with nods and faint smiles across America; outright fanfare should have been more like it. All who helped make this a reality - American troops and military leaders, the Iraqi police and government, and, yes, former President George Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates - have earned our thanks. President Obama gets credit, too, for keeping what worked in America's counterinsurgency strategy rather than shredding it just because it had his predecessor's fingerprints on it. Three years ago, no one...
  • Different Presidents, A Different Corps (Video comparison of U.S.M.C welcome of GWB vs. Obama)

    06/29/2009 5:26:48 AM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 2,157+ views
    Video comparing President George W. Bush's Marine Corps welcome to President Obama's.
  • Review: 'American Commando' Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders...

    06/25/2009 9:01:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 832+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 21, 2009 | Sterlin Holmesly
    American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders and America's First Special Forces Mission By John Wukovits Caliber, $25.95 Evans Carlson was not an ordinary U.S. Marine officer. He was a maverick. He learned guerrilla warfare from Chinese communist forces in the 1930s. He believed in sharing hardships with enlisted men. He swapped letters with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt's son, James, was his executive officer. Carlson led the Marines' first World War II special forces raids. The 2nd Raider Battalion was created and trained by Carlson. In August 1942, he led the first long-range strike against Japanese-held Makin Island....
  • Marines Fan Out Across Dangerous Afghan South

    06/09/2009 9:08:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 1 replies · 519+ views ^ | June 8, 2009 | staff
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- Teams of builders worked through dust storms Monday to expand a base for a brigade of U.S. Marines now fanning out across southern Afghanistan to change the course of a war claiming American lives faster than ever before. Some 10,000 Marines have poured into Afghanistan in the last six weeks, the military said Monday, transforming this once small base in the heart of the country's most violent province, Helmand, into a desert fortress. The statement to embedded journalists, including a team from The Associated Press, was the first confirmation that the military has fully deployed the...
  • EDITORIAL: Remembering Our Heroes

    05/24/2009 4:42:06 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 1,292+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2009 | staff
    By a coincidence of the calendar, our military academies hold their annual graduation ceremonies on or about Memorial Day weekend. The juxtaposition is especially poignant if you visit a service academy on graduation weekend. Hundreds of our young, all of them models of American youth, count down the few remaining hours of four years of prodigious effort. They are fit, intelligent, polite, highly motivated and full of life. They are embarking on careers of service to the nation. All voluntarily chose this path, fully realizing the dangers involved in pursuing a military vocation. It is sobering to see them in...
  • Huge U.S. camp arises in Afghan Desert of Death

    05/07/2009 3:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 952+ views
    The Boston Globe / Reuters ^ | May 7, 2009 | Andrew Gray
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - A huge U.S. military camp is taking shape in the baking heat of southern Afghanistan for thousands of extra U.S. troops charged with defeating a resurgent Taliban. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Camp Leatherneck, with concrete blast walls and semi-cylinder sand-colored tents, on Thursday as he surveyed preparations for what will be the biggest wave yet in a year that is seeing U.S. troop numbers doubled. The camp is being constructed in Helmand province next to a British base, Camp Bastion, as Marines and other forces dramatically expand their presence in the most violent area of...
  • Murtha-Inspired Charges Against Marine Collapse

    05/05/2009 9:34:02 PM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | May 05, 2009 | staff
    The government has decided to give up on an existing case that had subjected a Marine commander to a criminal trial for his supervision of a team of soldiers attacked by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005. But it remains possible the case will be re-filed against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, according to lawyers with the Thomas More Law Center, which has been working on his defense. WND reported just days ago when the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals denied without comment the government's motion to reconsider the case against Chessani. The decision followed a ruling from a three-judge...