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  • Top general won't apologize for remarks on gays

    03/13/2007 8:32:37 AM PDT · by cilbupeR_eerF · 312 replies · 9,237+ views
    CNN ^ | March 13, 2007 | Barbara Starr
    The top U.S. military officer, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, doesn't plan to apologize for telling a newspaper that homosexuality is immoral. Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that he supports the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The general also compared homosexuality to adultery -- behavior that is prosecuted in the military, he said. "My upbringing is such that I believe that there are certain things, certain types of conduct that are immoral," Pace told the Tribune. "I believe that military members...
  • "Bumper of my SUV" - Kudos to country singer Chely Wright, who performed in Iraq last week

    03/13/2007 3:32:05 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 15 replies · 1,866+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Monday March 12, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Bumper of my SUV By Michelle Malkin   ·   March 12, 2007 03:01 PM Kudos to country singer Chely Wright, who performed in Iraq last week: Since World War II, American celebrities have been raising the morale of service members overseas with different forms of entertainment ranging from concerts to stand-up shows. In an effort to keep that tradition alive, country singer Chely Wright, visited Al Asad, Iraq, to entertain and lift the spirits of service members, March 3. “I’m thankful and really appreciative that (the band members) and I get to fly around the world on airplanes, ride in tour...
  • Gen. Pace calls homosexuality immoral

    03/12/2007 10:06:29 PM PDT · by rightwinggoth · 118 replies · 2,281+ views
    Yahoo! -- AP ^ | 3/12/2007 | unknown
    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday he considers homosexuality to be immoral and the military should not condone it by allowing gay personnel to serve openly, the Chicago Tribune reported. Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was also immoral, the newspaper reported on its Web site. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging interview. Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of...
  • (Harvard) Track Captain Sean Barrett Ready to Serve His Country (Marine Corps) - Semper Fi! Alert

    02/06/2007 3:57:39 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 19 replies · 1,276+ views
    Harvard Athletics ^ | Monday, February 5th, 2007 | Andrea Chaknis
    Sean Barrett has seen a lot in his four years at Harvard. He’s consistently been among the top Crimson finishers at various regional meets since his freshman year. He’s seen coaches come and go. He’s competed with and against formidable tracksters across New England and beyond. Now he’s getting ready to embark on a journey that will show him more about himself and his world than he could ever imagine. Barrett has joined the U.S. Marine Corps and has committed, initially, to serving four years. It’s a decision that seems almost incongruous for a bright athlete from the Ivy League....
  • Marine to walk across NJ to show support for troops

    01/12/2007 10:52:29 AM PST · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 75 replies · 1,414+ views
    January 12, 2007 | self
    This was a press release issued by the individual below but the source paper has copyright issues. So am posting as a vanity: United States Marine Corps Sgt. Craig M. Breiner, 30, of Howell plans to carry the U.S. flag from the Belmar boardwalk to the state capital in Trenton to rally support for American military personnel serving in war zones. "We need to bring the morale of our troops up," said Breiner, a seven-year Marine veteran who spent seven months in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. . . . Breiner's walk will commence Jan. 20, rain or shine, at...
  • They call it 'Semper Fi'

    12/22/2006 5:42:27 AM PST · by radar101 · 3 replies · 740+ views ^ | December 22, 2006 | Kathleen Parker
    In this image released by the U.S. Marine Corps, soldiers assist their platoon commander, 2nd Lt. Samuel Joiner, a 23-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., to safety after he was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Anah, in the volatile Anbar province, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. The Marines and sailors, part of the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based Company A, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, have spent nearly three months conducting security operations to Rawah and Anah, two cities along the Euphrates River about 200 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Lance Cpl. Nathaniel F. Sapp, U.S. Marines) WASHINGTON --...
  • Semper Fly: Marines in Space (excellent Popular Science article with photos)

    12/19/2006 1:12:48 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 38 replies · 9,426+ views
    Popular Science ^ | December 2006 | David Axe
    As any battlefield commander will tell you, getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it. And for modern-day soldiers, the sites of conflict are so far-flung, and the political considerations of even flying over another country so complicated, that rapid entry has become nearly impossible. If a group of Marine Corps visionaries have their way, however, 30 years from now, Marines could touch down anywhere on the globe in less than two hours, without needing to negotiate passage through foreign airspace. The breathtaking efficiency of such a delivery system could change forever the way the U.S....
  • Remembering the fallen (highest-ranking woman officer killed in Iraq last week, USMC)

    12/15/2006 5:50:06 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 6 replies · 1,493+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Thursday, December 14th, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Remembering the fallen By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 14, 2006 11:00 AM Maj. Megan McClung was an American Girl. She was the highest-ranking female officer killed in Iraq last week. Watch this video. You will not forget her. (More about Maj. McClung in the OC Register.) Thanks to Ken Noland for pointing us to the memorial video and to the terrific website, Digital Imagery and Video Distribution System , which serves as the public affairs arm for the Third Army and Central Command. Army Capt. Travis Patriquin was killed alongside Maj. McClung. Mike Fumento's memorial is here. Matt at Blackfive...
  • Fallujah Today, and on Route Mobile (excellent first hand account)

    12/07/2006 6:42:16 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 839+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 | Bill Roggio in Fallujah, Iraq
    Fallujah Today, and on Route Mobile Patroling one of the two main arteries through the Fallujah region The city of Fallujah and its surrounding environs has both a symbolic and strategic importance to the security of Iraq. Fallujah is the city where al-Qaeda fought the U.S. forces toe-to-toe and lost. Fallujah is a rallying call to al-Qaeda. The city also serves as the gateway to Baghdad, the end of the line of al-Qaeda's Syrian ratlines which are used to run foreign fighters, money and weapons into the capital. Fallujah was where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi set up his first infamous Islamic...
  • Soldiers Face and Hand Blown Off by Terrorists, But He Still Gets to Marry his Sweetheart

    12/05/2006 3:11:39 AM PST · by Lori675 · 39 replies · 2,520+ views
  • Greetings from Ramadi (Mike Fumento has photos from his latest trip to Iraq)

    11/18/2006 10:01:34 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 5 replies · 1,118+ views
    Michelle Malkin blog ^ | Saturday November 18th, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Greetings from Ramadi By Michelle Malkin   ·   November 18, 2006 08:39 AM Mike Fumento has photos from his latest trip to Ramadi. Here's one he snapped at Camp Ramadi. Mike writes: "Something tells me Cindy Sheehan wouldn't feel comfortable here." Speaking of Ramadi, Patterico is looking to talk to soldiers fighting there. Give him a shout at
  • Much Progress Made in Fallujah, Marine Commander Says

    11/17/2006 3:46:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 730+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2006 -- Two years ago, much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah had suffered severe damage after some of the hardest fighting seen since the country was liberated by U.S. and coalition forces in the spring of 2003. Today, construction across Fallujah is booming, and the city’s 400,000-resident population is growing, Marine Col. Larry D. Nicholson, commander of Regimental Combat Team 5, told Pentagon reporters today from Fallujah during a satellite-televised news conference. Nicholson has commanded RCT-5’s nearly 5,000 U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors since February. The unit’s primary mission, he said, is to train and...
  • An Unforgettable USO Tour (Great Chuck Norris' Account Of Time With The Troops Alert)

    11/13/2006 12:08:29 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 3,986+ views ^ | 11/13/2006 | Chuck Norris
    A Letter from the Front Lines Hello, My name is Capt. Mike Southworth. I am a pilot in the Marine Corps. I recently flew Mr. Norris during his USO tour ... His visit here means a lot to all the Marines, sailors, and soldiers out here. I know many of my Marines said that it helped boost their morale and helped them forget that they were away from their family and friends ... So, thanks for the support and God bless! Very respectfully, Capt. Mike Southworth, USMC Capt. Southworth's letter was one of hundreds of letters from service members, their...
  • OORAH! It's the Official Friday Silliness Thread

    11/10/2006 3:31:04 AM PST · by sully777 · 256 replies · 4,665+ views ^ | 11-10-06 | Sully777
    OORAH! It's the 229th birthday of the United States Marine Corp.
  • Canadian dies serving U.S. army in Iraq

    10/31/2006 1:49:37 PM PST · by Clive · 12 replies · 664+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2006-10-31 | (wire service)
    HALIFAX (CP) -- A Canadian who was serving with the U.S. army in Iraq was killed by insurgents this week, just days before his return home. Cpl. Michael Seeley, formerly of Fredericton, was on patrol with Bravo Co. of the 28th Infantry when he died Monday. A Mi'kmaq, Seeley joined the Canadian Forces in 1998 before enlisting in the U.S. Marines the next year. He served with the Marines in Japan, South America, Africa and Iraq before getting an honourable discharge after four years. He then joined the U.S. army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, when he was...
  • The PC War : Marines show restraint under sniper fire

    10/19/2006 9:24:33 AM PDT · by llevrok · 26 replies · 1,006+ views
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 19 Oct 2006 | JAY PRICE; McClatchy Newspapers
    CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq – It was 9 a.m. and the start of another day of Lt. Col. Todd Desgrosseilliers’ approach to counterinsurgency. Most go well, at least by the perilous standards for Marines operating in Anbar province, the heart of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim insurgency. Wednesday, however, would not. By the end of the day, one Marine would lie badly injured from a sniper’s bullet and another would be startled from a close call that hit the goggles perched atop his helmet. Attention has been focused in recent weeks on U.S. patrols in Baghdad, where American and Iraqi soldiers are trying...
  • Flags of Our Fathers -- Montfort Point Marines

    10/12/2006 8:10:21 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 4 replies · 394+ views
    Nuke's news and comment ^ | 10-12-06 | nuke gingrich
    I want to thank reaganite for posting this entry at GCP. Great article, great website, and great deeds from the “greatest generation.” Semper Fi, gentlemen. Back home in Jackson, where I was the first Negro Marine admitted to the Corps from Mississippi, I had to wait out the period until a sufficient amount of the camp had been completed. There was one special requirement the Marine Generals insisted on. “If we must admit them, and train them, we reserve the right to demand that every Negro who wants to become a Marine, must have an education either in college, or...
  • Message to U.S. Marines

    10/01/2006 7:32:46 PM PDT · by GratianGasparri · 3 replies · 1,095+ views
    Freedominion ^ | October 1, 2006 | Jasmine from Sault Ste. Marie
  • Glenn Ford, longtime leading man in scores of films, dies at 90

    08/31/2006 5:27:53 AM PDT · by Puppage · 21 replies · 1,055+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 8/31/06 | Puppage
    (Beverly Hills, Calif.-AP, Aug. 31, 2006 6:02 AM) _ Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as "The Blackboard Jungle," "Gilda" and "The Big Heat," died Wednesday, police said. He was 90. Paramedics called to Ford's home just before 4 p.m. found Ford dead, police Sgt. Terry Nutall said, reading a prepared statement. "They do not suspect foul play," he said. Ford suffered a series of strokes in the 1990s. "It comes to mind instantly what a remarkable actor he was," actor Sidney Poitier, who also starred in "The Blackboard Jungle," said Wednesday evening. "He had...
  • Marine to return ancient signature seals to Iraq

    02/15/2005 2:17:41 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 2 replies · 659+ views ^ | feb 15 2005 | PHILADELPHIA
    Marine to return ancient signature seals to Iraq PHILADELPHIA A U-S Marine who brought home seemingly cheap souvenirs from Iraq has turned them over to authorities after learning they are ancient stone seals used as signature stamps.The Marine paid a vendor a few hundred dollars for the eight seals, and had them examined by a university archaeologist upon his return. The seals were looted from an archaeological site near Babylon. They are about five-thousand years old and valued at two-thousand to five-thousand dollars each. U-S soldiers are allowed to bring back souvenirs and trinkets, but Assistant U-S Attorney Bob Goldman...
  • 20-year Marine Corps veteran and FReeper 'Gunny Bob' announces new book, "Minefields to Microphones"

    08/24/2006 11:36:17 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 11 replies · 1,258+ views
    Announcement on Gunny Bob's 850am KOA webpage ^ | August 2006 | Gunny Bob Newman
    You can now pre-order your copy of Minefields to Microphones, the Gunny's latest and greatest book. The cost is $16.95 plus shipping. Your book will arrive in the second week of September, signed by the Gunny. It is 262 pages long and even has photos. Signed Copies AvailableSend NO MONEY now. To get on the list, just send Gunny an email at with the words "Book Order" in the subject line. Get 'em while they are hot! Here is what the book is all about: From one of America's both favorite and loathed political pundits comes the book long...
  • An E-Mail From Afghanistan

    08/23/2006 9:51:38 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 33 replies · 1,034+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 23, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    Hugh, Our son, Boots Dunlap, is a Capt. in the 1-32 Inf Battalion (nicknamed Chosin Bn.). We just got this letter to soldiers' families from the Battalion Commander. These men and women are doing a great job and spilling their blood for us at home. I hope American appreciate their sacrifice. Charlie Dunlap Dear Chosin Family, As you all make your way back from summer vacations and travels, I thought I would welcome you back with some great information about your loved ones' exploits over here in Operation Enduring Freedom. It has been a long, hot summer here in AOR...
  • An Iraqi thank-you (good read)

    08/21/2006 10:33:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 30 replies · 1,113+ views
    Star Exponent ^ | August 22, 2006 | J. Michael Sharman
    Earlier this year, Erik Duane was living in California with his wife and daughter and working in Cerritos College’s information technology department. Now, he is Gunnery Sgt. Erik Duane, a Civil Affairs Group Marine in Al Asad, Iraq. Duane’s list of his team’s projects is a microcosm of what the U.S. is doing throughout Iraq: “We have water and sewage treatment projects planned, as well as numerous repairs to the local schools and residences. We are also working closely with the local leaders to establish a strong governance in this aea.” His troops call him “Gunny,” and Shu’aib Barzan Hamreen...
  • Pulitzer Prize Winner Joe Rosenthal Dies

    08/21/2006 4:42:59 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 27 replies · 1,086+ views
    Las Vegas Sun & AP ^ | August 21, 2006 | JUSTIN M. NORTON
    Today: August 21, 2006 at 3:20:29 PDT Pulitzer Prize Winner Joe Rosenthal Dies By JUSTIN M. NORTON ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday. He was 94.
  • USMC Sniper Metes Out Swift Death in Iraq

    07/31/2006 10:10:32 AM PDT · by mojito · 50 replies · 2,621+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 07/30/06 | Antonion Castaneda
    He was 5 when he first fired an M-16, his father holding him to brace against the recoil. At 17 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, spurred by the memory of 9/11. Now, 21-year-old Galen Wilson has 20 confirmed kills in four months in Iraq — and another 40 shots that probably killed insurgents. One afternoon the lance corporal downed a man hauling a grenade launcher five-and-a-half football fields away. Wilson is the designated marksman in a company of Marines based in downtown Ramadi, watching over what Marines call the most dangerous neighborhood in the most dangerous city in the...
  • Ex-Marine receives Navy Cross at Camp Pendleton for Iraq heroism - Fallujah

    07/28/2006 10:46:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,702+ views
    A former Marine sergeant credited with saving five fellow Marines in Iraq was presented the Navy Cross for heroism in combat Friday. Robert J. Mitchell of Iowa was awarded the medal for his actions as a squad leader for Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, during an assault in the city of Fallujah in November 2004. While engaged in an intense gunfight in what then was an insurgent stronghold, five Marines were wounded and became pinned down in a house. Mitchell, 26, charged through enemy AK-47 fire and hand grenade explosions to reach the building. As he approached the house,...
  • Attorneys: Accused troops won't testify against each other (Camp Pendleton 8)

    07/25/2006 6:22:50 AM PDT · by radar101 · 21 replies · 1,011+ views
    N C Times ^ | 25 JULY 2006 | MARK WALKER
    Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman charged in the April killing of an Iraqi man are refusing to testify against one another, attorneys for one of the men said Monday. Jane Siegel, who represents Pfc. John Jodka III, said the military was increasingly frustrated that none would agree to testify for the prosecution."The government is doing its damned best to try and provoke one of these Marines to testify against the others in accordance with its theory of the case," Siegel said. "None of these men are going to do that." Siegel's comments were made after the Marine Corps sent...
  • The Foolhardy Fallacy Of Requisite Proportional Response (Israel against hezbollah)

    07/18/2006 8:37:16 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 27 replies · 1,058+ views
    Column posted at 850 KOA website ^ | Monday July, 17th, 2006 | Gunny Bob Newman
    The elite liberal media, being yapping lap dogs for the American political left, have been screaming about the evil Jews using disproportionate force as Israel finally responds to the carnage Muslim terrorists have been heaping upon it of late. The proverbial last straw was the Iranian- and Syrian-controlled terrorist group Hezbollah kidnapping two Israeli soldiers in northern Israel. Hezbollah, in case you have forgotten, carried out the 1983 attacks on the United States Embassy and Marine compound in Beirut, the 1984 attack on the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, and the 1996 destruction of the Khobar Towers U.S. military barracks...
  • Gretchen Wilson, Josh Gracin Sing for Republicans

    06/22/2006 12:22:35 PM PDT · by NRA1995 · 30 replies · 11,140+ views ^ | 6/20/06
    Gretchen Wilson and Josh Gracin were among the performers appearing Monday night (June 19) in Washington at a fundraiser that generated $27 million to be used by Republican candidates in the November elections. President Bush provided a speech for more than 5,000 supporters attending the President's Dinner at the Washington Convention Center. The event raised money for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
  • Andover (MN) family will soon have four Marine children

    06/14/2006 8:35:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 725+ views
    KARE11 News ^ | 6/14/06 | KARE11 News
    The Witherill family's property is like a billboard for the Marines, with license plates, bumper stickers and decals covering cars and windows everywhere. And the odds are good Joe Witherill will put a Marine sticker on the car of anyone who visits their property, too. This proud Marine veteran never insisted his children follow in his footsteps. But that's what happened. Not once. Not twice. Not three times. But four times. First his oldest son Albert joined and earned a place on the family's Marine Corps wall in the basement of their home. That inspired oldest daughter Andrea. "When I...
  • Marine Tackles Suspected Jewelry Thief at Mall (True Homefront Hero Story!)

    05/13/2006 2:08:29 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 37 replies · 1,268+ views
    Capital Online ^ | 05/13/2006 | Scott Daugherty
    When a shabbily dressed man ran out of a Westfield Annapolis jewelry store followed by an employee screaming for help, Erik McInnis didn't think twice. "Anybody sprinting out of a store like that is guilty until proven innocent," the 39-year-old Marine major said. He immediately left his two children, ages 9 and 2, in the mall's play area and chased Timothy A. Laboard, 40, of Baltimore, through the back corridors of the mall. Jonathan Neff, another father in the play area, said Maj. McInnis "hurdled the row of seats and hit the ground at an all out sprint behind the...
  • The Carter Doctrine Comes Calling (foreign policy of coward democrat comes home to roost)

    04/28/2006 1:35:47 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 23 replies · 1,254+ views
    Column posted at 850am KOA website ^ | Thursday April 27th, 2006 | Gunny Bob Newman
    I began studying Iran in 1979 as a 21-year-old Marine sergeant and Recon (Recon is the Corps’ version of Navy SEALs and Army Rangers and Green Berets) team leader with "A" Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. My studies began because terrorists in Iran had just overthrown Shah Reza Mohammed Pahlavi, sacked the United States Embassy in Tehran and taken dozens of Americans hostage. A few months later, my unit, the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, was in Thailand when our mission was changed and we headed up through the tanker- and cargo-ship-packed Straits of Malacca (I...
  • (Rocky Mountain) News wins 2 Pulitzers (Final Salute-Marines)

    04/18/2006 10:13:44 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 34 replies · 1,267+ views
    The Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 18, 2006 | Kevin Vaughan
    The Rocky Mountain News was honored Monday with Pulitzer Prizes in writing and photography for its unflinching look at the way U.S. Marines honor comrades who have paid the ultimate price. In a newsroom celebration marked by emotion and tears, reporter Jim Sheeler was recognized for winning in feature writing and photographer Todd Heisler in feature photography for their collaboration, "Final Salute." The special report followed a Marine major who has the difficult task of making death notifications and of helping families begin to face life after loss. And while there was tremendous satisfaction in the awards, there was also...
  • Marine Marathon Fund Raiser

    04/16/2006 5:34:36 PM PDT · by The Shrew · 10 replies · 789+ views
    Mullings - An Internet Cyber-Column ^ | April 14, 2006 | Rich Galen
    NEW TOPIC A college pal of The Lad's is a Captain in the US Marine Corps. Straight out of the University of Texas, David Quy did the real estate or stock brokerage thing for a while, then decided to serve, and joined the Marines. He has served two tours in Iraq and, thank God, has returned unharmed. He and some of his pals are trying to raise money for their comrades who have not been so fortunate. There is an organization named the "Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund" which is dedicated to providing assistance to injured Marines over and above...
  • Rolling memorial carries 'Comfort'

    03/04/2006 10:07:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,417+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Tom Sloan
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (March 2, 2006) -- Karla Comfort received a lot of looks and even some salutes from people when she drove from Benton, Ark., to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in her newly-painted, custom Hummer H3 March 2. The vehicle is adorned with the likeness of her son, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason, and nine other Marines with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who where all killed by the same improvised explosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December. For Comfort, having the vehicle air brushed with the image of the...
  • Marines can now earn Combat Action Ribbon for IED response

    03/08/2006 2:11:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 13 replies · 1,604+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Wednesday, March 8, 2006 | Lisa Burgess
    Marines who encounter roadside bombs and respond appropriately now are eligible for the Combat Action Ribbon, according to the Marine Corps. The ribbon was and still is awarded to Marines who performed satisfactorily in a firefight or under enemy fire, said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee in a Marine Corps announcement. But warfare has evolved to include a new threat — roadside bombs, also known as improvised explosive devices — Hagee said. As of Feb. 25, such devices have killed 927 U.S. troops in Iraq — about 52 percent of hostile deaths — and wounded 9,549 troops — about...
  • A MARINE AS SEEN BY . . . (Semper Fi alert!)

    03/07/2006 3:01:52 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 38 replies · 1,894+ views
    A MARINE AS SEEN BY . . . Himself:A handsome, buff, highly trained professional killer and female idol who carries a finely honed K-Bar, wears a crisp 8-point cammie cover and is always on time due to the absolute reliability of his Seiko digital watch. His Wife:A stinking, gross, foul mouthed lovable bum who arrives back at home every few months with a seabag full of dirty utilities, a huge Seiko watch, an oversized knife, a filthy hat and hornier then hell. Headquarters Marine Corps:A drunken, brawling, HMMWV-stealing, woman-corrupting "cumshaw artist" who wears a Seiko watch, an unauthorized K-Bar and...
  • Trapped Inside the Box of Commonplace Misperceptions (UAE ports controversy)

    03/03/2006 2:23:27 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 13 replies · 632+ views
    Column posted at his 850am KOA website ^ | Tuesday February 28, 2006 | Gunny Bob Newman
    Whereas I am dead-set against the idea of the government of the United Arab Emirates running terminal operations at any American commercial ports, it is also important to understand just how painfully little the average American, average American politician and average American bureaucrat knows about the conduct of terrorist operations, especially the reconnaissance and attack phases of an operation. Since the U.A.E. � U.S. port scandal blew up just over a week ago (in large part because of a total communications and leadership failure in government), seemingly innumerable talking heads have been commenting on the vulnerability of shipping containers, which...
  • Special Force for a Special Branch

    02/28/2006 6:13:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 4,172+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | February 27, 2006 | Alan Dowd
    They are known as “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” And until recently, they were “The Only”—as in the only military branch under Pentagon control without a Special Operations command. That changed when the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) opened for business at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on February 24. Most Marines would take issue with the notion that the Corps is a latecomer to the Special Operations team, arguing instead that all Marines are considered elite or “special forces.” As General Dennis Hejlik, MARSOC’s first commander, told Proceedings magazine, “All Marines are special.” Given the Marine Corps’...
  • Marines denied access to Wilmington bars

    02/06/2006 7:10:33 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 145 replies · 5,114+ views
    TV3 ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | staff
    WILMINGTON -- An upset woman came to NewsChannel 3. Her boyfriend is a marine and was told he could not go to a local bar because of it. In downtown Wilmington there's more than one bar that doesn't allow marines or other members of the military in. Ashley Kidd says her military boyfriend was denied bar access. "They are being denied access to even enter a bar. It's just not right. It's discrimination. It's wrong," Kidd said. Ashley Kidd's boyfriend is a marine at Camp Lejeune. She says he recently tried to get in a popular Wilmington bar and a...
  • Marine Came From Military Tradition - Sgt. Sean H. Miles Fallen Warrior

    01/29/2006 10:01:12 PM PST · by Flora McDonald · 16 replies · 1,159+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 01-27-06 | Meredith Bonny w/Holly Prestidge
    Sean Miles knew every Star Wars movie by heart. In high school, he hated homework and relished football. As a fullback at Clover Hill High in Chesterfield County, Miles dreamed of becoming a professional football player. He loved the Redskins, but he lived the Marines. He vowed his son, 2½ year-old Tyler, would grow up strong. This week, Miles died proving what strength means. Fewer than two weeks before he was due to wind up a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq, Miles was killed in action Tuesday in the Iraqi town of Karmah, about 50 miles west of Baghdad....
  • Gunny Bob Show broadcasting from Iraq update... (now April '06)

    01/11/2006 10:50:17 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 11 replies · 578+ views
    Gunny Bob show producer Dominic Bond ^ | January 11th, 2006 | ajolympian2004
    The plans for the Gunny Bob show broadcasting from Iraq have changed. Because of some logisitical problems for the January timeframe they have rescheduled his week long visit in Iraq for April '06 per Gunny Bob's producer Dominic Bond. The specific details will be announced sometime in March. I will keep everyone updated.
  • Patriot Guards: Fighting the Hatred (fred phelps continues to disrupt military funerals)

    12/27/2005 1:59:34 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 34 replies · 5,884+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Tuesday December 27, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    PATRIOT GUARDS: FIGHTING THE HATRED By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 27, 2005 01:50 PM The execrable Fred Phelps and his "church" continue to disrupt the funerals of fallen soldiers across the country. Jim Hoft has the latest. The good news is that veteran bikers of all political stripes have united to form the Patriot Guard Riders. Their mission: We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us. We don’t care what you ride, what your political...
  • Shopper Pays for Marine's Engagement Ring

    12/23/2005 7:17:21 PM PST · by presidio9 · 135 replies · 3,741+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 23, 2005
    A Marine who's planning to marry a Texan got an early Christmas present: A fellow shopper picked up the tab for a $3,000 diamond engagement ring after the two struck up a conversation in a jewelry store. The 54-year-old Dallas woman who paid for the 1-carat, princess cut diamond ring wants to remain anonymous, Helzberg Diamonds spokeswoman Stacey McBride told The Associated Press on Friday. The woman's father was in the military, her brother was a Marine who died in Vietnam and her nephew just got back from Iraq, McBride said. Marine James Lynaugh, 28, of Patuxent River, Md., was...
  • Marines get tickets to sold-out game

    12/23/2005 3:28:35 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 19 replies · 779+ views
    The Beacon Journal ^ | 21 December 2005 | AP
    Marines get tickets to sold-out game Associated Press CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Bengals will provide free tickets to this Saturday's sold-out game with the Buffalo Bills to 48 Marines from the Columbus-based Lima Company, which lost 16 members in Iraq this year. "This is a great Christmas gift. Everyone is stoked," said Maj. Stephen Lawson, 36, of Middletown. A total of 112 tickets for the 48 Marines were pulled from the complementary tickets held for sponsors and marketing, Bengals development director Bob Bedinghaus said. At Saturday's game, the public address announcer will tell the crowd during the first quarter that...
  • FReeper 'GunnyBob' Iraq Trip Update! Live radio shows from Baghdad on Jan. 11th, 12th and 13th

    12/14/2005 1:52:52 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 16 replies · 1,389+ views
    Announcement on Gunny Bob webpage ^ | Tuesday December 13th, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    Getting into a war zone to report live and do live shows takes some effort and flexibility. Here's the latest on Gunny Bob's expedition to Iraq. On 4 January, the Gunny will fly to Kuwait City via Beirut as it stands now, but that route could change. In any case, he should arrive in Kuwait on 6 January and them hopefully get a hop into Baghdad on 7 January. On 8 January, Gunny will join the 2nd Marine Division in Fallujah. He will stay there until the 10th or so for some live and taped interviews and reports, and then...
  • America’s Traitors: Hang ‘Em High (Murtha, Kerry, Dean, Rosenburgs, Lonetree, Garwood)

    12/07/2005 1:42:50 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 80 replies · 4,467+ views
    Weekly column posted at his 850am KOA website ^ | Tuesday December 6, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    GUNNY BOB'S COLUMN DECEMBER 06, 2005: America’s Traitors: Hang ‘Em High Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Robert Garwood. Clayton Lonetree. Four Americans with one thing in common: they betrayed their country for personal gain. In the case of the Rosenbergs, the communist spies and traitors helped their beloved Soviet Union acquire classified intelligence at America’s expense. America’s loss and the Soviet Union’s gain equated to the Rosenberg’s political gain. Robert Garwood, a Marine in the Vietnam War, was captured and then went over to the enemy’s side in exchange for favorable treatment. Clayton Lonetree, also a Marine,...
  • Counter The Hate (Update on Walter Reed 'hate greeting card', other troops to support)

    12/06/2005 10:31:15 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 13 replies · 1,223+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Tuesday December 6th, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    COUNTER THE HATE By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 06, 2005 12:46 PM FNC's Brian Kilmeade posts an update on the moonbat death wish received by wounded soldier Joshua Sparling at Walter Reed. Brian has a list of other wounded troops who could use some Christmas cheer and support: Capt. James Ollinger Sgt. Zavian Simspon Specialist Brian Radke Specialist Jason Braase Sgt. David Nevins Sgt. Jose Ramos Cpl. Todd Bishop Sgt. Ryan Donnelly Sgt. Eva Diane Cochran Send cards and care packages c/o: Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue NW Washington, DC 20307-5001 Many more ways to help at...
  • Notes from a hometown hero …

    12/05/2005 9:39:08 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 282+ views
    Wilson County News ^ | 30.NOV.05 | Capt. B.
    Thank you warriors! We get a lot of letters of support from all ages. Remember: letters are great. You don’t have to send us a huge package. We love it, but don’t forget that this whole thing is about “support.” We will respond to letters, but please be patient as operation commitment comes first. Also, remember to put your return address on your card in your package so we can write you back. Your Marines have been busy as ever and making great gains, closing escape routes and capturing many listed terrorists through Operation Steel Curtain in the west. Terrorists...
  • Once More Unto The Breach (Marine Corps veteran and FReeper 'Gunny Bob' prepares for trip to Iraq)

    12/01/2005 11:06:41 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 23 replies · 1,037+ views
    Gunny Bob's column posted at his 850am KOA website ^ | Thursday December 1st, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    GUNNY BOB'S COLUMN DECEMBER 01, 2005: Once More Unto The Breach The email came in this morning. A Marine officer from the Ground Combat Element-Multi-National Force (GCE-MNF) in western Iraq was informing me that the 2nd Marine Division would be awaiting my arrival in al Anbar Province in the first week in January 2006. My media "embed" request had been approved. In my mind’s eye, time turned back to May 1977, Platoon 3037, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Private Newman was standing at attention in the "DI hut" in my...