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  • Hero receives Silver Star for bravery

    08/20/2004 2:56:11 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 7 replies · 447+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 6 August 2004 | PFC Lucian Friel
    Hero receives Silver Star for bravery Submitted by: MCB Camp Lejeune Story Identification #: 2004819103545 Story by Pfc. Lucian Friel MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (August 6, 2004) -- The scars on his arms were reminders of the sacrifice he made to save his fellow Marines lives amiss combat in Iraq, earning him the Marine Corps' third highest award. Gunnery Sgt. Timothy P. Haney, 39, a native of Clearfield, Pa., received the Silver Star Medal in a ceremony at the base theater August 6. The medal, designated solely for heroism in combat, was awarded to Haney for his distinct...
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman receives Navy Cross!

    08/20/2004 9:18:17 AM PDT · by auusn · 40 replies · 1,326+ views
    Navy News Service ^ | Raymond Applewhite
    Corpsman Awarded Navy Cross Story Number: NNS040812-05 Release Date: 8/12/2004 3:54:00 PM By Raymond L. Applewhite, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Public Affairs and Photographer's Mate 1st Class (AW) Eric Schwab, Navy News Service NORTH CAROLINA (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England presented the Navy Cross to Hospitalman Luis E. Fonseca Jr. in a ceremony held at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 11. Fonseca, a 23-year-old corpsman, was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom March 23, 2003, while serving with Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines,...
  • Marine awarded Bronze Star

    03/05/2004 9:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 640+ views
    Marine Net Online ^ | Lance Cpl. Brian Kester
    Marine awarded Bronze StarSubmitted by: MCRD Parris IslandStory Identification Number: 2004359350Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Kester MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.(March 5, 2004) -- The recruits of Platoon 1033 have a hero in their midst, a man who has achieved what some can only dream of achieving -- a Bronze Star for actions on the battlefield. The heroic efforts displayed by this Marine in battle are a direct result of a humble man who was only "out there doing the job." Sergeant Edward R. Ferguson, drill instructor with Platoon 1033, Alpha Company, 1st RTBn., was presented with the Bronze Star for...
  • AN NYC MARINE BIRTHDAY BASH

    10/01/2003 3:09:39 AM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 222+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/01/03 | BOB McMANUS
    <p>October 1, 2003 -- The Marines are looking for a few good ballrooms.</p> <p>Well, actually one will do.</p> <p>As long as it's in Manhattan, not overly expensive and available on the evening of Nov. 8 for the officers and men of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment of the 4th Marine Division - late of Nasiriyah, Iraq, by way of Kuwait and Campe Lejeune.</p>
  • N.C.-Based Marines Return Home From Iraq

    06/28/2003 2:25:49 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 430+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 28 | Associated Press
    Families and friends greeted troops with tears and cheers Saturday as the last wave of Marines from Task Force Tarawa returned to their home base from Iraq. "I'm super blessed," said Gunnery Sgt. Bryant Davis, 36, of Atlanta, who let out three "Wooos!" after embracing his young nieces outside Camp Lejeune's barracks. Davis was one of 2,000 Marines aboard the USS Kearsarge, the last of the seven-ship Amphibious Task Force East that arrived on the North Carolina coast this past week. "It's a beautiful day to come to the United States of America," said Davis, an 18-year Marine veteran....
  • Task Force Tarawa Marines Return to Bataan

    05/23/2003 2:00:33 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 406+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 15 May 2003 | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Sonya Ansarov, USS Bataan
    Story Number: NNS030515-07 Release Date: 5/15/2003 3:46:00 PM Click on graphic for high-resolution image 030131-N-1512S-020 At sea with USS Bataan (LHD 5) Jan. 31, 2003 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan steams through the Mediterranean Sea as one of seven ships attached to Amphibious Task Force-East (ATF-E). The task force departed the east coast January 17 carrying the North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s 7,000 Marines on an undisclosed mission. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kenny Swartout. (RELEASED) ABOARD USS BATAAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Four and-a-half months ago when the order came to deploy to the...
  • [Vanity] A Marine Calls His Mom

    05/09/2003 8:49:14 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies · 170+ views
    9 May 2003 | COBOL2Java
    As some Freepers may know, my grandson's Dad is a young Marine serving with Task Force Tarawa, and his Mom is soon to graduate from Army Basic Training. Tearful goodbyes were given to our young Marine back in January, and since then we've been scouring the internet for information on how he is doing (Freepers may recall my posts). Most anxious of all of us, naturally, has been his mother (my grandson's other grandma; for those of you getting confused, grandson's mother is my daughter). We were all very troubled when we heard that there were several Marines in his...
  • NEWS RELEASE - HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND - Release Number: 03-04-209

    04/30/2003 10:59:19 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 4 replies · 215+ views
    CENTCOM Headquarters ^ | April 29, 2003 | CENTCOM
    Release Number: 03-04-209RECONSTRUCTION EFFORT UNDERWAY IN IRAQ AL HILLAH, Iraq -- Various military units, federal agencies, non-governmental and volunteer organizations are descending upon major areas of southern Iraq in a far-reaching humanitarian and reconstruction effort. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force currently oversees the entire southern region of Iraq. Three major commands are performing the grassroots civil affairs work within the force’s nine governates —1st Marine Division, Task Force Tarawa and 1st United Kingdom Armoured Division. The 1st Marine Division is assessing the infrastructure of An Najaf and Karbala. Approximately 70 percent of An Najaf has water, 33 percent of the...
  • U.S. Marines Begin Patrolling Iraq-Iran Border

    04/23/2003 9:37:55 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 11 replies · 160+ views
    Spacewar.Com ^ | April 23, 2003 | AFP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) Apr 24, 2003 Faced with resurgent Shiite political activism, US marines have begun patrolling stretches of the Iraqi border with Iran in order to screen border traffic for hostile infiltrators, the US military announced Wednesday. The Central Command said the patrols involve members of the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion attached to Task Force Tarawa and have been underway in northeastern Iraq since Monday. "The patrols were designed to maintain Iraqi territorial integrity and will simultaneously assist Iraqi expatriates to return home to their loved ones as well," the command said in a statement. The operation began amid...
  • Road trip to Babylon boosts troops' morale

    04/23/2003 3:04:01 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 12 replies · 1,059+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 23, 2003 | DENNIS O'BRIEN
    Road trip to Babylon boosts troops' morale By DENNIS O'BRIEN, The Virginian-Pilot © April 23, 2003 Last updated: 3:30 AM Near the reconstructed arch of Ishtar, Navy chaplains and their escorts begin exploring ancient Babylon to gain perspective for their sermons. Photo by Dennis O'Brien / The Virginian-Pilot. More dispatches from Dennis O'Brien in Iraq BABYLON -- It wasn't the order Charlie Company had hoped for -- which would be ``You're going home'' -- but it beat spending another day camped outside Kut. The Marines were sent on a one-day road trip Tuesday, and what better place to visit...
  • War-tempered Marines find downtime is no good time

    04/22/2003 6:07:12 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies · 2,333+ views
    Virginian-Pilot (Hampton, VA) ^ | 22 April 2003 | Dennis O'Brien embedded with Task Force Tarawa
    NEAR KUT -- An idle mind being the devil's playground, Charlie Company's demons have had ample room to roam of late. After five days parked outside Kut awaiting orders, these men are going stir-crazy. Marines do not suffer inactivity well. At first, the downtime was welcome. Knowing their light-armored vehicles weren't rolling right away meant Marines could string rope between them to use as clothesline, and they did laundry. They took showers. They cleaned weapons. They built fires at night in the windswept desert. And despite orders to stay away from the roadside cigarette dealers, because those hawking smokes could...
  • Wounded Iraqi civilians praise U.S. caregivers

    04/20/2003 2:55:24 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 3 replies · 316+ views
    Virginian-Pilot (Hampton, VA) ^ | 20 April 2003 | MATTHEW DOLAN, embedded with Task Force Tarawa
    IN THE PERSIAN GULF A taxi driver from Samawa thought he had escaped his house full of Iraqi soldiers — only to see a bullet hit his son and a speeding car strike down his daughter. A mother from Zubair let her son outside one calm morning after days of intense fighting — only to find that he got caught in rekindled crossfire. A lawyer tried to reunite his extended family in Nasiriyah — but instead saw his brother die and his wife and sister each lose part of a leg when their bus was attacked on the way. Even...
  • Marines enters Corps history books with longest expeditionary fuel line

    04/19/2003 10:50:49 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 8 replies · 5,200+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | 18 April 2003 | Cpl. Jeff Hawk
    Marines Fuel Coalition Forces 6th ESB enters Corps history books with longest expeditionary fuel line Submitted by: 1st Force Service Support Group Story Identification Number: 200341814410 Story by Cpl. Jeff Hawk LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA VIPER, Iraq(April 18, 2003) -- A historic effort by Marine bulk fuelers here kept the coalition's "shock and awe" campaign from turning into "sputter and stall." Military planners tasked 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, with fueling coalition forces surging forward during the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Deployed as a whole for the first time, the reserve bulk liquids-designated battalion assembled...
  • Fox New's David Asman's son is serving our country

    04/18/2003 4:00:31 PM PDT · by LUVYA DUBYA 2000 · 35 replies · 3,255+ views
    A Son at War As FOX News Live anchor David Asman has mentioned on air, his son is currently serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. You (FOX Fans) have asked about his status, so we caught up with David to find out what he's heard from his son, Felipe. Here's what he had to say:
  • Marines manage to get showers after a month

    04/18/2003 10:01:02 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 44 replies · 530+ views
    Virginian-Pilot (Hampton, VA) ^ | 18 April 2003 | DENNIS O'BRIEN, Embedded with Task Force Tarawa
    NEAR KUT, IRAQ -- Vaguely feminine and perfumed, the smell did not fit the Marines' mental index of recent aromas: gunpowder, camel, sewage, MREs, body odor. Yet the scent was immediately recognizable to even the most dust-caked nostrils: soap! One month and one day after their last brush with personal hygiene, the Marines of Charlie Company finally lathered up and washed off the war Thursday. To a man, they knew the date of their last shower: March 16. "It was real cold, but it felt unbelievable, to put shampoo in the hair and soap on the body," said Cpl. Franklin...
  • Far From the Battle, Marines Wait to Fight or to Go Home

    04/10/2003 10:57:40 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 149+ views
    New York Times ^ | Friday, April 11, 2003 | By MICHAEL WILSON
    April 11, 2003 Far From the Battle, Marines Wait to Fight or to Go HomeBy MICHAEL WILSON ITH TASK FORCE TARAWA, near Qalat Sukkar, Iraq, April 10 — In Baghdad, a statue of Saddam Hussein toppled, and a crowd cheered. Here, a dusty lug nut fell from a Humvee wheel to the sand with a mute puff, and no one said much of anything as the marine began loosening the next one. If Baghdad is center stage of the war, this is the back lot. No happy crowds, no we-love-the-Americans chants, no roses. Just tires balder than the heads of...
  • [Marine Corps] Task Force Tarawa visits residents of Al Shomali

    04/11/2003 9:11:36 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies · 825+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | 7 April 2003 | Marine Expeditionary Force
    AL SHOMALI, Iraq(April 7, 2003) -- The Marines of Task Force Tarawa visited the town of Al Shomali, Iraq to help the residents rebuild an elementary school that had been occupied by local members of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party. The Camp Lejuene, N.C., leathernecks, deployed in support of the I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom, were greeted by the smiling, waving people they had liberated from a brutal Iraqi regime. Click on photos below for high-resolution image Caption: Children run after a Task Force Tarawa convoy. The Marines were leaving Al Shomali, Iraq after speaking with the local...
  • American troops don't like this war; even the name rankles

    04/10/2003 6:09:37 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 48 replies · 251+ views
    Virginian-Pilot (Hampton, VA) ^ | 10 April 2003 | Dennis O'Brien embedded with Task Force Tarawa in Iraq
    SOUTHEASTERN IRAQ -- The Marines of Charlie Company are just now discovering what this conflict is being called, and with all due respect to their commander in chief, they don't think much of the name. Operation Iraqi Freedom is not going to find its way into many tattoos on the bodies of Charlie Company. " `Desert Storm' sounded cool, and it wasn't even a war," said Pvt. Stephen Vasko, 21, of Charlotte, N.C. "Then we come in here and get in a real war with these people, and they call it `Operation Iraqi Freedom?' " And just why do the...
  • Marines receive welcome surprise in "enemy" town

    04/09/2003 11:55:08 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 34 replies · 327+ views
    Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Roads) ^ | 9 April 2002 | Dennis O'Brien embedded with Task Force Tarawa
    AMARAH, Iraq -- The Marines of Charlie Company did not sleep well Monday night. The next day's mission was their most serious yet -- a probable tank battle with an Iraqi armored division in this city on the Tigris River. That night and the next morning, many Marines talked openly about the possibility of dying. At dawn Tuesday, the company rolled out, a vanguard of a task force planning to attack the Iraqi tanks. But not much goes according to plan these days, and that's not always such a bad thing. When the convoy approached this alleged enemy stronghold, the...
  • Marines Ponder Reports of Iraqis' Premature Surrender

    04/08/2003 3:56:31 PM PDT · by AndrewSshi · 10 replies · 208+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 8, 2003 | Michael Wilson
    WITH MARINE TASK FORCE TARAWA, west of Amara, Iraq, April 8 — If enemy troops decided to give up, but there was no opposing force to surrender to, did it really happen? A group of Marine battalions from Task Force Tarawa swung east today toward Amara, near the Iranian border, to confront the 10th Armored Division of the Iraqi Army and determine whether it intended to surrender. But on the initial approach to the city, there was no Iraqi division to be found. "Apparently the 10th Armored capitulated yesterday, but they didn't have anybody to capitulate to," Lt. Col. Glenn...
  • Marines receive welcome surprise in ''enemy'' town

    04/08/2003 7:39:36 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 62 replies · 343+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 9, 2003 | By DENNIS O'BRIEN,
    AMARAH, Iraq -- The Marines of Charlie Company did not sleep well Monday night. The next day's mission was their most serious yet -- a probable tank battle with an Iraqi armored division in this city on the Tigris River. That night and the next morning, many Marines talked openly about the possibility of dying. At dawn Tuesday, the company rolled out, a vanguard of a task force planning to attack the Iraqi tanks. But not much goes according to plan these days, and that's not always such a bad thing. When the convoy approached this alleged enemy stronghold, the...
  • In accident, Charlie Company suffers its first fatality

    04/03/2003 12:14:55 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies · 217+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 3 April 2003 | Dennis O'Brien with Task Force Tarawa in Iraq
    SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF BAGHDAD -- Finally, after eight days in Nasiriyah, the call came to move north. "Goodbye, VietNas -- one town conquered by Charlie Company, many more to come," said Pfc. Christopher Daniels, 20, of Pikeville, Ky., as the Marines headed out at dawn Wednesday. But any relief the Marines felt leaving Nasiriyah in their dust was ripped from them just outside town when tragedy struck, handing Charlie Company its first casualty of the war. As the convoy rumbled up a highway, a Marine was electrocuted when he grabbed a low-hanging power line to lift it out of the...
  • U.S. Troops' Remains Found Near Nasiriyah

    03/29/2003 2:09:44 PM PST · by hnorris · 24 replies · 218+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore | Gerry J. Gilmore
    From: Press Service By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 29, 2003 -- The remains of American troops have been discovered in southern Iraq near where paramilitary forces loyal to Saddam Hussein have been accused by the Pentagon of executing U.S. service members after they'd surrendered. U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart told reporters today in Qatar of the situation developing in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. He said a U.S. mortuary affairs team is en route to the site. He said he couldn't tell reporters whether the remains belonged to troops who'd been...
  • Chemical weapons stored near Capital, captured Iraqi claims

    03/29/2003 2:00:13 PM PST · by jerseygirl · 38 replies · 305+ views
    Stars and Stripes European edition ^ | March 29, 2003 | Mark Oliva
    Chemical weapons stored near capital, captured Iraqi claims By Mark Oliva, Stars and Stripes European edition, Saturday, March 29, 2003 SOUTHERN IRAQ — An Iraqi soldier captured in the battle for An Nasiriyah claims that Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons are stored closer to Baghdad. The soldier, a major, was captured by members of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment. The battalion is part of Task Force Tarawa, which has been fighting in An Nasiriyah for nearly a week. Marines briefly interrogated the 35-year-old soldier when he and another soldier surrendered along the highway into the city, said Capt. Aaron Robertson,...
  • Marines recover bodies of slain comrades - Battle for Nasiriya continues

    03/28/2003 10:30:49 PM PST · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 25 replies · 226+ views
    CNN - online ^ | Friday, March 28, 2003 | Alesso Vinci, CNN
    <p>NEAR NASIRIYA, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. Marines Friday recovered the bodies of seven fallen comrades who died in intense fighting around Nasiriya in southern Iraqi Sunday, officials said.</p> <p>The city has been the scene of the fiercest fighting the Marine Corps has been involved in since Vietnam, senior Marines told CNN, and still is not under coalition control five days after coalition forces first engaged Iraqi paramilitaries.</p>
  • Combat Support; Living in the infantry's shadow

    03/28/2003 9:22:37 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 8 replies · 269+ views
    MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C. ^ | 13 March 2003 | Lance Cpl. Shawn C. Rhodes
    CAMP RYAN, Kuwait(March 13, 2003) -- Whenever the fighting units of Task Force Tarawa, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., need something to help them fight the enemy, they call just one group of Marines - combat service support. A 'jack of all trades,' Combat Service Support Battalion-22 provides the fighting units of Task Force Tarawa with everything they need to complete the mission. "We provide four basic things to Marine units here at CSSB-22," said Lt. Col. Thomas N. Goben, commanding officer, CSSB-22. The Rogers, Ark. native continued "they are food and water for the Marines and Sailors,...