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  • US Marines ban social network sites including Twitter

    08/04/2009 8:12:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 2,798+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/4/2009
    And other social networking sites as the Pentagon weighed a similar prohibition over cybersecurity concerns. The Marines had already banned the use of social media on military networks but issued a more detailed order this week defining which sites were out of bounds and noting possible exceptions to the rule, a Marine Corps spokesman, Lieutenant Craig Thomas said. "These Internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries," the Marine Corps said in an order posted on its website. "The...
  • USMC LC Seth Sharp Motorcade July 10, 2009 - Adairsville, GA

    07/15/2009 6:37:50 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 22 replies · 2,849+ views
    I got this video today on the Facebook group: Let's find over 1,000,000 supporters of the U.S. Marine Corps It will touch your heart...I know it has mine. Thank God for USMC LC Seth Sharp and all like him who understand the cost and worth of liberty. God rest his soul and God comfort and bless his family, loved ones, and friends...may they be sure in the knowledge of a glorious resurrection and reuniting with this fallen hero. Video of USMC LC Seth Sharp Motorcade July 10, 2009 - Adairsville, GA, KIA Afghanistan July 2, 2009.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ii4j7Y-SOs
  • Let's find over 1,000,000 supporters of each branch of the U.S. Military

    07/02/2009 10:41:51 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 22 replies · 566+ views
    Facebook Support Group ^ | July 2, 2009 | Jeff Head
    With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, and particularly with the current occupier of th White House and his wholly un-American views and policies, let's take time to remember and support our brave U.S. military, all branches. They, along with our faith and own involvement here at home, make our liberty possible. That liberty is the hallmark to our peace and prosperity, and to our ability to turn back external...or internal...threats to it, as we must now. Our fine military personnel efforts overseas, and our own here. We have started several groups, one for each branch of service, on facebook...
  • Troops told to stop Taliban pursuit if civilians are at risk

    07/02/2009 1:29:24 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 18 replies · 738+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | July 1, 2009 | Nancy A. Yousse
    Troops told to stop Taliban pursuit if civilians are at risk KABUL, Afghanistan — Beginning Thursday, American soldiers in Afghanistan will be under orders to back down when they're chasing Taliban fighters whenever they think that civilians might be at risk. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal , the top commander in Afghanistan , will issue the directive as part of an effort to cut down on civilian casualties, which have enraged the Afghan government and residents. Instead of calling in air support or firing into civilian homes where Taliban fighters have sought refuge, commanders will be instructed to reach out to...
  • U.S. Marines Jump from Osprey (YouTube video)

    01/13/2009 4:58:20 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 2,228+ views
    Youtube ^ | January 13, 2009 | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit / Blackfive
    A nice video that I thought FReepers might enjoy  :-) YouTube - U.S. Marines Jump from Osprey Video description posted at YouTube:B-roll of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting a parachute Drop at Fort Picket. Scenes include a helicopter flying overhead, Marines jumping from the aircraft and landing in a field below. Produced by 22nd MEU.
  • Oldest U.S. Marine honored at St. Francis Country House

    12/05/2008 5:16:30 PM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 1,806+ views
    The Catholic Standard &Times ^ | Friday, DEC 05, 2008 | By Lou Baldwin
    DARBY — “Semper Fidelis,” the motto of the United States Marines, means “Always Faithful.” It’s hard to think of anyone who better epitomizes that motto than Master Sergeant Alfred Deserio, U.S.M.C. (Ret.), who served in the Corps for 42 years, from August 1928 to December 1970, initially in the Marine Corps Reserves but mostly on active duty.
  • U.S. Military Presence Woldwide (UPDATE: VIEQUES)

    09/20/2008 5:02:20 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 14 replies · 387+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 9/15/08 | Katherine McCaffrey
    As part of our special investigation "Mission Creep: US Military Presence Worldwide," we asked a host of military thinkers to contribute their two cents on topics relating to global Pentagon strategy. (You can access the archive here.) The following dispatch comes from Katherine T. McCaffrey, an assistant professor of anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey and author of "Military Power and Popular Protest: The US Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico".
  • EXPLOSION HEARD NEAR U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN

    09/17/2008 12:05:21 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 57 replies · 673+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | September 17, 2008
    EXPLOSION HEARD NEAR U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN -AL-ARABIYA TV
  • 'Tropic Thunder' Screened at Camp Pendleton

    08/05/2008 2:40:09 PM PDT · by winstonwolf33 · 5 replies · 276+ views
    Dirty Harry's Place ^ | 8/5/2008 | Anthony Breznican
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Being an actor is nothing like being a Marine. For an actor, even a 30-minute helicopter ride from Burbank to Camp Pendleton, just north of San Diego, can seem daunting.Before boarding a chopper for a special screening of Tropic Thunder at the base, star Robert Downey Jr. confessed: "I'm hoping the fact that I might puke right now is actually going to have the reverse effect, and that I'll suddenly be steady and calm by being in a helicopter."Downey, along with co-stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black, landed safely. "It was pretty tame, actually," Stiller said...
  • Marine, Back from Iraq, Shot Dead in His Home Town

    06/01/2008 10:00:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 404+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 1, 2008
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target. Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot point-blank in the neck during a robbery at a bus stop. Feeding and breathing tubes kept him alive 41/2 months, until he died of an infection on May 18. Two men have been charged in the attack, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Friday the...
  • Sailing and Storms, one last Iraq entry (by A.STEWART MARTIN)

    04/13/2008 3:32:39 PM PDT · by RDTF · 13 replies · 110+ views
    A.STEWART MARTIN
    In the off-season we raced our boats across the world. Some crews raced to England. Others, Maine. We always raced to Bermuda. That first summer we were 19. Our skipper was 22. A newly commissioned naval aviator-select. Phil was his name. I remember he had long sideburns and drank too much. Navy's sailing team had a reputation for drinking as hard as we ailed. On the morning of my first open ocean Bermuda race we crossed the starting line upwind of the fleet in a perfect start right off Newport, Rhode Island's New York Yacht Club. I had nothing do...
  • Haditha Bombshell: Pentagon Had Secret Committee

    03/26/2008 2:00:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies · 5,404+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 26, 2008 | Philip V. Brennan
    A shadow legal body was set up by the Defense Department to manipulate the prosecutions of U.S. Marines accused of massacring Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005. That’s the bombshell disclosure from the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm that is representing one of the accused Marines, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani. And it could prove to be the most damning piece of evidence showing the political motivations behind the ongoing prosecutions of the Haditha Marines. “The hysteria and media firestorm over Abu Ghraib and the Pat Tillman investigations led to fear of a similar media reaction...
  • This Sunday they build a home for wounded Marine hero on ABC's Extreme Home (my title)

    02/07/2008 7:32:39 PM PST · by RDTF · 51 replies · 452+ views
    ABC ^ | not specified | not specified
    Daniel Gilyeat is a decorated U.S. marine and a loving father to his children, having served not one but two tours in Iraq. During the second tour he volunteered for, he was out on a mission when a bomb hit his truck. He suffered major injuries and lost his left leg above the knee. In addition, his marriage ended and he suddenly became a single father. As with many soldiers, deployment had put a huge stress on his marriage. But despite these setbacks and personal battles, 25 days after losing his leg, Daniel was up and walking with a prosthetic...
  • US Marines leave Baghdadi

    01/08/2008 3:02:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 18 replies · 137+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | 1/8/08 | UPI
    Iraqi police in the western city of Baghdadi are the first unit to take full command of a city in Anbar province as the U.S. Marines completely pull out. The U.S. Marines said the 2nd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion completely redeployed from Command Post Baghdadi turning over day-to-day security operations to the Baghdadi police force. The handover is the first of its kind in Anbar province. Lt. Col. J.J. Dill, the commanding officer with the 1st Battalion, said the security situation in Iraq is no longer measured by occupied battle positions, but "in this stage of the counterinsurgency battle,...
  • Marine Band Knows Success Is Instrumental (Warrior Poets)

    12/28/2007 7:07:39 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 7 replies · 128+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 12/28/2007 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Unfortunately the Bulletin editor eliminated the most important element of my piece and the title "Warrior Poets." Here is a link to The Bulletin article followed by my final draft which I think is a more salient piece. Read both and let me know what you think -Mike http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=19151357&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=618959&rfi=6 Warrior Poets By Michael P. Tremoglie Leave it to the Marines to be able to find people who not only can field strip an M16, they can clean and polish a trombone; who not only know how to kill a person with their bare hands, they also know how to play...
  • Marine earns rare honor with Bronze Star (Stephen Reagan)

    11/04/2007 6:19:52 PM PST · by Dubya · 12 replies · 211+ views
    STAR NEWS ^ | NOV 4 2007 | Ana Ribeiro
    You couldn't make out Stephen Reagan's feelings on Saturday just by looking at him. A pair of dark glasses hid his eyes, and the most noticeable ripples across his tranquil, composed face were the discreet smiles his wife put on it. But sitting at the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina, the Wilmington resident relived in his head the war episodes that earned him a Bronze Star Medal while taking from him some of his comrades. "I thought about it a lot," Reagan said, after his best friend and fellow Marine Michael Neal read the citation that came with the...
  • Phelps testifies in Maryland lawsuit (Fred Phelps of "GodHatesFags" sued)

    10/27/2007 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 21 replies · 1,415+ views
    AP ^ | October 24, 2007 | Staff
    BALTIMORE (AP) - The head of a fundamentalist Kansas church being sued over a funeral protest testified in Baltimore today. Fred Phelps of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church said he didn't consider whether children would see a sign carried by protesters with the words "Semper Fi Fags" and two stick figures that appear to be engaged in a sex act. Phelps says they needed to warn to the country to change its wicked ways. Under cross-examination, Phelps agreed his presence was NOT wanted at the funeral and he could have protested somewhere else. Phelps' group is being sued by Albert Snyder,...
  • Reinforcements Sent To Iraq - CHUCK NORRIS!!!

    09/16/2007 10:09:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 385+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 09/17/2007 | N/A
    Chuck Norris, the "Walker: Texas Ranger" star who now writes a column for WND, is visiting U.S. troops in Iraq where he says the surge is working and "morale is up – way up!" Norris is visiting 15 bases – including remote outposts – at the invitation of the assistant commandant of the Marines, Gen. Bob Magnus. It's Norris' second trip to encourage the troops. Last November, his United Service Organizations tour with Marines in Iraq was described by Corps officials as one of the best received ever. Norris' pastor, Todd DuBord, who is part of the traveling team that...
  • Surge Troops to Leave Iraq Via Syria - Another Fantasy Headline

    05/31/2007 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Santiago de la Vega · 2 replies · 649+ views
    Sherman's March to the Sea | 5/31/2007 | Santiago de la Vega
    SURGE TROOPS TO LEAVE VIA SYRIA President Bush announced today that US troops would be leaving the area through the Syrian port of Lattakia. US Marines will secure the port of Lattakia in preparation for the arrival of US armored forces. In addition, the US Air Force has instituted a No-Fly zone for all of Syria until further notice. In a tactic reminiscent of Sherman's March to the Sea, US Central Command issued orders for armored forces to marshall in Northern Iraq in preparation for their exit from the theater via Syria. The US Navy is stationing both aircraft carriers...
  • "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...
  • This Is My Rifle

    02/18/2007 10:00:45 AM PST · by verbosevet · 67 replies · 951+ views
    War Of Wits ^ | 2/18/2007 | verbosevet
    If these men, like the Pendleton 8 before them, become sacrificial lambs, it will be Taps for the US Marine Corps, having turned it's back on that which it depends for it's existence; 16 of it's riflemen who answered their country's call and survived, only to be devoured by the very legal system they fought to protect. Facing charges of murder: Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich Sgt. Sanick P. De La Cruz Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharrat Facing charges of failing to report/investigate: Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani Cpt. Lucas M. Mc Connell Cpt. Randy W....
  • (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....
  • A FAMILY'S FIGHT (Haditha)

    12/07/2006 8:32:56 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies · 2,032+ views
    Washington Observer Reporter ^ | 12 7 06 | Amanda Gillooly
    A family's fight Amanda Gillooly Staff writer Thursday, December 07, 2006 CANONSBURG -- At the first mention of his son, Darryl Sharratt immediately reaches for a big, blue scrapbook that chronicles the young man's career in, and love for, the military. Justin Sharratt's mother, Theresa Sharratt, said he dreamed of being a military man ever since he was a small child. She thumbed through the pages, finally finding what she was looking for: A picture capturing a smiling 3-year-old Justin clad in camouflage. Above the picture is an assignment dating to his nursery school days. The questioned posed was, "What...
  • Rep. Rangel: Lack Of Options Makes Soldiers Enlist

    11/26/2006 9:43:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies · 1,485+ views
    Mark Rodriguez, WCBSTV ^ | Nov 26, 2006 | CBS
    Congressman Charles Rangel said most enlisted soldiers join the military because they do not have the "option of having a decent career." Speaking with Fox News reporter Chris Wallace on Sunday, Representative Rangel voiced his belief that soldiers in America's armed forces join only for lack of a better choice. He said, "I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of...
  • Vanity: Advice requested: My Youngest Son Enlisting in USMC

    09/18/2006 5:37:52 PM PDT · by Clara Lou · 114 replies · 1,960+ views
    self
    My youngest son, 18 next month, is on the verge of enlisting in the Marines. I support him if he makes the decision to join. I'd be very proud to be a Marine's mother. He's graduating from high school in May and would actually enter the Marines in June. We are not a military family. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the enlistment process, any words of wisdom for my son, any information that might be of help before enlistment or after enlistment. [The recruiter sounds like a used-car salesman--anxious to make the sale.]
  • A Burial at Arlington

    09/10/2006 12:27:14 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 1,120+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 10 September 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    [There an extra subject at the end of this. It has nothing to do with the main subject, but needed to be mentioned this week.] Before Thursday, I had never attended any ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. On that day, we went to Arlington for the inurnment of the ashes of a great friend, colleague, and teacher, Robert Carleson. I’ve written about Bob before, and any reader can find several find obituaries on him from months ago, when he died. Suffice to say, Bob did more for the long-term well-being of the United States than many who have served as...
  • Gesture to Marines sparks chain reaction

    09/07/2006 6:57:14 AM PDT · by radar101 · 16 replies · 1,066+ views
    O C Register ^ | 7 SEPT. 2006 | SARAH TULLY
    Gesture to Marines sparks chain reaction FAN CLUB: Angels owner and Vietnam veteran Arte Moreno, right, shakes the hand of Marine Cpl. John Walker. Cpl. Sean Webster, rear, was part of the visiting group. Roy Hoyt wasn't asking for anything when he decided to treat wounded Marines to a limo ride, Angels game and lunch. The Orange resident, a Marine veteran, just wanted to give back, but everyone he approached about the idea wanted to contribute, too. When he went to buy tickets, team employees handed them over at no charge. The team threw in the Diamond Club lunch....
  • 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...
  • Walkie Talkie! The True Story of a Little Girl and Her Marine Dad

    07/28/2006 12:25:54 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 17 replies · 1,103+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | July 28, 2006 | Nancy Beggs
    Walkie-Talkie - A True Story Nancy Beggs - Idyllwild, California First hand account from her father-in-law: Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest act's of patriotism I have ever seen. Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the...
  • Marine may adopt dying Iraqi girl

    07/26/2006 7:10:53 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 8 replies · 610+ views
    modbee ^ | 7/26/06 | roger hoskins
    Marine Cpl. Ian Kutner always will carry the shrapnel that hit him when his best friend, Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons of Modesto, was killed in a rocket attack in northern Iraq. And every day he strives to carry out the pledge the Marines made the day before Simons died to save a dying Iraqi girl. "I'll adopt her if they will let me," said Kutner, of Milwaukee. He was talking by telephone from his base in Al Qa'im in northern Iraq near the Syrian border. The girl is 12-year-old Hamade Hadael... She is suffering from kidney failure, a condition...
  • U.S. Marines land in Beirut on rescue mission

    07/19/2006 10:11:12 PM PDT · by ganeshpuri89 · 45 replies · 1,362+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 20, 2006
    BEIRUT, July 20 (Reuters) - About 40 U.S. Marines landed on a beach in Beirut on Thursday to help with the evacuation of Americans caught up a week-long Israeli bombardment of Lebanon. The Marines came ashore at dawn on a landing craft from the troop carrier USS Nashville. The Marines were returning to Lebanon nearly 23 years after Hizbollah guerrillas blew up a Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 Marines and other service personnel.
  • Semper lie:Fake veteran must wear sandwich board (U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy for SCOTUS )

    07/07/2006 7:04:32 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 62 replies · 2,184+ views
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | Thursday, Jul 06, 2006 | CHERY SABOL
    A Whitefish man was sentenced Thursday to spend 50 hours wearing a sandwich board with the words, “I am a liar. I am not a Marine. I have never served my country.” Chief U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula also sentenced William Horvath to four months of house arrest for making a false statement. Horvath, 36, was convicted of making a false statement — a felony. According to court documents, in 2001 he told a probation officer that he served time in the U.S. Marine Corps. The probation officer was gathering information on Horvath on a prior charge of...
  • Who’s The Enemy?

    06/22/2006 7:26:58 AM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 9 replies · 564+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | June 22, 2006 | Dan Sargis
       Who’s The Enemy? June 22, 2006 And I thought only Mike Nifong was dumb enough to rely on the testimony of a loony.  After “an Iraqi journalism student gave an Iraqi human rights group a video he had taken in Haditha the day after the incident” all hell started breaking loose and twelve US Marines came under investigation.    Once again, those in command are too eager to believe that the grunt on the ground is the enemy.  It’s understandable when this kind of crap rolls from the mouths of Amnesty International, the MSM and even some of those weenie...
  • Forget false democracy, stop real terrorism

    06/13/2006 11:02:25 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 5 replies · 401+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 12, 2006 | Diana West
    Got to hand it to the new Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Here's a guy who, less than two months on the job, has discovered the real enemy of his country. It's not, of course, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — he's dead. It's not other mass murderers of jihad who blow up markets and shoot up schools, who kidnap and maim and chop off heads. It's neither Baathist party holdouts nor "sectarian" violence. It doesn't come from Al Qaeda, and it doesn't come from Iran. The enemy of Iraq comes from Haditha. Haditha, of course, is the Iraqi town where...
  • 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...
  • Teens get weekend full of life as a Marine (photos w article)

    03/19/2006 5:56:58 AM PST · by radar101 · 486+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | March 19, 2006 | Rick Rogers
    CAMP PENDLETON – About 300 teenagers from as far away as Las Vegas got a taste of Marine Corps life this weekend, and many came away impressed by the service and what they accomplished. Called the Crucible Challenge, the annual event offers four-member teams the chance to compete for bragging rights through a series of physically demanding events. It is loosely based on the basic-training Crucible, a grueling 54-hour event that recruits must pass to become Marines. The main purpose of the Crucible Challenge is to humanize the Marine Corps in the hopes that one of these teenagers – or...
  • 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...
  • Japan offers U.S. a loan to pay for troop moves [From Okinawa]

    02/24/2006 3:16:57 PM PST · by Buddy B · 10 replies · 530+ views
    JapanUpdate.com ^ | February 23, 2006 | n/a
    Japan offers U.S. a loan to pay for troop moves Posted: February 23, 2006 The idea of getting US Marines off Okinawa sooner rather than later has reportedly triggered a Japanese offer to front the costs, but on a loan basis. An agreement last Fall called for 7,000 Marines to relocate from the island to Guam, but the $8 billion price tag has caused Japanese lawmakers to blanche. Now, reports circulating through the Japanese capitol suggest the central government will offer to loan the United States the money necessary to make the moves happen quickly. The United States has steadfastly...
  • One Year After Operation Al Fajr, Fallujah Continues to Rebuild

    12/29/2005 7:37:14 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 2 replies · 365+ views
    Marines.com ^ | December 27, 2005 | Cpl Heidi E. Loredo
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Dec. 27, 2005) -- A little more than one year ago, the Iraqi people faced a fierce insurgency in Fallujah, and the Marines were called in to correct it. The battle which caused its population to be displaced also caused damage to the city’s infrastructure. Now, Marines and coalition forces assist in rebuilding the city.
  • Mightier Than the Pen - Why I gave up Journalism to Join the Marines

    12/15/2005 5:47:31 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 26 replies · 1,122+ views
    Wall Street Journal Editorial Page ^ | December 15, 2005 | MATT POTTINGER
    When people ask why I left The Wall Street Journal to join the Marines, I have a short answer...the time had come to stop reporting events and get more directly involved. But that's not the whole answer... It's a cliché that you appreciate your own country more when you live abroad, but it happens to be true. Living in China...I've seen that country take a giant leap into a true world power... But living in China also shows you what a nondemocratic country can do to its citizens. I've seen protesters beaten by police in Tiananmen Square, I've been arrested...
  • A Letter From Marines Stationed in Iraq

    12/14/2005 7:33:18 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 35 replies · 2,560+ views
    A letter from Iraq ^ | 12/14/05 | Self
    Christmas greetings Freepers. Yesterday, I and my family received a set of Christmas cards and letters. They are from a group of United States Marines stationed in Iraq. I thought I would share them with folks on Free Republic who would appreciate them as I know we all appreciate what these young folks are doing for us. Last month, my family found out about a website called AnySoldier.com. It is a place where troops stationed overseas can place small bios and snippets of what they are doing, where they are stationed and what materials would be appreciated from home. We...
  • U.S. Marines: Ferocious, lethal and legal

    11/22/2005 8:25:19 AM PST · by JeeperFreeper · 27 replies · 1,256+ views
    North County Times ^ | Nov 22, 2005 | Editorial Staff
    Our view: Italian criticism of tactics misplaced, as is foolish Pentagon dissembling International critics are wrong to brand U.S. Marines as war criminals because troops have used incendiary weapons in combat. Almost as wrong are the Pentagon spokespeople who undermine our Marines by denying or otherwise trying to hide this fact of warfare. As reported Sunday by North County Times reporter Darrin Mortenson, there is an Internet campaign that accuses U.S. forces of using chemical weapons in Iraq in violation of international law. The accusations are bunk, but their profile was raised two weeks ago by a documentary aired on...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Honors our Veterans - November 11th, 2005

    11/10/2005 9:22:39 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 385 replies · 5,923+ views
    Department of Veterans Affairs and The Foxhole
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Prayers, please, for my cousin. (Vanity)

    11/07/2005 6:08:48 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 55 replies · 744+ views
    My cousin, Sgt. David Taptto, is in a naval hospital facing a life of prosthesis. He was badly wounded in the second battle of Fallujah. We owe his life to a dedicated and gifted corpsman whose name we don't know. Dave was hit by enemy rocket fire. He was on life-support for two days, and we didn't know if he would survived. Everything seemed to be going fine. We saw him in March when we went to Camp Pendleton for our son's homecoming from Ramadi with the 2/5 Marines, and Dave was doing fine, walking well. We all had dinner...
  • Need recommendation for book on U.S. Marine Corps for teenage boy

    11/04/2005 10:29:30 AM PST · by old-ager · 67 replies · 1,381+ views
    2005-11-4 | Seld
    Hi. Pardon the vanity. I need good recommendations for a book on the Marines suitable for a young teenage boy. This is for a report. THANKS IN ADVANCE!
  • UN Gives Green Light for Israel, Syria, Iran War

    10/21/2005 2:42:54 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 33 replies · 1,666+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | October 21, 2005 | Joel Leyden
    UN Gives Green Light for Israel, Syria, Iran WarBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem----October 21......Israel has been living in a state of war with Syria for decades. Living under the constant threat of missile attacks from both Syria and Lebanon territory hour after passing hour. This tiny, democratic Jewish state has reached out for peace time and time again. Syria responded with Katusha rocket terror attacks across the Israel Lebanon border and the planning of Islamic terrorism inside both Israel and Lebanon. Now the UN has provided clear proof that Syria has been an open aggressor in the Middle-East...
  • Double amputee still serves Corps as martial arts instructor

    10/11/2005 6:01:03 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 51 replies · 2,929+ views
    USMC Press Release ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Cpl. Jonathan Agg
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va(Aug. 22, 2005) -- Throughout the annals of Marine Corps history, inspired quotations have framed the heroics of great Marines, transforming passing moments into epic legends to be forever retold and celebrated by the generations of warriors who follow. Never to be forgotten is the rallying cry of Gunnery Sgt. Dan Daly at the Battle of Belleau Wood, France, on June 4, 1918: “Come on you son’s of bitches! Do you want to live forever?” [snip] So too will a contemporary Marine be remembered, not only for his extraordinary act of courage and composure under...
  • A Marine Came for Me

    10/10/2005 6:33:30 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 33 replies · 2,226+ views
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings | October 2005 | David J. Danelo
    "A Marine Came For Me" David J. Danelo Proceedings, October 2005 Discuss this article in the eForum. The odyssey of Marine Corporal Ross Craft (center) began with his hunt to find his aunt and uncle, Diane and Richard Angelico, who were missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AUTHOR On 30 August, the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, shattered two levees, and flooded New Orleans, a local television station ran footage of a Marine on a jet ski zipping through the floodwaters guiding rescue boats to safe evacuation routes. Corporal Ross Craft, a...
  • Beach police officer who died in Iraq memorialized

    08/26/2005 2:00:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 580+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 8/26/05 | Duane Bourne
    VIRGINIA BEACH — In the three weeks since his son died, Steve Harper has grieved in silence. A simple sign outside his home in Dresden, Ohio, asked people to respect their heartache. But on Thursday, at his son’s memorial service, Harper struggled for the right words. He had to say something because his son, Bradley J. Harper, 25, would have insisted on it. When Steve Harper and his wife learned that their boy had died in a distant struggle for peace, he said, shock pervaded. He wondered, “Would America care if it hurt so much to lose my son?” Harper...
  • Ex-military marksman 'shot down sheriff's copter' (Jason Kerns former sniper in the US Marines)

    08/17/2005 3:16:53 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 53 replies · 3,698+ views
    Authorities have charged a former US marine marksman with shooting down a sheriff's helicopter, alleging that he bragged to investigators that it would be no problem for him to "make that shot". Jason Kerns, 29, was arrested on Monday for the August 6 shooting. He allegedly told investigators he watched the chopper go down but apparently made no direct admission of responsibility. Kerns was being held on $US1.8 million ($2.3 million) bond. Authorities recovered firearms from the suspect's home, including a rifle they believe was used in the shooting, along with boxes of ammunition. Pilot Chris Holland and sheriff's deputy...