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Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Kiki Camarena
Kiki Camarena
(U.S. government photos)

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Kiki Camarena

Added September 30, 2016

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar was a Mexican-born American Marine and undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Marine Corps News: Corps May Change its Slogan
The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald L. Green, hosts a Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA., June 28, 2016. The parade's Guest of Honor was Dr. Rory Cooper, and included performances from the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Melissa Marnell, Office of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps/Released)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps May Change its Slogan

Added September 30, 2016

Marine Corps officials have announced that the Corps is exploring the possibility of changing its long-time slogan of "The Few. The Proud. The Marines."

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Marine Corps News: Corps May Change its Slogan
A U.S. Marine with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Europe participates in an M240 live-fire range during Exercise Platinum Lynx at Babadag Training Area, Romania, September 27, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Kirstin Merrimarahajara)

 

Marine Corps News: SYSCOM Aims to Make Marines Lighter, More Efficient

Added September 30, 2016

As part of an initiative led by Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller, Marine Corps Systems Command (SYSCOM) is working on new technologies that will make Marines lighter and more efficient on the battlefield.

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Marine Corps News: New Gunny and Staff Sergeant Requirements
A U.S. Marine with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Europe participates in an M240 live-fire range during Exercise Platinum Lynx at Babadag Training Area, Romania, September 27, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Kirstin Merrimarahajara)

 

Marine Corps News: New Gunny and Staff Sergeant Requirements

Added September 30, 2016

As part of an initiative led by Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller, Marine Corps Systems Command (SYSCOM) is working on new technologies that will make Marines lighter and more efficient on the battlefield.

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Absentee Voting Information
Absentee ballots allow service members, civilian employees and their families to vote while stationed overseas.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Shannon E. McMillan)

 

Absentee Voting Information

Added September 30, 2016

During Absentee Voting Week—September 26 through October 3, 2016—the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) reminds military and overseas citizens to vote their ballot as soon as possible and to follow up to ensure that that their ballot is received by their election office. Here are FVAP's top reminders for ensuring Americans vote successfully—wherever they are.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente.
(USMC photo)

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Roberto Clemente

Added September 22, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15 and in recognition, we'd like to take this opportunity to highlight one of the most famous Hispanic Marines to have served in the Marine Corps--Roberto Clemente.

Clemente was born in Puerto Rico in 1934 and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball in 1954. Typically, during the off-season Clemente would return to Puerto Rico to play "winter ball", but in the winter of 1958-59, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and spent his six-month active duty commitment at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C. The intense physical training that winter helped Clemente add 10 lbs of muscle and rid him of longtime back pain.

Clemente served in the Corps as a Private First Class until 1964 and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

During his time in the Major Leagues, Clemente was a 14-time All-Star, won 12 Gold Gloves (an award given to the best defensive player in the league at each position), won four National League batting titles, was the National League MVP in 1966, was the World Series MVP in 1971, and led the Pirates to two World Series titles (in 1960 and 1971). Additionally, Clemente became just the 11th player in Major League history to record at least 3,000 hits, a milestone that less than 30 players have ever reached.

Following his untimely death in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, the Baseball Writers Association of America held a meeting in which they voted to waive the traditional five-year waiting period and elected Clemente to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1973.


Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Roberto Clemente
*Image info: (Left) Corporal Tanner Pollock, holds security while Lance Corporal Ryan Zerites calls in a 9-line medical evacuation request during Military Operations in Urban Terrain, or MOUT, training aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 8, 2015. (USMC photo by Corporal Krista James). (Center) American and Korean Marines cross the Han River in an LVT-3c of the Marines' 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion. (USMC photo/released). (Right) The USS Pensacola in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1861. (U.S. Navy photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History

Added September 22, 2016

This week in Marine Corps history, a 40-acre training facility for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) at Camp Lejeune, Marines crossed the Han River, and Marines and seamen from the USS Pensacola and the USS Benicia landed at the Bay of Panama in what is now Colombia.

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Marine Corps News: Destroyers to be Named After WWII Medal of Honor Marines
*Image info: Jacklyn H. Lucas (left) and Louis H. Wilson Jr. (US military photos/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps News: Destroyers to be Named After WWII Medal of Honor Marines

Added September 22, 2016

Secretary of the navy Ray Mabus has announced that two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers named after World War II Medal of Honor recipient Marines have been commissioned.

The ships will be 509-foot long Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and will be named for Jack Lucas and Louis Wilson. Lucas, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient in the war, was a 17 year old private when he jumped on a grenade and pulled a second under his body during the battle of Iwo Jima. Lucas was injured but survived and saved the lives of three fellow Marines in the process. Wilson received his Medal of Honor for heroism in combat when the company he was commanding during the Battle of Guam repelled and destroyed a numerically superior Japanese force. He later went on to serve as the Marine Corps' 26th Commandant.


Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Emmett Kines (USMC image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

Added September 22, 2016

The remains of Emmett Kines, a World War II Marine who was killed during the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943, have been returned to his hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, where he was reburied on September 19.

Kines was assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, when he was killed. He was one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed during the battle, while another 2,000 were wounded.


Marine Corps News:POW/MIA Day
*Image info: National POW/MIA Day poster (image from USMC Twitter account/released).

 

Marine Corps News: POW/MIA Day

Added September 16, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016 is National POW/MIA Day and MarineParents.com would like to join organizations across the nation in honoring those who have been prisoners of war or gone missing in action in defense of our nation. The sacrifices of these brave men and women have not been forgotten.


Marine Corps News:Fitness Instructors
*Image info: Marines compete in a series of fitness events during a field meet aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Dec. 11, 2015.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Kayla L. Douglass).

 

Marine Corps News: Fitness Instructors

Added September 16, 2016

Marine officials have announced that the Corps is searching for 50 non-commissioned officers to participate in its inaugural force fitness instructor course.

Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller announced his intention to create a force fitness instructor program in January of this year in an effort to ensure all Marines are both physically fit and mentally tough.

"On a daily basis, our objective is to have the maximum number of Marines present and effective for duty that are trained and equipped with operationally functional equipment, and ready for immediate deployment worldwide," Neller said. "All Marines and Sailors will understand they are part of a team that needs them to be at their very best every day."


Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Private Frank Penna (USMC image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Found on Tarawa

Added September 16, 2016

The remains of a World War II Marine who was killed during the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943 have been identified as those of Private Frank Penna. Penna's remains have been returned to his hometown of Canosta, New York, and will be reburied Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Penna was serving with the 2nd Marine Division when he was killed. He was one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed during the battle, while another 2,000 were wounded.


Hispanic Heritage Month
*Image info: The F-35B
(USMC photo by Corporal Brian Burdett)

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Added September 16, 2016

MarineParents.com would like to join organizations and individuals across the country in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15, 2016.

Hispanic-Americans and persons of Hispanic descent have a long, proud history in the United States Marine Corps.

While it is almost impossible to determine exactly when Hispanics first began serving in the Marine Corps, it is a verifiable fact that the answer is at least since the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), when Private France Silva became the first Marine of Hispanic descent to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

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This Week in Marine Corps History
*Image info: (Left) U.S. Marines stand guard over Korean prisoners of war on Wolmi-do Island after capturing the Island in 1950. (USMC photo/released). (Center) Corporal Joseph Vittori (USMC photo/released). (Right) Marine Corps Major Daniel Carmick. (USMC image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History

Added September 16, 2016

This week in Marine Corps history, Marines captured Wolmi-do Island, Corporal Joseph Vittori earned the Medal of Honor in Korea, and Marines raided a pirate stronghold.

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Marine Corps News: F-35B to Deploy to Middle East Next Year
*Image info: The F-35B
(USMC photo by Corporal Brian Burdett)

 

Marine Corps News: F-35B to Deploy to Middle East Next Year

Added September 9, 2016

Marine officials have announced that the Corps will deploy its newest fighter jet, the F-35B, to the Middle East next year.

"We're the first ones that are going to be deploying it. We are going to be deploying it on the USS Wasp," said Lieutenant General Robert Walsh. "The interesting thing is, not only are we deploying it on the Wasp, we're also going to deploy it on the [USS] Essex during the same year in Central Command."


This Week in Marine Corps History
*Image info: U.S. Marines rest in a field on Guadalcanal, sometime between August and December, 1942. (left, Image released) and the Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the bombing. (right, USMC photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History

Added September 9, 2016

This week in Marine Corps history, Marines were attacked in Lebanon in 1983 and Marine Raiders struck Japanese forces on Guadalcanal in 1942. Click the link below to learn more.

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Marine Corps News: Navajo Code Talker Dies
*Image info: Joe Hosteen Kellwool singing the Marine Corps Hymn in Navajo
(image from official USMC Twitter account/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Navajo Code Talker Dies

Added September 9, 2016

Navajo Nation officials announced this week that Joe Hosteen Kellwood, a Navajo code talker in World War II, died Monday, September 12, at the age of 95.

Kellwood, who served with the First Marine Division, was one of more than 430 code talkers who joined the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor and saw action in Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. Kellwood was one of less than 20 surviving code talkers.


Marine Corps News: Building to be Named for Fallen Marine
*Image info: Corporal Michael Ouellette.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Building to be Named for Fallen Marine

Added September 1, 2016

Marine Corps officials have announced that a new headquarters building at the Marine Corps' Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, will be named in honor of Michael Ouellett, a Marine Corporal who died in Afghanistan.

In March of 2009, Marine Corporal Michael Ouellette was leading his squad on a combat patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. Despite the resulting explosion severing Ouellette's left leg and spraying his upper leg and groin area with shrapnel, the Corporal continued to direct his Marines while being treated by a Corpsman until he was finally evacuated. Ouellette earned the Navy Star for his actions.


Marine Corps News: Building to be Named for Fallen Marine
*Image info: A AH-1 Cobra (Right) and a UH-1Y Huey prepare to touch down at a refuel point before a flight mission during an exercise in February, 2016.
(USMC photo by Corporal William Hester).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Cobras Strike Islamic State in Libya

Added September 1, 2016

Fighting against the Islamic State in Libya has intensified in recent weeks, with Marine AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter providing air support for friendly militias on the ground in the city of Sirte.

Since Friday, August 19, at least 25 enemy fighting positions and two supply trucks were destroyed by American airstrikes, according to a statement from U.S. Africa Command.


Marine Corps News: Marine Raiders to Wear New Insignia on Uniforms
*Image info: A AH-1 Cobra (Right) and a UH-1Y Huey prepare to touch down at a refuel point before a flight mission during an exercise in February, 2016.
(USMC photo by Corporal William Hester).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Raiders to Wear New Insignia on Uniforms

Added September 1, 2016

Beginning this month, Marine Raiders will begin wearing a new insignia on their uniforms, similar to those worn by Navy SEALS and Army Special Forces.

The gold breast pins will feature a bald eagle with outstretched wings representing the Marine Corps, a dagger in the eagle's talons to symbolize Marine Raider battalions and the Marine Special Operations School, the Southern Cross, to represent Raiders' victories on Guadalcanal, and the Latin phrase "Spiritus Invictus," which means "unconquerable spirit."

The pin will be authorized to be worn by Marines in the 0372 (critical skills operator) and 0370 (special operations officer) military occupational specialties.


Tenth Anniversary of Guy Gabaldon's Death
Image info*: Guy Gabaldon (right). (USMC photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tenth Anniversary of Guy Gabaldon's Death

Added September 1, 2016

Marines are known for being hard-chargers; for never giving up; for adapting and overcoming whatever obstacles they may face. Perhaps no Marine exemplified this willingness to take on, and prevail against, overwhelming odds better than Guy Gabaldon-"The Pied Piper of Saipan."

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Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger Attends Japanese Surrender to Allied Forces
The USS Missouri. (U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Andrew Brown/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger Attends Japanese Surrender to Allied Forces

Added September 1, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on September 2, 1945, the Japanese Empire officially surrendered to Allied forces on board the battleship USS Missouriin Tokyo Bay, officially bringing World War II to an end.

With General Holland Smith having been transferred stateside in July of 1945, Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger, who had succeeded Smith as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, was chosen by Admiral Nimitz as the lone representative from the Marine Corps to attend the surrender ceremony.


Marine Corps News: MCAS Cherry Point Celebrates 75th Anniversary
*Image info: MCAS Cherry Point front gate.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: MCAS Cherry Point Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Added August 26, 2016

Last Thursday, August 18, saw Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina celebrate its 75th anniversary.

On August 18, 1941, then-Commandant of the Marine Corps Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb penned a letter establishing "Air Facilities under Development at Cherry Point." That same day, Lieutenant Thomas J. Cushman, the base's first commanding officer, reported for duty with four enlisted Marines.

In the three-quarters of a century since it's founding, MCAS Cherry Point has become largest Marine Corps Air Station in the United States.


Marine Corps News: Destroyer Named for Silver Star Marine to be Commissioned Next Summer
*Image info: U.S. Marines, Sailors, and guests honor the American and Navy flag during the USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, October 31, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Gabriela Garcia).

 

Marine Corps News: Destroyer Named for Silver Star Marine to be Commissioned Next Summer

Added August 26, 2016

On October 31, 2015, the Navy christened the USS Rafael Peralta, in a ceremony that took place at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

The ship is named after Rafael Peralta, a Marine Sergeant who was killed at the age of 25 after being shot in the head and smothering a grenade with his body while clearing a house in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. Peralta was awarded the Nvavy Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor, for his actions.

Recently, Navy officials have announced that the destroyer will be commissioned in the summer of 2017 in San Diego, California, but an exact date has yet to be set according to Navy Lieutenant Eric Duprie, a spokesman for Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Peralta's mother, Rosa, is the ship's sponsor.


Marine Corps News: Longest-Serving Assistant Commandant Retires
*Image info: General John Paxton.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Longest-Serving Assistant Commandant Retires

Added August 26, 2016

Earlier this month, on August 5, General John Paxton, the longest-serving Assistant Commandant in Marine Corps history, retired after 42 years in the Corps.

Paxton, 65, was an infantry officer who served in command positions at a number of Marine Corps installations around the world. He assumed the role of Assistant Commandant in late 2012, serving in that capacity for nearly four years under three different Commandants.


PFC James Anderson Jr. Awarded Medal of Honor
PFC James Anderson Jr.
(USMC photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: PFC James Anderson Jr. Awarded Medal of Honor

Added August 26, 2016

Forty-eight years ago this week, on August 21, 1968, Secretary of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Private First Class James Anderson Jr. for heroism in Vietnam, the first time an African-American Marine received this medal (and one of only five African-American Marines to ever be awarded this medal).

The award was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Sr., at Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington D.C. This event was also notable in that it indicated the Marine Corps was evolving and that some of the long-standing prejudices within the Corps (namely those against minority Marines) were being eroded.

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Marines Return Home from Lebanon
The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon.
(USMC photo Courtesy of II MEF/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Return Home from Lebanon

Added August 26, 2016

Thirty-two years ago this week, on August 23, 1984, the last Marines to serve on peace-keeping duty in Lebanon arrived back in Ameria. The 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) arrived off the coast of Lebanon on 9 April to relieve Marines of the 22nd MAU, who were guarding the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. The 24th MAU left Beirut on 31 July, marking the end of U.S. combat troops in Beirut for the first time since Marines had entered the city almost two years earlier.


Battle of Bladensburg
"The Final Stand at Bladensburg," by Colonel Charles Waterhouse, USMCR (Ret), depicts Marines, as part of Commodore Joshua Barney's naval battalion, manning 12-pound guns at the Battle of Bladensburg, Md., 24 Aug. 1814.

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Bladensburg

Added August 26, 2016

Two hundred and one years ago this week, on August 24, 1814, Captain Samuel Miller led a detachment from Marine Barracks, Washington, in the Battle of Bladensburg in defense of the nation's capital.

After fighting back three British charges, Captain Miller was wounded as British forces began to flank the Marines, forcing the Marines to retire to avoid capture. Eight Marines were killed and 14 were wounded.


Marine Corps News: Warship to be Named in Honor of Marine Corps Legend
*Image info: Sergeant John Basilone.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Warship to be Named in Honor of Marine Corps Legend

Added August 18, 2016

John Basilone, one of the most legendary and revered Marines in the history of the Corps, was honored again this week in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the base this Tuesday, August 16, to announce plans to name a future destroyer after the legendary Gunnery Sergeant.

Basilone previously had a warship named after him, an older-generation destroyer, that was decommissioned in 1977.


Marine Corps News: Pocket Knife Helps Identify Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Private First Class George Traver died on the first day of battle of Tarawa, November 20, 1943.
(Department of Defense image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Pocket Knife Helps Identify Remains Found on Tarawa

Added August 18, 2016

A Boy Scout pocket knife recently helped identify the remains of a World War II Marine who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943..

The remains of Private First Class George Traver, of Chatham, New York, were among those of dozens of Marines discovered last year in a mass grave on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll by History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit organization.

When the grave discovered, a Boy Scout pocket knife that Traver's mother had sent him after he enlisted in the Corps was found on his body. The pocket knife, along with military dental records, confirmed Traver's identity.

Traver was one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed during the battle, while another 2,000 were wounded. He was 25 years old.


Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Tests New Gear
*Image info: A Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, provides cover fire for his squad during the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment (MIX-16) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, August 5, 2016.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Julien Rodarte).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Tests New Gear

Added August 18, 2016

The Marine Corps has recently begun an 18-month experiment that will shape the future of basic infantry units.

Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, was chosen earlier this year by Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller to test and assess new gear for potential use in future warfare.

"Future threats will evolve in ways that the current force is not postured to address," Neller said in a statement. "Our potential and current adversaries continually innovate and develop new capabilities, many of which now equal or exceed our own. This unstable and increasingly dangerous global situation is further complicated by a constrained resource environment."


Makin Island Raid
Marine Raiders in Operation at Makin Island, 1943.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Raiders Strike Makin Island

Added August 18, 2016

Seventy-four years ago this week, on August 17, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under Lietenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson landed on Makin Island.

The Raiders, who were launched from the submarines Nautilus and Argonaut, destroyed a seaplane base, two radio stations, and a supply warehouse, in addition to killing approximately 100 Japanese soldiers before leaving the island the following day.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Henderson Field Secured
*Image info: Aerial view of Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, April 11, 1943.
(U.S. Navy photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Henderson Field Secured

Added August 11, 2016

Seventy-four years ago this week, on August 9, 1942, the 1st Engineer Battalion began work on an airstrip taken from Japanese forces on the island of Guadalcanal.

The work was done with captured Japanese equipment and three days later, on August 12, the first American airplane, a Navy PBY, landed on what by then was known as "Henderson Field" to evacuate two wounded Marines.

Over the next few months, as U.S. Marines fought to take control of the island, Henderson Field would be the staging area for the evacuation of almost 3,000 wounded Marines.


This Week in Marine Corps History: U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia
*Image info: Four Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, foreground, and six AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopters sit on the flight line at Landing Zone 32 Site Alpha during Operation Desert Shield, January 1991.
(U.S. Government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia

Added August 11, 2016

Twenty-six years ago this week, on August 7, 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. military troops and aircraft to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend that nation against possible Iraqi invasion. The following week, the Marine Corps announced that it had committed 45,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf area as a part of Operation Desert Shield, which would become the largest deployment of U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.


Marine Corps News: Marine War Horse Awarded Dickin Medal
*Image info: Sergeant Reckless.
(Public domain image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine War Horse Awarded Dickin Medal

Added August 11, 2016

Sergeant Reckless, a Korean War Marine Corps war horse, was recently posthumously honored in London, England with an award for animals who serve in military conflicts.

On July 27, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British veterinary charity, awarded Sergeant Reckless with the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross (the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor), for bravery during the Korean War.

Sergeant Reckless, a Mongolian mare, was purchased by the Corps from a Korean family in 1952. She then served as a munitions carrier with the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and was also used to evacuate wounded troops during battle. During the Battle for Outpost Vegas in March of 1953, Sergeant Reckless made 51 solo trips in a single day to resupply front line units. She was wounded in battle twice (for which she received two Purple Hearts), was given the battlefield rank of corporal in 1953, and received a battlefield promotion to sergeant in 1954, after the war ended. She also became the first documented Marine horse to participate in an amphibious landing and, in addition to her two Purple Hearts, she was awarded a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, was included in her unit's Presidential Unit Citations from two countries (the United States and South Korea), among other military honors.

Following the conclusion of the war, Sergeant Reckless was retired to Camp Pendleton, California, where she lived until her death in 1968 at the age of 20. She is the 68th animal to be awarded the Dickin Medal.


Marine Corps News: Corps May Add Assistant Squad Leaders to Infantry Units
*Image info: Corporal Joshua Gray, a squad leader with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa, coordinates with a Portuguese radio operator during Exercise Orion 16 in Santa Margarida, Portugal, June 23, 2016.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant Tia Nagle).

 

Marine Corps News: Corps May Add Assistant Squad Leaders to Infantry Units

Added August 11, 2016

The Marine Corps has announced that it's looking to add assistant squad leaders to infantry units.

In a statement from Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller, the Corps is currently reviewing the makeup of infantry units as part of its force structure review.

"One of the things we're looking at right now is providing every infantry squad an assistant squad leader," Neller told reporters. "He would be the Marine that would fly the squad's UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and help the squad leader manage the information. We're going to find out: Can the squad leader handle all of that."

"We're going to stay at 24 infantry battalions," Neller continued. "What's inside those individual infantry battalions is going to be a little bit different—not fundamentally different. I'm not ready to say what exactly, what that's going to look like."

Neller also stated that he does not expect the Corps to grow beyond its authorized end strength of 182,000 Marines, so the Corps will use the Marines it has for different missions, such as electronic warfare and cyber operations.


Marine Corps News: Additional Marine Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Private Dale Robert Gedde died on the first day of battle of Tarawa, November 20, 1943.
(Department of Defense image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Additional Marine Remains Found on Tarawa

Added August 11, 2016

A World War II Marine who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943, has been identified and will be buried with full military honors on Monday, August 22, in his hometown of Grand Island, Nebraska.

The remains of Marine Corps Private Dale Robert Geddes were among those of dozens of Marines discovered last year in a mass grave on Betio Island by History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit. DNA testing recently confirmed his identity.

Geddes was one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed during the battle, while another 2,000 were wounded.


First Annual MarineParents.com Miles City Poker Run

 

First Annual MarineParents.com Miles City Poker Run

Added August 11, 2016

We are proud to announce that the first annual MarineParents.com Miles City Poker Run raised $500 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com!

The poker run, which took place on Saturday, July 9 in Miles City, Montana, was organized by Marine Parents volunteer Brandy Leischner and her husband, Aaron, whose oldest child is their Marine.

To drum up interest in the run, Brandy and Aaron hung flyers advertising the event at local businesses and restaurants in Miles City and the event was advertised in our official Marine Family Montana Facebook Group.

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November 10 is the Marine Corps' Birthday

 

November 10 is the Marine Corps' Birthday

Added August 11, 2016

With the dog days of summer upon us, it's time to start looking forward to autumn.

The Marine Corps' birthday is a day of pride and respect, and its celebration is one of the most revered traditions in the Corps. Each year, on November 10th, Marines around the world celebrate what they see as their "second" birthday, the day the United States Marine Corps was born.

The tradition runs deep. For years, Marines have been telling each other "Happy Birthday" on November 10th and attending Marine Corps Birthday Balls in cities across the globe. Each year, the Commandant of the Corps reads his "Birthday Message" to all Marines, and they "...reflect upon the legacy of [the] Corps and upon the awesome responsibilities lying ahead." (Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines by Marion F. Sturkey)

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Gold Star Legacy: My Son Was Deployed to a War ZoneŚReflections
*Image info:Marines render a salute to a fallen service member during a funeral service at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga., June 10, 2016.
—(USMC image by Captain Justin Jacobs)

 

Gold Star Legacy: My Son Was Deployed to a War Zone—Reflections

Added August 11, 2016

The following was written by Susan Kristol, a Marine mother and longtime Marine Parents volunteer.

There has recently been a lot of talk in the news about Gold Star families, Purple Hearts, and military service. I knew very little about all of these things until my son decided to join the Marines in 2005 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 2009. And now, several years later, as I read the news and recall his deployment to one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, I continue to be thankful for his safe return, and I have been flooded with painful memories of what it's like to be a parent of someone deployed in a very dangerous place. This is my story—it may resonate with others, but it's just one mom's account.

When your son or daughter is in a combat zone, you do not sleep except with a telephone next to the pillow. You can't decide if you should obsessively follow the news or avoid watching the news. You break into sobs while driving down the highway. You can't listen to country music songs about Arlington Cemetery, you have unaccountable fits of anger when a well-intentioned person asks if the troops get to come home for the holidays, and you hear your child's voice on via a static-filled satellite phone line only once in eight months. You don't want to look at the scary folder with the documents he had to sign, with his power of attorney and his life insurance policy designating his sisters as his beneficiaries. You know that someone in the battalion has been killed when all outgoing emails are shut down so that the bereaved family can be notified, and you swing between sadness for them and terrible relief that it's not your child.

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WST-East Has Record-Breaking Dinner!
*Image info: Warrior Support Team-East volunteers and dinner attendees.
(Images used with permission).

 

WST–East Has Record-Breaking Dinner!

Added August 4, 2016

MarineParents.com, Inc.® believes that the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of ensuring that all men and women who have borne arms for our country are cared for and supported in an adequate manner upon their return to America and reintegration into society.

With that in mind, our Warrior Support Team™ (WST) strives to provide resources and fellowship to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans, including those living with post-traumatic stress, as well as to provide resources and support to family members.

WST volunteers serve meals, assist at events, provide resources to enhance the comfort of patients, and distribute educational materials at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.

We are proud to announce that, after nine years of serving meals to recovering warriors, our mission remains strong. In fact, at our July 24 dinner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we had a record number of attendees show up. In all, approximately 115 people were served at the USO and an additional 25 were served at the TBI and Behavioral Health wards of the hospital. The line at the USO was so long that it was literally out the door!

Many people make these dinners possible--The dedicated volunteers of the Warrior Support Team, the supporters of the EGA shop whose purchases help fund the dinners, the Paul E. Singer Foundation and other generous individual donors, the USO staff, and California Tortilla of Bethesda Maryland, who gives us a generous military discount. We'd like to extend our thanks to all, and we look forward to continuing to serve our military at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and elsewhere.


Team Marine Parents Participants Need Your Help!

 

Team Marine Parents Participants Need Your Help!

Added August 4, 2016

With August now upon us, the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon is less than three months away

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The team members who are still trying to reach their fundraising goals of $500 only have until TOMORROW to do so, and they need your help!

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Marine Corps News: Additional Marine Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Private First Class Charles E. Oetjen, 18, died on the first day of battle of Tarawa, November 20, 1943.
(Department of Defense image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Additional Marine Remains Found on Tarawa

Added August 4, 2016

A World War II Marine who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943, was buried with full military honors this past Saturday, July 30, in Alsip, Illinois.

The remains of Private First Class Charles E. Oetjen, of Blue Island, Illinois, were among those of dozens of Marines discovered last year in a mass grave on Betio Island by History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit. DNA testing recently confirmed his identity.


Marine Corps News: Montford Point Marine Memorial Unveiled
*Image info: Two Montford Point Marines share memories during the Montford Point Marine Memorial Dedication at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune July 29, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sean Berry).

 

Marine Corps News: Montford Point Marine Memorial Unveiled

Added August 4, 2016

A ceremony last Friday, July 29, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina saw the dedication of phase one of the national Montford Point Marine Memorial, located within Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard the base.

Guests at the ceremony were given the opportunity to view the memorial, which includes a restored 90-mm M1A1 anti-aircraft gun, a 15-foot bronze statue of a Montford Point Marine, and a "Wall of Stars" commemorating the Marines who trained at the Montford Point boot camp during the 1940s.

Approximately 45 Montford Point Marines attended the ceremony, many of whom were wearing the Congressional Gold Medals, the nation's highest civilian award, that they were awarded in 2012.

"These men came forward in a time when the Marine Corps didn't want them, when the Commandant didn't want them...They weren't allowed to go out in town to eat and when they came down on trains they had to move to the front cars...(where) all that heat and soot got all over them. And they were on their way to Montford Point to be Marines," said retired General James Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who was speaking at the event. "I look at that and I have not met a single bitter one, not one. It's absolutely just the opposite."


This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian Declared Secure
*Image info: Marines wading ashore on Tinian.
(U.S. Government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian Declared Secure

Added August 4, 2016

Seventy-two years ago this week, on August 1, 1944, Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared the island of Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting Japanese forces that were occupying the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy preassault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II."


This Week in Marine Corps History: Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War
*Image info: Four U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 fighters armed with bombs in late 1943 or early 1944.
(U.S. Government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War

Added August 4, 2016

Sixty-six years ago this week, on August 3, 1950, eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviation mission in the Korean War. The raid targeted enemy installations with incendiary bombs, rockets, and strafing runs near Inchon, Korea. The Corsairs were with VMF-214, more famously known as the "Black Sheep" squadron of World War II.


Marine Corps News: Marine Saves Drowning Sailor
*Image info: A Marine from Wounded Warrior Battalion-West surfs as part of an Ocean Therapy Seminar at Del Mar beach on January 26, 2016.
(USMC photo by Private First Class Emmanuel Necoechea).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Saves Drowning Sailor

Added July 28, 2016

Last month, on the morning of June 29, Lance Corporal Troy Yakin a landing support specialist with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and two Marines from his unit were visiting Del Mar Beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Not long after arriving, however, their relaxing day at the beach took a dramatic turn.

"When we were at the beach everybody was having a good time," Yakin said. "People were surfing, body boarding, all that fun stuff. There was a swimmer who had wandered out too far so the life guard went to get him. It was around that time that someone started screaming for help."

That someone was Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Ralph Duron, senior enlisted leader, 21 Area Branch Clinic, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, who was at the beach to do some surfing.

"I was pummeled by a wave and tossed," Duron said. "In the process, my left shoulder was dislocated and the leash of my surfboard snapped. At the same time, I'd gotten caught in a rip current far from shore. I was in a very bad spot."

After trying to side-stroke his way out of the rip current with one arm, Duron began to call for help. Upon hearing his cries, Yakin reacted in typical Marine fashion and charged into the ocean to assist the injured sailor.

"He flew in out of nowhere and put his life at risk by going into this rip current to swim us both to safety," Duron said of Yakin. "Throughout his rescue, he reassured me and pulled us both out of the situation."

"As a seasoned Navy corpsman with multiple deployments, saving lives is my job," Duron continued. "Troy went out of his way to save mine as well as place his in harm's way without hesitation. I believe his actions reflect honor on himself, his unit, and the Marine Corps as a whole. I am honored to call Marines like Troy 'brother.'"


Marine Corps News: Ten Jobs that Offer Marines Quick Promotion Opportunities
*Image info: Staff Sgt. Chaz Carter, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with EOD Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, searches the area during an improvised explosive device access training exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 29, 2016. During the exercise, evaluators assessed Marines on safely locating and disposing of an IED while suppressing the full capabilities of the threat.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Aaron Fiala).

 

Marine Corps News: Ten Jobs that Offer Marines Quick Promotion Opportunities

Added July 28, 2016

Marines in slow-promoting Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) are being offered the opportunity to make a lateral move into one of 10 MOSs that will offer quick promotion opportunities.

These lateral move and promotion opportunities are a part of the Marine Corps' Intended MOS Promotions program for 2017, which starts October 1, and will be available to hundreds of first-term Marines.

The following MOSs will be open for lateral moves:

  • Counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist
  • Imagery analysis specialist
  • Marine squad leader
  • Critical skills operator
  • Cyber security technician
  • Explosive ordnance disposal technician
  • Contingency contract specialist
  • Marine Corps community services
  • Career planner
  • Criminal investigator Criminal Investigation Division agent


Marine Corps News: Wildfire Aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
*Image info: Fire fighters from the surrounding area prepare a hose to fight a fire during fire school on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 15, 2016. Fire School is run the Camp Pendleton Fire Department to integrate multiple fire departments and develop coordination to better their ability to fight fires together.
(USMC photo by Corporal Brian Bekkala).

 

Marine Corps News: Wildfire Aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Added July 28, 2016

Over the past week, firefighters have been battling a wildfire at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

According to Lieutenant Abigail Peterson, CalFire and military fire crews, assisted by aircraft, had the fire more than 65% contained as of Saturday, July 24.

Peterson also said that there has been no threat to personnel or structures since the fire began last Thursday, July 21.


This Week in Marine Corps History: V Amphibious Corps Land on Tinian
*Image info: Marines wading ashore on Tinian.
(U.S. Government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: V Amphibious Corps Land on Tinian

Added July 28, 2016

Seventy-two years ago this week, on July 24, 1944, the V Amphibious Corps, a formation of the United States Marine Corps composed of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions, landed on Tinian, in the Mariana Islands during the Marine Corps' Pacific Campaign in World War II.

The following morning, under the command of Major General Harry Schmidt, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions began a shoulder-to-shoulder sweep of the island. Organized enemy resistance faded within a week, and on August 1, Major General Schmidt declared the island secure.


This Week in Marine Corps History: National Security Act of 1947
*Image info: The Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: National Security Act of 1947

Added July 28, 2016

Sixty-nine years ago this week, on July 26, 1947, the National Security Act of 1947 was enacted, reaffirming the status of the Marine Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Navy.

The act provided for Fleet Marine Forces and confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases, as well as land operations in support of naval campaigns.


This Week in Marine Corps History: General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division
*Image info: General John A. Lejeune.
(USMC photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division

Added July 28, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on July 28, 1918, United States Marine Corps Brigadier General John A. Lejeune assumed command of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division in France during Worle War I. Lejeune remained in that capacity until August the following year, at which point the unit was demobilized. Lejeune was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the armistice that ended the war, he led his division in the march into Germany.


Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa
*Image info: Private Robert Carter.
(Public domain image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

Added July 21, 2016

Seventy-two years after being killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa, the remains of Marine Corps Private Robert Carter's remains were returned stateside and reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.

Carter's remains were found along with those of 34 other Marines in 2015 by History Flight, a Florida-based nonprofit that uses a combination of technology, research, and tireless labor to locate the unaccounted-for remains of Americans who died in 20th century wars.

Carter's parents and four of his siblings didn't live to see his homecoming, but one of his sister's, Joan Marie Nusbaum, flew to Washington, D.C. from her home in Oregon to watch as her brother was reburied with full military honors.

Approximately 500 Marines are still missing on Tarawa, which was dubbed a "square mile of hell" by Marines who survived the brutal three day battle that cost more than 1,000 Marines their lives.


Marine Corps News: School to be Named for Marine Raider, Navy Cross Recipient
*Image info: Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Gifford.
(MARSOC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: School to be Named for Marine Raider, Navy Cross Recipient

Added July 21, 2016

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) has announced that it will rename the schoolhouse where it trains special operators in honor of a Marine Raider and Navy Cross recipient who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

On July 27, the schoolhouse, which currently is unnamed, will be renamed Gifford Hall after Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Gifford, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for valor. A statue of Gifford, who worked at the schoolhouse as chief instructor of MARSOC's advanced sniper course, will also be unveiled at ceremony, which will take place at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Gifford was killed during an ambush in Afghanistan's Badghis province in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Lesa, and their four sons.


Marine Corps News: Marine General Named Head of AFRICOM
*Image info: From left, General David M. Rodriguez, General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Thomas D. Waldhauser, salute a joint color guard during the AFRICOM change of command ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany, on July 18, 2016.
(U.S.Department of Defense photo by Jason Johnston/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine General Named Head of AFRICOM

Added July 21, 2016

Marine General Thomas Waldhauser has been named as the new head of U.S. Africa Command, taking charge this Monday, July 18, in a ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany.

Waldhauser, who has been in the Corps since 1976, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and assumed command from Army General David Rodriguez, who is retiring.

Waldhauser takes charge during a time of conflict and crisis in Africa, including turmoil in South Sudan and Libya.


Battle of Soissons
In WWI, the 4th Marine Brigade earned the title of "Devil Dogs" for their heroic actions at Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Michiel, Blanc Mont, and in the final Meuse-Argonne offensive. (USMC image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Soissons

Added July 21, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on July 18, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began an attack near Soissons, France. The attack was part of a World War I three-division counterattack against German forces. The Marines sustained 1,972 casualties in the first two days of the battle.


This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned
*Image info: The USS Iwo Jima.
(U.S. Navy photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned

Added July 13, 2016

Twenty-three years ago this week, on July 14, 1993, the USS Iwo Jima was decommissioned after over 30 years of service in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. The ship, named for the World War II battle in which three Marine divisions defeated 20,000 Japanese troops, was commissioned August 26, 1961, and it was the first ship specifically designed as an amphibious assault ship from the keel up.


This Week in Marine Corps History:
*Image info: Commandant William W. Burrows.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps"

Added July 13, 2016

Two hundred and eighteen years ago, on July 11, 1798, second President of the United States, John Adams, approved "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps", and it became law. The following day, President Adams appointed William Ward Burrows the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, which, at the time, was still the capital of our young nation.


Marine Corps News: Retired General John Kelly Named Head of Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
*Image info: Retired Marine General John Kelly, shown here during a U.S. Southern Command's change of command ceremony, will serve as the head of the Marine Corps' Heritage Foundation.
(US Army photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Retired General John Kelly Named Head of Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Added July 13, 2016

Retired Marine General John Kelly, one of the Corps' most respected and admired leaders in recent years, has recently been named as the newest Chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Kelly, whose career in the Corps lasted more than 40 years from the time he first enlisted in 1970 until his retirement earlier this year, played a pivotal role in the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq before becoming the senior military adviser to then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the head of U.S. Southern Command.


Marine Corps News: Corps to Test New Uniforms, Boots in the Pacific
*Image info: Marine Lance Corporal Justin D. Enger sets up a security perimeter while the rest of his platoon rappels down the mountain at the Jungle Warefare Training Center, May 19, 2016 at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Jessica Etheridge).

 

Marine Corps News: Corps to Test New Uniforms, Boots in the Pacific

Added July 13, 2016

Marine Corps officials have announced that Marines in Japan will test new tropical uniforms and boots this summer, as the Corps is on the hunt for lightweight, breathable boots and utility uniforms that dry quickly in rainy, humid climates.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Bailey, Product Manager for infantry combat equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command, said the wear tests will be conducted during scheduled training.

"The operationally realistic training in a challenging environment will provide good feedback on the effectiveness, durability and other characteristics of the boots, and will help to inform the development of performance specifications," Bailey said.


Marine Corps News: Corps to Test New Mortar Round this Fall
*Image info: Marines fire a 120 mm towed mortar system during Exercise Eager Lion. Raytheon Missile Systems will deliver 162 new precision-guided mortar test rounds to the Marine Corps later this year.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant Robert Fisher).

 

Marine Corps News: Corps to Test New Mortar Round this Fall

Added July 13, 2016

Marine Corps officials have announced that the Corps will begin testing a new high-tech precision-guided mortar round later this year.

Raytheon Missile Systems will deliver more than 160 of its new 120mm Precision Extended Range Munition, or PERM, in October, according to Joe McPherson, Fire Support Systems Product Manager for Marine Corps Systems Command.

The Corps will test the rounds for approximately three months before awarding its first production buy in January 2017, McPherson said. The Corps expects to begin fielding the new mortar round in early 2018.


Marine Corps News: Corps Outlines New PFT, CFT, Body Composition Rules
*Image info: Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct a maximum set of dead hang pull-ups during a final physical fitness test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, October 22, 2015.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Angelica I. Annastas).

 

Marine Corps News: Corps Outlines New PFT, CFT, Body Composition Rules

Added July 13, 2016

Marine Corps officials have announced that changes are in store for the Marine Corps' physical and combat fitness tests, while minor adjustments to the body composition program are already in place.

A statement signed by Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, said that the changes have been implemented to, "ensure standards are relevant, challenging and also allow for greater distinction between Marines of different fitness levels and age groups."

As of January 1, 2017, all Marines will have the option of doing pull-ups or push-ups; however, only those who choose pull-ups will be able to earn maximum points on the physical fitness test. The flexed arm hang will be eliminated for women.

"Push-ups become an option on the PFT, but Marines are incentivized toward pull-ups, as these are a better test of functional, dynamic upper body strength and correlate stronger to the physically demanding tasks," the statement said.

Also effective January 1, Marines taking the combat fitness test will have to complete five push-ups during the maneuver under fire following the simulated grenade throw instead of the current number of three.

Marines who score 285 and above on both the PFT and CFT will be exempt from height, weight, and body composition limits and will be allowed an additional 1 percent of body fat.

Other changes to the body composition program include relaxed weight limits for female Marines, the use of more precise tape-measuring devices, and moving BCP waiver authority to the first general officer in a Marine's chain of command. These changes take effect immediately.


Marine Corps News: Marine Awarded Medal for Heroism
*Image info: Corporal John Ferguson receives the Navy Marine Corps Medal on July 11, 2016 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
(USMC photo by Private First Class Brendan King).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Awarded Medal for Heroism

Added July 13, 2016

Earlier this year, on March 11, a civilian T-59 Hawk jet aircraft slammed into Marine Lance Corporal Anthony DuBeau's truck during a botched takeoff at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

At the time of the accident, Marine Lance Corporal John Ferguson was pouring concrete with a construction crew approximately 50 yards away.

When the plane collided with the truck, Ferguson immediately sprang into action, sprinting toward the wreckage and moving DuBeau to safety. For his actions, Ferguson was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal--the Corps' highest non-combat medal for heroism--for his actions that day.

Despite Ferguson's efforts, DuBeau, 23, died from his injuries.


Marines in the Revolutionary War: Defending America Since Day One
*Image info: Major Samuel Nicholas, first Commandant of the Marine Corps.
(public domain image/released).

 

Marines in the Revolutionary War: Defending America Since Day One

Added July 6, 2016

Two hundred and thirty-seven days before the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, what would prove to be a defining moment in our country's history took place a mere two miles away. That night, November 10, 1775, at the Tun Tavern, a committee from the Continental Congress drafted a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight on land or at sea as landing forces for the Continental Navy. And with that, the Continental Marine Corps was born.

The first Commandant of the Marine Corps was Major Samuel Nicholas and his first Captain and recruiter was Robert Mullan, the owner of Tun Tavern. By early 1776, Commandant Major Nicholas had his men prepared for battle.

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Learning More About the Corps: Montford Point Marines
*Image info: Montford Point Marine Sergeant Major Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson became one of the first African-Americans trained as a drill instructor in 1943. Two years later, he became sergeant major of the company.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Learning More About the Corps: Montford Point Marines

Added July 6, 2016

The history of thousands of brave men who served our country through numerous wars and battles has been virtually unknown to most Americans for many years. Though we know about the Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers, most civilians, and even many in the military, do not know the struggles and successes of the Montford Point Marines.

In 1942, Camp Montford Point was established with the first African Americans to serve as Marines since the American Revolution. The history of Montford Point and the brave men who trained there is a testament to the price African Americans had to pay in order to gain acceptance into one of the nation's most respected institutions. While the British promised male slaves freedom during the American Revolution if they promised their support, the United States excluded these men from the battle.

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This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st Marine Air Wing Activated
*Image info: 1st MAW insignia.
(image released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st Marine Air Wing Activated

Added July 6, 2016

Seventy-five years ago, on July 7, 1941, the 1st Marine Air Wing (1st MAW) was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Less than a year after its activation, the 1st MAW participated in the Marine Corps offensive at Guadalcanal. The Guadalcanal campaign would be the first of many legendary battles in the Wing's history, and over the course of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the 1st MAW earned five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry.


This Week in Marine Corps History: A-4 Skyhawk Retired
*Image info: A USMC A4D-2 Skyhawk passing the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea after a wave-off.
(U.S. Navy photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: A-4 Skyhawk Retired

Added July 6, 2016

Twenty-six years ago this week, on July 6, 1990, the last two A-4 Skyhawks from Marine Aircraft Group 32 flew their initial flights from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, as the Marine Corps decided to retire the Skyhawk from its active aviation structure. The Skyhawk was one of the oldest, most versatile attack aircraft in USMC history, having been in service for more than 30 years.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Celebrate America's 25th Anniversary
*Image info: Commandant William W. Burrows.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Celebrate America's 25th Anniversary

Added July 6, 2016

Two hundred and fifteen years ago this week, on July 4, 1801, third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, reviewed Marines led by the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, and the Marine Band. The review took place on the grounds of the White House grounds and the Marines performed drills and fired salutes in observance of our country's 25th anniversary.


Marine Corps News: Gunnery Sergeant Brian Downing Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year
*Image info: Gunnery Sergeant Brian Downing.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Gunnery Sergeant Brian Downing Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year

Added July 6, 2016

Gunnery Sergeant Brian Downing has recently been named the 2016 Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year.

Downing, a platoon sergeant with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, made Gunnery Sergeant in just 10 years and is just one semester away from completing a master's degree in leadership from Boston University. Downing's leadership, motivation, and ability to inspire other Marines has been extensively praised by both his superiors and subordinates alike.

Disappointed at seeing his Marines live in run-down barracks, Downing studied supply system logistics to figure out how to get the materials needed to renovate 90 barracks rooms, common areas, and duty posts at Camp Lejeune. During the renovations, Downing put in hundreds of hours of work painting, decorating, and landscaping. Before long, other Marines were volunteering their time on weekends to help finish the renovations. In all, Downing helped improve the quality of life for more than 1,000 Marines.


Marine Parents Volunteers Help Others Navigate the Recruit Process
MarineParents.com volunteer Beth Bowles, left, along with Marnie Stroud (not pictured) are helping recruit parents navigate the process of having a child enlist in the Corps.
(Image used with permission).

 

Marine Parents Volunteers Help Others Navigate the Recruit Process

Added June 30, 2016

Recently, two proud Marine mothers and Marine Parents volunteers from Illinois, Beth Bowles and Marnie Stroud, joined forces with Staff Sergeant Derek Meyers at their local Marine recruiting office to help other parents understand what happens once a recruit signs up.

"Family members have a lot of questions they don't know where to go to get answers to," Stroud said. "Can we send the recruits things when they are in training? Can we call them? What happens if they get sick? How do we contact them in an emergency?"

According to Bowles, "It makes the knowledge and experiences of other parents who have been through the process available to others."

"We want to make sure the Marine Corps is the right choice for the enlistee," Staff Sergeant Myers said. "The Delayed Entry Program is a period from 30 days up to a year where we verify the recruit's commitment is real."

If you're interested in doing something similar and giving back to other recruit and Marine families, click here to learn how you can volunteer with MarineParents.com!


Matching Gifts & Volunteer Incentive Programs

 

Matching Gifts & Volunteer Incentive Programs

Added June 30, 2016

Many companies offer incentive programs for employees who provide financial support or volunteer time to non-profit organizations. A Matching Gift Program allows the company to match an employee's contribution to a non-profit organization. A Volunteer Incentive Program allows the company to make a contribution to an organization of the employee's choice in exchange for volunteer time at the organization.

Matching gift and volunteer incentive programs are a great way to maximize your donation and fundraising efforts, as Team Marine Parents member Chris Buess and The Lubrizol Foundation of Wickliffe, Ohio recently demonstrated.

Through the Lubrizol Foundation's matching gift program, Chris donated $260 to his own TMP campaign, and then foundation donated another $260. And, just like that, Chris' campaign received $520, bringing his 2016 fundraising total to $955!

Click here to learn more about matching gift and volunteer incentive programs...


Marine Corps News: Commandant Neller Visits Belleau Wood
*Image info: Commandant General Robert Neller, gets water from the devil dog fountain after a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Memorial Cemetery, Belleau Wood, France.
—(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant Gabriela Garcia).

 

Marine Corps News: Commandant Neller Visits Belleau Wood

Added June 30, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago, in June of 1918, the first major battle of World War I involving American troops took place at Belleau Wood-- a 200-acre forest near the commune of Chateau-Thierry, France, approximately 53 miles northeast of Paris. After weeks of brutal fighting against German forces, the Marines prevailed, and the battle has since gone down in Marine lore as one of the Corps' defining battles.

To pay homage to the Marines who valiantly fought (and, in the case of almost 2,000, died) at Belleau Wood, Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller recently undertook a pilgrimage to visit the famed "Devil Dog" fountain that symbolizes the Marines' fighting spirit in the village of Belleau, France. The pilgrimage was part of a yearly ceremony in which American and French forces and guests gather at Belleau Wood to honor those from both countries who lost their lives in WWI.

"Today we gather to honor the memory, the service, and the sacrifice of all the men who fought here, side-by-side, for liberty7mdash;Marines, soldiers, American and French. We return here annually to remember them and be fortified by their example, and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals they died for," Neller said during the ceremony.


Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Statement on Iwo Jima Flag Raisers
*Image info: Private First Class Harold Schultz has recently been identified as one of the flag-raisers (second from left) in this iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicting the raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
—(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released).

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Statement on Iwo Jima Flag Raisers

Added June 30, 2016

Last Thursday, June 23, the Marine Corps released a statement indicating that they have concluded that a previously-unknown Marine was involved in Joe Rosenthal's iconic image of five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raising the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, formed a review panel to investigate the theory, originally raised by researchers working on a Smithsonian Channel documentary, that the long-accepted identities of the flag-raisers are incorrect. After extensively reviewing all available images, film, statements, and the findings of previous investigations, the panel and Commandant Neller came to the conclusion that one of the six men in the original photograph had indeed been misidentified.

The Marine Corps now believes that the Corpsman identified in the photograph, Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class John Bradley, was not in Rosenthal's image but had instead been involved in the initial flag-raising that had occurred hours before. Based on the evidence reviewed, the Marine Corps has concluded that another Marine, Private First Class Harold Schultz, from Detroit, Michigan, was the sixth man in the Rosenthal image.

"Our history is important to us, and we have a responsibility to ensure it's right," said Neller. "Although the Rosenthal image is iconic and significant, to Marines it's not about the individuals and never has been...Simply stated, our fighting spirit is captured in that frame, and it remains a symbol of the tremendous accomplishments of our Corps--what they did together and what they represent remains most important. That doesn't change."


Marine Corps News: More than 4,000 Marines, Sailors Deploy With Wasp Amphibious Ready Group
*Image info: An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), boards the USS Wasp, to bring Marines back from a tactical recovery of aircraft and personal mission May 19, 2016.
—(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: More than 4,000 Marines, Sailors Deploy With Wasp Amphibious Ready Group

Added June 30, 2016

This past Saturday, June 25, saw more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors deploy with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group.

The Marines, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., and the sailors, based out of Norfolk, Virginia, are scheduled to spend six months in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and African regions.

The ready group comprises the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio, both based out of Norfolk Naval Station, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island, which is based out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach. The group is commanded by Captain Byron Ogden.


Marine Corps News: Gunnery Sergeant Awarded Medal for Helicopter Rescue Actionsp
*Image info: Gunnery Sergeant Geann Pereira, pictured here as a Staff Sergeant, speaks to Lieutenant General Richard Mills during Mills' visit aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego January 19, 2012, was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.
—(Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Keonaona C. Paulo).

 

Marine Corps News: Gunnery Sergeant Awarded Medal for Helicopter Rescue Actionsp

Added June 30, 2016

In a ceremony last Thursday, June 23, Gunnery Sergeant Geann Pereira was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the highest non-combat decoration for heroism in the Corps, for his actions following a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan last fall.

Pereira was stationed at Camp Resolute Support in Kabul on October 11, 2015, when a British Puma helicopter carrying passengers as part of a NATO mission crashed as it came in for a landing. Pereira was the first man on the scene and spent hours crawling through the wreckage pulling both survivors and fatalities from the aircraft.

"Instincts took over," Pereira told those attending the ceremony, "I just happened to be the little guy inside the helicopter pulling people out...There were Marines, sailors, airmen, Army, coalition forces out there–and we all came together with one common cause, just to save peoples lives that day. And everyone did a phenomenal job."

Five members of the multinational crew, two American airmen, two British service members, and a French contractor were killed in the crash.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Lewis
*Image info: Lewis "Chesty" Puller (public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Lewis "Chesty" Puller is Born

Added June 30, 2016

One hundred and eighteen years ago this week, on June 26, 1898, Lewis "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in history, was born in West Point, Virginia.

Puller would enlist in the Marine Corps in 1918 during World War I (although he didn't see action during that war) and in 37 years of service, he served in numerous conflicts during the "Banana Wars," including the Occupation of Haiti and the Occupation of Nicaragua, World War II, including the Battles of Guadalcanal and Peleliu, and the Korean War, including the Battle of Inchon and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

By the time he retired in 1955, Puller was (and still remains) the most decorated Marine in the history of the Corps. Puller is one of only two American servicemen to be awarded five Navy Crosses (the other being Rear Admiral Roy Davenport) and, with the Distinguished Service Cross awarded to him by the U.S. Army, he is the only serviceman to have been awarded the nation's second-highest military awards for valor six times.

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This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Belleau Wood Comes to an End
*Image info: "La Brigade Marine Americain Au Bois de Belleau" or "The American Marines in Belleau Wood" by French war correspondent Georges Scott.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Belleau Wood Comes to an End

Added June 30, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on June 26, 1918, one of the most important and legendary battles in Marine Corps history--The Battle of Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood, came to an end after 20 days of bitter fighting.

This was a battle that exemplified the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage, and commitment. It was a battle that catapulted the Marine Corps to worldwide prominence. And it was a battle that helped turn the tide of "The Great War" (as WWI was then known) in favor of the Allies.

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June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

 

Today is PTSD Awareness Day

Added June 27, 2016

Today, June 27, is PTSD Awareness Day. This is a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

If untreated, PTSD may lead to a variety of problems, including, at its most extreme, the potential that an individual may commit suicide. Suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide.

If someone you know is showing one or more of the following behaviors, he or she may be thinking about suicide. Don't ignore these warning signs. Get help immediately.

If someone you know is showing one or more of the following behaviors, he or she may be thinking about suicide. Don't ignore these warning signs. Get help immediately.

If you think someone is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911.

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This Week in Marine Corps History: 24th MEU Returns to Mogadishu
*Image info: 24th MEU Unit Crest.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 24th MEU Returns to Mogadishu

Added June 23, 2016

Twenty-three years ago this week, on June 20, 1993, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to Mogadishu, Somalia, to be ready to provide support to United Nations peace-keeping troops if needed. Earlier that month, the 24th MEU had cut short Exercise Eager Mace 93-2 in Kuwait to be on hand for possible operations in Somalia.


This Week in Marine Corps History: North Korean Troops Invade South Korea
*Image info: General Douglas Macarthur.
(Public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: North Korean Troops Invade South Korea

Added June 23, 2016

Sixty-six years ago this week, on June 20, 1950, eight divisions of the North Korean People's Army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the Republic of Korea shortly before dawn. Within three days, Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, had been captured.

10 days later, on June 30, President Harry S. Truman ordered a naval blockade of the Korean coast and authorized the sending of U.S. ground troops to Korea. Two days later, General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander in Chief Far East, formally requested that a Marine regimental combat team be deployed to the area.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Jay
*Image info: Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion.
(U.S. government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Jay

Added June 23, 2016

Fifty years ago this week, on June 25, 1966, Operation Jay began approximately 20 miles northwest of the central Vietnamese city of Hue. The operation, which lasted nine days, saw the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines land north of the North Vietnamese 812th Main Force Battalion, while the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines landed south of the enemy's position. Caught between the two Marine units, the North Vietnamese battalion suffered more than 80 dead during the course of the operation.


Marine Corps News: Camp Pendleton Fire Contained
*Image info: Fire fighters from the surrounding area prepare a hose to fight a fire during fire school on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 15, 2016. Fire School is run the Camp Pendleton Fire Department to integrate multiple fire departments and develop coordination to better their ability to fight fires together.
(USMC photo by Corporal Brian Bekkala).

 

Marine Corps News: Camp Pendleton Fire Contained

Added June 23, 2016

This past Saturday, June 18, a fire broke out on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton shortly before 4:00 p.m. local time, charring between 10 and 15 acres of the base, according to Marine Corps officials.

The base fire department, along with the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, and the Orange County Fire Authority, managed to contain the fire shortly after 6:00 p.m. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but according to officials, it didn't threaten any structures in its vicinity.


June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 16, 2016

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month, a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

To mark the occasion, the Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging people to work together to help raise PTSD awareness. According to the VA's website, "To grow public understanding of PTSD and knowledge that PTSD treatment works, we all need to raise awareness together. We encourage you to help us spread the word about PTSD and effective treatments."

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Marine Corps News: Marine's Remains Returned Home 73 Years Later
*Image info: WWII Marine Private First Class John Saini was killed in the Battle of Tarawa on November 20, 1943.
(Public domain image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine's Remains Returned Home 73 Years Later

Added June 16, 2016

Seventy-three years after more than 1,000 Marines and sailors died fighting Japanese forces in the Battle of Tarawa. the remains of one of those Marines, Private First Class John Saini, were returned home to his family in Healdsburg, California last week.

After being killed on the first day of the battle, Saini was one of a number of Marines who were hastily buried in battlefield graves. Many of these graves were excavated and the remains moved to national or local cemeteries in the U.S. shortly after World War II ended, but some, including Saini's remained undiscovered for decades.

The remains were discovered by History Flight, Inc., a Florida-based nonprofit that uses a combination of technology, research, and tireless labor to locate the unaccounted-for remains of Americans who died in 20th century wars.


Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran Drowns Saving Teens
*Image info: Then-Master Sergeant Rodney Buentello passes the ball during a flag football game at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, on Jan. 28, 2011.
(USMC photo by Andrea M. Olguin).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran Drowns Saving Teens

Added June 16, 2016

Last Wednesday, June 8, retired Marine Master Sergeant Rodney Buentello drowned while saving the lives of two teenagers in Bandera, Texas.

Buentello had been at Bandera City Park with his family when a teenage girl fell into rough water near a dam at the park. A male teenager tried to save her but was also swept away, at which point Buentello jumped into the water.

Buentello was able to save both teenagers but drowned in the process. He was 42 years old and had served in the Marine Corps for 21 years before retiring in 2013. He served three tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, and earned two Purple Hearts during his time in the Corps.


Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran's Actions Save Lives During Orlando Shooting
*Image info: Imran Yousuf.
(USMC image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran's Actions Save Lives During Orlando Shooting

Added June 16, 2016

A Marine veteran who was working as a bouncer at the Orlando nightclub in which 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured during a shooting over the weekend is being hailed as a hero after his actions helped approximately 70 people escape the club to safety.

Yousuf, who served as an engineer equipment electrical systems technician in the Marine Corps from June 2010 to May 2016, said he immediately recognized the sound of a high-caliber rifle when the shooting began. This, he said, is when his Marine Corps training kicked in.

Yousuf ran to a locked door that had people huddled around it, all too frightened to move. "I'm screaming 'Open the door! Open the door!'" Yousuf said. "And no one is moving because they are scared...There was only one choice—either we all stay there and we all die, or I could take the chance, and I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there."


This Week in Marine Corps History: Flag Flies Continuously at Marine Corps Memorial
*Image info: A wreath laying ceremony is held in honor of the 238th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 9, 2013, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Marionne T. Mangrum).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Flag Flies Continuously at Marine Corps Memorial

Added June 16, 2016

Fifty-five years ago this week, on June 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night."

The proclamation came as a result of discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier that year on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Assault Saipan
*Image info: The first wave of Marines to land on Saipan take cover behind a sand dune while waiting for the next three waves to come ashore.
(USMC photo by Sergeant James Burns).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Assault Saipan

Added June 16, 2016

Seventy-two years ago this week, on June 15, 1944, the V Amphibious Corps assaulted the west coast of the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The assault was preceded by hours of naval gunfire and airstrikes and by nightfall the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions had established a beachhead 10,000 yards wide and 1,500 yards deep despite heavy Japanese resistance.


Learn, Connect, and Share for PTSD Awareness Month

 

Learn, Connect, and Share for PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 9, 2016

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month, a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

To mark the occasion, the Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a three-pronged approach to battle PTSD and the stigmas that surround it. The VA plans to do this in the following ways:

  • Learn—Discover the facts about PTSD and explore treatment options.
  • Connect—Reach out and help someone (or yourself) with PTSD. By giving or receiving support, managing PTSD is much easier.
  • Share—Spread the word and pass along what you learn. By working with others, PTSD can be battled like never before.

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Marine Corps News: Marine Aviator Nominated to Become Next Assistant Commandant
*Image info: Lieutenant General Glenn Walters, deputy commandant for Programs and Resources, has been nominated to become the next Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
(USMC photo by Corporal Michael Guinto).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Aviator Nominated to Become Next Assistant Commandant

Added June 9, 2016

Marine Lieutenant General Glenn Walters has been nominated by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to serve as the next Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, according to an announcement made by Carter on Tuesday, June 7.

Walters currently serves as the Deputy Commandant for Marine Corps Programs and Resources. If confirmed by the Senate, Walters will replace General John Paxton Jr. as the Marine Corps' second-highest ranking officer and will become the 34th Assistant Commandant in Marine Corps history.

Walters received his commission in the Marine Corps after graduating from The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, in 1979. He was designated a naval aviator in March 1981 and has been a career Marine aviator.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Awards and the Air Medal.


Marine Corps News: Three Generals Nominated to Receive Third Star
*Image info: Major Generals Joseph Osterman, left, Lewis Craparotta, center, and Gary Thomas, right, have been nominated for promotion.
(USMC photos/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Three Generals Nominated to Receive Third Star

Added June 9, 2016

Major Generals Lewis Craparotta, Joseph Osterman, and Gary Thomas have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in an announcement Tuesday, June 7.

Craparotta currently serves as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Osterman currently serves as the head of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. Thomas currently serves as Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The promotions must now be approved by the Senate.


Marine Corps News: New Unit Commanders to be Selected in July
*Image info: The Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel insignia (left) and Colonel insignia (right).

 

Marine Corps News: New Unit Commanders to be Selected in July

Added June 9, 2016

The Marine Corps has recently announced that hundreds of officers will be considered for a limited number of coveted command billets this summer during two competitive screening boards.

The Lieutenant Colonel board is set to take place July 7 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia while the Colonel board is set to convene the following day.

According to Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the boards will be tasked with filling 60 command billets for Colonels and 140 for Lieutenant Colonels that will come available between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay
*Image info: The First Marine Battalion (United States), commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Huntington, landed on the eastern side of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 10, 1898.
(U.S. government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay

Added June 9, 2016

One hundred and eighteen years ago this week, on June 12,1898, the First Marine Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Huntington, landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The next day, Lieutenant Herbert Draper raised the American flag over Camp McCalla where it flew for the next eleven days. Huntington later sent the flag to Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood informing him (Heywood) that, "[w]hen bullets were flying, ...the sight of the flag upon the midnight sky has thrilled our hearts."


This Week in Marine Corps History: 24th MEU Rescues Air Force Pilot
*Image info: Captains T. O. Hanford (left), Scott F. O`Grady (center), and Bob Wright (right) speak at a press conference following O'Grady's rescue after he was shot down over Bosnia in 1995 and spent six days evading enemy forces before being rescued by U.S. Marines.
(U.S. government photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 24th MEU Rescues Air Force Pilot

Added June 9, 2016

Twenty-one years ago this week, on June 8, 1995, a Marine recovery team from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed on board the USS Kearsarge rescued American pilot Captain Scott O'Grady, USAF, who had been shot down over Bosnia six days earlier.


June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 1, 2016

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month, a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans.

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Marine Corps News: Commandant Neller Battles Marine Suicide
*Image info: Commandant Robert Neller.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Commandant Neller Battles Marine Suicide

Added June 1, 2016

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller, recently spoke during the American Psychiatric Association's 169th annual meeting about receiving assistance from the psychiatric community in fixing what he sees as one of the Corps' biggest challenges—ending suicide among Marines.

A recent survey of approximately 3,000 post-9/11 veterans found that 40 percent of respondents have considered suicide at least once after having joined the military. Eighty percent of those who responded also said that troops dealing with mental health issues don't receive adequate treatment, both while in the service and after separating.

Neller also voiced his concern about the alarming spike in suicide rates among Marines who haven't deployed, which has increased from accounting for 36 percent of Marine suicides in 2013 to 66 percent in 2015. So far this year, the number has increased to 73 percent.

"We can't afford to lose a single Marine to anything, whether it be accident, injury, or suicide," Neller said during his speech. "I can tell you—giving my solemn word—that the Marine Corps will try to help anyone who comes forward."


Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Found on Tarawa
*Image info: Marines landing on Tarawa beach advance toward Japanese pill boxes, November, 1943.
(Official USMC photograph/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Found on Tarawa

Added June 1, 2016

Last week, the founder of History Flight, a Florida-based non-profit organization, announced that it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.

According to Mark Noah, head of Marathon, History Flight, 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and the 13th set of remains was found last week.

The Battle of Tarawa, which saw some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific Theater, claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Marines and injured more 2,100 more.


Marine Corps News: Camp San Mateo to Receive Vietnam War Memorial
*Image info: Bob Pruitt speaks with a Marine before the start of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment "Dark Horse" Reunion at the San Mateo Memorial Garden at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 29, 2016.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Shellie Hall).

 

Marine Corps News: Camp San Mateo to Receive Vietnam War Memorial

Added June 1, 2016

Two years ago, Vietnam Marine veterans Steve Colwell and Nick Warr were attending a reunion for the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California. While there, the two men stopped at the Memorial Garden at Camp San Mateo, which serves at a tribute to the "Fighting Fifth" Marine Regiment.

Colwell, 72, who served as an officer with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, and Warr, 71, who served as an infantry officer with Charlie Company in the 5th Marines, noticed during their visit to the garden that there was nothing in the garden recognizing the Marines who lost their lives in Vietnam. This didn't sit well with the men. "I feel strongly there should be a representation for the Marines and sailors who were killed in Vietnam," said Colwell. "These young men raised their hands and enlisted in the Marine Corps for an unpopular war."

Last Friday, Colwell met with Brian Coty, a board member from the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Candelario, acting commander of the 5th Marine Regiment, to finalize plans for a $400,000 Vietnam War Monument they hope to unveil at the camp on Memorial Day 2017.

The six-panel granite monument will honor the 2,706 Marines, Navy corpsmen, and chaplains who were killed in Vietnam while serving in the 5th Marine Regiment. Their names will be etched on the panels surrounding a 14-foot-tall black granite spire. Additionally, the image of the battle cross7mdash;a helmet, a rifle, a bayonet, and boots—will be etched on all four sides of the granite.


Operation Sea Angel
*Image info: U.S. Marines walk to the site from which they conducted, in coordination with the Government of Bangladesh and along with elements of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Division, an engineering civil action project exercise to expand the second story of a school shortly after Cyclone Marian struck the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh in April, 1991.
(USMC photo/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Sea Angel

Added June 1, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this week, on May 29, 1991, elements of a joint task force that included the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade departed the South Asian nation of Bangladesh after nearly two weeks of disaster relief operations following Cyclone Marian, which resulted in more than 136,000 fatalities. The task force delivered relief supplies using helicopters, C-130s, and landing craft in Operation Sea Angel.


German Troops Attack American Forces in France
*Image info: A recruiting poster by Charles B. Falls makes use of the "Teufel Hunden", or "Devil Dog", nickname given by German troops to American Marines for their ferocious fighting style.
(public domain image/released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: German Troops Attack American Forces in France

Added June 1, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on June 2, 1918, the German 28th Division attacked American troops on the Paris-Metz Road, hitting the American 2nd Division, including the 4th Marine Brigade. The Marines opened fire with deadly accuracy, helping hand German troops a setback that set the stage for Marine victory at Belleau Wood which would soon follow.


Happy Memorial Day

 

Happy Memorial Day

Added May 30, 2016

Today is Memorial Day--a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have served our country over the years.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, what we lack in size, we make up for in consistency. For more than 13 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform, as well as their family members.

When American troops first entered Iraq in 2003, we were there. When the government shutdown in 2013 and military families temporarily weren't receiving death benefits, we were there. In the 10-year interim between those events, and in the three years since the shutdown, we've been there, providing several million dollars in direct support of thousands of Marines and their family members.

Whether it's been serving meals to recovering warriors, providing financial assistance to military families, or helping troops and their family members through difficult times in other ways, we're here. Day in and day out, we're doing everything in our power to support our men and women in uniform and their family members.


#GoSilent This Memorial Day With IAVA
*Image info: Since June 15, 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has provided a final resting place for countless service members who have served our county.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Eric Keenan).

 

#GoSilent This Memorial Day With IAVA

Added May 26, 2016

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery at 12:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

According to the IAVA's website, "[t]he #GoSilent campaign allows for a shared, nationwide experience, in which pledges can be made in honor of a fallen service member."

In addition to the wreath-laying ceremony, the IAVA will also be hosting a series of events across the country in honor of those who have served our nation and to raise awareness of the sacrifices our service members have made and continue to make on a daily basis on our behalf.

Here at Marine Parents, we'd like to encourage our supporters to join IAVA in their #GoSilent campaign. Our service members sacrifice on our behalf every day. Join us in taking this opportunity to show them we appreciate all they do on our behalf!


Angel Day Tribute

 

Angel Day Tribute

Added May 26, 2016

With Memorial Day just days away, we'd like to encourage our readers to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for our country on a daily basis.

The thought of brave men and women giving their lives on behalf of our country brings many images to mind. The battlefield cross. A flag-draped casket. Family members, friends, and brothers and sisters in arms weeping at the loss of a loved one. But from tragedy comes hope, and determination—especially the determination that the sacrifices of these brave men and women will never be forgotten.

With that in mind, we have launched the "Angel Day Tribute" initiative. It's a way to honor our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice by remembering them each year on their Angel Day. It's also a way to recognize their family members, and to help create additional ways for those family members and comrades and friends of the fallen to connect and share with one another.

These men and women and their families have given so much on our behalf. Please join us in honoring and keeping alive the memories of these American heroes.

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 30

 

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30

Added May 26, 2016

This coming Monday is Memorial Day—a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have served our country over the years.

This is also a day on which service members, their families, and military supporters across the country come together to express their patriotism, both publicly and privately. While private celebrations are, by their very nature, private, we can help you publicly show off your love for America with a variety of patriotic items from our EGA Shop such as American flags (made in the USA!), battle cross lapel pins, and patriotic garden flags!


To get your made-in-America American flag today, please click here

To get your battle cross lapel pins, please click here

To get your Memorial Day garden flag, click here

Marine Staff Sergeant Becomes First Combat Veteran to Summit Everest
*Image info: Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at more than 29,000 feet.
(NASA image/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Staff Sergeant Becomes First Combat Veteran to Summit Everest

Added May 26, 2016

Last Thursday, May 19, saw retired Staff Sergeant Charles Linville, of Boise, Idaho, a combat-injured Marine, become the first combat-veteran to reach the "top of the world" when the climbing party he was with summited Mount Everest.

Linville, 30, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011 when an IED he was diffusing exploded, causing his to sustain a traumatic brain injury, an amputated finger, and a severely injured foot. After more than a dozen unsuccessful surgeries, Linville decided to have his foot surgically amputated in 2013.

The expedition to reach the top of the mountain was sponsored by The Heroes Project and was Linville's third attempt to summit Everest after the 2014 and 2015 expeditions were forced to turn back early after natural disasters. In completing the climb, Linville became the first combat-veteran the achieve "The Seven Summits" by reaching the highest peak on each of the seven continents.


Crucible Section Renamed in Honor of Fallen Marine
*Image info: Lieutenant Colonel Fridrik Fridriksson and Sergeant Major Scott Samuels present the Silver Star to Larry Harris' parents, Lora and Bruce Merriwether, during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California, February 4, 2011.
(Photo by Corporal Paul Basciano/released).

 

Marine Corps News: Crucible Section Renamed in Honor of Fallen Marine

Added May 26, 2016

An obstacle in the Crucible at Camp Pendleton, California was renamed last week in honor of a Marine Corporal who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2010.

In a ceremony last Thursday, May 19, the obstacle in Camp Pendleton's Crucible that deals with improvised explosive devices was renamed in honor of Corporal Larry D. Harris Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star in 2011 for saving the life of a fellow Marine.

After his squad's machine gunner was shot in the leg July 1, 2010, Harris and fellow Marines left a covered position to reach the machine gunner and return him to safety despite being under heavy fire. Upon reaching the machine gunner, Harris picked him up and began carrying him toward an evacuation site. En route to the evacuation site, Harris stepped on an IED and was mortally wounded. The machine gunner survived.

Navy Corpsman Peter Gould, who sustained serious wounds to his face and neck while helping Harris carry the machine gunner to safety, also received a Silver Star in 2011.


Marine Aviation Program Begins
*Image info: First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham (released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Aviation Program Begins

Added May 26, 2016

One hundred and four years ago this week, on May 22, 1912, First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham became the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle after reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland. This marked the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.


V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut
*Image info: USMC MV-22B Ospreys aid in recovery efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu, April, 2016.
(USMC photo by Corporal Samantha Villarreal)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut

Added May 26, 2016

Twenty-eight years ago this week, on May 23, 1988 the V-22 Osprey, the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft, made its debut at Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington, Texas, facility. More than 1,000 representatives from the military, the aviation industry, and the media gathered to hear various speakers, including then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred Gray, praise the versatility of the aircraft.


Operation Pipestone Canyon
*Image info: Tankers with the 1st Marine Division man .50 caliber machine guns and 90mm cannons as they sweep through the "Dodge City" area in the heart of the Rice Triangle, 12 miles southwest of Da Nang during the early stages of Operation Pipestone Canyon.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant A. J. Sharp).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Pipestone Canyon

Added May 26, 2016

Forty-seven years ago this week, on May 26, 1969, Operation Pipestone Canyon began when the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines began sweeps in the "Dodge City"/Go Noi areas southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. 610 enemy troops, as well as 34 Marines, were killed during the operation, which ended approximately one month later, in late June


Bryan's Story
*Image info: Bryan afer his accident (left) and today (right).

 

Bryan's Story

Added May 19, 2016

Bryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2004. In 2006, he went to fight for our country in Iraq. Luckily, that year, Bryan survived not one, but two improvised explosive device (I.E.D) blasts.

Bryan, who was the driver of the Humvee during one of the explosions, suffered the worst injuries of the four Marines in the vehicle. He was knocked unconscious from the impact of the bomb and, while being treated in the field, a military doctor conducted an emergency tracheotomy and nicked one of Bryan's arteries. Bryan also had shattered his pelvis, which caused him to bleed internally. On the verge of death, Bryan underwent a 6 unit blood transfusion, and nobody thought he would make it out of his medically-induced coma alive.


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Added May 19, 2016

Since 1949, organizations and individuals across the country have come together each May to observe "Mental Health Awareness Month" and to raise awareness of, and break down the stigma surrounding, mental health-related issues.

One organization that's trying to raise mental health awareness this year is the "Real Warriors Campaign." According to its website, the Real Warriors Campaign, "the Real Warriors Campaign appreciates the sacrifices that America's service members, military families and veterans make every day." As such, in support of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Real Warriors Campaign will be highlighting tools and resources that encourage service members to seek if it's getting difficult to manage stress and other mental health concerns.


 

Saturday is Armed Forces Day

Added May 19, 2016

Established by former president Harry S. Truman and first observed in 1950 to honor the men and women who have served our nation, this Saturday, May 21, marks the 66th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in the United States. Armed Forces Day is one of the highlights of Military Appreciation Month, which is observed each May. The day is the brainchild of former Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, who proposed the observance of "Armed Forces Day" in the summer of 1949, and was created to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days by the then-recently-formed Department of Defense.


Marine Awarded Navy Cross in Private Ceremony
*Image info: The Navy Cross.

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Awarded Navy Cross in Private Ceremony

Added May 19, 2016

According to records recently obtained by USA Today, the Navy recently awarded a Marine the Navy Cross for his actions in September of 2012. Due to the classified nature of the mission, the award was presented in a private ceremony.

The Marine saved the lives of numerous civilians on the night of September 11, 2012, amid the chaos of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four Americans.

A House intelligence committee report on the events in Benghazi refers to a two-person detachment of military personnel and additional security personnel who flew from Tripoli, Libya that night to rescue American citizens.

Approximately 10 minutes after arriving at the compound, the military and security personnel were under attack by mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and small-arms fire. The Marine helped treat the wounded, repel attackers and organize the evacuation.

According to his citation, the Marine's "valorous actions, dedication to duty, and willingness to place himself in harm's way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States civilian lives."


2016 Invictus Games Come to an End
*Image info: The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Invictus Games, May 8, 2016.
(Photo by Senior Master Sergeant Kevin Wallace/released)

 

Marine Corps News: 2016 Invictus Games Come to an End

Added May 19, 2016

After nine days of competition, the 2016 Invictus Games came to an end last Thursday, May 12.

The games, which were launched in 2014 by Prince Harry of, encourage wounded and servicemen and women to use the power of sport to inspire themselves during their recovery and rehabilitation processes.

While the Invictus Games doesn't keep an official medal count (competition and community, not medals, are the focus of the event, and the field is heavily tilted toward the U.S. and U.K. teams as they send so many more athletes to the games than other countries), an unofficial medal count by ESPN had the U.S. team besting the U.K. team in the total medal count at 145 to 128.


2,500 Marines to Move to Guam by 2021
*Image info: Marines load a diver propulsion device into a combat rubber raiding craft at U.S. Naval Base Guam during Exercise Valiant Shield 2014.
(USMC photo by Corporal Lena Wakayama)

 

Marine Corps News: 2,500 Marines to Move to Guam by 2021

Added May 19, 2016

In 2006, the U.S. and Japanese governments signed an agreement to reduce the presence of American troops on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Now, after a decade of planning, the Marine Corps has announced that 2,500 of the 5,000 Marines stationed on Okinawa will move to a proposed base in Guam in 2021 according to Commander Daniel Schaan, director of the Joint Guam Program Office Forward, which is tasked with coordinating the relocation. The other 2,500 Marines stationed in Okinawa will make the move by 2026.

About 2,500 Marines are expected to move to a proposed Marine Corps base in Guam in 2021, said Cmdr. Daniel Schaan, director of the Joint Guam Program Office Forward, which coordinates the relocation.

The remaining half of the total of 5,000 Marines who would move from Okinawa to Guam will be here by 2026, Schaan said.


 

"Who Wants to be a Millionaire" Looking to Cast Military Members

Added May 19, 2016

The ABC TV show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is now casting military themed weeks!

According to producers of the show, "There is no one more deserving of a million dollars than someone who has fought for our country. We're giving brave servicemen, servicewomen, and their families the chance to win BIG money."

If you are a veteran, current member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or part of a military family and would like a chance to be on our show, please email pamela.x.yu.-ND@disney.com.

Include your name, phone number, email address, and why you want to be our next millionaire!

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John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor
*Image info: John F. Mackie
(released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor

Added May 19, 2016

One hundred and fifty four years ago this week, on May 15, 1862, Corporal John F. Mackie became the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor for his Service on the USS Galena during actions against Confederate shore batteries at Drewry's Bluff, near Richmond, Virginia.


Marines Attack Half Moon Hill
*Image info: John F. Mackie
(released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Attack Half Moon Hill

Added May 19, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on May 16, 1945, the 22nd and 29th Marines continued an attack against Half Moon Hill, a day that the 6th Marine Division would later describe as the "bitterest" of the entire Okinawa campaign. By May 18, the famed Japanese "Shuri line" was breached by American forces.


May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 12, 2016

In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

To mark the occasion, we'd like to encourage our supporters to write "thank you" cards and letters to the military service members in their lives. Whether it's a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, or acquaintance, we encourage you to thank the service member (or members) you know for their service and sacrifice on our behalf.

Click here to learn more about Military Appreciation Month

Click here to purchase patriotic cards to send to the service member in your life!

Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star
*Image info: A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 1, 2011.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star

Added May 12, 2016

In a rare move in modern military conflicts, the Army recently upgrade one of two Bronze Star with "V" medals earned by Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Sprovtsoff , who was killed during an IED blast in 2011. Sprovtsoff's widow, Tasha, received the award on his behalf, during a private ceremony Friday, April 29, at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

The Army initially recommended the Silver Star be awarded to Sprovtsoff following a 48- hour firefight in the summer of 2007. According to his citation, Sprovtsoff "with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of wounds sustained in combat, effectively orchestrated his unit's defense...His unwavering courage, selfless service, and situational awareness under fire were decisive in his unit's defeat of the enemy ambush." However, despite the Army's recommendation, Sprovtsoff was erroneously awarded a Bronze Star with "V", according to a spokesman for the Army's awards and decorations branch.

In 2009, Sprovtsoff made a lateral move into the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) field. In September of 2011, Sprovtsoff earned his second Bronze Star with "V" in Afghanistan for leading Marines "through a region filled with IEDs following multi-directional fire from an enemy ambush", according to his citation. Approximately one week later, a week later, Sprovtsoff was injured while trying to remove an IED in Afghanistan's Helmand province. As other Marines tended to his injuries, a second IED detonated, killing Sprovtsoff.


13th MEU, Boxer Amphibious Group Arrive Off Yemen
*Image info: Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe and Ticonderoga-class Cruiser USS Port Royale steam alongside each other during a replenishment at sea. Approximately 4,500 Marines with the 13th MEU are currently deployed aboard the Boxer.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z. Rodarte/Released)

 

Marine Corps News: 13th MEU, Boxer Amphibious Group Arrive Off Yemen

Added May 12, 2016

Approximately 4,500 Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with the USS Boxer amphibious ready group arrived off the coast of Yemen this week in support of U.S. ground troops who have been deployed to the country.

This is the first time in more than a year that the U.S. has had ground troops in Yemen and has been described as a "short-term" deployment by Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook, even though there is currently no confirmed end-date for the deployment.


Additional Marines Sent to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
*Image info: Marines of the Marine Security Detachment of the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq raise the flag at the new Embassy's dedication ceremony in 2009.
(U.S. Army photo/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Additional Marines Sent to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Added May 12, 2016

Following protests in Baghdad, Iraq last week, the Marine Corps dispatched an additional 25 Marines to the American embassy in the city last Friday, May 6.

According to State Department Spokesman John Kirby, the embassy has "continued to operate normally," despite protesters loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr having stormed the "Green Zone" last week, breaching the secure area that includes Iraqi government building and the U.S. Embassy for the first time since the Green Zone was established in 2003.


Marine Pilot Rescued Off Coast of North Carolina
*Image info: An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, launches off the flight deck of the USS Essex at sea in the Pacific Ocean, May 13, 2015.
(USMC photo by Corporal Elize McKelvey)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Pilot Rescued Off Coast of North Carolina

Added May 12, 2016

A Marine pilot was rescued off the coast of North Carolina last Friday, May 6, after ejecting from the Harrier he was flying.

According to Marine spokeswoman Lieutenant Maida Zheng, the pilot was with Marine Attack Squadron 542, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and was conducting a training exercise when the plane went down.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, was not seriously injured in the crash.


Corps Approves First Women for Infantry Positions
*Image info: Female Marines with the Lioness Program refill their rifle magazines during live-fire training at Camp Korean Village, Iraq, July 31,2006.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Jennifer Jones)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps Approves First Women for Infantry Positions

Added May 12, 2016

Marine Corps officials announced this week that later this year, the Corps will be getting its first female rifleman and machine gunner.

The two female enlisted Marines made lateral move requests to infantry jobs that have been approved, said Marine Corps spokesman Captain Philip Kulczewski.

The Marine who applied to be an 0311 rifleman is a Lance Corporal while the rank of the Marine approved to be an 0331 machine gunner is not yet clear.

The Marines who applied for infantry jobs are part of a group of 233 women who were granted infantry military occupational specialties earlier this year after passing the Corps' enlisted infantry training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. While all of the 233 women are eligible to apply for infantry jobs, only these two Marines have done so to thus far.


Marine Wife Named Military Spouse of Year
*Image info: Natasha Harth, left, discusses appropriate behavior for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball Saturday with Combat Center wives and girlfriends during the 2012 Belle of the Ball event at the Community Center at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Lauren Kurkimilis)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Wife Named Military Spouse of Year

Added May 12, 2016

Last Thursday, May 5, Marine Corps spouse Natasha Harth of Marine Corps Barracks Washington was named the 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year at a luncheon at Fort Myer, Virginia. The award was presented by Ellyn Dunford, wife of General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Harth was accompanied by her husband, Gunnery Sergeant Patrick Harth.

Before presenting Harth with the award, Ellyn Dunford spoke about Harth's wide-ranging volunteer work, which includes gathering supplies for battered women's shelters and inner city schools, as well as the mentoring she provides to other military spouses. Harth is also the founder of "Be a Blessing," a project to distribute food and other necessities to the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Harth is a mother of two and has been a military spouse for ten years. She was chosen for the award from among six candidates, representing all the service branches and the National Guard.


Commandant Neller Visits Tennessee Terror Attack Site
*Image info: Commandant Robert Neller.
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Commandant Neller Visits Tennessee Terror Attack Site

Added May 12, 2016

Last Friday, May 6, Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the city's first Armed Forces Day Parade since five American service members were killed in two terror attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga last July 16.

Neller, who watched the parade from an elevated podium, said he felt honored to attend the event and hoped his presence served as a "thank you" to the local community.

"The events that took place last July 16 were tragic and needless, but I think out of that came a recognition that the relationship between this community and the military is as strong as ever," Neller said. "And as tragic as the loss of those Marines and that sailor were, the only thing that could be worse is if we didn't have communities like Chattanooga that are willing to support their military and provide great young men and women to serve."


Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run
*Image info: Participants from the 2016 Leon Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Walk/Run.

 

Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run

Added May 12, 2016

On May 6, 2006, Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps of Jamestown, Missouri made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

To honor Leon, his family (longtime Marine Parents pack day volunteers), along with the Moniteau County C-1, Jamestown-area high school FFA, set up a scholarship fund in his name in late 2006.

Money for the scholarship fund is raised through an annual 5 mile walk/run/ride held in early May. This year, the event was held this past Saturday, May 7, at 9:00 am in Jamestown, Missouri. More than 400 people registered for the event this year and $6,500 in scholarships were awarded.

Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful cause!


Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa
*Image info: A patrol of the 6th Marine Division searches the ruins of Naha, Okinawa looking for Japanese snipers. Spring 1945.
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa

Added May 12, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on May 10, 1945, the 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack across the Asa River Estuary and captured a bridgehead that allowed them to continue their attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa.


Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims
*Image info: A Marine with 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion surveys the damage during a search and rescue operation in New Orleans' Ninth Ward District in 2005, 10 years after the 1995 storm hit.
(USMC photo by Corporal Rocco DeFilippis)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims

Added May 12, 2016

Twenty-one years ago this week, on May 8, 1995, Marines from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the Corps' quick-response capabilities in helping evacuate more than 2,500 civilians from the New Orleans area after one of the most devastating storm in more than 200 years hit the region.


May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 5, 2016

In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

The first legislation for National Military Appreciation Month (S.Res 33) began in 1999 with the support and sponsorship of Senator John McCain, (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter, (R-CA) of San Diego, along with over 50 veteran service organizations. In 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent in both Houses of Congress, as H. Con. Res. 328 solidified May as National Military Appreciation Month. It also calls for the President of the United States to issue an annual proclamation calling on Americans to recognize this month through a number of ceremonies and events.

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May 6 is Military Spouses Day

 

May 6 is Military Spouses Day!

Added May 5, 2016

In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 23, 1984 as "Military Spouse Day." Each year since, the Friday before Mother's Day has been recognized as Military Spouse Day, a day to honor the commitment and sacrifices made on a daily basis by those who have a spouse in the military.

This year, Military Spouses day is this Friday, May 6. We encourage you to thank a military spouse or spouses for the support they provide to our service members. While military life is never easy, having a strong, caring supporter at home can help ease the uncertainty that often goes with it.


4,000 Marines and Sailors Return from Middle East
*Image info: Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit hold live-fire training on the Kearsarge's flight deck.
(photo by MCSN Ryre Arciaga/Navy)

 

Marine Corps News: 4,000 Marines and Sailors Return from Middle East

Added May 5, 2016

More than 4,000 Marines and sailors with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group returned to Norfolk, VA this week after spending seven months in the Middle East helping in the fight against ISIS.

"I think our sailors and Marines know they had a great role in contributing to coalition forces doing what needs to be done in Iraq," said Capt. Larry Getz, who assumed command of Kearsarge in November. "We hope and pray for those that are in the fight right now, that we can get this job done as quickly as possible and bring everybody back home."



*Image info: Corporal Josue Barron (right), shown here playing wheelchair basketball for the Marine Corps team during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, was one of the many 3/5 Marines to complete the hike up First Sergeant's Hill.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Tyler Main)

 

Marine Corps News: "Dark Horse" Marines Honor Fallen Comrades

Added May 5, 2016

This past Saturday, April 30, Marines and family members from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines came together at Camp Pendleton for a five-year reunion.

The "Dark Horse" battalion completed the deadliest deployment of any battalion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in 2011, in which 25 Marines were killed and a further 184 injured. Of those 184 injured, almost 20 percent were single, double, or triple amputees.

To honor their fallen brothers in arms, surviving 3/5 Marines and family members climbed Camp Pendleton's "First Sergeant's Hill" to pay a visit to the approximately two dozen wood crosses at the top that are engraved with the names of fallen Marines, including those from the 3/5.

One of the Marines to complete the hike up First Sergeant's Hill was Corporal Josue Barron, a 3/5 Marine who lost his left leg and eye during that 2011 deployment. Barron began the hike with his prosthetic leg, but soon the hill became too steep for the prosthesis to properly function, so he took it off and finished the hike on his hands and right leg. "After a while my body went numb, but I wanted to get up there,"Barron said. "I have friends up there, and there was no way I was coming back down without reaching them."


Congressman Pushes for Department of Navy Name Change
*Image info: Representative Walter Jones (R-NC).
(U.S. Government photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Congressman Pushes for Department of Navy Name Change

Added May 5, 2016

For the 15th time, Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina is attempting to convince Congress to redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

The resolution is included in a draft of the annual defense authorization bill that was approved by the House Armed Services Committee last week. The resolution has made it this far every year since 2001, but it has yet to make it through the House and Senate.

Jones says he is "cautiously optimistic" his resolution will make it through this year, but he's prepared to try again next year if it doesn't.

"I have long been an advocate of giving the Marine Corps the recognition it deserves as one of the official branches of the military," said Jones. "I plan to keep fighting like a bulldog."


Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot
*Image info: Alcatraz Island, 2005 (released).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

Added May 5, 2016

Seventy years ago this week, on May 2, 1946, Marines from the Treasure Island Marine Barracks aided in suppressing a three-day prison riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. The Marines were under the command of Warrant Officer Charles L. Buckner, a veteran of the Bougainville and Guam campaigns in World War II, and did not suffer a single casualty.


Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon
*Image info: A U.S. Marine Corps Bell UH-1N helicopter (U.S. government photo).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon

Added May 5, 2016

Thirty-three years ago this week, on May 5, 1983, a UH-1N helicopter carrying Colonel James Mead, the commander of the American peace-keeping force in Lebanon, was hit by machine gun fire in Beirut. Colonel Mead and his crew had just taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket exchanges between Syrian-backed Druze militiamen and Christian Phalangists that was endangering French members of the multinational peace-keeping force when they came under fire.


Help Us Set the Table for Recovering Warriors

 

Help Us Set the Table for Recovering Warriors!

Added April 28, 2016

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

The aforementioned quote was uttered by former president Ronald Reagan during his farewell address, delivered on January 11, 1989, from the Oval Office. Here at Marine Parents, we think these words are just as relevant today as they were more than two-and-a-half decades ago. With that sentiment in mind, we need your help raising $4,000 each month to help our Warrior Support Team continue serving dinners to recovering warriors.

While serving dinners may seem like a small thing, they are loved by the men and women who attend them. And we need your help to ensure that they continue.

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Foreign-Born Marines Gain Citizenship
*Image info: Top row, from left: Private Daniel K. Adomina, Ghana; Private First Class Leonid V. Alexandrov, Uzbekistan; Private John A. Arkoh, Ghana; Private Carlos E. Effio Galvez, Peru; Private First Class Daniel F. Gonzalez, Colombia. Bottom row, from left: Private First Class Brian E. Iza Cortes, Colombia; Private First Class Wikinnsonn Labady, Netherlands; Private First Class Luis A. Rodriguez Perez, Venezuela; Private Mark Roopnarine, Guyana; Private First Class Waikin Tee, Malaysia; Private Andrii Yonyk, Ukraine.
(USMC Photos by Sergeant Jennifer Schubert).

 

Marine Corps News: Foreign-Born Marines Gain Citizenship

Added April 28, 2016

Earning the title of "Marine" isn't something limited to American-born individuals. Every year, men and women from around the world join the Marine Corps with the goal of not only protecting our country at home and abroad, but also to earn the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Last week, 11 new Marines took the Oath of Allegiance and became naturalized U.S. citizens in a ceremony at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. "United States citizenship is the greatest honor we grant," said Wendy Wilcox of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. "For these Marines, today's naturalization ceremony represents their final step in their journey to American citizenship. Their path to citizenship is especially remarkable because they first pledge themselves to support and defend the United States before choosing to become American citizens."


Retired Marines Recreate Photo Half a Century Later
*Image info: Top row, from left: Dennis Puleo, Tom Hanks, Bob Falk. Bottom row: Bob DeVenzia.

 

Marine Corps News: Retired Marines Recreate Photo Half a Century Later

Added April 28, 2016

This past Saturday, April 23, four retired Vietnam-era Marines reunited in St. Augustine, Florida to replicate a photo they took 50 years ago.

The original photograph, taken in May of 1966, shows Bob Falk, then 21, Bob DeVenzia, then 20, and Dennis Puleo and Tom Hanks, both 19 at the time, posing in front of a surfboard on a beach in Oceanside, California, near Camp Pendleton, where the men were stationed at the time.

All four men served in Vietnam as Marine infantrymen—three were machine gunners and one an anti-tank man—and two earned Purple Hearts.

Following their time in the Corps, the men went in different directions, eventually losing touch for a number of years. About five years ago, Falk and Hanks reconnected online, an event that would eventually lead to this reunion. Initially, the men would meet a couple at a time, but never all at once. Then, while looking through an old photo album one day, Hanks came across the original picture and decided the group should recreate it.

DeVenzia, Falk, and Hanks were all enthusiastic about the reunion, but it took a bit of convincing to get Puleo (who later said he was glad he came) to join. Eventually, he agreed and, for the first time in half a century, the four friends were together once again.


Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts Come to an End
*Image info: MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 18, 2016 to aid in recovery efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu.
(USMC photo by Corporal Samantha Villarreal)

 

Marine Corps News: Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts Come to an End

Added April 28, 2016

On Sunday, April 24, the U.S. military has announced that its week-long earthquake relief mission to Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture is coming to an end.

During the recovery efforts, U.S. service members delivered more than 115 tons of supplies to Japanese personnel after was struck by numerous earthquakes and aftershocks beginning on April 14.

Marine Corps Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, Air Force C-130 cargo planes, and Army UC-35 transports flew a combined 20 missions delivering supplies and Japanese personnel to the affected areas.

"The people affected by the quake remain in our thoughts and prayers," U.S. Forces Japan commander Lieutenant General John Dolan said in a statement Sunday. "I hope that our contribution to the relief effort was able to help them through this difficult time."


Marine Veteran to be Honored by Daughters of the American Revolution
*Image info: Marines fire a 105mm howitzer fire at the North Vietnamese troops surrounding Khe Sanh in 1968.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal P. S. Wargo)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran to be Honored by Daughters of the American Revolution

Added April 28, 2016

A Marine veteran who turned his company's time during the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, into the award-winning 2011 documentary "Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor" will be honored with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's (NSDAR) highest award.

Writer and director Ken Rodgers, of Eagle, Idaho, will receive the Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism on May 12 in Boise, the society announced in a statement. The award is issued to those who adult who have displayed "outstanding patriotism in the promotion of NDSAR's ideals of God, home and country through faithful and meritorious service to our community, state and nation."

"Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor" examines the Battle of Khe Sanh from the perspective of Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, and includes interviews with more than a dozen survivors, never-before-heard audio, after-action reports, and photos from the siege.


Marines Receive Purple Heart Medals
*Image info: General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Iraqi leaders and coalition trainers at Besmaya Range Complex on April 21.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

 

Marine Corps News: Marines Receive Purple Heart Medals

Added April 28, 2016

Last Friday, April 22, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited a firebase in Iraq to present Purple Heart medals to four Marines wounded in a March 19 rocket attack on the base by ISIS fighters that left eight Marines injured and one Marine, Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin,of Temecula, California, dead.

"In all the years, I have not awarded anybody a Purple Heart on the ground where they received the Purple Heart," Dunford said in a military news release.

Dunford, who served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps prior to assuming his current role, wanted to get a firsthand look at what the Marines at the base are doing and let them know that he supports them, said his spokesman Navy Capt. Gregory Hicks. Dunford did not take any members of the media with him for the presentation of the medals, as he did not want the Marines to think he was only there for a photo op.


Merritt
*Image info: Merritt Edson.
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Merritt "Red Mike" Edson Born

Added April 28, 2016

One-hundred and nineteen years ago this week, on April 25, 1897, future Medal of Honor recipient Merritt "Red Mike" Edson was born in Chester, Vermont.

In October 1917, Edson received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, and served in France and Germany during World War I. Following the war, Edson held several positions before going to flight school in 1922. After graduating flight school and being designated a Naval Aviator, he performed several assignments in Central America and China.

When World War II broke out, Edson was assigned as the Commanding officer of the Marine Raiders. While commanding Marine Raiders on Guadalcanal, Edson earned the Medal of Honor for the defense of Lunga Ridge on September 13-14, 1942. During the battle, Edson's Raider Battalion, along with two companies of the 1st Parachute Battalion, were assigned to defend Lunga Ridge, a short distance south of Henderson Field in what was supposed to be a relatively uneventful mission.

On the first evening of the mission, 2,500 Japanese forces unexpectedly attacked Edson and the approximately 800 Marines under his command. Edson and his Marines withstood repeated assaults by the Japanese, despite sustaining 256 casualties. After the battle, Edson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his, "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty..."

Edson retired from the Marine Corps in 1947, after being promoted to the rank of Major General. Following his time in the Corps, Edson became the first Commissioner of the Vermont State Police before later serving as the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Edson also earned two Navy Crosses, the Silver Star, and two Legions of Merit during his time in the Corps.


American Flag Raised Over Derne
*Image info: Presley O'Bannon.
(USMC image/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: American Flag Raised Over Derne

Added April 28, 2016

Two-hundred and eleven years ago this week, on April 27, 1805, First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and seven other Marines, along with Greek and Arab forces, who were under the command of American Consul William Eaton raised the American flag over the fortress at Derne, a pirate stronghold in Tripoli. This was the first time the American flag had been raised over a conquered fortress in the Old World. Two Marines were killed and another was injured in the assault on the city.


A-6E Intruder Departed from Marine Corps Service
*Image info: A USMC Grumman A-6E Intruder.
(USMC image/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: A-6E Intruder Departed from Marine Corps Service

Added April 28, 2016

Twenty-three years ago this week, on April 28, 1993, the last A-6E Intruder was decommissioned from Marine Corps service. All-Weather Attack Squadron 332 transferred the last Marine A-6E to St. Augustine, Florida, and prepared for the squadron's transition to the F/A-18D and relocation from Cherry Point to Beaufort, South Carolina.


Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War
*Image info: The USS Bataan in January 1952 in preparation for her second Korean War deployment.
(U.S.Navy photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War

Added April 21, 2016

Sixty-five years ago this week, on April 21, 1951, carrier-based Marine airplanes made their first contact with enemy planes over North Korea. Captain Philip C. Delong shot down two YAK fighters and 1st Lieutenant Harold D. Daigh destroyed one more and damaged another near Pyongyang. Both pilots were with VMF-312 flying from the USS Bataan.


Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon
*Image info: The U.S. Embassy three days after the bombing
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon

Added April 21, 2016

Thirty-three years ago this week, on April 18, 1983, more than 60 people, including 17 Americans, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Among those killed was Marine Security Guard Lance Corporal Robert McMaugh, who was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A further seven Marine Security Guards were wounded in the explosion.


Joe Foss Born
*Image info: Joe Foss
(USMC photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Joe Foss Born

Added April 21, 2016

Ninety-nine years ago this week, on April 17, 1915, future Medal of Honor recipient Joseph "Joe" Foss, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1940, Foss joined the Marine Corps as a pilot, and went on to become a leading American "ace" during World War II. During his time in the Corps, Foss won 26 aerial victories and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Honor for his actions over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands where he recorded 23 confirmed (and numerous other probable) kills in just over a month between October and November of 1942.

Following his time in the military, Foss had a number of jobs, including serving as the 20th Governor of South Dakota, the Commissioner of the American Football League, and the President of the National Rifle Association. He died in Arizona in 2003 at the age of 87.


Supreme Court Holds Iran Responsible for 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing
*Image info: The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the bombing.
(Photo courtesy of II MEF/released.)

 

Marine Corps News: Supreme Court Holds Iran Responsible for 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing

Added April 21, 2016

On Wednesday, April 20, in a 6-2 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld actions taken by Congress holding Iran financially responsible for multiple acts of terrorism dating back to the 1983 bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

The ruling came after an almost 15-year legal battle and is a major victory for the more than 1,000 victims and their family members who sought access to almost $2 billion in Iranian assets in a U.S. bank.

In addition to victims of the Beirut bombing, victims of the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 service members and victims of the 2001 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria that killed 15 people were also plaintiffs in the case.


Female WWII Marine Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday
*Image info: (National Archives and Records Administration image/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Female WWII Marine Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

Added April 21, 2016

Gladys Ruth Gallavan, one of the first female World War II Marines, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gallivan joined the Marine Corps in 1943 at the age of 26 during the "Free a Man to Fight" campaign. During her time in the Corps, Gallavan served at Cherry Point in North Carolina before being transferred to Miramar, California.

Gallavan was honorably discharged from the Corps in 1946 after three years of service, before going into the civil service. She later settled into civilian life, getting married and having two sons.


 

Marine Corps News: Marine Who Lost Leg in Afghanistan Runs Boston Marathon

Added April 21, 2016

In October of 2011, United States Marine Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The explosion destroyed his left leg, which was amputated below the knee, and left his right leg permanently injured.

Despite his injuries, in typical Marine fashion, Sanchez overcame his injuries in the subsequent years and, earlier this week, was one of approximately 30,000 runners to participate in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Sanchez ran with the Semper Fi Fund's "Team Semper Fi" in an attempt to raise awareness for and inspire wounded and recovering Marines to overcome the various obstacles they may be facing.


Marines Help Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts
*Image info: MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 18, 2016 to aid in recovery efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu.
(USMC photo by Corporal Samantha Villarreal.)

 

Marine Corps News: Marines Help Japan Earthquake Recovery Efforts

Added April 21, 2016

Four MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on April 19 to help support the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force with relief and recovery efforts after a series of earthquakes struck the island of Kyushu earlier this week. The Ospreys arrived just one day after four other Ospreys had arrived from the Philippines.

The Ospreys were chosen to aid in the efforts due to their time-distance and load carrying capabilities, as well as their ability for vertical take-off and landing allowing Marines to provide aid in otherwise hard to reach areas.

"The Ospreys are uniquely suited for this situation. Their capabilities allow us to rapidly close the distance, get into affected areas and not rely on a runway," said Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, commanding officer of the 31st MEU. "The Osprey's ability to land anywhere gives us options to deliver relief supplies that we wouldn't have with a traditional fixed wing aircraft or helicopter."


Families of Marines Killed in Chattanooga Shooting Receive Purple Hearts
*Image info: Battle crosses are mounted on stage at the Mckenzie Arena at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Aug. 15, 2015. The battle crosses are symbolic replacements for crosses for service members who have fallen in the line of duty. Four Marines and one sailor died during a shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 16, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Terry Brady.)

 

Marine Corps News: Families of Marines Killed in Chattanooga Shooting Receive Purple Hearts

Added April 21, 2016

On July 16 of last year, a gunman went on a shooting spree at a military recruiting center and a U.S. Navy Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines, a Sailor, and wounding two more people.

In a private ceremony held Wednesday, April 20, the families of the four Marines received Purple Heart medals from Lieutenant General Rex McMillian, who presided over the event. "Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us," said McMillian. "But what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us."

The Marines killed in the attack were Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, Sergeant Carson Holmquist, and Lance Corporal Squire "Skip" Wells.


April is the Month of the Military Child
*Image info: A child at our April 3, 2016 WST—East dinner. (Photo by Peggy Densford.)

 

April is the Month of the Military Child

Added April 14, 2016

April is the Month of the Military Child, and Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces. As difficult as it can be for a child to grow up in a military family, that challenge can be even greater for a military child with a parent who is wounded, ill, or injured.

Our Warrior Support Team—East (WST—East) serves dinners twice each month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. While the primary focus of these dinners is on the recovering warriors, their families are a close second. As such, the Warrior Support Team has made a concerted effort to provide activities for military children at the dinners.

According to our WST—East Manager, Susan Kristol, "We provide a way to interact with other families and alleviate the isolation of being a military family assigned to a place like Walter Reed (as opposed to a big military base)." It would appear that these attempts at reaching the families of our recovering warriors has been successful, as our WST—East volunteer have noticed that more and more families with children have started attending these meals.


Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

 

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Added April 7, 2016

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and, more specifically, April 10-16 is 2016's Volunteer Appreciation Week. To mark the occasion, organizations across the country are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer on their behalves, and Marine Parents would like to do the same.

Our organization could not exist if it were not for the contributions of hundreds of parents around the United States. Our volunteers have taken that one step further and contribute endless hours answering emails, moderating our social media groups, researching information, and supporting the parents, spouses, family and friends of our United States Marines. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

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Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Dies
*Image info: Hector A. Cafferata (released)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Medal of Honor Recipient Dies

Added April 14, 2016

Hector A. Cafferata, a Marine who earned the Medal of Honor during the Korean War, died earlier this week in Florida at the age of 86.

Cafferata earned the medal during the legendary Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. On November 28, 1950, after his entire fireteam became casualties, Cafferata single-handedly held their line, killing 15 enemy soldiers and wounding many more.

Later that day, after seeing an enemy grenade land nearby, Cafferata rushed through enemy fire to pick up the grenade and throw it back, sustaining serious injuries to his hand and arm in the process. Despite his injuries, Cafferata continued to fight until he was shot by an enemy sniper and forced to receive medical attention.


Men and Women Must Meet Same Standards for Combat Jobs
*Image info: A recruit practices the sitting position at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
(USMC photo by Private First Class Carlin Warren).

 

Marine Corps News: Men and Women Must Meet Same Standards for Combat Jobs

Added April 14, 2016

Marine Corps officials recently announced that male and female Marines must meet the same physical standards to be assigned to load-bearing units, such as infantry battalions, combat engineer companies, and Raider companies, according to Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps' Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Previously, the Marine Corps had separate assignment policies for men and women, and this new administrative message does not apply to lateral moves into ground combat military occupational specialties.


Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn Selected for Space Training
*Image info: John H. Glenn, Jr. (USMC photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn Selected for Space Training

Added April 14, 2016

Fifty-seven years ago this week, on April 10, 1959, Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. was named as one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts selected for space training. All seven astronauts were volunteers and were selected by NASA out of a pool of 110 candidates, all of whom were leading military test pilots. Just under three years later, in February of 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.


4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France
*Image info: Aerial view of Fort Douaumont, the largest of the 19 forts protecting the town of Verdun, France, prior to the battle. (image released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

Added April 14, 2016

Ninety-eight years ago this week, the 4th marine Brigade suffered its first gas attack by German forces during the late night and early morning hours of April 12-13, 1918. In the attack, German forces bombarded the 74th Company, 6th Marines near Verdun, France with mustard gas. Nine Marine officers and 305 enlisted Marines were gassed during the attack and evacuated. 30 Marines were killed in the attack.


Marine Parents Helps World War II Marine Combat Veteran's Dream Come True
*Image info: Tom Henderson in his new dress blue uniform with his son, Dan.

 

Marine Parents Helps World War II Marine Combat Veteran's Dream Come True

Added April 7, 2016

In April of 1943, with the world at war for the second time in less than three decades, Thomas Ivan Henderson, an 18-year-old from Kankakee, Illinois, was notified that he had been drafted into the military and would soon be heading off to war. Henderson, a high school senior at the time, was on his way to the draft board to try to convince the members to let him finish high school before shipping out when he saw a life-size cardboard "cutout" of a Marine non-commissioned officer in a crisp "dress blue" uniform in the window of the local Montgomery Ward store encouraging eligible young men to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. "That blue uniform really looked nice," Henderson recalled. "Maybe I [could] impress my girlfriend when I [wore] it."

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April is the Month of the Military Child
*Image info: (Department of Defense image)

 

April is the Month of the Military Child

Added April 7, 2016

Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child.

Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.


Marine Raiders Train in South Carolina
*Image info: Marines Raiders led a simulated partner nation force on ground combat patrolling tactics, techniques, and procedures during an exercise in Fort Bragg, South Carolina, Feb. 28, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Donovan Lee)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Raiders Train in South Carolina

Added April 7, 2016

Marine Raiders recently tested themselves during a Company Collective Exercise (CCE) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. During the exercise, the Marine Special Operations Company, as well as individual teams, were tested on their ability to execute basic skills while also learning and honing new tactics, techniques, and procedures.

According to the Company's First Sergeant, "The CCE is a good opportunity for the Company Headquarters to exercise command and control and refine their producers to ensure that we work as a cohesive staff."


Fleet Week New York Attendees Announced
*Image info: Fleet Weeks attendees participate in events in town, like the 2015 Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade through Brooklyn.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Andre N. McIntyre)

 

Marine Corps News: Fleet Week New York Attendees Announced

Added April 7, 2016

Fleet Week New York, the annual celebration in which US Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen converge on New York City to provide the public with a look at, and increase their awareness of, the work our maritime services do on a daily basis, will be held next month from May 25-31.

This year, five Navy warships, two Coast Guard cutters, and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit consisting of up to 4,500 Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen will be taking part in Fleet Week. Additionally, Royal Canadian Sailors and Naval Academy Midshipmen will be part of the festivities.


Corps Strengthening Marine Security Guard Detachments
*Image info: The Moscow Marine Security Guard detachment October 7, 2015.
(USMC photo/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps Strengthening Marine Security Guard Detachments

Added April 7, 2016

Last week, we told you about how, in the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Marine Corps was called on to boost the number of Marine Security Guards stationed at embassies and consulates around the world by approximately 1,000 guards.

As part of the plan to increase the number of Marine Security Guards, the Corps has established approximately 25 new Marine Security Guard detachments and has strengthened almost 120 more. Additionally, a further 12 locations will receive new Marine Security Guard detachments by 2018. Locations in which the Marine Corps is increasing its presence include Turkey, China, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Africa, Italy, Laos, and Mexico, among others.


Marine Working Dog Receives Award
*Image info: The wife of the Secretary of Defense, Stephanie Carter, poses for a photograph with Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham and retired military working dog "Lucca" at Camp Pendleton, California, Aug, 27, 2015.
(USMC photo by Corporal Seth Starr)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Working Dog Receives Award

Added April 7, 2016

Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd and Marine Corps working dog, was honored this week in London, England with an award for animals who serve in military conflicts.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British veterinary charity, awarded Lucca with the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross (the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor), for her work in Afghanistan sniffing out explosives. Her work is credited with saving the lives of thousands of allied troops and there were no human casualties on any of Lucca's more than 400 patrols.

On her final patrol in Afghanistan, Lucca found a 30-pound improvised explosive device and was searching for more when a second device exploded. Lucca lost a leg and sustained burns to her chest, neck, and head in the explosion but survived. She is the first Marine Corps dog to receive the Dickin Medal.


1st Marine Division Clashes with Communist Chinese Forces
*Image info: 1st Marine Division insignia.

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st Marine Division Clashes with Communist Chinese Forces

Added April 7, 2016

Sixty-nine years ago this week, on April 5, 1947, five Marine guards were killed and eight more were wounded during an attack by Communist Chinese forces near the Hsin Ho ammunition depot in northern China. This was the last major clash between the 1st Marine Division and Communist Chinese forces and occurred just four days after the 1st Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing had received their withdrawal and redeployment plans from China on April 1.


3rd Amphibious Corps Progresses on Okinawa
*Image info: A Marine assault team moves out on Okinawa in the Spring of 1945.
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 3rd Amphibious Corps Progresses on Okinawa

Added April 7, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on April 3, 1945, Marines with the 3rd Amphibious Corps continued to progress along their front on the Japanese island of Okinawa, clearing Zampa Misaki and seizing the Katchin Peninsula. This effectively cut the island in two, and was accomplished more than a week ahead of the schedule originally set by Marine Corps leaders.


WST News

 

Warrior Support Team News

Added March 31, 2016

Each week, WST—West volunteers bring dinners to wounded, ill, and injured service members at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Last Thursday, March 24, 2016, there was an incident that restricted base access and movement for a good part of the day. As a result, many of our heroes had to deal with long lines of traffic and extended delays with appointments, all of which added to what were already challenging days for many of these men and women.

It was also difficult for our volunteers to get on the base with the planned weekly meal. When our team of volunteers arrived, the men and women were extraordinarily grateful, as some had not had yet eaten a hot meal that day.

Each week, these heroes welcome our volunteers and share meals and conversations with them, but this particular meal was a monumental blessing due to the unforeseen circumstances.

We are honored to play a small role in helping these heroes navigate their recovery processes each week, and I want to thank each of you who help fund the Warrior Support Team through your donations to the program. We appreciate your unwavering support and confidence in our outreach program to support those who so honorably defend our freedom.

Thank you. God Bless and Semper Fi,

Tracy Della Vecchia

Click here to donate to the Warrior Support Team today...


Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
*Image info: Names of the men and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War line the glass walls of the circular Vietnam Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.
(USMC photo)

 

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Added March 31, 2016

Yesterday, March 30, was Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans Day. Beginning in 2011, as a recognition of the final withdrawal date of all combat and combat-support troops from Vietnam, March 30 has been designated as the day to honor and recognize the almost 3 million Americans who served our country during the Vietnam War.

Here at Marine Parents, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Vietnam veterans for their service and would like to echo the sentiments of Senator Richard Burr, who introduced the Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans Day resolution to the Senate, in giving our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home.


8th & I
*Image info: Commandant William W. Burrows.

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 8th & I

Added March 31, 2016

Two-hundred and fifteen years ago, on March 31, 1801, the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, rode then-President Thomas Jefferson in search of, "a proper place to fix the Marine Barracks on." The two chose a square in Southeast Washington, at 8th and I streets, due to its proximity to the Navy Yard, as well as being within marching distance of the Capitol.

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Assault on Outpost Vegas
*Image info: This photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Assault on Outpost Vegas

Added March 31, 2016

Sixty-three years ago this week, on March 27, 1953, the 5th Marines, supported by the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, counter-attacked enemy-held positions in the first full day of fighting after Chinese forces launched an assault on Outpost Vegas the previous evening. Companies E and F of the 2/7 managed to regain partial control of the outpost that day, despite being down to just three platoons between them. At the time, this was the bloodiest action U.S. Marines had engaged in on the Western Front.


Corps Looking to Increase Number of Embassy Guards
*Image info: The Moscow Marine Security Guard detachment October 7, 2015.
(USMC photo)

 

Corps Looking to Increase Number of Embassy Guards

Added March 31, 2016

In the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Marine Corps was called on to boost the number of Marine Security Guards stationed at embassies and consulates around the world by 1,000. So far, approximately 600 of those spots have been filled, leaving the remaining number of guards needed at around 400.

"Today, Marines are routinely serving at 174 embassies and consulates in 146 countries around the globe," Commandant Robert Neller wrote in Congressional testimony. "...We have added 603 Marines to the previously authorized 1,000 Marine Security Guards—199 in new detachments."

The Marine Security Guard position is a highly-prized, competitive position and one of the few ways for Marines to boost their shots at promotion in the post-drawdown Corps.


Commandant, Sergeant Major Release Message to Corps
*Image info: Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller (left), and Sergeant Major Ronald Green (right).
(USMC photos)

 

Commandant, Sergeant Major Release Message to Corps

Added March 31, 2016

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, along with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green, recently released a message about the challenges today's Marines face off the battlefield that may prevent them from being successful in civilian society. The Commandant and Sergeant Major also encouraged Marines to have each other's backs off the battlefield and to help fellow Marines who may be struggling.

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Marine Corps News: Amphibious Assault Vehicle Upgrade
*Image info: A U.S. Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle reaches the shoreline during a combined amphibious assault on Dogu Beach, South Korea, conducted as part of Ssang Yong 16, March 12, 2016.
(USMC photo by Gunnery Sergeant Ismael Pena)

 

Marine Corps News: Amphibious Assault Vehicle Upgrade

Added March 31, 2016

Marine Corps officials have recently announced plans to modernize the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, or AAV. The Corps has used AAVs since 1971, and they remain the primary general-support armored personnel carrier for Marine infantry units.

The newest upgrade, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU), will build upon the AAV's existing hull and will include buoyant armor, blast-mitigating seats, spall liners, fuel tank protection, and automotive and suspension upgrades to help maintain mobility, on land and in water, regardless of the added weight.

According to Captain James McGowen, an infantry officer assigned to Project Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault, "It does the exact same thing with some upgraded horsepower and basically more armor, so it allows the Marines to go into environment where before we couldn't go."

"We've noticed in both Iraq and Afghanistan the AAV had some vulnerabilities in an IED environment, so we decided to upgrade it to increase its armor protection and also to increase its water performance," said Colonel Roger Turner, director of the Marine Corps Capabilities Development. "We think that this system is going to make this vehicle operationally relevant in the current and the future operating environment for years to come."


Female Marines Celebrate 73 Years of Service
*Image info: Female veterans, as well as active duty and future Marines, came together March, 11, 2016 by the Women's Marine Association to recognize Women's History Month and celebrate the 73rd anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps.
(USMC photo by Corporal Jared Lingafelt.)

 

Female Marines Celebrate 73 Years of Service

Added March 23, 2016

Two weeks ago, on March 11, 2016, female veterans, active duty female Marines, and future female Marines came together at a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The ceremony was hosted by the Women's Marine Association to recognize Women's History Month and celebrate the 73rd anniversary of women continuously serving in the Marine Corps (women had previously served in the Corps during World War I, but all were separated from the service following the war's conclusion).

Just like the Marine Corps Birthday ball, this ceremony included a cake-cutting, continuing tradition and heritage from one generation to the next.

"Passing on the history and tradition from the old to the young and bringing them into the fold, it means a lot," said ceremony narrator and organizer Sergeant Major Yolanda Mayo, "[t]he Marine Corps is built on tradition so this is a little bit of ours."


Marine Corps News: Marine Awarded Silver Star
*Image info: Major General Brian Beaudreault, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, pins a Silver Star Medal on Sergeant Matthew Parker (retired) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 18, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Kirstin Merrimarahajara.)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Awarded Silver Star

Added March 23, 2016

Last Friday, March 18, 2016, Sergeant Matthew Parker was awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony on board Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Silver Star is the nation's third-highest medal for valor and was awarded to Parker for his actions under fire during an attack in Afghanistan in 2011 after he assumed control as the ground force commander after several leaders had been injured. Parker also called in fire support and evacuated casualties. At the time, Parker was deployed as a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

The award was presented by Major General Brian Beaudreault, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division. "You represented everything we want to teach in honor, courage, commitment, and the warrior's ethos...and for that I'm greatly indebted to you," said Beaudreault during the ceremony. "You did everything we would want and hope for every Marine NCO leading a formation to do."


Marine Corps News: Female Marines Train with Kuwaiti Female Police
*Image info: Corporal Leslie Souza reviews a target during live-fire training with the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior VIP Protection Unit, Female Division.
(USMC photo by Captain Lindsay Pirek.)

 

Marine Corps News: Female Marines Train with Kuwaiti Female Police

Added March 23, 2016

Female Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently completed an exchange of information with the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior VIP Protection Unit, Female Division in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The exchange of information, which took place from late January until mi-February, was part of a United Nations initiative to foster equal rights for women around the world and focused on personal security detachment operations, prisoner searching and handling techniques, and self-defense and close quarter combat drills.


Marine Corps News: More Marines to Head to Iraq to Fight ISIS
*Image info: Members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct helicopter support team training in the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operations.
(USMC photo by Corporal Jeraco Jenkins.)

 

Marine Corps News: More Marines to Head to Iraq to Fight ISIS

Added March 23, 2016

Following a rocket attack earlier this week on a coalition firebase near Makhmur, Iraq by ISIS fighters that killed U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Louis Cardon and injured eight more Marines, the United States has announced that it will be sending a detachment to help reinforce the base in northern Iraq.

The Marines and sailors being sent to Iraq are with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the detachment will supplement Marines and sailors from the 26th MEU already fighting ISIS, according to officials.

The 26th MEU is currently deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. More than 4,000 Marines and sailors with the blue-green team have been deployed to the area since October.


Marine Corps News: Marine Raider Memorial March Comes to an End
*Image info: The s even Marines killed during the crash. Top, from left: Staff Sergeant Trevor Blaylock, Staff Sergeant Liam A. Flynn and Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif. Bottom, from left: Staff Sergeant Kerry Kemp, Master Sergeant Thomas A. Saunders, Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol and Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III.
(USMC photos)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Raider Memorial March Comes to an End

Added March 23, 2016

Last month, we told you about the Marine Raider Memorial March, a 770-mile march undertaken by Special Operations Marines and veterans in honor of seven Special Operations Marines and four Louisiana National Guardsmen who lost their lives when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Florida coast southwest of Eglin Air Force Base in March of 2015.

Fourteen Marine Raiders and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Navy Corpsmen wore 45-pound rucksacks on their journey from the crash site near Navarre, Florida to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where the Marines were stationed. The "ruckers" began their trek on March 11, one year and one day after the crash, and completed the final leg of their journey this Monday, March 21.


Marine Corps News: Recon Marines Conduct Close-Quarter Training
*Image info: Marines with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct target recognition and engagement through a simulated door way during the close quarter marksmanship portion of close quarter battle training.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Timothy Valero.)

 

Marine Corps News: Recon Marines Conduct Close-Quarter Training

Added March 23, 2016

Marines from Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, recently began conducting close-quarters combat training at Camp Pendleton, California. The training, which began two weeks ago, focused on room clearing techniques and close-quarter marksmanship training with the M4 carbine and the M45A1 pistol in a series of fire-and-maneuver drills.

"Once [the Marines] have completed and pass[ed] the maritime inter-operability training portion of the exercise, they are then certified and ready for deployment with [Marine Expeditionary Units]," said Gunnery Sergeant Michael Wilkinson.


Marine Corps News: 13th, 31st MEUs Participate in Exercise Ssang Yong
*Image info: U.S. Marines, Republic of Korea Marines, as well as New Zealand and Australian Army troops conduct amphibious assault training at Doksukri Beach, South Korea, during Exercise Ssang Yong 16.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Briauna Birl.)

 

Marine Corps News: 13th, 31st MEUs Participate in Exercise Ssang Yong

Added March 23, 2016

Marines from Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, recently began conducting close-quarters combat training at Camp Pendleton, California. The training, which began two weeks ago, focused on room clearing techniques and close-quarter marksmanship training with the M4 carbine and the M45A1 pistol in a series of fire-and-maneuver drills.

"Once [the Marines] have completed and pass[ed] the maritime inter-operability training portion of the exercise, they are then certified and ready for deployment with [Marine Expeditionary Units]," said Gunnery Sergeant Michael Wilkinson.


Japanese Launch Final Counterattack on Iwo Jima
*Image info: This photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Japanese Launch Final Counterattack on Iwo Jima

Added March 23, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on March 25, 1945, the assault on the island of Iwo Jima appeared to have ended after 35 days of intense fighting. However, that night, 300 Japanese troops launched a final, last-ditch counterattack near Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees, and Marines from the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the Japanese forces until morning but suffered heavy casualties. More than l00 Americans were killed and a further 200 were wounded. Almost all of the Japanese troops were killed in the battle.


Opha Mae Johnson: First Female Marine
*Image info: Opha Mae Johnson.
(image released)

 

Opha Mae Johnson: First Female Marine

Added March 17, 2016

With March being Women's History Month, we'd like to take this opportunity to look at the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1918—Opha Mae Johnson.

Opha Mae Johnson (née Jacob) was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1879. She graduated from the Shorthand & Typewriting department of Wood's Commercial College in 1895. In 1898, Opha Mae Jacob married Victor Johnson, who was the Musical Director of the Lafayette Square Opera House in Washington, D.C. at the time. Prior to serving in the Marine Corps, Opha Mae Johnson was in the Civil Service, working for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

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Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Monument at Parris Island Refurbished
*Image info: The Iwo Jima Monument at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., is unveiled after months of extensive renovations, during a ceremony on the Peatross Parade Deck, on March 14, 2016.
(USMC photo by Michael Kaneshige)

 

Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Monument at Parris Island Refurbished

Added March 17, 2016

This Monday, March 14, 2016, saw the unveiling of the refurbished Iwo Jima Monument at MCRD Parris Island during a ceremony on the Peatross Parade Deck.

The monument is one of three one-third-sized models of the monument, which commemorates the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

The monument at Parris Island was dedicated in 1952, and this refurbishment will extend its life by at least 20 years. The renovations cost more than $450,000 and took 2,500 hours man-hours of work.


First Female Marine Officers Arrive at Mt. Holyoke College
*Image info: Female Marine Officers at Mt. Holyoke College.
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: First Female Marine Officers Arrive at Mt. Holyoke College

Added March 17, 2016

Seventy-three years ago this week, on March 13, 1943, the first group of 71 female Marine officer candidates arrived at U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's readiness to share it's training facilities allowed the group of women to begin their training just one month after the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was created.

After graduation, the women were assigned to be either staff or line officers. Staff officers had jobs similar to civilian jobs, but in a military setting. Line officers, on the other hand, lived on military stations and were charged with being responsible for the activities and training of enlisted personnel.


First Female Marine Officer Reports for Duty in Vietnam
*Image info: Barbara J. Dulinsky
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: First Female Marine Officer Reports for Duty in Vietnam

Added March 17, 2016

Seventy-three years ago this week, on March 13, 1943, the first group of 71 female Marine officer candidates arrived at U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's readiness to share it's training facilities allowed the group of women to begin their training just one month after the Marine Corps Womens Reserve was created.

After graduation, the women were assigned to be either staff or line officers. Staff officers had jobs similar to civilian jobs, but in a military setting. Line officers, on the other hand, lived on military stations and were charged with being responsible for the activities and training of enlisted personnel.


Department of Defense Operational Security Course

 

Marine Parents Receives $1,200 Donation

Added March 10, 2016

Marine Parents is happy to announce that one of our volunteers, Julie Price Halsey, recently donated $1,200 to our organization!

Julie, who serves as the San Diego Alpha Company Leader on Facebook, nominated us to her employer, CWS Capital Partners, LLC, to receive the donation. After writing an essay on why we deserved the donation and submitting it for approval, Julie was one of five employees in the company to have her selection chosen.

Once again, none of what we do at Marine Parents would be possible without our amazing volunteers. Thank you, Julie, for your dedication to supporting our organization!


Department of Defense Operational Security Course
*Image info: Department of Defense seal.
(U.S. government image/released)

 

Department of Defense Operational Security Course

Added March 10, 2016

The Department of Defense has released an interactive, web-based course that provides information on Operational Security (OpSEC) awareness for military members, government employees, Department of Defense contractors, and their dependents. The course provides information on, "[T]he basic need to protect unclassified information about operations and personal information to ensure safe and successful operations and personal safety."

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9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade Lands at DaNang
*Image info: A Marine HAWK missile launcher in position at the Da Nang Airfield. The HAWK system was designed to defend against low-flying enemy aircraft.
(U.S. government photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade Lands at DaNang

Added March 10, 2016

Fifty-one years ago this week, on March 8, 1965, the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed at DaNang, Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops to arrive in the country. The 3,500 men arrived both via the beach with the 3rd Battalion. 9th Marines Landing Team, and at DaNang Airfield with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines.


Continental Navy Frigate Boston, Captures British Merchant Ship Martha
*Image info: Official Presidential portrait of John Adams.
(U.S. government photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Continental Navy Frigate Boston, Captures British Merchant Ship Martha

Added March 10, 2016

Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago this week, on March 11, 1778, Continental Marines aboard the Continental Navy frigate Boston sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha while en route to France. John Adams, who would later serve as the second president of the United States, was on the ship and attempted to join in the action on deck with the Marines, only to be sent below-deck by the frigate's Captain, Samuel Tucker, for his safety.


History of Women in the Marine Corps
*Image info: Sergeantgt Stevie Cardona, a drill instructor, receives her Letter of Appreciation from Major Charles C. Nash for participating in the semiannual Female Pool Function at Fort Jackson Army Base.
(USMC photo by Corporal Tabitha Bartley)

 

History of Women in the Marine Corps

Added March 3, 2016

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well.

With March being Women's History Month, we would like to take this opportunity to look back at the history of women in the Marine Corps.

Just over a year after the United States entered World War II, the United States Marine Corps authorized a Women's Reserve, becoming the last of the services to open its ranks to both genders.

When publicly announced in February 1943, the Corps had a goal of recruiting 1,000 female officers and 18,000 enlisted volunteers. By the end of the war, in 1945, there were 820 officers and 17,640 enlisted female Marines. These women served in non-combat roles, predominantly in clerical positions, although some were parachute riggers, mechanics, radio operators, welders and more, and none served farther west than Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Marine Corps Commandantat the time, General Alexander Vandegrift, said the presence of female Marines made it possible for the 6th Marine Division to be put to the field.

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Attend a Poolee Family Night on Our Behalf
*Image info: Copyright MarineParents.com, Inc.

 

Attend a Poolee Family Night on Our Behalf

Added March 3, 2016

The missions of Marine and Recruit Parents are two-prong—to provide support, information, and services to poolees, recruits, and Marines and their family members, as well as providing opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, MarineParents.com's Corporate Secretary, Marilyn Dilts, accomplished both parts of those missions by attending a poolee family night event in Lebanon, Missouri.

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Jacob Zeilin Becomes First Brigadier General Commandant in USMC History
*Image info: Jacob Zeilin
(U.S. government photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Jacob Zeilin Becomes First Brigadier General Commandant in USMC History

Added March 3, 2016

One hundred and forty-nine years ago this week, on March 2, 1867, Jacob Zeilin, who had served as Colonel Commandant of the Marine Corps since June 30, 1864, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General Commandant, the first time Congress authorized this rank for the Marine Corps. This statute was repealed in June 1874 so that the rank of Commandant would revert to colonel upon Zeilin's retirement.


WST East Coast Dinner

Added February 24, 2016

This past Sunday, February 21, Warrior Support Team volunteers served more than 100 meals at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Mexican food from California Tortilla was the main course of the evening, and fruit and baked goods were served as a side and dessert. We're happy to say that more than 100 people were served at the dinner, with 86 patients attending the event and a further 20 meals being sent to patients and staff in the Behavioral Health Ward. A good time was had by all and our volunteers are looking forward to the next dinner in approximately two weeks.


Marine Corps Marathon Bibs

Only 40 Marine Corps Marathon Bibs left!

Commit to raising $500 for the outreach programs & receive a charity partner bib!

Added February 22, 2016
This year, 2016, the 41st Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 30. As a Marine Corps charity partner, Team Marine Parents™ has registered 50 bibs for the October 30th race. We have already sold 10 bibs and expect to sell out of all 50 by April.

In order to participate in TMP's MCM race, runners are asked to commit to two requirements before they receive their bib registration information:

  1. We require a deposit of the standard $140.06 (registration fee + processing) MCM entry fee, payable on registration.
  2. We also require that you join Team Marine Parents, and commit to raising $500* in charitable donations for MarineParents.com, Inc.

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First Marine Expeditionary Force Attacks Iraqi Defenses
*Image info: US Marines drive their M-60A1 main battle tank over a sand berm while rehearsing their role during Operation Desert Storm. The tank is fitted with reactive armor and an M-9 bulldozer kit.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant M.D. Masters).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: First Marine Expeditionary Force Attacks Iraqi Defenses

Added February 25, 2016

Twenty-four years ago this week, on February 24, 1991, the First Marine Expeditionary Force, along with coalition forces, began a ground assault on Iraqi defense forces in the final stages of Operation Desert Storm. The First and Second Marine Divisions attacked Iraqi defenses from the front while allied armored forces attacked from the rear. Approximately 100 hours later, Iraqi forces surrendered.


Operation Desert Storm Cease-Fire
*Image info: U.S. Marine Corps fire a 155mm artillery piece during Operation Desert Storm.
(US Navy photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Desert Storm Cease-Fire

Added February 25, 2016

Twenty-four years ago this week, on February 28, 1991, Operation Desert Storm came to an end when a cease-fire declared by George W. Bush went into effect. Over the course of the war, the First Marine Expeditionary Force had a strength of more than 92,000 Marines, making Operation Desert Storm the largest Maine Corps operation ever. In total, 24 Marines were killed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Iwo Jima
*Image info: This iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
(National Archives and Records Administration photo.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: American Flag Raised on Iwo Jima

Added February 23, 2016

February 23 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Marine Corps history and in all of World War 2--the American flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Background

By February of 1945, the United States Marine Corps had been fighting Imperial Japanese forces across the Pacific for three years. As the Marines slowly but surely worked their way across the Pacific in their island-hopping campaign and closed in on the Japanese homeland, the already fanatical Japanese resistance intensified, leading to some of the of the most brutally intense fighting in a campaign known for it ferocity.

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African American History Month Spotlight: Private First Class James Patterson Jr.
*Image info: PFC James Anderson Jr.
(USMC photo)

 

African American History Month Spotlight: Private First Class James Patterson Jr.

Added February 19, 2016

February is African-American History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a momentous occasion in the history of the Marine Corps--the awarding of the first Medal of Honor to an African-American Marine, Private First Class (PFC) James Anderson Jr.

PFC Anderson was born in 1947 in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from high school, PFC Anderson spent a year and a half at a Los Angeles-area junior college before enlisting in the Marines in early 1966.

After completing recruit training at MCRD San Diego, PFC Anderson was assigned to Camp Pendleton for further training before arriving in Viet Nam in December of 1966 to serve as a rifleman with the 2nd Platoon, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

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Marine Corps News: Marines to March in Honor of Helicopter Crash Victims
*Image info: The seven Marines killed during the crash. Top, from left: Staff Sergeant Trevor Blaylock, Staff Sergeant Liam A. Flynn and Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif. Bottom, from left: Staff Sergeant Kerry Kemp, Master Sergeant Thomas A. Saunders, Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol and Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III.
(USMC photos)

 

Marine Corps News: Marines to March in Honor of Helicopter Crash Victims

Added February 19, 2016

Last March, seven Special Operations Marines and four Louisiana National Guardsmen lost their lives when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the Florida coast southwest of Eglin Air Force Base.

To honor the memories of those who died in the crash, a group of fellow MARSOC Marines has planned a memorial march next month. Each Marine will carry a 45-pound rucksack on their back as they march approximately 770 miles from the shore in Navarre, Florida, near the crash site, to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, home of MARSOC's headquarters.

The event is called the Marine Raider Memorial March and will begin on March 11, one year and one day after the crash. At least 14 Special Operations Marines and veterans will be involved in the march and along the way they will raise money for the Brothers in Arms Foundation.


Marine Corps News: Marine Who Led Mt. Suribachi Charge Dies at 94
*Image info: This iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal depicts five Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
(National Archives and Records Administration photo/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Who Led Mt. Suribachi Charge Dies at 94

Added February 19, 2016

Last Thursday, February 11, First Lieutenant John Wells, the Marine who led the charge up Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima, died in Colorado.

While Wells did not make it to the top of the mountain himself (he was shot several times by Japanese troops during the charge), his leadership resulted in the first American flag being placed atop the mountain on February 21, 1945.

During his time serving in the Corps during World War II, Wells was awarded the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. According to Wells' Navy Cross citation, "By his courageous leadership and indomitable fighting spirit, First Lieutenant Wells contributed materially to the destruction of at least twenty-five Japanese emplacements, and his unwavering devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." Wells was 94.


Marine Corps News: Corps May Allow Women to
*Image info: Lance Corporal Katelyn M. Hunter conducts pullups during an initial assessment at Camp Foster on Dec. 12.
(USMC photo by Kasey Peacock/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps May Allow Women to "Bulk-Up" as New Combat Roles Open

Added February 19, 2016

With the Pentagon trying to figure out how to successfully integrate women into all combat-related jobs, the Marine Corps is considering increasing how heavy it allows women to be so that they are able to "bulk up" in the gym to carry heavy loads more easily.

Commandant General Robert Neller told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month that female Marines have been telling him that they're lifting weights to increase their strength. In the process however, some have surpassed the service's maximum weight-limit.

"Being big, strong, having a certain body mass, gives you an advantage," Neller said. "One of the things I've heard as I've gone around and talked to female Marines is, 'Hey, I'm out working out. I'm lifting weights. I'm getting bigger. And now I'm outside the height-and-weight standards. Are you going to change the height-and-weight standards?'"

In a brief interview following his meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Neller told reporters that he has called for a review of male and female standards to be completed by July 1 and will assess a variety of criteria, including the service's height-and-weight standards and how Marines will be scored on two fitness tests. According to Neller, it's "important" to make sure that fit Marine's are not penalized.


Marine Corps News: Former Sergeant Major of Marine Corps to Serve as Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago
*Image info: John L. Estrada
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Former Sergeant Major of Marine Corps to Serve as Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago

Added February 19, 2016

Last Friday, February 12, 2016, the Senate confirmed the appointment of former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, John L. Estrada, as the Ambassador to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

Estrada was initially nominated by President Barack Obama in July of 2013 to replace Beatrice Welters, who resigned as Ambassador in October of 2012.

Estrada, who is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 after 34 years of active duty. From June of 2003 until his retirement in April of 2007, Estrada served as Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.


Marine Corps News: House Bill Seeking to End Downsizing of Army, Marine Corps Introduced
*Image info: Chris Gibson (left) and Rep. Mike Turner (right).
(US government photos)

 

Marine Corps News: House Bill Seeking to End Downsizing of Army, Marine Corps Introduced

Added February 19, 2016

Last Thursday, February 11, 2016, Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would end troop cuts to the Army and Marine Corps.

The bill was introduced just two days after the current administration released its 2017 budget request, which included downsizing the Army to 450,000 troops and the Marine Corps to 182,000 troops by the end of 2018.

"It is clear from all the testimony we've received and from the information we've received from the Army that this could break the Army," said Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on land and air forces, when asked by reporters.

"...[T]his could significantly hamper the next president of the United States in their opportunities and capabilities for our military to protect the country," he said.


Marine Corps News: 4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy to Middle East, Asia
*Image info: A U.S. Marine conducts a deck shoot during a Sustainment Exercise aboard the USS Boxer.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Hector de Jesus).

 

Marine Corps News: 4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy to Middle East, Asia

Added February 19, 2016

Last Friday, February 12, 2016, approximately 4,500 Marines and Sailors left San Diego heading to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. aboard three combat ships that constitute the Boxer Group.

The service members are are assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.The force includes ground combat troops, helicopter squadrons, and assault aircraft teams.

The deployment comes in the midst of rising tensions across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, and calls by the Pentagon for more troops in Iraq.

"There's always that potential when we deploy our sailors and Marines to these dangerous areas that they will have to engage, that they will have to interact," said Navy spokeswoman Dawn Stankus. "The main reason for the sailors and Marines to be there is to provide that forward presence and that deterrent, so that in case something would occur we can respond in a timely manner."


USS Maine Explodes
*Image info: The USS Maine prior to its explosion.
(image released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Maine Explodes

Added February 19, 2016

One hundred and seventeen years ago this week, on February 15, 1898, 28 Marines and 232 sailors were killed when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded under suspicious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the Spanish being involved in the explosion, "Remember The Maine" became a rallying cry and less than three months later, the United States and Spain were at war.


Operation Deckhouse VI
*Image info: Marines move through elephant grass in Vietnam .
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Don Barr)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Deckhouse VI

Added February 19, 2016

Forty-eight years ago this week, on February 17, 1967, the first full day of "Operation Deckhouse VI" took place near the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Over the course of the operation, which lasted until March 3, the Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) killed 280 enemy combatants.


African American History Month Spotlight: Frederick C. Branch
*Image info: Frederick C. Branch being pinned with his 2nd Lieutenant bars by his wife, Camilla "Peggy" Branch.
(USMC photo)

 

African American History Month Spotlight: Frederick C. Branch

Added February 10, 2016

February is African-American History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to take a further look at the life of the first African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps - Frederick C. Branch.

Frederick Clinton Branch was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, in 1922, the son of an African Methodist Episcopal Zion minister. After graduating high school in New York, Branch enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, before transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While enrolled at Temple, Branch received his draft notice from the US Army in 1943 and reported to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for basic training.

After reporting to Fort Bragg for induction into the Army, Brach was chosen to become a Marine and was sent to the nearby Camp Montford Point for Recruit Training, becoming one of the more than 20,000 Montford Point Marines (African-American Marines who underwent separate, segregated Recruit Training at Camp Montford Point between 1942 and 1949.) After Recruit Training, Brach applied for Officer Candidate School (OCS), but was denied due to his race and was sent to serve with a supply unit supporting operations against the Japanese in the Pacific instead.

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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Discusses Military Caregiver Suicides
*Image info: Senator Elizabeth Dole
(U.S. government photo/released)

 

Elizabeth Dole Foundation Discusses Military Caregiver Suicides

Added February 10, 2016

The first week of February, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs held a national summit to address suicide among veterans and military caregivers. Among the numerous organizations and individuals invited to speak at the summit was former Senator (R-NC) and chairwoman of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Elizabeth Dole.

In her speech, Dole discussed how military caregivers, "...are often unrecognized for their critical role as the first line of defense to veteran suicide. All too often, the overwhelming stress and emotional toll it takes to care for a loved one - especially one who wishes to take their own life - is overlooked."

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Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5k Run/Walk
*Image info: David Tapper (left) and Jon Hicks (right).

 

Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5k Run/Walk

Added February 10, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the fourth annual Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk will be held at American Legion post #311 in Atco, New Jersey. The event is held each spring in honor of Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) David M. Tapper, USN, and Lance Corporal Jon T. Hicks, Jr., USMC. Money raised at the event will be used for their respective scholarship funds, as well as for The Waterford Township War Memorial Committee.

For the fourth consecutive year, Marine Parents has secured a donation of beverage koozies from Conde Systems, Inc. This year, Conde is donating 275 Dyetrans HUG11 koozies and we'd like to thank them for their generosity and support of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country. When we receive the koozies, we will press a design chosen by the event coordinators onto them before shipping them to New Jersey to be handed out to participants in the run/walk.

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Marine Corps News: Corpsman Awarded Silver Star
*Image info: Major General Joseph L. Osterman presents Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandro Salabarria the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 5, 2016.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Lia Gamero).

 

Marine Corps News: Corpsman Awarded Silver Star

Added February 10, 2016

Last week, on February 5, 2016, Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandro Salabarria, was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest award for valor, during a ceremony at Stone Bay, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Salabarria, 28, braved enemy fire to aide wounded troops in Afghanistan's Herat province in 2014 when they were attacked by a rogue Afghan commando.

On the day in question, Salabarria's team was gathered at a helicopter landing zone with a group of Italian special forces troops and Afghan special operations commandos when one of the Afghan commandos began firing on the American, Italian, and other Afghan troops in an "insider attack."

According to his medal citation, when the attack began, Salabarria charged into the kill zone, firing on the rogue commando while maneuvering his way to the side of a wounded medic. While using his body to shield the wounded medic, Salabarria continued to fire on the commando, ultimately killing him. Once the area was secured, he then treated two other wounded team members and helped coordinate their evacuation via helicopter.


John H. Russell Appointed U.S. High Commissioner to Haiti
*Image info: John H. Russell.
(USMC photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: John H. Russell Appointed U.S. High Commissioner to Haiti

Added February 10, 2016

Ninety-four years ago this week, on February 11, 1922, Brigadier General John H. Russell was appointed U.S. High Commissioner and personal representative of the President to the government of Haiti. For the next nine years, the future Commandant in supreme command of both the occupying American forces and the Haitian Gendarmerie.


2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

 

2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

Added February 4, 2016

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We have 50 charity partner bibs and you can purchase one now instead of waiting on the lottery!

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Montford Point Marines
Montford Point Marine Sergeant Major Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson became one of the first African-Americans trained as a drill instructor in 1943. Two years later, he became sergeant major of the company.
(USMC photo/released).

 

Montford Point Marines

Added February 4, 2016

February is African-American History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the proud, brave, honorable history of African-Americans in the Marine Corps.

The history of thousands of brave men who served our country through numerous wars and battles has been virtually unknown to most Americans for many years. Though many know about the Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers, most civilians, and even many in the military, do not know the struggles and successes of the Montford Point Marines.

In 1942, Camp Montford Point was established with the first African Americans to serve as Marines since the American Revolution. The history of Montford Point and the brave men who trained there is a testament to the price African Americans had to pay in order to gain acceptance into one of the nation's most respected institutions. While the British promised male slaves freedom during the American Revolution if they promised their support, the United States excluded these men from the battle.

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Second Marine Division Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Thousands of Marines will celebrate Camp Lejeune's 75th anniversary beginning Thursday.
(Photo: Lance Corporal Kelly Timney/Marine Corps)

 

Marine Corps News: Second Marine Division Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Added February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the 2nd Marine Division.

The "Follow Me" division was organized on February 1, 1941 at Camp Elliott, California. Since its organization three-quarters of a century ago, the division has fought around the world, from Guadalcanal to Afghanistan.

To mark the anniversary, thousands of Marines and veterans will descend on Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville, North Carolina for a three day celebratory event. The celebrations will begin Thursday night with the sergeant major's reception at the staff noncommissioned officer club Club at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The following morning, a memorial ceremony will be held at the base's Protestant chapel at 9 a.m. Follwoing the memorial service, veterans from each era will hang battle streamers on the division colors during a ceremony at Lejeune's Goettge Memorial Field House.

Additionally, a parade will be held Saturday. World War II Marines will lead the parade, followed by Marines from each subsequent conflict and era, with today's Marines shoring up the rear of the procession.


 

Marine Corps News: Military to Receive Small Pay Raise in 2017

Added February 4, 2016

When the Pentagon sends its annual budget request to Congress next week, it will include a 1.6 percent pay raise for troops in 2017, an amount The Military Times is calling, "historically small bump aimed at reducing military personnel costs, according to defense officials."

The 1.6 percent raise is only half of the projected increase in private-sector wages, which is estimated to be approximately 3.2 percent.

If approved by Congress, this will be the fourth consecutive year in which military basic pay has not kept pace with private-sector wage increases.


Operation Prairie II Begins
*Image info: A squad of 3rd Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines patrolling along the Quang Tri River near CA LU Vietnam June 1967.
(photo by Russell Jewett/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Prairie II Begins

Added February 4, 2016

Forty-nine years ago this week, on February 1, 1967, elements of the 3rd Marine Division began Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri province, South Vietnam. The 46-day search-and-destroy operation, which concluded on March 18, 93 Marines and 693 enemy troops were killed.


Battle of Roi-Namur
*Image info: Marines from the 24th Marine Regiment during the Battle of Roi-Namur.
(Dept. of Defense photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Roi-Namur

Added February 4, 2016

Seventy-two years ago this week, on February 2, 1944, the 4th Marine Division captured Roi-Namur and eight other islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. This was done as part of the first assault on islands controlled by the Japanese before the beginning of World War II.


Hue's Hospital, Jail, Provincial Headquarters Recaptured
*Image info: A Company C, 1st Battalion 5th Marines machine gunner, with his assistant close by, fires his M-60 machine gun at an enemy position.
(Dept. of Defense photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Hue's Hospital, Jail, Provincial Headquarters Recaptured

Added February 4, 2016

Forty-eight years ago this week, on February 6, 1968, two reduced Marine battalions, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines with two companies, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines with three, recaptured Hue's hospital, jail, and provincial headquarters. It would take three more weeks of intense house to house fighting, and nearly a thousand Marines killed and wounded, before the imperial city was secured.


When A Child Comes Home From War
Tracy Della Vecchia (center) with her daughter (left) and her Marine son Derrick (right).

 

When A Child Comes Home From War

Added January 28, 2016

Since 2001, more than 2 million Americans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. For many of these men and women, coming home and reintegrating into "civilian" society can be challenging.

In 2012, MarineParents.com's Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia and her son Derrick Jensen, a combat-veteran who served three tours in Iraq with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, joined National Public Radio's Jacki Lyden on "Talk of the Nation" to discuss some of the challenges associated with the reintegration process.

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Marine Veteran Released by Iranian Government
Amir Hekmati in his Dress Blues
(USMC photo).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran Released by Iranian Government

Added January 28, 2016

Just under two weeks ago, on January 16, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati was released by the Iranian government after spending four-and-a-half years in an Iranian prison.

Hekmati was arrested in 2011 while visiting relatives in Iran and accused of being a spy for the CIA. After initially receiving the death penalty, Hekmati's sentence was later reduced to 10 years.

Hekmati's release came as part of an agreement between the United States and Iran and included three additional Americans that had been detained by Iran. The other prisoners were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezian, pastor Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. Rezian and Abedini returned to America with Hekmati. Khosravi-Roodsari opted to remain in Iran following his release.


Marine Injured in Chattanooga Attacks Receives Purple Heart
Sergeant DeMonte Cheeley stands for a photo after receiving the Purple Heart at a Jan. 26, 2016, ceremony in Chattanooga, Tennesee.
(USMC photo by Corporal Diamond Peden).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Injured in Chattanooga Attacks Receives Purple Heart

Added January 28, 2016

On July 16 of last year, a gunman went on a shooting spree at a military recruiting center and a U.S. Navy Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five and wounding two.

On Tuesday, January 26, Marine Sergeant DeMonte Cheeley, who was shot in the leg during the attack on the recruiting center, was awarded the Purple Heart in a ceremony in Chattanooga.

"I feel honored, but at the same time, I still don't want to take away from the fallen five," Cheeley said in an interview with Marine Corps Times after receiving the medal. "I'll definitely wear it in honor of the fallen five."


Marine Raider Receives Silver Star
Staff Sergeant Robert T. Van Hook, a Marine Raider, was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during a 2013 deployment to Afghanistan.
(USMC photo).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Raider Receives Silver Star

Added January 28, 2016

Approximately two weeks ago, on January 15, Staff Sergeant Robert Van Hook, a critical skills operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during a 2013 deployment to Afghanistan.

The medal, our nation's third-highest award for valor, was presented to Van Hook by Major General Joseph Osterman, commander of the Marine Corps' Special Operation Command, during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

According to his award citation, Van Hook was credited with "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy" while serving as the element leader of Marine Special Operations Team 8224 while deployed to Afghanistan's Herat province in 2013.

"Any Raider could have been switched out with me and done the same exact thing," Van Hook said. "A Raider isn't going to let anybody down: not the brothers that went before him, not the Marine beside him. He might have done it differently, but he would have got the job done."


Operation Desert Storm Ground Combat Begins
*Image info: U.S. Marine artillerymen set up their 155 mm howitzer for a fire mission against Iraqi positions on January 20, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant Vance).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Desert Storm Ground Combat Begins

Added January 28, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this week, on January 29, 1991, the first serious ground-combat of Operation Desert Storm broke out when Iraqi troops mounted an attack into Saudi Arabia along a 40-mile front. Iraqi units centered their efforts on Khafji, a port city six miles south of the border. Saudi and Quatari troops, supported by artillery from the 1st Marine Division, attack helicopters, and other allied coalition aircraft, recaptured the town two days later.


MAGTF CM 2-88 Arrives in Persian Gulf
*Image info: The 2nd Marine Division insignia.
(USMC photo/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: MAGTF CM 2-88 Arrives in Persian Gulf

Added January 28, 2016

Twenty-eight years ago this week, on January 27, 1988, approximately 400 Marines and sailors from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 2nd Force Service Support Group deployed for the Persian Gulf. The Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) CM 2-88 would relieve Contingency MAGTF 1-88 in the region and provide the effective landing force capability to Joint Task Force Middle East.


Battle of Seattle
*Image info: Seattleites evacuate to the town blockhouse as USS Decatur opens fire on advancing tribal forces.
(painting by Emily Inez Denny/released.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Seattle

Added January 28, 2016

One hundred and sixty years ago this week, on January 25, 1866, Marines and sailors from the American sloop Decatur went ashore at the village of Seattle, Washington, to protect settlers from raids by the local native population. The Native Americans launched a seven-hour attack on the settlers, but were driven off later that day after suffering severe losses. Only two civilian volunteers were killed and no Marines or sailors were lost.


Twelve Marines Missing Off Hawaii Declared Dead
Commandant Robert Neller.

 

Twelve Marines Missing Off Hawaii Declared Dead

Added January 22, 2016

Twelve Marines who went missing when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii last week have been declared dead.

"The men and women in our ranks today, much like the generations of Marines before, are absolutely committed to each other, to our Corps, our country, and our mission. They are courageous, determined, and focused on success. These twelve Marines embodied those same qualities and traits. We will miss them, but we will never forget them," said Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller in a statment.


Marine Parents Celebrates 13 Years of Service

 

Marine Parents Celebrates 13 Years of Service

Added January 21, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Thursday, January 21, 2016, marks the 13th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 13 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marines through all stages of their career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine families.

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Operation Dewey Cannon
*Image info: Robert H Barrow as Commandant of the Marine Corps.
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Dewey Cannon

Added January 21, 2016

Forty-seven years ago this week, on January 22, 1969, Operation Dewey Canyon, arguably the most successful high-mobility regimental-size action of the Vietnam War, began in the A Shau/Da Krong Valleys when the 9th Marines, commanded by Colonel Robert H. Barrow, and supporting artillery were lifted from Quang Tri. By mid-March, the enemy's base area had been cleared out, 1617 enemy combatants had been killed, and more than 500 tons of weapons and ammunition were recovered. Barrow later went on to become the 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps.


1st Aeronautical Company
*Image info: The 1st Aeronautical Company at Ponta Delgada, Azores
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st Aeronautical Company Arrives at Ponta Delgada, Azores

Added January 21, 2016

Ninety-seven years ago this week, on January 21, 1918, the 1st Aeronautical Company arrived at Ponta Delgada, Azores, for anti-submarine duty. The unit was one of the first completely equipped American aviation units to serve overseas in World War I.


Second Battle of Khe Sanh
*Image info: U.S. Marines inch their way toward the summit of Hill 881N during the Battle of Khe Sanh
(USMC photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Second Battle of Khe Sanh

Added January 21, 2016

Forty-seven years ago this week, on January 20, 1968, the second battle for Khe Sanh began outside the village of the same name in the Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, 14 miles south of the DMZ and six miles east of the Laotian border, when the People's Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) launched a massive artillery bombardment on the U.S. Marine garrison. For the next 77 days, until April 6, the Marines and their South Vietnamese allies, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), fought off the siege in what was the longest, and one of the bloodiest, battles in the war.


Korean Guerillas
*Image info: A column of troops and armor of the 1st Marine Division move through communist Chinese lines during their successful breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. The Marines were besieged when the Chinese entered the Korean War November 27, 1950, by sending 200,000 shock troops against Allied forces.
(U.S. government photo/released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Begin Operations Against Guerrillas in Korea

Added January 21, 2016

Sixty-five years ago this week, on January 18, 1951, Marines with the 1st Division began operations against guerrillas near Pohang, South Korea, following the Division's return from it's monumental battle with Chinese Communist forces at the Chosin Reservoir.


Operation Desert Storm
*Image info: U.S. Marine artillerymen set up their 155 mm howitzer for a fire mission against Iraqi positions on January 20, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.
(USMC photo by Staff Sergeant Vance).

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Desert Storm Begins

Added January 15, 2016

Twenty-five years ago this week, on January 16, 1991, Operation Desert Shield became Operation Desert Storm as allied coalition forces launched an all-out attack air campaign against targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait in an effort to liberate Kuwait and enforce the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. During the course of Operation Desert Storm, coalition forces included more than 415,000 American troops.


MAG-24 insignia
*Image info: MAG-24 insignia
(released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: MAG-24 Arrives in Philippines

Added January 15, 2016

Seventy-one years ago this week, on January 11, 1945, the first elements of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 24, commanded by Colonel Lyle H. Meyer, arrived at Lingayen, Luzon in the Philippines to provide air support for US Army forces. Over the following three month, MAG-24, along with MAG-32, flew a combined 8,842 combat sorties and dropped more than 19,000 bombs as part of the Fifth Air Force in support of the Sixth Army.


Official logo for Operation United Shield
*Image info: Official logo for Operation United Shield
(released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Deployed to Somalia

Added January 15, 2016

Twenty-one years ago this week, on January 10, 1995, the Pentagon announced that 2,600 U.S. Marines would be deployed to Somalia for Operation United Shield to assist the final United Nations peacekeeping troops withdraw from the country. The decision came in response to the UN's request for American protection of its peacekeeping troops serving in Somalia.


Angie Regan (right) standing with MarineParents.com's Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia (left) after Regan was awarded her
*Image info: Angie Regan (right) standing with MarineParents.com's Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia (left) after Regan was awarded her "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2014.
(U.S. Government photo)

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Angie Regan

Added January 15, 2016

Here at Marine Parents, nothing we do would be possible without our amazing volunteers across the country. Our volunteers truly are the backbone of our organization, and we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of one individual in particular.

This week's featured volunteer is a proud Marine mother and long-time supporter of our organization--Angie Regan.

Angie is a volunteer from Columbia, Missouri who found Marine Parents shortly after her son shipped to boot camp at MCRD San Diego in December, 2011 while trying to learn what to expect during his time in the Corps.

As Angie learned more about our organization, she became involved in our Care Pacakge Project™ pack days, and shortly thereafter began her mission of supporting wounded, ill, and injured troops by writing cards and letters for our Operation: Prayers and Letters™ program. In mid-2012 there was an opening for a new manager of Operation: Prayers and Letters™ and Angie stepped up and offered to take on the responsibilities of what can be a very time-consuming, detail-oriented position.

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Pentagon to Review More than 1,100 Medals for Possible Upgrades
*Image info: The Medal of Honor
(U.S. Government photo)

 

Pentagon to Review More than 1,100 Medals for Possible Upgrades

Added January 6, 2016

The Pentagon has recently announced that it is considering ordering the various branches of the military to review more than 1,100 medals issued since September 11, 2001, for possible upgrades to the Medal of Honor, the country's highest decoration for valor in combat.

If the review is approved by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, it would represent one of the most significant steps in decades to honor troops who have displayed extreme valor in combat.

The Army and Air Force have agreed to review the Service Crosses and Silver Stars that they've awarded, but the Navy and Marine Corps oppose such a review because top officials, "...believe reviewing prior decisions undermines the integrity of commanders' decisions."

According to a memo from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, such a review, "may have long-term detrimental impact on our service culture and our awards program."


Corps to Introduce Gender-Neutral Job Titles by April
*Image info: Private First Class Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon's defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. Fuentes Montenegro is one of the first three females to ever graduate from Infantry Training Battalion.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Tyler Main).

 

Corps to Introduce Gender-Neutral Job Titles by April

Added January 6, 2016

This Monday, January 4, was the deadline for each branch of the military to submit their plans to the Pentagon to open approximately 225,000 previously male-only jobs to female troops over the next few months.

The plans outline how each branch of the military intends to incorporate women into the newly-opened jobs, and will be reviewed by the Pentagon's implementation working group.

The decision to open these jobs to women was made last month by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter after years of research on the impact that integrating women into the traditionally all-male jobs and units would have on the military.

"There will be no exceptions," Carter said during his announcement. "This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before. They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat."


Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

 

Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

Added January 3, 2016

As a new year begins, we hope that the Marine Parents family had a very happy holiday season. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. Your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been around for almost 13 years, and we look forward to seeing what 2016 has in store!


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