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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!


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#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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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)
(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: Pvt. Daniel K. Adomina, Ghana; Pfc. Leonid V. Alexandrov, Uzbekistan; Pvt. John A. Arkoh, Ghana; Pvt. Carlos E. Effio Galvez, Peru; Pfc. Daniel F. Gonzalez, Colombia. Bottom row, from left: Pfc. Brian E. Iza Cortes, Colombia; Pfc. Wikinnsonn Labady, Netherlands; Pfc. Luis A. Rodriguez Perez, Venezuela; Pvt. Mark Roopnarine, Guyana; Pfc. Waikin Tee, Malaysia; Pvt. Andrii Yonyk, Ukraine.
(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 Lt. Gen. 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 Sgt. 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 Pfc. 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

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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 Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn and Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif. Bottom, from left: Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, Staff Sgt. 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."

Click here to learn more

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 Sgt. 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: PFC. James Patterson Jr.
*Image info: PFC James Anderson Jr.
(USMC photo)

 

African American History Month Spotlight: PFC. 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 Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn and Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif. Bottom, from left: Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, Staff Sgt. 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 Sgt. 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 Lt. 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 PO1 (SEAL) David M. Tapper, USN and LCPL 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 Gen. 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 Sgt. Lia Gamero/released)

 

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 Sgt. Maj. 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 Cpl. 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
Sgt. 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 Sgt. 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 Sgt. 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 Sgt. 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 Sgt. 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: Pfc. 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 Sgt. 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!


Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

 

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

Added December 30, 2015

As another year is coming to an end, so too is your opportunity to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to the outreach programs of MarineParents.com for 2015.

With 2015 ending and 2016 beginning, I'd like to extend our best wishes to you and your Marine or recruit for a new year filled with peace. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the interest and support you have shown to the mission of MarineParents.com and our many outreach programs this past year.

As always, nothing we do here at Marine Parents is possible without the love and generosity of our supporters. That's why it's crucial that you, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!

Click here to donate today!


Corps to Lead U.S. Efforts Against ISIS
*Image info: U.S. Marines fire a M252A2 81 mm mortar system during a live-fire training mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Oct. 24, 2015. These Marines are supporting Combined Joint Task Force—Operation Inherent Resolve, which has 65 coalition partners who are committed to the goals of eliminating the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.(USMC photo by Sgt. Owen Kimbrel)

 

Corps to Lead U.S. Efforts Against ISIS

Added December 30, 2015

As the battle against the Islamic State group intensifies, the Marine Corps is set to lead the American fight against the group in 2016.

With the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), which assuming command of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Iraq early in 2016, MARSOC Raiders will provide the staff element for its next rotation, marking a milestone for the decade-old command according to MARSOC spokesman Capt. Barry Morris.

"This deployment is the first time MARSOC has formed and deployed a full CJSOTF staff," he said. "MARSOC units are in high demand among the theater special operations commanders due to [the command's] reputation for professionalism and combat-proven small-unit tactics, cultural awareness and operations-intelligence integration at all levels."


Fitness Changes in Store for 2016
*Image info: Marines conduct pull-ups during a physical fitness assessment at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015. (USMC photo by Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara)

 

Fitness Changes in Store for 2016

Added December 30, 2015

Marine Corps Training and Education Command has recently announced that it will be conducting a comprehensive review of the Corps' fitness and body composition standards.

Commandant General Robert Neller signed an all-Marine message in November directing the command to look at the scoring on the physical and combat fitness tests as well as body composition rules like height, weight and body fat standards for all Marines.

This review could lead to changes to scoring or events on Corps-wide fitness tests or the tape test, which measures Marines' body fat percentages.


First Marine Expeditionary Force to Receive New Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon
*Image info: U.S. Marines fire a shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon (SMAW) during live fire training Nov 24, 2015. (USMC photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins)

 

First Marine Expeditionary Force to Receive New Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon

Added December 30, 2015

The Marine Corps has recently announced that the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force will receive 56 new and improved versions of the shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon (SMAW) in 2016.

The SMAW MOD 2 will replace the 9mm spotting rifle with a laser designator and thermal boresight. This change will improve accuracy and reliability, as well as reduce the amount of time the shooter is exposed to enemy fire while sighting in on the enemy, according to Marine Corps officials. The targeting system will use the same tubes, making it compatible with existing munitions, but it is not a retrofit.


Merry Christmas Marine Parents Family!

 

Merry Christmas Marine Parents Family!

Added December 25, 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a 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!


Marine Corps History: Marine Corps Flag

 

Marine Corps History: Marine Corps Flag

Added December 24, 2015

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.


Corps Introduces New Artillery Round
*Image info: A Marine t fires a 120MM Rifled Tower Mortar during a month long sustainment training exercise Oct. 30, 2013. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)

 

Corps Introduces New Artillery Round

Added December 24, 2015

Marine Corps Systems Command has recently announced that it has awarded a $98 million contract to Raytheon Missile Systems to build more than 3,000 Precision Extended Range Munitions (PERM). The 120mm mortar round will double the current range from eight to 16 kilometers (roughly 10 miles) and provide GPS accuracy to in 10 meters of the target.

PERM will increases the lethality of the 120mm mortar up to 250 percent, according to Joe McPherson, product manager for Marine Corps Systems Command.


Corps Modernizes Small-arms
*Image info: A U.S. Marine fires off rounds to check the functions of his M4 carbine during a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex. (USMC photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)

 

Corps Modernizes Small-arms

Added December 24, 2015

2015 was a milestone year for the Marine Corps, as the M4 carbine replaced the M16 as the universal weapon for Marine infantrymen.

In its effort to move toward becoming a smaller, more efficient fighting force, 2016 will see the further implementation of the Corps' Small Arms Modernization Strategy.

"These modernization efforts, which focus on improved lethality and mobility, ensure the individual Marine and Marine rifle squad have the most reliable and relevant weapons systems available," said Maj. Anton Semelroth, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command.


Marines Provide Flood Relief
*Image info: The USS Princeton.
(U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Provide Flood Relief

Added December 24, 2015

Fifty-eight years ago this week, on December 26, 1957, 20 helicopters from Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 162 were rushed to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) onboard the USS Princeton. Upon arrival, Marines participated in the rescue and evacuation of flood victims.


Wake, Wilkes, Peale Islands Captured
*Image info: Approximately 100 U.S. and Japanese historical structures, including this Japanese gun bunker, remain on Wake Island.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Wake, Wilkes, Peale Islands Captured

Added December 24, 2015

Seventy-four years ago this week, on December 23, 1941 Japanese forces launched a pre-dawn amphibious assault on American forces, including U.S. Marines stationed on Wake Island and Wilkes Island, as well as launching airstrikes against Wake, Wilkes, and Peale islands. After approximately 12 hours of resistance, the islands were surrendered.


Operation Just Cause
*Image info: A U.S. Marine task force on a reconnaissance patrol during Operation Just Cause.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Robert C. Jenks)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Just Cause

Added December 24, 2015

Twenty-six years ago this week, on December 20, 1989, Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama to protect American lives, restore democracy to the country, preserve the integrity of the Panama Canal Treaty, and remove dictator General Manuel Noriega from power. One Marine, Corporal Garreth C. Isaak, was killed and three other were wounded during the operation.


Marine Parents Volunteers Donate to Toys for Tots
*Image info: Kimberly Davison's (2nd Battalion Leader) daughter's 4H group collected Toys for Tots (top). Teresita Reynolds (Facebook Groups Manager) dropping off toys in Pennsylvania (left). Marianne Tullis (Fox Co. Group Guide) dropping off toys in Oklahoma (right).

 

Marine Parents Volunteers Donate to Toys for Tots

Added December 17, 2015

Ever since MarineParents.com launched it's official Facebook groups earlier this year, hundreds of people from around the country have come together to provide support to one another as they've found a Place to Connect & Share®. This holiday season, many of our Facebook volunteers have taken their support beyond the internet to a local level by donating to and promoting "Toys for Tots" drives in their local communities.

Our Director of Facebook Groups, Teresita Reynolds, had the following to say about the Toys for Tots drives:

"Good evening holly jolly Marine Parents volunteers!

This is the first Marine Parents Facebook Christmas season! It's a year where I can look back and count so many blessings—that would be all of you!

There are so many 'new' Christmas traditions that I have as a mother of a Marine. Although Toys for Tots has been around [since] before I was born and I grew up seeing the collection boxes all around town, it has never meant so much as it does now! I honestly can't remember if I had ever given a new, unwrapped toy in the past. But you better believe it's all different now! Toys for Tots is a new Christmas tradition that will be here to stay!

You all are a fine example of generous givers! As I have said [before], you make a difference! You also inspire those around you, as you inspire me!"


Recovering Warriors Need Your Help This Holiday Season

 

Recovering Warriors Need Your Help This Holiday Season

Added December 17, 2015

The services provided by MarineParents.com's Warrior Support Team (WST) cost around $6,000 each month, and we need your help ensuring those services continue. So far, the Marine Parents family has come together and donated almost $3,000 to the WST this holiday season.

We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity toward those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf, but we're only halfway to our $6,000 goal. We know that with your continued support, we can reach it in no time!

There are 20,225 members in our Official MarineParents.com Recruit and What's After Boot Facebook Groups. If each of our Facebook group members donated $1 today, that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for more than three months.

Our MarineParents Facebook page has 14,664 "likes". If each of our fans donated $2 today, that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for almost five months.

We have over 52,000 newsletter contacts. If each of the people on our mailing list donated $5 today, that would pay for the services provided by the Warrior Support Team for more than three and a half years.

With the season of giving upon us, it's more crucial than ever that we, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!

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Marine Parents Receives $500 Grant, Donation

 

Marine Parents Receives $500 Grant, Donation

Added December 17, 2015

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank two organizations for their recent generosity toward MarineParents.com.

The first organization, the Community Foundation of Collier County (Florida), awarded us with a $500 grant on December 3 on behalf of the Elizabeth & Frank Odell Family Fund.

The second organization, the Mid-Missouri chapter of the Military Officers Association, awarded us with a $500 donation on December 13 in recognition of our organization's service on behalf of our men and women in uniform.

As a non-profit, grants and donations are vital to our success as an organization, and we're grateful to the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Mid-Missouri chapter of the Military Officers Association for their generosity. We look forward to putting this money to good use for our Marines this holiday season!


Astronaut Security
*Image info: The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga moored at a pier, January 1962.
(U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Provide Security for Astronauts

Added December 17, 2015

Forty-three years ago this week, on December 19, 1972, the Marine detachment of the USS Ticonderoga provided shipboard security for three U.S. astronauts, Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt, and their Apollo-17 space capsule. The astronauts had successfully completed a (then) record lunar stay of more than 75 hours.


Marine Security Guard Program
*Image info: The Marine Security Detachment in Moscow. October 7, 2015.
(Marine Corps photo by MCESG USMC.)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Security Guard Program

Added December 17, 2015

Sixty-seven years ago this week, on December 15, 1948, then-Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan signed a "Memorandum of Agreement" with the State Department. This memorandum laid the groundwork for the establishment of the modern Marine Security Guard program at U.S. embassies throughout the world.


Chattanooga Marines, Sailor, to Receive Purple Heart Medals
*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 Sgt. Terry Brady)

 

Marine Corps News: Chattanooga Marines, Sailor, to Receive Purple Heart Medals

Added December 17, 2015

According to a statement from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the Department of the Navy will posthumously award Purple Heart medals to four Marines and a sailor killed during a July 16 terror attack at the Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga, Tennessee. Another Marine wounded in the shooting will also be awarded the Purple Heart.

"Following an extensive investigation, the FBI and NCIS have determined that this attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist group, the final criteria required for the awarding of the Purple Heart to this sailor and these Marines," Mabus said in his statement. "This determination allows the Department of the Navy to move forward immediately with the award of the Purple Heart to the families of the five heroes who were victims of this terrorist attack, as well as to the surviving hero."


Marine Corps Re-enlistment Opportunities to Increase in 2016
*Image info: BCol. David Maxwell conducts Master Sgt. Anthony Forbes's re-enlistment ceremony July 3, 2013, on Marine Corps Base Quantico. First-term Forbes has been serving as a Marine for almost 25 years.
(USMC photo by Pfc. Samuel Ellis)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Re-enlistment Opportunities to Increase in 2016

Added December 17, 2015

The end of 2015 will mark the end of the Marine Corps draw-down, which will, in turn, increase re-enlistment opportunities for Marines in 2016.

According to Marine Corps Manpower Reserve Affairs spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock, this is good news for Marines who want to stay in the Corps.

"We will continue to retain Marines who want to stay in the Corps," Carlock said. "There are and will be opportunities for Marines to re-enlist, [and] planners actually anticipate greater re-enlistment opportunities."


All Occupations and Positions Opened to Women
*Image info: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announces his women in service review during a press brief at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Dec. 3, 2015. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission with no barriers at all in their way.
(USMC photo by Senior Master Sergeant Adrian Cadiz)

 

Marine Corps News: All Occupations and Positions Opened to Women

Added December 10, 2015

Following a decision by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to open all military occupations and positions to omen, the Marine Corps has announced that it will immediately begin the process of implementing the policy change, as well as sharing plans and lessons learned with the other services.

To mark the decision, Marine Corps Headquarters released a statement that read, in part,:

"We are well-informed by our combat experience, including the outstanding performance of all Marines over the last 14 years of conflict, our objective approach and the data obtained from the past two years of studies. As we move forward with full integration, we will continue to maintain our standards, while leveraging every opportunity to optimize individual performance, talent, and skills in order to maximize the warfighting capabilities of our MAGTFs in an increasingly complex operating environment. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that the men and women who earn the title "Marine" will be ready, and will provide America with an elite crisis-response force that is ready to fight and win."


Marine Killed on Tarawa to be Reburied in Arlington
*Image info: James D. Otto.
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Killed on Tarawa to be Reburied in Arlington

Added December 10, 2015

The remains of a Marine who went missing during 1943's Battle of Tarawa have been identified as belonging to James D. Otto, of Los Angeles, and were buried will full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday, December 8.

According to a Marine Corps statement, Otto's remains were discovered this past June in a burial trench containing the remains of approximately three dozen Marines.

More than 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded during the battle, which took place between November 20-23, 1943.


Bosnia
*Image info: U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit establish a security perimeter in a muddy soccer field at Sokalac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Bosnia

Added December 10, 2015

Twenty years ago this week, on December 10, 1995, 22 Marines from Marine Corps Security Force Company, Naples, Italy were among the first American troops to arrive in Bosnia. The Marines provided security for Allied Forces Southern Europe headquartered in the nation's capital, Sarajevo. Approximately 2,500 NATO troops would be in place by 19 December taking on the task of peace enforcement in former Yugoslavia from the U.N.


Operation Restore Hope
*Image info: A U.S. Marine Corps Bell UH-1N helicopter lifts off from the ramp at Moi International Airport, Mombasa (Kenya). The helicopter was ferrying personnel and equipment to and from naval vessels off the coast of Africa. U.S. forces were bringing in personnel, material and equipment to support the withdrawal of United Nations peacekeeping forces (UNOSOM II) from Mogadishu, Somalia.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Restore Hope

Added December 10, 2015

Twenty-three years ago this week, on December 9, 1992, Marines from the 15th Expeditionary Unit (special operations capable) landed in Somalia to begin Operation Restore Hope, the largest humanitarian relief operation of its kind.


Wake Island
*Image info: Approximately 100 U.S. and Japanese historical structures, including this Japanese gun bunker, remain on Wake Island. (USMC photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon)
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Wake Island

Added December 8, 2015

Seventy-four years ago today, on December 8, 1941, Japanese forces launched an attack on American sailors and Marines stationed on Wake Island, roughly 3,000 miles west of Honolulu, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more than two weeks, Marines from the 1st Defense Battalion and Marine Fighting Squadron 211 fought off Japanese forces, until being forced to surrender on December 23.


Pearl Harbor
*Image info: An aerial view of the submerged USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Hawaii. The memorial straddles the hull of the sunken battleship, which was declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Pearl Harbor

Added December 7, 2015

Seventy-four years ago today, on December 7, 1941, Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack began just before 8:00 am local time, and in the two hours it lasted, nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 aircraft were destroyed. 2,000 American troops died in the attack and a further 1,000 were wounded. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan, marking its official entry into Worl War II. For the next three-plus years, American soldiers, sailors, and Marines battled Japanese forces across the Pacific, until Japan surrendered in August of 1945.


Chueylite
*Image info: U.S. Marines hold the Sandino (Nicaraguan bandits) flag.
(U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Chueylite

Added December 6, 2015

Eighty-seven years ago this week, on December 6, 1928, a small detail of Marines under the command of Captain Maurice G. Holmes defeated Nicaraguan bandits near Chuyelite.

Captain Holmes was awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry, and Gunnery Sergeant Charles Williams was killed during the fighting.


Please Support Our Wounded Warriors
*Image info: Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan.

 

Please Support Our Wounded Warriors

Added December 7, 2015

We recently made it our goal to raise money on #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of giving, to allow our Warrior Support Team to continue serving meals to wounded and recovering warriors at military medical centers on both coasts.

So far, we've received $1,500 in donations. While we're thrilled to have raised this much already, its barely enough to cover the cost of one week of meals. With the season of giving upon us, it's more crucial than ever that we, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!

Even if you weren't able to donate on #GivingTuesday, you still have the opportunity to show your support to these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much on behalf. Any amount you're able to give, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated and will help us continue to be able to serve these meals.

The recovery process can be long, difficult, and lonely, perhaps even more so during the holidays. This is your chance to show your support and give back this holiday season!

Click here to donate today!


Marine Museum to Undergo Renovations
*Image info: Workers drill holes in the wall of the Marine Corps museum in Triangle, Va. The new space will be the site of an expanded education suite, a Marine Sports Hall of Fame, a Hall of Valor Gallery, a Marine Corps Combat Art Gallery and two additional galleries depicting Marine Corps history from 1976 to the present.
(USMC photo by Adele Uphaus-Conner)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Museum to Undergo Renovations

Added December 3, 2015

The Marine Corps has recently announced that the National Museum of the Marine Corps will close to the public from January 4 through March 31 as the next phase of its seven-year, $100 million renovation project begins.

The museum, which opened in 2006 and attracts approximately 500,000 visitors per year, currently exhibits 200 years of Marine Corps history, from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. New displays will exhibit the history of the Marine Corps in the years since 1976.

The expansions, which began in March, will nearly double the size of the complex and are expected to last until March of 2020.


Marine Corps Announces
*Image info: Alexander Panos was recognized as the Marine Corps Musician of the Year Award for 2015.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Will Perkins)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Announces "Musician of the Year"

Added December 3, 2015

Staff Sergeant. Alexander Panos, a trombone player with the 1st Marine Division Band and San Diego, California native, was recognized as the Marine Corps' Staff Non-Commissioned Officer "Musician of the Year" for 2015 on November 23 at Camp Pendleton, California.

After growing up in the San Diego area and graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance, Panos spent two years playing for the San Diego symphony, local groups, brass quintets, and various bands before joining the Corps.

"I decided I wanted a career in music," Panos said. "I met up with a Marine recruiter who was a musician and he opened that door for me, told me the good and the bad and it all worked out for me. I joined two years after college and I'm glad I did it."


Marine General Named as Top Military Adviser
*Image info: Commandant of the Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller, left, greets Brig. Gen. Eric M. Smith, right, whom Defense Secretary Ash Carter has chosen to be his top military adviser.
(USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Immanuel Johnson)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine General Named as Top Military Adviser

Added December 3, 2015

After abruptly firing Army Lieutenant General Ronald A. Lewis on Nov. 13 amid allegations of misconduct, defense Secretary Ash Carter has appointed Brigadier General Eric M. Smith, currently commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, to serve as his senior military adviser, according to a defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity because the appointment hasn't been publicly announced yet.

Smith is a former foreign-area officer who served in Venezuela from 2001 to 2003. Between 2003 and 2006, he deployed twice to Iraq while serving in the 1st Marine Division. As senior military adviser to the Secretary of Defense, Smith will be tasked with providing the Defense Department's civilian leader with key military advice on all matters of policy and strategy.


Marine Becomes First Woman to Lead Engineer Support Battalion
*Image info: Lt. Col. Lauren Edwards became the first female commanding officer of a Marine engineer support battalion.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Ryan Young)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Becomes First Woman to Lead Engineer Support Battalion

Added December 3, 2015

This Monday, November 30, in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina,Lieutenant Colonel Lauren Edwards assumed command of the 8th Engineer Support Battalion from Lt. Col. David Morris. In doing so, Edwards became the first female Marine in the history of the Corps to assume command of an engineer support battalion.

In Officers Candidates School, Edwards was her platoon's honor graduate, and she was also the honor graduate from Combat Engineer Officer's Course, where she also received the leadership award. During her time in the Corps, Edwards has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has received numerous awards during her Marine Corps career, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V" device and two stars in lieu of third award, and the Combat Action Ribbon, among others.


Hagaru-Ri
*Image info: Raymond G. Davis
(official USMC image)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Hagaru-Ri

Added December 3, 2015

Sixty-five years ago this week, on January 4, 1950, after four days of fighting their way through the Taebek Mountains, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond G. Davis and the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines arrived in Hagaru-Ri, in present-day North Korea. Their victory over the numerically-superior North Korean and Chinese forces helped clear the way for the 5th and 7th Marines, and Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism.


St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery
*Image info: Marines the 1st Marine Division fire an M777 Howitzer during an exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan)

 

St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery

Added December 3, 2015

Artillerymen are a peculiar breed. Part grunt, part Motor T (transport), part communications, and part deaf, they have a long lineage dating back to the Roman legions in 399 BC. From the Middle Ages through most of the modern era, artillery pieces on land were moved by horse-drawn gun carriages. In the contemporary era, the artillery and crew have relied primarily on wheel or tracked vehicles as transportation, though some of the largest were railway guns. 21st century artillery consists of the M777 Howitzer as well as various other naval and land rocket pieces. Despite the years that separate the earliest artillerymen and today's modern warriors, for a number of centuries they've all shared one thing in common—the veneration of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of artillery.

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Warrior Support Team Spotlight: Warrior Reintegration Bags

 

Warrior Support Team Spotlight: Warrior Reintegration Bags

Added December 3, 2015

With the help and input of wounded, ill, and injured warriors, we have designed a Warrior Reintegration Bag filled with resources. These bags are being distributed to wounded, ill, and injured warriors in both military facilities and in homes around the United States. These bags include a variety of items to accomplish two things: to provide resources to the warrior to aid in recovery, and to provide items to help re-establish their team identity.

We recently made it our goal to raise money on #GivingTuesday to supply these Warrior Reintegration Bags to recovering warriors at military medical facilities on both coasts. So far, we've received $1,500 in donations, which covers the cost of supplying 20 of these bags. While we're thrilled to have raised this much already, we'd like to be able to supply even more this holiday season, and you can help!

Even if you weren't able to donate on #GivingTuesday, you still have the opportunity to help our campaign be successful. Any amount, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated, not only by those of us here at Marine Parents, but also by the men and women in the hospitals who receive these bags.

There's no better way to show our wounded and recovering warriors you have their backs this holiday season.

Click here to donate today!


Corps Helps Central American Troops Develop Training
*Image info: Members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -- South move rebar in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, while building a new school.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Katelyn Hunter)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps Helps Central American Troops Develop Training

Added November 27, 2015

Following a six month deployment to Central America, approximately 280 Marines began returning to Camp Lejeune earlier this month.

The Marines were deployed to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize as part of the inaugural deployment for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

During the deployment, the Marines built new schools, runways, and additional infrastructure, remained at the ready to help with any humanitarian crises that occurred during hurricane season, and dispatched four Marine Security Cooperation Teams to military bases in the region to assist local troops hone their infantry and leadership skills through the development of new training programs.


Re-Enlistment Targets Announced
*Image info: Sergeant Rafael Cervantes Jr., a combat-injured Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion West-Detachment Hawaii, raises his hand during his re-enlistment ceremony at the Pacific War Memorial aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2014.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Suzanna Knotts)

 

Marine Corps News: Re-Enlistment Targets Announced

Added November 27, 2015

With fewer first-term Marines signing on for another enlistment compared to last year, Marine Corps officials have called on unit commanders to ensure re-enlistment targets are met across 23 military occupational specialties as part of the Marine Corps' First-Term Alignment Plan (FTAP).

The FTAP's goal is to get the right number of Marines in the right MOSs across the Corps as the multi-year draw-down nears completion. The MOSs that are having trouble being filled are in vital communities like the infantry, aircraft maintenance, and artillery.


Chosin Reservoir
*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.
(official USMC image)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Chosin Reservoir

Added November 27, 2015

Sixty-five years ago this week, on November 27, 1950, eight Chinese Communist divisions in Korea launched a massive attack intended to destroy the 1st Marine Division. This led to one of the most well-known chapters in Marine Corps history as the Marines successfully fought their way southward out of Chosin Reservoir to the coastal port of Hungnam.


Operation Lancaster II
*Image info: Marines from BLT 2/4 taking part in Operation Lancaster II exchange fire under smoke cover across an open field with North Vietnamese troops about 2,000 meters north of Camp Carroll.
(official USMC image)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Lancaster II

Added November 25, 2015

Forty-seven years ago this week, on November 25, 1968, the conclusion of Operation Lancaster II ended 10 months of military action against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops in the west-central region of the demilitarized zone region. Over 1,800 enemy were killed, 42 captured, and 913 weapons seized during the operation.


Subic Bay Closes
*Image info: The U.S. Military Sealift Command fleet oilers USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) and USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107) moored at the Naval Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay, Philippines, on 2 January 1987.
(image from DefenseImagery.mil)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Subic Bay Closes

Added November 25, 2015

Twenty-three years ago this week, on November 24 1992, Marines lowered the flag at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Facility in the Philippines for the last time. The lowering took place during ceremonies to turn over the facility to the government of the Philippines, ending almost a century of U.S. presence in the country.


Corps Wants to Increase Number of
Staff Sgt. James J. W. Geiger reaffirms the oath of enlistment after his graduation from Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, Virginia.
(official USMC image).

 

Marine Corps News: Corps Wants to Increase Number of "Mustang" Officers

Added November 19, 2015

Marine Corps officials have recently announced that they'd like to see an increase in the number of enlisted Marines who become commissioned, or "mustang," officers in 2016.

Over the last three years, an average of 111 enlisted Marines were selected for officer programs. The Corps would like to see that number increase to at least 150 in 2016.


World War II Marine Killed at Tarawa to be Reburied
Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific salute Cpl. Roger K. Nielson during a dignified transfer of remains at the Honolulu International Airport, Nov. 12, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Erik Estrada)

 

Marine Corps News: World War II Marine Killed at Tarawa to be Reburied

Added November 19, 2015

In June of this year, the remains of 36 Marines were uncovered in a burial trench on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands, by History Flight, a private organization that works with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Among those remains were those of posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, 1st Lieutenant Alexander Bonnyman Jr.

The remains of another Marine, Cpl. Roger K. Nielson, were also discovered that month and were returned to the United States last week, reaching Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, November 12. This Monday, November 15, Nielson was reburied with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Nielson, who was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, was reported killed in action on the battle's first day at the age of 22. Over the course of more than three days of bitter fighting, more than 1,000 Marines lost their lives and a further 2,100 were wounded before Major General Julian C. Smith declared the island "secure."


Holiday Travel Assistance for Junior Enlisted Service Members
Some junior enlisted service members may receive financial assistance to fly home over the holidays.
(Photo: Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp/Air Force)

 

Marine Corps News: Holiday Travel Assistance for Junior Enlisted Service Members

Added November 19, 2015

This holiday season, thanks to a partnership between the nonprofit Armed Services YMCA and The Jack Daniel Distillery, Operation Ride Home is assisting junior enlisted service members travel home for holidays.

Active-duty members from all branches of service, single or married, are eligible to apply for assistance as long as they have a paygrade of E-4 or below. Family members of married troops also are eligible to participate in the program.

Those wishing to participate must be traveling at least 350 miles from their base to their home and are selected and prioritized based on need, in coordination with their installation commands. Those selected to participate in the program will be offered their choice of either a voucher for a plane ticket (limited to $400 per person) or a prepaid debit card for $100 per person for gas, lodging and food.


Additional Embassy Guards Sent to Paris
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets U.S. Marines assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Sept. 17, 2014.
(Dept. of Defense photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

 

Marine Corps News: Additional Embassy Guards Sent to Paris

Added November 19, 2015

In the wake of last Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that killed more than 125 people, the Marine Corps has sent additional embassy guards to protect the American embassy in the French capital.

According to the Marine Corps Times, "[m]embers of the Corps' embassy reinforcement team, the Marine Security Augmentation Unit, arrived in Paris Monday. The guards, based out of Quantico, Virginia, are trained to reinforce security at diplomatic facilities across the globe.

According to Major Chris Devine, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon, "As a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and at the request of the Department of State, the Marine Corps completed a movement of a Marine Security Augmentation Unit (MSAU) to Europe," and are " ready to provide additional security support to diplomatic facilities when requested by the U.S. ambassador or Department of State."


Marines Secure Tarawa
*Image info: Major General Julian C. Smith.
(official USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Secure Tarawa

Added November 19, 2015

Seventy-two years ago this week, on November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division, commanded by Major General Julian C. Smith, landed on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands.

After three days of bitter fighting that saw more than 1,000 Marines lose their lives and a further 2,100 wounded, Major General Smith declared the island secure.


4th Marine Regiment Begins March to Germany
*Image info: The moss-covered "Devil Dog" fountain, located in Belleau, France, symbolizes the spirit of the Marines in World War 1.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Lisa R. Strickland)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 4th Marine Regiment Begins March to Germany

Added November 17, 2015

Ninety-seven years ago this week, on November 17, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade, as a part of the 2nd Division American Expeditionary Force, began marching toward the Rhine River to provide support to American forces occupying Germany. On their march toward occupied Germany, the Marines passed through Belgium and Luxembourg.


Giving Tuesday

 

December 1 is Giving Tuesday!

Added November 16, 2015

In November we have one day for giving thanks, two for getting deals, and now we have a day to give back. Be a part of this global celebration of generosity and giving back by joining Marine Parents on December 1 as we celebrate #GivingTuesday!

The Roman philosopher Seneca is purported to have written,"We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation..." Here at Marine Parents, we couldn't agree more with that sentiment, especially now as we approach the holiday season.

Click here to learn more


Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Marine Corps Band member Staff Sgt. Jeffery Strong at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
(USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated

Added November 13, 2015

Thirty-three years ago this week, on November 13, 1983, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, containing the names of more than 13,000 Marines who lost their lives in Vietnam, was dedicated during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The dedication, and the parade preceding it, were part of a week-long salute to veterans of the Vietnam War.


First Celebration of Marine Corps' Birthday
Edwin McClellan.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: First Celebration of Marine Corps' Birthday

Added November 13, 2015

Ninety-four years ago this week, November 10, 1921, marks the date of the first formal celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday as November 10. On October 21 of that year, Major Edwin McClellan sent a memo to then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune, proposing that the original date of the founding of the Marine Corps, November 10, be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated by Marines across the globe. Less than two weeks later, on November 1, Commandant Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47 summarizing the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to all Marine commands each year on November 10.


Operation Desert Shield
U.S. Marines watch from a pier as the dock landing ship USS Pensacola is assisted by a tug. Elements of the 2nd Marine Division embarked aboard the Pensacola and other ships to participate in Operation Desert Shield.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Desert Shield

Added November 13, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this week, on November 8, 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced his plan to add more than 200,000 additional troops to those already deployed to the Persian Gulf area in support of Operation Desert Shield. With the addition of II MEF units from the Marine Corps' East Coast bases, and the 5th MEB from California, the number of Marines deployed to the area swelled to nearly 90,000 within two months.


Marine Corps Times Announces Annual List of Best Colleges and Universities for Veterans
Marine and civilian students review their work together in the same classroom aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
(USMC image).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Times Announces Annual List of Best Colleges and Universities for Veterans

Added November 13, 2015

The Marine Corps Times has recently released its annual list of best colleges and universities for military veterans.

The schools were divided into three different categories: Two-year schools, four-year schools, and online/non-traditional schools.

The rankings are based on the results of and feedback from a 120-question survey and, "...data from the Veterans Affairs Department, Defense Department, and three Education Department databases for information on everything from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation."


Military Retirement Overhaul Set to Roll Out

 

Marine Corps News: Military Retirement Overhaul Set to Roll Out

Added November 13, 2015

This Tuesday, November 10, 2015, saw Congress approve a "historic" overhaul of the military retirement system.

The more-than-$600 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill will modernize the 70-year-old military pensions and extend retirement benefits to include the more than 80 percent of troops who now leave the service with no pension, according to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz).


Memorial for Post-9/11 Veterans
Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Jan Scruggs opens the annual Memorial Day Observance at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall, which featured the first day of issue stamp dedication ceremony for the Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Limited Edition Forever stamps, May 25, 2015.
(U.S. Army photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Vietnam Wall Builder Wants Memorial for Post-9/11 Veterans

Added November 13, 2015

More than three decades after leading the push to get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built, Army veteran Jan Scruggs is now advocating the construction of a memorial for post-9/11 veterans.

In order for a memorial to be built on the National Mall, Congress will have to overturn the 1986 Commemorative Works Act, which stipulates that work on a war memorial cannot begin until 10 years after that war has ended. According to Scruggs, the act is out of touch with modern warfare against terrorism, which won't have a clear-cut ending.


Featured Marine: John Massaro
John Massaro
(USMC photo)

 

Featured Marine: John Massaro

Added November 13, 2015

While the true origin of the term "oorah" may never be known, a number of historical sources argue that it can be attributed to the eighth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, John Massaro.

According to this theory, Massaro introduced the phrase to Marine recruits during his time as a drill instructor in the mid-1950s following his time with the 1st Marine Division Reconnaissance Company during the Korean War.

In the decades since, the term has become a battle cry and an indelible part of Marine Corps lexicon, alongside words and phrases such as "leatherneck," "devil dog," and "first to fight."


Happy Veterans Day

 

Happy Veterans Day!

Added November 11, 2015

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation. Thanks to the patriotic men and women who serve and have served our country, we, as Americans, are able to enjoy the freedoms and liberties we hold so dear. So once again, thank you for your service. We greatly appreciate it.


Veterans Day Discounts

 

Veterans Day Discounts!

Added November 11, 2015

Each year, in honor of Veterans Day, a number of restaurants and businesses around the country offer free or discounted goods, services, and meals to both veterans and active-duty service members. To see a list of restaurants and businesses offering discounts this year, please click on the button below.

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Happy Birthday Marines!

 

Happy Birthday Marines!

Added November 10, 2015

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 Marine Corps' birthday is a day of pride and respect, and its celebration is one of the most revered traditions in the Corps.

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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November is Warrior Care Month

 

November is Warrior Care Month

Added November 6, 2015

Established by former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in November 2008, the Department of Defense has designated November as Wariror Care Month. The goal of Warrior Care Month is to increase awareness of the resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as their family members and caretakers.

The theme of Warrior Care Month 2015 is Show of Strength, which was chosen to, "...[recognize] the mental and physical resilience consistently demonstrated by our wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as [to acknowledge] the critical support provided by families and caregivers," said James Rodriguez, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy. "Show of Strength also underscores DoD's ongoing commitment to policy, programs and resources that enable wounded, ill and injured service members to thrive as they embrace a new normal."

To mark Warrior Care Month, the Department of Defense will be sponsoring numerous activities and events throughout November to, "increase awareness of the significant achievements and milestones that often occur during the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration or transition process." Activities and events will include a sitting volleyball tournament, a wheelchair rugby exhibition, a healing arts recognition event, a Facebook "town hall" meeting, and a blog series focused on military caregivers.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

 

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Added November 6, 2015

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and this year's theme is "Respite: Care for Caregivers." According to the Caregiver Action Network, "[r]espite--the chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize--is as important as any other item on your caregiver's to-do list."

To mark the occasion, President Obama released a statement that read, in part:

"Day in and day out, selfless and loving Americans provide care and support to family members and friends in need. They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives, and neighbors who uphold their unwavering commitment to ensure the lives of their loved ones shine bright with health, safety, and dignity. During National Family Caregivers Month, we rededicate ourselves to making sure our selfless caregivers have the support they need to maintain their own well-being and that of those they love."

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November is Military Family Month

 

November is Military Family Month

Added November 6, 2015

While the sacrifices made and hardships endured by our service members are well-documented, a related aspect that many people may not think about as often are the sacrifices made and hardships endured by military families as well.

Maintaining a family in the civilian world is challenging enough, and military families may also face additional, unique challenges, such as frequent moves from base to base, having a loved one deployed for months on end, or dealing with long-term physical and/or emotional wounds, that can make the task of maintaining a family seem almost overwhelming.

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Team Marine Parents MCM Slideshow

 

Team Marine Parents MCM Slideshow

Added November 6, 2015

The weekend of October 25 saw tens of thousands of runners, Marines, and supporters come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the running of The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and its associated events from October 23-25, 2015.

This year, Team Marine Parents had 30 runners participate in the "People's Marathon" and together they raised almost $16,000 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com.

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 MCM, or would like to cheer on our runners next year, follow the TMP Facebook page to be the first to know when bibs are available and to keep up on all things Team Marine Parents.

Click here to view the slideshow!


Veterans Day Featured Veteran: John Basilone
Sgt. John Basilone.
(USMC photo)

 

Veterans Day Featured Veteran: John Basilone

Added November 6, 2015

Next Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day and, to mark the occasion, we'd like to feature a piece on one of the most famous Marines in history--John Basilone.

Marine are known for being always faithful; for never giving up; for being hard-chargers. Perhaps no Marine better exemplified these traits than Sergeant "Manila John" Basilone, the only Marine in World War II to win both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross and a true Marine Corps legend.

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USS Rafael Peralta Christened
Sgt. Rafael Peralta
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Corps News: USS Rafael Peralta Christened

Added November 6, 2015

Last Saturday, October 31, 2015, the Navy christened it's newest destroyer, 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 Navy Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor, for his actions.

During the christening ceremony, Peralta's mother, Rosa, asked God to bless the ship and keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of champagne on the ship's bow. Peralta's sisters, Karen and Isela, his younger brother, Ricardo (who also served a combat tour as a Marine), and numerous brothers in arms from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment were also in attendance.

The USS Rafael Peralta is one of a number of Navy ships named after Mexican-Americans, but historians at the U.S. Naval Institute believe the Peralta is the first warship named for someone who was actually born in Mexico,according to Naval Institute spokesman Scot Christenson.


U.S. Embassy to Honor Marines Killed in Nepal
A UH-1Y Huey helicopter, the same model that went down in the crash, flies into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, after a search and rescue operation May 13, 2015.
(USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Thor Larson)

 

Marine Corps News: U.S. Embassy to Honor Marines Killed in Nepal

Added November 6, 2015

Today, November 6, 2015, six Marines who were killed in May in a helicopter crash during earthquake relief efforts in Nepal were be honored in a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in the country's capital, Kathmandu.

The Marines, two Nepalese Army soldiers, and five villagers were killed on May 12 when the UH-1Y Huey helicopter they were riding in went down in the mountains near the village of Charikot. There were no survivors.

To honor the sacrifice of these Marines, the embassy will be renaming the Marine Security Guard Detachment Kathmandu's Heritage Room "Vengeance Hall," after the Huey's call sign, "Vengeance 01," according to a Marine Corps statement.


Marine Veteran Completes Trek Across Britain
Sergeant Kirstie Ennis practices cycling during the 2013 All-Marine Warrior Games team training camp on Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
(USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Sharon Kyle)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Veteran Completes Trek Across Britain

Added November 6, 2015

This past Saturday, October 31, 2015, Marine Corps veteran Kirstie Ennis completed a trek across Britain in honor of her fallen comrades when she reached Buckingham Palace.

Ennis, 24, and her companions, fellow U.S. Marine Andrew Bement, two British Royal Marines and numerous British army veterans, embarked on their excursion 72 days ago when they set out from the Glenfiddich distillery in the Scottish highlands at a pace of roughly 20 miles each day.

Ennis, who was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012 and has undergone 38 surgeries in the three years since, delayed the amputation of her left leg below the knee in order to complete the trek. Approximately every 40 miles, Ennis would hang one of the 25 sets of homemade dog tags and leave a poem in honor of the 25 Marine Corps comrades either killed in action or lost to suicide after deployment.

The journey was undertaken with "Walking with the Wounded," a United Kingdom-based charity committed to assisting injured veterans. Ennis and her teammates are now in New York celebrating the Marine Corps birthday and will be speaking at the Bob Woodruff Foundation's ninth annual "Stand Up for Heroes" fundraising gala.


22nd MAU Lands on Carriacou
Suspected members of the Grenadian People's Revolutionary Army are taken by U.S. Marines to temporary compounds at the Queen's Park Racecourse, north of St. George's, Grenada, in 1983.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 22nd MAU Lands on Carriacou

Added November 6, 2015

Thirty-two years ago this week, on November 1, 1983, 300 U.S. Marines from the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) staged an amphibious and helicopter landing on the island of Carriacou, 15 miles northeast of Grenada, in a search for Cuban military installations or personnel. 17 Grenadian soldiers were captured in the assault, and arms, ammunition, and training sites were found as well. The next day, the 22nd MAU left Grenada and headed to Beirut, Lebanon to replace the 24th MAU.


Marines Raid Caco Stronghold in Haiti
Sergeant Hermann H. Hanneken.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Raid Caco Stronghold in Haiti

Added October 30, 2015

Ninety-six years ago this week, on October 31, 1919, a Marine and gendarme, led by Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken, disguised themselves as Cacos and entered the headquarters of the Haitian Caco Leader, Charlemagne Peralte, killing Peralte and dispersing his followers. Sergeant Hanneken and Corporal William R. Button were each awarded the Medal of Honor for their respective roles in the mission.


5th MEB Heads to Cuba
Aerial view of Guantanamo Bay.
(U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 5th MEB Heads to Cuba

Added October 30, 2015

Fifty-three years ago this week, on October 28, 1962, 11,00 Marines of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade left Camp Pendleton by sea en-route for the Caribbean during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A week prior, the entire Marine Corps had been put on alert and elements of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions were sent to Guantanamo Bay to reinforce the U.S. Naval Base.


Parris Island Marks Centennial
USMC photo by Cpl. William Perkins

 

Marine Corps News: Parris Island Marks Centennial

Added October 30, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

To mark the occasion, a flyover of approximately 600 new graduates of "Centennial" Charlie and Oscar companies was held last Friday, October 16, along with a speech by Commandant General Robert Neller.

Parris Island is Corps' second oldest post and continually operating recruit training installation, and approximately 19,000 recruits arrive each year, totaling more than one million Marine recruits over the last 100 years.


Congratulations TMP Runners!
Image info: TMP members who attended the dinner the night before the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon.

 

Congratulations TMP Runners!

Added October 30, 2015

This past weekend saw tens of thousands of runners, Marines, and supporters come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the running of "The People's Marathon" and its associated events from October 23-25, 2015.

This year, Team Marine Parents (TMP) had 30 runners participate in the Marine Corps Marathon and together they raised almost $16,000 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com.

Our largest fundraisers were Team #RunwithMarineMoMs, who raised $1,800 for TMP, and runner Brendan Hughes was the first TMP runner to finish the race. We would like to thank all of our TMP runners for participating and for supporting our troops!

Click here to view more photos of TMP members in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read more about how our TMP runners did during the MCM.

Click here to view pictures and videos of the MCM from the Marine Corps' Facebook page.


Team Marine Parents at the Marine Corps Marathon

 

Team Marine Parents at the Marine Corps Marathon

Added October 22, 2015

The 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon is almost here! This Sunday, tens of thousands of runners, Marines, and supporters will come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the running of "The People's Marathon" and its associated events from October 23-25, 2015.

This year, Team MarineParents (TMP) has 30 runners participating in the Marine Corps Marathon and together they have raised more than $15,700 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com. Our largest fundraisers were Team #RunwithMarineMoMs, who raised $1,800 for TMP. We would like to thank all of our TMP runners for participating and for supporting our troops!

Click here to read more


Operation Maui Peak
Elements of the 5th Marine Regiment stand by at the An Hoa Base waiting to board Sea Knight helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 [HMM-164].
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Maui Peak

Added October 15, 2015

Fifty-seven years ago this week, on October 19, 1968, Operation Maui peak ended nearly two weeks after it began 11 miles northwes of An Hoa, Vietnam. More than 300 enemy forces were killed in the 13-day operation.


Beirut Bombing
The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the bombing.
(Photo Courtesy of II MEF)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Beirut Bombing

Added October 15, 2015

October 23, marks the anniversary of the single deadliest day for the Marine Corps since Iwo Jima in World War II. However, the chain of events that led up to this tragic event began more than a year prior, in June of 1982.

On June 6, 1982, the Israeli Defense Forces invaded southern Lebanon in response to an assassination attempt on Israel's ambassador to the UK by Palestinian terrorists, in an attempt to create a buffer zone between Israel and a joint Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Syrian force stationed in Lebanon. After two and a half months of fighting, a 2,000 member multinational peacekeeping force, including 800 Marines from the 32d Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), was deployed to Beirut to oversee the withdrawal of PLO guerillas on August 25.


Volunteer Spotlight: Veterans United Volunteers
Volunteers from Veterans United

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Veterans United Volunteers

Added October 22, 2015

For a number of years now, MarineParents.com, Inc. has been fortunate enough to team up with Veterans United Home Loans, one of the nation's leading providers of VA mortgages that happens to be based here in Columbia, Missouri, just like us.

Since 2012, Veterans United has awarded us more than $10,000 in grant money through the company's charitable arm, Veterans united Foundation, and dozens of their employees have volunteered hundreds of hours to our organization.

Over the course of the last month, more than 50 employees from Veterans United have been generous enough to once again volunteer their time and energy on our behalf. During that time, the employees from Veteran's United put together folders, made buttons, built racks, packed informational kits to be sent to recruiting substations, hung shirts in the EGA shop, and packed 250 care packages to be sent to troops deployed to combat zones overseas.

As is typically the case when we have volunteers in the building, a good time was had by all and the time flew by. We would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Veterans United and their employees, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future!


November 10 is the Marine Corps Birthday!

 

November 10 is the Marine Corps Birthday!

Added October 15, 2015

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 Marine Corps' birthday is a day of pride and respect, and its celebration is one of the most revered traditions in the Corps.

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)

Click here to learn more


Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Christopher
Christopher Joseph "Gus" Loria's NASA photo (released).

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Christopher "Gus" Loria

Added October 15, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15 and in recognition, we'd like to take this opportunity to highlight a notable Hispanic Marine--Christopher "Gus" Loria.

Christopher Joseph "Gus" Loria is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and a medically-retired NASA astronaut.

Raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, Loria was born in 1960 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering in 1983. Following his graduation, Loria received his commission and was designated a Naval Aviator in July of 1988.

After numerous assignments in the Corps, including a combat deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Loria was selected by NASA in April of 1996 as an Astronaut Candidate, and that August he reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After completing two years of training, Loria qualified for flight assignment as a shuttle pilot.

In 2002, Loria was assigned to pilot STS-113, a 14-day Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour, but due to back injuries he sustained off-duty, Loria was medically grounded and had to be replaced by Paul S. Lockhart.

Following his medical disqualification from space flight exploration missions, Loria requested assignment back to the operational forces of the Marine Corps. After returning to the Corps, Loria served as the Inspector General for the 1st Marine Air Wing, Okinawa, Japan and served as the Director of Operations (J3) for Cheyenne Mountain Complex, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) before retiring from military service on December 1, 2008.


Operation Bumblebee
U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky HRS-1 helicopters from transport squadron HMR-161 launching from the U.S. escort carrier USS Sicily during "Operation Marlex-5" off the west coast of Korea in the Inchon area, on 1 September 1952.
(U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Operation Bumblebee

Added October 15, 2015

Sixty-three years ago this week, on October 11, 1951, a Marine battalion was flown by transport helicopters to a front-line combat position for the first time when Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron-161 (HMR-161) lifted the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, as a part of Operation Bumblebee, northeast of Yanggu, Korea.


Neller Speaks at Camp Lejeune
Commandant of the Marine Corps Robert Neller
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Corps News: Neller Speaks at Camp Lejeune

Added October 15, 2015

Last Thursday, October 8, Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller spoke to Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, about his expectations, goals, and concerns for the Corps.

General Neller told the Marines that he spoke to that he expects—and leaders should expect—Marines to always give 100 percent. He also discussed the traits he desires in Marines—be technically and tactically proficient, be accountable for actions taken, care for and maintain weapons, overcome adversity, exercise initiative, and always be honest and trustworthy.

Additionally, Neller discussed his belief that Marines must be prepared for any mission—military or humanitarian—that comes their way.

"The world is changing...[and] we need to be ready," Neller told the Marines, "Like war itself, our approach to war-fighting must evolve."


Vietnam-Era Marine Receives Navy Cross
Kenneth A. Altazan during his time in the Corps
(image from Kenneth A. Altazan and HMM-364.org)

 

Marine Corps News: Vietnam-Era Marine Receives Navy Cross

Added October 15, 2015

This Tuesday, October 13, saw a Louisiana Marine receive the Navy Cross for actions that took place in Vietnam nearly half-a-century ago.

On May 9, 1969, Marine Sergeant Kenneth Altazan, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his crew were responding to a call of more than 10 Marine casualties in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The plan was to land the CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter in two locations to evacuate the Marine casualties. As soon as it reached the landing zone, however, the helicopter came under heavy fire, resulting in it having to touch down in five separate locations to extract the Marines on the ground.

At the second pickup location, crew chief Altazan was standing on the CH-46's ramp when he saw a Marine carrying a second Marine toward the helicopter. Both men fell and Altazan ran into oncoming fire to carry one and help the other back to the helicopter. As they moved toward the Sea Knight, the Marine Altazan was carrying was shot and all three Marines collapsed, causing Altazan severely injure his knee. He got back up and got the Marines back to the helicopter.

At the final pickup location, Altazan saw a Marine waving a green shirt in a field of rice paddies and, despite the injury to his knee, Altazan again ran into oncoming fire to rescue the Marine. Upon reaching him, Altazan found not one, but two Marines in need of assistance. Altazan picked up one of the Marines, who was unconscious, and carried him while assisting the other Marine, who was suffering from a heat stroke, back to the helicopter.

Originally, Altazan earned the Silver Star for his actions. However, after a series of chance encounters, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) submitted evidence to the Marine Corps in 2011 detailing new evidence of Altazan's heroism, eventually resulting in his Silver Star being upgraded to the Navy Cross.


World War II Marine Receives Medals
A photograph of members Geas's unit, HQ 3rd Marine Tank Division.
(image from John Geas)

 

Marine Corps News: World War II Marine Receives Medals

Added October 15, 2015

Last Friday, October 8, 2015, 92-year old John Geas, a World War II-era Marine, was presented with medals he earned more than seven decades ago during a ceremony in Stamford, Connecticut.

Geas, who was in the 4th Marine Division's Tank Battalion, served on Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant and commanding an armored platoon.

The medals were presented by Senator Richard Blumenthal and included the Combat Action Ribbon, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze campaign stars, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.


D.O.D. Launches Child-Care Website

 

Marine Corps News: D.O.D. Launches Child-Care Website

Added October 15, 2015

The Department of Defense has recently announced that family center providers around the department are launching a new tool to assist service members seeking child care.

MilitaryChildCare.com is a state of the art website created to provide access to comprehensive information on military-operated child care options around the world.

"This website will be used throughout the military in all branches so hopefully families will begin to learn how it works," said Ashley Utsey, the family child care director for Marine Corps Community Services South Carolina. "It will be the first place to go when you are looking for care at any base you move to."

The service will be available in the Tri-command area in Beaufort, South Carolina later this month.


U.S. Navy Celebrates 240th Birthday

 

Marine Corps News: U.S. Navy Celebrates 240th Birthday

Added October 15, 2015

The United States Navy was established on October 13, 1775 by the Continental Congress to offset the uncontested power of the British Navy and this past Tuesday saw the branch celebrate its 240th birthday.

In the nearly two-and-a-half centuries since its founding, the Navy has participated in every major American military conflict, and no branch of the American armed forces has a forged closer relationship with the Marine Corps.


Brides Across America

 

Brides Across America

Added October 15, 2015

Brides Across America holds its wedding gown giveaways twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country. The events take place in July and November to honor our troops around Independence Day and Veteran's Day. To attend, brides must first make sure that they meet all of the qualification requirements.

Click here to learn more


2015 Gold Star Luminary Event
Luminaries made by Sherry, a Marine Parents supporter from Michigan.

 

2015 Gold Star Luminary Event

Added October 8, 2015

On the evening of September 27, 2015, military supporters around the country gathered at dusk to light luminaries in honor of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

This year, many individuals, groups, and organizations from across the country signed our Gold Star Luminary Initiative pledge, representing at least 17 states. The two states with the most supporters were California, with 228, and Michigan, with 100.

Click here to learn more about the Gold Star Luminary Initiative


Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Kiki Camarena
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar's USMC (left) and DEA (right) photos (released).

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Kiki Camarena

Added October 8, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 - October 15 and in recognition, we'd like to take this opportunity to highlight a notable Hispanic Marine--Kiki Camarena.

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

Born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1947, Camarena joined the Marine Corps in 1973, serving for two years. Following his time in the corps, Camarena joined the DEA, first in Calexico, California, before transferring to the agency's Fresno office in 1977 and then to its Guadalajara, Mexico office in 1981.

Four years later, on February 7, 1985, while on an undercover assignment in Mexico, Camarena was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by corrupt Mexican police officers working for drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. His body was found nearly a month later, on March 5 outside the small town of La Angostura, Michoacan State, Mexico.

During his time with the DEA, Camarena received multiple awards for his service and, following his death, was awarded the Administrator's Award of Honor, the highest award given by the organization. He was survived by a wife and three sons.


Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit
MarineParents.com Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia (left) presents Debbie Murchison-Perri, the Missouri representative for Remembering Our Fallen (right) with a framed "Operation Freedom Ballot" ballot.

 

Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit

Added October 8, 2015

"Remembering our Fallen" is an exhibit that honors the home-state heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country during the War on Terror. Missouri is one of 22 states to host such an exhibit.

From September 20 until October 3, the Columbia Mall, located less than 10 miles from our corporate office headquarters in Columbia, Missouri, hosted the wall.

After the exhibit came down last week, Debbie Murchison-Perri, the Missouri representative for Remember Our Fallen, met with MarineParents.com's Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia.

Murchison-Perri, who lost her son in Iraq, has been in charge of the Missouri exhibit since July of 2014. After taking down the exhibit and getting to know each other at the mall, Murchison-Perry and Della Vecchia, whose son also served in Iraq, stopped by the Marine Parents corporate office so Della Vecchia could present Murchison-Perri with a framed "Operation Freedom Ballot" (an outreach program that honored fallen heroes by preserving the historical first vote in Iraq by providing families of service members killed in Iraq an official Iraqi voting ballot) ballot.

The meeting also provided Della Vecchia with the opportunity to discuss the Gold Star Luminary Initiative with Murchison-Perri, who was excited to learn about it and is looking forward to helping us promote it next year.


One of Earliest Known Uses of
An artist's sketch of Tun Tavern, the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps.
(released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: One of Earliest Known Uses of "Marines" by Continental Congress

Added October 8, 2015

Two hundred and forty two years ago this week, on October 5, 1775, the Second Continental Congress held a meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which they used the word "Marines" on one of the earliest known occasions.

The word was used in direction to General George Washington when it directed him to secure two vessels on "Continental risque and pay", and to give orders for the "proper encouragement to the Marines and seamen" to serve on the two armed ships.


Marines Assist China in Surrender of Japan
Major General Keller E. Rockey.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Assist China in Surrender of Japan

Added October 8, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on October 6, 1945, U.S. Marines under the command of Major General Keller E. Rockey accepted the surrender of 50,000 Japanese troops in North China on behalf of the Chinese Nationalist government.


Marines Capture Noveleta, Luzon, Philippines
George F. Elliott.
(USMC image)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Capture Noveleta, Luzon, Philippines

Added October 8, 2015

One hundred and sixteen years ago this week, on October 8, 1899, 375 Marines under the command of future Commandant of the Marine Corps George F. Elliott captured the insurgent town of Noveleta, Luzon, in the Philippines during the Philippine Revolution. There were 11 Marine casualties.


Eighth Marine Regiment Activated
Eighth Marine Regiment crest.
(USMC image)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Eighth Marine Regiment Activated

Added October 8, 2015

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on October 9, 1917 the 8th Marine regiment was activated at Quantico, Virginia.

While the regiment didn't see combat in Europe during World War I, the regiment did participate in operations against dissidents in Haiti for more than five years during the 1920s.

During World War II, the regiment was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division and participated in combat operations on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, earning three Presidential Unit Citations in the process.


National Mental Health Awareness Week

 

National Mental Health Awareness Week

Added October 5, 2015

October 4 - 10, 2015, is National Mental Health Awareness Week, and we at Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to join organizations across the country in recognizing the occasion.

Since 1990, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as well as participants across the country, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, have used the first full week in October to bring awareness to mental illness, as well as to fight stigmas which may be attached to mental illness, provide support for those suffering from mental illness, educate the public on mental illness, and advocate for equal care for those suffering from mental illness.

Click here to learn more about National Mental Health Awareness Week


Commandant Neller Releases First Statement to Corps
Commandant General Robert Neller will serve as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
(USMC photos)

 

Commandant Neller Releases First Statement to Corps

Added October 1, 2015

Last Thursday, September 24, saw General Robert Neller take over as Commandant of the Marine Corps from General Joseph Dunford.

After taking office, Neller released his first official statement, in which he thanked General Dunford, outlined his vision for the future of the Corps, discussed the strengths of the Corps, and discussed what Marines and their leaders should expect from one another, among other topics.

Click here to read the message in its entirety


Corps May Expand Training Mission in Ukraine
Members of 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines train a group of Ukrainian naval infantrymen during Exercise Sea Breeze in 2011.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Tyler J. Hlavac)

 

Marine Corps News: Corps May Expand Training Mission in Ukraine

Added October 1, 2015

Marine Corps leaders have recently announced that they are considering expanding Corps' mission in Ukraine by training local troops who could be tasked with taking on Russian-backed separatists.

The decision would follow a July 25 announcement by the State Department that the U.S. military would begin training traditional troops in the country, having previously only authorized to train Ukrainian national guardsmen.


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

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featured Marine: Roberto Clemente

Added October 1, 2015

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.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Added October 1, 2015

Since 2004, October has been recognized as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.

With cyber attacks being a constant and growing threat, we would like to take a moment to encourage those with a loved one in the military to follow operational security (OPSEC). You may not know it, but you play a crucial role in ensuring your loved one's safety just by what you know of the military's day-to-day operations. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know.

As the name suggests, OPSEC protects U.S. military operations -- planned, in progress, and completed. Success depends on secrecy and surprise to allow the military can accomplish the mission at hand more quickly and with less risk to American personnel. Enemies of freedom want this information, and they are not just after the military member to get it, they are also after family members and loved ones.

Click here to learn more


Marines Secure Peleliu
Marines wait in their foxholes as artillery shells are launched at a Japanese held cave in the nearby hill.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Secure Peleliu

Added October 1, 2015

Seventy-one years ago this week, on September 27, 1944, US Marines secured and raised the American flag over the island of Peleliu. Despite Marines securing the island, pockets of Japanese soldiers held out and continued to fight against American forces until April of 1947, nearly two years after the war ended.


Marines Assist China in Surrender of Japan
Major General Keller E. Rockey.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Assist China in Surrender of Japan

Added October 1, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on September 30, 1945, U.S. Marines under the command of Major General Keller E. Rockey began landing in Northern China to assist the Chinese government accept the surrender of Japanese forces and repatriate Japanese soldiers and civilians.


Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel
Colonel Gilda A. Jackson.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel

Added October 1, 2015

Eighteen years ago this week, on October 1, 1997, Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, became the first African-American female Marine to achieve the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Prior to her promotion, Jackson served as the Special Projects Officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.


Neller Succeeds Dunford as Commandant
General Joseph Dunford (left), will serve as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff while General Robert Neller (right) will serve as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
(USMC photos)

 

Neller Succeeds Dunford as Commandant

Added September 24, 2015

Today, September 24, 2015, saw General Robert Neller replace General Joseph Dunford as Commandant of the Marine Corps in a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, 8th & I.

Neller will be the 37th Commandant in Marine Corps history, while Dunford will next serve as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he will become only the second Marine to serve in such a capacity.

Click here to read more

Click here to view images of the ceremony


3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Reactivated
The 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment Color Guard stands at parade rest during the reactivation ceremony at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field
(USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz)

 

3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Reactivated

Added September 24, 2015

Last Thursday, September 17, 2015, saw the return of one of the most deployed units in Marine Corps history.

After a more-than-15-month hiatus, the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines was reactivated last week in a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, at the Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field. The parade ground is named after one of the battalion's own who was killed in Iraq.

Over the course of its 90-year history, the "Thundering Third," which was originally activated in 1925 on Naval Base San Diego, deactivated and reactivated seven other times. While active, the unit has participated in some of America's most demanding conflicts, including World War II, Vietnam, and the War on Terror, during which the unit was the most combat-deployed battalion in the Corps.


Marines Land in Colombia
The USS Pensacola in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1861.
(US Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Land in Colombia

Added September 24, 2015

One hundred and forty-two years ago this week, on September 24, 1873, 199 Marines and seamen from the USS Pensacola and the USS Benicia landed at the Bay of Panama in what is now Colombia, South America, to protect the railroad and American lives and property as local groups fought for control over the government of Panama.


Hispanic Heritage Month
Pfc. Harold Gonsalves, a Hispanic-American Marine, lost his life and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII.
(USMC photo)

 

Department of Defense Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Added September 21, 2015

Last Friday, September 18, the Department of Defense (DOD), joined organizations and individuals around the country in recognizing and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 - October 15.

According to a release from the DOD, "The department will honor National Hispanic Heritage Month with programs and activities at installations around the world. The Pentagon will host a ceremony to present a temporary display, designed and owned by the Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, which features Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients...Other Hispanic Medal of Honor displays around the National Capital Region include one titled, "Return with Honor," which illustrates the story of Commander Everett Alvarez Jr., the first American pilot shot down over North Vietnam. "Return with Honor" will be featured at the Navy Yard. A third display entitled "Justice for my People" showcases the story of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the first civil rights activist and founder of the American G.I. Forum will be displayed at Fort Belvoir in Building 1458."

Click here to read the original release


Han River Crossing
American and Korean Marines cross the Han River in an LVT-3c of the Marines' 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion. (USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Cross Han River

Added September 21, 2015

Sixty-five years ago this week, on September 20, 1950, Marines of the 1st Marine Division crossed the Han River eight miles northwest of Seoul,South Korea. Five days later, the 1st and 5th Marines attacked Seoul and, by the 27th, had captured it.


Gold Star Family Day is only 10 Days Away

 

Gold Star Family Day is Only 10 Days Away

Added September 17, 2015

Gold Star Family Day is September 27, 2015.

We ask that you light a luminary on Gold Star Family Day. Please pledge your support of this special day and encourage your community to light luminaries, honoring members of all branches of the service, including those who have lost the fight after struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. Our goal is to have as many communities as possible in each state support the families of our fallen heroes. There is power in numbers and together we can show Gold Star families that we are a grateful nation.

Click here to get a luminary.     Click here to take the pledge.


Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
President Barack Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
(U.S. government photo)

 

Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

Added September 17, 2015

As September is National Suicide Prevention Month, we'd like to look back at some of the strides that have been made over the past year in the fight against veteran suicides. This piece looks at important legislation that was passed earlier this year:

On January 12, 2015, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, H.R. 203, which was signed into law one month later on February 12. On February 3, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed a similar bill.

The bill, named after a Marine veteran who committed suicide in 2011, is designed to help combat veteran suicides, and is being praised by veterans and suicide prevention groups as a victory in the war against this on-going problem.

Click here to read more


Hispanic Heritage Month
Pfc. Harold Gonsalves, a Hispanic-American Marine, lost his life and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Okinawa in WWII.
(USMC photo)

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Added September 17, 2015

This Tuesday, September 15, marked the beginning of 2015's "Hispanic Heritage Month." Over the course of the month, events will be taking place nationwide to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by, and important presence of, Hispanic and Latino Americans, as well as to celebrate their heritage and culture. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we'd like to take this opportunity to discuss the legacy of Hispanic-Americans in the Marine Corps.

Hispanic-Americans and persons of Hispanic descent have a long, proud history in the United States Marine Corps. According to Marines.mil, Hispanics accounted for approximately 12% of the Corps in 2013, the largest percentage of any minority group in the Marines. In 2002, President George W. Bush issued an order to speed up the process of citizenship for immigrants serving in the nation's military services in 2002, meaning that the percentage of Hispanic Marines will most likely increase moving forward.

Click here to read more


Marine Staff Sergeant Killed in Training Accident
A Marine 7-ton truck like the one above crashed and rolled over at Camp Pendleton, California, Thursday, killing Cpl. Bryan Michael Lauw of Denham Springs, Louisiana, and injuring 18 others.
(USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton Precht)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corporal Killed in Training Accident

Added September 17, 2015

Last Thursday, September 10, 18 Marines were injured and one was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, California.

After a multi-ton truck flipped on a paved road, six of the injured Marines were listed in critical condition, eight were listed in stable condition, and four were treated for minor injuries and discharged from medical facilities in San Diego County.

In addition to the 18 Marines who were injured, Corporal Bryan Michael Lauw, of Denham Springs, Louisiana was killed in the accident. Lauw, an anti-tank missileman from the division's 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, had served aboard an America-class amphibious assault ship during a transit around South America.


Marines Capture Wolmi-do Island
U.S. Marines stand guard over Korean prisoners of war on Wolmi-do Island after capturing the Island in 1950.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Capture Wolmi-do Island

Added September 17, 2015

Sixty-five years ago this week, on September 15, 1950, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines captured Wolmi-do Island in Inchon Harbor prior to the main landing.

That same day, the 1st Marine Division under the command of Major General Oliver P. Smith landed at Inchon in what is widely viewed as one of, if not the greatest, amphibious assaults of the 20th Century, and began the Inchon-Seoul campaign.


Marines Raid Pirate Stronghold
Marine Corps Maj. Daniel Carmick.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Raid Pirate Stronghold

Added September 17, 2015

Two-hundred and one years ago, on September 16, 1814, a detachment of Marines from the Naval Station at New Orleans under the command of Major Daniel Carmick, together with an Army detachment, destroyed a pirate stronghold at Barataria, on the Island of Grande Terre, near New Orleans. The stronghold was commanded by the famous pirate Jean Lafitte.


Military Operations in Urban Terrain Training Facility Dedication
Corporal Tanner Pollock, holds security while Lance Cpl. Ryan Zerites calls in a 9-line medical evacuation request during Military Operations in Urban Terrain, or MOUT, training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 8, 2015.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Krista James)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Military Operations in Urban Terrain Training Facility Dedication

Added September 17, 2015

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, September 18, marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of a 40-acre training facility for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The dedication took place in a ceremony presided over by then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred M. Gray.


September 11

 

Hope Born From Tragedy: How September 11 Led to the Foundation of MarineParents.com

Added September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015, marks the 14th anniversary of the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, ever. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on that Tuesday morning, and almost 7,000 brave Americans have sacrificed everything in the resultant military operations.

Rarely does an event have such wide-reaching and impactful consequences, but no one in our country was able to escape September 11, 2001 unscathed in some way. In the 14 years since, we have become more acutely aware of our place in the world and of the fact that many people want to cause us harm solely for being American. We've changed how we view the world and how the world views us. Ensuring our national security became a national obsession (and for good reason) and saw our military engage in conflicts in two countries, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, in an effort to do just that. In short, September 11 upset the balance of the country in a way not seen in decades.

Click here to read more


Marine Staff Sergeant Killed in Training Accident
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis and his wife Katie at the 2014 Marine Corps Birthday Ball. (image courtesy of the Lewis family)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Staff Sergeant Killed in Training Accident

Added September 11, 2015

Last Wednesday, September 2, Marine Staff Sergeant Jonathan Lewis was killed during a training accident in North Carolina.

Lewis, 31, of Virginia, was killed during a fast-rope training accident when the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter he was in made a hard landing at the Stone Bay training area near Camp Lejeune.

Lewis and all other passengers were still in the helicopter and not on ropes when the accident occurred. Eleven other Marines were injured in the accident.


Veterans March for Suicide Awareness
Marines Edward Curry (left) and Matthew Limes (right) on ABC 7 News, Detroit.

 

Marine Corps News: Veterans March for Suicide Awareness

Added September 11, 2015

This Saturday, September 12, two Detroit-area Marines will march for 22 straight hours while carrying 100 lb rucksacks.

The Marines, Edward Curry and Matthew Limes, have both been personally affected by suicide, which spurred their desire to raise money for, and awareness of, the veteran suicide "epidemic."

The duration of the march, 22 hours, was chosen to represent the 22 military veterans who commit suicide each day.


5,000 Marines to Head to Guam
Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Guam - Staff Sgt. Owen I. Wood leads his Marines in a raid April 8 during final field exercises on Andersen South during Exercise Guahan Shield. (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Pete Sanders)

 

Marine Corps News: 5,000 Marines to Head to Guam

Added September 11, 2015

The Navy has recently signed off on a plan to relocate 5,000 Marines and 1,300 family members from Okinawa, Japan to the island of Guam.

The 5,000 Marines and 1,300 family members is a much smaller number than was initially proposed in 2009, when the Marine Corps wanted to send a brigade-sized force of 8,600 Marines, 9,000 family members, and 1,900 government workers to the island.

The relocation is part of of a larger rebalancing of forces in the western Pacific, as the Marine Corps plans to base infantry headquarters, aviation squadrons and logistics support units on Guam. This will also help reduce the American military presence on Okinawa, which some Japanese view as "burdensome" according to the Marine Corps Times.


Guadalcanal Raid
U.S. Marines rest in a field on Guadalcanal, sometime between August and December, 1942. (image released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marine Raiders Strike Guadalcanal

Added September 11, 2015

Seventy-one years ago this week, on September 8, 1942, the 1st Raider Battalion and the 1st Parachute Battalion, carried out a successful raid on a Japanese supply base.

The Marines, who were supported by planes from Marine Air Group-23 and two destroyer transports, landed east of the village of Tasimboko, before advancing west into the rear of Japanese positions.


Beirut Attack
The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon, prior to the bombing. (USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Marines Attacked in Lebanon

Added September 11, 2015

Thirty-two years ago this week, on September 6 1983, two Marines were killed and a further two were wounded when rockets hit their compound in Beirut, Lebanon.

Heavy fighting continued for the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit near their positions around the Beirut International Airport, culminating in the militant group Hezbollah bombing the Marine barracks in Beirut the following month.


September is Suicide Prevention Month

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Added September 4, 2015

MarineParents.com joins organizations across the country to recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month.

We have been in touch with far too many veterans and veteran families affected by suicide--from suicide attempt survivors to families mourning the unbearable loss of their loved one to suicide.

Our Marine Parents Founder said it best: "One suicide is too many. One more suicide is too late."

Take time today to learn the signs of suicide risk and help spread the word about mental health resources. The Veterans Crisis Line reminds us in their Suicide Prevention Month material that one small act can make a big difference. We can work together to save lives.

Click here to learn more

Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger Attends Japanese Surrender to Allied Forces
Lieutenant General Roy S. Geiger.
(USMC photo)

 

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

Added September 4, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on September 2, 1945, the Japanese Empire officially surrendered to Allied forces on board the battleship USS Missouri in 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.


First African-American Marine Corps Aviator, General Dies
Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen Jr., the 1st African-American Marine Corps Aviator and the 1st African-American Marine Corps general, served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his career, Petersen flew in more than 300 combat missions.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: First African-American Marine Corps Aviator, General Dies

Added September 4, 2015

Frank E. Petersen, the first African-American Marine Corps Aviator and first African-American to achieve the rank of general, died last Tuesday, August 25, at the age of 83 at his home in Stensenville, Maryland.

Petersen, originally from Kansas, took, and aced, the Navy's entrance exam in June of 1950, and entered the service as a Seaman apprentice. The following year, motivated by the recent Korean War combat death of Jesse Brown, the Navy's first African-American aviator, Petersen entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program.

After completing his flight training, Petersen was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He flew 64 combat missions in Korea in 1953 and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other decorations.

Fifteen years later, in 1968, Petersen served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he commanded a tactical air squadron and served in more than 250 missions. While in Vietnam, Petersen received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered when he ejected after his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire over the demilitarized zone. In total, Petersen logged more than 4,000 hours in fighter and attack aircraft.


Iwo Jima Marine, Negro and Major League Veteran, Celebrates 91st Birthday
William "Bill" Greason pitching for the Birmingham Black Barons in 1951 (released).

 

Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Marine, Negro and Major League Veteran, Celebrates 91st Birthday

Added September 4, 2015

Yesterday, September 3, marked the 91st birthday of William "Bill" Greason.

Greason, who was born in 1924 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, across the street from Martin Luther King, who was a childhood playmate. After graduating from high school in 1943, Greason entered the military during the height of World War II and was among the first African-American Marine recruits, the Montford Point Marines.

In 1945, Greason served on Iwo Jima, in what became one of the bloodiest battles of the war. After surviving Iwo Jima, Greason served 13 months of occupational duty in Japan following their surrender to the Allied forces in September of 1945.

Upon his return to the United States, Greason began a new career as a professional baseball player, which lasted for more than a decade, from 1947-1959. During his time in baseball, Greason pitched in the Negro Leagues, the Mexican League, the Cuban Winter League (notably competing against Fidel Castro), and, after returning from serving in the Korean War in 1954, he became the first African-American pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball.


Ronda Rousey to Attend Marine Corps Ball
U.S. Marine Jarrod Haschert (released).

 

Marine Corps News: Ronda Rousey to Attend Marine Corps Ball

Added September 4, 2015

Last week, a video of Marine Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert, 22, who is based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, asking Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball this November went viral. Earlier this week, Rousey said yes, on the conditions that he be find dates for her friends and acts like a gentleman.


Marine Corps Combat Development Command Change of Command
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., left, Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr., center, and Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, listen to the invocation during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. Glueck relinquished Marine Corps Combat Development Command as the deputy commandant, Combat Development and Integration, and commanding general, to Walsh.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Combat Development Command Change of Command

Added August 31, 2015

Thursday, August 20, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford oversaw the change of command of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) Thursday, from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck to Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh.

Glueck, who took command of MCCDC in August of 2013, will retire from the Marine Corps next month after more than 40 years of service.

Walsh, who was promoted to lieutenant general in a private ceremony before the change in command, served as deputy commanding general of MCCDC from June 2012 to July 2013.


Intel Marine Degree Programs
Marines with 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, put together a Joint Mobile Intelligence Communication System. Intel Marines in nearly 20 jobs are eligible for degree completion programs at the National Intelligence University.
(Photo: Cpl. Justin Updegraff/Marine Corps)

 

Marine Corps News: Intel Marine Degree Programs

Added August 31, 2015

Enlisted Marines in almost 20 different intelligence specialties now have the option to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree at the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C., one of several incentives offered to help raise interest in the chronically undermanned field.

Those interested must apply no later than Dec. 1. Marines selected for the program will attend school during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Dunford Seeks Senior Enlisted Adviser
General Joseph Dunford

 

Marine Corps News: Dunford Seeks Senior Enlisted Adviser

Added August 31, 2015

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, who will take over as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff next month, is currently seeking a new senior enlisted adviser.

The current senior enlisted adviser, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, plans to retire in December.

The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman, or SEAC, is a relatively new position that was created a decade ago to work alongside the military's top officer. Dunford's selection will be only the third person in history to hold the title, and this decision may help institutionalize a position that doesn't have a long tradition.


Marines Return Home from Lebanon
The Marine barracks building in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo Courtesy of II MEF)

 

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

Added August 31, 2015

Thirty-one years ago this week, 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 last presence of U.S. combat troops in Beirut since Marines entered almost two years earlier.


Battle of Bladensburg
"The Final Stand at Bladensburg," by Col 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 31, 2015

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.


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 21, 2015

Seventy-three years ago this week, on August 17, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion under LtCol 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.


PFC James Anderson Jr.
PFC James Anderson Jr.
(USMC photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: PFC James Anderson Jr.

Added August 21, 2015

Forty-seven years ago this week, on August 21, 1968, Secretary of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to PFC 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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Farley-Kluger Initiative Update

 

Farley-Kluger Initiative Update

Added August 21, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 3,000 American children between the ages of one and 14 die suddenly each year from accidents. As such, on May 12, 2015, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation, the Parental Bereavement Act, to protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of their child's death. The same day, Representative Steve Israel (D-NY), introduced a companion bill to the Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration committees in the House of Representatives.

The legislation has yet to be passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but support for it has grown in the more than three months since its introduction, with more than 95,000 supporters signing an online petition and numerous additional Representatives and Senators lending their support as well.

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Marine Veterans Return to Havana to Raise Flag
Marine veterans Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East, and Larry C. Morris served as Marine Security Guards at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba from 1960-1961.
(U.S.government photo)

 

Marine Veterans Return to Havana to Raise Flag

Added August 21, 2015

On Jan. 4, 1961, U.S. Marines Jim Tracy, F.W. "Mike" East and Larry C. Morris lowered the American flag outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, for what they thought would be the last time. Last Friday, August 14, the three Marine veterans, now in their 70s, returned to Havana to witness the reopening of the American Embassy in Cuba more than five decades after they last left the island.

To mark the reopening of the embassy, Tracy, East, and Morris took part in a flag-raising ceremony with Secretary of State John Kerry. The reopening of the embassy is a significant step in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.


Marine Corps Merges African, European Commands
Maj. Gen. Nelson.
(USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba)

 

Marine Corps Merges African, European Commands

Added August 21, 2015

On Tuesday, August 18, in a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, Major General Neil Nelson took charge of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, as part of a merger of commands as officials work to streamline the Corps' post-war crisis response mission.

Prior to Tuesday's change of command, Marine forces in Europe were under the command of Lieutenant General Robert Neller, while Marines in Africa were under the command of Major General William Beydler.


UFC Fighters Take on MCMAP Experts
MCMAP training.
(USMC photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

 

UFC Fighters Take on MCMAP Experts

Added August 21, 2015

A video showing five Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters experiencing the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) has been making rounds on YouTube and social media recently. In the video, the five fighters, one of whom is Marine Corps veteran Brian Stann, traveled to Quantico, Virginia's Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence, better known as MACE. After spending the morning watching demonstration of tactics and techniques, the fighters took turns trying to take down their Marine instructors. All of the fighters were badly outmatched.

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F-35B Declared Operational
A F-35B Lightning II with Marine Operational and Test Evaluation Squadron 22 sits under a canopy while Marines conduct post flight checks aboard Edwards Air Force Base, California, Oct. 9, 2014.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Owen Kimbrel)

 

F-35B Declared Operational

Added August 21, 2015

On July 31, the Marine Corps announced that its newest fighter jet, the F-35B Lightning II, reached initial operational capability, with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for worldwide deployment.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant.

The Corps has trained and qualified more than 50 F-35B pilots and certified approximately 500 maintenance personnel to provide maintenance support for the planes. Eventually, the F-35 will replace the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet, and the EA-6B Prowler.


VA Launches No-Cost Training Programs

 

VA Launches No-Cost Training Programs

Added August 21, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on August 5, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launching of two new training programs. The programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, are intended to help service members and veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers after their military service comes to an end.

The programs are part of the VA's Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), which promotes education and employment opportunities for veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities around the country.


Marine Fighter
Fritz Payne.
(USMC photo)

 

Marine Fighter "Ace" Dies at 104

Added August 21, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on August 6, retired Marine Corps Brigadier General Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, believed to be the oldest surviving American fighter Ace, died at the age of 104 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Payne, who was born in Palmyra, New York, attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years before graduating from the University of Arizona in 1935. Following his graduation, joined the Marine Corps and became a Marine Aviator.

In September and October of 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Payne earned the title of "Ace" for shooting down four Japanese bombers and two fighter planes.

During his time in the Corps, Payne, who retired in 1958, earned the Navy Cross, a Silver Star, and a Distinguished Flying Cross, among numerous other medals.


Montford Point Marines Honored in Louisville
Three Montford Point Marines on liberty.
(USMC photo)

 

Montford Point Marines Honored in Louisville

Added August 21, 2015

Earlier this week, four Montford Point Marines from Louisville, Kentucky were posthumously honored with Congressional Gold Medals, the highest civilian award in the country.

The ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, August 18, saw Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) present the awards to the families of John Covington, Alonzo Crumes, Edward Polin and Herbert Thompson Jr. Additionally, the families of two Montford Point Marines who had previously received the award received certificates of recognition.


Marine Corps University Building Dedications
The official party at the dedication ceremony of the John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies and the Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons Center for Marine Corps History unveil a portrait of Simmons at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 7, 2015.
(USMC photo by Sgt Terry Brady)

 

Marine Corps University Building Dedications

Added August 21, 2015

Two weeks ago, on August 7, more than 600 students and faculty of the Marine Corps University attended a dedication ceremony at the John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies in Quantico, Virginia.

The ceremony honored the accomplishments of John W. Warner, a Marine Veteran who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and is a former Senator of Virginia and Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons, a Marine who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


Neller Confirmed as Next Commandant
General Robert Neller
(USMC photo)

 

Neller Confirmed as Next Commandant

Added August 13, 2015

Last week, General (sel.) Robert Neller was confirmed by the Senate as the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. He will take over the position later this year from current-Commandant General Joseph Dunford, who is leaving the post to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September.

Neller, a native of East Lansing, Michigan, and attended the University of Virginia, where he received his commission through Officer Candidates School via the Platoon Leaders Class program in May 1975. He will be the 37th Commandant in the history of the Corps.

Neller currently serves as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and will be the Corps' third Commandant in the space of a year, as General Dunford was selected for his new role as JCOS chair just months into his tenure.


Henderson Field Secured
Aerial view of Henderson Field - Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - 11 April 1943 (U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Henderson Field Secured

Added August 13, 2015

Seventy-three 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.


Iwo Jima Marine Dies
Scheperle during his time in the Corps (released)

 

Iwo Jima Marine Dies

Added August 13, 2015

On Sunday, August 9, John Scheperle, Jr., one of the last living Marines to serve on Iwo Jima, passed away in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was 90 years old.

Scheperle, who followed in his older brother's footsteps and joined the Marines in 1943 after graduating from Jefferson City High School, was a member of the 3rd Platoon, E-Company, 28th Marines. The platoon is famous for capturing Mt. Suribachi and planting an American flag on its summit, as was captured in Joe Rosenthal's iconic image that was used as the basis for the Marine Corps War Memorial, and is believed to be the most decorated platoon in Marine Corps history for a single engagement.

Scheperle earned two Purple Hearts on Iwo Jima, the first after he received a shrapnel wound to his arm from an exploding mortar, the second after he was shot days later, the bullet entering under his right arm and exiting through his left shoulder. Scheperle's shrapnel wound prevented him from having the opportunity to take part in the mission to capture the summit of Mt. Suribachi, as he was recovering on a hospital ship, the USS Samaritan, at the time. The initial treatment of his gunshot wound was provided by Navy Corpsman John Bradley, one of the six men who helped raise the flag.

After the war, Scheperle returned home to Jefferson City and married Carolyn. The two had three children and John worked in the construction industry until his retirement in 1990.


Double Amputee Marine Handcycles Across America
Toran Gaal rides by USS Constitution in Charlestown, Massachusetts on July 22, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. Fairchild)

 

Double Amputee Marine Handcycles Across America

Added August 6, 2015

This past Sunday, August 4, 2015, saw Marine veteran Toran Gaal complete his cross-country handcycling journey when he reached the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

Gaal, who lost both of his legs and 30% of his brain when he stepped on an IED in June of 2011, set out from San Diego on June 1 and completed his 63-day, 3,800 mile journey two days ahead of his original goal of 65 days.

Gaal was alone on the road aside from a fellow injured Marine veteran following in a support van and undertook this journey to raise $40,000 for the organization that helped him through his recovery process, the Semper Fi Fund.

Gaal surpassed his goal, raising more than $42,000. Gaal was greeted at the Marine Corps War Memorial by nearly 100 family members, friends, and supporters, including a number of Marines who served with Gaal in Afghanistan. Following a ceremony at the War Memorial, Gaal traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath in honor of those who never made it home.


Dunford Confirmed as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman
General Joseph Dunford (USMC photo)

 

Dunford Confirmed as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

Added August 6, 2015

Last Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the United States Senate confirmed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford's nomination as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS).

Dunford, currently Commandant of the Marine Corps, was nominated for this position in May. Dunford has served as Commandant since October of last year. Prior to serving as Commandant, Dunford served as the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan from February of 2013 until August of 2014, and previously commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dunford has been in the Corps for almost four decades, having received his commission in 1977 following his graduation from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. He will take over his role as chariman of the JCOS in September following the retirement of the current chairman, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.


1st Marine Division Command Change
Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo speaks to the guests after taking command of the 1st Marine Division from Maj. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 30, 2015. (Photo by Cpl. William Perkins)

 

1st Marine Division Command Change

Added August 6, 2015

Last Thursday, July 30, 2015, saw Brigadier General Daniel Yoo take command of the 1st Marine Division during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, California.

Yoo, 55, is the first Korean-American general in Marine Corps history and took command from Major General Lawrence Nicholson and is now tasked with leading the more than 23,000 Marines now under his command.

Yoo was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1985 following his graduation from Arizona State University. During his three decades in the Corps, Yoo has commanded infantry and reconnaissance units, as well as serving with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and at the Pentagon. Prior to taking command of the 1st Division, Yoo served as the Division's assistant commander.


Sea Knight Retired
The CH-46 "Sea Knight" begins its landing during the CH-46 Retirement Ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia Aug. 1, 2015.

 

Sea Knight Retired

Added August 6, 2015

This past Saturday, August 1, 2015, saw the Marine Corps bid farewell to the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter in a retirement ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum's Steven Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Sea Knights, or "Phrogs" as they were affectionately called by Marines, had been in use by the Corps for more than half a century, having first been introduced in 1964.

The Sea Knight was used to transport troops, equipment, and supplies and was in service in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In addition to transport, the helicopter also provided combat support, search and rescue support, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP).

The Sea Knight will be replaced by the MV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft first fielded by the Corps in 2007. The Osprey is capable of traveling twice as fast as the Sea Knight and can transport nearly three times the payload.


Tinian Declared Secure
Marines wading ashore on Tinian. (U.S. government photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian Declared Secure

Added August 6, 2015

Seventy-one 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."


Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War
Four U.S. Marine Corps Vought F4U-1 fighters armed with bombs in late 1943 or early 1944. (U.S. government photo)

 

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

Added August 6, 2015

Sixty-five 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.


U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia
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)

 

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

Added August 6, 2015

Twenty-five 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 Remains Returned from Tarawa
Caskets carrying the remains of more than 30 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place. (USMC photo by Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

 

Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

Added July 30, 2015

This past week, the United States military and History Flight, a Marathon, Florida-based non-profit organization committed to keeping World War II aviation history alive, brought the remains of more than 35 Marines home to America from the island of Tarawa, Kiribati more than seven decades after American Marines and sailors fought to gain control of the island from Japanese forces during World War Two.

Initial studies conducted by History Flight indicates that the remains of First Lieutenant Alexander J. Bonnyman Jr., a Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, are among those recovered.

Almost 1,000 Marines and 30 Sailors died during the three-day battle. Less than 20 of the almost 3,500 Japanese troops on the island survived, as did less than 130 of the approximately 1,200 Korean slave-laborers who were on the island. More than 500 American servicemen are still unaccounted for from the battle.

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Congressman Named Honorary Marine
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. presents Congressman Robert Wittman with an Honorary Marine citation, July 27, 2015.(USMC photo by Cpl. Christian Varney)

 

Congressman Named Honorary Marine

Added July 30, 2015

On the evening of Monday, July 27, 2015, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-VA, was named an honorary Marine by Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford. Wittman received this honor for his commitment to the sea services and his support of wounded and recovering warriors during a ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C.

Wittman has represented Virginia's first congressional district since 2007 and is head of the House Armed Services Shipbuilding Caucus. He's also a longtime advocate of the Marine Corps' professional military education opportunities and amphibious shipping needs. But, according to Dunford, Wittman earned the golden pin that making him an honorary Marine because of his efforts to support wounded and recovering troops.

In receiving this honor, Wittman became the 97th person to be named an honorary Marine since the program began with then-Commandant General Carl Mundy in 1992. Wittman is only the sixth member of Congress to receive this honor.

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Marine Corps to Field New Sniper Rifle
Corporal Brandon Luke fires an M40A5 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle. (USMC photo by Cpl. Scott Whiting)

 

Marine Corps to Field New Sniper Rifle

Added July 30, 2015

According to a Marine spokesman, Major Anton Semeloth, the Marine Corps is looking to field a new sniper rifle, but has yet to identify what type and caliber.

In an email, Semelroth wrote that, "We are looking at a number of available options, to include the Mk.21 Precision Sniper Rifle. The Marine Corps continues to evaluate the need for improved capabilities for our snipers and to consider solutions being pursued by the Army, other services and [Special Operations Command]."

The Corps' current sniper rifle, the M40A5, has an effective range of approximately 1,000 yards and fires a .308 caliber bullet. The Mk.21, the model mentioned in Semelroth's email, can be fitted to fire a .338 caliber bullet and has an effective range of more than 1,600 yards and is currently in use by various special operations units.

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Marines March Raise Suicide Awareness by Marching in Silkies
Marines running in their "silkies." (USMC photo)

 

Marines March Raise Suicide Awareness by Marching in Silkies

Added July 30, 2015

This past Saturday, July 25, a group of Marines and veterans marched more than 13 miles along a Southern California boardwalk to raise awareness about suicide-prevention wearing little more than boots and the (very) short green workout shorts affectionately known as "silkies."

The event, called "22, with 22, for the 22" began at South Mission Beach Jetty in San Diego, California, and ended 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) north at La Jolla Cove. Each participant carried a 22 kilogram (nearly 50 lbs) pack on the march. The distance marched and weight carried are representative of the 22 military service members and veterans who die each day of suicide.

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Marine Leaders Endorse Switch to M4
A Marine fires his M4 during the 2015 Recon Challenge aboard Camp Pendleton, California, May 15, 2015. (USMC photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)

 

Marine Leaders Endorse Switch to M4

Added July 30, 2015

Marine Corps leaders have recently recommended that infantry units begin using the M4 as their primary weapons instead of the iconic M16, which has been in use since the Vietnam War.

The switch has already received support from several major commands -- including Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Combat Development and Integration; Plans, Policies and Operations; Marine Corps Systems Command; and Installations and Logistics -- and a final decision from the Commandant is expected within the next few months.

If the decision to switch to the M4 is approved by Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the M16 would be used exclusively by support personnel, such as those in logistical or administrative roles. The 17,000 M4s needed to outfit infantry units are already in inventory, so if approved, the switch could begin immediately. As such, officials described the move as an "improved capability for the infantry at no additional cost."

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Learning More About the Corps: Leathernecks
First Lieutenant Charles Rumsey Broom wears the high "leatherneck" collar in a photo circa 1817. (USMC photo)

 

Learning More About the Corps: Leathernecks

Added July 30, 2015

In 1776, the Naval Committee of the Second Continental Congress prescribed new uniform regulations. Marine uniforms were to consist of green coats with buff white facings, buff breeches and black gaiters. Also mandated was a leather stock to be worn by officers and enlisted men alike. This leather collar served to protect the neck against cutlass slashes and to hold the head erect in proper military bearing. Sailors serving aboard ship with Marines came to call them "leathernecks."

Use of the leather stock was retained until after the Civil War when it was replaced by a strip of black glazed leather attached to the inside front of the dress uniform collar. The last vestiges of the leather stock can be seen in today's modern dress uniform, which features a stiff cloth tab behind the front of the collar.

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

 

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

Added July 30, 2015

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

The Act provided for Fleet Marine Forces, as well as confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases and participating in land operation incident to naval campaigns.


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

 

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

Added July 30, 2015

Ninety-seven 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.


Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

 

Tennessee Shooting Condolences

Added July 24, 2015

One week ago, on Thursday, July 16, four Marines and one Sailor were tragically killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We would like to take this opportunity to offer our most heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of these fallen American heroes. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten as their memories and legacies live on.

The Marines killed were Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, Massachusetts, Lance Corporal Squire K. Wells of Marietta, Georgia, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt of Russellville, Arkansas, and Sergeant Carson Holmquist of Gantsburg, Wisconsin. The Sailor killed was Petty Officer Randall Smith of Paulding, Ohio.

If you would like to post your condolences to the families of the fallen, you may do so by clicking here to post on our Facebook page or by clicking here to post on the Marine Family Network.


This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Tinian

Added July 24, 2015

Seventy-one years ago this week, on 24 July 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.


General Dunford Approved as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

 

General Dunford Approved as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

Added July 24, 2015

Earlier today, July 23, 2015, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now that the nomination has been approved by the committee, the nomination will be voted on by the full Senate.

If confirmed, Dunford will replace Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as Chairman, and will become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity. General Peter Pace, who served as Chairman from October 2005 until September 2007, was the first.

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Staff Sergeant Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year

 

Staff Sergeant Named Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year

Added July 24, 2015

Earlier this week, the Marine Corps Times named Staff Sergeant Zachary Rubart it's "Marine of the Year" due to his leadership capabilities, his commitment to improving himself and his Marines, and his long record of service to his community outside of a military capacity.

Rubart, 31, served two combat tours in Fallujah, Iraq, and one to Marjah, Afghanistan. In 2006, during his second deployment to Fallujah, Rubart was wounded, receiving shrapnel to his face, hand, and leg.

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Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

 

Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

Added July 16, 2015

The following statement was announced on the Official U.S. Marine Corps Facebook page at approximately 2:30 PM, CST:

"The Marine Corps can confirm four Marine fatalities at the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. Names of these Marines will be released upon notification of the next of kin.

We can also confirm one Marine Corps recruiter suffered a wound to the leg while working at the Chattanooga recruiting office, was treated at a local hospital and has been released.

Our priorities are focused on supporting the families of our Marines involved and assisting local investigators."

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Marine Embassy Guards Return to Cuba
Then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld shakes hands with U.S. Marines stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2003. (U.S. Air Force photo)

 

Marine Embassy Guards to Return to Cuba

Added July 16, 2015

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department announced its intentions to open an embassy in Havana, Cuba, bringing the Marine Corps a step closer to deploying its iconic embassy guards to the island nation for the first time since 1961.

This marks a significant step in reestablishing formal diplomatic ties between the two countries after more than five decades of strained relations.

According to Marine officials,the Havana detachment will consist of between six and 20 Marines, likely on the lower end of that spectrum, as Havana is assumed to be a low-risk post.

While U.S. officials have not given a specific date for when this will be taking place, officials from Cuba's Foreign Ministry have said that embassies will be up and running in both countries on July 20.

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Ruth McDonald President's Own
Master Gunnery Sgt. Ruth McDonald, who plays the clarinet in "The President's Own," joined the Marine Band on Oct. 4, 1985.

 

Longest-Serving Female Member of "President's Own" Retires

Added July 16, 2015

Last Thursday, July 10, saw the retirement of the longest-serving female member of the Marine Corps band, also known as "The President's Own."

Master Gunnery Sergeant Ruth McDonald began playing the clarinet in third grade, graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in music, and had just earned a master's degree from the New England Conservatory when she auditioned for the band in 1985 after seeing an advertisement in the musician's union paper.

At the time of McDonald's audition, it had only been 12 years since the first woman had joined the Marine Corps Band, and there there were still no locker rooms or uniforms specifically for women. However, over the course of her 30-year career, McDonald played a vital role in increasing the comfort and presence of women in "The President's Own."

According to Major Michelle Rakers, "It's going to be a big loss when we see Ruth retire. She has shouldered the burden of transition when women just came into this organization."

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Marine Week 2015

 

Marine Week 2015

Added July 16, 2015

This fall, the United States Marine Corps will be celebrating, "Community, country, and Corps" September 10-13 in the Phoenix area during Marine Week 2015.

Activities during the week will include concerts, the showcasing of equipment and aircraft, such as the MV-22 Osprey and AH-1Z Super Cobra, and community service events. The full schedule of events will be available this summer and be sure to check out the photos and videos of Marine Week Phoenix.

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

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Soissons

Added July 16, 2015

Ninety-seven 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.


USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned
The USS Iwo Jima (U.S. Navy photo)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned

Added July 16, 2015

Twenty-two years ago this week, on July 14, 1993, the USS Iwo Jima was decommissioned after more than 30 years of service. The decommissioning took place in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.

The ship had been named for the World War II battle during which three Marine divisions battled, and defeated, 20,000 Japanese troops. The ship had been commissioned in August 1961, and it was the first ship specifically designed to serve as an amphibious assault ship.


United Hair Lines
Michelle E. with the ceremonial grand prize check.

 

United Hair Lines Supports WST Mentoring Program

Added July 9, 2015

In February, Michelle Erjavac, a stylist at United Hair Lines, a Chicago-area hair salon, held a fundraiser in support of Warrior Support Team's (WST) Mentoring Program, an outreach program of MarineParents.com, Inc. Michelle recorded the event and entered the video in a contest sponsored by Wella Hair Care. Little did she know that, only a few months later, she would be one of two grand prize winners.

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Cpl. Todd Love
Cpl. Todd Love (USMC photo)

 

Triple-Amputee Marine Refuses to Let Injuries Slow Him Down

Added July 9, 2015

In October of 2010, Marine Corporal Todd Love's life was changed forever when he stepped on an IED while on patrol in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The explosion caused Love to lose both of his legs and his left hand, but he refused to let it affect his attitude and has made it his mission to live his life to the fullest.

During his rehabilitation, Love became an extreme sport enthusiast, and has since gone surfing, snowboarding, sky-diving, competed (and completed) numerous Spartan Races and mud-runs, and even wrestled an alligator on a national TV show. He also learned to play the piano trough a music rehabilitation program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

"I want to encourage others to uplift those around them," Love has said, "I might not be able to carry anybody physically but I want to return the favor by simply sharing my story to inspire people."

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1st MAW Activated
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys with the 1st MAW arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

 

This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st MAW Activated

Added July 9, 2015

74 years ago this week, on July 7 1941, the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW) was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Less than a year later, the 1st MAW participated in the Marine Corps offensive at Guadalcanal.

The bitter fighting at Guadalcanal would be the first in a series of legendary battles in which the 1st MAW has participated in over the years. The Wing has earned five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry in battles spanning World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


MARSOC Units Get Raiders Name
U.S. Marine V-22 Ospreys with the 1st MAW arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 3, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

 

MARSOC Units Get Raiders Name

Added July 9, 2015

Just under three weeks ago, on June 19, 2015, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) held a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to formally rename Marine Corps special operations battalions after their predecessors, the Marine Raiders of the Second World War.

During the ceremony, MARSOC momentarily deactivated its eight subordinate units, before immediately reactivating them with new names and battle colors bearing the Raiders' name.

The renaming is, at least in part, the result of nearly a decade of advocacy for the change by original Raiders and their families, and the ceremony came 10 months after the renaming was initially announced, during which time Headquarters Marine Corps worked on approving a bulletin to announce the upcoming change.


A-4 Skyhawk Retired
A USMC A4D-2 Skyhawk passing the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea after a wave-off. (U.S. Navy photo)

 

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

Added July 9, 2015

25 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.


Commandant Burrows
Commandant Burrows

 

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

Added July 9, 2015

217 years ago this week, on July 11, 1798, "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps" became law after receiving the approval of President John Adams. The next day, the President appointed William Ward Burrows as the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August of that year, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, which at that time was still the capital of the United States.


Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

 

Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

Added July 2, 2015

This Saturday, July 4, 2015, marks the celebration of America's 239th Independence Day. While phrases like, "The land of the free, because of the brave" and "Freedom isn't free" may sound cliche at this time of the year, the fact of the matter is that they're true.

If it wasn't for the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have been making for almost 250 years, we, as Americans, wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms, liberties, and way of life we hold so dear.

This weekend, while celebrating the Fourth of July with your family and friends, we encourage you to take a moment to thank a service member or veteran for the sacrifices he or she has made on our behalf. While our men and women in uniform aren't serving our country for recognition, what better time to say "Thank you" than on this most patriotic of weekends?


Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion
Lt. Col. Robert Shaffer during his time in the Corps (Released)

 

Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion

Added July 2, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 16, 2015, 97-year-old retired Marine Lt. Col. Robert Shaffer received an honorary promotion to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony at his home in Utah.

Shaffer served in the Corps as an officer for 21 years, from 1940-1961. During World War II, Shaffer survived the Battle of Midway, before going on to investigate war crimes after the war. He later served during the Korean War.

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The Presiden't Own
Commandant Burrows

 

"The President's Own"

Added July 2, 2015

On March 4, 1801, the Marine Band performed at President Jefferson's inauguration, beginning a tradition that has seen them perform at every Presidential Inauguration since, leading to the band's nickname of "The President's Own."

Four months later, July 4, 1801, saw the first American Independence Day celebration held in the "President's House." As part of the celebration, President Thomas Jefferson reviewed Marines, led by then-Commandant Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, and the Marine Band, on the White House grounds. The Marines performed drills and fired various salutes in observance of the America's 25th anniversary.

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Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

Added June 25, 2015

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June 27th as PTSD awareness day, a day to recognize PTSD, an issue that many warriors face upon returning from combat. According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans. Click here to learn more Click here to help


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469 conduct a 21-gun salute during a memorial service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, June 3. (Marine Corps photo)

 

HMLA-469 Memorial Ceremony

Added June 18, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 3, family, friends and fellow Marines gathered on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California to honor the six Marines who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal last month while assisting with earthquake-recovery efforts. The Marines were with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Click here to read more


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

Added June 18, 2015

The Secretary of the Navy has authorized five slots for Marine applicants in the 2016 Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) class. The EMDP2 Program is a two-year undergraduate program open to enlisted personnel of all ranks with less than 10 years of service. The application deadline for the 2016 class is Nov. 1, 2015, and the selection board will convene in December.

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June 14 is Flag Day

 

June 14 is Flag Day

Added June 14, 2015

The Stars and Stripes. The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory. Regardless of what you call it, for more than 200 years the American flag has represented the principles -- democracy, liberty, and freedom -- that our great country was founded on. Today, June 14, is Flag Day. We would like to encourage our readers to take a moment on Sunday to raise an American flag and reflect on all that it stands for and to honor the men and women who have laid down or put their lives on the line defending it over the course of our nation's history.


This Day in Marine Corps History
Marine Corps War Memorial (U.S. Department of Defense photo by LCpl Tia Dufour)

 

This Day in Marine Corps History

Added June 12, 2015

Fifty-four years ago today, on June 12, 2961, then-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." Discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation.


Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

 

Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

Added June 4, 2015
"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 in 2015 as they were more than two-and-a-half decades ago. With that sentiment in mind, we need your help raising $12,000 by August 1, 2015 to allow our Warrior Support Team to 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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June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 2, 2015
According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. As such, the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month. Click here to learn more


General Kelly speaks on Memorial Day
General Kelly speaks during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pier 86 in New York City on Monday, May 25, 2015 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff)

 

Four Star General, Gold Star Father

Added May 28, 2015
General John Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command and one of the Marine Corps' three four-star generals, is also a Gold Star father. In a poignant Memorial Day speech during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pier 86 in New York City on Monday, May 25, spoke to the audience about what it's like lose a loved one in war.

General Kelly became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have lost a child during the War on Terror after his son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed Nov. 9, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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2015 Fleet Week
Marines and sailors man the rails as the USS San Antonio makes its final approach into New York, May 20, 2015. (USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Immanuel Johnson)

 

2015 Fleet Week New York

Added May 28, 2015
Fleet Week New York 2015, held this year from May 20-26, concluded on Tuesday. This was the 27th consecutive year the event has been held, and is aimed to celebrate the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Coast Guard, as well as to increase the public's awareness of the work they do while serving our country.

Almost 2,000 Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen took part in this year's festivities, which included ship tours, skills demonstrations, and other events over the course of the week.

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Memorial Day

 

Monday is Memorial Day

Added May 21, 2015
Next Monday, May 25, 2015, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.

In honor of this important day, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a number of events around the country in commemoration of these American heroes.

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Marine Aviation Anniversary
First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham

 

Marine Aviation Anniversary

Added May 21, 2015
This Friday, May 22, marks the 103rd anniversary of First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle, reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, thus marking the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.


Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Gomez-Hickman, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 corpsman, comforts an infant earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

 

Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery

Added May 21, 2015
Marines and service members with Joint Task Force 505 have been providing aid the victims in Nepal after numerous large earthquakes have struck the country over the past few weeks.

Joint Task Force 505 and Multinational humanitarian organizations arrived in Nepal after the first earthquake, magnitude 7.8, occurred on April 25. Weeks later, on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude aftershock struck the country again, causing even more damage.

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United Hairlines

 

Thank you for Voting!

Added May 21, 2015
For the past couple months, we've been keeping you updated about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who were competing for the chance to win $10,000 to donate to our Warrior Support Team (WST) outreach program if they won.

We are proud to announce the women placed in the top 12 of the voting, meaning the WST is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 and the stylists still have a chance to win the $10,000 prize for the WST.

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Marine Corps Hymn

 

Marine Corps Hymn

Added May 21, 2015
Tradition holds that the words to the Marines' Hymn were written by a Marine serving in Mexico. In truth, the author of the words remains unknown. Colonel Albert S. McLemore and Walter F. Smith, Assistant Band Director during the John Philip Sousa era, sought to trace the melody to its origins. It was reported to Colonel McLemore that by 1878 the tune was very popular in Paris, originally appearing as an aria in the Jacques Offenbach opera Genevieve de Brabant. John Philips Sousa later confirmed this belief in a letter to Major Harold Wirgman, USMC, stating "The melody of the 'Halls of Montezuma' is taken from Offenbach's comic opera..."

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Marine Helicopter Crash Nepal

 

Marine Helicopter Crash Victims Identified

Added May 18, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 12, a Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal while assisting with earthquake recovery efforts. Today, the Marine Corps has identified the victims as Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. Two Nepalese soldiers were also killed in the crash.

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May 16 is Armed Forces Day

 

May 16 is Armed Forces Day

Added May 15, 2015
Following it's foundation in 1949, Armed Forces Day has been celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May since 1950. The day was created to honor those who serve our country, as well as to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Day following the consolidation of the separate branches of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. This year, Armed Fores Day will be celebrated on May 16.

Each year, a military-related theme is chosen for Armed Forces Day. Past years' themes have included, "Liberty," "Patriotism," and "Pillars of Freedom." For 2015, the theme is, "Honor Those Who Answered the Call to Serve."

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Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Added May 14, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 5, saw President Obama nominate Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford, 59, is currently the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and earned his commission shortly after graduating college in 1977. The nomination is still pending confirmation by the Senate, but, if approved, he'll become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity.

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America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

 

America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

Added May 14, 2015
This past Monday, May 11, saw the oldest living American military veteran turn 109 years old. Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, was born in Texas and served with U.S. Army's the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific from 1942-45 during World War II. He celebrated his birthday with cigars, burgers, and milkshakes at an outdoor party surrounded by family, friends, and local dignitaries. When asked about his longevity, Overton said: "To think I'd be older than every solider in the Union? You believe that? I didn't ever think that...This is a long trip and it ain't through yet."

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Today is Military Spouse Day

 

Today is Military Spouse Day!

Added May 8, 2015
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.

Today, 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.


Care Packages Received in Afghanistan!

Added May 5, 2015
One photo might not seem like much to many people, but this one means a lot to us here at Marine Parents.

In April 2015, 41 volunteers packed and shipped 300 care packages to our troops overseas. These boxes contained 1200 cards & letters, as well as items from three completed Eagle Scout Projects, and 174 of them were sponsored. Literally hundreds of hands went into packing and shipping these boxes.

Major Harriel, a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan, was more than happy when we reached out to him about sending his unit care packages, and, since January, we have sent over 500 packages to six different Army units stationed in Afghanistan.

This might just be one photo, but it shows that Marine Parents will continue to take care of and support our troops until every last one of them are home. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make this photo happen.

Click here to donate to the Care Package Project today...

May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month

Added May 2, 2015
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.

This year, individiduals and organizations around the country will be holding NMAM observational events throughout the month.

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DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

Added April 24, 2015
If you are interested in volunteering with MarineParents at this year's Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28, 2015, please click below to access our form. We are looking for volunteers for June 20, 21 or 27. All volunteers must be able to attend an orientation meeting in Quantico either June 10 (evening) or June 13 (morning).

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EGA Shop Sponsoring Wounded Warriors

2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament

Added April 17, 2015 (Columbia, MO)
Marine Parents is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament in North East, Maryland! The tournament is held annually on Armed Forces day and has grown steadily over the past 7 years.

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8th & I, Oldest Post

Marine Barracks Washington

Added April 17, 2015
Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location.

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Marine Captain Makes History

Added April 16, 2015
Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins made history this week by becoming the first female pilot in the 69-year history of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the "Blue Angels." While other women have been on the Blue Angels team before, Higgins is the first to be in the cockpit.

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Receives Silver Star

Added April 16, 2015
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, originally from Los Angeles and a member of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, was presented with the Navy Cross Thursday, April 16, 2015 for bravery during a 48-hour firefight in 2012. Jacklin received the Corps' second-highest award for heroism in a ceremony at his unit's headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.

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National Volunteer Week 2015

10,650 Volunteer Hours in 2014

April is 2015 National Volunteer Week

Added April 13, 2015
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 this year. Organizations around the country this week are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of MarineParents.com, Inc. for their hard work and dedication over the last year. You are the backbone of our organization and nothing we do would be possible without you.

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April is the Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Added April 9, 2015
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.

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Poolee Kits for Recruiters Across the Nation

Poolee Kit Success Update

Added April 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, we told you about our "Corps Kit™ Recruiter Heads Up!" kit, an informational package that allows you, the Marine Parents family, to order your own presentation kit to take to parent and poolee functions and give to your recruiter to share with that recruiter how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has been beneficial to you in your journey so far.

We're happy to announce that the initial reception to these kits has been very positive from both parents and recruiters alike. One recruiter even felt compelled to contact us to let us know how helpful they've been.

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Whats After Boot

Welcome to What's After Boot!

Added March 27, 2015
We're happy to announce that today is the official launch of our website "What's After Boot" (WAB) and our Official MarineParents.com WAB Facebook Groups. WAB is filled with useful information for both you and your Marine that explains what happens next after the first stage of your Marine's journey, boot camp, is complete.

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Wounded Warriors Need Your Votes

Warriors Need Your Votes!

Added March 26, 2015
A couple weeks ago, we shared a story about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who recently held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised $2,700. Now, the same group has entered a contest to have the chance to win $10,000, which they will donate to our Warrior Support Team outreach program if they win. And we need you, the Marine Parents family, to help make that happen!

Warriors need your votes! Click the button below to learn how you can help the Warrior Support Team win $10,000 today!

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Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Added March 17, 2015
On this day in 1967, the first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Upon arriving in Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon, Dulinksy not only became the first woman Marine to report to duty in Vietnam, but also the first woman Marine to serve in a combat zone during any conflict.

MSgt Dulinsky and the other women Marines that followed, both officers and enlisted, were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most of the women worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section, providing administrative support to Marines as far north as the DMZ. Two Lieutenant Colonels, however, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O'Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch.

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MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

Added March 16, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7 Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and 4 soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The UH-60 Black Hawk, out of Eglin Air Force Base, was one of two involved in the exercise, which was plagued by heavy fog and very limited visibility.

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British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

Added March 11, 2015
A 27 year old British Soldier was recently awarded his nation's highest military award for valor, the Victoria Cross, for actions that saved a United States Marine infantry officer in Afghanistan in August, 2013. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, a paratrooper, became just the third Briton, and first living, to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan.

On August 22, 2013, Leakey was part of a combined American-British clearing operation in Helmand Province when they came under enemy fire. Marine Captain Brandon Bocian was directing fire onto the enemy and was hit. That's when Leakey, with "complete disregard for his own safety", tended to Bocian twice while taking fire from approximately 20 enemy fighters armed with machine-guns and rocket propelled grenades and remained with the Marine until he was able to be evacuated.

Amazingly, Leakey isn't the first member of his family to receive this award. A cousin, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, posthumously received the Victoria Cross in November 1945 actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.


Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Added February 24, 2015
Reintegration to civilian life for a combat veteran is tough, but when you've lost everything in a fire not even two weeks out of the Marine Corps, it is devastating. Vinney, a Marine combat veteran who only two weeks ago finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge after four years of service, lost all his household goods, auto, and possessions in a fire on February 22, 2015.

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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Added February 3, 2015
The years leading up to World War II were a difficult time for African-Americans in the United States. Racism and prejudice were rampant. Segregation and discrimination were a way of life, to the point of being required by law in some states. The Civil Rights Movement and abolition of the South's "Jim Crow" laws were more than two decades away. And yet, when World War II broke out, 2.5 million African-American men registered for military service and thousands of African-American women joined the war effort at home. These patriotic men and women sacrificed their time, energy, and, in many cases, lives, fighting and dying for a country that, by and large, viewed them as second-class citizens.

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12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

Added January 21, 2015
Today, Wednesday, January 21, we celebrate our 12th anniversary here at MarineParents.com. We've come a long way since 2003, and whether you've been with us since the beginning or you've just recently found us, we greatly appreciate all that you, the Marine Parents family, do for our Marines. For twelve years, we've been standing with you during your Marine's career in the Corps, during every phase, from boot camp to deployment to homecoming to recovery to veteran status. Together we've learned about the Marine Corps and been given opportunities to connect and share with one another in hopes of "getting closer" to our sons and daughters.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last twelve years, you've been there for us and, more importantly, for our Marines. During that time, thanks to your love and support, more than 39,000 care packages have been sent to deployed service members, more than 93,000 cards and letters have been sent, and thousands of meals have been served, to Wounded Heroes, and countless families and individuals have sought and found comfort, answers, and strength in the Marine Parents community. With your ongoing support, we know that we can make 2015 our most successful year yet. God Bless and Semper Fi!

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2015 Souper Hero Campaign

2015 Souper Hero Campaign

Added January 8, 2015
Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $7,000 by Friday, Januray 23, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

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