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Body of O.C. Marine killed in Afghanistan is coming home

A carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan off of a transport airplane. Hogan graduated from Tesoro…

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Livin’ the dream, Sir!

Excerpt from: https://www.michaelyon-online.com/one-giant-leap.htm The U.S. Marines are flooding in, and you might think that every Marine helicopter in our arsenal is here. I’ll not give…

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Cpl. Jason Dunham is my Hero

The first Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, in 2004 Cpl. Jason Dunham threw himself on a grenade…

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INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE

Date Signed: 6/24/2009 ALMAR Active Number: 020/09 R 241423Z JUN 09UNCLASSIFIED//ALMAR 020/09MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//SUBJ/INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE//GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. INDEPENDENCE DAY IS THE DAY AMERICANS OFFICIALLY CELEBRATE…

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Whisper Semper Fi

He was sitting on a park bench, hunched and looking low. It was hard to imagine how he’d looked so long ago. His beard was…

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Memorial Day — Day of Remembrance

By Rod Powers , About.com 20 May 2009 Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring…

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Honoring ‘Chosin Few’

Korean War battle vets share their stories for upcoming documentaryBy Rick Rogers Union-Tribune Staff Writer2:00 a.m. May 9, 2009 Dan Bledsoe (left) of Mount Helix…

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Commandant: Marines likely out of Iraq in 2010

By Jeff Schogol, [ Stars and Stripes ]Mideast edition, Thursday, April 30, 2009 ARLINGTON, Va. — All U.S. Marines will likely leave Iraq next year,…

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R.I.P. Petty Officer Neil Roberts

https://www.navyseals.com/neil-roberts Navy SEALBUD/S Class: 184SEAL Service: 10 yearsRank: Petty Officer First ClassAge: 32Home: Woodland, CAAssigned: Naval Special Warfare Development GroupDied: March 4, 2002Operation: Enduring Freedom…

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Ben Stafford: From hockey player to Marine

Semper Fi Ben, thank you for your patriotism!~Wally“If other young men were giving their time, then why was the same not expected of me?” Second…

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WHO ARE THE HEROES?

Reprinted with my good friend Marion Sturkey’s permission.~Wally —A high school senior in Ohio, Adrienne, got an English class assignment. She had to research and…

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Continental Marines Recruiting Poster

The 1st Marine Recruiting Poster, January, 1776 https://www.scuttlebuttsmallchow.com/poster.html https://www.txdvldg.com

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Paralyzed Marine vet lives grueling days with remarkable spirit

Some character this Marine has. A true inspiration for the rest of us who think like is hard…~Wally Joshua Hoffman, paralyzed from the chest down…

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I sent the world’s finest…

My dad, Angelo, was in the hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A former Marine and veteran of the Korean War, he was having his third knee…

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Airman Mom: MEDALS OF HONOR—IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

Airman Mom: MEDALS OF HONOR—IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN https://www.txdvldg.com

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Emergency Medevac May 29,1969; A Reunion

May 29, 1969, The 3rd platoon leader (Dan Gardner) for Hotel 2/1 was leading a recon patrol along the LOD for Operation Pipestone Canyon. While…

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ALM 980 Ditches at Sea, 1970

My good buddy J.D. Barber was the CH-46 Crew Chief involved in this rescue. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.~Wally On…

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What did you do at HMX-1?

Wally, here is a little more on “Army One”. They remained in the WH [White House] program until the late 1970’s. I have attached something…

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Don’t Mess With The Marines

Life On The Rodeo Road: Don’t Mess With The MarinesBy Paul KnightWednesday, Mar. 4 2009 @ 12:10PM Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling…

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Black Marines – Montford Point

Hand Salute!~WallyMontford Point: Back to Where It All Began for Black MarinesStory by Pfc. Kelvin ClarkPosted: 02.26.2009 02:09 The Marine Corps was established in 1775,…

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One Ride With YP-13

As the webmaster for the USMC/Combat Helicopter Association (POPASMOKE), I get to meet some awesome Marines and Corpsmen. In the summer of 2000, during one…

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Joining the Marines?

So, you’re contemplating the idea of stepping into the realm of the Marines, huh? Well, buckle up, because what I’m about to share should offer…

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Marine Corps Quotes

We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” – Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller,…

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An Army officer sums up what makes Marines different

By Col. Daniel F. Bolger, USA (Excerpt from DEATH GROUND: TODAY’S AMERICAN INFANTRY IN BATTLE) What makes Marine infantry special? Asking the question that misses…

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Gomer Pyle is Promoted

I missed this story last year. Jim Nabors was promoted to Honorary Corporal in 2007. I grew up watching Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., what a great…

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LCPL Jordan Haerter and CPL Jonathan Yale

Excerpt from a CMC speaking engagement: I would share with you a story that took place back in the spring in Iraq. I say that…

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Recons May Be Tough, But Only Wimps Wear Parachutes!

This is a true story of John “ACE” Hunt – A Marine crew chief that fell 800 feet from his CH-46 helicopter in Vietnam, and…

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These Good Men

I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh…

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Lone Survivor

I recently finished reading Marcus Luttrell’s story “Lone Survivor”. Marcus (Navy Cross), a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team 10 in Afghanistan, recounts the horrific engagement…

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Marine Humor in Combat

Received this via e-mail. Love the video… “I fell out of my chair laughing at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4N2Ryoy73g&playnext=1&list=PL2F57A1C028FB8828 A US Marine at a roadway checkpoint,…

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What Makes a Marine a Marine?

Ask a Marine what’s so special about the Marines and the answer would be “esprit de corps”, an unhelpful French phrase that means exactly what…

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UNIVAC 1218 CPU (Univac 1500)

In 1981, I attended computer school in the Marine Corps at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi. The first time I had ever seen…

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Gopher Broke – Medal of Honor Story

A tribute to the Crew of “Blood Sweat & Tears”And the Marines of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division Marines were dying….

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BONNIE-SUE

The best book I’ve ever read! I highly recommend reading the book “Bonnie-Sue” by my good friend Marion Sturkey. When I started it, I could…

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USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART

I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Combat Artist Colonel Mike Leahy, to draw…

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Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam

PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one…