As a young naval aviator, I knew at least a couple of folks – myself included – who’d pledged a hundred bucks on the O’Club bar for their friends in case of a fatal mishap. We knew they’d head there anyway. It seemed a nice gesture to offset the expense.
But this rather takes [...]
Two Marines will receive the nation’s second highest award for valor for their conduct during a bloody ambush in eastern Afghanistan in 2009:
Fabayo, then a first lieutenant, is credited with pushing into a kill zone on foot and engaging enemy at close range with his M4 carbine. He braved heavy enemy fire to [...]
Travis Manion and Brendan Looney were roommates at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Rugged athletes who wanted into the fight, shared private jokes, intermingled their families. They were both killed, separately, fighting the nation’s wars – Travis as an officer of Marines who died exposing himself to sniper fire while coming to [...]
Far away from the metropolitan center, the legions still know their business, according to Bing West:
The platoon at Outpost Fires has killed 121 of the enemy. We applaud pilots who shoot down five enemy aircraft by calling them “aces”; grunts win no such public praise, but they do keep score. At Patrol Base [...]
Another Medal of Honor awardee that yet lives and breathes:
Meyer was recommended for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009, near the village of Ganjgal in Kunar province. He charged into a kill zone on foot and alone to find three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman who had been pinned down under enemy [...]
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U.S. Marines early Thursday boarded and seized control of a German-owned commercial vessel that had been commandeered by pirates, in what appeared to be the first American-led military boarding of its kind amid a recent surge of attacks in the Gulf of Aden and along the east coast of Africa.
“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.” — James Forrestal
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children are departing al Anbar specifically and Iraq generally, because there isn’t enough work left for them:
The changeover at Ramadi, west of Baghdad, leaves the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division with responsibility over both Baghdad and Anbar, the vast desert province that stretches from western Baghdad to the borders of [...]
Marines in for the Long Haul in Southern Afghanistan
Seven days into a major offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, the Marines settling in for a long, hot summer. In a briefing this morning by phone from Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commander of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, told reporters, “We stay where we stay, [...]
2 MEB has made its move into Helmand province in southern Afghanistan:
Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday morning, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military’s new counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
The operation will involve about [...]