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Author and Marine Jude Eden served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008, deploying to Fallujah Iraq in 2005-6. Jude shares her thoughts about women in combat… “Women have many wonderful strengths, and there is certainly a lot of work for women to do in the military. But all the problems that come with men and […]

Why We Fought & Why We Would Do it Again

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American Legion Editorial By Jim Webb, September 2003 Against a backdrop of political mismanagement and social angst, history has failed to respect those who gave their all to the war in Vietnam. Forty years ago, Asia was at a vital crossroads, moving into an uncertain future dominated by three different historical trends. The first involved […]

Sgt Hutchins Case Far Beyond Absurd

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On 2/13/14 Sgt Hutchins’ arraignment for unpremeditated murder charges of an “Unknown Iraqi Male” in Hamnadiya, Iraq in April 2006 took place at Camp Pendleton. This is the third time around. Although his case has already been overturned twice (the second time by the highest court in the military justice system, The Court of Appeals […]

Do you still think of Vietnam?

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by Kerry “Doc” Pardue A couple of years ago someone asked me if I still thought about Vietnam. I nearly laughed in their face. How do you stop thinking about it? Every day for the past forty years, I wake up with it- I go to bed with it. This was my response: “Yeah, I […]

The Man In The Arena

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who […]

They wish to hell

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Bill Mauldin (1921-2003) on Marines: They wish to hell they were someplace else, and they wish to hell they would get relief. They wish to hell the mud was dry, and they wish to hell their coffee was hot. They want to go home. But they stay in their wet holes and fight, and then […]

How the Marines have survived, and why

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MAY 6, 2013, VOL. 18, NO. 32 • BY MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS In 1957, the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Randolph Pate, sent a brief note to the director of the Marine Corps Educational Center, Brig. Gen. Victor Krulak, in which he asked, “Why does the U.S. need a Marine Corps?” Krulak, already a […]

CPL P letter to POTUS

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Via Corporal Kevin P. Thanks to overwhelming support, I have decided to release this. I wrote a letter to the President! Tell me what you guys think: “January 25, 2012 The Honorable Mr. Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, My name is Kevin. I am twenty […]

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War Is Hell

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Last week’s video of Marines urinating on Taliban corpses went viral on the Internet. Among the responses was Lt. Col. Allen West’s ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell‘. I agree the actions of those Marines do not represent the values we learn in the Corps, however, unless you’ve been shot at by the Taliban, Shut […]

Send Away The Marines?

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Force review could leave the Corps high and dryBy Frank J. Gaffney Jr. “Send in the Marines!” For many generations, successive U.S. presidents have given those orders, from early in our nation’s history in places like Montezuma’s palaces in Mexico to the Barbary pirates’ shores of Tripoli, and more recently from the halls of Saddam […]

Applying The Just-War Theory To The War On Terrorism

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I ran across this piece while researching morality of killing in war. If “jus ad bellum” and “jus in bello” are of interest to you, this is an interesting read.~Wally by Mark S. LatkovicBefore answering this question of how just-war principles apply to the war on organized terrorism, we must first deal with the question, […]

Marines still the mavericks we need

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By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, NEW YORK POST HBO’s 10-part series on the Pacific campaign of World War Two just ended. That story of island-hopping was mostly about how the old breed of US Marines fought diehard Japanese infantrymen face-to-face in places like Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Guam and Okinawa. No one can question the […]

I Read Today …

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The newspaper carried a short obituary about a young Marine who died recently in the Middle East. It didn’t say where he died. Nor did it mention how he died. Just that he had been serving in a combat zone. The article mentioned the town he came from and he had graduated from the local […]

Give the 1stSgt a growl

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“For the record, America’s 1stSgt hates Oorah! I can’t stand it for a number of reasons. Let me just reiterate if Oorah! had a mouth I would put my fist in it. Can I make it any clearer? Let me explain why.” Castra Praetoria: Ask America’s 1stSgt Edition # Does It Really Matter? http://www.usmc81.com Link […]