Cpl. Kyle Carpenter relives his journey

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Cpl. Kyle Carpenter relives his journey to the Medal of Honor through letters to his mother. From recruit training to a phone call from the president, Carpenter talks about his recovery after being wounded in Afghanistan and the strength he’s drawn from his family. Link to this post!

The War of 1812

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Battles at Sea and on Lakes The Marines’ participation in the War of 1812 was both on land and aboard vessels sailing the high seas and lakes. In four major sea battles, Marines helped win three, and earned a reputation for deadly marksmanship. In September 1813, Marines and woodsmen fought with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s […]

My Men Are My Heroes – The Brad Kasal Story

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Last summer, a friend gave me a copy of “My Men Are My Heroes”, the book which tells the story of Marine First Sergeant Brad Kasal, the senior NCO in 3/1’s Weapons Company in Iraq during the November 2004 Battle for Fallujah. As I had several other books I was either reading or planned to […]

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 […]

V-22 Joins HMX

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The first of up to 12 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors are joining Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, the unit tasked with transporting the President, other VIPs and their entourages. The Marine Corps was expected to take formal delivery of the first HMX-1 MV-22 last month. The MV-22s are replacing the CH-46E Sea Knights attached to […]

UFC Fighters Train Like Elite Warriors

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Watch the entire series! Good to go! Four UFC fighters traveled to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to test themselves against a rapid-fire version of The Crucible. After 12 weeks of intense training, the United States Marine Corps puts recruits through the ultimate trial — The Crucible. For 54 straight hours, their endurance, teamwork, and […]

3/5 Dark Horse Marines Tribute Video

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Sound Off! Uploaded to YouTube by OCSoundwerks on Feb 28, 2011 This is a tribute to the members and families of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, AKA Darkhorse, currently fighting in Afghanistan. The 3/5 are on the frontlines of the war and have taken heavy losses from Taliban fighters. 24 lost in combat as of […]

Drive On!

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My good friend Jim Hatch (USMC, RVN) is a talented artist and one of my favorite songs he does is called “Drive On”, written by Johnny Cash after he and his wife June returned from a USO tour in Viet Nam. With Jim’s permission, please take a minute and listen to “Drive On! If you […]