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April 3, 2014

You may have heard about the "Marine Todd" meme, but as shown by this clip from this past weekend’s protests over the Albuquerque Police Department’s shooting of a homeless man, the meme apparently has a ring of truth to it.

21:03 // 2 weeks ago
April 9, 2013
usatoday:

10 years ago today, U.S. Marines toppled a large statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, a gesture symbolizing the end of his rule.
Here’s our front page from the next day.
Also from our archive: Marine in historic photo identified — http://usat.ly/YfVjU9 

usatoday:

10 years ago today, U.S. Marines toppled a large statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, a gesture symbolizing the end of his rule.

Here’s our front page from the next day.

Also from our archive: Marine in historic photo identified — http://usat.ly/YfVjU9 

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13:10 // 1 year ago
March 19, 2013

Deadly training accident claims lives of Marines

  • 7 Marines killed by the unexpected explosion of a 60mm mortar during a training exercise in Nevada. Seven survivors have received hospital care in Reno — one has already been released, one is in fair condition, while five more remain in serious condition with major injuries. source
18:45 // 1 year ago
February 10, 2013

Top Marine general takes over in Afghanistan

  • what U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has taken full command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and will shepherd the troops during what is to be expected to be the final two years of war. Dunford replaces departing Marine Gen. John Allen.
  • why “Today is not about change, it’s about continuity,” he said during a change of command ceremony. “I’ll endeavor to continue the momentum of the campaign and support the people of Afghanistan as they seize the opportunity for a brighter future.” Allen left months after finding himself the subject of an investigation related to the scandal that took down CIA head David Petreaus—his predecessor. source
8:56 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2012

Marines killed in helicopter training at California’s Camp Pendleton

  • what Two military helicopters collided in midair Wednesday night. The collision, which happened during a routine training session along the Arizona-California border, killed seven U.S. Marines.
  • why The investigation is still on-going, so officials have not announced the cause of the collision. The crash occurred at night with a lot of dust in the air from the aircraft, limiting visibility. source
8:54 // 2 years ago
January 16, 2012
Texas Governor and GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry accused the Obama administration of “over-the-top rhetoric” and “disdain for the military” for what they have said about the video with shows four US Marines urinating on dead Taliban soldiers. Perry, speaking on CNN’s State of the Union said the marines involved should be reprimanded but not prosecuted on criminal charges.
Rick Perry Slams Obama Over Afghanistan Video (via robot-heart-politics)

Not naming names, but a certain Tumblr blogger posted a much harsher critique of Obama/the media’s handling of the video than this. It offended us a lot, but we held back on calling it out; not our style. Desecration of any kind is unacceptable, and to defend it is just as unacceptable, in our minds.

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12:51 // 2 years ago
January 12, 2012
The actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps. This matter will be fully investigated.
A statement from the Marine Corps Headquarters • Angrily criticizing a video, posted on YouTube, that appears to show Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. However the video, which has floated around YouTube for the past day, has not been verified. The Pentagon, however, said there is no indication that the video isn’t authentic. The video has drawn a number of angry responses from officials as varied as Sen. John McCain, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Council on Islamic-American Relations. In Karzai’s case, he called the video “completely inhumane.” If the video is accurate, he’ll find us agreeing with him. source (viafollow)
10:12 // 2 years ago
December 31, 2011
I’m a Marine and I’m not going to run from a fight. You wouldn’t want a Marine to run from a fight. Call me crazy, call me stupid. I got shot once and it just angered me more. I wanted to get this guy. I got shot twice, and I re-evaluated that decision. I decided I need to stay alive.
Florida-based Marine vet Lt. Col Karl Trenker • Discussing how he got shot, days before Christmas, in a Craigslist-transaction-gone-bad. The Iraq and Afghanistan vet’s fiance tried selling a man’s gold-chain necklace, but Trenker offered to make the transaction due to safety concerns, which turned out to be correct, as the alleged buyer picked up the necklace and ran. Trenker ran after the man, known only as “Galven,” only to get shot twice. Here’s the dramatic part: Following his training as a Marine (29 years experience), he plugged the bullet holes with his fingers, a move which likely saved his life. Say what you will about the Craigslist transaction (it certainly wasn’t the best idea), but that’s pretty amazing, no matter how you look at the situation. source (viafollow)
15:30 // 2 years ago
November 27, 2011
npr:

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines. Photo by NPR’s David Gilkey. (Taken with instagram)

Today in compelling uses of Instagram.

npr:

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines. Photo by NPR’s David Gilkey. (Taken with instagram)

Today in compelling uses of Instagram.

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21:57 // 2 years ago
June 21, 2011
It says, ‘Raise an army.’ It says absolutely nothing about race, color, creed, sexual orientation. How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble? Get over it… Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.
Marine Corps. Sergeant Major Michael Barrett • Speaking to a group of Marines about the reversal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Barrett argues that, even to somebody who may harbor personal prejudice against homosexuals, is likely to strike a chord. Namely, the argument for a military free of discrimination that relies on the strength and valor of said military as the pitch. We’ve always thought this was an underplayed aspect of the DADT debate from last year — the mentality that our men and women in service couldn’t handle being around a homosexual soldier is not only an affront to our society’s standards of equality, but it seems to imply a pretty distasteful thing about the professionalism of our military forces. Having somebody in Barrett’s position say this is very important for a smooth transition to a more open military, so we thank him. source (viafollow)
15:41 // 2 years ago