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November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Through The Years And Wars

By James Clark on November 25, 2015

For many, Thanksgiving is a time when friends and family gather around a table to drink too heavily, eat too much, and shout loudly over one another — or at least that’s the case in my family. We build new memories and reminisce about the people in life that make us grateful.

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November 25, 2015


By Sgt. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity
25 Nov 2015

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- Marines celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Officer Candidate School during a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Nov. 24, 2015.

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Twentynine Palms Marines reflect on Thanksgiving

Denise Goolsby, The Desert Sun 10:23 a.m. PST November 25, 2015

I hung out with some Marines recently at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, where we chatted about a wide range of topics, but nothing dominated the conversation more than the subjects of thankfulness and family.

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November 24, 2015

Combat Skilled, Combat Ready

by LCpl Devan Gowans
Date Taken:11.20.2015 | Date Posted:11.24.2015 14:22

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, kicked off their round of participation in the Basic Combat Skills Course, Nov. 17, 2015.

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November 23, 2015

Glitch leaves hundreds of Marine officers unclear about career designation

By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer 6 p.m. EST November 23, 2015

Due to technical difficulties with Marine Online, hundreds of officers selected for career designation were not notified of their selection. Marine officials have now created a work-around, and selected officers have until Dec. 20 to accept or decline the offer.

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November 22, 2015

Bridging the gap: 8th, 9th ESB concludes MGB Bridge Master’s Course

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Paul S. Martinez/Released
Date Taken:11.18.2015 | Date Posted:11.20.2015 09:13

Marine students attending the 8th Engineer Support Battalion Medium Girder Bridge Master’s Course during a field exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 18, 2015.

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November 20, 2015

CHP officers pay special tribute to Marine killed in crash

By Erin Tracy
The Modesto Bee
Published: November 20, 2015

MODESTO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Layne Johnson, a Modesto native, was driving back to Fresno from Twentynine Palms on Wednesday when he apparently fell asleep and drifted off the highway.

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November 19, 2015

Military family gathers for unclaimed veteran's funeral

By Caitlin Vanoverberghe, (Greenfield) Daily Reporter via The Associated Press1:33 p.m. EST November 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They sat in the back of the church. A solider. An airman. A Marine. Eyes facing forward to the casket of a man they never knew.

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U.S. Marines send attack jets to kill ISIS fighters in Iraq

By Andrew deGrandpre, Staff writer 6:38 p.m. EST November 19, 2015

Thousands of U.S. Marines and sailors have moved into the Persian Gulf as part of the Obama administration's pledge to ramp up its air campaign against the Islamic State group after last week's terror attacks in Paris.

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Marines have Thanksgiving at the beach

Marketta Davis, [email protected] 4:39 p.m. CST November 19, 2015

On any given Friday night on Ninth Avenue in Pensacola, handfuls of Marines dressed in their service uniforms can be seen walking in groups toward Cordova Mall or to one of the many restaurants in the area.

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November 18, 2015

Leadership spouse obtains vital information for families

by LCpl Thomas Mudd
Date Taken:11.12.2015 | Date Posted:11.18.2015 20:19

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Spouses of Combat Center, Mountain Warfare Training Center and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma leadership attended a conference at the Officers’ Club to become better informed of programs that will help improve the lives of families aboard their respective installations, Nov. 12, 2015.

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November 17, 2015

Video: Hazing Policy

U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. James R. Skelton
Date Posted:11.17.2015 10:03AM

U.S. Marine Corps commanding officer of Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, addresses his policy on hazing.

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Marines send more embassy guards to Paris after ISIS attack

By Gina Harkins, Staff writer 2:39 p.m. EST November 17, 2015

The Marine Corps sent additional embassy security guards to Paris following Friday's attack there, which left 129 dead and hundreds more wounded, as officials fear more strikes in Europe.

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Video: Mission Complete: VMFA-251 Returns from Operation Inherent Resolve

by LCpl Jonah Lovy
Date Posted:11.17.2015 3:08PM

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort from Operation Inherent Resolve. The Thunderbolts have been deployed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt since March. VMFA-251 is with Marine Aircraft Group 31.

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November 16, 2015

Images: Swim Call: U.S. Marines walk the plank

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released
Date Posted:11.15.2015 19:33

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 15, 2015) U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Essex Amphibious Ready Group leap off the side of the USS Essex (LHD 2) during a swim call.

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November 15, 2015

Marine killed in WWII's Battle of Tarawa to be buried

Stars and Stripes
Published: November 15, 2015

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The remains of a Marine who went missing 72 years ago in World War II’s Battle of Tarawa will be buried with full military honors Monday in Denver.

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Inside the legacy of the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps

By Gidget Fuentes, Special to Military Times 10:24 a.m. EST November 15, 2015

As Marines gather to celebrate the Corps' 240th birthday, chants of "oorah!" are likely to be heard around the world. That iconic battle cry is just one mark of the long-lasting legacy left by the oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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November 14, 2015


By Cpl. Abbey Perria, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
14 Nov 2015

CENTRAL TRAINING CENTER, OKINAWA, Japan -- “Did gunny or the lieutenant kill you?” a group of Marines casually ask each other after clearing a house at Snipe Mount, Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. Red and blue chalk dots speckle the Marines’ uniforms; evidence of the recent simulated gunfight.

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Images: Rehearsals: U.S. Marines with Quick Reaction Force stay prepared

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released
Date Taken:11.14.2015 | Date Posted:11.15.2015 01:18

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 14, 2015) U.S. Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare for a quick reaction force rehearsal aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

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November 12, 2015

Kearsarge Hosts Steel Beach Picnic at Sea

Story Number: NNS151112-17Release Date: 11/12/2015 1:01:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Preston, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs
RED SEA (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines enjoyed a day of barbeque, games and music during a steel beach picnic on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Nov. 8.

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Friends Bring Marine Corps Ball To Ocean Pines To Honor Veteran

Posted on 11/12/2015 by Bryan Russo

OCEAN PINES – There are few things Ted Rollings enjoys more than going to the annual US Marine Corps ball, but this year, the ball came to him.

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November 11, 2015

Retired Marine the voice behind the 'oorah'

USA TODAY NETWORK Gidget Fuentes, Marine Corps Times 3:33 p.m. EST November 11, 2015

The oldest living sergeant major of the Marine Corps is a legend of sorts.

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White House makes announcement that will save veterans and military families thousands of dollars

By Michael Swaney|November 11th, 2015|Military News

The White House announced in honor of Veterans Day that all military veterans and families that are eligible for the G.I. bill will now receive in-state tuition rates at public college and universities in the United States.

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Marine honors fallen friend with 'Malcolm 200' bike ride


QUANTICO, Va. (ABC7) -- On this Veteran's Day, US Marine Corps Major Matthew Kutilek got up at 3 to ride a bike 200 miles all in honor of his friend and fallen Marine, Lt. Dan Malcolm, who was killed by enemy sniper fire on November 10, 2004 when the two were serving together in Fallujah.

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Marines plan 700-mile trek for Raiders killed in Black Hawk crash

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 6:44 p.m. EST November 11, 2015

More than a dozen Marine Raiders are preparing for a 770-mile march to honor the lives of their fallen brothers on the one-year anniversary of a tragic Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed 11 troops off the coast of Florida.

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November 10, 2015

Honor Flight “Welcome Home” events a moving experience for all

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 12:47 pm Posted in Honoring Vets by Megan Moloney

A special Veterans Day episode of the regionally syndicated television show The Local Traveler highlights the special welcome home Honor Flight Veterans receive from their communities. In September, program executive producer and host Amy Hess brought her camera crews to two “welcome home” events in Kentucky – one for Honor Flight Tri-State’s historic first all-women’s flight and one for Honor Flight Bluegrass’ first full flight departing from Lexington, Kentucky.

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Marine vet puts out call for Gold Star date to ball

By Matthew L. Schehl, Staff writer 6:02 p.m. EST November 10, 2015

Marine veteran Shane's date to the Marine Corps Ball fell out, but he's still determined to honor the Marine Corps family.

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November 9, 2015

Voices: An enduring hero of Marines' most iconic battle

Jim Michaels, USA TODAY 8:26 p.m. EST November 9, 2015

Crouched in a large shell crater, Marine Capt. Donald Beck gathered what was left of his company’s leaders together as bullets whizzed overhead.

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Marines gather to honor fallen brother’s memory

Story by Sgt Grace L. Waladkewics
Date Posted:11.09.2015 12:21

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.- Marines and family members gathered at a New River Air Station Chapel with heavy hearts to honor the life and service of fallen Staff Sgt. Denver Sugano during a memorial service at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Nov. 4.

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November 7, 2015

US Marines practice marksmanship at sea

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Staff Sgt. bobby J. Yarbrough/Released
Date Posted:11.07.2015 03:47

Marines and sailors with Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, conduct close-quarter firing drills in the Gulf of Aden aboard the USS Oak Hill, Nov. 7. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is embarked on the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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Video: CLB-11 Completes Final Exercise at MTX 6-15

by Cpl Carson Gramley
Date Taken:11.2.2015 | Date Posted:11.5.2015 1:11PM

Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 1st Marine Logistics Group, test their operational capacity and capabilities as a logistics and support unit during Mountain Exercise 6-15 at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California to be better prepared for their upcoming deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Marine Adopts Shelter Dog That Waited 7 Years for a Home

by Kate Good
November 7, 2015

There is such a thing as happily ever after. Just take a look at the story of this Marine and a shelter dog who waited seven, long, lonely years to be adopted!

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November 6, 2015

MCAS Yuma Celebrates 240th Marine Corps Birthday

Story by Pvt George Melendez
Date Posted:11.06.2015 19:06

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - Service members, families, veterans and Department of Defense employees gathered at the station parade field to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday as part of the annual uniform pageant and cake-cutting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Friday.

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Video: 2015 Joint Daytime Ceremony

Courtesy video
Date Posted:11.6.2015 12:38PM

Camp Lejeune commemorated the Marine Corps' 240th birthday with its annual Joint Daytime Ceremony at Liversedge Field on base. The ceremony, which rededicated the National and Marine Corps Colors, involved Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, major subordinate commands, tenant commands, and Marine Corps Installations East - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

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November 5, 2015

Dress blues from the 1920s shed light on the inter-war years aboard Quantico

By Adele Uphaus-Conner | Marine Corps Base Quantico | November 5, 2015

Marine Corps Base Quantico -- Wally only remembers seeing his father Waldemar in his Marine Corps dress blue uniform once. He was a young boy watching his parents dress for a Halloween party.

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November 4, 2015

As A Vet, Enrolling In Community College Was The Smartest Thing I’ve Ever Done

By Christopher Flurry on November 4, 2015

A Marine vet explains why he chose to enroll in community college to pursue his degree.
When I left active duty about a year ago with the hopes of becoming a lawyer, I never thought my path would begin at a community college.

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MCTOG graduates instructor class

by LCpl Levi Schultz
Date Taken:10.30.2015Date Posted:11.04.2015 13:38

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group held a graduation ceremony at the MCTOG classroom, Oct. 30, 2015. Maj. Gen. Brian D. Beaudreault, commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, impressed upon the graduates the importance of this training.

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Remains of NY Marine Killed in '43 Pacific Battle Identified

Associated Press | Nov 04, 2015 | by Chris Carola

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Growing up in New York City, twins Michael and James Reilly did everything together. After the U.S. entered World War II, they enlisted in the Marines on the same day. When the leathernecks landed at Tarawa, the brothers were in the same assault wave.

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Parris Island celebrates U.S. Marine Corps 240th birthday

Posted: Nov 04, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Updated: Nov 04, 2015 4:36 PM CST
By Traci Washington

PARRIS ISLAND (WTOC) - The Parris Island Recruit Depot held a special ceremony to celebrate the military branch’s 240th birthday on Wednesday.

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November 3, 2015

A World War I Memorial in Kansas City Is a Tribute to Giving

By JOHN HANC NOV. 3, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When John Totaro and his wife, Lynn DeLeo-Totaro, visited here in August, it didn’t take them long to spot the National World War I Memorial.

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November 2, 2015

Rafael Peralta: Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

9:54 AM, Nov 2, 2015 | 10:02 AM, Nov 2, 2015

BATH, Maine (AP) -- First in English, then in Spanish, the mother of a fallen Marine who shielded his comrades from an insurgent's grenade christened a new Navy destroyer in his honor.

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November 1, 2015

World War II veterans remember: Sam Ward fought with the Marines at Saipan, Okinawa

By TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer | Updated 11/1/2016

SAND SPRINGS — He’s “still the same ol’ Sam.”

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13th MEU AAVs assault from ship to shore

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:10.22.2015 | Date Posted:11.01.2015 22:35

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. – U.S. Marines and Sailors with Assault Amphibian Vehicle Platoon, Company “E,” Battalion Landing Team 2/1, the ground combat element for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted an amphibious assault on San Clemente Island, California, during Composite Training Unit Exercise, Oct. 22, 2015.

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Toys for Tots kicks off

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Grant Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The Toys for Tots annual gift-giving program aboard Camp Lejeune and across Onslow County started Nov. 1 and continues until Dec. 16.

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13th MEU Marines evacuate embassy during COMPTUEX

Story by Sgt Paris Capers
Date Taken:10.26.2015 | Date Posted:11.01.2015 23:14

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - U.S. Marines and Sailors with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a non-combatant evacuation operation on Camp Pendleton, California, during Composite Training Unit Exercise, Oct. 26, 2015.

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