OKINAWA MARINES AND SAILORS VISIT IWO JIMA

74 years ago the U.S. Marine Corps underestimated their enemy, what they had anticipated to be a short battle against the outnumbered Japanese troops ended up as a 36-day siege resulting in nearly 7,000 Marines losing their lives. There was no doubt the U.S. would successfully complete their mission, however the landing forces were not prepared for the Japanese that were well entrenched and had prepared for battle, resulting in one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine Corps history.

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I REMEMBER MARINE CORPS BOOT CAMP

“Get off my bus, you slimy-eyed maggots!” shouted the Drill Instructor at the top of his lungs.  Thus began my “near death experience” all through nine weeks of Marine Corps Recruit Training…after we entered the gates at MCRD, San Diego…the Marine Corps Recruit Depot…on that “fateful” Monday night, September 16, 1968.

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MARINES RETURN TO THEIR OLD STOMPING GROUNDS

Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot Parris Island is a sacred place that shapes everyday citizens into United States Marines. The journey from recruit in training to United States Marine is unforgettable and some even describe it as the best worst time of their life. Once a Marine leaves the island, most may never return.

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EXERCISE RESOLUTE SUN: U.S. SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES COMBINE TRAINING TO IMPROVE READINESS IN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS

U.S. Marines with 2nd Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics participated in exercise Resolute Sun from June 11-19, 2019.

The exercise allowed Marines to increase combat operational readiness in amphibious and prepositioning operations while conducting joint training with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during a joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS) scenario.

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ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE

His weathered hands, aged by war and time, brushed across the fuselage of an aircraft. Like a gust of wind, old memories washed over him.

Stepping out from the hangar, the 99-year-old Marine took a firm grasp of his grandson’s hand as a Marine from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, escorted them onto Camp Pendleton’s flightline.

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TIme with the grunts

As a new 2nd Lt with the 12th Marines at Mt Fuji, I was assigned to an infantry company as an forward observer. I asked my senior Lts in the battery what should I being doing with the grunts. They told me just to stay close to the Captain and he will let you know what he wants. I stayed with the captain for about 5 miles into a hike when he turned to me and asked “Lt where are we “? My answer was “I don’t know I am following you”. After that I always knew where we were…….

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SHARING CULTURE THROUGH MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: JAPANESE, US KICKBOXERS TOUCH GLOVES TO SHOW SPORTSMANSHIP

Marines from Camp Courtney participated in friendly Japan-U.S. bouts in “TRY: Okinawa Inter Battle Vol.1” April 7 at Naha City, Okinawa. The event included fighters from various Japanese and Okinawan gyms as well as Marines.

Three of 22 bouts featured Marines. At the sound of the opening bell, Japanese and U.S. fighters touched gloves to convey their sportsmanship before they test their skills against each other in the ring.

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MARINE CORPS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR TOPS ALL FEMALE FINISHERS AT HISTORIC HALF

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Lindsay Carrick, 26, finished the 2019 Marine Corps Historic Half with purpose and pride as the first female finisher in a time of 1:25:02. The Fredericksburg resident and Logistics Officer at Officer Candidate School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico is the 2018 Marine Corps Athlete of the Year; an award based on active duty Marine’s athletic skills and how well they embody Marine Corps values. Her impressive running resume also includes accolades and is a member of the All-Marine Running Team, All-Marine Cross Country Team, All-Marine Warriors Across the Sea Team and the All-Marine Marathon Team.

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