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Muslim Marine Trainee Killed Himself ... or Did He?

Mystery of Raheel Siddiqui's death gets closer look from 'Esquire'

(Newser) - The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at South Carolina's Parris Island hosts nearly 20,000 recruits each year for 12 weeks of basic training. Alex French looks into the journey of one recruit, Raheel Siddiqui, for Esquire's March issue, exploring the 20-year-old Muslim's likely first moments at the... More »

One Courageous Marine Died While Another Deceived

'Marines don't behave like this,' says Casey Owens' sister of Brandon Blackstone's fraud

(Newser) - "Marines don't behave like this." That's the disgusted assertion of Lezleigh Owens Kleibrink, whose late brother, Casey Owens, was an actual celebrated Marine—and whose identity was more or less assumed by a man who claimed most of Owens' achievements as his own. WFAA reports on... More »

Marine Killed Hours After He Made Poignant NYE Post

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer, 31, who served in Iraq, wrote one final Facebook post before setting out on his motorcycle in Florida on New Year's Eve to ring in 2016. And its message, which has since inspired many shares and likes, turned out to be chillingly poignant: "I... More »

Walmart: Crying Cashier Story Seems to Be a Hoax

Colo. woman shared story from Walmart, says everyone is 'fighting a battle'

(Newser) - Treat people with kindness, "because they are fighting a battle that none of us know about." That’s the message Paige Yore wants people to take to heart, but the story she told to drive her point home is shaping up to be a hoax. In a Facebook... More »

US Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

Joseph Scott Pemberton gets 6 to 12 years in prison for death of Jennifer Laude

(Newser) - A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel they had checked into while he was on a leave in the Philippines. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first... More »

Excruciating World Record: A 5-Hour-Plus Plank

Ex-Marine George Hood, 57, wanted to raise cash for wounded service members

(Newser) - George Hood has been breaking world records for 30 years, starting in 1986 when he jumped his way into Guinness by skipping rope for more than 13 hours, per NBC San Diego . Now the 57-year-old ex-Marine (and ex-DEA agent, and personal trainer, and group exercise instructor) has another athletic feat... More »

Bristol Palin's Wedding This Weekend? It's Off

Sarah Palin breaks the news on Facebook

(Newser) - Bristol Palin's wedding to a Marine war hero this weekend has been called off, mom Sarah Palin writes on Facebook . But the Palins are still planning "a great bar-b-que" in Kentucky that day for family and close friends, the former Alaska governor adds. Bristol and fiance Dakota Meyer... More »

Sniper Suspect Killed 'Because They Wouldn't Talk to Me'

Witness recalls Eddie Ray Routh's words after arrest

(Newser) - The man accused of killing American Sniper Chris Kyle and a friend says he did it because the two men wouldn't talk to him, according to a witness for the prosecution. Gene Cole, a former sheriff's deputy, told a jury Friday that he overheard remarks by accused gunman... More »

US Marine Charged in Killing of Transgender Filipino

Jennifer Laude's October murder inflamed US-Philippines relations

(Newser) - The Philippines has charged a US Marine with the gruesome murder of a transgender woman found drowned in a motel room toilet bowl. Filipino Jennifer Laude, 26, who was born Jeffrey, was found Oct. 11 outside a former US Navy base northwest of Manila, and 19-year-old Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton... More »

Asked to Watch House, Pal Makes $70K in Renovations

Retiring Marine gets a big surprise on return to US

(Newser) - Marine Sgt. Jacinto Bernardo asked a buddy to keep an eye on the fixer-upper he bought in Suisun City, Calif., back in January as he shipped out for his last deployment before retirement. When Bernardo and his wife got back to the US from Japan, they discovered that Jeremy Epperson... More »

Marine Who Saved Pal From Grenade to Get Medal of Honor

William Carpenter credited with throwing himself on blast in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A Marine credited with throwing himself on a grenade to save a buddy, suffering devastating injuries in so doing will become the third US marine of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the Marine Corps Times reports. William Kyle Carpenter, now a 24-year-old medically retired... More »

Marine Faces Discharge for Warning About Child Rapist

Jason Brezler sent classified info, turned himself in

(Newser) - Jason Brezler is a highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer, and has served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over 13 years. But now he faces "other than honorable" discharge, and all because he tried to warn his colleagues in Afghanistan about a child rapist, CNN reports. During his... More »

65-Year-Old Ex-Marine Fights Off Bank Robber

'You gotta be kidding me' he said

(Newser) - No matter how young and fit you are, odds are you're not as badass as Eugene Storley. The 65-year-old ex-Marine and ex-cop was in a bank Monday afternoon when a man came in wearing a hard hat and breathing mask and pointed a gun at the teller. "You... More »

Texas Shooting Spree Suspect IDed: He's a Marine

Estaban Smith also connected to wife's murder

(Newser) - Police have identified the man they believe went on a random shooting spree in Texas on Sunday—and he turns out to be Esteban Smith, 23, an active-duty Marine who has also been connected to a murder in North Carolina, the New York Daily News reports. The victim in that... More »

Woman Finds Slain Beau's WWII Diary—70 Years Later

Young Marine's journal was dedicated to Laura Mae Davis

(Newser) - Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to... More »

Marine Proposes to Partner at White House

Photos an Internet hit

(Newser) - The White House has played host to its first same-sex marriage proposal: Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps asked partner Ben Schock for his hand. Photos of the moment have been making waves across the Internet, thanks to a posting at the American Military Partner Association, Gawker reports. "Thanks for... More »

Marine Goes Undercover to Expose Girlfriend's Rapist

Befriends alleged perpetrator Elric Shawn Millner

(Newser) - When a former Marine MP started dating a Texas teen and she told him the story of how Elric Shawn Millner got her drunk, raped her, and videotaped the whole thing two years ago, the Marine took action. He befriended the alleged perpetrator, now 24, and pretended to be upset... More »

Marine Dishes on Date With Mila Kunis

Marine Sgt. Scott Moore surprised by 'how down to earth she was'

(Newser) - Fire up your video cameras, fellas—it's apparently totally worth it to ask out Mila Kunis on a date. Sgt. Scott Moore, who invited Mila to a Marine Corps Ball by video, appeared on Access Hollywood today to dish a few details on the date in Greenville, NC, this... More »

Black Friday: Marine Stabbed While Collecting Toys for Tots

Alleged shoplifter stabbed him while trying to get away

(Newser) - Black Friday always seems to bring out a few ne’er-do-wells, and yesterday was no exception: An alleged shoplifter is accused of stabbing a Marine—who was collecting Toys for Tots donations, no less—at a Georgia Best Buy. Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, was attempting to stop Tracey Attaway, 39,... More »

Vets Protest Wife-Killer's Burial in National Cemetery

Raymond Sawyer died while serving sentence

(Newser) - A WWII veteran is scheduled to be buried in Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery today, and plenty of people aren't happy about it. That's because former Marine Raymond R. Sawyer died in an Arizona state prison on Aug. 11, reports the AP, where he was serving a 13-year sentence for... More »

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