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5 Missing Marines Declared Dead After Crash Off Japan

'All of us in the Sumo family are extremely saddened'

(Newser) - The US military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have been halted. The five were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that collided... More »

Marine Served 20 Years, Was Killed on His Porch

South Carolina's Eason Gravley charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - A South Carolina teen is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after a bullet he allegedly aimed at a road sign fatally struck a retired Marine. Police say 17-year-old Eason Gravley fired a gun in Greenwood County around 11:30pm on Oct. 10 but the bullet missed or went through its... More »

US Military's Most Expensive Jet Crashes in S. Carolina

Marine pilot able to eject in F-35 training mission

(Newser) - The F-35 is the US military's most expensive fighter jet, notes Foreign Policy , and the aircraft just had one of the best and worst weeks in its controversial history. The good part came on Thursday, when the Marines conducted the first-ever airstrike with its version of the jet—a... More »

Full Metal Jacket Drill Sergeant Dies

'The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul'

(Newser) - R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has died. Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications, the AP reports. He was 74. The... More »

4 Feared Dead in Marine Helicopter Crash

CH-53E Super Stallion was on a training mission

(Newser) - A Marine helicopter has crashed during a southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed, reports the AP . The military says the CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30pm Tuesday near El Centro. The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out... More »

New Photos Appear in Military's Ongoing Revenge Porn Scandal

Dropbox folder contains 267 photos of topless, nude female service members

(Newser) - "One year later and not much has changed," CBS News quotes former Marine Erin Kirk Cuomo as saying. Cuomo, who founded #NotInMyMarines, after the Marines United photo-sharing scandal broke last year alerted Facebook this week to yet another group sharing explicit photos of female service members without their... More »

Ex-Marine Who Missed 3 Kids' Childhoods Coming Back to US

Marco Chavez was deported for minor offense in 2002

(Newser) - A former Marine deported to Mexico 15 years ago after he was convicted of a minor offense has won his fight to return to the United States and regain his permanent US residency. Marco Chavez tells the AP that he's looking forward to reuniting with his three sons in... More »

They Weathered War, PTSD, and Prison. Love Prevailed

The 'New York Times' has the story of Samuel Siatta and Ashley Volk

(Newser) - A loop of blue dental floss is one of Ashley Volk's treasured possessions, and it's introduced at the start of a New York Times article on a moving story of a modern love that overcame great obstacles. The Chicago woman first spotted it on the ring finger of... More »

Marine Instructor Gets 10 Years for Tormenting Recruits

Joseph Felix will get a dishonorable discharge

(Newser) - A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being convicted of tormenting and abusing young recruits , especially Muslim-Americans, including one who later killed himself. A military jury also ordered Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, to forfeit all pay, be demoted to... More »

15 Marines Hospitalized After Vehicle Ignites

3 are in critical condition at burn center

(Newser) - Eight Marines were rushed to a San Diego burn center and seven others were also hospitalized after their amphibious vehicle caught fire during a training exercise at a military base. Three of the Marines were listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at the Burn Center at University of California San... More »

US Calls Off Search for 3 Marines in Osprey Crash

Aircraft went down during joint exercise off Australia

(Newser) - US military officials have called off a search and rescue operation for three US Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land. The US Marine base Camp Butler in Japan says in a statement that the... More »

23 Marines Rescued After Osprey Crash. 3 Still Missing

The crash off the coast of Australia is being called a 'mishap'

(Newser) - Three US Marines are missing after an MV-22 Osprey crashed into the waters off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Saturday afternoon, ABC reports. "The aircraft ... was conducting regularly scheduled operations when the aircraft entered the water," CNN quotes a Marine Corps statement as saying. There were 26 Marine... More »

Hundreds Attend Farewell Party for Dying Marine Dog

Cena served in Afghanistan before becoming a service dog

(Newser) - Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines, reports the AP . Cena the 10-year-old black lab received a hero's farewell Wednesday before being euthanized at the USS LST 393, a... More »

Our Most 'Honorable' Citizens and Their Revenge Porn

Behind the scenes of 'Marines United' and other sexist military pages

(Newser) - Stumble onto a random revenge-porn site, and you'll likely be confronted with various avatars of trolls who hide behind screen names and aliases. But that wasn't the case with the "Marines United" private Facebook group that retired service member John Albert found himself invited to in September... More »

Grilled on Photo Scandal, Marine Admits 'Lame Answer'

Gen. Robert Neller is questioned by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

(Newser) - A familiar scene played out on Capitol Hill Tuesday in the form of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand expressing anger at the harassment of women in the military. This time, she was grilling Marines chief Gen. Robert Neller in the wake of the revelation that photos and videos of female Marines, sometimes... More »

Marines Join Fight to Retake Raqqa From ISIS

They'll provide support for local forces, special ops: officials

(Newser) - US Marines have joined the fight to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, defense officials say. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which departed San Diego in October, has been deployed to ISIS' de facto capital and will fire artillery guns, including M777 Howitzers, from an outpost... More »

US Marines Land in Norway, and Russia Isn't Pleased

'The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,' says Russian rep

(Newser) - Poland isn't the only country in Europe welcoming US troops. About 300 Marines arrived in Norway on Monday, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been stationed in the country, reports Reuters . The mission is to last one year, with the first batch of... 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 »

Marines Conclude Man Was Misidentified in Iwo Jima Pic

It was really Marine Howard Schultz, not Navy officer John Bradley: investigation

(Newser) - A long-standing debate behind World War II's iconic Iwo Jima photo appears to have been settled. A Marine Corps investigation used facial recognition technology and other photos taken that day to conclude, with "near certainty," that one of the six men IDed in the famous image taken... More »

Irate With US, Okinawa Stages Massive Protest

Some 65K protest American military presence after rape, killing of local woman

(Newser) - Tens of thousands on Okinawa protested Sunday against the presence of US military bases, reports the AP , many wearing black to mourn the rape and killing of a local woman in which an American contractor is a suspect. The rally called for a review of the US-Japanese security agreement, which... More »

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