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16 Marines Arrested as They Carried Out Battalion Formation

Human smuggling probe led to arrests

(Newser) - A human smuggling investigation by the military led to the arrest of 16 Marines Thursday while carrying out a battalion formation at California's Camp Pendleton, a base about an hour's drive from the US-Mexico border. None of the Marines were involved in helping to enforce border security, the...

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...

Marine's Jaw-Dropping Photo: 'Coming to Gay Bar Near You'

1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised 'appropriate action'

(Newser) - Two Marines are under investigation after a photo was posted Wednesday to Facebook showing a uniform-clad corporal with his hand on the trigger of a rifle aimed at the camera and the message, "Coming to a gay bar near you!" The image, believed to be from Snapchat, was...

4 Marines Dead in Accident at Camp Pendleton

Unexploded ordnance reportedly detonated

(Newser) - Four Marines at California's Camp Pendleton were killed today in a training accident, reports Reuters . It's not clear exactly what happened, but NBC News reports that they were killed when an unexploded ordnance blew up. The Marines, who haven't been identified, had reportedly finished their drills and...

3rd Arrest in Murder of Marine's Wife

Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino latest suspect in Brittany Dawn Killgore case

(Newser) - A third person was arrested last night in the murder of Brittany Dawn Killgore, a Camp Pendleton Marine's wife. Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 36, was arrested at a downtown San Diego hotel, but no word yet on her suspected role. Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45, and Jessica Lynn Lopez,...

Woman Busted for Murder of Marine's Wife

Brittany Killgore's body found after Jessica Lopez attempts suicide

(Newser) - A missing-person case in San Diego has become a complicated murder case, with some media reports hinting at links to a sex ring . The body of Brittany Killgore, the wife of a US Marine serving in Afghanistan, was found in a remote site north of the city after police found...

Marine Linked to Missing San Diego Woman

Cops question serviceman busted for possessing stolen rifle

(Newser) - Police in San Diego are questioning a Marine over the missing wife of a fellow serviceman. Louis Ray Perez, 45, was already in custody on an unrelated charge of possession of a AR-15 assault rifle stolen from Camp Pendleton, ABC reports. He was the last person seen with Britanny Killgore,...

2 Marines Die in California Training Crash

Third major air accident this summer at Camp Pendleton

(Newser) - Two US Marines were killed when the Super Cobra attack helicopter they were flying in went down in flames during a training exercise at California's camp Pendleton. Firefighters were battling a 120-acre brush fire triggered by the afternoon crash late yesterday. It was the third major accident in the...

1 Dead, 5 Hurt in California Military Copter Crash

Investigators seeking cause

(Newser) - A Marine was killed and 5 others injured when a helicopter went down during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County. It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injuries were, but all were being treated at local hospitals, reports AP. Investigators are seeking the cause of...

Case of Autistic Marine Sheds Light on Recruitment Ethics

Struggling to fill quotas, recruiters' practices called into question

(Newser) - Operating in a war-weary America, military recruiters face a difficult task—and some are skirting ethics to fill their quotas, the Los Angeles Times reports. While substantiated cases against recruiters are relatively few—593 claims were verified in fiscal 2007, which saw 319,229 enlistees—the case of an autistic...

Marines Warned Tijuana Too Dangerous for R&R

Drug war prompts new rules to stop marines heading south of the border

(Newser) - The US military has warned their battle-hardened Marines that Tijuana is too dangerous a place for them to visit, USA Today reports. A surge in Mexican drug violence has resulted in military orders effectively placing the popular party town off limits to 44,000 leathernecks—including many who have done...

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