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Religious Exemption Requests on Vaccine Go Nowhere

Pentagon didn't expect 12K applications

(Newser) - When the Pentagon announced in August that all service members would have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, it said they can seek religious exemptions. More than 12,000 military service members have done that, the AP reports, but so far, not one exemption on religious grounds has been granted....

Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second
Marine Vet Stops
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Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second

'Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around,' says James Kilcer

(Newser) - As he turned to leave a gas station convenience store, James Kilcer saw a handgun pointed in his direction. He didn't hesitate. Within about a second, the 32-year-old Marine veteran reached out, disarmed the masked individual who'd just walked in, and pushed him toward the floor, per USA ...

Explosives Missing From California Marine Corps Base

Military is investigating the disappearance

(Newser) - Explosives are missing from a Marine Corps base in the Southern California desert, the military confirmed Tuesday. Jeff Houston of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said an investigation has opened into the disappearance of explosives from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. Houston said he could not provide...

Marines Call Off Search for 8 Troops Lost at Sea
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Sea Search Ends for 8 Troops

Amphibious assault vehicle sank off Southern California

(Newser) - Eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday. The Marines said they had called off the search that started late Thursday afternoon when the amphibious assault vehicle sank with 15 Marines and one...

On a Flight to Texas, 3 Marines Step Up

They restrain a 'very distraught' flier

(Newser) - Air travel is much lighter than it used to be—and so too are stories about fliers allegedly behaving badly. CNN reports on an exception: a Monday flight from Tokyo to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport that required three Camp Lejeune Marines to get involved. A Marine Corps statement says...

Fugitive Marine Deserter Found at Mom's Home

Michael Alexander Brown accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend

(Newser) - The Marine deserter recently placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list for allegedly murdering his mother's boyfriend was captured Wednesday morning. Michael Alexander Brown, 22, was taken into custody at his mother's Roanoke, Virginia-area home—the same place the murder is alleged to have taken place, CNN...

Marines: Another Man in Iwo Jima Photo Was Misidentified

Historians say flag-raiser was Cpl Harold 'Pie' Keller

(Newser) - For the second time in less than four years, military historians have revised the list of the Marines seen in one of history's most famous photos. Three historians who reviewed film footage and other photos say Cpl Harold 'Pie' Keller, not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, was one of the...

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...

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...

2 Rescued, 5 Missing After US Warplanes Collide

They crashed into the ocean off Japan

(Newser) - A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said. The US Marine Corps said that the 2am crash involved an...

White House: Cemetery Motorcade Would Have Disrupted Roads

President skipped event honoring Marines

(Newser) - Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring US military dead , the White House says President Trump didn't want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France. Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence Saturday...

2 Marines Grounded for 'Obscene' Flight Path

Further punishment possible after penis-shaped pattern

(Newser) - The Marine Corps has grounded two aviators who used a training flight to draw a penis over California's Salton Sea just a year after a similar stunt. The phallus-shaped flight path near Palm Springs on Oct. 23, shared online after it was detected using flight-tracking software, was traced to...

Marine's Midnight Murder Leaves Wife 'Speechless'

No suspects named in Friday shooting in Lemon Grove, Calif.

(Newser) - Alexia Truax married her best friend last spring before giving birth to the couple's son in September. A year later, her world has been turned upside down. "Speechless" is how the 20-year-old Texas resident describes feeling after learning her husband, Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Truax Jr., was fatally...

WWII Navajo Code Talker Samuel Holiday Dead at 94
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One of the Last WWII Navajo Code Talkers Has Died

Samuel Holiday was 94

(Newser) - Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah on Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native...

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...

Marine Drill Instructor Guilty of Abusing Recruits

'He wasn't making Marines. He was breaking Marines'

(Newser) - A Marine Corps drill instructor was convicted by a military jury of physically abusing young recruits, sometimes while drunk, and focusing his fury on three Muslim-American military volunteers. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, NC, determined Thursday that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix was guilty of hazing and maltreatment of recruits...

A Big First Is Coming for Marine Corps

1st female infantry officer is expected next week

(Newser) - A big first for the Marine Corps: It will likely soon have its first female infantry officer. The unnamed lieutenant is expected to graduate Monday from the Corps' Infantry Officer Course, three military officials tell the Washington Post . She is the first of three dozen women who've attempted it...

'You Looked Up and You Saw the Plane Twirling Around'

Military plane crash kills at least 16 in Mississippi

(Newser) - A US military plane crashed into a field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said. Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a late briefing that 16 bodies had been recovered after the KC-130 spiraled...

Marine Recruit's Skin 'Liquefied' During Boot Camp: Documents

Recruit needed skin grafts for second- and third-degree chemical burns

(Newser) - The skin on a recruit's buttocks was "liquefied" by chemical burns during a hazing incident at a Marine Corps boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina, according to documents made public by the Washington Post . The documents state drill instructor Sgt. Jeffrey VanDyke forced the unnamed recruit...

We're Spending $50M to Resettle 1K Desert Tortoises

So the Marines can expand Calif. training grounds

(Newser) - The mission: to airlift 1,156 desert tortoises to a place where there's no threat of being flattened by tanks. The Marines are this month moving the reptiles out of a corner of California's Mojave Desert where the Corps will soon begin extensive live-fire training, the Los Angeles ...

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