Marines

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Marine Dies, 8 Missing After Amphibious Vehicle 'Mishap'

It happened Thursday during routine training exercise off coast of Southern California

(Newser) - Search and rescue efforts are underway off the coast of Southern California after an incident involving an amphibious assault vehicle left one US Marine dead, two other service members injured, and eight missing. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force reports the "mishap" during a routine training exercise happened Thursday afternoon,... More »

Former US Marine Sentenced to 9 Years in Russian Prison

Trevor Reed says he's not guilty

(Newser) - Former US Marine Trevor Reed drank too much vodka at a farewell party in Moscow last summer. Now, he might not be saying farewell to the country until 2029. A Russian court sentenced the Texan to nine years in prison Thursday for allegedly attacking a police officer, just short of... More »

Trump: Bases Won't Be Renamed

Army had said it was open to a discussion about installations named for Confederate leaders

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Army brass did an about-face and said it would be fine with reconsidering the names of 10 bases that now honor Confederate leaders. On Wednesday, President Trump put a halt to that. "These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American... More »

America Enters New 'Cold War' Arms Race

China tells the US to back off its new military plan

(Newser) - America is answering China's missile supremacy by planning to deploy—you guessed it—a lot more missiles. Reuters reports that the Pentagon wants to arm Marines with Tomahawk cruise missiles and hasten a rare order of long-range anti-ship missiles, all to counter China's lead in land-based ballistic and... More »

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... More »

Father of Marine Pushed Into Moving Train: 'Just Too Much'

18-year-old Chicago man charged with murder of veteran Mamadou Balde

(Newser) - A Chicago man is charged with murdering a Marine veteran, whom he allegedly shoved into the path of a moving train. Ryan Munn, 18, and another unidentified man approached Mamadou Balde, 29, on a Chicago Transit Authority train platform around 5pm on April 7, according to a document from the... More »

2 Marines Killed in ISIS Cave Raid

4 other US troops were injured during Sunday mission

(Newser) - Two US Marines were killed Sunday in an attack on an ISIS cave complex in the mountains of north central Iraq. The unidentified Marines from an elite Raiders unit were advising Iraqi soldiers in the Qara Chockh Mountains, about 37 miles south of Erbil, when they were killed by enemy... More »

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... More »

School Shooting Hero Is Now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, who helped stop Colorado school shooting, finishes boot camp

(Newser) - In May, two gunmen entered STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado and opened fire, killing one and injuring eight . Partly why the carnage at the charter school wasn't worse: Students helped stop the shooting. One of those teen heroes was Brendan Bialy, who tackled and disarmed one of the... More »

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... More »

Marine Accidentally Killed on Capitol Hill: Reports

Sources cite accidental discharge of weapon during shift change

(Newser) - A US Marine was fatally shot inside a barracks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, early Tuesday in what authorities reportedly believe to be an accident. The gunshot around 5am was not self-inflicted, a Marine Corps rep tells the Washington Post , which describes "an accidental discharge from another Marine'... More »

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 »

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