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A Marine Comes Home For Christmas

Get the tissues ready.

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Marine Corps Photos: Need for Speed

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LCpl Jacob Arthur, a crew chief serving with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and a native of Los Angeles, shoots during a timed event at the 2013 Western Division Matches at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 5. More than 300 competitors from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Miramar, Logistics Base Barstow and Camp Pendleton came to Wilcox Range to compete in the two-week competition. Only the top ten percent on the competitors will receive medals and will qualify to compete in the Marine Corps Champion Matches later this year.

Photo by LCpl Joseph Scanlan.
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Twelve Days Of Christmas Marine Corps Style

(The Marine Corps puts their own spin on a Christmas classic)

On the first day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, a D.I. yelling at me.

On the second day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the third day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the fourth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the fifth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the seventh day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the eighth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Eight brand new rifles, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the ninth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Nine ladies dancing, Eight brand new rifles, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the tenth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, the Tenth of November, Nine ladies dancing, Eight brand new rifles, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Eleven general orders, the Tenth of November, Nine ladies dancing, Eight brand new rifles, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Marine Corps sent to me, Twelve months of training, Eleven general orders, the Tenth of November, Nine ladies dancing, Eight brand new rifles, Seven seas to sail, a Six month deployment, Five M.R.E.’s, Four days of “Libo”, Three months of bootcamp, Two yellow footprints, And a D.I. yelling at me!

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Marine Corps Photos: Ruler of the Sky

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 21, 2013. This marks the first vertical landing of a Marine Corps F-35B outside of a testing environment.

Photo by Cpl Ken Kalamkarian
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Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has been making Christmas a happier time of year for children whose families may be struggling to provide a happy holiday season.

Some things you may not have known about the Toys For Tots program:

Established and run by the Marine Corps Reserves, they ask that you do not donate toys that suggest violence, ie toy guns.

Toys must be new and unwrapped.
The idea is give each child three toys and one book: a regular toy, a stocking stuffer, a stuffed animal or a ball and an age-appropriate book.

They ask that you refrain from donating clothing.

The suggested price range or donation amount is 20-30 dollars, although anything that you can do to help is appreciated.

Gifts for children younger than two and those 10 to 14 are often in short supply.

Click Here to find a Toys For Tots campaign office in your area.

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Marine Corps Photos: Free Falling

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Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command free fall during a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) training exercise at an airfield in North Carolina, July 8, 2013. The Marines conducted the HALO jump to reinforce the skills employed to safely complete the exercise.

Photo by LCpl Steven Fox
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The Marine Corps Saves Christmas

The United States Marine Corps and Santa Claus.
How’s that for a winning combination?

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Marine Corps Poetry: My Old Blues

When I lie down
For my last snooze,
And if I still have
The right to choose,
Just lay me out
Gently,
In my old blues.

Make sure my brass
Is shiny bright,
My stripes not askew,
My hash marks
All arranged
For all the boots
To view.

My blood stripes
Smooth along my legs,
A spit shine
On my shoes.
All things must be
Very right,
When I wear
My old blues.

Place me on
A horse-drawn cart,
Lead me to my grave.
Fire for me a volley,
Tell them I was brave.
Oh, bugler,
Hold that long last note
And let it fade away,
As I will the morrow
My very final day!

Robert L. Cook

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Colonel Reginald R. Myers

(Part of a continuing series of articles spotlighting United States Marines who have been awarded America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.)

From the Presidential Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Executive Officer of the Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on November 29, 1950.

Assuming command of a composite unit of Army and Marine service and headquarters elements totalling approximately 250 men, during a critical stage in the vital defense of the strategically important military base at Hagaru-ri, Major Myers immediately initiated a determined and aggressive counterattack against a well-entrenched and clearly concealed enemy force numbering an estimated 4,000.

Severely handicapped by a lack of trained personnel and experienced leaders in his valiant efforts to regain maximum ground prior to daylight, he persisted in constantly exposing himself to intense, accurate and sustained hostile fire in order to direct and supervise the employment of his men and to encourage and spur them on in pressing the attack.

Inexorably moving forward up the steep, snow-covered slope with his depleted group in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, he concurrently directed artillery and mortar fire with superb skill and, although losing 170 of his men during fourteen hours of raging combat in sub-zero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded.

By his exceptional and valorous leadership throughout, Major Myers contributed directly to the success of his unit in restoring the perimeter.

His resolute spirit of self sacrifice and unfaltering devotion to duty enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

HARRY S. TRUMAN

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