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Helicopter Carrying 5 Marines Vanishes
5 Marines Confirmed
Dead in Helicopter Crash

5 Marines Confirmed Dead in Helicopter Crash

Aircraft went down in the mountains of California during a storm

(Newser) - The Navy has confirmed that five Marines are dead after their helicopter crashed in the mountains near San Diego in stormy weather on Tuesday night, reports the AP . Their names have not yet been released, and efforts to recover their remains are underway. Rescuers found the wreckage on Wednesday.

As Other Branches Fall Short, Marines Hit 100% of Recruitment Target

Consistent message is paying off, experts say

(Newser) - As other service branches fell short of their recruitment goals this year, the Marine Corps ended the recruitment year Sept. 30 having met 100% of its goal—with hundreds of contacts lined up for next year. The Army, Navy, and Air Force failed to attract enough recruits despite offering generous...

Marine in Custody After Camp Lejeune Homicide

Officials say Marine was taken into custody after fellow Marine died in 'incident'

(Newser) - One Marine is dead and another is in custody after what base officials describe as an "incident" Wednesday night at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Officials said the Marine suspect was detained around 10:15pm after the incident in a barracks room, CNN reports. In a statement, officials described...

Marine Capitol Rioter Gets Symbolic Sentence

An hour of community service for each of 279 Marines who died in the Civil War

(Newser) - One of three active-duty Marines who stormed the US Capitol together was sentenced on Monday to probation and 279 hours of community service—one hour for every Marine who was killed or wounded fighting in the Civil War, the AP reports. US District Judge Ana Reyes said she can't...

Marines Aircraft That Went Down in Australia Has Crash History

8 US troops remain in Aussie hospital after weekend accident that killed 3 of their colleagues

(Newser) - Eight US Marines remained in a hospital in the Australian north coast city of Darwin on Monday after they were injured in a fiery crash of a tilt-rotor aircraft that killed three of their colleagues on an island. All 20 survivors were flown from Melville Island, 50 miles south, to...

3 US Marines Dead in Training Crash
3 US Marines Dead
in Training Crash

3 US Marines Dead in Training Crash

Several others injured when Osprey aircraft goes down in Australia

(Newser) - Tragedy for the US Marines Sunday in Australia: Three members of the service were killed and at least five more were in serious condition after an Osprey aircraft crashed during a training mission, reports CNN . A total of 23 people were aboard the MV-22B aircraft when it went down on...

US May Deploy Marines on Private Ships to Foil Iran

If approved, plan for Strait of Hormuz could put troops at risk of direct confrontation with Iranian forces

(Newser) - Marines have been flown to the Persian Gulf and received training in anticipation of being placed on American commercial ships to keep Iran from the civilian vessels. The deployment, which has not received final approval, would run the risk of a direct confrontation between US and Iranian forces, the Washington ...

Camp Pendleton Marine Held in Planned Parenthood Attack

California clinic was firebombed last year

(Newser) - An active-duty Marine was arrested Wednesday on federal charges in the firebombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in California last year. Chance Brannon, 23, of San Juan Capistrano, who is stationed at Camp Pendleton, was taken into custody along with Tibet Ergul, 21, of Irvine, KTLA reports. Both are charged...

Marines on Active Duty During Capitol Attack Plead Guilty

The two attended the Trump rally, then took photos in the Rotunda

(Newser) - Two men who were active-duty members of the Marines Corps when they stormed the US Capitol pleaded guilty on Monday to riot-related criminal charges. Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen are scheduled to be sentenced in September by US District Judge Ana Reyes. Both pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count...

Marine's Memorial Came With $3.2K Tab for His Family

Mark Schmitz says he was 'a little shocked' to be sent bill for road signs in tribute to fallen son, Jared

(Newser) - Last summer, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill to designate a bridge over Interstate 70 as the Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz Memorial Bridge, in honor of a 20-year-old Marine who was one of 13 service members killed by a suicide bomber the prior year in Afghanistan. KTVI reports...

3 Active-Duty Marines Working in Intelligence Face Riot Counts

One of the defendants posted photos from inside the Capitol on Instagram

(Newser) - Three active-duty Marines who work in intelligence have been charged in the attack on the Capitol, after investigators saw a photo one of them took inside the building on Jan. 6, 2021, and posted on Instagram. Micah Coomer, Joshua Abate, and Dodge Dale Hellonen were arrested Wednesday, reports....

Court: Marine Sikh Recruits Need Not Shave for Boot Camp

Federal appeals court grants the exemption

(Newser) - A federal court ruling will result in a rare sight at Marine boot camp: two bearded recruits. The District of Columbia's federal appeals court has ruled that the pair of Sikh men shouldn't be forced to shave off the beards they keep for religious reasons, reports NPR . Plaintiffs...

Afghan Couple Sues: US Marine Stole Our Baby

US court granted Joshua Mast custody of a foreign citizen, whose relatives allege fraud

(Newser) - US Marine Corps attorney Joshua Mast and his wife, Stephanie, say they "acted admirably" in adopting a young war orphan from Afghanistan. But an Afghan couple tells a very different story, saying Mast stole the child—a relative they gained custody of after her parents and siblings were killed...

Marine Recruit Collapses, Dies During Training

Military is investigating death of Javier Pong, 18, at Camp Pendleton

(Newser) - The Marines are investigating the death of an 18-year-old recruit who collapsed during training at Camp Pendleton in California last month. The Sept. 27 death of Javier Pong was announced after an unusual 11-day delay, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Training deaths are normally announced within 24 hours, with the...

4 Marines Die in Crash in California
Another Osprey Crash
Takes Lives of 5 Marines

Another Osprey Crash Takes Lives of 5 Marines

MV-22B Osprey went down in California desert

(Newser) - (This summary has been updated to reflect the death of the fifth Marine.) Five Marines were killed after an Osprey aircraft crashed in the Southern California desert, a military official said Thursday, one day after the accident. The MV-22B Osprey was carrying the five Marines when it went down...

Parris Island Base Battles Rising Seas

Marines begin with small steps, though some advocate building major seawalls

(Newser) - Rising seas are encroaching on one of the nation's most storied military installations, where thousands of recruits are molded into Marines each year amid the salt marshes of South Carolina's Lowcountry region. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is particularly vulnerable to flooding, coastal erosion, and other impacts...

Russia: 1K Ukrainian Marines Put Up White Flag in Mariupol

If true, it would be first major Ukrainian city to fall to Russia since war began

(Newser) - Russia claims that more than 1,000 Ukrainian marines have surrendered in Mariupol, a development that, if true, would mean Ukraine has lost its first major city since the Russian invasion began, per Reuters . The news comes via Russia's Defense Ministry, which said that 1,026 soldiers from Ukraine'...

4 Charged in $750K Murder-for-Hire Plot

Police say Texas' Erik Charles Maund paid to have Tenn. couple killed to avoid exposing affair

(Newser) - A Texas auto dealer hired former US Marines and a purported former member of the Israeli Defense Forces to kill a Nashville, Tenn., couple found shot to death last year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. It describes an elaborate murder-for-hire plot that began after 46-year-old Erik Charles Maund...

First Active-Duty Officer Charged in Capitol Riot

Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris broke through police at east doors, Justice Department says

(Newser) - For the first time, a service member on active duty has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris was arrested Thursday, the Justice Department said, accused of forcing his way into the building. The charges against Warnagiris, 40, include assaulting, resisting or...

Outrage Follows Marine's Pardon

Outrage Follows Marine's Pardon

Joseph Scott Pemberton killed a transgender woman in the Philippines

(Newser) - Citing the inmate's good behavior in prison and the need "to do justice," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pardoned a US Marine on Monday who was convicted of killing a transgender woman in 2014. The pardon surprised even the inmate's lawyer, the Washington Post reports, and brought...

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