An amphibious task group of Second Battalion, Third Marines lands along the coast of South Vietnam, 15 miles north of Hue on July 20th, 1967. The Amtracks transported the Marines from landing ships in the South China Sea to the assault beach.


15th MEU Marines Conduct Deck Shoot

Gitmo overseer exerted unlawful influence on tribunals, military judge rules

A military judge attempted to speed up the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals by ordering the justices overseeing them to move to the US naval base in Cuba. Now one of those judges has ruled that the since-rescinded order was unlawful influence.

 Other than the defendants detained at Gitmo, the vast majority of  participants in the tribunals commute from the US to the naval  base 90 miles to the south for hearings. In January, retired  Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary, who is overseeing the entire  war court, asked the Pentagon to create a rule change that forced  the military judges in charge of the three main trials to  relocate to the island.

 Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work approved the order. On  Friday, he also rescinded the rule change, after judge Army Col.  James Pohl, put the oft-delayed 9/11 trial on hold over the  policy. The rule change would have also stripped the military  judges in question of their other duties, including presiding  over US service members’ court martials in the United States.

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The [USMC] Special Reaction Team’s arsenal sits out before being fired during static close-quarters battle training Jan. 8 at Camp Hansen. The SRT is with the Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. The SRT is the military equivalent of Special Weapons and Tactics teams.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Royce Dorman/Released)

Don't Screw Up in the Military

You’ve been punished before. We all have. Whether it was being grounded by your parents or being sent to the principal’s office, you’ve had to pay for your crimes one way or another.


Have you ever screwed up so badly that:

1. You had to mop up the rain?

2. You were ordered to sit right in front of a sprinkler?

3. You didn’t have a birthday one year? 

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Nothing annoys me more than people who disrespect the troops.

You wouldn’t last a day in the hell they live through.

They sacrifice so much just so that we can live freely. So that we can have rights….and you trash them on the internet and call them killers?!

Hate the war. Hate what some people are doing to their OWN PEOPLE.

Don’t hate the brave men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect our own.

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima

Joe Rosenthal, photographer. General Photographic File of the Department of Navy, 1943 - 1958

Seventy years ago on February 23, 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised a flag atop Mount Suribachi, the dormant volcanic peak which towered over the island. The first flag was taken down, and a second larger flag was raised by five U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Corpsman.  Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured this second flag-raising, creating one of the iconic wartime photographs in U.S. history.

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