Adam Driver on his appearance:

“I did look strange as a teenager — very prominent facial features, a big nose, big ears and tiny eyes, very rat-like. … I had to develop thick skin. God, in the Marine Corps, if you’re insecure about anything or you have … a mole out of place, people will find it, especially in boot camp, and drill it until you’re numb to it, I guess in a way. I was lucky, though, because in my platoon there was another guy who also had big ears and the drill instructors noticed him before they did me, so he was Ears No. 1 and I was Ears No. 2.”

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A Marine holds an American flag that will be draped over the casket of New York State Trooper Donald “Deejay” Fredenburg Jr. during his funeral service at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on March 19. Fredenburg collapsed during a training run and died from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Bradley Kasal was a Marine First Sergeant who fought in Fallujah.  He was wounded several times from AK47 fire, and then shielded his fellow Marines from a grenade, receiving several dozen wounds.  He continued fighting, and was credited with saving the lives of his Marines. Note the KABar fighting knife in his left hand.  He survived his wounds, despite losing more than half his blood volume, and losing a large portion of the bone in his leg.


He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions, the second highest award for Valor.

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Training

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Detachment conduct military operations in urban terrain training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2015. These Marines are a part of the MEU’s Maritime Raid Force. The training provides the MEU with the opportunity to train for similar environments in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)

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3 days ago, a U.S. Army National Guard Helicopter disappeared. The helicopter contained 7 Marine Special Operations Operators, and 4 National Guard Crew member’s. They were on a routine seven-day training mission was intended to simulate an inherently dangerous amphibious insertion and extraction mission that, like all training, would help improve their effectiveness in combat.

11 of the nations bravest are lost. These guys volunteered to do something others would not, and to live in different conditions and experience life in a whole different way. In a time of peace or war, military service is always a dangerous  and risk business

Members of the National Guard helicopter crew, which is based in Hammond, Louisiana, served multiple tours in Iraq and assisted with complex missions around the Gulf Coast, including the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2007 and the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill, reported the Marine Corps Times. The seven Marines were from 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. These Marine represented the best that our nation has. These guys were far from under-trained, they were the best of their branches.

“There is training in all conditions — that’s part of the military mission,” said Eglin Air Force Base spokeswoman Sara Vidoni, CNN reported. “They were out there doing what the military does.”

So far, only the Marines name’s have been released.

The Lost Marines Include: 

MSgt Thomas Saunders
SSgt Liam Flynn
Sgt Trevor Blaylock (Photo Provided)
Sgt Kerry Kemp (Photo Provided)
Capt Ford Shaw.  
SSgt Andrew (Andy) Seif (Photo Provided)
Sgt Marcus Bawol (Photo Provided)

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Eric Maehler shoots at a target with an M1911 .45-caliber pistol during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2) off the coast of San Diego Feb. 27, 2015. Maehler is a team leader with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force. During the deck shoot, Marines transitioned from shooting with rifles to pistols. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht/Released)

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Last summer, Marine Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda from Los Angeles was driving Marine trucks on Okinawa; now she wants to be a warrior — and to make history. It’s something Pineda has always wanted to do.

“Your adrenaline’s rushing, you’re pumping, trying to save lives, make a difference,” she says. “This is bigger than us. It’s bigger than us. Right now we can’t see the big picture, but in a couple years we’ll see the difference on how females can work alongside with males in the, in an infantry unit.”

Whether Pineda and the other women will work alongside male Marines in ground combat units is an open question. The Pentagon lifted the ban on women serving in the unforgiving world of ground combat — infantry, armor and artillery units — but gave the armed service’s branches until January to ask for exemptions.

Now the Marines and the Army are running the necessary tests to see what female troops can do. Dozens of female Marines are taking part in this experiment at the desert base at Twentynine Palms for the next month.

As Women Try Out For Armor Units, ‘If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It’

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