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Marines with Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion (2nd LAAD) conducting a live fire training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on June 6, 2017. Marines with MARSOC worked with 2nd LAAD to conduct live fire exercises to maintain proficiency and accuracy with various weapon systems. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira)

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The US Invasion of Grenada. A 1983 United States–led invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, which has a population of about 100,000 and is located 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of Venezuela, that resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, it was triggered by an armed revolution and overthrow of the sitting government by the Grenadian Marxist-Leninist vanguard party ‘New Jewel Movement’ with support of Cuban forces.  

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force, which consisted of the 1st and 2nd Ranger Battalions, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Delta Force, and U.S. Navy SEALs constituted the 7,600 troops from the United States and Jamaica. 

The U.S-led force defeated Grenadian resistance after a low-altitude airborne assault by the 75th Rangers on Point Salines Airport on the southern end of the island, and a Marine helicopter and amphibious landing on the northern end at Pearl’s Airfield shortly afterward.

The date of the invasion is now a national holiday in Grenada, called Thanksgiving Day.

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Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first ever black Marine Corps pilot, who fought endemic racism to rise to the rank of three-star general, died aged 83 on Aug 25, 2015.

He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his performances on 64 combat missions in Korea. He also has a tour of duty in Vietnam commanding a tactical air squadron in more than 250 missions followed in 1968, and he received the Purple Heart for being wounded when he had to eject because his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire.

Give em one!

It is with a heavy heart that I post this picture. Marines and fans everywhere are in shock tonight as we received word that we lost a true warrior, R. Lee Ermey. Known to everyone as “The Gunny” he captured the hearts and imaginations of young devil dogs, such as myself when he played Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the movie Full Metal Jacket. This morning, the Gunny has left this world and is now with his fellow Marine brothers and sisters guarding heaven’s streets. 

It was a true honor to meet the man during my deployment to Iraq. The Gunny came to visit us in Nasiriyah during our deployment. Got my picture taken with him and got his autograph on an Iraqi dinar (their dollar bill). He came into our battalion area and stood on top of the roof of a HUMWV and was talking to us for about 45 minutes, telling us what was happening back in the states. He also got us pumped up by redoing all his famous lines from Full Metal Jacket! Once he finished he asked us if we could give hime about 30 minutes to eat some chow, but after that he was ours for the night, anything we wanted, pics, autographs, he said he was there for us! Over 150 Marines lined up and he took the time for each and every one of us to pose for pics and sign whatever we wanted. It is a memory that will stay will me forever and will always cherish. Semper Fi, Gunny. Till Valhalla warrior.

A U.S. Marine carries an action figure of Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey on his back, as a good luck charm during the battle of Fallujah in November 2004. 

This is just one example of how much Ermey was revered by his fellow Marines. After receiving word yesterday of his passing, the world seems a bit lesser place without him. RIP Gunny. Your legend will live forever in our hearts. Semper Fi.

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the two-week-old kitten and gave her the name “Miss Hap” because, he explained, “she was born at the wrong place at the wrong time”. There’s a juxtaposition between the soldier and the human. He’s dressed for war but hasn’t lost the ability to care for another living creature.