Chronically ill boy becomes Honorary Marine

(Photo: Cpl. Samuel Ellis)

Seven-year-old Andrew Starr II always dreamed of becoming a Marine, just like his dad. Sadly, this dream seemed out of reach.

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Wounded in Afghanistan, soldiers begin healing in Germany

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When a rocket blast struck him in southern Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago, cleaving a nine-inch gash in the back of his neck, Marine Corporal Michael Hall began a journey that has become a signature route home for thousands of American service-members.

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Women in combat: Three female Marines march into history by completing infantry training

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The first three females ever to endure and pass the Marine Corps’ combat training course — nine grinding weeks that include “live fire events” and a furious 20-kilometer, full-pack hike — graduate Thursday from infantry school in North Carolina.

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When a soldier says he won’t kill

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Private Second Class Chris Munoz’s “conscientious objector” application is a rarity compared to the 171,000 claims made during the divisive, draft-based Vietnam War. But the number may be rising, one group suggests.

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US Marine, relatives kidnapped from Mexico border ranch

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The FBI has appealed for help in finding Armando Torres III, a U.S. Marine who was kidnapped in Mexico along with his father and uncle.

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Town throws dream wedding for triple amputee Marine

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Juan Dominguez lost his both his legs and his right arm after stepping on improvised explosive device while serving as a Marine Corporal in Afghanistan in 2010. But that didn’t stop him from finding true love a few months later, when he met his now-wife Alexis after returning to the States.

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US Marine kills two colleagues at Quantico base

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A Marine opened fire on two of his comrades Thursday night at a base in Quantico, Va., before turning the gun on himself, leaving all three dead, military officials said.

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7 young Marines killed in tragic accident identified

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The names of seven Marines — the youngest just 19, the oldest 26 years old — who were killed when a mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise at an Army munitions depot in the Nevada desert were released Wednesday by Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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7 Marines killed in explosion during training exercise at Army depot in Nevada

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Seven U.S. Marines were killed and at least seven wounded when a mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise overnight at an Army munitions depot in the Nevada desert, military officials told NBC News.

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In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe

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Highlighting the continuing fallout from the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on an American consulate in Libya that took the lives of four Americans, defense officials told NBC News on Wednesday that the U.S. Marine Corps is on the verge of announcing a new group tasked with crisis response in north Africa and eastern Europe.

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President Obama greets Marines in Hawaii on Christmas

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KANEHOE, HAWAII – President Obama spent part of his last full day in Hawaii participating in an annual tradition for his wife Michelle and him: greeting Marines at the base near his vacation home here.

Vodka by a veteran, for veterans (and other cocktail lovers)

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Between sampling and selling his first batch of Heroes Vodka, Marine veteran Travis McVey concocted a catchy marketing slogan.

“Some people drink to forget. We drink to remember,” McVey said in a phone interview this week, referring partly to two friends, Marine buddies killed in the line of duty.

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