Browsing: Battle Rattle

We’re going to have some news about Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter in this Monday’s paper, so I just wanted to re-post a pretty epic piece of literature about the two Marines. Actually, it was oration, a speech, borderline eulogy, given at a luncheon by Gen. John Kelly just a four days following the death of his own son in combat in Afghanistan. If you don’t know the story of Yale and Haerter, it’s pretty amazing, I summed it up like this once at my old employ, Business Insider: “Five years ago, two Marines from two different…

We told you the Marines are conducting experiments with a futuristic landing craft prototype called the Ultra Heavy Lift Amphibious Connector. Now, watch it in action. [HTML1] In this demonstration video supplied by the company Navatek, half-size and quarter-size versions of the UHAC (which is big enough to carry 3 tanks at full size) conduct impressive maneuvers. The prototypes climb sea walls, launch directly into the water over berms, and maneuver through choppy seas at speeds of up to 10 knots. Officials with the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab were in Hawaii earlier this month to conduct experiments with the UHAC…

Former Sgt. Walter George Bruhl Jr. didn’t leave this Earth without a plan — the Korean War veteran wrote his own obituary, complete with fill-in-the-blank spaces for the date and time of his death. “His spirit was released from his worn out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe,” his obituary states. He died in his home on Sunday. He was 80. Bruhl served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954, with overseas duty in Japan. He reached the rank of sergeant, and joined the Corps “because of Hollywood propaganda, to which he succumbed as a…

A congressman told Gen. James Amos that Marines in his district would like to see their M9 service pistol replaced with a .45-caliber — and Amos replied that he would, too. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., said he recently spent time with Marines during a wounded warrior function, during Wednesday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the proposed Navy-Marine Corps fiscal 2015 budget. Before the congressman launched into questions on the budget, he said there were a few those Marines asked him to speak up for. The first was the deadly A-10 Thunderbolt, which the Air Force flies to provide close-air support.…

New sea lanes are opening around the the North Pole due to melting ice, and the Navy is ready to defend them if needed. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert met with Military Times reporters and editors in late February to discuss where the service is headed. One of the places he highlighted might not be on the minds of sailors and Marines, but with more ships likely to use new routes opening in coming years, it’s possible they’ll be forward deployed there, according to the Navy’s new 16-year Arctic roadmap published last week. Marines are participating in an 11-day…

Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Battle of Ramadi, during an April 6 ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The 2004 battle was among the war’s hardest fought, resulting in the death of 34 Marines and one sailor. On April 6, a series of coordinated ambushes in the city took the lives of many of those Marines. It was a level of precision and tenacity not before seen by the insurgency. The Marines of 2/4, however, were able to break insurgent momentum by killing an estimated 250 fighters between April 6 and…

For U.S. forces on the ground, the future of warfare isn’t a $250 billion fighter jet program, its a cheap, but devastating bundle of wires rigged to homemade explosives or Vietnam-era ordnance — the IED. IEDs came to define the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wreacking havoc on Marines everywhere from Al Anbar to Helmand. But, with the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghansitan later this year, the IED threat will not evaporate, according to one of the Corps’ top IED experts. “We have seen the future of warfare and it’s the IED,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Steven Williams, the staff…

One of the Marine Corps’ most revered generals proved his mettle as a warrior poet recently, delivering a speech that summed up the Marine Corps ethos and experience–from bar fights to earth’s orbit. Gen. Jim Mattis, who retired last year from his post as head of U.S. Central Command after a 41-year career, gave this speech at the Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner on Feb. 22., where he accepted the award. The speech is just too good to abbreviate, so here’s the whole thing. I’ve put my favorite lines in bold. Long time since we served…

The mother of fallen Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta is accusing a Washington Post reporter of “playing the race  card” when interviewing her about accounts of her son’s heroic actions. The accusation comes in the wake of a story by Ernesto Londono quoting Marines who say Peralta never covered a live grenade in Fallujah to save his comrades, as his Medal of Honor nomination attested. Two Marines in Peralta’s unit suggested the story of Peralta’s extraordinary heroism had been following his death, in light of the fact he was likely killed as a result of friendly fire, according to the story.…

Questions about whether Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos illegally pressured subordinates to punish Marines shown urinating on Taliban corpses in a video may limit Amos’ ability to lead the Marine Corps for the remainder of his tenure, Foreign Policy is reporting. Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, a respected general officer, has alleged that Amos made clear he wanted the Marines in the video thrown out of the Marine Corps — a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which prevents a commander from interfering in legal proceedings, Foreign Policy reported in the Feb. 27 story. Amos recently recently…

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