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Helmand

The Sun Rises in Helmand: An award winning book of war poetry

“Welcome to Helmand. The leg lottery.” Helmand, Afghanistan was one of the bloodiest provinces of Operation Enduring Freedom. Improvised explosive devices were rampant, robbing young Marines of life and limb. In particular, the cities of Sangin and Marjah were viciously brutal. If you are unfamiliar with those battles, they highlight the very definition of American …

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WWII submarine USS Grayback located after 75 years

Modern technology allows people to do many things in the palm of their hands these days.  Most people use this technology to communicate about themselves faster, posting selfies and statuses on social media.  Others, however, use the gifts of modern technology to go back in time and find missing submarines. The USS Grayback played a …

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Marine History 101: Beirut and Grenada

October 1983 is a significant month in the history of the United States Marine Corps. It tells a story of loss, victory, and brotherhood. It is a month whose story is written over the course of almost two years; not by one, or two, but five of the Corps’ infantry units. If you came into …

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5 epic military movie mistakes

For decades, Hollywood has been making military-based films that have touched Americans with great characters and stunning imagery. Not every movie has a high budget, but it’s the attention to detail that veterans respect when their branch is accurately represented on the big screen. But still, some filmmakers get it wrong. So here’s a simple list …

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This is how the 1/9 Marines became ‘The Walking Dead’

In the annals of Marine Corps history there are many famous units and numerous famous men. There are tales of valor and loss. But one unit truly exemplifies these traditions through its actions and its enduring nickname: the Walking Dead. Through nearly four years of combat in Vietnam, the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines earned its place in Marine …

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How the soldiers of Outpost Harry decimated an entire Chinese Division

By the summer of 1953, the Korean War had raged on for three years. The back and forth maneuvers up and down the peninsula had given way to a stalemate known as the Battle of the Outposts. All along the 38th Parallel, the belligerents attacked one another’s outposts in the hopes of affecting a breakthrough. …

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