Monday, September 19, 2005

In the Sandbox...

This Sandbox is dedicated to one of my favorite Marines -Jpck20. Always living up to their reputations, Jpck really only likes when the Sandbox focuses on the Corps and today is his birthday... so have a shot and a beer for me...and enjoy!
Happy Birthday and Semper Fi! ;)

"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world." (General Douglas MacArthur, 21 September 1950.)

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." (George Orwell)

Reserve Unit Prepares to Return to Ohio
Associated Press
"COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio Marine Reserve unit that lost 16 members in Iraq has moved to a safer area as it prepares to return home, according to family members.

Members of the Columbus-based Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment have told parents and spouses in recent days that they have flown from the Haditha Dam near the Syrian border, where the men died, to the more secure Al Asad air base, about 150 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Nine members of Lima Company were among the 14 Marines who died Aug. 3 in the deadliest roadside bombing of U.S. troops in Iraq. The larger Cleveland-based 3rd Battalion lost a total of 16 Marines during August.

Citing security concerns, a Marine spokesman would not confirm Lima Company’s movements, though he doubts that the entire battalion was now at Al Asad.

“You cannot bring a large unit to one location quickly,” Lt. Col. Mike Brown said on Friday.

Brown did say that Lima Company and the rest of the battalion are due at Camp Lejeune, N.C., early next month where members will undergo a brief period of post-deployment training. By the second week of October, the individual units are expected to return to their home bases, including the one in Columbus.

Edith Rye of Hamilton said she was “tickled pink” after her husband, Cpl. Frank Rye, told her on Thursday that he was now safe at the new base in Iraq.

“I can’t wait for him to get home,” she said." (Marine Corps Times)

"I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence." (Gen. Johnson, U.S. ARMY)

...and the girls of the Corps...
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