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Death Of California Marine In Iraq Under Investigation

The military is investigating the death of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California.

A Department of Defense announcement states he was killed on Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, in a "non-combat related incident."

According to Neal's Facebook page, he lived in Twentynine Palms, and was a graduate of La Sierra High School in Riverside.

The Washington Examiner reports Neal is the first member of ...

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Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Now Alleged Indiana Serial Killer

Alleged serial killer Darren Vann was "prematurely discharged" from the Marine Corps in the early 1990s, according to military records obtained by the Austin-American Statesman.

The Corps found that Vann, now suspected of murdering at least seven women in Indiana, had a character "incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards."

Vann, 43, enlisted in the Marines in 1991 and was out by 1993. He was based at Camp Pendleton, as ...

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Marines And Sailors Return To Camp Pendleton After Deployment In Australia

After a six-month deployment in Australia as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment are slated to arrive home Monday to Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps Times reports:

While deployed Down Under, the Marines trained with their Australian counterparts for urban rescue missions, conventional warfare, combined armed, disaster response and humanitarian relief.

They capped their deployment with Exercise Koolendong, a training ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Lead New Crisis Response Unit In Middle East

Marines from Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment will head up the Marine Corps' newest Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command in the Middle East.

Command spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel told the Marine Corps Times the unit was to be based in Kuwait, as was reported by Home Post on Tuesday.

However, Kloppel clarified to the Marine Corps Times on Wednesday the Special Purpose Marine ...

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Bulldog Puppy PFC Smedley Butler Becomes A Marine

He might have been the youngest and smallest Marine at the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony at Camp Pendleton Thursday morning, but he certainly attracted the most attention.

Private First Class Smedley Butler, a 6-month-old English Bulldog, donned a camouflage utility uniform for the big event, which symbolizes the first time a recruit is called a Marine.

There are only three official Marine Corps mascots, and Smedley is now one ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

More than 40 Marines with the 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton are returning Monday night from a six month deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Among their missions was to safeguard 3,000 U.S. and coalition troops at Leatherneck and adjoining Bastion military complexes, as Afghan forces trained to take over security of the country.

On the heels of these returning Marines are 4,600 other Camp Pendleton troops ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed Driving Home To Surprise Brother (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine, Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching, loved to surprise his 8-year-old brother, Alex Vicary, with unexpected trips to the family home in Colorado. It was en route to one of those surprise homecomings that Ching, 20, was killed in an automobile crash.

On Aug. 15, The Associated Press reports, Ching was riding shotgun in a pickup truck driven by fellow Marine Jesus T. Paredes on I-70 in central Utah ...

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Defense Secretary Hagel Says 130 More Military Advisers Going To Iraq

Prior to a question-and-answer session with Camp Pendleton Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday afternoon said the Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants.

The additional U.S. advisers are not combat troops, and President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he will not send ground forces back into Iraq.

The 130 additional U.S. advisers ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine And 'Lion Of Fallujah' Died Working For CIA

Details were scarce when Camp Pendleton Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, known as the "Lion of Fallujah" for his bravery, was killed in Iraq in 2007. But a new report from the Washington Post clears up the mystery - Zembiec was working for the CIA when he died:

Family members and former intelligence officials say Zembiec was working with a small team of Iraqis on a “snatch and grab” operation targeting insurgents ...

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USS America Begins Two-Month Journey To Home Port San Diego This Week (Video)

The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula for its new home port in San Diego, according the Mississippi Sun Herald.

The 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, so the USS America has to take the long way. Lt. Col. George Hasseltine, the commander of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task ...

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Camp Pendleton 4th Of July Beach Bash A Family Affair

The Camp Pendleton "4th of July Beach Bash" is in full swing, offering plenty to eat, drink, and do until 11 p.m. tonight, with a fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m.

The scene of the bash is the Del Mar Beach Resort on base. Marines, sailors, Department of Defense identification card holders, and their families are all welcome.

For the kids, family-focused activities include:

-Bounce Houses

-Inflatable ...

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Semper Fi Fund Bikes For Camp Pendleton Marines Destroyed In Fire

A small mom-and-pop business that made bicycles for the Semper Fi Fund was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, along with 20 bicycles built for Camp Pendleton Marines.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles in West Hills was completely gutted by the blaze, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.

Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles had been in business more than 37 years and was a fixture in ...

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