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Memorial Cross Sent To Dad Of Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

The father of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt got an unusual but appreciated gift from Camp Pendleton last week. Schmidt's Marine brothers built an eleven-foot tall cross in Schmidt's memory, and sent it to San Antonio, where the Schmidt family lives.

Some background: Lance Cpl. Schmidt was killed October 6, 2011 in Afghanistan by so-called "friendly fire." The tank commander in the incident, Sgt. Jason Byrd, was ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed by Friendly Fire?

The father of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt has told a San Antonio newspaper his son was killed by friendly fire. Dr. David Schmidt told the San Antonio Express News that a Marine who was a friend of his son's contacted him with the information:

Dr. Schmidt said the reason the Marine confided in him because the Wall Street Journal was about to break the ...

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Charges Dropped in Camp Pendleton Marine Friendly-Fire Case

The military has dropped charges of involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and dereliction of duty against Sgt. Jason Byrd in the friendly-fire death of Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt. The Wall Street Journal reports the senior U.S. commander in southwestern Afghanistan decided against the court marital of Sgt. Byrd.

According to the WSJ:

Lance Cpl. Schmidt, based at Camp Pendleton, was killed October 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. His parents,Dr. David ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Was Son of NBA Doctor (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt was killed Thursday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The 24-year-old was the son of San Antonio Spurs team physician Dr. David Schmidt.

Dr. Schmidt told KSAT-TV in San Antonio that his son, who trained to be a sniper, was actually shot and killed by a sniper while on patrol. The Department of Defense reports his death is under investigation.

Dr. Schmidt said his son ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine's Death Still Under Investigation

The shooting death of a Camp Pendleton Marine is still under investigation by military authorities, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt was shot and killed by a sniper while on patrol Thursday in Afghanistan. Maj. Bradley Gordon explained to the U-T:

Schmidt was the son of San Antonio Spurs team physician Dr. David Schmidt and therapist Dr. Becky Whetstone. Whetstone told the U-T that her ...

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Tank Commander Charged in Pendleton Marine's Death (Video)

The mother of Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt has told a San Antonio television station that a tank commander has been charged in the "friendly fire" death of her son. The military has charged the tank commander, Sgt. Jason Byrd, with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty - according to KSAT-TV.

Lance Cpl. Schmidt was killed October 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. His parents,Dr. David Schmidt and ...

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Family of Camp Pendleton Marine Killed by Friendly Fire Speaks Out

Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt, and several other servicemembers killed by friendly fire, are the focus of an investigative piece by the San Antonio Express News called "'Friendly fire' also can kill the truth."

Home Post reported last month that Schmidt's father, Dr. David Schmidt, said he found out his son may have been killed by American troops from a friend of his son's (also a ...

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Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, was killed September 1, in Batur Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.

Border was a Green Beret assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Torii Station, Japan.

Border was a graduate of Mesquite High School, where he was a football standout. He also graduated from McMurry ...

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Soldier Intervenes To Help Troubled Friend

From 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment:

The day Army Sgt. Sheldon Benjamin’s friend asked him if he wanted his TV, Sheldon knew that something just wasn’t right.

“He was real teary faced -- a way that I just wasn’t used to seeing him,” said Benjamin, an infantryman with Honor Guard Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). “I told him to [unlatch] his door and that ...

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Two California Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Two soldiers from California were killed in Afghanistan last week. Army 1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs, 23, of Redding died July 26, and Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez, 25, of Turlock was killed July 27.

The Department of Defense reported Jacobs died of wounds sustained in an IED blast. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base ...

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Miramar Marine Dies In Germany After Medical Evacuation From USS Nimitz

The military is investigating the death of MCAS Miramar-based Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, who died July 14 at a U.S. military hospital in Germany after being medically evacuated from the USS Nimitz.

According to the Department of Defense, Tuttle was medevaced from the USS Nimitz during a scheduled port visit in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. He was taken to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center ...

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Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. was killed July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reports Williams died of injuries he sustained from when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Also killed in the blast was Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Williams and Prange were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat ...

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Troops Get Schooled on Motorcycle Safety at NAS North Island

More than 200 service members attended a motorcycle safety symposium discussing the current training climate of the military safety programs on Naval Air Station North Island, April 4.

Rear Adm. Brian C. Prindle, Commander, Naval Safety Center, offered insight into the current safety and training climate when dealing with motorcycles.

We want to make sure we are drawing attention to the significant number of motorcycle fatalities occurring in the Navy ...

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MCRD San Diego Recruit Who Ran Across Runway Leaves Marines

The recruit from MCRD San Diego who made news by running across the tarmac at San Diego International Airport is no longer with the Marine Corps.

The Los Angeles Times reports Benjamin Yi, 22, has been separated from recruit training.

As Home Post reported last week, Yi was arrested on January 17 after sprinting across the runway at Lindbergh Field.

Yi suffered multiple lacerations and the indignity of losing his ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home from Tsunami Mission

When the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan's history (and subsequent tsunami) hit the island nation on March 11, the people of Japan were in dire need of fresh water, food, and medical supplies. The San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan changed course immediately on that tragic March day and headed toward Japan, providing desperately-needed humanitarian support.

Roughly 200 Camp Pendleton Marines also traveled over to Japan, via the USS Essex ...

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Southern California Soldier Dies From Injuries Suffered In Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr. of Fontana, California, died September 13 at Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

The 24-year-old Thomas suffered the injuries that ultimately caused his death during a "non-combat related incident" on April 21, 2013, in Maiwand, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has released no further details on exactly what that incident was.

Thomas was a squad leader to a mortar ...

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San Diego-Based Seaman Killed by Drone Friendly-Fire? (Video)

Several media outlets are reporting that San Diego-based sailor Benjamin D. Rast was one of the two U.S. servicemembers killed by friendly-fire from a drone in Helmand province, Afghanistan. According to television station San Diego 6, the 23-year-old Seaman Rast was stationed with the Naval Medical Center, Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment in San Diego. In another ironic local connection, the drone that may have been responsible for Rast's ...

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Military Divorce Rate Levels Off, But Not for Female Troops or Marines

Sara Wilson reports on Huffington Post that newly released Pentagon statistics show that the military divorce rate, which had increased each of the last five years, did not increase overall in 2010.

Amy Bushatz at asked Benjamin Karney, a professor at UCLA who has studied marriage with the RAND Corporation for the Department of Defense, if this plateau is part of a downward trend. He said probably not ...

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Hearing Set For Army General Charged With Forcible Sodomy

An Army brigadier general will face charges of sodomy and sex crimes next month in a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to be put on trial, Fort Bragg officials said Thursday.

The Article 32 hearing for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair will be Nov. 5 at the sprawling post that is home to the 82nd Airborne Division, a statement said. Sinclair was deputy commander ...

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Predator Drones Now Used in Libya (Video)

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today during a news briefing that out military will use Predator drones as part of Operation Unified Protector in Libya. Secretary Gates said there are currently two drones in Libya, and they are capable of providing around-the-clock coverage. He said the United States is still taking a back seat in the NATO mission, as our military is stretched thin with involvements in Afghanistan, Iraq, and ...

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