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Wind blast from aircraft downs limbs at ceremony, 10 injuredupdated: Mon May 31 2010 15:45:00

The wind blast from a Marine Corps tilt-rotor aircraft performing a Memorial Day demonstration Monday caused tree limbs to fall, leaving 10 people injured.

Buddies, hometowns honor last two Marines killed in Vietnam Warupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 16:21:00

A blue-eyed Eagle Scout from Iowa and an athletic daredevil from Massachusetts hold a place in history that no one wanted for them.

People.com: Exclusive: Heidi and Spencer Pratt Welcome Fourth Dogupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 14:11:00

The reality stars are already proud owners of four other pups

People.com: Heidi and Spencer Visit Camp Pendletonupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 06:07:00

“It was one of the best days of our lives,” the pair says of their trip to the Marine Corps base

NATO troops clearing out Taliban stronghold, officials sayupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 14:39:00

The NATO operation aimed at tackling a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan is making progress, officials say.

Marines launch offensiveupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 14:39:00

CNN exclusive video of the fighting as U.S. Marines launch the largest offensive of the war in Marjah, Afghanistan.

Company offers to stop putting biblical references on military scopesupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 16:16:00

A manufacturer that has been inscribing Bible references on rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan announced Thursday that it will stop putting scripture references on products the U.S. military uses.

British journalist killed in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jan 10 2010 12:07:00

A British journalist was killed and a second wounded in Afghanistan when the vehicle in which they were traveling struck an improvised explosive device, the Ministry of Defence said Sunday.

Marines eager, wary about leading surge into Afghanistanupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 08:11:00

On a base accustomed to deploying Marines into some of the most hostile war zones, you would expect some hesitancy when units from here were asked to surge into some of the worst fighting since the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Obama discusses Afghanistan troop surge with general, ambassadorupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 01:52:00

President Obama met with his top officials in Afghanistan on Monday to reiterate what is needed for the success of the troop surge he ordered, while the Pentagon announced the first U.S. forces in the surge will deploy later this month.

Afghan security situationupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 10:33:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the security situation in Afghanistan.

Militants killed in Afghan action, U.S. saysupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 10:33:00

U.S. and allied troops have seized nine weapons caches, killed about a dozen militants and captured several others since an offensive began last week in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Marines said Monday.

Afghan post-handover futureupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 11:47:00

Afghan security in hands of local fighters? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on why U.S. military leaders like the idea.

New Afghan push takes aim at militantsupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 11:47:00

More than 1,000 troops have started a big push against insurgents in a militant stronghold of southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Marines said Friday.

FSB: Rebuilding from real estate rubbleupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 10:28:00

Semper fidelis, the U.S. Marine Corps motto, means "always faithful" in Latin. As a young grunt serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Duane Draughon learned to remain loyal to the mission -- "whatever the cost," he says.

Nine remain missing after midair collisionupdated: Sun Nov 01 2009 00:06:00

Rescuers were still searching Saturday for nine people missing in the Pacific off the southern California coast after a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter collided Thursday night.

Search continues for 9 in chilly Pacificupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 22:10:00

A massive search and rescue mission continued late Friday for nine people who may have plunged into chilly Pacific water off the Southern California coast after a Coast Guard plane and a Marine helicopter collided.

FSB: Putting grisly skills to workupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 09:09:00

Benjamin Lichtenwalner remembers the first time he cleaned up the grisly remains of a military catastrophe.

Man with breast cancer testifies that he blames Marine baseupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 15:34:00

A man who was raised at Camp Lejeune told lawmakers Thursday that he blames contaminated water at the U.S. Marines training base for his breast cancer.

U.S. Marines de-Twitteredupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 14:32:00

The U.S. Marine Corps has banned access to social networking Web sites. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Poisoned patriots? Stricken Marines seek help with illnessesupdated: Sat Sep 26 2009 11:40:00

For Rick Kelly, the first sign of cancer was a feeling of discomfort in his chest.

Poisoned patriots?updated: Sat Sep 26 2009 11:40:00

A group of men, some of whom defended this country, have developed a very rare disease. CNN's Abbie Boudreau investigates.

Male breast cancer patients blame water at Marine baseupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 16:15:00

The sick men are Marines, or sons of Marines. All 20 of them were based at or lived at Camp Lejeune, the U.S. Marine Corps' training base in North Carolina, between the 1960s and the 1980s.

Marines ban Twitter, Facebook, other sitesupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 12:09:00

The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

Suspect in gay sailor's death commits suicideupdated: Sat Aug 01 2009 02:38:00

A sailor accused of killing another sailor was found dead in his cell in a southern California military jail, officials said Friday.

Reporter's notebook: Afghans skeptical of U.S. offensiveupdated: Fri Jul 17 2009 12:33:00

In the largest U.S. military operation since Falluja in Iraq, thousands of U.S. Marines recently poured into southern Afghanistan in a bid to turn the war around, win over the Afghan people and push out the Taliban.

U.S. commander: More Afghan troops needed in Taliban pushupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 20:18:00

The commander of the U.S. Marines conducting a push against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan said Wednesday that more Afghan security forces are needed to do the job.

Official: Afghan militants fled dressed as womenupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 16:30:00

Insurgents locked in a standoff with U.S. Marines tricked them by dressing up as women to escape, a task force spokesman said Monday.

Marines targeting Taliban in Afghan pushupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 16:13:00

U.S. Marines on Friday kept up a major push against entrenched militants in southern Afghanistan in an attempt to rout the Taliban from their stronghold in Helmand province, Marine Capt. William Pelletier said.

U.S. soldier capturedupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 16:13:00

The Taliban took a U.S. soldier hostage as CNN's Atia Abawi reports.

U.S. launches 'major operation' in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 17:27:00

A Marine was killed in action and several others wounded Thursday in a major U.S.-led offensive in southern Afghanistan, the Marines said.

Brothers fight in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 17:27:00

CNN.com writer Thom Patterson talks to Naamua Delaney about the story of three brothers serving together in Afghanistan.

Source: Accused killer did not father slain Marine's babyupdated: Sun May 17 2009 18:16:00

The Marine accused of killing Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who was more than eight months pregnant, was not the father of her unborn child, a law enforcement source close to the murder investigation said Saturday.

Suspect in pregnant Marine's death detained in U.S.updated: Sat Apr 18 2009 00:51:00

The suspected killer of a 20-year-old pregnant Camp Lejeune Marine is in a North Carolina jail late Friday after being extradited from Mexico, law enforcement sources said.

Suspect in pregnant Marine's death to return to U.S. on Fridayupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 16:04:00

The suspected killer of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine will be extradited from Mexico to the United States on Friday to stand trial in her death, the FBI said Thursday.

Behind the scenes: Dreams of a power washupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 13:49:00

Our travels in Afghanistan continue.

13 Marines, driver injured in North Carolina bus crashupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 12:35:00

Three buses carrying U.S. Marines were involved in a chain-reaction crash in North Carolina on Thursday, injuring 13 Marines and a driver, the state highway patrol and the military said.

'Horrible thing to happen'updated: Tue Jan 06 2009 13:29:00

A man who lost his wife, two babies and mother-in-law when an F/A-18 crashed into their home, addresses the media.

Man who lost family when jet hit house: I don't blame pilotupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 13:29:00

A Korean immigrant who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family's house said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived.

Marines face toy deficit as Christmas nearsupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 10:27:00

The Marines have been making children's Christmas dreams come true for nearly 60 years, but the corps may be seeing fewer smiles this year.

Report: Marines slow to get protective vehicles into Iraqupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 20:19:00

The U.S. Marine Corps knew of the threat posed by roadside bombs before the start of the Iraq war, yet did nothing to buy protective vehicles for troops, according to a report to be released by the Pentagon.

Officials: 3 dead after military jet crashupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 08:47:00

A grandmother, mother and her child died when a military fighter jet crashed into a house in San Diego Monday, igniting a huge fireball, CNN's San Diego affiliates and the San Diego Union Tribune are reporting.

Marine motorcycle deaths riseupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 16:34:00

Marine motorcycle deaths over the last 12 months have topped the number killed in Iraq. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Marine motorcycle deaths top their Iraq combat fatalitiesupdated: Fri Oct 31 2008 16:34:00

Motorcycle accidents have killed more Marines in the past 12 months than enemy fire in Iraq, a rate that's so alarming, it has prompted top brass to call a meeting to address the issue, officials say.

Time.com: 1,000-acre Camp Pendleton Wildfire Containedupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 15:10:00

A nearly 1,000-acre wildfire on a Marine Corps explosives range was contained Thursday without causing any injuries or damage to buildings on the base, a spokeswoman said

Marine slaying suspect to be returned from Mexicoupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 19:05:00

The suspect in the death of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine will be returned to North Carolina to face charges in her slaying, a Mexican judge ruled Thursday, according to North Carolina authorities.

Marines hand control of Afghan region to Britons, Afghansupdated: Mon Sep 08 2008 10:39:00

A U.S. Marine unit that had been fighting insurgents in a volatile region of southern Afghanistan has turned over control of the area to Afghan and British forces, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Monday.

1,200 Marines get tour extension in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 20:52:00

Approximately 1,200 Marines serving in southwestern Afghanistan will have their tours of duty extended by 30 days, Pentagon and Marine officials said.

Slain soldier's remains foundupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 20:21:00

Nancy Grace reports on a murdered missing soldier whose remains were found in North Carolina.

Marine accused of killing estranged wife appears in courtupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 20:21:00

A Marine accused of killing his soldier wife was advised of murder and arson charges against him in a brief hearing before a judge on Tuesday.

Husband charged with murdering soldier wifeupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 10:30:00

The Marine husband of a slain Fort Bragg soldier was charged with murder Monday and another Marine was charged with aiding the crime, a local police chief said.

Missing female soldierupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 10:30:00

Nancy Grace reports on a young female soldier missing in North Carolina after a suspicious fire in her apartment.

Changing Taliban tacticsupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:38:00

CNN's Nic Robertson looks at how the Taliban's changing tactics are forcing coaltion forces to adapt, as well.

More than 400 Taliban killed since spring, commander saysupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 08:38:00

U.S. Marines deployed in southern Afghanistan since the spring have killed more than 400 insurgents, have eliminated insurgent positions and strongholds, and are stabilizing the region, a commander said Wednesday.

Time.com: Parents Often Quit Marine Boot Campupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 18:00:00

In these days of long and repeated warfront tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 10% of the male recruits who are married with one or more children don't even finish Marine boot camp

SI.com: Josh Gross: For a select few, fighting is a celebration of lifeupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 16:51:00

A corridor of late-afternoon sun painted a golden landscape on the walls of 52 Area Fitness Center, located on the north side of this U.S. Marine Corps base. The floor of the open gymnasium was covered in wrestling mats and quarantined with orange cones and yellow tape. In the center stood Jeff Perez and Jarrod Levine, hunched over with clinched fists at their chests as they capped off the day with the last bout.

Four U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 09:29:00

A roadside bomb killed four U.S. Marines in Afghanistan Saturday, the U.S. military said.

Puppy-throwing Marine is removed from Corpsupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 10:20:00

A U.S. Marine videotaped throwing a puppy over a cliff while on patrol in Iraq has been kicked out of the Corps, and a second Marine involved has been disciplined, according to a statement released by the Marines.

2 Marines disciplined over puppy-tossing videoupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 23:11:00

The U.S. Marine Corps has disciplined two Marines over a videotape that showed a Marine throwing a puppy over a cliff, the military said Wednesday.

Time.com: Marine On Trial in Detainee Deathupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 10:00:00

A Marine accused of killing an unarmed detainee in Iraq is heading to court to answer charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty

CNNMoney: Recession or war: Time to re-enlistupdated: Wed May 21 2008 13:17:00

Job hunt in a sluggish economy? Or re-enlist during wartime? Marine Sgt. Jimmy Spence faced that dilemma a year ago, and in the end, the military won.

Marine pleads guilty in Japan sex crimeupdated: Fri May 16 2008 05:40:00

A U.S. Marine pleaded guilty Friday to abusive sexual contact with a child under 16, bringing to a close a criminal case that stoked outrage in Japan, a Marine spokesman said.

U.S. Marines: Aid begins to trickle into Myanmarupdated: Wed May 14 2008 22:58:00

Myanmar's military junta has begun to let aid trickle into the country devastated by a cyclone that struck the region May 2, a U.S. Marine spokesman said Wednesday.

U.S. Marine guilty of 'wrongful sexual contact' in Japanupdated: Fri May 09 2008 01:16:00

A U.S. Marine accused of raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman last year was found guilty Thursday of "committing wrongful sexual contact and indecent acts," the U.S. military said, but he was acquitted of rape.

U.S. Marine charged with rape in Japanupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 01:09:00

The U.S. military in Japan has charged a Marine with rape and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in the alleged sexual assault of 14-year old girl in Okinawa.

Army, Marines give waivers to more felonsupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 17:09:00

The Army and Marine Corps are allowing convicted felons to serve in increasing numbers, newly released Department of Defense statistics show.

Marine killing suspect foundupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 02:10:00

Authorities locate Cpl. Cesar Laurean, a suspect in the killing of a pregnant Marine. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports

Man accused in fellow Marine's death capturedupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 02:10:00

U.S. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, the main suspect in the killing of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine, has been captured in Mexico three months after fleeing North Carolina, the FBI announced Thursday.

Mother of slain Marine: 'I want women to be better protected'updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 23:20:00

Early on, Maria Lauterbach knew exactly what she wanted to do in life.

Slain Marine talks of plansupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 23:20:00

Slain Marine Maria Lauterbach revealed in a home video her plans for her future.

Marine gets U.S. citizenshipupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 10:41:00

Marine Cpl. Mario Ramos-Villalta of El Salvador became a U.S. citizen Thursday, a week after CNN profiled him.

4 U.S. Marines face courts-martialupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 02:24:00

The U.S. military plans to court-martial four Marines accused of raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Hiroshima last year, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

Armored vehicle probeupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 11:45:00

The U.S. Marine Corps asks the Pentagon to look into allegations that delays in armored vehicle delivery to Iraq lead to hundreds of troop casualties.

Marines want probe into armored vehicle program delaysupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 11:45:00

Casualties could have been reduced by half among Marines in Iraq if specially armored vehicles had been deployed more quickly in some cases, a report to the Pentagon says.

U.S. Marine accused of girl's rapeupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 12:08:00

A U.S. Marine based on Okinawa has been detained in connection with the reported rape of a 14-year-old Japanese girl, the island's police force said Monday.

Maligned aircraft finds redemption in Iraq, military saysupdated: Sat Feb 09 2008 08:08:00

Once derided as a white elephant, the U.S. Marine Corps' tilt-rotor aircraft, the V-22 Osprey, is proving its mettle in Iraq, military officials said.

Berkeley to Marines: You're 'not welcome in our city'updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 11:43:00

Berkeley, the famously liberal college town in California, has taken aim at Marine recruiters, saying they are "not welcome in our city."

Pregnant Marine laid to restupdated: Sun Feb 03 2008 09:57:00

From WHIO television, Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach is eulogized at her funeral Saturday near Dayton, Ohio.

Germans reject U.S. troops requestupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 08:49:00

Germany insists it will not send more troops to Afghanistan and it will not move them to the restive south, despite a reported request from the United States.

Affidavit: Suspect's wife at party the night of Marine's deathupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 11:37:00

Christina Laurean has told authorities she was attending a Christmas party on the night her husband allegedly killed pregnant Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, according to police.

Friend in Marine case talksupdated: Fri Jan 18 2008 11:37:00

In an exclusive talk, a friend says a slain woman was scared of the Marine wanted in her death. CNN's Randi Kaye reports

Friend of Marine on the run: 'He's like MacGyver'updated: Thu Jan 17 2008 11:45:00

A woman who once worked with fugitive Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean and the pregnant Marine he allegedly killed said Wednesday that Laurean has "MacGyver" skills and training that could enable him to adapt to life on the run.

FBI: Marine slaying suspect likely in Mexicoupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 22:43:00

The FBI suspects Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, sought in the slaying of a pregnant fellow Marine, has fled to his native Mexico, an FBI spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Missing Marine investigationupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 22:43:00

CNN's John Lorinc has the latest in the investigation of missing Marine Maria Lauterbach.

360 Exclusive: Murdered Marineupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 22:43:00

CNN's Randi Kaye talks to a friend of the murdered Marine who also knows the suspect. More tonight on 360 at 10 p.m. ET.

Military: Slain Marine said she was not afraid of suspectupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 11:29:00

A pregnant Marine who disappeared in December told victims' advocates at Camp Lejeune that she didn't feel unsafe being around another Marine now wanted in her death, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday.

Missing U.S. Marine timelineupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 23:15:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin on the death of pregnant U.S. Marine Maria Lauterbach.

Slain Marine's ATM card found in Carolina bus stationupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 23:15:00

The ATM card of slain Marine Maria Lauterbach was found in a Durham, North Carolina, bus station over the weekend and the truck of the Marine suspected of killing her was reported in the area, police said Monday.

Police: Mom told us pregnant Marine is a 'compulsive liar'updated: Fri Jan 11 2008 05:35:00

It's possible that a pregnant Marine missing since December 14 may have left willingly, perhaps after being upset by a phone call, documents released Thursday by Onslow County authorities show.

Missing Marine case mysteriousupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 05:35:00

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on many unanswered questions in the disappearance of a troubled and pregnant Marine.

Pregnant Marine missing from North Carolina baseupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 22:42:00

A search is under way for a pregnant 20-year-old Marine who has been missing from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, since December 14.

Missing Marine's mom speaksupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 22:42:00

The mother of missing Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach talks about her daughter's disappearance.

Time.com: Pregnant Marine Vanishes Before Testifyingupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 17:00:00

A 20-year-old pregnant Marine who was expected to testify about something she witnessed on base has been missing since mid-December, authorities said

Canine Iraq vet gets new homeupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 14:38:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin reports on a new home for a military dog who stuck by his handler after a rocket attack in Iraq.

Iraq war dog to retire with fallen Marine's familyupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 14:38:00

A U.S. military dog whose handler and best friend was killed in Iraq got a new assignment on Friday -- retirement with the late Marine's family.

Iraq war dog loses his handler but gains a familyupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 08:25:00

Lex attended the funeral of his best friend in March, playing with the 20-year-old Marine's younger brother away from the crowd. He was beside Cpl. Dustin Lee when Lee was killed in a mortar attack in Falluja.

Top Marine: Send us all to Afghanistanupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 14:28:00

The top general in the Marine Corps told CNN he is pressing to shift all Marine combat operations from Iraq to Afghanistan.

Long-term duty for U.S. troopsupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 14:28:00

Conditions are improving in Iraq, but so are prospects of long-term troop deployment. CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports

SI.com: The Bonus: Bobby Valentine's Super Terrific Happy Hourupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 10:16:00

The Most Hated Man in Baseball is now adored.

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