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Mortar explosion in Nev. kills 7 NC unit Marines

March 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

HAWTHORNE, Nev. A 60mm mortar explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during a training exercise in the Nevada desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapon worldwide until an investigation can determine its safety, a military official said Tuesday. Continue Reading

Marines discharge sergeant for Facebook posts

April 25, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Marine Corps said Wednesday it has decided to discharge a sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook.
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Former Bemidji man receives bronze star for actions in Afghanistan tour

February 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gunnery Sgt. Earl Wakonabo, formerly of Bemidji, received the Bronze Star with Combat “V” medal recently from the U.S. Marine Corps. Wakonabo, a 34-year-old force recon gunnery sergeant assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, received the award Jan. 27 in San Diego. Continue Reading

Marine sergeant accused of hazing goes to trial

February 6, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

HONOLULU (AP) A second Marine is going to trial for allegedly hazing a fellow Marine who later fatally shot himself in Afghanistan.

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Marine sergeant accused of hazing goes to trial

February 6, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

HONOLULU (AP) A second Marine is going to trial for allegedly hazing a fellow Marine who later fatally shot himself in Afghanistan.

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Iraq War criminal case ends with plea deal for U.S. Marine

January 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty today, reaching a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War.
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Marine pleads guilty in killing of unarmed Iraqis

January 23, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty on Monday, reaching a plea deal and ending the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War.
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Source: All 6 killed in U.S. copter crash in Afghanistan were Marines

January 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The official says there is no indication that the helicopter was hit by enemy fire. Continue Reading

Perry: Marines in video are ‘kids,’ not criminals

January 16, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry on Sunday accused the Obama administration of “over-the-top rhetoric” and “disdain for the military” in its condemnation of a video that purportedly shows four Marines urinating on corpses in Afghanistan.
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Marines appoint three-star general to handle Taliban video probe

January 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Marine Corps has appointed a three-star general to decide what, if any, disciplinary action to take against four Marine snipers who appear in a video that purports to show them urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan. No one has been charged in the case. Continue Reading