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History Of Suicide Charley

On 24 October 1942, the 1st Marine Division was occupying a defensive position around Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The 1st Battalion 7th Marines, commanded by LtCol Lewis B “Chesty” Puller helped form this line.

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Marine double amputee now an underwear model PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2016 20:18
People stare at Chris Van Etten wherever he goes, but he doesn’t mind. The 25-year-old Marine veteran has used prosthetic legs since a 2012 bomb blast in Afghanistan, so he understands the public’s curiosity. He just wishes they’d ask him what happened, because he’s got a story to tell.

All this summer, the San Diego man is sharing that story through ads on television, movie screens, the Internet, magazines and billboards as the main poster boy for Jockey International’s “Show ’Em What’s Underneath” campaign. The ultra-fit model, athlete and college student said he was at a low ebb in the year after the explosion that took both his legs and his best friend. He hopes the ads will inspire others going through a difficult time.

“I’ve seen lots of guys in my situation and they can go both directions,” he said of his fellow military amputees. “Some just can’t get out of that bad place. I’m hoping to show people that if I can go from down there to up here, that they can do it, too.”

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Born Nov 4. John Basilone PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2016 20:14

John Basilone, a gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, was killed at age 28 during World War II at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., 100 years ago today on Nov. 4, 1916, and grew up in the town of Raritan in Somerset County, N.J.

Basilone enlisted in the Army at age 18 and served in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1937 after three years of service. After another three years he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps, and received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in battle on Guadalcanal.

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