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Past articles by Erika:

One of the first Black Marines finally gets his Congressional Gold Medal

Nearly 20,000 Black Marines went through boot camp at segregated Montford Point → Read More

The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship just rolled up in San Diego

After a trip around South America, the USS Tripoli has arrived in San Diego and will be used to deploy Marines and their aircraft worldwide → Read More

Marines have joined the fight against California's raging wildfires

Marines with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing are assisting with the Slink Fire in the Sierra Nevada → Read More

The Marine Corps has launched two investigations into its deadliest AAV training accident ever

Military officials have launched two investigations to determine why an amphibious assault vehicle sank recently during training off San Clemente Island, killing nine of its crew in what is now being called the deadliest training accident in the history of this legacy Marine Corps seafaring vehicle → Read More

Ceremony held at Camp Pendleton for Marines and sailor killed in tragic AAV sinking

Marines and sailors at Camp Pendleton honored the men lost when their seafaring amphibious assault vehicle sank off San Clemente Island → Read More

Community outpouring helping families of men who died in Marine AAV training exercise

Hundreds gathered at a vigil at Del Mar Beach on Camp Pendleton to remember the eight Marines and one sailor who died when an amphibious assault vehicle sank off San Clemente Island → Read More

With honor ceremony, Marines and sailor who died in ocean training exercise are flown to Dover Air Force Base

The flag-draped caskets of seven Marines and a sailor who died when their seafaring vehicle sank off San Clemente Island headed to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, Aug. 12 → Read More

How the missing Marines, sailor and amphibious vehicle were found

A U.S. Navy diving and salvage ship is on its way to the northwest end of San Clemente Island to begin recovering eight servicemen and a amphibious assault vehicle found after several days searching the seafloor → Read More

Bodies of Marines and sailor missing in deadly AAV mishap found off San Clemente Island

The bodies of seven Marines and a sailor who disappeared when their seafaring military vehicle sank in deep water off San Clemente Island during a training exercise last week have been found, officials announced this afternoon, Aug. 4 → Read More

Marine aviation support unit cases its colors amid push for a 'lighter and faster' Corps

A 3rd Marine Air Wing support unit was deactivated on Friday, July 17, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar → Read More

Meet the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship for a 'leaner and meaner' Marine Corps

The Navy commissioned its newest amphibious assault ship on Wednesday, July 15, one designed to better deploy Marines and their aircraft from the ocean → Read More

Marine airlifted to hospital for self-inflicted gunshot at Twentynine Palms has died

A Marine found Tuesday, morning July 7, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center – Twentynine Palms, has died → Read More

2,000 Camp Pendleton Marines deploy to the Middle East as crisis response force

Four elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are now in Kuwait and will operate under U.S. Central Command as a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response-Central Command → Read More

‘Operation Buck Rogers’ — How Camp Pendleton Marines use drones to preserve local wildlife

“We can take a military tactic to survey wildlife ... As a wildlife manager, I would never have thought of that.” → Read More

Decorated Marine commander of legendary Darkhorse Battalion dies after sudden illness

Lt. Col Geoffry Hollopeter, a respected leader in the Marine Corps, died on April 3 after going into cardiac arrest, Marine Corps officials announced Tuesday, April 28. → Read More

USNS Mercy has treated only 54 patients since arriving in LA. Now it's sending sailors ashore to help with COVID-19

40 medical crew members will help COVID-19 patients at a nursing home home in LA. USNS Mercy has treated 54 non-COVID patients so far. → Read More

A year after this Marine disappeared on a hike, his family is still unsure what happened

Matthew Kraft, a platoon leader with the 1st Battalion/7th Marines at Twentynine Palms, part of the 1st Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton, disappeared after taking leave from the Marine Corps for a two-week backcountry ski trip along the High Sierra Route starting Feb. 24, 2019 → Read More

Family of Marine missing in the Sierras since February wants to resume search now that snow has melted

First Lt. Matthew Kraft's family hopes his body can be found now that snow has melted. → Read More

Fatal training accidents are the rise. Now the families of the fallen are pushing lawmakers to do something about it

They have banded together with families of other rollover victims to push lawmakers into action — to determine what's causing the rise in training accidents and how they can be curtailed → Read More

Camp Pendleton's Darkhorse Battalion is getting a permanent memorial

A plan to create a permanent monument for Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion/5th Marines — a unit Laguna Hills adopted in 2008 — is moving forward → Read More