Stories by Beth Ford Roth
When Naval Aircrewman 1st Class Joseph Jiardina departed San Diego on Oct. 31 aboard the USS Sampson for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, there was no way he could've known he'd become a critical part of the search for wreckage and bodies after the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea.
Most medical advances in war usually happen by accident, with a military doc facing a traumatically injured patient he’s not sure how to fix. So, tries everything he can think of until something works. This was how a life-saving technique unique to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq came into practice.
Washington D.C. and nearby Arlington, Va. got walloped Tuesday by Winter Storm Gorgon - a weather event that brought several inches of snow to the region. But the brutal elements did not stop a soldier from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment from guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns (also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) at Arlington National Cemetery.
The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month. It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jared R. Hale was behind the wheel on Feb. 14, 2012 when his Dodge Stratus slammed into a tree in Dana Point, killing his three passengers - all fellow Pendleton Marines. Prosecutors charged Hale with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, and opening statements in the trial begin today.
A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, “Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.” Lucca lost one of her paws in an improvised explosive device blast in Afghanistan back in 2012, and she spent her physical rehabilitation at Camp Pendleton before being medically retired by the Marines.
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