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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part III

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World Wars I and II weren’t without their own medical practices that might seem barbaric by today’s standards.

Soldier Guards Tomb Of The Unknowns During 'Winter Storm Gorgon'

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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.

How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part II

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Between 1861 and 1865, an estimated 670,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War. Although black and white photos of corpses littering battlefields seem to suggest otherwise, most of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War perished from disease, or infection from their wounds

USS Fort Worth Divers Use Tow Fish Sonar In AirAsia Search (Video)

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Indonesian officials in charge of the search for missing AirAsia Flight 8501 say the crew of the San Diego-based USS Fort Worth detected two metal objects on Jan. 6 using its Tow Fish sonar system. Those objects could be parts of the missing plane's fuselage and tail.

How War Brings About Medical Advances - Part I

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We’ve come a long way since the United States’ first foray into battle. If you were unlucky enough to be soldier in the Revolutionary War and found yourself injured by the enemy, you had at least a 40 percent chance of dying.

AirAsia Wreckage Search Continues For San Diego-Based USS Fort Worth And USS Sampson (Video)

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The advanced sonar systems aboard the USS Fort Worth could be key in helping discover the black boxes from AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared last week and is thought to have crashed into the Java Sea with 162 passengers and crew on board.

San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

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The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Why Is A Chinese Military Helicopter Landing On A US Navy Ship? (Video)

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It might be a bit unsettling to watch a Chinese military helicopter land on a U.S. Navy ship - the San Diego-based USS Sterett to be exact. But it's all part of a planned counter-piracy exercise taking place in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

Philippine Government Charges US Marine With Murder Of Transgender Woman (Video)

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U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, now faces murder charges in the Philippines in connection with the Oct. 11 drowning death of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude in a motel bathroom.

2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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Two U.S. soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Both men were stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.

USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

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The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial CIA torture report.

Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

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The ex-commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

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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.

Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

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A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.

WW II Airman Buried At Arlington National Cemetery 70 Years After He Went Missing

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Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, Calif., will be buried with full military honors Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery, almost 70 years after he went missing when his plane was shot down over New Guinea during World War II.

Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

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As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

Judge Orders Body Of Slain Marine Wife Erin Corwin Released To Her Family

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In a San Bernardino County courtroom this week, Judge Rod Cortez ruled that the body of slain Marine wife Erin Corwin could be released to her family - almost four months after searchers recovered her remains in a remote desert mine shaft.

Trial Starts For Camp Pendleton Marine Charged With 3 DUI Deaths

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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.

San Diego-Based USS Anchorage To Recover NASA Space Capsule Orion (Video)

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The USS Anchorage is heading out to sea to take part in NASA's groundbreaking Orion space capsule project. NASA is depending on the San Diego-based ship to recover the Orion after its first test launch into space on Dec. 4.

Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

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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.

NORAD Santa Claus Tracker Website Up And Running (Video)

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Santa Claus won't start his journey around the globe for at least another three weeks. But NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddos busy until the big day arrives.

U.S. Air Force Pilot Killed In Middle East ID'ed As Capt. William Dubois

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The Department of Defense has identified the U.S. Air Force pilot killed Dec. 1 as Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado. Dubois lost his life when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed "near a coalition air base" in the Middle East.

Military Jet Crash Kills Air Force Pilot In Middle East

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A pilot with the U.S. Air Force died when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Sunday night while conducting a mission for Operation Inherent Resolve. Military officials would not say which country in the Middle East the crash took place, only to say it was not in Iraq or Syria.

San Diego-Based Crew Of USS Peleliu Spends Thanksgiving With Family In Japan (Video)

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Sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Peleliu get the rare treat of spending Thanksgiving with loved ones - in Sasebo, Japan. The Peleliu departed San Diego three months ago for a deployment to the Western Pacific.

78,000 Pounds Of Turkey Feed Troops Overseas On Thanksgiving

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78,000 pounds of turkey. 40,000 pounds of beef. 26,000 pounds of ham. 10,000 pies. That's what it takes to provide a proper Thanksgiving to U.S. troops who are deployed overseas for the holidays.

Army Sgt. Maj. Killed In Afghanistan Was Beloved Son, Father, Grandfather (Video)

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Army Command Sgt. Maj. Wardell Turner, 48, was roughly a year away from retirement when he lost his life Monday in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Turner is survived by his mother, siblings, wife, five children, and three grandchildren.

Army Specialist From Ohio One Of Two Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

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The close-knit community of Grove City, Ohio is mourning the death of Army Spc. Joseph “Joey” Riley. The 27-year-old was one of two soldiers killed Monday in Afghanistan.

San Diego-Based USS Vandegrift Uncovers 875 Pounds Of Smuggled Cocaine

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The San Diego-based USS Vandegrift crew teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to uncover roughly 875 pounds of cocaine that was hidden on a fishing boat off the coast of Central America.

USS Carl Vinson Continues Airstrikes In Campaign Against ISIS (Video)

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The Navy released video Tuesday of the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson conducting airstrikes as part of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, officially known as Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson took over air operations from the USS George H.W. Bush last month.

Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

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GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund. If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Blast Were American

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Several media sources have confirmed the two NATO service members who died Monday in Afghanistan were American. The two U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near their vehicle.

7-11 Giving Away Franchise To A Qualifying Veteran (Video)

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The convenience store chain best know for Slurpees and Big Gulps wants you - if you're a "qualifying" veteran. 7-11 is giving away a franchise in a contest called "Operation: Take Command."

Two NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan Bicycle Bomb Attack

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Two NATO service members lost their lives when a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded near a military convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Paralyzed Marine To Receive Bronze Star With Help From Exoskeleton (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine Capt. Derek Herrera will receive the Bronze Star Friday at his retirement ceremony on base. Paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Herrera will walk to accept his medal with the aid of his exoskeleton.

Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

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The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, 36, the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

No Injuries After Two Navy Ships Collide In Gulf Of Aden

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A Navy investigation is underway into what caused two of its ships, USNS Amelia Earhart and USNS Walter S. Diehl, to collide Thursday in the Gulf of Aden.

Army: San Diego County Soldier's Death In Jordan Was Murder (Video)

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The Army has charged a 23-year-old soldier with killing San Diego County native Army Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, while the two men were deployed in Jordan last May.

Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

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Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

California National Guard Linguists To Aid In Africa's Ebola Battle

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Citizen soldiers from the Golden State will be joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Six linguists from the California National Guard are slated to deploy to West Africa in Spring 2015 to aid in communication efforts. None will be providing direct medical care to patients with the Ebola virus.

American Beheaded By ISIS Was Army Ranger Veteran (Video)

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Abdul-Rahman "Peter" Kassig, the American aid worker beheaded by ISIS, was a former Army Ranger who left the service to commit his life to humanitarian missions in the Middle East. It was while on one of these missions in Syria last year that Kassig was kidnapped by terrorists who would later execute him.

Special Forces Soldier With Ties To NHL Dies In Afghanistan (Video)

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A Special Forces soldier who make headlines when he practiced with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team last March has died in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, was killed by small arms fire in Kunduz Province on Nov. 14.

Marine Officer From Orange County Dies During PT Run In Germany

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The military is investigating the untimely death of Marine Corps Maj. Ryan Hansen, 41, who died after collapsing during a physical training run in Germany. Hansen was a graduate of U.C. San Diego, and a native of Orange County.

USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

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The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment, the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

What It Looks Like When You Jump Out Of Airplane (Video)

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Have you ever jumped out of an airplane? Do you want to know what it's like, without actually having to jump out of an airplane? Well, the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers recently conducted parachute training with a camera attached, and the video is unreal.

Army Gets Grant From NFL To Study Traumatic Brain Injury (Video)

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The National Football League announced Thursday morning it has awarded the U.S. Army Research Laboratory a grant of $500,000 to study traumatic brain injury prevention.

Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

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Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

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The Military Times has released its list of the top 100 four-year universities for veterans. Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

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It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five.

Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

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It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the first five...

Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

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For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float on Veterans Day during "America's Parade" in New York City. Joining the hero dog teams will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T).