Stories by Beth Ford Roth
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.
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.
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.