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December 14, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
If anything, Leah Grace has learned that as a Marine wife, you learn to cope. Her husband, Sgt. Revell Grace, spent nine months in Kuwait and Iraq and returned to Camp Pendleton only two months ago. Now, she said, "He's going back." He is scheduled to be shipped out again in two weeks.
July 5, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
There will be talk this Fourth of July weekend about sacrifice and bravery. Elena Zurheide knows all about those things. On April 12, her husband, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Paul Zurheide Jr., was killed in Fallouja, Iraq, when a mortar shell landed in the middle of several Marines hunkered down in an abandoned schoolhouse during a firefight. On May 1, Elena Zurheide gave birth to the couple's only child, named for his father.
The 1st Marine Division from Camp Pendleton, steeped in the history of three wars, is taking its reputation into the massive ground battle against entrenched Iraqi troops. This force of roughly 20,000 ground-combat Marines, better educated and more highly trained than earlier generations of Marines, brings its own brand of fast-moving, hard-hitting tactics against the enemy.
October 11, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
It was a day that brought tears to family members who had already known tears and searing pain in recent months. But Julie Cawley Hanson of Ogden, Utah, would not have been anywhere else. She was at the memorial service Friday for the 35 Marines and four Navy medics from the 1st Marine Division who were killed in Iraq. Among them was Hanson's brother, Marine Staff Sgt. James Cawley, killed in the first week of the war.
October 5, 2003 | Tony Perry, Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief for The Times, was an embedded reporter with the 1st Marine Division in Iraq.
In his classic study of the U.S. Marine Corps, "First to Fight," retired Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak notes that one defining characteristic of his beloved Corps is an institutional paranoia ("sometimes justified, sometimes not") that political forces are forever conspiring to disband the Corps or, worse, put it under the control of the much larger Army.
December 5, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
To those of us who knew and admired him, Ray Mendoza seemed indestructible. He was too big, too strong, too quietly confident and too much of a natural leader to be brought down like other men. But war respects none of those qualities. Mendoza, 37, a major in the Marine Corps from Camp Pendleton, was killed in Iraq three weeks ago while leading his troops into combat. "If you thought anyone could stare down death and beat it, it was Ray," Lt. Col. Robert G.
October 17, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Victor A. Gonzalez, who dreamed of returning to Watsonville, Calif., to become a police officer, was killed Wednesday during enemy fighting in Iraq's Al Anbar province. Gonzalez, 19, was a rifleman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton. He had been in Iraq less than six weeks.
October 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Edwin Bliss Wheeler, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam in the late 1960s, has died of a heart attack. He was 67. The retired major general died Monday at his home here. He was in the Marines for more than 30 years. In Vietnam he commanded the 1st Marine Division in 1969 and 1970 and the 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Division, in 1964 and 1965.
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