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December 4, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Jared Verbeek had always wanted to be a Marine — like his father, who retired as a gunnery sergeant. As a kid, he sometimes wore his father's old uniforms. When he graduated from high school in the Central Valley city of Visalia , southeast of Fresno, he had earned a spot at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was offered a free education and a commission as a Marine officer. But family members said Verbeek was impatient to become a Marine and serve his country during a time of war. After graduating from Mt. Whitney High School, where he was a standout middle-distance runner and long-jumper on the track team, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to boot camp in San Diego.
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.
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.
July 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert, 28, of Newsite, Miss., died June 1 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as a result of injuries he suffered when his vehicle rolled over May 26 in Iraq, according to a statement released Thursday by the Department of Defense. Lambert was assigned to the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton. The rollover is under investigation.
February 6, 1991
WHAT: Home base to 1st Marine Amphibious Force, 1st Marine Division, other supporting units. BASE POPULATION: 45,000, including 32,000 active-duty Marines and 12,000 dependents (prewar levels). WHERE: Northern San Diego County, bordered by San Clemente on the north and Oceanside on the south. AREA: 125,000 acres PERSONNEL IN MIDEAST: 30,000
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