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August 21, 2011 | By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times
One Marine's tragedy became another's lifeline this month as medical staff on opposite sides of the country worked quickly on an out-of-the-ordinary kidney donation. The fast-paced transplant underscores the deep bond among service members and their families, according to friends and relatives. As Sgt. Jacob Chadwick prepared to leave the hospital Aug. 11, hundreds of police cars and motorcycles escorted 2nd Lt. Patrick Wayland's casket through his hometown of Midland, Texas, where thousands lined the streets waving American flags.
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.
April 16, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis paused briefly to watch his troops digging fighting holes during a lull in combat with Iraqi insurgents. "That's why the good Lord made the earth," he said to his Marines. "Dig to live." Then he jumped into his personal light armored vehicle stuffed with electronic gear he uses to stay in touch with field commanders.
November 4, 2004 | Mark Mazzetti, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Iraqi looters loaded powerful explosives into pickup trucks and drove the material away from the Al Qaqaa ammunition site, according to a group of U.S. Army reservists and National Guardsmen who said they witnessed the looting. The soldiers said about a dozen U.S. troops guarding the sprawling facility could not prevent the theft because they were outnumbered by looters.
May 25, 2009 | Tony Perry
An American flag encased in glass dominates the living room of the town house Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Gray shares with his wife and their two small children. Sewn onto the flag with black thread are the names of 30 Marines who lost their lives in Iraq. Twenty-four died in a helicopter crash. Gray was almost one of them. He had thrown his pack aboard the Super Stallion CH-53E headed to the Syrian border, but there was no room for him. He jumped aboard a second chopper.
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