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January 3, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
In the early days of the U.S. battle with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, the four Marines from Camp Pendleton were among those troops on the front lines in Anbar province. The two enlisted Marines would not survive those violent days in the spring of 2004: one was killed by "friendly fire" when a mortar round went awry and one was mortally wounded while hurling a grenade to repel an enemy assault, bravery for which he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The two officers survived, only later to be killed in other battles in other parts of the country: one by gunfire while leading a raid in Baghdad to kill or capture a "high-value" target in 2007 and one by stepping on a buried bomb while scouting an attack position near the Syrian border in 2005.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
In the early days of the U.S. battle with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, the four Marines from Camp Pendleton were among those troops on the front lines in Anbar province. The two enlisted Marines would not survive those violent days in the spring of 2004: one was killed by "friendly fire" when a mortar round went awry and one was mortally wounded while hurling a grenade to repel an enemy assault, bravery for which he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The two officers survived, only later to be killed in other battles in other parts of the country: one by gunfire while leading a raid in Baghdad to kill or capture a "high-value" target in 2007 and one by stepping on a buried bomb while scouting an attack position near the Syrian border in 2005.
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September 12, 2004
I respect all soldiers for their bravery ("The Unapologetic Warrior," by Tony Perry, Aug. 22). I respect Marine Corps Capt. Douglas Zembiec for his service. I think all war is wrong in general. I know the war in Iraq is wrong because it was initiated under false pretenses. Perhaps the "fog of war" is also an adrenaline-induced shroud of perceived glory, which the purveyors of lies exploit by taking those with noble courage such as Capt. Zembiec and distilling them to their most base form.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
After receiving a complaint from an atheists' organization, Marine brass at Camp Pendleton are reviewing whether to permit a cross atop a hill on the base to remain. The 13-foot cross was erected on Veterans Day as a memorial to four Marines killed in combat in Iraq and to veterans in general. Three of the four dead Marines had been part of a group that had erected a cross on the same spot in 2003 before deploying to Iraq. That cross was destroyed by a brush fire in 2007. After an article about the new cross appeared in The Times, the Military Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
After receiving a complaint from an atheists' organization, Marine brass at Camp Pendleton are reviewing whether to permit a cross atop a hill on the base to remain. The 13-foot cross was erected on Veterans Day as a memorial to four Marines killed in combat in Iraq and to veterans in general. Three of the four dead Marines had been part of a group that had erected a cross on the same spot in 2003 before deploying to Iraq. That cross was destroyed by a brush fire in 2007. After an article about the new cross appeared in The Times, the Military Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2011 | By Tony Perry and Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton on Friday morning as the nation observed Veterans Day. At precisely the date and time when World War I officially ended, giving rise to Armistice Day — the forerunner to Veterans Day — the group erected a 13-foot cross. The cross replaced one placed on the hill in 2003 by the Marines before they deployed to Iraq.
WORLD
May 12, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Maj. Douglas Zembiec, a Marine Corps officer profiled in the Los Angeles Times magazine in 2004, was killed while leading a raid on insurgents in Baghdad, officials reported Friday. Details of his death on Thursday were sketchy. In an age when many prefer military personnel to be diffident and reluctant to engage in violence, Zembiec was proudly a throwback. "One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy," he once said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
May 26, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
They were young, and they sacrificed their lives for their fellow Marines. Now, the Corps is seeking to honor their bravery. Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, 22, of Scio, N.Y., dived on a grenade at a checkpoint. He has been nominated for a Medal of Honor. Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin, 22, of Amarillo, Texas, took the lead in repelling an assault, continuing to fire after being struck several times and finally throwing a grenade to push back the enemy. He has been nominated for a Navy Cross. Cpl. Kevin T.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Over the four decades Robert M. Gates has worked in the federal government's national security bureaucracy, he has earned a reputation as a cool and analytical operator who keeps his inner feelings from even his closest colleagues. But Wednesday night, at the end of an address to the Marine Corps Assn., the Defense secretary nearly came to tears telling the story of a decorated Marine officer who was killed in Iraq in May after volunteering for a second combat tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2011 | By Tony Perry and Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton on Friday morning as the nation observed Veterans Day. At precisely the date and time when World War I officially ended, giving rise to Armistice Day — the forerunner to Veterans Day — the group erected a 13-foot cross. The cross replaced one placed on the hill in 2003 by the Marines before they deployed to Iraq.
WORLD
May 12, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Maj. Douglas Zembiec, a Marine Corps officer profiled in the Los Angeles Times magazine in 2004, was killed while leading a raid on insurgents in Baghdad, officials reported Friday. Details of his death on Thursday were sketchy. In an age when many prefer military personnel to be diffident and reluctant to engage in violence, Zembiec was proudly a throwback. "One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy," he once said.
MAGAZINE
September 12, 2004
I respect all soldiers for their bravery ("The Unapologetic Warrior," by Tony Perry, Aug. 22). I respect Marine Corps Capt. Douglas Zembiec for his service. I think all war is wrong in general. I know the war in Iraq is wrong because it was initiated under false pretenses. Perhaps the "fog of war" is also an adrenaline-induced shroud of perceived glory, which the purveyors of lies exploit by taking those with noble courage such as Capt. Zembiec and distilling them to their most base form.
MAGAZINE
August 22, 2004 | Tony Perry, Tony Perry is The Times' San Diego bureau chief. He last wrote for the magazine about reporting from Iraq.
Anyone who prefers that their military officers follow the media-enforced ideal of being diffident, silent about their feelings, unwilling to talk about their combat experience and troubled by the violence of their chosen profession should skip this story. Marine Corps Capt. Douglas Zembiec is none of these things. Zembiec, an All-American wrestler and 1995 graduate of the Naval Academy, is the charismatic commander of Echo Company of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
WORLD
May 1, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
For nearly a month, the young Marines of Echo Company who have battled daily with insurgents have had one goal in mind: to someday push into the center of the city and crush the insurgents in their stronghold. Now, as part of a hastily arranged plan to "put an Iraqi face" on the conflict, the Marines' goal appears to have changed.
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