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 |
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.
July 20, 2007 |
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 |
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.
April 17, 2004 |
Taking a short breather Friday, the 21-year-old Marine corporal explained what it was like to practice his lethal skill in the battle for this city. "It's a sniper's dream," he said in polite, matter-of-fact tones. "You can go anywhere and there are so many ways to fire at the enemy without him knowing where you are."
May 1, 2004 |
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.