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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …


Marines seek young, tough recruits in Super Bowl ad

For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Marine Corps will air an ad during the Super Bowl, using an online-only spot Sunday to target a young, tough, tech-savvy …


Local Vietnam veterans recall carnage of Tet Offensive, launched this day 50 years ago

Hank Melanson was 18 years old and had just landed near Khe Sanh in central Vietnam when he witnessed a fellow Marine shot and killed. The battle launched what came …


President Trump sends Christmas greetings to US troops abroad

President Donald Trump opened his first Christmas Eve in office by offering season’s greetings to U.S. troops stationed around the world and chatting up children who called into a Defense …


Nine victims of Marine plane crash being honored at NY air base

Nine Marine Corps aviators who were killed when their New York-based transport plane crashed in Mississippi last month will be honored during a memorial service at their former air base.


Marines uncover wide abuse, hazing after recruit’s suicide

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Marine Corps is considering possible punishments and potential courts-martial for up to 20 officers and enlisted leaders following investigations into the suicide of a 20-year-old …


Top Marine says fears of ending gay ban unfounded

Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 19, 2011, 5:40 p.m.

Two killed in helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A helicopter that went down during a training exercise at Southern California’s Camp Pendleton killed two Marines and set off a fast-moving brush fire on …


Four service members named persons of year

Four military service members were honored Tuesday by Greater Spokane Inc. and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The regional business organization named Senior Airman Joseph Sparks, Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel …


Japan may nix Marine base

TOKYO – Japan’s prime minister said today he may overturn a key military deal with Washington on relocating U.S. troops, after a local election in Okinawa showed that residents oppose …


Military divorces edge up again in 9th year of war

The toll for a nation long at war is evident in military homes: The divorce rate in the armed forces edged up again in the past year despite many programs …


Marines full of thanks they’ll be home soon

NAWA, Afghanistan – For the U.S. Marines of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, this Thanksgiving Day in Afghanistan brought one overriding thing to be thankful for: They’re about to …


Marines killed in Afghan blast

KABUL – A bomb blast killed two U.S. Marines in Afghanistan’s dangerous south, where thousands of American troops have been deployed in a massive operation to oust Taliban fighters from …


Bomber kills two near Afghanistan NATO base

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber struck early today outside the main NATO base in southern Afghanistan, killing two civilians and wounding 14 other people, as U.S. Marines pressed …


Marines to live among Afghans

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys today, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test …


Mead educators report to boot camp

Mead High School teacher Kathy Carman reached a milestone in February. At 62, she completed Marine Corps basic training. Well, a portion of it anyway. In her high school classroom, …


Marines to exit Iraq by next spring

WASHINGTON – All but a few dozen of the 16,000 Marines now in Iraq will be out by next spring, the Marine Corps commandant said Thursday, putting a solid end …


Reporting for diploma

East Valley High School senior Al Malmo will graduate a month and a half after his retirement. At 62, Malmo will definitely be the oldest participant in the school’s senior …


U.S. does about-face on Camp Lejeune’s tap water

Nearly 12 years ago, a federal report told Marines and their families that adults faced little or no increased cancer risk from drinking and bathing in chemical-tainted water at North …


Combat gear’s weight triggers injury spike

WASHINGTON – Carrying heavy combat loads is taking a quiet but serious toll on troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to injuries that are sidelining them in growing numbers, …


Military jet crashes in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A military fighter jet preparing to land at a Marine base crashed in a densely populated San Diego neighborhood today, killing two people on the ground and …


Platoon’s survivors still stick together

At a time when the United States was shoring up its military presence in Vietnam, the Marine Corps signed up 80 young men from Washington state and allowed them to …