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  • Enlisting support

    Five years ago, fraternal twin brothers from Hauser Lake realized their lifelong dream of enlisting in the U.S. Marines. They were eager to “see action” in Iraq or Afghanistan and …


  • Shipp twins home for Thanksgiving

    Hauser Lake’s most famous Marines, Robert and Matt Shipp, were headed home for the holidays Wednesday. The twin brothers, and Robert’s wife, Dusty, were due at Spokane International Airport late …


  • Realizing a dream in Rutbah

    The fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq found Cpl. Matthew Shipp negotiating potentially bomb-rigged streets in the city of Rutbah on his way to pick up …


  • The India battery of the 3rd battalion, 11th Marine Regiment

    Here is a glimpse at some of the Marines serving with Cpl. Matthew Shipp in India Battery of the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. The battery is based at Twentynine …


  • One Marine’s paradise

    COMBAT OUTPOST NORSEMAN, Iraq – Wearing a uniform that hadn’t been washed in months and operating on a typical ration of five hours of sleep, Cpl. Matthew Shipp chambered a …


  • Young Marine learns deployment offers no promise of war

    ABOARD THE USS GERMANTOWN – Deep in the hull of this amphibious assault ship, Lance Cpl. Robert Shipp was lying in his cramped bunk, trying to catch his second nap …


  • Waiting for war

    After nearly two months in the Kuwait desert preparing for combat, the men of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment were frustrated; instead of marching into Iraq, they were …


  • A day in the life of Bravo Company

    In early November, Lance Cpl. Robert Shipp began a seven-month deployment aboard the USS Germantown. He was among several hundred Marines serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Their mission …


  • Bravo Company’s band of brothers

    Robert Shipp and his twin, Matthew, were raised in a tightly knit family in a house overlooking Hauser Lake, Idaho. They have a younger brother, CJ, 15, who is a …


  • Going separate ways

    SAN DIEGO – Officially, the destination of Lance Cpl. Robert Shipp is unknown. But it’s not hard to guess where the 20-year-old from Hauser Lake, Idaho, and the other combat-ready …


  • In love and war

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – In the barracks hallway, a Marine wearing desert camouflage pants pounded doors and shouted, “Reveille! You’re going to Iraq, boys!” Many of the young men were …


  • Brothers in Arms: Looking Back

    It’s been 18 months since The Spokesman-Review began following twin brothers Matt and Robert Shipp as they pursued their dream to join the Marines and fight for their country. Following …


  • Two good men

    A closed sign hung in the window of the little Coeur d’Alene barber shop when Matt and Robert Shipp arrived Tuesday afternoon, a day after returning home from boot camp. …


  • Weary campers

    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Robert Shipp died twice at boot camp Wednesday. Once was during a training exercise that had him swinging by a rope while wearing a gas mask.


  • Corps Experience

    SAN DIEGO – Matt and Robert Shipp struggled to stay alert Tuesday morning, their first morning at Marine boot camp. The twins from Hauser Lake, Idaho, had already gone 30 …


  • Brothers in arms

    HAUSER LAKE, Idaho – The countdown is over. Robert and Matt Shipp’s childhood ends today. The identical-twin brothers will be picked up from their parents’ home this afternoon by a …

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