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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 already awake. Some boasted of not having wasted a second to sleep during their last weekend stateside. A handful of Marines stood in an open stairwell smoking cigarettes and exhaling Budweiser fumes.

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 is a look at previous installments in this series. For additional coverage, see


Cathy McMorris discusses U.S. role in Iraq.

Murray: Bush wrong on road funds

President Bush's suggestion that Congress spends most federal money for roads and bridges on certain members' pet projects – and the rest of the country just gets "what's ever left" – shows the president doesn't know how the federal transportation money works, Sen. Patty Murray said Thursday. On a swing through Eastern Washington during the congressional recess, Murray fielded predictable requests for federal help to fix local roads and bridges. She told about 35 people in the auditorium of Sadie Hilstead Middle School in Newport on Thursday morning that her staff would work with them to "see if there's any help" for replacing the Usk Bridge over the Pend Oreille River.

U.S. must accept help in Iraq, Cantwell says

The United States needs to bring the world community to the negotiating table – and convince Iraqi factions that such a table exists – to have any hope of making progress in Iraq, Sen. Maria Cantwell said Tuesday. "You have to be for the hard slog of diplomacy, not just the hard slog of deployment all the time," Cantwell said during an interview with The Spokesman-Review editorial board.

Solemn vigil marks four years of war

A solemn gathering with prayers, poetry, and the reading of the names of Washington state residents killed in the Iraq war spilled out of the U.S. Courthouse plaza in downtown Spokane and across the Monroe Street Bridge on Monday night. About 200 candle-carrying demonstrators illuminated the bridge as they marched to the cadence of a beating drum and bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" above the sounds of the rushing Spokane River.

Pain of war

Two years after serving in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Shawn Green lives on pain pills and the charity of the Salvation Army while he applies to the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability benefits. It wasn't a bullet or an improvised explosive device that left him too racked with pain to work. The Army reservist said his employer, a Spokane construction company, let him go because the pain running down his back was too great a liability to keep him on. Green believes his pain is from routinely carrying too much weight in Iraq, what the military calls "combat load."

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. Although their hair was barely longer than toothbrush bristles, the 18-year-old twin brothers from Hauser Lake needed a trim. Not just any trim, but the trademark "high and tight" buzz cuts worn by U.S. Marines.

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 hours without sleep and would need to muster the energy to last another 12 hours before any rest would be permitted. Their eyes were bleary. Their heads were still tinged red from being shaved bald hours earlier, shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. Snarling drill instructors walked the room at the recruit processing center. Shouts flew through the air and echoed down the hallways of the building.

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 U.S. Marine, who will drive the 18-year-olds away from the forest and the lake that have been their playground for as long as they can remember.

Iraq veterans join POW ceremony

The war veterans on one side of the aisle bore the physical scars of wounds in Iraq. Those on the other side carried the invisible emotional scars of surviving prisoner camps in Japan, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.

Wounds of war

The attack that was to end Cpl. Ian Anderson's career in the Marines began with the explosion of rocket-propelled grenades, followed by rifle fire from an unseen enemy less than a month after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. By the time he took five rounds in his legs and shoulder, Anderson couldn't hear anything at all – not even when a Marine sergeant returned fire with the 25 mm chain gun from atop an armored vehicle.