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Friday, June 03, 2005

The cavalry rides again
Tacoma News Tribune
Fri, 03 Jun 2005 2:53 AM PDT

This year, the United States proudly honors the Marine Corps and all Marines who have sacrificed and contributed in our Nation’s service. Public Law 108-291, signed August 6, 2004, authorizes the minting of a Silver Dollar to commemorate the 230th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps.

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the raising of two battalions of American Marines, thereby creating the legendary institution today known as the United States Marine Corps. From the Nation’s birth to the present day, the Marines represent a proud culture of service and contribution in defense of the values and freedoms at the heart of the American experience.

According to the United States Marine Corps Hymn, Marines have "fought in ev’ry clime and place" throughout our Nation’s history. The story of the Marine Corps is the personification of American military history beginning with the American Revolution. The flag raising at Iwo Jima, represented at the Marine Corps War Memorial, is ingrained in the public mind as perhaps the enduring image of World War II.

Today, the Marines continue to exemplify the warrior ethos that has made it a fighting force of international repute. The philosophy of the Corps—and of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have earned the title "Marine" over the last 230 years—is simply stated in its core values: Honor. Courage. Commitment.

Coins offered in both proof and uncirculated condition may be issued under this Act only during the one-year period beginning January 1, 2005.

Surcharges from the sale of each coin are authorized for the creation of the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, which is being developed as a partnership of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and the United States Marine Corps.

Coins are tentatively scheduled to be released in summer 2005.

Thanks to Seamus for passing this along - can't wait to get one of these!

CARRIER TAKEOFF — An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as another Hornet awaits its turn to launch, June 1, 2005. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf conducting operations in support of multinational forces in Iraq and maritime security operations in the Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dusty Howell

In Today's News - Friday, June 3, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war."
-- Ernest Hemingway
News of Note
Iraqi targets security with poison melons
Company Offers Father's Day Deal
EU constitution worries aspiring members
Fort Bragg Special Operations soldier killed in Iraq
US issues travel warning, says terror attacks likely in Uzbekistan
Initiative Stems WMD Trafficking Associated Press
Insurgents kill 38 in attacks in Iraq
U.N.: Weapons equipment missing in Iraq

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Lebanon opposition blames Syria in slaying
Abbas' heart procedure raises concerns
Saudi Arabia mulls ban on women drivers
Turkey's future in question after EU vote

The US News: Iraq News
Journalist's murder rattles Beirut
Iraqi Insurgents Kill 38 in Series of Car Bombings and Shootings
Weapons Equipment Missing in Iraq
A tale of Tiananmen intrigue

Various Sources
Gunmen Kill Nine Iraqis in Baghdad Drive-by Shootings
Marine casualties in Iraq soar in May
Iraq's interior minister denies Shiite militia is killing Sunni clerics
$1B spent on US diplomatic ops in Baghdad

Fox News
U.S. Issues IndonesiaTerror Warning
U.N.: Material for Chemical, Bioweapons Taken From Iraq
Execution Video Leads to Eight Arrests in Serbia
Judge Orders Gov't to Release Abu Ghraib Videos
U.S. Teen Vanishes in Aruba
Syrian Scuds
Homicide Bomb Attack Kills 10

Department of Defense
Supply Facility Keeps Troops Combat Ready — Story
New York Civil Affairs Unit 'Supplies' Village — Story
Kamaliya, Oubaidi Water Projects Underway — Story
Soccer Challenge Brings Armies Together — Story
Mississippi Guard Troops Handle Varied Duties — Story
Zafaraniya Residents Get Water Project Update — Story

Intel Analysts' Work Leads to Capture of Insurgents
Engineers Clear Debris, Reduce IED Hazards
Camp Victory Troops, Civilians Honor Fallen
Memorial Day Remembered in Iraq
Task Force Baghdad Medics Sharpen Skills Photos
Sadr City Sewer Rehab Nears Completion

Marines in Tora Bora for Operation Celtics

Coalition Aircraft Deliver Humanitarian Aid

Marine Eases Transition for New Arrivals — Story

Base Realignment and Closure 2005

2 U.S. Soldiers Killed Near Ramadi
Myers: 85 Percent Likely to Vote
Iraqi Unit Assumes Control of Base
Iraq Asks Timetable Extension
Milestone: 1,000 Projects Complete
Photos: IHP Gets New Vehicles
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Governor Discusses Democracy
NATO Expands in Afghanistan
Army Surgeon General to Visit U.S.
Terrorists Kill 17 in Mosque
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Gulag Allegation 'Reprehensible'
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Date Changes for Recruiting Data
Bush Discusses NATO Goals
Challenges Face Air Force Grads
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story

from The Weather Channel

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Today in History
- Christian Crusaders seize Antioch, in Turkey.
1539 - Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain.
1861 - Union troops defeat Confederats at Philippi, WV.
1864 - The Battle of Cold Harbor continues for a third day.
1884 - John Lynch is chosen as the first black major-party national convention chair (Republican)
1916 - Congress establishes ROTC.
1918 - The Supreme Court rules child labor laws unconstitutional.
1925 - The Goodyear "Pilgrim" makes the first enclosed-cabin airship flight.
1949 - Wesley Anthony Brown becomes the first black US Naval Academy graduate.
1959 - The first U.S. Air Force Academy graduation.
1965 - Gemini 4 is launched.
1966 - Gemini 9 is launched.
1976 - The U.S. is presented with the oldest known copy of the Magna Carta.
1989 - Chinese troops shoot and kill hundreds (perhaps thousands) of demonstrating students in Tiananmen Square.

1808 - Jefferson Davis, Confederate President
1844 - Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th U.S. Vice President
1865 - King George V of England
1904 - Dr Charles Drew, pioneer of blood plasma preservation/first director of the Red Cross blood bank

- Japanese giant salamander, oldest amphibian at 55, in Dutch zoo
1963 - Pope John XXIII

Reported Missing in Action
Kryszak, Theodore E., USAF (NY); AC47 ("Puff the Magic Dragon") shot down
Martin, Russell D., USAF (IA); AC47 shot down
Mullins, Harold E., USAF (CO); AC47 shot down
Rose, Luther L., USAF (TX); AC47 shot down
Smith, Harding E., USAF (CA); AC47 shot down
Warren, Ervin, USAF (PA); AC 47 shot down

Bodden, Timothy R., USMC (IL); CH46A shot down during extraction mission
Cius, Frank E., USMC ; CH 46A shot down during extraction mission, Released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998
Dexter, Ronald J., US Army SF (TX); Passenger on CH46A shot down; died in captivity July, 1967 per fellow POW
Gardner, John G., USMC (NC); CH46A shot down during extraction mission
Hanson, Stephen Paul, USMC (CA); CH46A shot down during extraction mission
Kearns, Joseph Thomas, Jr., USAF (NY); Remains returned August, 1988
Laney, Billy R., US Army SF (FL); CH46A shot down during extraction mission
Springston, Theodore, Jr., USAF (CA)