April 7, 2016
Semper Fi Marine Corps Families!

Thank you for opening and reading this edition of our weekly newsletter. We've got great articles to share with you this week.

At MarineParents.com, we strive to provide support and services to Marines and their families. Usually, these Marines and their families are post-9/11 Marines, but every now and then, we have the opportunity to provide support to older Marines as well. Learn how we were able to h elp a World War II Marine combat veteran's dream come true in our first article.

The Marine Corps Marathon lottery has announced the lucky recipients of bibs for their 2016 Marathon being held the end of October. If you did NOT get your bib in the lottery, we have additional bibs as a Marine Corps official charity partner. Read the article below to sign up or learn more.

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy! 

Thank you for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

God Bless and Semper Fi!
Marine Parents Helps World War II Marine Combat Veteran's Dream Come True

In April of 1943, with the world at war for the second time in less than three decades, Thomas Ivan Henderson, an 18-year-old from Kankakee, Illinois, was notified that he had been drafted into the military and would soon be heading off to war. Henderson, a high school senior at the time, was on his way to the draft board to try to convince the members to let him finish high school before shipping out when he saw a life-size cardboard "cutout" of a Marine non-commissioned officer in a crisp "dress blue" uniform in the window of the local Montgomery Ward store encouraging eligible young men to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. "That blue uniform really looked nice," Henderson recalled. "Maybe I [could] impress my girlfriend when I [wore] it."

*Image info: Tom Henderson in his new dress blue uniform with his son, Dan.

April is the Month of the Military Child 

Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child.

Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.

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*Image info: Department of Defense image

Provide Support to Recruit Parents

The missions of Marine and Recruit Parents are two-prong—to provide support, information, and services to poolees, recruits, and Marines and their family members, as well as providing opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.

One way our supporters can help us accomplish the second part of this mission is by attending poolee family night events and either speaking or passing out information on our behalf. Whether you're a poolee, recruit, or Marine parent, you can help educate and provide support for other poolee and recruit parents.

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*Image info: Poolees at a poolee family night event in Lebanon, Missouri. 
(MarineParents.com photo by Marilyn Dilts.) 

2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We only have 30 charity partner bibs remaining, so if you didn't make it in through the lottery, join the team and get your bib today!

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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. To mark the occasion, organizations across the country are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer on their behalves, and Marine Parents would like to do the same.

Our organization could not exist if it were not for the contributions of hundreds of parents around the United States. Our volunteers have taken that one step further and contribute endless hours answering emails, moderating our social media groups, researching information, and supporting the parents, spouses, family and friends of our United States Marines. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

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TMP Spotlight: Jacqui Pile

Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) is a group of individuals, generally parents, family, and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops.  The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs.. 

This week's TMP featured participant is proud "poolee" mother from Virginia--Jacqui Pile.

Jacqui's son will be leaving for boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina this August, and Jacqui and the rest of her family couldn't be prouder to watch him follow in the footsteps of both of his grandfathers by joining the Marines.

Jacqui will be running in this year's Marine Corps Marathon and  is still working toward toward reaching her $1,000 fundraising goal, and we know with your support and generosity, she can reach that goal in no time. Thanks for being a part of the team, Jacqui, we appreciate your support!

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*Image info: Jacqui Pile with her Marine son.

Marine Corps News: Marine Raiders Train in South Carolina

Marine Raiders recently tested themselves during a Company Collective Exercise (CCE) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. During the exercise, t he Marine Special Operations Company, as well as individual teams, were tested on their ability to execute basic skills while also learning and honing new tactics, techniques, and procedures.

According to the Company's First Sergeant,  “The CCE is a good opportunity for the Company Headquarters to exercise command and control and refine their producers to ensure that we work as a cohesive staff.”

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*Image info:  Marines Raiders led a simulated partner nation force on ground combat patrolling tactics, techniques, and procedures during an exercise in Fort Bragg, South Carolina, Feb. 28, 2016. (USMC photo by Sergeant Donovan Lee) 
Marine Corps News: Fleet Week New York Attendees Announced

Fleet Week New York, the annual celebration in which US Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen converge on New York City to provide the public with a look at, and increase their awareness of, the work our maritime services do on a daily basis, will be held next month from May 25-31.

This year, f ive Navy warships, two Coast Guard cutters, and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit consisting of up to 4,500 Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen will be taking part in Fleet Week. Additionally, Royal Canadian Sailors and Naval Academy Midshipmen will be part of the festivities.

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*Image info: Fleet Weeks attendees participate in events in town, like the 2015 Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade through Brooklyn. 
(U.S. Navy photo by  Mass Communication Specialist First Class Andre N. McIntyre)

Marine Corps News: Corps Strengthening Marine Security Guard Detachments

Last week, we told you about how, in the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the Marine Corps was called on to boost the number of Marine Security Guards stationed at embassies and consulates around the world by approximately 1,000 guards. 

As part of the plan to increase the number of Marine Security Guards, the Corps has established approximately 25 new Marine Security Guard detachments and has strengthened almost 120 more. Additionally, a further 12 locations will receive new Marine Security Guard detachments by 2018. Locations in which the Marine Corps is increasing its presence include Turkey, China, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Africa, Italy, Laos, and Mexico, among others.

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*Image info: The Moscow Marine Security Guard detachment October 7, 2015.
(USMC photo/released)
Marine Corps News: Marine Working Dog Receives Award

Lucca, a 12-year-old German Shepherd and Marine Corps working dog, was honored this week in London, England with an award for animals who serve in military conflicts.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British veterinary charity, awarded Lucca with the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross (the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor), for her work in Afghanistan sniffing out explosives. Her work is credited with saving the lives of thousands of allied troops and there were no human casualties on any of Lucca's more than 400 patrols.

On her final patrol in Afghanistan, Lucca found a 30-pound improvised explosive device and was searching for more when a second device exploded.  Lucca lost a leg and sustained burns to her chest, neck, and head in the explosion but survived. She is the first Marine Corps dog to receive the Dickin Medal.

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*Image info: The wife of the Secretary of Defense, Stephanie Carter, poses for a photograph with Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham and retired military working dog “Lucca” at Camp Pendleton, California, Aug, 27, 2015. 
(USMC photo by Corporal  Seth Starr)
This Week in Marine Corps History: 3rd Amphibious Corps Progresses on Okinawa

Seventy-one years ago this week, on April 3, 1945, Marines with the 3rd Amphibious Corps continued to progress along their front on the Japanese island of Okinawa,  clearing Zampa Misaki and seizing the Katchin Peninsula. This effectively cut the island in two, and was accomplished more than a week ahead of the schedule originally set by Marine Corps leaders.

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*Image info:  A Marine assault team moves out on Okinawa in the Spring of 1945.
(USMC photo/released.)
This Week in Marine Corps History: 1st Marine Division Clashes with Communist Chinese Forces

Sixty-nine years ago this week, on April 5, 1947, five Marine guards were killed and eight more were wounded during an attack by Communist Chinese forces near the Hsin Ho ammunition depot in northern China. This was the last major clash between the 1st Marine Division and Communist Chinese forces and occurred just four days after the 1st Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing had received their withdrawal and redeployment plans from China on April 1.

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*Image info: 1st Marine Division insignia.
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