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Meet 19 Of America’s Newest Marines — And Naturalized US Citizens
For 19 young men and women, earning the title United States Marine was just one of their crowning achievements this month. The other: becoming U.S. citizens.
After demonstrating their knowledge of the English language and American civics, 16 men and three women took the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and became U.S. citizens, during a July 13 naturalization ceremony at Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The following day, they graduated and were minted Marines.
“For these Marines, today's naturalization ceremony represents their final step in their journey to American citizenship,” Brenda Washington of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a Department of Defense statement. “Their path to citizenship is especially remarkable because they first pledge themselves to support and defend the United States before choosing to become American citizens.”
Here are the 19 new devil dogs who recently earned the title of U.S. citizen:
Pvt. Daniel Ramirez Rodriguez from Cullman, Alabama, was born in Mexico.
Pfc. Ambar N. Zaiek Parades, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is originally from the Dominican Republic.
Pvt. Waylon F. LaFrance was born in Canada, and hails from Hogansburg, New York.
Pfc. Dang H. Doung, from Warren, Michigan, was born in Vietnam.
Pvt. Jhonatan A. Velarde, from Newark, New Jersey, was born in Ecuador.
Pvt. Carlos L. Espana Palencia from Lehigh Acres, Florida, was born in Guatemala.
Pvt. Zetian Ni, from Pittsburgh, was born in China.
Pvt. Annalice M. Daley of Baltimore was born in Jamaica.
Pfc. Rodrigo M. Malpartida from Ossining, New York, was born in Peru.
Pvt. Khalid M. Ngwegwe from Greenbelt, Maryland, was born in Tanzania.
Pvt. Kervin Stcyr, from Brooklyn, New York, is originally from Haiti.
Pfc. Ariel Castillo, from Miami, was born in Cuba.
Born in Mexico, Pfc. Dulce F. Manriquez hails from Tuscon, Arizona.
Pvt. Jean Malhado from Secaucus, New Jersey, was born in Brazil.
Pvt. Yongchang Gao, from New York, was born in China.
Pfc. Daniel A. Guzman hails from New York, and was born in the Dominican Republic.
Born in Haiti, Pfc. Serdjhy Leger, hails from Orlando, Florida.
Pvt. Juan C. Rosales Guerin, from Miami was born in Mexico.
Born in Peru, Pvt. Julian R. Torres, is from Fort Pierce, Florida.
WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of individuals from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan and was in the process of confirming their identities, U.S. and Afghan officials told Reuters on Tuesday.
On Monday, the U.S. military said an E-11A aircraft had crashed in the province of Ghazni, but disputed claims by the Taliban militant group that they brought it down.
When officials commemorate an act of heroism, or a tragedy, or both, they almost always cite the numbers.
On Monday, it was the number 40. That's how many years it's been since the Coast Guard suffered the worst peacetime tragedy in its history.
And 23: the number of lives lost aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn after it collided with a passing 605-foot oil tanker in the waters of Tampa Bay.
And, perhaps most poignantly, the number 18. That's how old Seaman Apprentice William Flores was when he heroically went down with his ship. As the Blackthorn capsized, Flores stayed aboard, throwing life jackets to his fellow seamen. He allowed even more jackets to float to escaping crew members by propping open a locker door with his own belt.
Then, the 180-foot cutter sucked Flores into the depths of Tampa Bay.
"He drowned about 15 feet away from me," remembered Jeff Huse, a survivor of the Blackthorn. "I probably floated with one of the life jackets that he tossed out."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem, dependent on Palestinians taking steps to become self-governing, in an attempt to achieve a peace breakthrough in their decades of conflict with Israel.
Senior administration officials, briefing Reuters on the details of a plan the president was due to announce at the White House at mid-day, said that under Trump's proposed Middle East peace plan the United States will recognize Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank.
In exchange, Israel would agree to accept a four-year freeze on new settlement activity while Palestinian statehood is negotiated, the officials said.
The US government is letting Marine veteran Austin Tice languish in a Syrian prison, according to his mother
The mother of Marine veteran Austin Tice told reporters on Monday that a top U.S. official is refusing to give permission for a meeting with the Syrian government to negotiate the release of her son, who went missing near Damascus in 2012.
"Apparently, somewhere in the chain, there is a senior U.S. government official who is hesitating or stalling," Debra Tice reportedly said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Debra Tice said she is not certain who this senior official is. She also praised those in government who are working to get her son back.
A retired Navy SEAL whose war crimes trial made international news has launched a video attack on former SEAL teammates who accused him of murder, shooting civilians and who testified against him at his San Diego court-martial in June.
In a three-minute video posted to his Facebook page and Instagram account Monday, retired Chief Special Operator Edward Gallagher, 40, referred to some of his former teammates as "cowards" and highlighted names, photos and — for those still on active duty — their duty status and current units, something former SEALs say places those men — and the Navy's mission — in jeopardy.