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This Furry Poolee Is About To Make History At Parris Island
She's the first, or will be -- as soon as she completes "recruit training."
"Opha Mae," an English bulldog puppy who will soon be Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island's new mascot, will be the first female to occupy the post, according to depot officials.
She is "currently a poolee," according to depot spokesman Capt. Adam Flores, "and will begin recruit training in the near future," with her official start date yet to be determined.
She's named in honor of Opha Mae Johnson, who in 1918 enlisted in the Corps and became the first female Marine, according to the Women Marines Association. Johnson was the first of some 300 women who joined the Corps that year to assume clerical duties so other Marines could be sent overseas to fight in World War I.
By war's end, Johnson was the senior enlisted woman, having been promoted to sergeant, according to Marine Corps history.
The puppy, acquired from Dave and Judy Magnus of DJ's Bullies and Beaks, south of Savannah, will be Parris Island's 21st mascot, according to Flores.
She'll take over from "Cpl. Legend," whose health the Corps says is declining.
"Per the Depot Order," Flores wrote in an email, "the (depot) veterinarian's assessment of the current mascot is our trigger to start the replacement process."
Cpl. Legend began serving in the fall of 2011; he has been one of the longest-serving dogs, Flores said. He was preceded by Sgt. Archibald Hummer, who passed away in September of that year.
Cpl. Legend will continue his duties -- which include attending ceremonial events, Morning Colors ceremonies and graduations -- until Opha Mae finishes recruit training.
Parris Island's mascots date back to 1914, according to Flores. The first was an Irish Terrier named "Mike," for whom a memorial stands near the commanding general's home -- it's the oldest monument on base.
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It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
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That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
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"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.