On New Year’s Eve, Iraq War veteran Matthew DeRemer posted to Facebook that he was greeting 2016 with optimism.
In his post, DeRemer reflected on the challenges he faced in 2015. The former Marine later wrote that his goal was “to redefine [his] life by living as selfless as possible.”
The night, he was killed by an alleged drunk driver in Largo, Florida. While riding his motorcycle, he was struck head on by 59-year-old Steven Clarke, who was charged with DUI manslaughter and failure to yield right-of-way.
DeRember’s Facebook post was made all the more chilling by his closing line, which read, "I really don't know where I'll end up tonight but I do know where I windup is where I'm meant to be."
DeRemer, who left the Marines in 2010, worked as a physical trainer for five years. He had recently found a job as a surgical technician, a career he was hopeful about starting.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.
MAPLE, N.C. -- A maritime center with a pool big enough to hold a small ship and simulate hurricane conditions is set to open in Currituck County, North Carolina, in two years. It will serve to train groups such as special forces, law enforcement and offshore wind crews.