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‘Round-The-Clock Search And Rescue Operations’ Underway For Overboard Marine
Search and rescue efforts are ongoing for a Marine who fell overboard near the Philippines while embarked on the amphibious assault ship Essex with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Corps officials announced on Friday.
- Navy, Marine Corps, and Philippine ships and aircraft have already searched nearly 3,000 nautical miles for the Marine, who was reported overboard at 9:40 a.m. local time on Thursday, according to a 13th MEU news release. The Essex deployed in July with the Marine Corps’ variant of the F-35, which could fly its first combat missions later in the year.
- Sailors and Marines have thoroughly searched the Essex while aircraft from the ship have conducted “round-the-clock search and rescue operations,” the news release says. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft along with Philippine coast guard vessels have also increased the size of the search area.
- Aircraft from the Essex that are taking part in the search include MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, MV-22B Ospreys, and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, said Marine Capt. Diann Rosenfeld, a spokeswoman for the 13th MEU.
- “It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine," Navy Capt. Gerald Olin, the commander, Amphibious Squadron One who is leading the rescue efforts, said in the news release. “All of our sailors, Marines, and available assets aboard the USS Essex have been and will continue to be involved in this incredibly important search and rescue operation.”
- The MEU is withholding the name of the Marine, whose family has been notified, while search and rescue efforts are ongoing, the news release says.
- “As we continue our search operation, we ask that you keep our Marine and the Marine's family in your thoughts and prayers," Col. Chandler Nelms, 13th MEU commanding officer, said in the news release. “We remain committed to searching for and finding our Marine.”
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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.