Editors note: This rendition of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore was written by Task & Purpose senior reporter James Clark, who included photos he took during his 2011 deployment to Kajaki and Sangin, Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines.
'Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the war zone,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a drone
Coyote brown beanies were donned with care,
In the hopes that first sergeant would not be there
Thirteen Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, California who were arrested in July for their alleged involvement in human smuggling at the U.S. Mexico border were recently charged with a litany of offenses, including "transporting and/or conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants," stealing smoke grenades, perjury, and failure to obey an order.
But one charge, leveled at a Marine lance corporal, stands out: the distribution of LSD on base.
Despite the nature of their alleged offenses, a charge of dealing acid seems a bit surprising. After all, it's difficult to imagine anything more horrifying than tripping balls on LSD while getting screamed at and aggressively knife-handed by an enraged SNCO for not having a proper hair cut, or for failing to render the proper greeting of the day.
Last month the rumor mill was bursting with stories of a Marine (or several) with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, who set fire to part of their battalion HQ. Though Task & Purpose received multiple messages and emails from Marines claiming to be with the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based battalion, not much could be confirmed by Corps officials, due to an ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Services investigation into what we, and other publications, quaintly referred to as a "mystery fire."
Now, we can shed a little more light on what happened. For starters, the Feb. 11 fire is officially "suspicious," according to an NCIS bulletin posted to Camp Lejeune's official Facebook page, as Marine Corps Times' Shawn Snow first reported.
U.S. Marine Corps photo / Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ Released.
The career of one of the first female infantry Marines has come to an ignominious end after she admitted to having a romantic relationship with a Marine under her command whom she later married, Task & Purpose confirmed on Wednesday.