(U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck)

LAGUNA HILLS — A plan to create a permanent monument for Camp Pendleton's 3rd Battalion/5th Marines — a unit Laguna Hills adopted in 2008 — is moving forward.

The battalion, known as Darkhorse, is celebrated each year during the city's annual Memorial Day Half Marathon, which raises funds for Team Darkhorse, a community group that supports the battalion's Marines and their families. During the race, banners of the 25 Darkhorse Marines killed during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan are displayed along the route, on city streets.

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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton has played a major role in military history over the past 77 years, and John Farritor is one of the rare men who has seen that history unfold from the start.

The Vista, California veteran, who turned 100 on Tuesday, is one of the few surviving Marine veterans who marched 55 miles from Camp Elliott in San Diego to christen the newly opened base near Oceanside in September 1942.

He also fought with Camp Pendleton-based divisions in some of the Corps' most defining and deadly battles of World War II and the Korean War, including at Iwo Jima, Bougainville, the Pusan Perimeter, the Inchon Landing and the Chosin Reservoir.

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann

The Navy has awarded fifty sailors for "their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts" after a 2017 collision between the USS John McCain and a merchant ship.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer collided with a 600-foot oil tanker near the Strait of Malacca on Aug. 21, 2017. Ten sailors died as a result of the crash.

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Most actions that lead to the awarding of the Medal of Honor are based on eyewitness accounts or physical evidence.

The actions of Air Force Technical Sgt. John Chapman, however, were caught on video.

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Stephanie Mullen/AP

Two soldiers who work at a recruiting office in a California mall ran to the aid of two young boys who were shot on Tuesday.

Police were still looking for the suspects, which Police Chief Ed Barberini described as "young males," the Oakland, California Fox affiliate, KTVU reported. Barberini was unsure of the relationship between the possible gunmen and the two victims — a 16- and 12-year-old boy.

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(U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class J. TaShun Joyce)

When then-Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher C. Palumbo found out he couldn't get back to a battle in Afghanistan, he was so mad that he drop-kicked his flight helmet.

Palumbo, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, received the Distinguished Service Cross Award on Thursday for his actions during that battle on April 11, 2005. The award is the Army's second highest for valor.

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