Semper Fi, God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps. Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and have lost 9 marines in 4 days. 

The U.S. 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (
Darkhorse) has suffered heavy personnel losses in Afghanistan in the October/November 2010 timeframe. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, thirteen members of the battalion were killed during that period: 
...there's been little or nothing in the media about these guys because no one really seems to care:
      Justin Allen, 23,
      Brett Linley, 29,
      Matthew Weikert, 29,
      Justus Bartett, 27,
      Dave Santos, 21,
      Chase Stanley, 21,
      Jesse Reed, 26,
      Matthew Johnson, 21,
      Zachary Fisher, 24,
      Brandon King, 23,
      Christopher Goeke, 23,

      Sheldon Tate, 27.

      Randy R. Braggs, 21.

All are Marines who gave their lives for YOU last week.
Please Honor THEM by forwarding this. 

Braggs was the 13th member of 3/5 killed since the battalion moved into the Sangin area of northeastern Helmand province in October, including four felled in a single bomb attack on their mine-resistant all terrain vehicle.

Two other Marines were fatally shot at a patrol base last week in Sangin, the Marines said. Initial reports indicate they were attacked by a rogue Afghan soldier who then fled, according to U.S. and NATO officials in Afghanistan. An investigation into the incident is continuing.
The Marines patrolling through the green fields and tall mud compounds of Helmand province's Sangin district say they are literally in a race for their lives. They are trying to adjust their tactics to outwit Taliban fighters, who have killed more coalition troops here than in any other Afghan district this year.

"As a new unit coming in, you are at a distinct disadvantage because the Taliban have been fighting here for years, have established fighting positions and have laid the ground with a ton of IEDs," said Lt. Col. Jason Morris, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. "You have to evolve quickly because you have no other choice."

Many of the younger Marines also have had to cope for the first time with seeing their best friends die or suffer grievous wounds. Fifteen Marines have been killed and about 50 wounded since the battalion arrived in October [2010] — many by improvised explosive devices or IEDs.



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