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Old 16-04-2014, 12:27 AM   #93
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2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines (2/23) is a reserve infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps located throughout the Western United States consisting of approximately 1000 Marines and Sailors. They fall under the command of the 23rd Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division..3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment (3/23) is a reserve infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps located throughout the Midwestern United States consisting of approximately 800 Marines and Sailors. The battalion was first formed in 1943 for service in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, taking part in a number of significant battles including those at Saipan and Iwo Jima before being deactivated at the end of the war. In the early 1960s, the unit was reactivated as a reserve battalion. The battalion is headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri with outlying units throughout the Midwestern United States. 3/23 falls under the command of the 23rd Marine Regiment and the 4th Marine Division.

Recent operations have included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan..There was an initial call-up of 6 specialists in late November 1990 from the Fox Company, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. They left within 5 days to join 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines whose headquarters is in the New Orleans, LA. area. From there they proceeded to Camp Lejeune for preparation before deploying to Al Jabail, Saudi Arabia. They proceeded north into Kuwait where their final location was Hill 99, just outside of Kuwait City. They were released from active duty in May 1991 and returned home...In December 1990, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines was mobilized by Presidential Call-up to support Operation Desert Shield/Storm.. 99.2% of those on the rolls reported to their 7 separate drill centers for duty. Within 2 days of activation, this, the largest and most geographically diverse infantry battalion in the Marine Corps, reported to its Station of Initial Assignment at Camp Pendleton, California with 1,015 Marine and Navy personnel. Unlike the standard 180 day build up period which most UDP battalions require to prepare for deployment, 2/23 deployed within 16 days of activation and joined III MEF on 25 December 1990 in Okinawa, Japan...

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (lə-JURN) is a 246-square-mile (640 km2) United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The base's 14 miles (23 km) of beaches make it a major area for amphibious assault training, and its location between 2 deep-water ports (Wilmington and Morehead City) allows for fast deployments..From at least 1957 through 1987, Marines and their families at Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations 240 to 3400 times permitted by safety standards, and at least 850 former residents filed claims for nearly $4 billion from the military. The main chemicals involved were trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser, perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent, and benzene; however, more than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants at Lejeune..In 2007, Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Master Sergeant, found a document dated 1981 that described a radioactive dump site near a rifle range at the camp. According to the report, the waste was laced with strontium-90, an isotope known to cause cancer and leukemia..As many as 500,000 people may have been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune over a period of 30 years... there is peace, the warlike man attacks himself." That's Nietzsche, and his point is that there really is no peace.. There's always some war, somewhere, with someone.. And there are no winners or losers either. Just those who are still around to fight another day...

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