Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines Honor Navajo Code Talkers
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
More than 100 Young Marines from across the country traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I
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YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Young Marines announced the 2018 - 2019 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria. She is a member of the Col. Wesley Fox Young Marines in Sterling, Virginia.
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Young Marines National Foundation announces National Security Leadership Award
Monday, May 28, 2018
The Young Marines National Foundation presented the inaugural National Security Leadership Award on behalf of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) to Colette S. Prosser of the Richland County Young Marines in Mansfield, Ohio.
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Young Marines Name 'National Adult Volunteer of the Year' - Colette Prosser
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Young Marines named Colette S. Prosser of Mansfield, Ohio, the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year”. Prosser volunteered an astounding 2,538 hours during the past fiscal year.
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Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, is the 2018 National Unit of the Year
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Young Marines announced the “2018 National Unit of the Year” – Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina. Upstate Young Marines has 58 active Young Marines and 18 adult volunteers.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Monday, May 21, 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role mo
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Wilson Lee Named New Deputy Director of Young Marines
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wilson Lee, Division 6 Commander of the Young Marines, has been hired as the Deputy Director – East / Chief of Staff.
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Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, celebrity spokesperson
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, 74. Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his strong support to the youth program.
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Ten Young Marines traveled to Iwo Jima for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Ten youth members of the Young Marines escorted WWII veterans to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” trip.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Friday, February 2, 2018
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year. Each honoree is awarded a cash scholarship and will travel throughout the division to other units to lead, motivate, and serve as
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Fourteen-Year-Old Hero And Young Marine Honored By The San Diego City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
City of San Diego declares “Sophia M. Righthouse Day” to honor heroic Young Marines member YM MSgt. Righthouse from Miramar Young Marines.
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Hanover Area Young Marine featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Photos for 2017’
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
YM MgySgt Garett Brauning from Hanover Area Young Marines is featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Photos for 2017
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Orozco at the Young Marines Adult Leaders ConferenceThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a member of the Pikes Peak Young Marines under the command of Kevin Coward. Orozco is a junior at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school.

As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will be a mentor to the 9,200 youth members of the organization.

Orozco represented Division 4, competing with five other Division Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine of the Year which was announced at the Adult Leaders’ Conference for Young Marines on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"My reaction was one of flooding joy,” Orozco said. “Knowingly or unknowingly, I have been moving towards such a momentous occasion since I was eight years old. It was the culmination of most of my life, and in that moment, all I could do was release a strangled breath.”

"It is a huge accomplishment to be named National Young Marine of the Year, and YM SgtMaj Orozco will be a fine ambassador and spokesperson for the next year, said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He has proven himself a dedicated leader.”

Orozco’s mother, Jeannie Orozco, a registered adult with the program, was present at the awards ceremony along with other family members.

“My family was overwhelmingly excited,” he said. “Almost all of them were crying, smiling and cheering. Not only have they watched me work hard, they have invested their own blood, sweat and tears. Any accomplishment I have is theirs as well because of the integral part they have played in supporting me my entire life.”

Orozco joined the Young Marines at age eight and currently, he is in his ninth year in the program. He credits the Young Marines for developing his morals and work ethic. He says the organization has helped him be the best he can be. But most of all, he values the friends he has made.

“My goals for my term as National Young Marine of the Year are to not only do the job well but to have a tangible impact on the organization,” he said. “I want to increase our presence on social media, increase community involvement and create videos to help our Young Marines in their training and development. Personally, I want to be as vocal and present as I can throughout the nation as the spokesperson and representative of this outstanding organization.”

Outside of the Young Marines, Orozco has been involved in football, baseball and wrestling. For five years, he was a volunteer at his local community center. He was named a public health champion by the El Paso County Health Department for the information he and others collected on predatory advertising by tobacco companies.

Orozco plans to attend college. He wants to serve his community, be a public speaker, writer and politician to help better the lives of as many people as he can.

“We win when we come together and cooperate,” he said. “If we value each other's differences and imagine each other’s complexities, this world would be a much better place. We must approach things with understanding and compassion in attempt to create friends, not enemies.”

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 275 units with 9,200 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

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