Young Marines Participate in 76th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
One hundred fifty youth members of the Young Marines traveled to Hawaii to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.
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Jeremy Jones Named Director of Operations for the Young Marines
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Young Marines hired Jeremy Jones as its new director of operations. Jones is responsible for assisting Bill Davis and all deputy directors with implementation, review and monitoring key planning documents.
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Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships by the American Veterans Center
Monday, October 9, 2017
Young Marines SSgt LaFrance Daniels III and Young Marines GySgt Shamila Forbes were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Miami Valley Young Marines Wins Fulcrum Shield From Department of Defense for Anti-Drug Education
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Department of Defense selected the Miami Valley Young Marines from Huber Heights, Ohio, as this year’s winner of the Fulcrum Shield. The award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at
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Young Marines travel to Arizona for Navajo Code Talkers Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
More than 120 Young Marines traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as communication specialists and developed an unbr
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YM SgtMaj Saucedo Selected as Honor Graduate at National Leadership Academy
Monday, July 24, 2017
YM SgtMaj Anna Saucedo was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Advanced Leadership School. She also received the Iron Molly award for the highest score on the physical fitness test, and won the Inspire Award which is a peer-voted award presented by
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Unrivaled Cheerleaders: Young Marines at the Warrior Games
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The most enthusiastic and loudest cheerleaders were registered adults and youth members of the Young Marines from the Chicago’s Own and Fox Valley units as they supported wounded Marine athletes.
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Young Marines’ Robert Borka Named Chief Operating Officer of the Marine Corps League
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Robert Borka, former director of operations of the Young Marines, is embarking on a new position as the chief operating officer of the Marine Corps League.
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Young Marines Announces Partnership with Scholastic Action Shooting Program
Monday, June 26, 2017
The Young Marines has formed a partnership with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program to help promote competitive pistol shooting within the organization.
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Marie Smith named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Marie Smith was named the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference. Smith is the Adjutant of the North San Diego Young Marines.
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Sheryl Murray Named to the Board of Directors of the Young Marines
Monday, May 22, 2017
The members of the board of directors of the Young Marines welcome a new board member - Sheryl Murray, who brings executive level leadership and management experience gained during her more than 40 years of service to Corps and country.
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Ribbon Cutting at New Headquarters of the Young Marines
Friday, May 19, 2017
Ribbon cutting and open house for the new headquarters of the Young Marines in Dumfries, VA. The ribbon was cut by William L. Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines; William P. Davis, national executive director and CEO of the
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East Valley Young Marines named 'National Unit of the Year'
Monday, May 15, 2017
East Valley Young Marines has been named Young Marines "National Unit of the Year". Teh unit also received the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Division Award from the DEA and the Fulcrum Shield Award from the United States Department of Defense.
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YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Young Marines announced the 2017 - ‘18 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Angel Luiz Orozco, of Colorado Springs. As National Young Marine of the Year, Orozco will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines and will b
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The DEA Presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to Six Young Marines Units
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Young Marines Relocates its Headquarters
Friday, March 10, 2017
The headquarters of the Young Marines moved to Dumfries, Virginia, on Friday, March 10. The new location is just minutes from Marine Corps Base Quantico and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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Young Marines Names Six Winners of Division Young Marine of the Year
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Young Marines has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the Division Young Marine of the Year. The winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima in March.
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Young Marines say 'Farewell' to Lt. General Larry Snowden
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Many Young Marines who have participated in the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima, are remembering Lt. General Lawrence Snowden, USMC (Retired). Gen Snowden, 95, died Saturday, February 18, in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships by the American Veterans Center
Monday, October 9, 2017

Young Marines SSgt LaFrance Daniels III, 17, of Palmdale, California, and Young Marines GySgt Shamila Forbes, 18, of West Palm Beach, Florida, were selected by the Young Marines, a national youth organization, to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.

The honors will be bestowed during American Valor: A Salute to our Heroes awards banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 hosted by the American Veterans Center in Washington D.C.

Besides a monetary prize, both scholarship winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima next spring for the Reunion of Honor which, in 2018, is the 73rd anniversary of the battles. They will join eight other youth members of the Young Marines as they escort WWII veterans to the island of Iwo Jima which is open just one day a year.

The award is presented annually to one male and one female Young Marine who exemplify the fine qualities of James "Jimmy" Trimble III. Trimble was a star athlete who passed up the opportunity to play professional baseball to first serve his country in the Marines. At age 19, he died on March 1, 1945, at Iwo Jima.

“Jimmy Trimble gave up professional baseball and many other offers to serve his country,” said Bill Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “We are grateful to the American Veterans Center for keeping his spirit alive and for allowing the Young Marines to play a key role in that effort.”

YM SSgt LaFrance Daniels III

DanielsA resident of Palmdale, California, Daniels is a member of the Quartz Hill Young Marines unit located in Lancaster, California; unit commander is Christopher Chinchilla.

He joined the Young Marines in 6th grade at age 11.

“Apart from all the lessons and Drug Demand Reduction sessions I have been through,” he said, “this program has given me an important trait that all successful people have, and that’s confidence. The best part, however, is meeting great people and the friendships that you make along your Young Marines career.”

Daniels is a senior at William J. “Pete” Knight High School in Palmdale, California. He is an AP scholar and has participated in his high school’s football, wrestling and volleyball teams.

He was selected as his unit’s Young Marine of the Year, and he has earned 27 ribbons in total. He earned the Commendation of Merit for being an outstanding Assistant Recruit Instructor, a Community Service ribbon with four bronze stars and a unit staff ribbon for being a Company XO at a divisional encampment. In addition, he has attended multiple battalion, regimental and divisional encampments, National Junior Leadership School, Navajo Code Talkers Day in 2017 and unit birthday balls.

He plans to graduate from a four-year college, then join the Marine Corps and become an officer. He feels it is his responsibility as a citizen to serve his country.

He is the son of Hortencia Laura Daniels and LaFrance Daniels, Jr. He has two siblings who are both Young Marines.

YM GySgt Shamila Forbes

ForbesYoung Marines Gunnery Sergeant Shamila Forbes belongs to the PFC Bruce W. Carter MOH Young Marines unit based in Miami Dade, Florida, under the command of Fred Brooks. Forbes joined the Young Marines in 2010 when she was 10 years old.

"Being selected for the Jimmy Trimble Scholarship has to be one of the most humbling opportunities with which I’ve been blessed,” she said.

Forbes is a graduate of the Young Marines’ Junior, Senior and Advanced Leadership Schools. She was named one of the Top Ten at the 2015 Advanced Leadership School. She is Drug Enforcement Administration certified as well as Project Alert certified.

She traveled to Arizona to join the Navajo Code Talkers in 2012 and again in 2017, and in 2016, she took part in ceremonies at Pearl Harbor. During summers, she enjoyed the Wild West Experience and the Great American History Adventure, both offered by the Young Marines. She attended the 2015 and 2016 National Symposium.

“The best part of being a Young Marine is having the opportunity to inspire, motivate and lead,” she said. “It’s an honor to develop teamwork, leadership and discipline in others while creating a bond among peers I’ve met and grown up with in the organization.”

Forbes is a senior at Palm Beach Gardens High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, she is a full-time dual enrollment student at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. She is president of the Class Council, and she belongs to NJROTC where she is a commander of two competitive drill teams in Area Seven and state (Unarmed Exhibition and Basic drill teams).

She will attend Arizona State University, and she plans to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

She is the daughter of Savatrie and Sal Forbes and has three siblings one of whom is also a Young Marine. Another sibling is a former Young Marine now serving in the U.S. Navy.

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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