Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Young Marines announced the 2019 - 2020 National Young Marine of the Year – YM/SgtMaj Megan Lynch, of Fountain Valley, California.
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North San Diego Young Marines named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’
Monday, May 20, 2019
North San Diego Young Marines in Vista, California named ‘2019 National Unit of the Year’. The announcement was made May 18, at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
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DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reducti
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Young Marines board member William J. Walker honored as ‘Man of the Year'
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Major General William J. Walker, a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines, was honored as “Leo High School Alumni Association’s Man of the Year” for 2019.
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Young Marines Announces $2.2M in Scholarships at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security for Young Marines Alumni
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Any young adult who was in the Young Marines or a veteran volunteer who has a bachelor’s degree can apply for one of the 40 full-time scholarships being offered from the DMGS.
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Young Marines Proudly Join America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program
Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Young Marines is a member of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.” The winners will vie for the title of “National Young Marine of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference in May.
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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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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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