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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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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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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