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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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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 mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, celebrity spokesperson
Monday, April 16, 2018
 

R. Lee Ermey motivates Young MarinesThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, 74, who died of complications of pneumonia on Sunday, April 15, 2018. For decades, Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his strong support to the youth program.

“We are deeply saddened by Lee Ermey’s death,” said Mike Kessler, former national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “We felt so fortunate that he fully supported the mission of the Young Marines. He was such a great role model for our youth members, and his presence heartened us all.”

Ermey was a frequent guest at the Young Marines’ adult leadership conference at which he motivated and inspired the adult volunteers of the program. Ermey helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to support the mission of the Young Marines as the emcee of the charity auction at the annual Young Marines Golf Tournament. In addition, Young Marines always enjoyed meeting Ermey at the GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation’s Annual Shoot and Gunny Challenge.

Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later, after serving 14 months in Vietnam and two tours in Okinawa, Japan, he was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps.

Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to enroll at the University of Manila in the Philippines where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming “Apocalypse Now” in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role.

He went on to star or appear in approximately 60 films. Ermey’s most famous role was Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. He won the Best Supporting Actor award for the same film from The Boston Society of Film Critics.

In addition, Ermey appeared in numerous character roles in such films as “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Se7en,” and “Dead Man Walking.”

“Gy Ermey was a true friend of the Young Marines and supported us in every way possible,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He was more than a spokesman; he cared about our youth. He always made time for the Young Marines and enjoyed being with them. He would always encourage them to be proud of themselves, stay healthy, get good grades, and be good representatives of our program. I can’t say enough about his service to our country, our veterans, and the Young Marines program. We send our heartfelt condolences to Lee’s family.”

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 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

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