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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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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Jimmie Trimble Scholarships Winners
Monday, November 14, 2016

Jimmie Trimble Scholarships  by the American Veterans CenterYoung Marines SSgt Cassandra Roaché, 17, of Troy, Ohio, and Young Marines MSgt Dev R. Patel, 17, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, were selected by the Young Marines, a national youth organization, to receive Jimmie Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center. The honors were bestowed at a banquet on Saturday, November 5, at 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 2017, is the 72nd anniversary of the battles. They will join eight other youth members of the Young Marines as they escort WWII veterans back 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 "Jimmie" 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.

"Jimmie Trimble epitomized the fighting spirit of that generation of Americans,” said Bill Davis, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “He gave up a life of professional baseball because he was called upon to serve his country. 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.”

StaffSgt Cassandra Roaché

A resident of Troy, Ohio, Roaché is a member of the Miami Valley Young Marines unit located in Huber Heights, Ohio; unit commander is Keagan Miller

Roaché joined the Young Marines in 7th grade at age 13. 

“The Young Marines has helped me develop discipline, professionalism and the qualities of a good leader," she said. "I have made friends that I otherwise could not have met. The Young Marines is a well of opportunity from which I have pulled many pails of water."

Roaché is a senior at Troy High School in Troy, Ohio. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Principal's List all four years of high school. She is involved in many musical activities such as marching band, pep band, wind ensemble, musical pit orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In addition, she has received the Scholar Athlete Award for cross country, swimming and track and field.

She plans to major in music performance with the bassoon as her primary instrument. She will apply to Bowling Green State University or Wright State University, both in Ohio.

Her dream is to audition for the President's Own Marine Band following her post graduate studies.

YM MSgt Dev R. Patel

Young Marines Master Sergeant Dev R. Patel belongs to the Lance Corporal Caleb Powers Young Marines unit based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, under the command of Stan Kennedy.

"This scholarship is the culmination of all my efforts in the past six years," Patel said. "I'm very happy to embark on this final endeavor."

Patel joined the Young Marines in 6th grade at age 11. He most values the friendships he’s made in the program.

“The Young Marines has given me some of my best friends," Patel said. "I have traveled the country with these comrades and attended leadership school with them. These experiences are one of a kind, and only the Young Marines can create these emotional bonds."

Patel is a senior at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He received the Award for High Honors from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, the Academic Excellence Award (several times) in the Commonwealth Governor's School, and the regional top score in the National Latin Exam. In addition he is a first degree Black Belt in Martial Arts.

He plans to pursue a medical career in the military.

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 281 units with 9,600 youth and 2,400 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

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