Honorary Young Marine Zach Veach, teen race car driver, wins Indy Lights
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization salutes teen race car driver Zach Veach, 19, on his first place win in the season opener of the Indy Lights race held Sunday, March 30, in St. Petersburg, FL. He won by leading every lap of the race.
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Ten Young Marines Return From a Very Special ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 
Young Marines traveled to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor.” Each year, American and Japanese veterans and their families come together for remembrances of their fallen brothers and to recall the fierce battles.
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Twenty Young Marines to participate in United Nations Conference
Thursday, March 06, 2014
 
Twenty youth members of the Young Marines youth organization are traveling from across the country to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations.
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Young Marines names six Division Young Marines of the Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners in its most prestigious award - the “Division Young Marines of the Year.”
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ABC Features the Young Marines Performing a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Pearl Harbor
Sunday, December 08, 2013
 
Friday, Dec. 6, youth members of the Young Marines performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI, in memory of the brave men and women who are interred there.
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Young Marines From Across the Nation Travel to Hawaii for 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Monday, December 02, 2013
 
Youth members of the Young Marines will travel to Hawaii to participate in the 72nd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. The Young Marines will lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu and perform a wreath laying ceremony at the Natio
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Gary Weisbaum named Chief Marketing Officer of the Young Marines youth organization
Monday, November 18, 2013
 
Gary Weisbaum accepted a position as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Young Marines. Weisbaum will coordinate the Young Marines brand and marketing programs across the United States.
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
YM MGySgt Mary Ann Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and YM MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Awards which were presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by the American Vet
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For the Young Marines, Veterans’ Appreciation Week is all year long
Friday, November 01, 2013
 
Members of the Young Marines celebrate America’s veterans all year long, reaching more than 30,000 men and women who have served in the armed forces. The members of the Young Marines will participate in Veterans’ Appreciation Week - Nov. 4 - 11, 2013
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Young Marines participate in Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 23 – 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
 
Young Marines units from all over the country are participating in projects to support Red Ribbon Week – Oct. 23 – 31, 2013, which is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
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Young Marines Symposium: A hatching ground for good ideas
Thursday, October 10, 2013
 
Advanced or senior members of the Young Marines will be traveling to Arlington, VA, for the annual national Young Marines Symposium held Thursday to Monday, Oct. 10–14, 2013.
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‘Semper Fidelis’ among tween and teen sisters
Thursday, October 03, 2013
 
Some sisters share doll collections. Some share a passion for ballet. The four Base sisters from Seal Beach, CA, can holler, "Oorah," and mean it. The sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 15 have found a steel-strong bond within the Young Marines.
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Young Marines Meet Living History During Navajo Code Talkers Day
Thursday, August 22, 2013
 
More than 100 members of the Young Marines traveled to AZ to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day. The Young Marines not only met code talkers, they participated for three days acting as escorts for the WWII veterans.
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National ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ leads the only Young Marines unit for kids with special needs
Thursday, July 18, 2013
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named its national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” –Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) of the Central Maryland Young Marines.
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Orlando Devil Dogs named Young Marines national ‘Unit of the Year’
Friday, June 07, 2013
 
The Young Marines named the Orlando Devil Dogs the national “Unit of the Year.” In addition, the Orlando Devil Dogs was named one of six unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for their drug demand reduction education efforts.
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The DEA and Young Marines present six Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and The Young Marines youth organization announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Awards. The awards honor six Young Marines units for their drug demand reduction efforts throug
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The Young Marines sponsor teen race car driver Zach Veach at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
The Young Marines have sponsored 18-year-old Zach Veach’s race program for the past three years and they have partnered together to encourage youth to serve as leaders and remain drug-free.
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Dakota Richter of Crestview, KY, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
The Young Marines youth organization named a new “National Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. As National Young Marine of the Year, Richter will be a mentor for the 10,000 youth members in the Young M
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The Young Marines wins its fourth Telly Award
Thursday, May 09, 2013
 
The Young Marines win a 2013 bronze Telly Award in the online video category for the June, 2012, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network. This is the fourth Telly Award the Young Marines have won.
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William J. Walker named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
 
William J. Walker, deputy assistant administrator and special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice has been named to the board of directors of the Young Marines.
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Young Marines names two recipients of the Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award
Friday, February 01, 2013
 

Young Marines MGySgt Storme DiGiovanni of Kailua, Hawaii, and Young Marines GySgt Gianni Mattucci of Baltimore, MD, are the winners of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award which was presented at a black tie event hosted by the Young Marines organization at the American Veterans Center in Washington D.C.

The award is presented annually to one male and one female Young Marine who exemplify the fine qualities of James "Jimmie" Trimble III. Trimble died on March 1, 1945, at Iwo Jima at the age of 19.

Both scholarship winners will travel to Guam and Iwo Jima on March 7, 2013, for the annual Reunion of Honor trip. They will join the six division winners who have been named “Young Marines of the Year;” the national Young Marine of the Year SgtMajor

McCall Beringer; and Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines.

"Jimmie Trimble epitomized the fighting spirit of that generation of Americans,” Kessler said. “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. Our two recipients reflect the kind of spirit that Jimmie personified, and we are excited to be able to take them to Guam where Jimmie Trimble left such an impact."

Scholarship winner YM SgtMaj Storme DiGiovanni

YM SgtMaj Storme DiGiovanni, 18, joined the Young Marines in 2006 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. She graduated from boot camp and was promoted meritoriously to the rank of YM PFC.

Within the first two years of being in the program, she picked up rank very quickly. When she moved from Okinawa in 2008 she had already reached the rank of YM SSgt.

She then moved to Maryland and joined the Upper Marlboro Young Marine unit. She attended Senior Leadership School in October of 2008 at Cherry Point Marine Corps base in North Carolina.

In the summer of 2012, DiGiovanni moved to Hawaii and opened up a unit, the Pyramid Rock Young Marines on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. In October of 2012, she attended the Veterans Conference in Washington DC.

Last December, during Pyramid Rock Young Marines first recruit graduation, she was awarded the Distinguished Order of Merit which is the highest award in the Young Marines program.

DiGiovanni is currently a senior at Kalaheo High School and will graduate in May 2013. She is hoping to attend the University of Hawaii next fall.

Scholarship winner YM GySgt Gianni Mattucci

YM GySgt Gianni Mattucci joined the Young Marines as an eighth grader in March, 2009. That June, he was named the honor graduate of his recruit class. During the four years he’s been a Young Marine, he has attended Junior, Senior and Advanced Leadership Schools, and also he’s achieved over 30 ribbons and awards.

In August of 2012, Mattucci traveled to Arizona to take part in Navajo Code Talker Day, at which he presented the president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association with a folded American flag in recognition of dedicated service.

Last October, he attended the 2012 National Leadership Symposium to meet with the top 14 Young Marines in the nation to brainstorm ideas to improve the program.

Today, Mattucci is an honor student at Calvert Hall High School where he maintains a 3.9 grade point average. He is a member of the German Honor Society, and he received a varsity letter in academics as well as a JV letter for the yearbook committee and theatre tech crew.

Remembering Jimmie Trimble

Jimmie Trimble was a star athlete. He played football, captained the basketball team and stunned crowds with his pitching. He caught the attention of Senators' owner Clark Griffith who invited him to a tryout during his senior year of high school. Griffith gave him a $5,000 signing bonus and agreed to pay for a four-year scholarship at Duke University.

But rather than playing professional baseball, Trimble wanted to first serve his country. A private with the Third Marine Division, he was sent to Guam following the liberation of that country.

When the campaign for Iwo Jima was announced, he wanted to get in on the action. He volunteered for a dangerous mission and was killed by a suicide bomber who jumped into his foxhole.

Two months after his death, Baza Garden Baseball Field, Third Marine Division's home ground on Guam was renamed Trimble Field.

"Private Trimble was an outstanding member of the Third Marine Division All-Star baseball team," Major General Graves Erskine, division commander, said at the time. "His name will not be forgotten and his brave spirit will continue to inspire us in the tough battles that lie ahead."

Sixty years after his death, on March 12, 2005, a crowd of 1,000 people gathered at a new baseball field on Guam to see it named Trimble Baseball Field.

"As part of the Yona, Guam, community," said President Bush in remarks read at the dedication, "this baseball field will serve as a lasting tribute to Private Trimble, a talented baseball player and outstanding Marine whose exemplary service in combat reflected how he lived his life with character and courage."

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 ofboys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adultvolunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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

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