Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarship
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award.
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Young Marines units from across the nation traveled to Hawaii for 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
One hundred forty one youth members of the Young Marines from nine states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
The national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The film will air on PBS in KY on Veteran’s Day.
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Young Marines Alumni Association is Launched
Monday, October 27, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization now has an Alumni Association for its more than 60,000 former members. Former YM SgtMajor Edgar Huff, who was the 2004 National Young Marine of the Year, has been named executive director of the new association.
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Young Marines Wins its 6th Dept. of Defense Award for Anti-Drug Education
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization’s Drug Demand Reduction Program is the winner of the 2014 Annual Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Education.
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GLOCK donates $50,000 to the Young Marines at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Young Marines received a $50,000 donation from GLOCK on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo.
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American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Recipients Share Success of Grant
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Joe Lusignan, Deputy Director, West Coast Operations of the Young Marines, discusses "Closing the gate on Drugs" Drug Demand Reduction kits with American Legion family members during the eighth annual Children & Youth Conference in Indianapolis.
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223 Young Marines meet World War II Navajo Code Talkers
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Two hundred twenty three members of the Young Marines including registered adult leaders traveled to Window Rock, AZ, to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day which was Thursday, Aug. 14. Seventeen veteran Navajo Code Talkers attended.
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Scott Riley of the Columbus Young Marines named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization has named Scott Riley the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C. Riley is the Unit Commander of Columbus Young Marines from Division 5 located in Colu
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Young Marines announces ‘National Unit of the Year’ - Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit from Knoxville, TN
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization announced the “National Unit of the Year” – Division Three’s Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit in Knoxville, TN, under the command of Virgil L. Young, Jr.
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National Executive Director and CEO Mike Kessler announces future retirement from the Young Marines
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Mike Kessler, National Executive Director and CEO of the Young Marines, announces his retirement which will take place in late 2015.
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The Young Marines unveil a new and expanded Drug Demand Reduction Program: ‘Closing the Gate on Drugs’
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization took its drug demand reduction efforts to the next level by launching a new program titled, “Closing the Gate on Drugs.” The program focuses on the drugs that our youth are exposed to early and most often - the ga
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The DEA and Young Marines present Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to six units
Monday, June 16, 2014
The DEA and Young Marines announce Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award winners. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Blake DeWeese named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Young Marines youth organization announced the 2014 - 2015 “National Young Marine of the Year” – YM SgtMaj Blake W. DeWeese, 18, of Beaverton, OR. As National Young Marine of the Year, DeWeese will travel throughout the country representing the Y
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Young Marines grateful for a grant from American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has provided a $90,000 grant to the Young Marines youth organization for the purpose of creating printed materials to use in its campaigns to reduce the demand for drugs through education.
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The Young Marines News Network wins second Telly Award
Monday, April 28, 2014
The 35th annual Telly Awards have been announced, and a Nov., 2013, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network won a 2014 bronze Telly in the online video category.
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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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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarship
Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award which was presented 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 was a star athlete who passed up the opportunity to play professional baseball to first serve his country in the Marines. He died on March 1, 1945, at Iwo Jima at the age of 19.

Both scholarship winners are invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima next spring for the Reunion of Honor which, in 2015, is the 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima. They will join the six division winners who will have been named “Young Marines of the Year;” the national Young Marine of the Year - YMSgtMaj Blake DeWeese, 18, of Beaverton, OR; and Mike Kessler, national executive director 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."

YM SgtMaj Alex Loria

Alex LoriaYoung Marine Sergeant Major Alex Loria belongs to the Col. Wesley Fox unit based in Sterling, VA, under the command of Terri Loria.

“It is a huge honor to be selected,” Loria said. “I learned about Jimmy Trimble after hearing of this scholarship, and his story is a truly inspiring one. I admire someone who would put their dreams on hold in order to serve a greater cause. That is the character of a truly selfless person.” 

Loria joined the Young Marines in 2007 when he was nine years old and in the 4th grade.

“There are a lot of things that I love about the Young Marines,” he said. “I love meeting and talking with veterans, helping the community in which I live, making new friends across the country, and going to unique places with unique opportunities. I have also learned skills that I will be able to use the rest of my life.”

Loria feels he’s gained maturity while in the Young Marines and that it’s taught him discipline and integrity. In addition, his confidence has grown. He has learned to be flexible and tolerant, because he’s experienced interactions with many different types of people and even different cultures. 

He attends Chantilly High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society. He is planning on attending college and pursuing a Master’s Degree immediately following college graduation. Loria wants to be an Aeronautical Engineer and work on both planes and spacecraft and perhaps one day become an astronaut.

YM GySgt Brittany Hannah

Brittany HannahYoung Marines Gunnery Sergeant Brittany Hannah belongs to the PFC Bruce W. Carter unit based in Miami, FL, under the command of Kenneth Ottley.

“It's a neat experience that I feel blessed to be a part of,” Hannah said. “I really enjoy getting to share all of the great experiences with those who don't know how much the Young Marines can offer, and I utilize this opportunity as a way to encourage others to become part of something great.”

Hannah joined the Young Marines in 7th grade at the age of 13. She values the friendships she’s made in the program.

“I have close friends all over the country,” she said, “and that's not something many others my age are able to say.”

The Young Marines program has given Hannah a greater appreciation of the nation’s veterans and the importance of giving back to her community. It has also allowed her to network with young leaders across the country who share the same positive lifestyle.

She attends Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami where she is a member of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Social Studies Honor Society. Hannah is in the process of applying to colleges. She hopes to work in the field of psychology assisting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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 over 300 units with 11,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

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