PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
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 Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 

Young Marines Master Sergeant Nathan James Baker and Young Marines Master Gunnery Sergeant Mary Ann Wessell Young Marines MGySgt Mary Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and Young Marines MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award which was presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by 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. With Trimble that terrible night was Don Mates, a close friend who is committed to ensuring Trimble’s legacy. At the Nov. 9th event, Mates presented the scholarships to Wessell and Baker.

Both scholarship winners are invited to travel to Guam and Iwo Jima March 14 – 21, 2014, for the Reunion of Honor which, in 2014, is the 69th 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 - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, KY; and Mike Kessler, national executive 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."

YM MGySgt Mary Wessell

Young Marines Master Gunnery Sergeant Mary Ann Wessell belongs to the Ashtabula County Young Marines in Jefferson, OH. Wessell lives in Geneva, OH, with her parents Kenny and Judy Wessell and her two brothers, one of whom is a Private First Class in the Ohio Military Reserves. She attends Geneva High School.

She joined the Young Marines in 2008 when she was 12-years-old and in the 7th grade.

“Joining the Young Marine program was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said. “Because of the Young Marines, I have become the citizen, leader and young woman who I am today. I would not trade the past five years in the Young Marines for anything.”

YM MSgt Nathan James Baker

Young Marines Master Sergeant Nathan James Baker belongs to the General Raymond G. Davis Young Marines unit of Metro Atlanta in Canton, GA, under the command of Mark Bennett. He attends Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. Baker is the son of Mary Ann and Steve Baker.

Baker joined the Young Marines in 7th grade when he was 12 years old. He says he had little confidence at the time.

“The skills that I have learned from the Young Marine program, particularly in leadership and management, are skills I will carry in whatever I do in my life,” he said. “I think the best part of being a Young Marine is to look back and see how you have grown as an individual and a leader.”

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 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers 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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