The Home of the Brave and the Free

The Home of the Brave and the Free

By: Kim Saltmarsh – January, 2012 It’s dawn. You’re hungry and cold, dirty and tired. The faint light of a rising sun only reflects the exhaustion and determination on your face. All you have is the hope that boot camp taught you well because you are an American Marine. I always honored our American troops, […]

Valley Students Attend Pre-boot Camp Training

By: Tom Duggan – June, 2011 Local U.S. Marine recruiters in The Valley got their first look at the latest batch of recruits last month at Ft. Devans Army Base in Massachusetts. The new recruits, called “poolees” (recruits yet to attend basic training) were put through preliminary training to get them ready for the extensive […]

MA. and N.H. Educators Attend Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

By: Tom Duggan – December, 2010 Forty educators from various public schools in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire departed last month from Logan Airport under U.S. Marine escort and arrived at Beauford, South Carolina to attend Marine boot camp on Parris Island to observe and experience how the U.S. Government makes Marines. Two of the […]

Tomorrow’s Heroes: How We Make U.S. Marines

A series detailing How We Make U.S. Marines, and the Men and Women who said “SEND ME!”  MA. and N.H. Educators Attend Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island By: Tom Duggan, December, 2010 This is the first in a series covering marine boot camp at the at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Caroline, […]

Valley Patriot of the Month: Tech. Sgt. Donald G. Boulette

Hero In Our Midst: USAF, 439th Security Forces Squadron, Westover ARB   By: Kate Cotnoir – May, 2010 LOWELL – Technical Sergeant Boulette was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was raised in the town of Billerica, Massachusetts, where he attended Billerica Memorial High School, graduating in 1995. Boulette entered the Marine Corps on 12 June […]

Hero in Our Midst – Lieutenant Colonel Muriel Katschker, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Valley Patriot of the Month   By: Ted Tripp – January, 2007 NORTH ANDOVER – Muriel Katschker remembers well where she was on December 7, 1941. She was with her parents listening to the radio when the regular programming was interrupted by an announcer’s voice saying the Japanese had just attacked and bombed Pearl Harbor. […]