Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NC: Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit

Marines deactivate decorated 'Walking Dead' unit 
In this July 3, 1968 file photo, Marines of the first battalion, ninth marines ride on a lightweight tank-like vehicle carrying four 106mm recoilless rifles near Khe Sanh in Vietnam. 

 Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

Now the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, which also saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been deactivated during a ceremony Friday at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The step comes as top U.S. military and political leaders are moving to trim the size of America's military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  1. that is an onthos named for I think a greek god of some sort and it had a spotter rifle .50 cal that had a white phosphorus core in the nose of the bullet covered over and sealed by a shellack like substants they would fire the spotter rifle which had the same ballistics of the 106mm round and once they were on target they would shot the main round.a private at cam lo just down the river from k san removed the seal got some of the wp on the palm of his had which it then started to burn thru his hand smelled like a bbq. he had to put his hand in a helmet full of water and was medevac out of there and we never saw him again. your friend truckwilkins

    1. The 106 is my favorite, but why in the world did he do that?