Heroes down: Military training exercise leaves 1 Marine dead, 2 injured – 8 still missing


Camp Pendleton, California – A military training exercise taking place near San Clemente Island on July 30th has resulted in at least one Marine dead, two injured and eight other service members being listed as missing. The exercise in question was said to have involved an amphibious assault vehicle that began taking in water.

Search and rescue crews are working diligently to locate the missing service members, and the amphibious assault vehicle that sunk off the coast of Southern California is said to be below hundreds of feet of water at this point.

Military officials noted that because of how deep the vehicle has sunk, making it beyond the reach of divers, this has served as a complication in the search efforts for the missing personnel.

Marine Corps commandant, General David Berger, stated that until the root cause of the vehicle’s sinking is determined, all water-based operations involving a fleet of over 800 amphibious assault vehicles are suspended.

There was a total of 16 service members aboard the vessel at the time at the time when the vehicle began taking in water on the evening of July 30th. The members aboard consisted of 15 Marines and one Navy corpsman. When the vehicle began sinking, the crew was roughly half-a-mile away from the shore.

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While nearby vessels were able to respond, there wasn’t anything that they could do to stop the 26-ton vehicle from sinking. Of those on board the vehicle, 8 were rescued – with one Marine later dying in the hospital. The two cited as injured are currently stable.

As of this time, the service members have not been identified by name, but were said to be attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The commanding officer with the unit, Colonel Christopher Bronzi, stated the following about the tragedy:

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. I ask that you keep our Marines, Sailors, and their families in your prayers as we continue our search.”

Regarding the amphibious assault vehicle utilized in the training exercise, officials stated that it was designed to hold up to 24 people along with up to 280 pounds of equipment.

Lieutenant General Joseph Osterman, who serves as the commanding general of the Marine Expeditionary Force, stated that the present water-tight hatches featured on the vehicle was designed to maintain buoyancy.

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Elsewhere in California, police in Los Angeles are looking for public assistance to find the suspect or suspects, who vandalized a memorial display outside the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown.

The damage occurred in the early evening hours on Saturday, July 25th, according to media relations officer Norma Eisenman.

Fox LA reported that a group of rioters (we refuse to call them “protesters”) entered the police department property, and defaced the wall and an adjacent display case with red paint. Surveillance video captured images of the vandals, adorned in their official Antifa black thug-wear, with the standard yuppie soy-boy backpack.

"Peaceful protesters" vandalize memorial honoring police officers killed in the line of duty
LAPD Memorial Display LAPD Photo

Police have said that the two suspects are a man, and a woman. The man is said to be 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. The female was described as being about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds.

"Peaceful protesters" vandalize memorial honoring police officers killed in the line of duty
LAPD Memorial Suspect LAPD Photo

statement from the LAPD read:

“The officers memorialized in these cases made the ultimate sacrifice for their city. Now we need your help finding those responsible for defacing our tribute to their sacrifice.”

"Peaceful protesters" vandalize memorial honoring police officers killed in the line of duty
LAPD Memorial Suspect LAPD Photo

In addition to the suspect, the department also released images of the damage.

On July 25th, two separate demonstrations (riots) took place in front of Los Angeles City Hall, one which was organized by a group called “Refuse Fascism” (talk about a contradiction in terms), and was yet another demonstration against President Trump, and the other by the “Youth Liberation Front”, another far-left radical Marxist organization.

The latter was part of a daylong call to action in over 30 cities, showing support of the Portland anarchists, who have rioted for 60 straight nights. They claim they are rioting against “police brutality and systemic racism,” but really it’s because they like to break windows, burn buildings, and assault police officers.

In early July, President Trump directed federal police to that city to protect the federal courthouse, which has been the target of repeated attacks by the Marxist mob.

Police authorities in Los Angeles told Fox LA, that rioters smashed windows and spray-painted slogans at the Metropolitan Detention Center, while also hurling objects at officers during a confrontation at the federal courthouse.

The Los Angeles Daily News said that the LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert, with all police personnel remaining on duty past the end of their shifts, due to the mayhem.

After the mob left LA City Hall at around 5:30 p.m., they marched to the LAPD headquarters, where they shouted at two front desk officers on duty, while the “artist” spray-painted red Xs on the memorial display cases.

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