He fights for the liberation of Saipan


CAMP HANSEN, Japan – On June 15, 1944, during World War II, the United States Marines, supported by the Army, landed on the beaches of Saipan. The Allied forces spent more than three weeks liberating the island from the Japanese.

More than 70 years later, the significance of that battle and the men who fought there continues to inspire a new generation who fill our ranks today.

Lance Cpl. Vincent T. Mareham was born and raised in a small village named Chalan Kanoa on the island of Saipan. His family of six lived just 100 yards off the coast in a three-bedroom house, making for a cramped living space.

From the start, life for his family was difficult, working hard for everything they had. Like a lot of the population in Saipan, Mareham fished for many of his meals. Continue reading

You didn’t build that – Midway Atoll edition

Well there must be a presidential election on this summer, because the media has been sensationalizing something other than shark attacks and missing white women.

Political Washington has spun itself dizzy in the last few weeks over some clumsy remarks that President Obama made in July on the role that government plays in supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.

In a campaign event in Virginia, Obama remarked that government and the American people “helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed [small busineses] to thrive.” Pointing to the existence of roads, bridges, and even the Internet, Obama proclaimed that “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Republicans have seized on the remarks by launching the “you didn’t build that” campaign meme, along with adds featuring American business icons like Henry Ford and Steve Jobs. Continue reading