America's first centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1876, was marked by much revelry and celebration.
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The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego CA is one of the show places of the Marine Corps. The facility is located adjacent to the San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field), and occupies approximately 400 acres. The Marine Corps Base at San Diego was originally established by Major General Joseph H. Pendleton in July of 1914. He recognized the strategic value of the harbor and surrounding areas as a place where Marines could be trained and deployed throughout the Pacific when needed.
On August 17 2010, Lance Corporal Jeffrey Cole found himself embarking upon another patrol. Although not an unusual event for a Marine, this particular patrol would end up having a profound impact on his life and the lives of his fellow Marines. At the time, LCpl Cole was serving in Marjah, which is located in the Helmand Province area of Afghanistan.
On May 18th, Sergeant Clifford Wooldridge was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The award was presented by Undersecretary of the Navy, Robert Work, during a ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms CA.