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Beaufort’s Hazen Culley, 77, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962 in Daytona Beach, Fla. After Boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., and training as a Hospital Corpsman, he was assigned to the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va. He later was reassigned to serve with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, where he joined the Marine Corps… Keep Reading

Hearing problems most prevalent military service-connected disability

This is the first in a series of three articles on Veterans’ Administration hearing care and military service-connected disability for hearing problems. This column will answer, among other things, 23 questions about the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System’s audiology services. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs Hearing Services website at, hearing… Keep Reading

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USMC releases identity of recruit found dead at Parris Island

By Mike McCombs The U.S. Marine recruit found dead Tuesday morning at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island has been identified as 21-year-old Pvt. Anthony Munoz of Lawrence, Mass. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Pvt. Anthony Munoz,” MCRD Parris Island spokesperson Capt. Philip Kulczewski said Thursday afternoon in a release. “Our Marines… Keep Reading


Recruit found dead Tuesday at Parris Island

 By Mike McCombs  A U.S. Marine recruit was found dead Tuesday morning at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.  According to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott, a recruit from 3rd Recruit Training Battalion was “found deceased at about 7:30 a.m., apparently from a fall from the balcony.” He said that is all the information that… Keep Reading



Beaufort’s Rick Buning, 72, enlisted in the United States Marines in Orlando in 1967. After Boot Camp at Parris Island and Infantry training, he became a tank repairman. He served with the 1st Tank Battalion in Da Nang, where he was injured. After recuperating in Jacksonville, he returned for an extended second tour in Da… Keep Reading


Never give up

8 Years Earning the Title of US Marine Above: After being medically discharged from recruit training for asthma in 2013, Pfc. Austin Hershberger showed remarkable resilience and grit in achieving his dream of becoming a United States Marine. Eight years later, Hershberger graduated with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, on Aug. 13, 2021. Photo… Keep Reading

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