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On a beautiful June morning, 2012, the first element of Marines and Sailors of 1/1 (1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division) assembled on the Battalion parade deck for their 7th deployment since Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

It is difficult to describe the mood and emotions of a deployment day, but perhaps these images will convey, better than words, what yet another long separation means to families, friends, and the Marines and Sailors of 1/1.  

On the positive side, members of the battalion are optimistic and ready, for they are well trained and prepared, parents and wives accept the necessary parting with grace and courage, and the young children, likely without knowing why, appear to understand that this is no ordinary day.  

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Date(s): JUNE 2012. Album by BB Yarborough. Photos by ©2012 B.B. Yarborough. 1 - 76 of 76 Total. 0 Visits.
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