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Remembering a Marine

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Hollywood Museum

1355 N. Caheunga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 4p

Harbor Museum

638 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 3p

Off-hour tours available
by special request.

Remembering a Marine

Why We Remember... Memories of Northridge
Being a member of the United States Marines is considered a special opportunity. Not only do Marines pave the way strategically, but they are about more than combat. As with all service branches, the Marines are about service.

Marine Captain Matthew P. Manoukian was raised in a family committed to service. His uncle, William Bamattre, was the Fire Chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department for 11 years. His commitment to service saw him deployed on multiple occasions to Iraq and then Afghanistan. As his uncle said, he was there to "provide confidence to locals who were being intimidated by various factions..." A black belt, with two Purple Hearts, two Navy-Marine Corps Commandation Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons, Manoukian thought law would be a good post-military career.

On August 10, while working to train others, Manoukian and two other Marines were killed by a renegade Afghan police officer. He was 29 years old.

There are many Manoukian's out there. They are sons, daughters, nephews, nieces. They are fathers, uncles, aunts, and just "good friends." They serve their country without political party. They serve to protect the United States - and we owe them our thanks and our hearts. They keep us safe, and for that, they give their lives.


"The man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in a jungle or a mountain range, and who will suffer and die; in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America. He is the stuff of which legends are made. His pride is his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionnaire, he held the gates of civilization for the classical he is called United States Marine."
LT COL FEHRENBACH, USA, in "This Kind of War"


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November 20th, 2012 // By Ugg Boots

Thanks, LAFD for recognizing our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Our military goes to work where the rest of us fear to go.

Marines, the oldest military organization in the U.S. with a proud tradition of preserving freedom.

January 2nd, 2014 // By Bill Hoeft

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