Naked photo sharing on Marine group ongoing for months


A Facebook group made up of tens of thousands of Marines, Navy Corpsmen and British Royal Marines has been sharing illicit photos of women for at least several months prior to the Department of Defense investigation into the group's activities.

Marine veteran Thomas Brennan first reported the group's activities, which included the sharing of illicit photos of active-duty female Marines, to the Marine Corps in late January, then reported on the investigation on his military news website The War Horse. The group, Marines United, is a private group made up of tens of thousands of members, and hosted hundreds of images of naked service members and veterans.

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The Marine Corps band called 'The Presidents Own' was created in 1798. Here they are in 1893.

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The Marines pose for a photo in Egypt in 1907.

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Marines pose with a German trench mortar in 1918.

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Marines duing WWI circa 1918. 

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Marines run a drill during combat training in Germany, 1918. 

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Grumman FF-2, circa 1930

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Pearl Harbor survivor Technical Sergeant Anglin on December 8th 1941.

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Marines patiently wait to be called for 'chow time' 1943.

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Marines admire a photo of a pin-up girl in 1943 while in Japan. 

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James Wrobel, Designer of VMF-312 Insignia, circa 1943

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Marines arrive on the Japanese island Saipan. 1944 WWII

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Marines stationed in Bougainville.

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Marines wait for letters from home to be distributed. 

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Pictured here : 'Code Talkers'  1943 were a group a Native American Marines would used their native language to relay coded messages. 

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 Marines fire a 155mm Howitzer Iwo Jima.

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A Navy Corpsman administers blood plasma to a Marine. 1944

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Marines are surrounded by bullet shells at  the base of Mount Suribachi.

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Marines raise the American flag in Iwo Jima. 1945

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Marines celebrate the end of WWII. 1945

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Korean War 1950. 

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Female Marines began training in Parris Island, South Carolina, 1949.

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Marines line up to receive items from home. Usually soda, candy and cigarettes. 

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A welcome banner can be seen here in Vietnam welcoming the Marines in Danang in 1965. 

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A Marine rests while he can in Vietnam. 1968. 

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Marines carry supplies from a cargo plane to a nearby base. 1969.

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Marines register to vote for the 1969 presidential election.

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David Gurfein sits next to a Christmas tree in Saudi Arabia while serving during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

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Marines prepare to enter Saddam Husseins palace in 2003.

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Marines can be seen fighting in Fallujah in 2004.

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'Darkhorse' Marines lost the most men in Afghanistan over any other Marine unit. They can be seen here in 2010.

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Cpl. Chris Lawler observes a  F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 approach during Exercise Pitch Black 2016 on Aug. 9, 2016.

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Around 20,000 recruits are trained in Parris Island every year. 

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Marines take their oath at the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2012 graduation.

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While the group was initially reported to authorities in late January, one member of Marines United brought the group's photo-sharing problem to light on Reddit back in September 2016. The temporary account, MarinesUnitedthraway, claimed to have reported the group to Facebook, as "the vast majority of the posted items were pictures of girls posts without permission, revenge porn, creepy stalker-like photos taken of girls in public, talk about rape, racist comments and just straight bullshit." Vocativ has reached out to the user and is awaiting a response.

Several of the responses to the post, published on the USMC subreddit, defended the activity on Marines United. One user told the OP to "get thicker skin." Another suggested the user to simply turn a blind eye: "You obviously don't agree with what's being shared on the page so just ignore it." Another bragged about the group's activities, saying "We exist in numerous forms of social media. We're not stupid, we know exactly what it is we're doing...Everyone of us in MU earned our title of Marine like our brothers before us." One claimed to be an administrator of the group and argued: "You obviously don't see all the good that comes from MU as well. Even as an admin on the page, that you didn't get shut down, there is shit I don't agree with. The difference is, I'm a fucking man and just keep rolling on."

Hundreds of Marines are now under investigation for their part in sharing nude photos of their colleagues.

The post Naked Photo Sharing On Marine Group Ongoing For Months appeared first on Vocativ.


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