NBC News LA: Former Marine to Give Back With Cross-Country Bike Trip

December 30, 2011

By Gordon Tokumatsu and Olga Spilewsky | NBC News Los Angeles | NBCLosAngeles.com | December 30, 2011

Rick Hermelin is a marathon runner and a former U.S. Marine. The 70-year-old plans to give back to his fellow servicemen and women by trekking coast-to-coast on his very unique bicycle.

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LA Daily News: At age 70, Rick Hermelin will cross country for injured Marines

December 29, 2011

By Susan Abraham | Los Angeles Daily News | Dailynews.com | December 29, 2011

Rick Hermelin will start his cross-country ride at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina on March 23, the day he first reported for basic training in 1959.

Rick Hermelin served his country as a Marine, worked in the Southern California aerospace industry as an engineer, became a massage therapist, and has run in 100 marathons.

But Hermelin, who is 70, slender and tan, says he is still seeking that journey of a lifetime.

"The idea of doing coast-to-coast is something I wanted to do for many years," Hermelin said Thursday morning at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area.

"I feel good. Nothing hurts, so why not?"

Since July, the Westlake Village resident has been preparing for a 100-day road trip from South Carolina to California, pedaling on an odd device called an ElliptiGO. The hybrid of a bike and elliptical machine will make him look like he is gliding down 3,000 miles of concrete.

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Star Press: Christmas will be an especially happy time for a wounded local Marine’s family

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December 20, 2011

By John Carlson | The Star Press | TheStarPress.com | December 20, 2011

MUNCIE -- For David and Carol Williams, this Christmas' most precious gift will come through the door on crutches and one leg.

"This will be a very special Christmas," said Carol, whose son, Marine Corps Cpl. Murphy D. Hueston, lost a leg to the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 11. "We could have been a gold star family." Read the rest of this entry »

Tampa WTSP: New wheels and independence for Iraqi Veteran

December 16, 2011

By Isabel Mascarenas | | WTSP Channel 10 News | December 15, 2011

Tampa, Florida -- A local Iraq War Veteran injured stateside has regained some independence of his own after fighting for the independence of Iraqis eight years ago.

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North County Times: Semper Fi Fund keeps focus on our warriors

December 9, 2011

By Greg Scharf | North County Times | Nctimes.com | December 9, 2011

Not long ago, I went ballistic. I saw a table in front of a local grocery store with two well-dressed young women soliciting donations for Toys for Tots; while the familiar barrel was there, they were also taking credit card orders for toys from a catalog. When I saw them leave in a very expensive car, I suspected they were a fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured veteran competes in Marine Corps Marathon

December 5, 2011
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Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Blair, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student, rode as part of Team Semper Fi during the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

By Lisa Irish | Prescott Daily Courier | Dcourier.com | December 4, 2011

About 4 miles into the Marine Corps Marathon, Michael Blair of Prescott saw another injured veteran like himself having an issue with a derailleur on his bike so he stopped to help him out.

Then Blair helped fix a chain that cut a slot three-quarters of the way through another Wounded Warrior's seat post during the Oct. 30 race in Washington, D.C.

"Later, a cyclist I'd helped out earlier gave me a push when I needed it," said Blair, a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who rode his bike with Team Semper Fi.

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SouthWood couple’s holiday display has patriotic flair

December 2, 2011

By Desiree Stennett | Tallahassee News | Tallahassee.com | December 2, 2011

Derek and Courtney Whitis light their SouthWood home every holiday season.
This year, they’ve outdone themselves.

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An early Christmas present for Marines who have received Purple Hearts

November 30, 2011
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Scores of volunteers packed Purple Heart ornaments for combat wounded Marines Nov. 20 at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. Photo by Julia LeDoux.

By Julia LeDoux | News and Messenger | Insidenova.com| November 30, 2011

DALE CITY, Va --It looked a lot like Christmas at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 in Dale City on Nov. 20 as hundreds of community volunteers came together for a Purple Heart ornament stuffing party.

Approximately 9,500 envelopes – the majority destined for every combat wounded Marine who has been injured since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 -- were stuffed with a Purple Heart ornament during the events. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver Marine organizes marathon

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November 30, 2011

By Paul Danzer | Columbian News | Columbian.com | November 29, 2011

Getting more than 300 military personnel moved 26 miles in less than seven hours might seem like a straightforward task.

But for Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Lee, it was an exercise in determination and cooperation.

Lee was the race director for a version of the Marine Corps Marathon held recently at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marine plans coast-to-coast trek for injured troops

November 27, 2011
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Rick Hermelin, 70, plans to use a Solana Beach-built ElliptiGO to travel from the South Carolina's Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego next year to raise money for injured troops. Photo by Rick Hermelin.

By Mark Walker | North County Times | NCTimes.com | November 27, 2011

Take an aging marathoner and a contraption produced in Solana Beach known as an ElliptiGO, then toss in the Marine Corps, and the result is a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast run-ride from South Carolina to San Diego to raise money for injured troops.

That's the plan for 70-year-old Rick Hermelin, a runner with 100 full and 100 half-marathons under his belt.

In March, the former Marine is planning to propel an ElliptiGO from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. And do it in 100 days.

"My support team will be the pack on my back," said Hermelin, a Ventura County resident who plans to move to North County soon to complete his training.

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Marines.mil: Marines hike 1,000 miles for wounded warriors

November 22, 2011

By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | Headquarters Marine Corps | Marines.mil | April 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Fortunate Sons, a group of Marines from North Carolina, accomplished a monumental task by hiking across the state’s 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and support for Marines wounded in support of their freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines help brighten woman’s Big Apple experience

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November 22, 2011

By Elaine Blaisdell | Cumberland Times-News | Times-news.com | November 21, 2011

CUMBERLAND — A recent visit to Yankee Stadium in New York was a dream come true for an Oklahoma cancer patient.

Team Semper Fi, of which local retired Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Arbogast is a member, fulfilled the wish of Sarah Nail Dakin, who has stage four cervical cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

WTOP: Purple Heart ornaments provide lift for military members

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November 21, 2011

By Kathy Stewart | WTOP | WTOP.com | November 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - One Christmas ornament party held this weekend was a big hit.

So many volunteers came out for Saturday's Purple Heart ornament packing party at the Dale City Veterans of Foreign Wars post that the event -- hosted by the Semper Fi Fund -- ended early. Read the rest of this entry »

Run, Marine, run!

November 19, 2011

By Ben Cottrell | Norwich Guidon | Norwichguidon.com | November 19, 2011

Crossing the finish line, runners from across the United States completed the "People's Marathon," the Marine Corps Marathon held every autumn in Washington, D.C. With long deep breaths, sighs of relief and a quick trip for a free massage, all of these runners have one thing in common: they had the satisfaction of finishing a challenging 26.2 mile race. Read the rest of this entry »

4th Annual Padre Pedal Power Ride raises funds for Semper Fi Fund

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November 18, 2011

By Sgt. Heidi Agostini | DVID | Dvidshub.net | November 11, 2011

Camp Pendleton, Calif. - More than 20 cyclists participated in the 4th Annual Padre Pedal Power Ride from Camp Pendleton to San Diego, Nov. 11.

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