Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Chattanoogans Find Killings Of Four Marines 'Incomprehensible'
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Sgt. Cassie McDole sits in an AAV. Arezou Rezvani/NPR hide caption

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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness
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A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake. Jonas Gratzer/Getty Images hide caption

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Female and male Marines prepare for a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms, a training camp in the Mojave Desert. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Intense Desert Training, Marine Women Fight For Place On Front Lines
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This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech. Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21/Facebook hide caption

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U.K. armed forces and U.S. Marines have ended combat operations in Afghanistan. In a formal handover, British troops stood with peers from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Afghan National Security Forces as the Union Flag and Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at the Bastion-Leatherneck complex Sunday. Sergeant Obi Igbo, RLC/AP hide caption

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Shirley Parrello's son, Brian, died in Iraq almost ten years ago. Sgt. Kevin Powell was with him that day, and he says he can still picture Brian Parello in the moments after the IED exploded. Storycorps hide caption

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After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'
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Earlier this month, Hal Faulkner (left), 79, received his new papers from two Marines after having his military status changed to "honorable discharge." Faulkner died Tuesday. Courtesy of Phil Latzman hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Quil Lawrence on the death of Hal Faulkner
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