prayer requests for a group of U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan who
have suffered heavy losses are real but some of the details regarding the casualty
numbers are inaccurate, according to a
December 4, 2010 article in the Salem-News.
The 3rd Battalion, 5th
Marines known as "Darkhorse" is based out of Camp Pendleton in Southern
California. The unit is currently deployed in Afghanistan and has
suffered losses of 13 members since October of 2010.
to family and friends, commanding officer Ltd. Colonel Jason Morris
told readers that his company had a "very difficult first two weeks in Sangin," Afghanistan where "Marines and Sailors of the Battalion have
learned some hard lessons and adapted to a challenging operational
environment." Morris also said, "So, our mission of clearing
out the Taliban and protecting the people from their oppression and
violence is a challenging one."
These reports sparked
prayer for the U.S. Marine Battalion to appear on the Facebook website, which
visiting web surfers have copied and
forwarded to friends and family via email. This has resulted
in a nation wide response of people visiting the official Facebook page of
the Darkhorse Battalion to post messages of encouragement and inquire as
to how they can send care packages.
Click to view the Facebook page.