Welcome to the Columbia River Young Marines
YOUNG MARINE OF THE YEAR 2016
Congratulations to YM Sgt Nicole Hilker, named Columbia River Young Marine of the Year at our annual Young Marines Birthday Ball in October. She was also named 2nd WA BN Young Marine of the Year in November.
Fire Protection and Prevention
Columbia River Young Marines learned Fire Protection and Prevention techniques from the personnel at Benton County Fire Protection District #4, in West Richland in April. Oxarc Fire Division also provided support, instruction and assistance during the day. The training schedule included escape plans, fire extinguisher use, smoke detector use, exit drills, and fire station apparatus. This was a fun, exciting training day in which our Young Marines learned how to reduce the risk of fire and what to do if they find themselves in a situation involving fire.
Toys for Tots
Young Marines help collect money and toys for the USMC Reserve's Toys for Tots program.
Time of Remembrance
Columbia River Young Marines with the father of Marine LCpl Eric Ward at the Time of Remembrance in West Richland. Young Marines from Columbia River helped to set up the posters in Flat Top Park prior to the arrival of the family members and the start of the Remembrance Ceremony.
Pearl Harbor, HI
Columbia River Young Marines, seen here with Pearl Harbor survivor Allan Bodenlos, traveled to Pearl Harbor, HI, in December for the 72nd anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. These Young Marines joined several other Young Marine units from around the country in touring the sights in and around Honolulu, laying a wreath at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, and marching in the Pearl Harbor Day Parade on December 7th through downtown Honolulu. We were truly honored and blessed to be able to meet and spend time with survivors of that fateful day - a day which will forever live in infamy.
2013 Grand Old Fourth Parade
Columbia River Young Marines marching in the 2013 Grand Old Fourth Parade in Pasco on the 4th of July, where they won the Drill Team Award.
YM Pvt Payton Albertson helps his team plant flags at the graves of veterans in City View Cemetery, Pasco in preparation for Memorial Day.
"Man Overboard" Drills
After a great morning of water safety instruction, the Columbia River YMs put their new knowledge to the test on the Columbia River with "man overboard" drills. Seen here are several YMs engaged in "boat wars" - the traditional fun ending to the instructional day. See photos.
Columbia River Young Marines Color Guard
Young Marine PFC Chance Landers, Unit 1st Sgt Jacob Parker, Cpl Sarah Garrison, and GySgt Brandon Gregg presented the colors for the opening of the legislative day in the Washington State House of Representatives on 20 Feb 2012.
Columbia River Young Marines do Color Guard duties for several community organizations and events. Please contact us if you'd like a color guard for your event.
The Columbia River Young Marines is one of over 300 units belonging to the national Young Marine Program. Started in 1958, the Young Marine program is one that endeavors to instill positive values in today's boys and girls, aged 8 to 18. Throughout our Nation, there are more than 14,000 young Americans being guided by an organization based on Marines giving back to their communities. Read more about us...
Updated: November 2016