Photos As Camp Lejeune Marines Arrive And Help In Haiti

Marines from Camp Lejeune are in Haiti, helping the devastated nation.

Click the tab to see photos captured as Marines deliver relief supplies and arrive ashore near Leogand, Haiti.

The Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Eastern Carolina "established the first significant Marine presence on the ground" with its arrival Tuesday in Haiti.

Helicopters from the 22nd MEU landed at the ruined Presidential Palace Tuesday morning, carrying bottled water and other supplies.

The USS Bataan arrived Monday, according to a press release from the Marine Corps. It said the Marines and Navy conducted reconnaissance and assessment flights on Monday to figure out how to best help the relief efforts of the U.S. Military in Haiti.

“We are here to support the Haitian people in an area that has been hard hit by this disaster.” said 22nd MEU commanding officer, Col. Gareth F. Brandl. “As relief operations continue, we will further assess the needs of people in the area and refine how we can best support them with the capabilities we bring.”

The Marines say the added bonus of the 22nd MEU is that they can work off the USS Bataan without further taxing the stressed infrastructure on the mainland of Haiti.

The Marine Corps is posting videos and photos from the mission at

Another 130 Lejeune-based Marines part of a task force that was headed to Africa will be deploying to Haiti now as well.

The 2,000 Marines join the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, part of the US Military response. Airborne leaders say they've been able to deliver food to only about half of the 50,000 people in a makeshift camp overlooking Port-Au-Prince.

There are fears that if aid is not delivered quickly, sporadic violence and looting will become widespread.

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  • by Karen Location: Virginia on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    Just like an American hating lefty to post anonymously. That's okay. Marine parents fear for the safety of our sons, but at the end of the day we can look in the mirror and know we raised good people. Now, a history lesson. In its 600 year history, Haiti has only enjoyed any semblance of stability during occupations, yet they rightfully crave freedom. Sadly, their freedom has never been real. Haitians are wandering the streets wondering when the foreigners will bring help. We're the foreigners, and we're there with more help than the rest of the world combined, but they want to bite the hand that feeds them. That's fine, too---again, we are doing what's right, and that's what will help us sleep tonight. If you sleep well tonight, anonymous, it will be because ignorance is bliss.
  • by Kristy Location: Texas on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    My son-in-law is in the Marines, and got sent to Haiti on the USS Bataan. My daughter received a call from him this afternoon, and he is ok. He said they didn't feel much of the aftershock. Hopefully this will put all you Mom's minds at ease.
  • by marine mom Location: pitt co. nc on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Joann, Amen to that! It is also hard for his sisters. I realize that siblings are sometimes not very close but in our case, my children are very close and my girls are having a hard time with this.When you hear from a loved one almost every day to not hearing from them at all...well it gets emotional.Lets pray for strength for their siblings also.
  • by Joann Location: Elkton Virginia on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    re:jward & Marine Mom, having a son in the marines that is over in Haiti now, the news of the aftershock that hit this morning really took a toll on all of us. One of the things alot of people don't realize is as a parent of a Marine or any brance of Military, when they are gone like this with this much tragedy there is very little contact with them and you sit and hope, pray, and are very scared everytime a different vehicle pulls in your driveway. We as parents go through more than anyone really knows unless they have been there. The ones that haven't and try to tell me it isn't that bad are the ones who have no idea what our children and ourselves go through everyday. It takes a tough man or woman to be a soldier but it takes a tough woman to be a Soldiers Mom!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Let's just wrap ourselves in flag and keep tuned to pro-military propoganda on Faux News.
  • by marine mom Location: pitt county, nc on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    re:jward Thank you for your comments and support. The thing with being a mom is that your heart-strings will be tugged at many times where your children are concerned.I never knew how bad it could hurt until I had children.The pain I felt when my only son came home telling me that he wanted to be a Marine was almost unbearable.However, I realized just how mature he was for wanting to embark on this. I also realized that our faith would keep us strong.I am very proud of him as well as the other children in the military. I feel like they are all my kids and there is a special place in my heart for those who are willing to give their lives so that others can live free! ppl say this is Gods wrath on Haiti... I say it's the work of satin and God is the force that is finding these ppl alive after 7 days! I pray that God will protect our military and give them the strength to endure the things they see there and the ability to keep their own faith. Thank-you Troops for all that you do!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    CNN S---S your right. And Fox sean hannity and bill o riely are great
  • by JWard Location: Rocky Mount,nc on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:42 PM
    Re: Marine Mom. I grew up in the eastern part of the state (New Bern). We are always praying for the troops and thanking them for the sacrifices they make. This is as it should be. But I wonder how many of us stop to think of the sacrifices their Moms are making? This never occurred to me until I became a mother. So I would like to take this opportunity to say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" to the Moms who are making a tremendous sacrifice of their own. We are not only praying for the well-being of your children,no matter what branch of service they are in, but also for your own strength and courage. May you know many moms think of you often.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Thoughts of Haiti being annexed to the U.S. did cross my mind, but only with good intentions. The child adoption process is already being made much easier due to this recent tragedy. However, given the current economic health of America, it may not be in our best interests to colonize Haiti. Besides, it would only be beneficial if there are still profitable natural resources there.
  • by CNN SUCKS Location: Eastern NC on Jan 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    CNN was just reporting on their news channel that the doctors at one hospital were fussing because the Marines were arriving but no medication. The guy from Fort Bragg was explaining that he was sitting up security first then getting supplies out. Everything would be much better in a few days. I cannot stand CNN for ALWAYS finding something negative to report! I immediately turned to FOX and I don't mean WITN either to get the latest. FOX was speaking POSITIVE about the Marines!
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