A message that is currently circulating rapidly via social media asks people to pray for the “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. According to the message, the Darkhorse Battalion has lost nine marines in 4 days during fighting in Afghanistan. It implores people to re-post the message as a mark of honour and respect.
However, while it references real events, the message is now very outdated and contains inaccurate information. The Darkhorse battalion did fight in Afganistan and it did suffer heavy losses. But, the events referenced in the post took place back in late 2010. A November 9, 2010 post on The Coltons Point Times blog asked readers to pray for the battalion, noting:
Pray for Dark Horse 3rd Battalion 5th Marines
They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and have lost 9 Marines over a 4 day period.
The original version of the prayer request began circulating soon after The Coltons Point Times post and other late 2010 reports were published.
But, the Darkhorse Battalion continued fighting for many months after the prayer request posts began circulating. And, sadly, many more soldiers were lost. During its seven-month tour, the battalion lost 25 men and nearly 200 were wounded.
Despite the claim in the message, the Darkhorse Battalion is not currently fighting in Afghanistan. And the message does not accurately reflect the losses suffered by the battalion.
An example of the circulating post:
We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd
Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in
Afghanistan and they have lost 9 marines in 4 days. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE IT ON EVERYONE’S PAGE…Even if its only for an hour. I am HONORED to re-post this! Thank you to ALL of “OUR” Service men and women. Happy to do this. Send strength and good thoughts Send strength and good thoughts to the soldier’s and marines who lost their lives, their families and the one’s still fighting.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!