Yes it is true. Our Marines were required to disarm in order to aid Tsunami victims according to the Associated Press, January 11, 2005.
ABOARD THE USS BONHOMME RICHARD
In an effort to ease the fears of local officials, Marines participating in the humanitarian mission to help Indonesia recover from the earthquake and tsunami that have killed more than 100,000 people on the island of Sumatra have agreed to leave their weapons behind whenever they go ashore.
For many Marines, that's tantamount to traveling naked.
"They didn't even want us to have protection like helmets and body armor, let alone weapons, because it might look threatening," said Foley, of Erie, Pa. "That's crazy."
His concern isn't unfounded. What do you think? Join the discussion.