US Marine Corps – Part 1

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As I wrote in my previous post about the US Marines at the Chosin Reservoir:

One of the most important advantages the Marines possessed over the Chinese was an intangible moral strength common to elite units.

Says the Marine Corps about itself on its website:

Semper Fidelis distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork — it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.

Marine Pvt. John W. Emmons, and the Sixth Division’s mascot dog sleep beside a 105mm howitzer on Okinawa, 1945. The Sixth Division suffered almost 2700 casualties during the battle, with another 1,300 being evacuated because of either exhaustion or fatigue.

[Source: US Marines Website. Image courtesy of US Naval Institute. Video courtesy of Youtube.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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