US Marine Corps – Part 2

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The US Marine Corps Color Guard marches during pass in review during the closing of a Battle Color Detachment ceremony at Eisenhower High School, Rialto, CA, on March 4, 2012. The Battle Color Detachment is made up of the Marine Corps Color Guard, US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, was on its National Installations Tour. (DoD photo by Cpl. Dengrier Baez, US Marine Corps/Released)

Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.

I can’t say the previous sentence, which is the last one cited in the paragraph about Marine values on the website of the USMC accurately reflects human nature or even describes some Marines I have known or Marines who were written about in the several books I re-read in the last few months about the Marines in the Korean War.

One of the bravest Marines was a “brig rat” brought onto the transport ship in chains. In combat he was in his natural element. Some years later, after being discharged the Marines, he reportedly died in a shoot-out with the Colorado State Police.

[Sources: US Marines Website and The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam. Image courtesy of US Department of Defense Website.]

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