Reader Voices: Retired Marines carry spirit of service

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    As a C-130 Hercules pilot, I loved carrying Marines on deployment in the Far East locations. Their heritage and strength, individually and as a whole is a character builder for them and for us that were fortunate to see their austere conditions. For many, their father's passed on their desire to serve in one of the hardest military organizations to serve. When I was stationed in Germany, the U.S. had Pershing missiles and our phrase was for those assigned, "The only time they were not in the field, was when they were going to the field." Marines are very similar. They have garrison time but they are in constant readiness, now and forever. I honor those that serve and have served for our Red, White and Blue. I can still see our Marines in Nicaragua at the U.S. Embassy with our flag flying there. I love the same flag today and am thankful for the Marines who are willing to put their life on the line, each and everyday. I am also thankful for all other military service personnel and families so we can enjoy our God given freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

  • Lesta Lees Summit, MO
    Nov. 11, 2011 5:55 a.m.

    I thought this was an excellent article. The Marine Corp turned 236 years old yesterday. Happy Birthday Marines! Thank you for my freedom!!