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to those few proud men and women
who have earned the title,
United States Marine.
These pages are for those
living and dead who proudly served.

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"That two Battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel,
two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors & Officers as usual in other regiments,
that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions;
that particular care be taken that no person be appointed to office
or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen,
or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able
to serve to advantage by sea."
(Resolution of the Continental Congress, 10 November 1775)

The Rusty Marine

The rusty Marine, born gallant and brave
To his country, his allegiance raised.
He served in war to honor and protect
In battle he did not defect.

Through foxholes, trenches, gunfire and hell
His honor and pride never fell.
For in his heart, his faith was strong
Yet for home he did long.

Now he sits, tired, forlorn
For his youth he does mourn.
Because it ran so quickly by
He often thinks, “How time did fly.”

Then he dons his old dress blues
And in his spirit, a change of hues.
He straightens up and stands with pride
His great honor, he can not hide.

Then he begins to gently weep
The memories come, pile upon heap.
A single tear falls from his eye
As he whispers, “Semper Fi.”

This poem was written by Jennifer A. Wallace
for her grandfather, Jack A. Snyder, who served
from approximately 1943 to 1946 at Guadalcanal and Okinawa.
It was written in honor of him and the service he,
and many others like him, gave to his country so unconditionally.
He considers his years in service to his country
some of the greatest of his life because of the opportunity
he had to contribute to the protection of America’s freedom.

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This is the original photograph
by Joe Rosenthal.
It was later cropped
to become the photo we all know.

There are six Flag Raisers on the photo,
Four in the front line and two in back.
The front four are left to right,
Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley,
John Bradley and Harlon Block.
The back two are Michael Strank,
behind Sousley,
and Rene Gagnon,
behind Bradley.
See "Favorite Links" Iwo Jima.

This is the memorial
the nation has come to recognize
as a tribute to courage, honor,
and tradition of the
United States Marines.
Should the Air Force be allowed to negate
this powerful image of courage, honor,
and tradition? I for one, think not.
Voice your concern by visiting Iwo information

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