Today, November 10, is the 229th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. That it comes the day before Veteran's Day is somehow appropriate. From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, from the sands of Iwo Jima to the streetcorners of Fallujah, Marines have fought, won, and died in America's battles.
When you join the Marine Corps, it also joins you. You love it deeply, and hate it with a passion, and find it more or less impossible to explain to anyone who didn't go through it.
I have only two out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.