Marines discuss the challenges of representing both fierce fighters and a friendly force. Whether fighting insurgents in Marjah or helping residents rebuild, Marines are there to improve the lives of the Afghan people.
We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know its price.
Marine veteran John Chipura, survivor of the 1983 Beirut bombing, a NY Fireman, who wrote the above for the 225th Marine Corps birthday, 2000. He was later killed while responding to the terrorist attack, Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center, Tower 2.