Patrick Shea has always been a proud American, but traveling the world as a Marine gave him a new appreciation for the freedoms he swore to defend. Today he continues to serve America as a police officer in the community where he grew up.
If the Marines are abolished half the efficiency of the Navy will be destroyed. They are as necessary to the well being of a ship as the officers. Instead of decreasing the Corps, I would rather hope to see a large increase, for we feel the want of Marines very much.
RAdm David D. Porter in letter to Col Commandant John Harris, 6th CMC, 6 Dec. 1863