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Return Of Raiders (Makin Island)

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    For 50 odd years
    they lay at rest,
    Raider Marines
    from the Corps' very best.

    Raiders whose action
    gave their all;
    Names that never
    were on a wall.

    But all remembered
    by their combat friends;
    This Raider search
    would never end!

    The part of history
    relates to closure,
    of a brutal war
    that, at last is over.

    Our thanks to all
    who searched to find
    The long-lost burial
    on Makin Island.

    .......Rosenquist, 3 DM K

    Arlington Cemetery 17 August 2001

    I have often told about being there at Quantico in June 1942 when these Marines were doing their night training on the Potomac River . I was privlaged to share a few brews with these same Marines . It was one of the most memorable periods in my career . They represented the very heart of what our Corp was & is !!! All of us in the various MOSs are there for the support of the Grunt . When a Marine talks about our Corp it is "We " not "Me" !!! I never forgot those special Marines & never will !!! Semper Fidelis PM