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Nov 30 2009

Once a Marine, always a Marine

Local Marines celebrate the Marine's 234th birthday on Seabrook Island.

Local Marines celebrate the Marine's 234th birthday on Seabrook Island.

By Ed Dear

On November 10, ninety three people, including Marines from Seabrook, Kiawah and Johns Islands, gathered at The Club on Seabrook Island to celebrate the 234th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, established in 1775 at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.

Of the Marine veterans in attendance, three served in WWII, four served in Korea, eleven in Vietnam, one in Beirut, and one in Iraq. Ten active duty Marines and their spouses from the Citadel’s Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) were the honored guests for the evening. The MECEP program enables selected enlisted Marines to complete their undergraduate degree and be commissioned Second Lieutenants upon graduation. The active duty Marines have had tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan or both.

As is the tradition at Marine birthdays, the oldest and the youngest Marine present cut the cake. This year, Bob Ferguson (86) and Sgt. Matt Ford (25) performed the duty.

This is our fifth local birthday dinner. If you are a Marine and would like more information, call Ed Dear at 768-5950.

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