“Today, you people are no longer maggots. Today, you are Marines. You’re part of a brotherhood. From now on until the day you die, wherever you are, every Marine is your brother. Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back. But always remember this: Marines die. That’s what we’re here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever.”
One of those Marines killed was from a neighboring town here on Long Island. His father is on the news and is completely crushed. His son was supposed to return in 3 fucking days, and they were supposed to go on vacation to Miami.
I’m honestly tearing up right now.
Rest easy Marines.