They are 192 yrs old. And in that time, spanning almost two centuries, they have?
They are 192 yrs old. And in that time, spanning almost two centuries, they have fought in 21 wars, including the present one in Viet Nam. They have fought at least one major battle for every year of their existence. They will constantly remind you that they are as old as the American flag, and they are. Here in Viet Nam one finds the essence of what it means to be a marine. They work together; live together; eat together; fight together; and die together. No individual is so important that he can think only of himself. They are trained to look out for each other. Once in the corps, U. S. M. C. (United States Marine Corps) is stamped upon them forever. From the time they first become marines they are pounded with one idea: Do as you are told and ask no questions. Their courage is unquestioned. They are criticized by some because they are disciplined, arrogant, proud. Some critics blame their pride for the fact they have suffered 10,000 casualties thus far this year. Their present posture along the DMZ is also criticized as the wrong kind of war for what is basically an amphibious force, but Marine officers are quick to point out that Viet Nam is not the first time Marines have participated in land warfare. They did it in the Revolutionary War (American Revolution against British rule), again in World War I, again in Korea, and now in Viet Nam. Their most recent orders are to secure the ground bordering the DMZ so that construction can begin on Defense Secretary McNamara's Wall...and that's land warfare.