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08/21/05

Marine Retirees Honor Their Comrades

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's 10th Infantry Battalion, Company "D" honored their fallen comrades with a special ceremony in Forsyth Park on Sunday afternoon. Even the summer heat didn't stand in their way. Proudly dressed in the same red jackets, they stood side by side in front of the Marine Corps Reserve Monument. Once Marines serving together, these men are now more like family.

"You know the old saying,' once a Marine, always a Marine', that is so true, we are brothers, we stick together," said retired Staff Sergeant, Jim McNear.

The group gets smaller each year. The men continue to meet, but without those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War or those who have since passed away. The names of the fallen are each read aloud, as the Marines paused to remember their brothers in arms.

"They paid the supreme price for liberty. We wouldn't be standing here today if it wasn't for them," explained retired Staff Sergeant, Edward Abernathy.

Fellow Marine Jim McNear agreed.

"It's a time of mourning when we think of our brothers who didn't make it back with us," he said. "It's also a time of celebration to know what we fought for wasn't in vain."

It is that knowledge that brings the men back to Savannah every year. They have forged a special bond that continues today. It is a stronger bond today, one of the men explained, because now that they are older, it is more important to them. Comrades to the end, these men say they won't soon forget each other or the war they fought together.

The group is planning to construct a new United States Marine Corps Reserves monument, dedicated to Company "D". They hope to take their plans to Savannah's city council in the next few weeks so they can obtain a permit to have the monument constructed in downtown Savannah.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

 

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