"Dedicated to those who have fought and died for their country's sake"
"In honor and memory ofUS Marines Navy Corpsmen"
"For those who have given their lives to the country
since November 10th, 1775
Once a Marine, Always a Marine"
The Semper Fidelis Society has chosen to recognize their comrades and a special group of men that are not Marines, but are often with them on the battlefield - the Navy Corpsmen. The special bond between these fatigue wearing sailors and 'their' Marines is strong. They often chide one another in a friendly inter-service rivalry, but each group knows the other is dedicated to keeping them safe and will do their best to get them home.
The inscription on the back of the monument, 'Once a Marine - Always a Marine' is heartfelt by all those that recognize the Globe and Anchor. 'Semper Fidelis' lives with them till they die. In the days leading up to my visit to this memorial, circumstances put me in contact with one particular Marine who went far beyond what many would expect of the situation - and he did it because he knew of my 'mission' and dubbed it an important ride. So, Ed Rodriguez, this stop is for you - HOORAH! SEMPER FI!