Eight years ago, two Marines from two different walks of life who had literally just met were told to stand guard in front of their outpost’s entry-control point. Minutes later, they were staring down a big blue truck packed with explosives.. General John Kelly, USMC, spoke to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. He was then a Marine Lieutenant General who described a 2008 suicide bombing in Iraq that killed Marine Corporal Jonathan Yale,
I’ll never forget that sunny Saturday morning, June 7, 1958 when a group of tanned, chiseled candidates stood to take the oath of Officer in the United States Marine Corps. I still remember solemnly swearing with pride to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. That oath was taken with joy in a nation filled with an enthusiastic spirit, full of energy and excitement over the bountiful prospects that lie ahead.