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Although I believe our Navy, and its sailors, to be the finest in the world at what they do, when it comes to the US Marine Corps, there is not another finer organization of trained professionals in the world.
After twenty-six years as a Marine, within the Aviation Ordnance community, I have had multiple opportunities to work close-in with our seagoing brethren; from the shipboard level, to the area command levels. In most cases, with flawless execution.
However, there had been more than what could be called isolated instance, where recognition that was either exclusive Marine Corps-laden, or Marine Corps-driven that was handed over (Read: “Recognized”) as a Navy operation simply because of this title association.
The Marine Corps works tirelessly to hone and refine its skills; and it asks for nothing. It’s glory -as it were- is achieved through the success of each and every mission. Unfortunately, where credit is involved, it receives much of what it asks for… nothing.
When a Brother Marine is brought home to rest, and the Department of the Navy (and ONLY the Navy Department) sends its “best regards” (and sympathies), it’s as though the Marine Corps either had no hand, or worse yet interest in the life of one of their own. It’s as though they became non-existent.
I will always respect the Navy for all that they are, and all that they do; however, as a Marine, I will always remain faithful to God, Corps and Country (note where the Department of the Navy is not part of that equation).
MSgt (Ret) George A. Sidler*