Sunday, February 25, 2007


The Navy - Marine Corps relationship

I've been asked over the years - more so recently - how much is the Marine Corps part of the Navy, or the Navy part of the Marines.
Of course, I could go into all of the bit about Navy Department organization, the history of our two Naval services, Naval tradition, etc. But the better answer I can give is to first look at this picture of the Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima, and then remember, the second man from the right (in fact, the center man in the picture), is Navy Corpsman John "Doc" Bradley, a U.S. sailor.
They are us ... and we are them.

Semper Fi,
W. Thomas Smith Jr.
former Marine rifle squad leader

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