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July 30, 2005

Marines Helping Marines

Have I ever told you that I love the Marine Corps? Ever since I read Thomas E. Ricks' Making The Corps, I've known there was something special about the Marines. (Ricks is also the WaPo's pentagon correspondent and an excellent reporter.)

Anyway, today's LAT has an outstanding feature article by David Zucchino describing how a severely wounded senior Marine officer, Lt. Col. Tim Maxwell, has organized a group of wounded Marines to help other wounded Marines recover. It is an amazing story and another example of why the Marines are a breed apart.

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Tim Maxwell was the most hard-charging, motivated DEVIL DOG I ever met. I took over his 81 MM mortar platoon from him in 1st Battalion, 4th Marines (1st Marines) located at Camp Horno. And, although I had high opinion of myself and thought myself quite something back in those days, I very soon realized I could never compare to half the man that Tim was. He was my BAR to measure then (and mentor) and certainly has moved to a whole new platform (stratosphere) after this act of bravery and courage. Now he displays the "true grit" and intestinal fortitude that only he has!!! Shannon his wife is just as tough and courageuous. And once again a MARINE has become the story of TRUE AMERICAN HEROES while in action and in all that Marines do! Semper FI Tim and Shannon. You are in my prayers for a Full recovery and continued BLESSINGS, but once again I have learned that "It doesn't come without a price... Nothing worth having ever does..." (TIM Maxwell's own words to me after kicing my a-- on a PFT)

Posted by: Mark Buck | Aug 2, 2005 1:12:41 PM

Lt Col Maxwell was my platoon Cmdr. in the early nineties. we deployed on westpac 92. During my 11 years in the Marines, I had the previledge to serve with some great Marines, and Col Maxwell was amoung the greatest. He pushed me harder than anyone every had in my life and helped me realize the great things that one can acheive. He is a great leader. My prayers are with you and your family, God Bless, and Semper Fi

Posted by: Tyler Hackbarth | May 6, 2006 4:32:02 PM

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