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United States Marines Essay, Research Paper UNITED STATES MARINES What is a Peace Hero? Webster describes a hero as, A man noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose. One who has risked or sacrificed his life . Peace is described as, The absence of war or other hostilities . Isn t that the life of a Marine? Every day they are willing to risk their lives for the courageous act of peace. Values such as Honor, Courage, and Commitment are what make Marines and in essence, Heroes. Up until 1999 I never really thought about the Marine Corps, but when my brother became a Marine, my knowledge of what they stand for greatly increased. I realize throughout the 20th Century, there has been many peace heroes. But where would these heroes be without the heroes behind the scenes

maintaining the peace in which they live. The Marines have a greater responsibility than we can possibly fathom. They hold the essence of peace in their hands. With courage they defend the country they are called to serve. Many of us do not understand this calling, but we enjoy the benefits they provide. While we work our eight-hour days and go to a safe place of refuge called home, they are deployed from their home, family, and friends to a foreign country not always safe. They guard their post without question, putting their very lives on the line every day, all day. They provide a blanket of security for all of us to sleep under, yet during peace times we forget they are still there, guarding, keeping us safe from harm. During the 20th Century many wars were fought, from the

Philippine-American War (1899-1902) to the Persian Gulf War (1991), the Marines were there serving and protection our nation. Marines have participated in all wars of the United States, being in most instances first, or among the first to fight. After the war is declared officially over, the Marines stay as a peacekeeping force. Often the mere presence of the Marines is enough of a deterrent to keep peace. This has earned them the famous quote, First In, Last Out . In tradition, the world famed the Marine Corps as the important role of being the force in readiness to help keep the peace throughout the world. (Continental 13) Marines have been in the forefront of every American War since the founding of the Corps. They have carried out over 300 landings on foreign shores, and

served everywhere from the poles to the tropics. Their record of readiness reflects pride, responsibility and courage. The Marine Corps is a self-contained combat force within the Department of the Navy. In addition to supporting the fleet, Marine detachments serve on large warships. They guard the President of the United States, willing to give their life for his. Overseas, Marines are stationed at embassies and legations to protect American interests and maintain peace. They are responsible for security forces for naval shore installations and U.S. diplomatic missions in foreign countries. In peacetime they provide security detachments for the protection of navel property at naval stations and bases. The Marines, the nation s All Force, are being charged with being the most

ready when the nation is least ready. This means deploying to the Four Corners of the world to preserve the freedom Americans enjoy. Being a Marine is the most challenging and rewarding responsibility a person could face. It is a known fact that the Marines have the toughest and most difficult training course in the world. Men and women from all over the world try their abilities of strength and courage to see what life can throw at them, and what it is to be a true Marine. The United States Marine mental and moral qualities have been tested throughout history. Through the long history of the Marine Corps there are examples, both in war and in peace, or such qualities as versatility, trustworthiness, singleness and tenacity of purpose, courage, faithfulness, and self-sacrifice