Letters to the Editor

We're in good hands of Marines

I was proud to serve with 2nd Platoon, M Company 3/5, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam in 1967-68. In looking forward to the commemoration of Sept. 11, I journeyed to Camp Pendleton in order to look back to honor the fallen of Operation Swift (Sept. 4-17, 1967). On Sept. 4, 1967, Mike Company suffered 50 percent casualties and 2nd Platoon lost 75 percent killed in action or wounded. There were two Medals of Honor, three Navy Crosses and a Silver Star, all posthumously awarded for heroic actions on that day.

On Sept. 4 of this year, we embraced the survivors of that battle and for the future. I salute our current Marines, some of whom I met while at Camp Pendleton. To the public, I would like to say: Rest assured, today's Marines are the best prepared to face the war on terrorism, are courageous, and are the few, the proud. Semper Fi, Marines.

STEVE LOVEJOY

U.S. Marine Corps, 1966-69

Modesto

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