'The snow was blood-red' — New Marine Corps birthday message highlights Korean War

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Each year, Marine Corps leadership releases a heartfelt message to Marines in video form before the service’s Nov. 10 birthday.

Last year’s message focused heavily on the heroism of Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, who stood their ground in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2008, staring down a suicide bomber in a truck. They were both killed when the truck exploded, but prevented it from barreling onto a military outpost where dozens could have died. They posthumously received the Navy Cross last year.

This year’s message, posted on YouTube today, pays tribute to Marines who fought in the Korean War. Featuring new Commandant Gen. James Amos and Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, the service’s senior enlisted adviser, it provides a touching retrospective:

For those who didn’t recognize it, the beginning of the message shows Amos and Kent in the Korean War exhibit of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

We’ll have a few other birthday-related blog posts on Battle Rattle in coming days. Happy birthday, Marines.

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