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Last week, we wrote about one Marine’s valiant mission to save a beloved Camp Pendleton memorial site from the wildfires that were burning through the base.
Cpl. Marvin Arnold of Mike company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines organized a team of seven Marines for a trek up First Sergeant’s Hill at Camp San Mateo within the base, rescuing the nearly two dozen wooden memorial crosses just before the fires burned over the hill. The crosses are each specially marked and decorated to remember a fallen Pendleton Marine, frequently carried to the site and installed by a close Marine friend or comrade.
This week, Arnold tells us the crosses are back, reinstalled May 23 by more than 100 Marine volunteers from Camp Pendleton’s 5th Marine Regiment. The volunteers were organized through the Sangin Valley Gun Club Facebook page, whose moderators also catalogued the event and gave updates.
The images from the event, showing Marines climbing the steep summit with the crosses on their backs, are poignant.