Tradition is a Terrible Thing

to lose, sometimes.

After 155 Years, Marine Sentries Removed
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Naval Academy tradition that lasted 155 years has come to an end: The Marine Corps sentries who guarded the gates and the crypt of Revolutionary War Capt. John Paul Jones have been withdrawn and sent to war.
The four dozen Marines were released from their security duties in a ceremony on Friday and are being replaced by Navy enlisted personnel.
“Pray for them, for many of them are going into harm’s way,” a chaplain said in an invocation for the departing members of the Naval Academy Company, Marine Barracks.

One Response to “Tradition is a Terrible Thing”

  1. Cullen says:

    THS, did you hear about the Army offering a $20,000 signing bonus to any ex-Marine who’d switch services?
    The bonus is apparently going to be a lump sum deposit. The switch would come at reenlistment time and there’d be no lag in service — the end of one enlistment would begin the Army enlistment. No loss of rank. I wonder how that’s going to effect the Corps?

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