Army & Navy - MARINES: Professional

Platoon Sergeant Charles Henry Smith, U.S.M.C., can go back to civilian life any time he wants. He has 232 points, three campaign ribbons with 17 Pacific battle stars and a chestful of decorations, including the Navy Cross. He also carries 39 pieces of shrapnel, a Jap bullet in his shoulder and another in his spine. But this week, as the Marine Corps celebrated its 170th birthday, indestructible, 27-year-old Sergeant Smith was glad to tell reporters that he was not going to be a civilian. He is a professional marine.

Older professionals, getting near...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!