And To Keep Our Honor Clean

The Marines struggle to live up to their hymn and their code of Semper Fidelis

It's been nearly 40 years since John Wayne, portraying Marine Sergeant John M. Stryker, was cut down by a sniper's bullet atop Mount Suribachi in Sands of Iwo Jima. But the Leatherneck values of courage, loyalty and discipline that Wayne came to personify still survive in recruiting offices around the country. Just last week in Atlanta, even as the Marines reeled from the Moscow spy scandal, Michael Dunn, 20, was ready to sign up. Like generations before him, Dunn says he wants to be a Marine "because I need the discipline." Dunn, a sophomore at Morris Brown College, explains, "I've looked...

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