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On Nov. 16, The News published a letter objecting to a story about the 25th anniversary of the U.S. All-Volunteer Army because it was accompanied by a photo of a Marine holding the U.S. flag. I join in that objection because the American media is terribly ignorant when it comes to the U.S. military.

However, my letter is directed to the gentleman who wrote. He stated: "The U.S. Marine Corps is not even one of the key branches of the armed forces -- it is part of the U.S. Navy."

Not a key branch? The sergeant major needs to crack open a history book and look up a few locations, such as Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, Inchon, Chois Reservoir, Kaesong, Hue City and Desert Storm, where the Leatherneck armored units were the first through the beach. On Nov. 10, the Marines Corps celebrated its 23rd birthday.

The Marine Corps is an amphibious assault force, and a considerable part of the Navy's fleet exists for the sole purpose of transporting Marine Battalion Landing Teams to their objectives. The Marine Corps is a separate armed force serving alongside our Navy brothers under the department of the Navy. The Marines have their own military budget and a Marine general officer sits as an equal on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. U.S. Marines are the only U.S. armed force given the responsibility and honor of protecting U.S. embassies all over the world.

Steve Johnson

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