Posted by Curt on 2 March, 2008 at 10:28 am. 10 comments already!


Now THIS is a Marine!


He is Colonel Eddie Ray. A man well respected in the Marine Corps and by Richard Lowry, author of Marines in the Garden of Eden: The Battle for An Nasiriyah and Gulf War Chronicles: A Military History of the First War With Iraq, who wrote a piece today honoring the man as he retires from the Marine Corps.

It was inspiring to hear one of the Corps greatest modern-day warfighters. Not once did he speak of himself. He spent several minutes talking about those assembled. He did, however, leave us with a gem of leadership. He told us that he learned early that the key to success was to do your job well and to encourage all around you to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

Colonel Eddie Ray is a true American hero. He was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in Operation Desert Storm and, as a Lieutenant Colonel, led the charge to Baghdad in 2003. It is not often that you will find a fierce warfighter, leader and nurturer in a single package. He is the embodiment of the modern-day Marine Corps. Today, there is a tremendous void in the Corps. Eddie Ray’s spot will not be filled easily. But, the legend of Eddie Ray will live on. His ethos will be carried by those who knew and served with him.

Go check out the whole piece.

Semper Fi Marine!

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