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A day in the life of a combat Marine


Sunday, May 30, 2004
THE WAR IN IRAQ

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COURTESY J.R. BATES
Marine Lt. Rustin Bates shouts commands moments before shooting his 9-mm pistol at a car speeding toward this checkpoint. The seated Iraqi men are suspected insurgents. Bates recently was awarded the Bronze Star.

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Wake Island

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A time machine transporting you back into 1941!

First stop – Wake Island 19° 18′ 0″ N, 166° 38′ 0″ E – a tiny coral atoll 2300 miles west of Hawaii named after Captain William Wake from the British Empire. You are aboard a Pan Am Clipper ship – the sun is shining on the 130-foot wingspan – call sign the “China Clipper”. ( A Martin Aircraft M-130) Continue reading