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A Marine for life, always faithful to the Corps [Commentary]

A Marine for life, always faithful to the Corps [Commentary]

As a kid in the early 1950s, my hometown of Springfield, Pa., always had a parade on Memorial Day.

Less than a decade removed from the end of World War II, the parade would feature men of the community marching down the main drag, Saxer Avenue, in the uniforms they had worn going off to war, with the parade ending at Memorial Park and followed by the obligatory speeches to remember those who didn't return from the war.

Among those marchers was my father, Kimber Evans Vought, USMC, by then a captain in the active reserves and a veteran of the Pacific Theater in the war. As a member of the Second Marine Division, he had been at Tinian, Saipan and Okinawa, usually in support...