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Mark Shields on the Marines.

12:59 PM, Jul 23, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Columnist Mark Shields expounds the martial virtues:

I was not a great Marine. I never saw combat. I got a lot more from the Marines than the Marines got from me. But I believe fervently that this nation today needs the values of the Marine Corps as much as the nation needs the Marine Corps.

 Of course, honor, courage and commitment are always in short supply. But the Marines teach personal responsibility and accountability by example, that any chain is only as strong as the weakest individual link. As a unit, we are stronger working together than the individual members can separately be.

Marines take care of their own — and they take care of their fellow Marines before themselves. The well-being of the country and of the Corps is more important than our individual well-being.

For more great Marine stories, check out this New York Times profile of Gen. James Mattis from earlier in the week.

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