Happy 241st Birthday to the United States Marine Corps! Our GCHS
JROTC program celebrated the birthday with a cake cutting ceremony and words
from two very special guests: Harry
Bunyan and Jack Knuckles.
Harry Bunyan is a member of the "Chosin Few". In November 1950,
during the coldest winter North Korea had experienced in 100 years, U.N.
forces, most of them U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division, were surprised
by China’s entry into the Korean War. Surrounded
and outnumbered 8-to-1, the Marines embarked upon a
78-mile journey to the Sea of Japan to reconnect with American forces. The
journey would take 13 days. Cut off from support, the Marines were still able
to fight their way through 10 Chinese infantry divisions.
Knuckles is a Marine Veteran who served in WWII in the Pacific Campaign. He
participated in the Battle of Okinawa - the last battle during the pacific
campaign prior to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan.
We were also joined by our own Lt. Col. Vance
Huston, retired Senior Marine ROTC Instructor at GCHS for nine years. Lt. Col. Huston’s impressive military career
includes piloting Helicopter Squadron One for three US presidents.
Thank you to our Marines, and all our members of
the armed forces, past, present and future!