U.S. Marine, PFC Paul E. Ison, an assistant BAR gunner with the 1st Marine Division, runs hunched through Japanese machine gun fire while crossing a draw, which the Marines called ‘Death Valley’ on May 10, 1945 at Okinawa.
This infantry sword has a straight, double-edged blade (from an earlier period), ribbed at the centre, with a double groove at the base with unclear inscriptions, tang marked “IK”. The iron hilt with double guard and ring is decorated with double knots, it has a lower rear ring and thumb ring and a mushroom-shaped pommel with leather-bound wooden grip.
We welcome the bad days. We’ll bleed on the flag so the stripes stay red. We are the sore footed, sun burnt, dirty, tired, hungry sons of bitches that have fought so long to keep the wolves at the gate.
Warrior Wednesday: U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Burks, a squad leader with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, provides security during a mission rehearsal at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2013. The unit was preparing for a partnered operation with Afghan National Army soldiers.
His hands are rough, but his touch so soft. His lips speak differently than my own, yet we understand exactly what the other has to say. His mind filled with laws, regulations, tactics, and things I’ll never comprehend. His boots are dusty, warn, sweat, blood and mud, my own only taken out for a night out. He spends everyday waking up before the sun and every night loving me. He is a hero that enough is true but he’s my own special kind of hero, a lover, a best friend my husband. Us Infantry Man.