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A panel from The White Donkey.

Generally I do two pencil passes, the first in light blue to get a foundation and then another layer of brown to tighten things up a bit. My pencils tend to be looser than you’d probably expect, but because I’m both the pencil and ink artist I don’t need them to be super tight. They’re generally just a rough blueprint for me to start putting the ink down.

Confession #999: It’s been 4 years, to the day, since I received that phone call telling me that you wouldn’t be coming home and every-time I look at our son, all I can see is you. The way he walks, speaks, even the way he smirks when he knows he did something wrong, he even sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating really hard. He keeps telling me that he wants to be a “Marine, like daddy. So I can keep you safe.” I know I should be proud and happy to hear that, but I’m also scared that the Marine Corps will, once again, take away my favorite person in the world.

A Marine with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) yells during a live-fire and movement range during sustainment training in D’Arta Plage, Djibouti, Dec. 10. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th MEU are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)

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Veterans Day with Medal of Honor recipient @chiksdigscars

To see more of Kyle’s life after war, follow @chiksdigscars, and to see more veterans’ stories, browse the hashtag #EverydayUSAVets

“I understand that what we have in this country is precious, and people sacrificed, bled and died for that,” says Kyle Carpenter (@chiksdigscars), the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor. As a 20-year-old US Marine deployed to Afghanistan, Kyle used his own body to shield a fellow Marine from a grenade blast. He barely survived and spent the next three years recovering from catastrophic injuries.

On Instagram, he shares his life of resilience with glimpses of marathon running, skydiving and cliff jumping, and he offers a message to his followers:

“You can get hurt or have a life-changing event and still work hard, be positive, enjoy life and most of all, come out better than you ever expected or thought you could.”

Now retired from the military, Kyle is pursuing a degree in International Studies at the University of South Carolina.

“I truly feel like I am living the American dream,” he says.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Hall, automatic rifleman from Wytheville, Va., assigned to Company K, Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires his infantry automatic rifle during a squad assault training exercise. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael S. Lockett/Released)

November 10, 1775: The U.S. Marine Corps Is Founded

On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of 1775. The Corps was later abolished at the war’s end, for economic reasons, and reestablished on July 11.

The Marine Corps celebrated its new birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921. In 1921, the date was permanently changed to November 10 to commemorate the establishment of the Corps to aid in the Revolutionary War.

Enjoy more stories of service from across the country and from all branches of service with PBS Stories of Service

Photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew.

Wings above

Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) take part in a live-fire aerial gunnery range in UH-1N Huey gunships. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael S. Lockett/Released)