Marines are held to a high standard of the utmost ethical and moral behavior. Honesty and honor are held in great regard. Respect for others is essential. You are expected to act responsibly in a mature and dependable manner. Every Marine is accountable for his or her actions and meeting the highest standard of the Corps.
They come from small towns and big cities to prove they belong in this proud family whose heritage travels back more than two centuries of warriors. They are the kid next door or your older brother. They volunteer to a service that is more than just a duty as it becomes an honor.
They want to be special, challenged and tuff. They will be challenged beyond their imaginations and built stronger than they ever believed they could be. They transform from a basic kid into leaders, men and Marines.
OWENS, ROBERT ALLEN
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Sergeant,U.S.Marine Corps. Born: 13 September 1920, Greenville, S.C.Accredited to: South Carolina. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a marine division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during extremely hazardous landing operations at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 1 November 1943. Forced to pass within disastrous range of a strongly protected, well-camouflaged Japanese 75-mm. regimental gun strategically located on the beach, our landing units were suffering heavy losses in casualties and boats while attempting to approach the beach, and the success of the operations was seriously threatened. Observing the ineffectiveness of marine rifle and grenade attacks against the incessant, devastating fire of the enemy weapon and aware of the urgent need for prompt action, Sgt. Owens unhesitatingly determined to charge the gun bunker from the front and, calling on 4 of his comrades to assist him, carefully placed them to cover the fire of the 2 adjacent hostile bunkers. Choosing a moment that provided a fair opportunity for passing these bunkers, he immediately charged into the mouth of the steadily firing cannon and entered the emplacement through the fire port, driving the gun crew out of the rear door and insuring their destruction before he himself was wounded. Indomitable and aggressive in the face of almost certain death, Sgt. Owens silenced a powerful gun which was of inestimable value to the Japanese defense and, by his brilliant initiative and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, contributed immeasurably to the success of the vital landing operations. His valiant conduct throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service.
Currently there are numerous Sgt Owens fighting for America, fighting for what’s right. From the day a new Marine enters the Corps, he or she is heir to a legacy that reaches back more than two centuries. Generations from now, the Marines of today will still be family to those of tomorrow because they all joined to be different; they joined to obtain the honor of a Marine.