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Published: Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Honoring marines

Say a silent prayer for 32 lives lost

How about a shout-out for some U.S. Marines? Better yet, during this hectic Christmas season, may I humbly suggest as you remember your loved ones, you also say a silent prayer for 32 U.S. Marines who will remain, "forever young". You see, these 32 Marines will rest forevermore on Mount Rainier's South Tahoma Glacier.
Sixty-six years ago on Dec. 10, 1946, en-route from San Diego to Sand Point Naval Air Station for their Christmas leave, their plane crashed. A bronze memorial plaque inscribed with the names of the 32 U.S. Marines sets atop a 9,000 pound boulder located in Veterans Memorial Park. Their memorial in the city of Enumclaw (with Mount Rainier looming in the distance) declares: "The flight has ended, they are now in Your keeping"
Boyce Clark
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