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Old 2 December 2016, 14:12
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For Marines who carry their own to burial: ‘The Last to Let You Down’

A storied unit truly shows how magnificent and great America is. Semper Fi, gentlemen.

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In the dim light of a subterranean parking garage, the Marines gather before dawn to train beside the flag-draped casket and a black coffin lid on the wall bearing the inscription: “The Last to Let You Down.” They are the Body Bearers, an elite unit that carries Marines to their final resting place.

To ready for the arduous work — they perform three to five funerals each day at Arlington National Cemetery and the caskets they lift can weigh up to 800 pounds — the Marines come together every morning for pulse-thrumming drills. But they cannot prepare for all aspects of their graveside ritual, as the most difficult moments come when they least anticipate: the sight of a boy at his father’s funeral dressed in the fallen Marine’s oversized uniform, or the sound of a K-9 service dog whimpering as the Body Bearers interred its handler.

“Each funeral takes a part of you,” said Cpl. Salvatore Sciascia, 21, the most experienced Marine among the Body Bearers. He has performed 550 funerals.

Sciascia said the unit trains for “flawless funerals,” noting that while a Marine can mistakenly lose grip of a rifle, the Body Bearers can never drop a casket.

“Selfish people don’t make it here,” said Cpl. Jamen Miller, 25, who traded toting an M-240 machine gun for carrying coffins. “It’s not about my temporary pain. It’s about the families.”



Marine Corps Body Bearers Ceremonial Drill School instructor Cpl. Jamen Miller, left, and section leader Cpl. Salvatore Sciascia, right, stand for a portrait in the parking garage where the unit trains. (Allison Shelley/For The Washington Post)
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Old 2 December 2016, 18:02
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My friend happens to command that company. Phenomenal American and even better Marine. They're lucky to have him as a CO and I know he's honored to command them.
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Old 2 December 2016, 18:23
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A couple of videos:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNyCcvf8cPk
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Old 2 December 2016, 18:24
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Sometimes that paper realizes the power and resources and talent it has working for it and writes a good article, without bullshit.

This is one. Good job all around.
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Old 2 December 2016, 19:29
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Well done, Marines. Really well done.
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Old 2 December 2016, 22:59
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Justaclerk, Thanks for posting that here.
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Old 3 December 2016, 00:32
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Semper Fidelis, Devil Dogs...
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Old 3 December 2016, 02:04
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Semper Fi, but man this room's dusty tonight.
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Old 3 December 2016, 02:16
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I gave seen them featured before. Gives me goose bumps for sure
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Old 3 December 2016, 02:34
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Semper Fi, but man this room's dusty tonight.
Allergies. I need a Kleenex and a Benadryl.

Seriously that was awesome. Impressive lifting the caskets so high.

550 funerals ... The emotional toll must be high.

Semper Fi. Well done.
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Old 30 August 2018, 10:16
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This is something magnificient.

Semper Fidelis and God bless, Marines.
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Old 30 August 2018, 12:03
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A very humbling and honorable position! Thank you gentlemen for all you do!
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Old 30 August 2018, 12:29
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I don't believe I could do that job. To those that do, thank you.
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Old 30 August 2018, 12:35
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That unit, the Old Guard, all of the peri-DC units get my highest respect.
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Old 30 August 2018, 14:26
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Saw this before. Bravo Zulu Marines!
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Old 30 August 2018, 14:47
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Thanks for bumping this thread.
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Old 30 August 2018, 18:06
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It's hard not to bump something so classy and beatiful.
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Old 30 August 2018, 20:08
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Semper Fi, but man this room's dusty tonight.
Mine too for some reason. Great read.
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Old 30 August 2018, 20:17
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The stamina and discipline required to do this over and over again is amazing. And then there's the emotional side as you watch families grieve their loved ones who were your brothers and sisters in Uniform has to be the hardest. Utmost respect for these Marines.
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Old 30 August 2018, 20:49
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The real beauty of this is lost on most of the modern world. None of this is extremely technical (once they've practiced those movements) -- but its an exercise in persistence and sacrifice, based on a higher belief. An idea far too rare these days.
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