This week, Bryan Eberly's colleagues presented him with a rainbow-striped flag embossed with the marine corps logo to mark his last day at work — a gift that would have been impossible beforewhen the US military lifted its ban on openly gay members. Reflecting on the reaction to the picture since he posted it online, Eberly says it was indicative of the support he has received from his fellow marines over the years. It was very moving," said Eberly.
But as it happened, one of the strangest days in the history of the United States Marine Corps unfolded without the protests and insults that Sergeant Henry had feared. Neill Equality Center in downtown Tulsa, instead spent it in quiet conversation with a trickle of gay women who came in to ask about joining the Marines. Pratt, 20, asked Sergeant Henry what he liked about the Marines.
Being in the military before the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was tortuous for many lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans forced to hide their true identity. But for Elegance Bratton, hiding his sexuality was liberating in a way he couldn't have imagined. During the conversation, Bratton explained how joining the Marines made him absolutely sure he was gay. Bratton explained that he was kicked out of his home as a teenager for expressing a same-sex attraction, which led him to bottle up his feelings and refuse to acknowledge them -- until he became a Marine.
Marine and Vietnam War veteran, who was left disabled by the war. President Gerald Ford in San Franciscocausing her to miss. Oliver Wellington Sipple was born in Detroit, Michigan.
I am a retired U. Marine, having been drafted at the end of the Vietnam War. At one time, I commanded a squadron of 1, Marines and sailors.
Please refresh the page and retry. Six years ago, McCabe joined the United States Marine Corps — a branch of the American Armed Forces that is responsible for the rapid and effective deployment of forces in response to crises and warfare. Up until the early nineties, homosexuals were banned from enlisting in any American military force, and even after Bill Clinton signed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law inif a soldier revealed their sexuality, they were to be immediately discharged. However, he never came out during the entire time we were serving together, and I know for a fact that even though his contract is now up and he is no longer in the Marines, he is still yet to come out.
The longtime Commerce resident had never flown in an airplane until he joined the Marines in In four years in the Marines, Tomblin, now 28, traveled far out of his comfort zone in rural northeast Georgia with the Marines to parts of Europe, several areas of the South Pacific and Afghanistan. Those travels opened his eyes to the great disparity of wealth in the world.
When he returned from Afghanistan and saw his partner waiting to welcome him home, "four years of pent-up emotion and secret love" just seemed to naturally lead to "what felt like an eternity kiss," Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan told NPR this afternoon. In a conversation with All Things Considered producer Art Silverman, part of which will be broadcast on the show later today, Morgan discussed the kiss and the now viral photo that we blogged about Monday.