Tuesday, January 5, 2010

'Marine' title comes with the inherent obligation to honor it for life

The safest place in America is in its heartland next to a Marine, which makes cases like the tragic death of Indiana University Professor Don Belton even more disturbing than normal since a former Marine may be involved. A recent CBS’ News headline caught my eye in particular: Did "Gay Panic" Lead Ex-Marine Michael Griffin to Kill Professor Don Belton? Despite no apparent connection between his past military service and this case, including the words “Ex-Marine” in the headline is a reminder that this country rightly holds its US Marines to a higher standard, regardless of when they served.



Most people realize that actions like those alleged are not representative of Marines, and that’s exactly why we’re shocked to hear about it. At the same time, those seeking the title “Marine” should first consider the inherent obligation to honor it for life.


While my heartfelt condolences go out to Professor Belton’s family, friends, students, peers, and readers across the nation, I can’t help thinking that he may be missed even more by those of us who will never meet him, hear him, or sit in his classroom.




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