Indigo Insights

Sunday, November 21, 2004
training with the 26th MEU Echo Company

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - (Nov. 18, 2004) Three landing crafts crashed through the North Carolina breakers coming ashore amidst a dense cloud of sand and sea spray. The deafening sound from the massive propellers and gas turbine engines drowned out all other sounds on Onslow beach.

Inside one craft, an anxious 24-year-old Marine wireman from Oklahoma City wished he could see out the window. Training or not, this was an important moment. Surrounded by nearly 90 fellow Marines from Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Batt. 8th Marines, it was Lance Cpl. John W. Inman's first amphibious landing. Read more

"The best part of being a Marine is knowing I'll have the life-long acknowledgement that I served with the toughest branch of the military," Lance Cpl. John W. Inman said. "The worst part is about the same."