Young Marines learn about veterans' military service (PHOTOS)


From left, Emerald Coast Young Marines Unit Cmdr. Lynn Dominique watches as Pfc. Makayla Martin, 12, shares a salute with World War II veteran Walter Sullivan during the Nov. 16 Veterans Appreciation Lunch at Elks Lodge 2624. Makayla interviewed Sullivan about his experience during Iwo Jima's invasion. Standing to the right of Sullivan is Lance Cpl. Aston Normand.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Pfc. Makayla Martin, with the Emerald Coast Young Marines, has greater appreciation for the Battle of Iwo Jima, having received a first-hand account from a man who lived through it.  

"I learned that Iwo Jima was a crucial battle and that it was a difficult course for (retired Marine Walter Sullivan) to overcome," the 12-year-old said.

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She interviewed Sullivan, who served with an infantry division that invaded the Pacific island in 1945, before the Nov. 16 Young Marines' Veterans Appreciation Lunch at Elks Lodge 2624 in downtown Crestview.

Lance Cpl. Aston Normand, who interviewed World War II veteran William P. Zell, said he learned what motivated Zell during his 31-year career in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

"He didn't do it for the money or anything else; he just wanted to serve his country and help his fellow brothers and sisters in the military," he said. 

Zell gave Young Marines some advice after earning an honorary certificate.

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