As all good Ephs know, today is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday to Devil Dogs around the globe, especially those serving in war zones. Eph Marines are living up to the legacy of those that have gone before.

And here we see Brad Shirley ’07, perhaps the youngest Eph Marine, during his no doubt fun-filled jaunt through Marine Corps Officer Candidate School last summer. Brad is furthest on the left. (More here on OCS and why patriotic, tough athletic Ephs should give it a try.) Congratulations to Brad on making it through a program that is not — How shall I put this? — the easiest summer adventure around.

On a personal note, today is the 18th anniversary of my first “date” with my lovely wife. I took her, of course, to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I don’t know if Brad is going this year, but he should certainly follow my advice on this as well as all other matters.

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