February 10, 2005

Semper Fi

Rest in peace, Mr. Perkins:

George Perkins, believed to be the United States' oldest Marine, has died at the age of 106.

Perkins, who would have been 107 next month, died Wednesday at Overton Brooks Veterans Administration Medical Center in Shreveport. He had been admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.

Perkins had been active until about a week ago. He had been present for the Veterans Day 2004 rededication of Municipal Auditorium.

Veterans Affairs officials said Perkins was the nation's oldest surviving former Marine and the only surviving Marine from World War I.

And so passes another link to our past.

Posted by Charles Austin at February 10, 2005 11:41 PM

Piety maintains the duty to link with our past. As long as there are those with that virtue, George Perkins USMC, ret. will be summoned up to instruct and encourage his countrymen. I think he'd appreciate teh opportunity to give us the help, if only we ask.

Posted by: Luciferous at 12:57 PM