Saturday, January 07, 2006
Tip of the Spear
Of all the various Marines in forward units the guys with the most legitimate claim to the tip of the spear are the combat engineers. Whatever the circumstances may be you can rest assured that the sappers go in first. They lead the way down newly trodden roads and paths with metal detectors. When entry to a hostile building is required they run up and place the charge of C-4 on the door. They're also responsible for performing basic construction and simple carpentry tasks when a new firm base or observation post is being set up. There's no rest for the weary when it comes to these multi-tasked Marines.