Beaufort’s Steve Curless, 66, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1973 in Hannibal, Mo. After Boot camp in San Diego and Infantry training, he specialized in artillery. His first assignment was to Okinawa with deployments to Japan, followed by duty at Lejeune with deployments to the Mediterranean. After a break in service, he rejoined the Marines with duty at Lejeune, including two Med deployments followed by duty at 29 Palms then to Okinawa for three years. Thereafter, he returned to Lejeune with deployments to the Middle East including Iraq and Somalia. He retired in 1997 with 20 years of service as a Staff Sergeant.
– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact email@example.com.