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Beaufort’s Steve Swiger, 72, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Big Rapids, Mich., in 1972. After Boot Camp in San Diego and Infantry training, he was posted to Camp Pendleton before heading to Quang Tri, Vietnam. Follow-on tours included 1st Marine Corps District, as a Drill Instructor on Parris Island, at HQ Marine Corps, on Okinawa, at Camp Smith Hawaii, as NCOIC of Depot Education at Parris Island, and at the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco. Along the way he earned both a BA and Master’s Degree. He retired in 1988 as a Gunnery Sergeant with 20 years service. Thereafter, he worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington and San Diego for another 20 years before returning to Beaufort.

– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact

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