Bernard Trainor, or “Mick,” was a decent man, a good person to talk to, and had a couple of memorable careers.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1946 and led an infantry platoon in the Korean War. He commanded a Royal Marine commando company on Malta. In the Vietnam War, he advised Vietnamese special operators and later commanded two battalions—1/5 Marines, and 1st Recon Btln. He retired in 1985.

Then, he became a military correspondent for the New York Times and, with co-author Michael Gordon, wrote a couple of fine books on the war in Iraq.

He will be missed.


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