U.S. Marine Corps photo

The rain stopped and the clouds parted minutes before the funeral, and the sun filtered through an oak, casting splotchy shadows around the podium where a young Marine shared stories of her friend before he was laid to rest.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo

Cpl. Legend, a mascot who has served as a Parris Island morale booster since 2011, died Sept. 17, according to a release from the depot.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo

She's the first, or will be -- as soon as she completes "recruit training."

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Photo via the Marine Corps History Division Archives

Just about anyone who’s met a Marine knows the story of World War I’s Battle of Belleau Wood — it’s usually the second thing a jarhead will tell you. (The first is that they’re in the Marine Corps.)

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