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Faces of MCIPAC: Battles from the Past Creating a Brighter Future

Lying in bed was a boy. This boy fell asleep to a thudding in a rhythmic pattern and a noise that rattled his bed, the whup-whup-whup sound of helicopters and gunfire that split the night’s silence with pops and flashes. This boy fell asleep to the sound of his country’s civil war. This boy, Benjamin, would go to sleep, often fearful, and wonder if the militia would come into his house and kill him and his family. He usually never knew if that night was going to be his last…
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Benjamin Crayton, a motor vehicle operator with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, observes the motor pool during an inspection of a Humvee on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 10, 2022. Crayton was born in Monrovia, Liberia during the First Liberian Civil War, and immigrated to Europe as a refugee. When he was 17 years old he moved to the U.S. and in 2021 he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

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