Republic of Korea Commandant Visits DC

18 Nov 2003 | Cpl. Nathan A. Tiller

The leaders of two of the world's most premier fighting forces met in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18 to honor and celebrate their collective history.Republic of Korea Marine Commandant, Lt. Gen. In-sik Kim and U.S. Marine Commandant, Gen. Michael W. Hagee were accompanied by Marine Barracks Commanding Officer, Col. Daniel P. O'Brien during visits to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va., and the Korean War Memorial in the District. At the Korean War Memorial, the three men laid a wreath and held a moment of silence in honor of those who gave their lives during the Korean War. Later that evening, the ROK Commandant arrived at the historic Home of the Commandants here at the Barracks. After a reception, Lt. Gen. Kim and his guests were escorted out on the parade deck for a full honors parade. After the honor guard formed, Lt. Gen. Kim, Gen. Hagee and Col. O'Brien "trooped the line" to inspect the Marines, then joined together on Centerwalk to participate in the honors ceremony. With more than 280 years of collective war-fighting experience, the Marine Corps of the U.S. and Republic of Korea stand ready for any and every challenge in defending democracy worldwide.