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Mark Mortensen

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October 22, 1952

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Mark Mortensen graduated from high school in historic Concord, Massachusetts not far from the Old North Bridge where on April 19, 1775 the "Shot Heard ‘Round the World" was fired killing the first British Redcoat and the Revolutionary War was on. It was however through his grandfather and family patriarch that he received full patriotism. He was honored to write the biography of his grandfather’s WWI battalion commander Marine Corps Major George W. Hamilton.

Col. William V. H. White USMC (Ret) stated: “Mortensen has performed a great service to the Marine Corps and to World War I scholars by telling the story of this exceptional Marine. Hamilton, who has been relatively forgotten, was, by any definition, one of the true “Giants of the Corps
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As we enter 2014, the Centennial year to recall the beginning of World War I, my hope is that the following years leading to the Armistice Centennial in 2018 will be a period of sincere reflection upon those from each side who served, those whose lives were forever altered and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Proper honor and recognition requires that history should prevail ove... Read more of this blog post »
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“A nation that fails to recognize and appreciate history is destined for decay.”
Mark Mortensen

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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“I can never be anything else but an American, and I must think of the United States first, and when I think of the United States first in an arrangement like this I am thinking of what is best for the world, for if the United States fails the best hopes of mankind fail with it.”
Henry Cabot Lodge

“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost

“to disagree one doesnt have to be disagreeable”
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