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Medal of Honor recipient commends class's effort

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 25, 2010 1:46 PM

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Veteran Joe Marm shares his Medal of Honor -- the same honor a middle school class hopes to secure for Private Dan Bullock.

Local veteran Joe Marm knows what it takes to earn the Medal of Honor, having done so Nov. 14, 1965, during a firefight along Vietnam's Ia Drang Valley.

And he has heard Private Dan Bullock's story, thanks, in part, to a group of students who are currently growing up only a few miles away from where Marm spent his own childhood playing Army.

He is not sure whether Bullock's actions merit the Medal of Honor, the coveted medal for valor that the Chartiers Valley Middle School class hopes to see posthumously awarded to the Goldsboro native.

"There is so much that goes on in combat, it's hard to capture all the brave and heroic things that go on," Marm said. "But I think that's commendable that these young men and women are interested in looking at a Marine about their own age who was killed in combat."

And he, like others who have heard about those students and their quest, feels better about passing the future to them.

After all, he said, at 13 and 14 years old, they certainly "seem to get it."

"What they are doing, that's really something," Marm said. "They are the future of America, so it's nice of them to have an interest in that young Marine and what he did."