Marine Raiders legacy to live on

Survivors in San Diego for reunion

SAN DIEGO - Their exploits in World War II were legendary as they went from Japanese-held island to Japanese-held island in the Pacific.

"We were the very first special operations force in the military," said Charles Meacham, one of a dozen or so Marine Raiders taking part in a reunion at the Town and Country Hotel.  

The group went to Camp Pendleton and on Friday saw the graduation of new Marines at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

This week, the group also learned that the name Raiders will live on. Disbanded after World War II, the name will be absorbed in to MARSOC, or Marine Special Operations Capable, an elite unit within the Marine Corps.  

"The families can only carry on the legacy to a certain point. The Marines, I'm sure, will maintain this history far better," said Jim Koehler, whose father was a Raider.

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