April 28, 2020
General David Berger
Marine Corps Commandant
3000 Marine Corps, Pentagon
Washington, D. C. 20350-3000
Dear General Berger:
I regret your banishment of Confederate icons in the Corps.
They have been inspiring symbols for generations of many American warriors. Southerners have long contributed more than their share of soldiers. Presently, about 44% of military recruits are from the South whereas the region has only 36% of the nation’s population.
The first American flag to fly over the conquered Japanese Shuri Castle fortress on Okinawa was a Confederate Battle Flag. It was put there by a company of Marines when they found it in the abandoned helmet of their commander after the South Carolina Captain had been evacuated with a paralyzing wound.
I ask that you reverse your ban.