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Departed U.S. Marines of the Korean DMZ, Section 1


Joseph A Monier III

Joseph A “Jay” Monier, 70, of Medford Oregon, died February 4, 2005 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 13, 1934. Jay served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years. In addition to being a member of 1st Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company, he was a Marine Drill Instructor. Jay taught high school for more than 30 years until his retirement. He loved playing poker, poker, and more poker. He even had the opportunity to play poker with President Kennedy. He also enjoyed horse racing.

A letter from Jay Monier

Received e-mail from BILL ARVIN who indicated we may have been in the same tent many years ago. I called Bill and sure enough he remembered my full name, Joseph Armand Monier III, because he got in trouble sending money orders to my mom when I won playing poker. He also recalled my joining the Corps in Terre Haute, as he's from an area just south of Terre Haute. He arrived in Korea just one month later than I did.

~ Jay Monier

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,

That the old Marines of our county went to battle, but we know,

It was not just the politicians,

With their compromise and legislation,

Who won for us the freedom,

That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Marine,

Who has sworn to defend,

His home, his kin, and country,

And would fight until the end?

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