JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — News of Osama bin Laden’s death swept the country, but no where was the news received like Camp Lejeune. People there have a real stake in this war.
To Marines and their families it is an understatement to say bin Laden’s death is good news. They are happy. They are relieved. They feel a true sense of accomplishment.
“I’m pretty stoked,” Katie Collins said. “My dad’s a Marine, and he has been in the military a long time, and he has been in this war pretty much from the beginning, and this is what it’s all about.”
Marines at Camp Lejeune have a job to do, and this means they are getting results.
PFC Kirby, who did not want to give his first name, thinks this good news is well deserved.
“I think everyone finding out the news about Osama being dead is really good news,” he said. “It’s going to boost the morale. I mean with everything going on lately, I think is good news and it definitely boosts the nation’s morale.”
For Marines it is personal. They have been on the ground and in the middle of the conflict.
Staff Sgt. Robert Gruber spent nine months deployed in Afghanistan. He feels everyone in the military has a share in this accomplishment.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “I think it’s a long time coming. I think it’s a lot of relief for the people of my generation who joined the Marine Corps after 9/11 for this specific reason of the military in general. They joined to give justice to someone who deserved what he got.”
Marines and their families are celebrating this victory, but they know there is much more to do and they will be ready.
The mood is good on a Marine base that has seen its share of casualties in a war that has gone on a for a long time. The sentiment is it’s about time we got bin Laden.