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Gunny Claus spreads Christmas cheer, visits military families

Gunny Claus talks to children at the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center, Dec. 14. Gunny Claus hopes to spread Christmas cheer throughout the Marine Corps and has visited more than 11,000 children this year.



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This work, Gunny Claus spreads Christmas cheer, visits military families [Image 2 of 2], by LCpl Justin Rodriguez, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.09.2013

Date Posted:12.20.2013 11:30

Photo ID:1142214

VIRIN:131209-M-JR202-001

Resolution:5760x3840

Size:21.24 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

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