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Gunny stays "Semper Fi" to service members

"Gunny" shakes the hand of a Marine before signing an autograph during his visit as part of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet Holiday tour, Dec. 3.

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This work, Gunny stays "Semper Fi" to service members [Image 5 of 5], by SPC Justin Snyder, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.03.2008

Date Posted:12.10.2008 11:45

Photo ID:134977


Size:409.44 KB

Location:BAGHDAD, IQGlobe

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Gunny stays "Semper Fi" to service members

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