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Immortalizing memories: the Marine ‘moto tat’

Gunnery Sergeant Dustin Hamilton, a safety specialist on Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, rolls his sleeve up June 21, to show a motivational tattoo on his arm. Marines often get tattoos as a sign of pride for their service. (Photo by Carlos Guerra)



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This work, Immortalizing memories: the Marine ‘moto tat’, by Cpl Thomas Bricker, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.21.2013

Date Posted:06.27.2013 14:36

Photo ID:962268

VIRIN:130621-M-PG598-001

Resolution:4016x6016

Size:7.48 MB

Location:BARSTOW, CA, USGlobe

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