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    Towers falling a call to arms for Rusk woman

    Towers falling a call to arms

    Photo By Cpl. Tommy Huynh | Staff Sgt. Hallie L. Crawford stands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin...... read more read more

    PACIFIC OCEAN, USPACOM, AT SEA

    09.11.2011

    Story by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada 

    11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

    AT SEA - When Hallie Crawford awoke Sept. 11, 2001, her first thought was that her college roommates were playing a joke. However, as she came to after a late night studying, she soon realized the truth.

    A few months later, a 19-year-old Crawford signed a four-year Marine Corps enlistment contract.

    “I felt that it was necessary to give at least four years of service to my family and country after 9/11,” said Crawford, now a staff sergeant serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

    “She’s always put 100 percent effort into anything she’s done,” said Forrest Crawford, her father. “I think she serves her country and the Marine Corps well and carries a prideful tradition. We are very proud of her.”

    Ten years later, Crawford, having served a tour in Iraq, is now preparing for a Western Pacific deployment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island as the unit’s chemical-, biological-, radiological- and nuclear-defense chief.

    She said she is looking forward to it.

    “This will be different from other deployments,” Crawford said. “As an MEU, we can take each aspect of the entire Marine Corps and complete any task anywhere in the world. That is awesome to me.”
    On the events of 9/11, Crawford said, “I saw how Americans came together despite their political and religious views. I was fueled by that.

    “In the years I’ve served, I’ve learned that you should never take anything for granted, and you should stand up for what you believe in. I’m going to stay in [the Corps] as long as I’m enjoying it. One day I’ll be able to look back and know I gave my all.”

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    Date Taken: 09.11.2011
    Date Posted: 09.11.2011 03:37
    Story ID: 76818
    Location: PACIFIC OCEAN, USPACOM, AT SEA

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