Retired Marine Officer and Noted Author Gene Duncan Endorses Ilario Pantano For Congress
Since retiring from active service in 1979, Maj. Gene Duncan has written more than 12 books related to the Marine Corps where he inspires Marines and tells of his personal experiences. Duncan served in the Korean War as a section leader for mortars with 1st Bn., 5th Marine Regiment and in Vietnam twice, where he was wounded twice.
Major Duncan has been repeatedly referred to as "the Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling of the Marine Corps." At a gathering in August 1990 at a reception at the Commandant's home in Washington, Duncan was publicly praised by General Gray for his contributions to the Marine Corps. He was presented a Certificate of Commendation by the Commandant. The certificate reads in part, "Through his wisdom and serious thought on topics such as ethics, honor, leadership, and moral courage, he not only captured the heart and soul of the Marine Corps, but successfully imparted to a new generation of Marines its most valued traditions."
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"I am happy to add my endorsement to the candidacy of Ilario Pantano for Congress. I have known him since he beat the politically correct attempt to hold him responsible for the deaths of terrorists in Iraq, a job he was sent to do.
I am a retired major, United States Marine Corps. I served many years, and I came to learn what real honor and selflessness are. Ilario Pantano exudes these qualities. He did so as Marine, and now we should give him a chance to do so in Congress.
Our Congress today is one which should scare all citizens. Our freedoms are being eroded, and the Constitution ignored. I hope the voters in North Carolina will recognize that truth and give Ilario Pantano the opportunity and the honor of restoring those lost traits to the Congress established by our forefathers who would not recognize it today."
Major USMC (Retired)