Running for 237 fallen Marines: “the least I can do”

story by: Lance Cpl. Scott Whiting
photo courtesy of: Capt. Jason Dequenne
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The Marine Corps is turning 237 years old this year. Marines honor the enriched history of the Corps in many different ways to show their respect for those who came before today’s service members. One officer aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune found a way to honor the service and its fallen Marines at the same time.
Capt. Jason W. Dequenne, a logistics officer with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), ran 236 miles last year, starting at the infamous Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, running 210 miles to the starting point of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., and finishing the 26.2 mile-long race. He plans to do the same this year, adding another mile for the 237th year of the Marine Corps’ existence.
Dequenne says, however, running 236 last year and 237 for the birthday this year, is about much more than just running a long distance.
“Once I dreamt up this challenge, I wanted to honor our fallen,” said Dequenne.
He runs each mile for different fallen Marines he either served with, someone he heard about from a friend or read about online. Dequenne says it’s the least he can do for someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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