Marines aren’t the only ones who sacrifice for our freedoms; their families pay their dues as they support Marines throughout their careers. Military service has always been a huge part of Reed Fawell’s life. His father, Col Reed Marquette Fawell Jr., USMC(Ret), dedicated his life to the Corps. Growing up as a military brat, Fawell spent most of his life watching his father work with and train Marines.
“As a child . . . I knew that Marines are awesome,” said Fawell. “I have a great admiration for them; it has stayed with me even after my dad retired from the Corps.”
Fawell traveled abroad and throughout the United States while his father served on active duty. Col Fawell balanced parenthood and the Corps, ensuring that he spent time with his son.
“Even working on homework at night in my dad’s study, I was surrounded by former Marines’ portraits on my dad’s wall. It made a huge impression on me,” said Fawell.
Col Fawell was one of nine members of his family to serve during WW II. During his active-duty tour, he led Marines in the Pacific theater in World War II. Prior to going into battle, Col Fawell wrote a letter to his Marines before their departure.
“I do feel confident after seeing you work under unfortunate conditions that every one of you has the ability to fight, to win, and uphold old established traditions of the United States Marine Corps. Bear in mind—keep cool, use your head that is what it is there for. The shot that does not hit the target is a shot wasted. Keep advancing; there are a hell of a lot of good Marines in back of you. Good luck, good shooting.” – Col Fawell
As he grew up, Reed Fawell watched history unfold before his eyes. This inspired him to give back to the Corps by donating time and money to the Marine Corps Association Foundation (MCAF). His recent $1,500 donation to MCAF will be used to provide awards during the 2014 Officer Candidate School graduations. These awards are given to select candidates for their outstanding achievements during the course.
“My dad was a very committed Marine. If he were to see me now, he would be very appreciative,” said Fawell. I have enormous respect for the Marine Corps and my father.”
Fawell was unable to serve in the military due to congenital health conditions. Since he was ineligible for the draft, he found other ways to ensure that Marine Corps history was not forgotten. During his spare time, Fawell created an online time capsule through his military websites http://amphibiouslanding.com/ and http://2ndarmoredamphibianbattalion.com/. The Amphibious Landing website takes the viewer on a tour through some of the Marine Corps tactics used in the Central and South Pacific. The 2d Armored Amphibian Battalion website tells the story of World War II during the Central Pacific Campaign.
“It is so important to keep these stories and the memories of the Marine Corps alive. People are forgetting the men who go into harm’s way to keep us safe. The Marine Corps Association and its Foundation are preserving the traditions of the Marine Corps.”