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Letter to John Innes from USMC Commandant General Robert B. Neller

"20 July 2018

Dear Mr. Innes,

I hear you are facing heath difficulties, and I just want to take an opportunity to personally thank you for your innumerable contributions to Marine Corps history. You are THE expert on Guadalcanal. Every Commandant over the past two decades has benefited immensely from having you as a guide through that hallowed ground. Your ability to gather myriad pieces of information and reconstruct specific moments from that battle is unrivaled and has played a crucial role in accurately capturing important parts of our Corps' heritage. You have also been instrumental in brining our heroes who were killed in combat so many years ago home for a proper burial.

Your contributions to the United States Marine Corps and the documenting and imparting of our legacy truly cannot be overstated. On a personal note, I greatly appreciate our conversations and the tours of Guadalcanal. It was a privilege walking those grounds with you. Thank you for your dedicated efforts over several decades. Know that we are keeping your health in our thoughts and prayers.

Robert B. Neller
General, U. S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps"
Credit: via John Innes Date: July 20, 2018

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