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Four Star General Visits Disabled Marine Veteran in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A disabled Marine veteran got a very special house call from a Four-Star General.  Wednesday night Gunnery Sergeant Marvin Wood met General James Mattis. 

Both men have ties to the Tri-Cities.  Wood has lived here the past 19 years, while the General grew up here, graduating from Richland High School in 1968.

General Mattis came to visit Wood at his Kennewick home, after some mutual friends were having lunch and talking about Wood, who couldn't be there because of some health problems.
So, the General decided to stick by a Marine Corps motto and visit him.  He explains, "Gunnery Sergeant Wood is a Marine Veteran.  We have a saying in the Marine Corps, and we say 'Once a Marine, always a Marine.'  So gunny woods is part of the family here. He's not physically as good as he was when he was a young Marine.  I just stopped by to see him and pay my respects to him."

Wood was nearly speechless, saying, "It means everything to me."  The two talked for more than an hour.  Wood says they talked about anything and everything, and had the most wonderful time.  He says he's met a lot of Marines, but the General is one of the finest.

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