Marines brought together after tragedy

By Lance Cpl. R.J. Driver Sgt. Maj. Brian Taylor, recruiting station Baltimore sergeant major, could say only one thing after seeing Gunnery Sgt. Maurice Bease, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, squadron gunnery sergeant. “I swear I thought I was looking at a ghost.” Taylor saw a Marine he thought had been dead for the last decade. After serving together for two years with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., word got back to Taylor that Bease was lost during the tragic 9/11 attack at the Pentagon, where Bease was serving. “A few weeks after the 9/11 attack, I got a call in which it was explained to me that Bease had perished in the attack on the Pentagon,” Taylor explained. “I   passed on my condolences and deployed shortly after.” Bease clarified the misunderstanding, stating, “After the attack, some friends and I went back in to rescue (those left in the building) and help whomever we could. I had a lot of blood on me and... ...

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