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Marine Week: Marines' 'Osprey' is a 'thrill ride'

6:38 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- One Marine said Marine Week has been like a vacation for him. But what do we do after vacation? We go back to work.

For him, that means heading across the globe for months at a time to fight for our country.

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There's a lot to see with the Marines in town but one thing seems to stand out -- it's the very big, very expensive M-22 Osprey.

The Osprey is half helicopter, half airplane and looks like something out of the movies.

It's a thrill ride every time, like riding a roller coaster, but this is no amusement park ride.

These things head into battle with two dozen seats for two dozen Marines.

And when they take off, anything can happen -- and does.

In April, one of Lance Corporal McGrew's friends who he trained with was killed, along with another Marine, after their Osprey crashed in Morocco.

Corporal Derek Kerns was just 21 years old.

Risks and sacrifices are sometimes overlooked, even when we're surrounded by reminders.

One Marine said, "Every time we go up, there's a risk. But that's part of the job. You can't do this if you're not willing to accept that."

McGrew said he'll deploy again in August but he doesn't know where. He does know where he'll be tonight though -- he said he's going to watch the Tribe play.


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