There’s a different kind of war going on inside the skulls of the marines flexing out their ‘rusted muscles’ ‘in the name of peace’ in Iraq. The moment they lose any of the soldiers, the fellow soldiers go back home and ink them on their body as a token of remembrance. Though the earth painted red with blood is looking for reasons, the worriers are shedding their blood to mark the horrors of the battlefield forever, like death, on their skins.
“When I was feeling the pain of the tattoo, it was actually making it OK that those guys got killed and I didn’t,” recalls Sgt. Lemieux, Ramadi.
Cpl. Joseph Giardino has tattooed his back with “Some Gave All” in blue. Cpl. Francisco Villegas’s upper arm reads “Fallen But Not Forgotten” and the story goes on and on.