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Freedom Fighters: Louis Evans

Louis Evans is known as "The Old Marine" around his neighborhood at Lake O' The Pines. Evans joined the Marine Corps in 1940 because he "liked their dress blues". Little did he know that he would spend the next three years in battle fatigues.

Evans was first stationed in American Somoa. August 7, 1942, he became part of the U.S. landing force on Guadalcanal. Casualities were heavy as Marines took the island inch by inch. They fought with very little food or water, through dense jungles and polluted streams. Many historians look back to Guadalcanal as the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

In August of '42, Evans was wounded on Guadalcanal's "Bloody Ridge". For weeks he hovered between life and death but "refused to die."

Louis Evans was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1946.

But as far as he's concerned, once a Marine, always a Marine.

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