- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2011

I wholeheartedly agree with Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, on the point of his column “Let Marinesbe Marines” (Commentary, Wednesday), in which he challenges the wisdom of cutting the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) from the national budget.

Thursday was my 81st birthday. I participated in the Inchon amphibious landing on Sept. 15, 1950. I was in the 5th Marine Regiment, and we had just came from fighting in the Pusan Perimeter to join the rest of the 1st Division for the Inchon landing. Inchon has a 30-foot tide, and we had to make the landing in the afternoon, a feat unprecedented in amphibious landings. The landing craft next to ours took a direct hit from shore batteries. Many lives would have been saved if EFVs had been available back then.

With the turmoil in the world today, we could be called upon with short notice to intervene in many countries where the only access is by a sea-to-shore-type operation. It is of the utmost importance that we have the best equipment available to get the job done. The EFV is the best vehicle available for an amphibious landing. It is critical that the EFV remain in our military budget.

DON CEDERGREN

Springfield, Va.