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For Marine families, a most difficult goodbye

Sep 7, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Marines from Regimental Combat Team One gather for the bus ride to March Air Reserve Base and then the flight to Afghanistan. For stay-behind spouses, the goal is to 'stay strong, stay positive.'

It's 2 a.m., and several hundred Marines are assembling their sea bags, weapons and other gear on the parade deck. Families huddle in small groups; many a Marine and his wife are sharing a last embrace.

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