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By Betty Vanderwielen

Force Recon – A 27-Year Adrenaline Rush


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

James Sackett has no pictures of himself in his "cool" Marine uniform. They were all burned in a fire. He is equally proud of being a firefighter. Here he poses in his Seeley Lake Fire Department uniform.

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident James Sackett joined the U.S. Marine Corps straight out of high school. Why the Marines? "Because I thought they had the coolest uniforms," he said. By the time he mustered out 27 years later, that uniform was filled with medals.

In a more serious vein, Sackett said he joined the military because he hoped that would keep his brother safe. Though brother Jerry was two years younger and twice Sackett's size, he was not a fighter. Sackett said he had fought Jerry's battles for him all his life. He hoped the U.S. Sole Survivor Policy would mean that Jerry w...

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