Marine Connection: 71-year-old travels coast to coast for injured Marines

By Marine Connection | | March 30, 2012

Rick Hermelin still has a Marine’s toughness 50 years after enlisting. The former aviation communications technician is undertaking a 100-day, coast-to-coast journey on an ElliptiGO, a bike that mimics a running motion, to raise money for Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. “I never got injured,” said Hermelin. “It was a relatively peaceful time. I’ve been very healthy all my life, nothing hurts even after all those runs. This is my opportunity to give back and help.” Hermelin began his trek on March 23 at Parris Island, S.C., exactly 53 years after he reported for Basic Training at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) San Diego in 1959. He will end his run 3,000 miles later on June 30 at MCRD San Diego where his Marine career was launched.

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