Top Marine general approves wearing bracelets honoring the fallen
The commandant of the Marine Corps ended a brewing controversy Tuesday by giving his approval to Marines wearing bracelets honoring troops killed in combat.
Some Marines had complained that they had been ordered by their superiors to stop wearing the bracelets because they are not permitted under a strict dress code in Marine Corps regulations.
Gen. James Amos, after a visit Monday to Twentynine Palms to greet Marines and sailors returning from Afghanistan, issued an order authorizing the wearing of bracelets memorializing prisoners of war or troops killed in combat or missing in action, or who have died as a result of wounds or injuries in a combat area.
"We are acknowledging the close personal nature of our 10 years of war and the strong bonds of fidelity that Marines have for one another, especially for those fellow Marines who we have lost," Amos said in a statement.
Amos met last week with general officers where the topic was discussed, the Marine Corps said. The bracelets are thin strips of metal or rubber with the name of an individual Marine.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Marine memorial bracelet. Credit: 1st Recon Battalion Association