Lance Cpl. Joseph House, youngest Marine present, right, prepares to take a bite of birthday cake handed to him by the oldest Marine present, Master Gunnery Sgt. Bill Torres, left, during a ball held for student Marines Friday at Fort Leonard Wood’s Nutter Field House. The cake was cut by Col. Ralph Rizzo Jr., far left, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood commander and guest speaker. Rizzo spoke of the Marine Corps’ 243-year heritage and what it means to be a U.S. Marine. Other events held included a run and permanent-party ball at the Lake of the Ozarks. Fort Leonard Wood is home to the largest U.S. Marine Corps detachment not located on a Marine installation. Additional photos can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortleonardwood/sets/72157701890655241/with/31929977258/.
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