By retired Sergeant First Class Don Sornson Jr.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ethan Gardner joined the Marine Corps as an 0311, better known as an infantryman. It wasn’t the same infantryman that you might be imagining though, Ethan was part of a F.A.S.T (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team).

“We deployed all over the world to secure vital assets to the United States Government,” explained Garner. If any of you have seen the movie “A Few Good Men,” that’s who was guarding the walls.

Like many of the veterans who appear on the show, Ethan has a history of family serving in the military. He said it attributed to the reason why he wanted to join himself. “What made me want to join the military is actually my 10th grade year in high school, I did a report on my grandfather and he fought with the Marines on Saipan,” Gardner said. “He was in the Navy, and this feeling of emotion and pride came over me, and it was right then and there I knew I wanted to be a United States Marine.”

Gardner is also a member of a unique veteran’s organization called The American Infidels Veteran’s Motorcycle Club. “Our job all over the country is to promote the American way, and to help our veterans any way that we can,” Gardner said. “It is absolutely unacceptable that there are 79,000 veterans in South Carolina alone that are suffering from PTSD.” The American Infidels are working to bring a program to South Carolina that can help bring vital treatment and coping skills to those veterans.

Make sure to tune in and listen this week to hear what else Ethan Gardner has to say on topics like Marine Corps Boot Camp, what it’s like to be a highly trained combat infantryman that never gets to go into combat, and his advice to someone considering joining the military.

Sornson’s interview with Gardner will air throughout the week on 94.3 The Dude’s Soldier Salute.

Categories: Columbia, Lexington County, Military, Richland County

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