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Two depot Marines fly first-class to Super Bowl, box seats

By Lance Cpl. Edward R. Guevara Jr. | | November 27, 2007

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(Photo by Courtesy of Lance Cpl. Christopher M. H. Laha)

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(Photo by Courtesy of Lance Cpl. Jesse Luong)

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MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Marines all over the world watched as the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. According to reports, even in Iraq, the Marines on post that couldn't watch, would listen to the updates sent through the radio waves.

Two Medical Holding Platoon Marines here who recently were injured in Iraq were given an even greater insight to the games' happenings when they each received an all-expenses paid trip to the event, courtesy of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., and Western Scientific.

Lance Cpls. Christopher M. H. Laha and Jesse Luong were flown first class to a five-star resort for the weekend. They ate cuisine par to crab legs and steak the entire four days, even during the multiple pregame and postgame parties they attended on game day, according to Laha.

"The game was good," said Laha, "but it was cold. I stayed in the sky box the entire time."

According to recent media reports, they were not the only Marines to go to the game.

The National Football League's Cleveland Browns donated 50 tickets for Marines along the east coast, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Although not all Marines were catered to as Laha and Luong, Sunday was a day of football, and if some Marines had it their way, it would have been an international, or at least national, holiday.

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