EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of this story didn’t run on Saturday’s Rawlins Times edition due to a print mishap. Here is the full story. We sincerely apologize to our readers for the inconvenience.

Philip Rose and James Mercer grew up together in Sinclair, Wyoming. One year apart in age these two friends became brothers and over the years have never lost touch with each other or their families. Together, in October of 2002 these brothers made the life-changing decision to step onto the yellow footprints in San Diego CA starting their journey as recruits in the United States Marine Corps. Seventeen years later and they are still serving, Philip in San Diego, CA and James in Fort Worth, TX.

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