Brass City Young Marines in Oakville, CT announced that Tanner Linhard '21, a Holy Cross High School honor roll student and freshmen class officer, was selected to participate in the Young Marines WWI/WWII Adventure. He is one of fourteen students selected from across the United States to experience this one-time trip, which recognizes the centennial anniversary of WWI. He will visit battlefields from WWI and WWII in France including the sites of the WWII D-Day invasion and the Battle of Bellau Wood. The ten day trip will be held in July 2018.
Tanner, a Brass City Young Marine CPL, entered an essay contest with the Young Marines to be considered for this experience. "The essays had to be written through the eyes of a soldier or medic," said Tanner. "It was a piece of fiction, but we had to use real historic information. It also had to take place during a battle. My story was based on the Battle of Bellau Wood."
"CPL Linhard's letter was incredibly well written and very realistic," said Unit Commander, Eric Berthel, in an official release by the Young Marines. "I was proud to endorse his emotional essay, and I am proud to have him represent the Brass City Young Marines, the country's first Unit, at this historic event."
"My parents and I were overjoyed when we heard that I was selected," said Tanner. "I was in shock. It took me a while to realize I won."
Tanner has a deep passion for writing and the military. It was difficult for him to keep his letter to the 800 word limit. "I love military history and wanted to keep writing. I really got into it."
Tanner's family also has a military history. His father served in the Marine Corps, and his two great grandfathers served during WWII. "They inspire me," he said. "I want to follow in their footsteps. I hope to join the Annapolis Naval Academy and become a Marine Corp Officer."
In a very short amount of time, Tanner has made an impact in the Holy Cross community as the Treasurer of his freshmen class. He is an honors student and participated on the cross country and wrestling teams. He is also in the cast of Holy Cross Student Theatre's musical, West Side Story.
Please click here to read Tanner's emotional essay, "My Letter Home."