First to Fight

First to Fight

Written by Charles Husemann on 10/4/2004 for

Most of the Marine characters in the upcoming military first-person shooter, Close Combat®: First to Fight(tm), are actually active-duty United States Marines, rather than fictional characters. Most of these Marines are currently serving, or have just returned from their second combat tour in Iraq.

Players are assigned three Marines to fill their four-man fire team at the beginning of each mission. Approximately

15 of the 20 possible unique fire team members in First to Fight are actual active-duty U.S. Marines.

Here are short biographies of five of these real-life Marines
NAME: Rudy M. Lacroix
RANK: Staff Sergeant
UNIT: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
AGE: 32
HOME TOWN: Detroit, MI
NICKNAME: Blackfoot
WHY HE BECAME A MARINE: “To serve my country. Family tradition.”
WHY HE’S PROUD TO BE A MARINE: “Because the Marine Corps makes you a better person, and we are all brothers regardless of rank.”
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MARINE: “There are no words to describe what another Marine will do for his brother in a time of need or in combat.”
HOBBIES: Fishing, surfing, snowboarding, softball.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. (John F. Kennedy)”

NAME: Michael Vaz
RANK: Sergeant
UNIT: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. India Company.
AGE: 27
HOME TOWN: Berrien Springs, MI
NICKNAME: Big Mike
WHY HE BECAME A MARINE: “I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically and I wanted to see the world.”
WHY HE’S PROUD TO BE A MARINE: “1. The honor of being a Marine. 2. Being able to carry on the tradition that was set by my predecessors. 3. Knowing that I have made a difference in the world.”
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MARINE: “Knowing that once you are on the battlefield, nothing else matters except for covering the man on the left and right of you.”
HOBBIES: Snowboarding, golfing, working out.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Most people go through life wondering if they’ve made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.” (Ronald Reagan)

NAME: Eddie Garcia II
RANK: Corporal
UNIT: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. Bloody “G”eorge Company.
AGE: 27
HOME TOWN: Bronx, NY
NICKNAME: Prime
WHY HE BECAME A MARINE: “My family has served in the Marine Corps during every war since the Korean War. I grew up reading about the honor of knights, noblemen, and samurai and I wanted to be part of the modern-day equivalent.”
WHY HE’S PROUD TO BE A MARINE: “1. The Marine Corps discipline. 2. The importance of being part of the history and tradition of the Marine Corps. 3. Marines are at the tip of the spear.”
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MARINE: “Our friendships are born through hardship and shared experience. We are men united in our love for the Marine Corps and all its traditions.”
HOBBIES: Reading, video games, working on my home, movies.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Semel Insanivimus Omnis -- We have all been mad once.”

NAME: Trustun Connor
RANK: First Lieutenant
UNIT: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
AGE: 29
HOME TOWN: Sheridan, WY
NICKNAME: T-Bird
WHY HE BECAME A MARINE: “Honor. Courage. Commitment.”
WHY HE’S PROUD TO BE A MARINE: “No better friend. No worse enemy.”
FAVORITE QUOTE: “War is Hell.”

NAME: Hector Arellano
RANK: Staff Sergeant
UNIT: 3rd AABN, 1st Marines
AGE: 31
HOME TOWN: Los Angeles
NICKNAME: Casanova
WHY HE BECAME A MARINE: “To serve my country, and to leave the mean streets of Los Angeles.”
WHY HE’S PROUD TO BE A MARINE: “1. Being able to protect my country. 2. First in my family to serve in the military. 3. Proud to be at my buddy’s side in combat.”
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A MARINE: “Marines have a deep respect and love for one another.”
HOBBIES: Pitbull breeding and lots of sports.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “An eye for an eye.”

* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.


About Author

Hi, my name is Charles Husemann and I've been gaming for longer than I care to admit. For me it's always been about competing and a burning off stress. It started off simply enough with Choplifter and Lode Runner on the Apple //e, then it was the curse of Tank and Yars Revenge on the 2600. The addiction subsided somewhat until I went to college where dramatic decreases in my GPA could be traced to the release of X:Com and Doom.   I have been a Microsoft Xbox MVP since 2009.
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