P1 First Person: If it were easy, anyone could do it

By Sgt. Ti Goetz
Hawthorne (Calif.) Police Department

If I had to pick one hero of my youth — aside from my father — it would have to be the Duke. I grew up on John Wayne. In fact, his portrayal of that tough as nails Sgt. John Stryker in “Sands of Iwo Jima” is what inspired me to join the Marine Corps on the very day I turned seventeen. I still remember lying on the living room floor as a child, watching mesmerized as Sgt. Striker barked out his orders which, of course, were always quickly obeyed. I soaked up Hollywood’s heroic depiction of how he dealt with the difficult decisions he typically faced, always making the right call for the right reasons with a certainty of command that simply screamed, “Leadership!”

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