Cpl. Leonard B. Turner enlisted in the Marine Corps to serve during WWII in 1942, following his two older brothers in military service. Turner was sent to Guadalcanal, Efate, and Espiritu Santo, and participated in the initial waves during the battles of Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa. He served in the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, where he was nicknamed ‘Raider 96.’ After the end of the war, he returned to his hometown in Detroit where he served in an administrative facility at General Motors Headquarters until he retired after 42 years. Being the oldest Marine in attendance, Turner attended the Marine Forces Special Operations Command’s 244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 2nd. He marched into the ceremony confidently with his dress blues and regalia. Symbolizing trust, comradery, and encouragement, Turner passed a piece of birthday cake, like passing a torch, to the youngest Marine present, 19-year-old Pfc. Ivan K. Lopez. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball brings all Marines together–young and old, enlisted and retired–strengthening bonds, creating friendships, and coming together as one.