Monty Dahm, a former U.S. Marine and the owner of Tun Tavern in Atlantic City, hosted a 238th Marine Corps birthday celebration at his restaurant Sunday evening.
Dahm holds the event every year, but this year it included a ceremony for his late-brother, William C. Dahm, a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant who died of cancer in June at age 54.
William Dahm's uniforme was unveiled to an audience of Marines. It's framed and now hangs on the wall of the restaurant.
Monty Dahm said his brother enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 18 and served his four years without going to war. But when he was in his late 40s, the staff sergeant called Monty one day and said, "Guess where I'm going? Ahmadi, Iraq. I'm going to go fight for our country."
William Dahm went to active duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan and received several war medals, Monty Dahm said. He also worked for the Pentagon on classified civilian missions.
"He fought in the war in Iraq. He fought in the war in Afghanistan, and unfortunately, he lost the biggest war," Monty Dahm said. "This is my way to honor his life, for all of us to honor his life and his service to our country."
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