Pappacoda, Elisha. (November 10, 2005). "Special Ops Marines Ran 560 Miles to Celebrate
Corps' 200th Birthday." The Villages Daily Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2005
from the World Wide Web at
An article detailing a 560-mile marathon to commemorate the Marine Corps' bicentennial reveals
"the marathon was the brainchild of Maj. Jim Capers, a sharecropper's son who climbed
through the ranks from private to commander of 2nd Force Recon. A Vietnam War hero, Capers
was the first African-American featured on a military recruiting poster.
'He always had the greatest respect of his men,' Bates [Navy SEAL and Vietnam War veteran] said.
'His men would go to hell and back with him because he'd bring them back.'"