1st/Sgt Luke Mercardante was a Marine Corps NCO and staff instructor at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Mercardante was killed in action April 15, 2008 by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
"To become an honorary Brother Rat demonstrates just how much influence one man can have on a class, with its varied service options, backgrounds and career intentions. By all accounts he was the consummate Marine. He will be missed, but his legacy lives in his cadets and others who served with him, who are now taking the field across the globe."
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