“I felt like this is a calling and this was my sign to keep going,” said Coleman, 79. “We’ll never have to buy any more uniforms.”
Coleman, 79, is a U.S. Army veteran from the Korean War and a U.S. Air Force veteran from the Vietnam War. He served on a drill team during his Army days. The Little Axe squad is not an official Army program.
He has about 10 members, and they plan to march in the Norman Christmas Parade. They train each day at the last hour of school. Students are from Little Axe Middle School and Little Axe High School.
One young graduate joined the Marines this past year and visited Coleman on leave.
“He’s doing quite well. He said the training he got here gave him the confidence to be a good Marine.”