To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities
of                              BENJAMIN A. DRAKE                           , I do
appoint      HIM A        STAFF SERGEANT                              in the
 
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
 
to rank as such from the       FIRST       day of   JANUARY   , nineteen
hundred and     SEVENTY FIVE WITH A PRECEDENCE NUMBER 87
 
This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lessor grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by Superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
 
Given under my hand at Headquarters United States Marine Corps
this           FIRST           day of           APRIL           , in the year of our Lord
nineteen hundred and           SEVENTY FIVE