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Petty Officer Third Class Pablo Paredes, 23, arrived on time at the 32nd Street Pier, but instead of wearing a uniform, he had donned a shirt that said Like Cabinet Member, I Resign, which is what he did on Monday.
"I'd rather do a year in a prison in the military than do six months of dirty work for a war I don't believe in -- and not many people believe in -- and get Marines in harm's way," Paredes told NBC 7/39. "It's sad to me that some people don't understand what I'm doing, donít understand that this fight takes a lot more courage and that I'm fighting for the very people that they're putting in harm's way."