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If I Ever Go To War

Father's Day
This past Father's Day I figured would be like any other. But my nineteen year old daughter surprised me to no end when she included the following in my Father's Day card. This was read at the funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq. I do not know who wrote it, but as a Vietnam vet I must say it is one of the very few times she saw me with sand in my eyes. All I can say is read it. I think the message will speak to all who reads it.

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Poem to Fallen Marine Heroes

Written by L. Winter, Proud Marine Mom

I heard of you today, not in a usual way,
I heard of the courage you displayed today.

Then I heard of your death that has come at such an early age,
Leaving us to weep and be full of rage.

You gave the highest gift that anyone can ever present,
And with your gift we know why you were sent.

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Prepare yourself for the physical demands of USMC Boot Camp

I needed to tell you this

Dear Sgt Grit Well it was that time again when I said goodbye to my son, of the few, of the proud. Strangely it was harder this time than the last time. Last time I watched a boy go off to war and this time I saw a man climb onto that bus. The reality of it is that the 3/2 lost 14 brave, courageous men at the last deployment. I started a scholarship here in Tampa, Florida for Lance Corporal Eric W. Herzberg, 20 years old killed by a sniper in Al Anbar Province and a friend of my son’s.

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Never Ask a Gunny

Richard Mullins

A young Marine officer was in a serious car accident, but the only visible permanent injury was to both of his ears, which were amputated. Since he wasn't physically impaired he remained in the Marine and eventually rose to the rank of General. He was however, very sensitive about his appearance. One day the General was interviewing three Marines for his personal aide. The first was an aviator, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the General asked him, "Do you notice anything different about me?"

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A story about a bus ride in Vietnam

Friendly and Exotic People
Submitted by Dick B

If you’re looking to meet new, friendly and exotic people in an intimate, group setting, I strongly recommend taking a bus in Vietnam. It doesn’t matter where you go or for how long. If this is your sort of adventure, there are some things you need to know. You absolutely must find the bus at its orgination early enough to get a seat. Make sure you make a head call, take on bottled water and charge up your sense of humor. By the time the old rig leaves the city limits it will be SSSRO. That’s standing, sitting and squatting room only. You can be sure every inch of floor real estate will be covered with the feet of those hapless beings who did not have the foresight to find or be able to get to the bus station. Experiencing the bus is one thing, liking the bus is an acquired taste.

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