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What a Soldier Might Think on Christmas

A Soldier’s Christmas Night

Poem by By Bob Beskar
Vietnam Veteran

As I look across the desert sky
and gaze up at the stars…
I wonder how the shepherds felt…
When they saw that King of ours!

It truly was a moment…
That changed the course of time…
And through His presence here on earth…
His message was divine.

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Boot Camp Joke about an AWOL Recruit

As the sun rose over Parris Island, the senior drill instructor realized that one of his recruits had gone AWOL. A search party was dispatched immediately. After a few hours the recruit was discovered hiding in some bushes. He was sent back to the base and promptly escorted to the drill instructor's office. The instructor asked the young recruit, "Why did you go AWOL?"

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Boot Camp Hog Boards

Submitted by: Ed Aldridge

When I was in MCRD, Parris Island in April of 76, I experienced one of the most harrowing experiences of my life but at the same time one of the funniest.

We were in the 6th week of training and we had just put up a hog board (a bulletin board with pictures of our girlfriends wearing bikinis or less) at the front of the squad bay, just outside of the Drill Instructors quarters.

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Learning the Corps Values

Submitted by: Thomas E.Ricks

On a hot night in 1992, on my first deployment as a Pentagon reporter, I went on patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia, with a squad of Marines led by a 22-year-old corporal. Red and green tracer bullets cut arcs across the dark sky. It was a confusing and difficult time. Yet the corporal led the patrol with a confidence that was contagious.

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Touch Not This Wall by Harley Melton

Reviewed by Chris Spencer

Touch Not This Wall: A Novel of the Vietnam War……..and After

Touch Not This Wall is a novel that is more than anything else about friendship and love. But not just any friendship or love, but a friendship and love between two Marines born from the fiery furnace of combat in Vietnam. I never served in combat but I have known enough combat vets to know that a friendship formed in war is in many ways closer than that of a man and his wife or a man and his child.

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Remember Them by Mike Morgan

Sgt Grit,
This Sunday my church will have our annual Memorial Day Service. We Honor those who have fought and died to allow us the right to worship and serve Jesus Christ. Those who have served will be recognized during the service, we have a Color Guard from a local high school ROTC come in. This year we will honor a special Marine who just passed away last week. Cpl. David Miller, he was an Iwo Jima Marine, a Purple Heart Recipient and most importantly a Pastor of 45 years. I sat next to him during our Sunday services and many of opportunity to talk with him. His love for the Corps was only surpassed by his love for Jesus Christ and serving Him. In Honor of his service to our country, I have enclosed something that I wrote to display on our bulletin board at my church. I am no writer, but just wanted our younger generation to remember where their freedom comes form and its cost. It is not directly related to the Marine Corps, but to all of our servicemen and woman. If possible could you pass this on to allow some of the youth of America to understand what freedom cost. Thank you to those who have served and serve.

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The Marine by James Brady

Reviewed by Joseph W. Lugo

Once again Mr. Brady comes through in the tradition of Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone.

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor for those Marines is a special emblem of the few, the proud and the honorable. They honor the code, the Corps and their God.

So does the hero of Mr. Brady's novel. Colonel James "Oliver" Cromwell starts his adult life by going to college, then joining the Marine Corps. The adventure continues from basic training to the Korean War.

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Vietnam War – Thirteen Months and a Wake Up

THIRTEEN MONTHS AND A WAKE UP
By Pete Ritch ©2006

Memories from Peter J. Ritch, USMC 1967- 1970. Viet Nam, 1968-1969 and a member of the USMCVTA.

In 1967, two days after graduating from college and having just received my draft notice in the mail, I beat the draft and joined the Marines. And just as my Marine Recruiter had promised, seven months later I was headed for ?my thirteen months and a wake-up? in Vietnam.

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Drill Instructor Philosophy

PI was like entering an alien world. My senior DI was M/Sgt Quiller, Herbert D. He was among other things a philosopher and genius with the English language, sort of like a Marine Eric Hoffer. (Hoffer was a longshoreman who wrote books, not that Quiller, H. D. would ever write a book) Herbert D. could use the word f*** as a noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, and adverb in one sentence. He gave me many things to take with me through life.

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Silent Warrior

Silent Warrior
Reviewed by Scott Klund

This is a Biography of Carlos Hathcock a Marine Corps sniper. While reading this book I was just a little bored with it. Then I find out it is the second book to "Marine Sniper" by Charles Henderson. So I went out and bought this book. Carlos Hathcock was a Marine Corps sniper during the Vietnam War. Mr. Hathcock has 93 confirmed kills out of as many as 300. Mr Hathcock was also one of the most famous snipers in United States history. Mr. Hathcock also had a $30,000 bounty on his head. I do not know about you, I?m damn glad he was on our side. These 2 books were well worth the reading. Being in the Marine Corps infantry myself, I learned a lot from just reading these books. Mr. Hathcock also won top honors at a National Rifle match one year before going to Vietnam. Carlos N. Hathcock served his country with duty and honor. At the age of 57 Carlos Hathcock died from Multiple Sclerosis. It was said that it was a sad day for many Marines who knew him. Looking back at the 2 books I will admit that I had a tear in my eye.

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