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A Marine’s Recollection of a day in Vietnam

I Remember That Day
Gene Spanos

We were sitting around while reinforcing
the blast walls around the hooches that day
in charlie company area.

When all of suddenan enemy artillery round
landed over between Delta company and our
position approx 300 feet to my right at 2pm position.

It was after it hit that dust/dirt flew up in our
faces and I could not see crap. We all dove for cover too!

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Friend

Friend
Jason “Barbo” Barbosa

As a method of dealinf with some PTSD I began writing poetry. Some of it is angry, some confused, but I feel that many (although most won’t admit) could agree with the words from time to time. Here is one of the lighter ones.

Semper Fi

Jason “Barbo” Barbosa
SGT USMC 1988-1994
Panama, Kuwait, Somalia
Veteran

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USMC Poems – Curtis

USMC Poems
by Jim Curtis

Here are a few of the poems on my CD titled Semper Fi Marines. Please feel free to share these with others. As you may know November 10th is the Marine Corps Birthday so Marines everywhere will be celebrating the same:

1) A BOY'S DREAM

WHEN I WAS JUST A YOUNG BOY
SOMETIMES I'D SIT ALONE
AND DREAM ABOUT ADVENTURES
IN PLACES FAR FROM HOME
I'D BE A TALL, STRONG HERO
AND WITH OTHERS OF MY ILK
FIGHT FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
OF LADIES DRESSED IN SILK
AND ALSO FOR THEIR CHILDREN
THAT LOOKED ALOT LIKE ME
SITTING ON BIG PORCHES
CAUGHT UP IN THEIR DREAMS

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A Tribute “One Day”

Jerrod (Corp. USMC) spent seven months in Fallujah during 2004, the photo was taken on the day he returned home. The little girl in the photo wrote the poem on Veterans day as a tribute to him and the brave men and women of our armed services.

A Tribute “One Day”

Am I just anyone?
In this foreign, land
Battered and homesick
My breathing uneven
With a gun in my hand

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Patriot on American Radio – Ken Hamblin

The Black Avenger
Submitted by: GySgt Slater G. Leverette

(Reprinted with permission of Military magazine, 2122 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. A sample copy of Military may be obtained by writing to the above address)

A new radio talk show host by the name of Ken Hamblin, or as he refers to himself “The Black Avenger,” is blasting the “America is wrong bunch” on stations across the nation from his Denver CO, headquarters. This son of immigrant parents from Barbados and former member of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” takes on the “egg-sucking dog liberals,” as he calls them, infuriating them Monday through Friday, telling them there’s nothing wrong with the so-called “socially disadvantaged” that a day of honest hard work won’t cure. . . that the welfare state created by the do-gooders is the problem. . . not the answer. . . he refers to AFDC as “breeding for dollars” He says “dignity comes from work” and opposes affirmative action programs.

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A USMC Sgt Major’s Tribute Following September 11

We Never Leave Our Brothers Behind
By: Major David C. Andersen, USMC, New York City PAO

Groud Zero Photo

AP GROUND ZERO, NEW YORK — Pain shot through my back in the late night hours of 6 March 2002 from the weight of the stretcher, but Marines always complete the mission. With Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtin, 45, USMCR (RET) NYPD, in my left hand and his wife and daughter only feet in front of me, sense of duty led the way as it has for many men better than I for hundreds of years.

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An Address Honoring Veterans

Vietnam Veterans: A Topic That Was Unspeakable
An Address by Reverend John H. Ferguson, delivered at the Veterans Day Assembly at Juanita High School, Kirkland, Washington, November 14, 1994

I want to begin by thanking you for giving me the privilege of speaking to you this morning. We have come together to honor the military service of American men and women, particularly those who participated in the war in Vietnam.

I’m one of those people. I served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. I was a member of the 15th marine Counterintelligence Team, operating just below the Demilitarized Zone. Our team was a part of small unit combat and intelligence operations, now known as the Phoenix Program.

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US Marines – A Few Good Extremists

“We Need a Few Good Extremists”
Author Unknown

“To err is human, to forgive is divine. Neither, however, is Marine Corps policy.” It is this tenacity that anchors the Corps and upsets the weaklings of the Clinton administration.

Sara Lister, assistant secretary of the Army, was forced into early retirement after characterizing US Marines as dangerous ‘extremists’ wearing bizarre uniforms. Laugh at the fashion reference thrown into an otherwise serious debate, but she was absolutely correct! In fact, it was this dangerous, patriotic extremism that powered the Marines at Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin Reservoir, and Hue City.

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Veteran’s Poem

A Veteran's Christmas Wish
By Robert A. Hall

Each year when Christmas comes around again,
I pause on Christmas Eve to take a dram
Of whisky, and I think of absent friends,
And Christmas in a place called Vietnam.

I think of boys who never had the chance
To see their kids on Christmas Eve at play,
Their lives were spent that freedom might advance,
From Valley Forge right up through yesterday.

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They Raised The Flag

Dear Grit,

Years ago I read James Bradley’s book Flags of Our Fathers, I was inspired to write the following poem. I sent a copy to Mr. Bradley and also one to Clint Eastwood after he released his movie of the same name. Now I send you a copy to place in your files. I was, and am still, proud of my service in the Marine Corps. I was a radio operator and while in Vietnam I was attached to the 3rd Company, 1st Batallion, 2nd ROK Marine Brigade in Binh- Son and then moved up to Hoi-An right before the Tet Offensive. I am also extremely proud of this poem. Use it as you will.

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