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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter - October 5, 2001

"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought. ... The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks." --Samuel Adams (Born September 27, 1722)


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"Let those who say that we must understand the reasons for terrorism come with me to the thousands of funerals we're having in New York City -- thousands -- and explain those insane, maniacal reasons to the children who will grow up without fathers and mothers and to the parents who have had their children ripped from them for no reason at all. On this issue -- terrorism -- the United Nations must draw a line. The era of moral relativism between those who practice or condone terrorism, and those nations who stand up against it, must end." -- New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressing the UN .....................................

Re-enlistment: https://osprey.manpower.usmc.mil/manpower/ra/ActiveDutyAvail.nsf/Availabilit y?OpenForm ....................................

I am a former U.S. Woman Marine (1971-1976) who married a former U.S. Marine (1965-1975) and gave birth to a former U.S. Marine (1995-1999) now serving in the U.S. Navy. I am also the sister of a U.S. Marine (1965-1968) and sister in law of a U.S. Woman Marine (1966-1968). Would you be surprised to learn that I am a Canadian citizen? While in service, I met several Marines (male and female) who were citizens of other countries but wished to assist this country during Viet Nam. We recognized that the U.S. has always been generous to a fault to less fortunate countries around the world, including countries that have taken up arms against them. The U.S. stands for what they believe and they protect freedom for the world. God Bless America and I am glad to have had a small opportunity to repay the U.S. My prayers are with the families and friends of those lost in New York and Washington, D.C. and with our military troops as they stand in readiness. Elizabeth Sherrod, Formerly Sgt Washington - Camp LeJeune, N.C. .......................................

"Creative spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein ........................................

In memory of Port Authority Police Officer James Parham. He was part of the brotherhood, He was one of us. A Marine! Semper Fi! I am a Federal Officer in Brooklyn, NY. On behalf of myself and all the devil dogs fellow officers here, (about 20) We would like for you to mention Officer Parham. He's been missing since the attack and presume dead. It will be appreciated. Thank you. P.Fortier A Co 1Bn 2mar 89-93 ................................................

As friend of The Federalist Lyn Nofziger recounted Wednesday, "Today one Washington paper's headline read, 'Reagan Airport to Reopen Tomorrow....'The other paper's headline read, 'National to Reopen Tomorrow.' Guess which paper couldn't bring itself to use the word 'Reagan' when [referring to the Reagan National]." Hint: It was not the Washington Times! The Federalist [mailer@federalist.com]

ps we need to stop buying papers, going to movies, watching stations etc..that do not support us. Sgt Grit .....................................................

"Self-defense is not only our right, it is our duty." --Ronald Reagan ................................................

Dear Sarge: I am not sure if I mentioned this before... Here in California and many other states, there has been a very strong effort to disarm the citizens by the passage of very restrictive gun laws. I and I am sure other Marines are ready, able and willing to do what it takes to defend the home front if necessary. We cannot do so if we are disarmed and barred from making purchases as necessary to defend ourselves. Perhaps if you pass on this info to your subscribers we might manage to get the message across here and elsewhere. Tell the politicians to leave our rights alone! Keep up the great work. We need all the help we can get to get through this sad times. Semper Fi. R. Gonzales 2/5 1st Mar Div. 54-57 ..............................................

"This entire country is completely full of s--t and always has been, from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution to the 'Star-Spangled Banner.' ... The very idea that you can set off a bomb in a marketplace and kill several hundred people is exciting and stimulating, and I see it as a form of entertainment." --George Carlin from his 1999 HBO special. Maybe it is time to stop watching these people and buying there stuff. Sgt Grit .................................................

As for what to do with Osama bin Laden: Killing him will only create a martyr. Holding him prisoner will inspire his comrades to take hostages to demand his release. Therefore, I suggest we do neither. Let the Special Forces, Seals or whatever covertly capture him, fly him to an undisclosed hospital and have surgeons quickly perform a complete sex change operation. Then return her to Afghanistan to live as a woman under the Taliban. >From a high school student .........................................

To see how the world has reacted to this horrific event is astonishing. We as in Americans thank you for your support and grief through our trying times. Your promises of help and hope help us to become stronger and more aware of hope that terrorist will now fear us and not us, fear them.

Our flag once again is flown with the utmost respect for our country and its people. Together we stand strong not only as a nation, but as a world pulling together, we will definitely stop these acts of horror from ever happening again in our country or any other. We need to support and believe in our leaders and to keep strong in the wake of events that have and are about to unfold! Please pray for the fallen and their families. Pray for yourself and your family. Together we are victorious. Love to all and thanks for being strong and supportive. From a very proud American, TOM BRYAN Former marine, 3/8 90-94 .....................................

Dear Sgt. Grit, thank you for your latest newsletter. I found it up lifting a encouraging to read the responses from other Marines and those who served with them. Even though I only Served with The Marines for two and a half years, as a Navy corpsman, I learned a lot about fidelity, honor, and patriotism. In my present occupation, I still take care of Marines, and I'm proud of it. On 9/11/01, my heart died as I watched hundreds of Americans and other nationalities perish in senseless and cowardly attacks against my country! After I got over my initial rage and got home from work, I brought out the STARS AND STRIPES, and I fly it 24/7. I only wish I had a Corps Flag to fly along side it, but that will Be taken care of this weekend. I want to thank The United States Marine Crops for showing me the light. I try to live up to Corps standards as the 10th Mar. Regt., taught me from 1969 to 1972, everyday. This Navy Corpsman loves and respects The Corps. highly. I only wish I can go with the Corps into Battle, and take care of my Marines. Semper Fi and GOD BLESS AMERICA! We will over come this and become stronger. HM3 Anthony A. Burton, USN FMF ATLANTIC 69-72 ....................................

Semper Fi I to am ready and willing to what any non active Marine would do if we could, and that is fight for this country any where anytime just give us the call. I am 58 years old but still in good shape and ready to go. I served two tours in Viet Nam 64-68, and can still shoot with the best. God bless us all and give us the courage and the wisdom to do what has to be done. Sgt R.D.Hawkins Engr.64-68 ..................................

I was just reading some quotes from kids in a high school in California concerning the tragedy that has befallen the US. One said, "I wouldn't fight, I love myself too much to put myself at risk", another said "it didn't happen in Oakland so I'm not concerned". There was more, but I can't even write it down, it makes me so sick to think these little b****** could be so heartless and self-centered. As the wife of a former Marine all I can say is, the parents of these kids should know they did a lousy job of raising these monsters. Joyce Foreit .......................................

Six years ago, I was less than 20 miles from the Oklahoma City bombing. On September 11th, I was across the country from the attack and relived the horror tenfold. Whether terrorism comes from within or from without, it is still humans committing atrocities on its own species. Last week I flew to Salt Lake City. I wasn't afraid to fly, even though my original flights both ways were cancelled and I was rescheduled. And it didn't take me any longer than usual to check in and get to my gate. But I was appalled by the lack of people in the airport. On Saturday, I went to Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City. I've never been to Best Buy where there weren't at least 4 people in line in front of me and at every checkout. Saturday I walked right up to every counter with no one in front of me. That did make me afraid. If the object of the terrorist attack was to bring America to its knees and destroy our economy, does that mean that they are accomplishing their goal when our malls are empty and few are flying? Let's all do our part. Go out and buy something you don't need but have wanted for a long time. Start your Christmas shopping early. Buy a new American car at 0% financing. Invest in your country. Put a few bucks into the Stock Market, knowing you'll get it back later. This is our country and its up to us. No one else is going to do it for us. Sandi Price .................................................

sgt grit im 16 years of and have tried twice to get into the marines but they keep on telling me i gotta wait. So im going to do every thing possible to help until i come of age. Semper Fi ! Jeff .....................................

I served in the Corp from 84-88 as 7051 Crash Fire Rescue. I now have the pain of Brother Firefighters that have been killed saving lives, also knowing that Marines may have to do the same. I have always said that Marines and Firefighters are the first to fight. I now work as a Federal Firefighter on a supply base. I may not be on the front line when this starts, but I will protect the supplies that will keep the Marines moving. Thank you for all you have done. The trip I made the Arlington Ridge last year was great. Save a spot for me this year! Henry (Hank) Hoffman USMC 84-88 Lcpl .....................................

Dear Sgt. Grit, I am having one hell of a time explaining to my fiancé why I want to leave immediately following our wedding in October to re-enlist. I have been out after my quick and quiet four years for two years come Jan. I know that those in my M.O.S. 43-41 our tired and have been trying to answer the media 24-7 since the attack. I know that they could use some help. But, more importantly, I didn't spend two years watching Asia from Japan to come home and not be safe. I will not go on with the nightmares at night of terrorists attacking her school where she teaches. These cowards will not be allowed to ruin the way of life I took four years out of my life to defend. Only those who served or raised in a family that answers the call know why we do it. We do it because we are the best at it and if we don't who will? I am ready when the call goes out. If anyone has similar experience with how to explain the call to someone who grew up in a preachers house please email me. matthew_bougher@hotmail.com. Thank you and may god bless the heroes, the dead and those still serving, Cpl. Matthew Bougher 01/96-01/00 43-41 ....................................

HEARD FROM MY DAUGHTER TRICIA, IN NYC TODAY. BAD NEWS. SEEMS ONE OF HER CO-WORKERS LOST HIS DAD, RICHARD P. GABRIEL, ONE OF OUR OWN, (2nd PLATOON COMMANDER, HOTEL 2/7 1968), SEE hotel27.com. DON'T KNOW IF ANY MEMBERS SERVED WITH HIM, PERHAPS YOU COULD PASS IT ALONG. STAY WELL. NFNLB S/F PDATTY 3/9 .................................

Being a re-tread once already, it's time to do it again. My family understands that once you get the Marine blood, it can never be taken. Semper Fi! Cpl. R. Abair 5811/2811 '91 to '94 and '95 to '98 ................................

Your news letter as always gives me comfort but, I can't help but wonder about some of our citizens resolve and commitment in the effort to find and punish the ones responsible for these terrible acts. As polls are being taken the numbers are continually dropping .... 1st polls showed over 90% in support of military action ... the next one I saw was over 80% if it lasted a period of several months then dropping to 66% for a year or more! What is wrong with us? Could they possibly be forgetting already? I can't imagine that I will never forget. My son is in the Marines Corp, Cannon Crewman, LnCpl McDonald at present on Mt. Fuji. He tried to explain to me that any military action takes a lot of money and would cause taxes to rise and this is the reason they don't want to support a longer engagement..... Well EXCUSE ME !!!! But if my son and all the other young men and women in the armed forces are willing to give their lives to keep our country SAFE AND FREE I really don't give a damn how many pennies are left in anyone's pockets. I could not possibly believe that any other military mother could feel differently. I hope that these polls are just being taken in the wrong places. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Joanne Fletcher Mother of a Marine .................................

Hey Sarge, There's no disloyalty here. This country was based on freedom, dignity and respect. The evil and cowardly assault launched against this nation and the lives lost will not go unanswered. I, as well as others, have served my country proudly, some giving their lives to protect it. As a former Marine (1983 - 1992) I have been there, done that. I haven't lost my skills and will re -up in a heart beat if given the chance. I will always be proud of my heritage, service and undying loyalty to "Old Glory" and to the Corps. These terrorists shall not trample or tread on what our forefathers have given us. I will protect and defend this nation and those who reside here - no matter what race, color, creed or national origin. That low - crawling, scum bum Osama Bin Laden's days are numbered - President Bush has got a brand new bag and it's just his (Bin Laden's) size. "It's come to Jesus time. Ready on the left, ready on the right - the line is ready. Shooters - fire when the Bin Laden target appears." LONG LIVE AND GOD BLESS AMERICA - HER COLORS SHALL NEVER RUN. NOR SHALL THE CORPS'. "SEMPER FI DEVIL DAWGS" Dave Alexander USMC (1983 - 1992) .................................

As a cop in NYC and a Marine Reservist, I just want to say thanks to all present day and former Marines for your help. I would also ask those out there to say a prayer for our fellow Marines who are still who were running in while others were running out. Semper Fidelis Marines, we are working day and night to get you home. JPMurt ...................................

To all, I would like to put in my two cents, I was not a marine but I served in the USN for 8 ½ years. and served proudly. My father was a marine for 22 years and retired in 1963. He said at that time he had fought two wars and it was time to get out. He was a proud marine and made it through WW2 and Korea with several Purple hearts. I have always been proud of my father, he taught me to be a Patriot and to stand up for what I believe in. I believe in America and what it stands for. I volunteered for Viet Nam in June of 1972 because I felt it was my duty as an American. I joined the Navy because I had an uncle that was in the Navy in WW2 and was Killed. He was the only one in the family to be killed in action starting back in the Revolutionary War. I have been out of the Navy for 20 years and will go back in to do what I have to do for my country. I have tried to teach my son the values of life and to be proud of his country and who he is. One day I hope he will go into any branch of the service and stand up for his home land as so many have. My prayers go out to all who have and are still serving America. May God bless us All. Woody Bond, Former MM1 USN ..................................

Dear sarge, Murph here from Tennessee. 0311 FRom 76-79. MY heart is saddened by the happenings of late. But we will over come. Have been in nasty guard for a while now and am ready and willing if the good Lord can make time available for me and my unit to enter this good war to stop terrorism. You can bet that my M1 Abrams is ready. Murphy Semper Fi MAC ...................................

Dear Sgt Grit. I am a former marine who served in desert storm with 2/6 MEU in Kuwait. On 14 Sept 01 at 1400 hrs, I received a call at work from my wife telling me that the twin towers collapsed. At that particular moment, I felt like crying like a baby. After work that same day I went down to ground zero and joined hands in helping my fellow marines and my fellow Americans in looking for survivors. I can't even begin to tell you how hard it is to see all those people lying on the ground lifeless. I felt like I was out of place and didn't know where to turn. until one marine came up to me and told me " were all in this together brother" then I knew still belonged to a family and I work fingers to the bone and bleed till I found a survivor and I kept on searching for more. when I earned my title at parris island, i was proud to be a U.S.Marine, and from that day forth, im am proud to be an american... sincerely yours. Sgt. Shawn Magee ..................................

Sgt. Grit, I read your newsletter each much and really enjoy hearing from other Marines. This is the first time that I have responded to your newsletter, but after reading only half I found myself with several different feelings. One, it is an absolute honor to be a Marine. It is an honor that not all can have, nor is it an honor that can ever be taken away. No other branch of the service have the espirit de corps that we have. They can't understand it, nor will they ever. With that honor comes integrity and courage. It is a "life long brotherhood". There are NO "former" Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Then I began to see and feel in other messages anger and, unfortunately, "hate". While I can understand those feelings after what has been done to our beloved Country, there is no room for hate in "honor and integrity". I saw such statements as "camel f..ckers" and "towel heads". I saw a statement that Jesus died for our sins, but in the next statement was cursing God.

We are Marines. We are United States Marines, with "honor", "integrity" and "courage". We will be called and we will do our jobs. There is no honor and integrity in hate. We must be focused and put our emotions aside in order for our mission to be successful. Please, lets remember that we had "terrorists" (and probably still have many) here in our own back yard. Homegrown terrorists. Two of which served in the Gulf War. We know who they are.

It truly saddened me when I read the article from the young lady who had two sisters that were Marines and read your newsletter each month only to see some of the things stated above. She had recently converted to Muslim. I felt her disappointment and pain. It was an unnecessary pain. I have known many Muslims in my life who were very loving and giving people.

We, as Marines, are above that. We have a job to do and we will do it. Our enemy will regret September 11th. My point is this, be the Marine of honor, integrity, commitment and courage. Complete your mission, but complete it with honor.

Gysgt Mays USMC (Ret.) ....................................

It seemed to take FOREVER to read your last newsletter. I just could NOT stop. It is truly amazing how this country has been pulling together lately. It has not always been like this. When I returned from Viet Nam as a combat Marine, I was spit on and cursed at. Believe me, as most Viet Nam Vets can attest to, it was NOT a warm welcome. It was a very confusing time in my life. Although I was filled with pride for serving my Country as a United States Marine, my Country didn't seem to appreciate it. In fact, because of people like that mis-guided Slut Jane Fonda, many of my fellow countrymen felt what I did was wrong. This also effected the morale of the men and women fighting the war (?) in Viet Nam. I feel that these actions caused the death of many of our service men and women. Since then, times have changed and so have the hearts of most Americans. A piece of garbage like Hanoi Jane would not be tolerated any longer. As I drive down the road, I see countless flags waving on cars, mailboxes, homes, etc etc...... Our great land was attacked by a heartless and gutless enemy. We need to rally around our troops so that they know they are supported by the country they have sworn to defend. We need to fly our flags proudly...... This is not a time for politics. We can not act as republicans, democrats etc, We must ALL act as AMERICANS. I fear that many of our brave sons and daughters will be lost in the fight against terrorism. This is always the down side of freedom, but a necessary one. We need to let the American serviceman know that they will NOT be risking their lives in vain...When the dust settles, we need to welcome them home with warm and OPEN arms. Let them know BEFORE, DURING and AFTER, that a fight for freedom is a fight worth backing and that we DO appreciate what THEY are doing to keep US free. We need to the gutless snakes that attacked our land that we are united and as strong as ever. As I read through this newsletter, it became ever more apparent that the war on terrorism can NOT be won solely on the battlefield. It must also be fought in the courts and in our dealings with other Nations. This war is not just against a handful of sick hate mongers. It is also against those counties and governments that support, harbor and fund these terrorists. One letter I read suggested gaining access to the funds of some of these countries. Let's divert these funds to the families of those lost in these attacks. Let's use this money to support the effort against the terrorists. Without this money, they will soon crumble. This will undoubtedly save countless lives.

Bottom line - Stand proud as an AMERICAN and give 100% support to those who are putting their lives and the future of their families on the line so that we may remain FREE. Semper Fi past active (68 - 70) USMC Cpl. Elwood Gunsett - 1st Marines .............................................

Let me see...how did that line of BS go. The great Russian bear was slain with the end of the cold war. So the world is now a safe place, free of evil, we do not need a strong military, on and on and on.......... ...............................................

"Reuters doesn't use the word 'terrorist.' Right! And when the Nazis were bombing the heck out of them (Brits) in the 40's Reuters called the Luftwaffe 'freedom fighters'."

"The 'Office of Homeland Defense' -- sounds like the responsibility of the militia -- and a case for the 2nd Amendment!" >From the Federalist Newsletter ...................................................

"[Hillary Clinton's] behavior during President Bush's address to Congress last week was abominable. At a time when even the most partisan of her Democratic colleagues stood united with the president, New York Sen. Clinton shunned patriotism for petulance. She grimaced. She sighed. She rolled her eyes. She fidgeted like a 5-year-old at an opera. And when Mrs. Clinton mustered enough energy to clap, she acted as if there were razor blades strapped to her palms. Although network talking heads refrained from comment, outraged Americans across the country spoke out. Teacher Kathie Larkin of Atlanta wrote to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 'This is behavior I would not accept from my sixth-graders listening to a speaker, and I expected better of an adult from a state ripped apart by terrorist violence. Hillary needs to grow up.' James Gale of Silver Spring, Md., wrote to The Washington Post: 'She at times seemed bored and uninterested, clapping perfunctorily, and at other times she was talking during the speech. I thought her actions were unbecoming a senator at this difficult time.' The Boston Herald, one of the few bold newspapers to take note of Clinton's insolence, editorialized that she 'looked like she was sucking on a lemon.' And Karen Gauvreau of Clearwater, Fla., wrote to the St. Petersburg Times: 'She would have been better off had she stayed home.' Mrs. Clinton's staff claims she was weary from traveling. What nerve. All she had to do last week was park her taxpayer-funded backside on a plane seat. Meanwhile, her constituents and volunteers from across the country pulled 13-hour shifts, sifting through rubble, sorting body parts, and collapsing on curbsides from exhaustion and grief... During last weekend's prayer memorial at Yankee Stadium, she remained dour and tight-lipped as the tearful crowd of thousands sang the national anthem...Mrs. Clinton poses for photos with a strange sneer frozen on her stony face." --Michelle Malkin .........................................

We too had our 19 year old son graduate from MCRD San Diego on September 14th. With all that is going on in the United States it was great to see these young men stand on the parade deck so proud of what they have done and ready to go if their nation calls. We are both Chief Master Sergeants in the Air Force and know that we will do what it takes to protect our country. Now to see our son with the same will and desire makes us so proud. When we finally made it home on Saturday, the first thing Tony did was jump out of the car and put up our flag and he has put it up and taken it down every day since he's been home. Now this patriotism just didn't happen because of these events or even the fact that he just graduated from MCRD. Tony has always been a patriot and has always known he would serve his country. Semper Fi to all the Marines out there. It's now time for all the services to come together and show these terrorists just who we are!

Chief Master Sergeant's Paul and Kathy Shott Proud Parents of Private First Class Tony Shott--Plt 3085 MCRD San Diego ................................

Sgt. Grit, Here I am 782 gear ready M1 loaded and extra ammo ready to go; but at age 64 the Sgt/Maj at our local reserve unit (3/34) says thanks but no thanks. And its no wonder with falling arches, failing hearing (too many years of loud noises) failing eyesight (although I can still keep them in the black at 600 yds) you know all of the aches and pains that go with you at my age. However, there is something that we as former Marines can do to help that is to contact your local Marine Corps Reserve unit and volunteer for the PWST, Peacetime Wartime Service Team, When Desert Shield and Desert Storm went we were there to help and assist the families and Marines what ever way we could. Many of our members remember what is was like when they got called for Korea in 1950 on 48Hr notice. Many left here with no boot camp or uniforms learned to fire the M1, the A5, 3.5" rocket launcher and other weapons from the fantail of the ships on the way over. So lets pass the word, There is something that we can do to help. Semper-Fi and God bless us all. Alan Kennedy, 1st Mar Divvie ......................................

"Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just." --Cicero .........................................

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival." --Sir Winston Churchill ...........................................

Read this one for sure... http://www.nationalreview.com/15oct01/johnson101501.shtml .............................................

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"Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty." --Samuel Adams .................................................

This is ABSOLUTELY the Quote of the Day from President Bush when asked what is taking so long to retaliate against the recent attack:

"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt."

-- President of the United States, George W. Bush.. JE Crandall ................................................

"The last thing that I want to do is to launch a 10 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar tent and hit a camel in the ass." Pres. GW Bush at a recent Cabinet meeting. ...............................................

NYC 2032 A father and his son are walking the Manhattan streets when the father stops at a vacant lot takes a deep breath and tells his son: To think that at one time here on this very lot stood the Twin Towers. The son looks at his father and asked: Dad, what are the Twin Towers? The father says: Son, the Twin Towers were two tremendously tall buildings with lots of offices that was the heart of the United States, but approximately 31 years ago, several Arabs destroyed the buildings. The boy then thought for a minute and then asked his father: Daddy what are Arabs? Frank Glore .................................................

"A democracy is probably the most dangerous enemy to have, because once the people decide that something's going to happen, it damn well happens. And people who live in totalitarian states just don't seem to grasp that....We train awfully good soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines; and the 'bad guys' are going to find out just how good they are. "

- Author Tom Clancy .................................................

I live in north Jersey about twenty miles from Manhattan. The terrain here is pretty flat and when driving on certain roads you can see clear to NYC. The twin towers of the WTC always stood out, almost to the point of being taken for granted. Driving to work in the morning I would cross a bridge on the GSP and looking to my right I would see the sun rising behind the towers twenty miles away. It was impressive, but to tell the truth, I never gave it much thought. It was just there. About ten years ago at Christmas I took my daughter over for a visit. The entire 102nd. floor was decorated, Santa was there, and it seemed like all the world was at our feet. One night last summer, on the spur of the moment I took my 13 year old niece over for a visit. That night we stood on the roof and looked at all the lights from Manhattan, NJ and down to the Jersey shore. I know just about all the view points around here with a sightline to the City. Now when driving I'm constantly looking for something I know is no longer there. They left a hole in our skyline and a hole in our hearts. Semper Fi. Ray Garthwaite .......................................

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." --Thomas Paine .....................................

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." (James 1:2-3) .....................................

"When written in Chinese, the word for crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." John F. Kennedy, 1959

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis"

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation" Jean Kerr Submitted by: Thomas McCalmont ..........................................

"Some observers of America have predicted that we eventually would defeat ourselves from within. They were almost right. Effective Sept. 11, we are again one people, one body united to honor the dead, to defend liberty and the living. To look terrorism in the eye and say: 'Over our dead bodies'." --Kathleen Parker ........................................

As I stand and watch over my shoulder,
I look not for the enemy to strike again,
But for the young men and women
Who will wear our flag in battle
And will fight for freedom.
They will not be known to me by name
But will be in my prayers forever.
For they are the ones who will redeem us of this terror
And will make sure the many who have died
Will have died for a cause.
For the freedom of our children.


God Bless You All,
Your country needs you.
- written by John Fitzpatrick ........................................

Americans must never forget the exact feeling they had on 09-11-01 watching the horror take place. The warrior spirit so many felt must never die nor fade with time. We must continue to support our leaders, service men & women as well as our police, fire and EMS people. They will be on the front lines of this new age war we ar beginning. If we allow the American spirit to fade, the Col. will right we will fail. As mission control said during the Apollo 13 incident...FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! Keep this spirit burning bright and pass the word to all you can. God Bless America, Tom Hausner Fontana, WI - Police Officer, Marine - Sgt. 1979-1983 and AMERICAN. ...........................................

Hey Guns just wanted to stop by and say God Bless America and our beloved Corps. I retired 11 years ago. I work for Lockheed Martin as a field engineer on the AH-64 Apache, for the Army. I am honored that they call me Gunny. They wear BDU's (camies) and if called they are pumped and ready to go!!! It is almost like being in the Corps. I've seen some highly motivated men and women. Some fear on their faces but they are just waiting for the call. I feel that these modern day patriots will do their duty. Though not Marines warriors they are. I wish I were 19 again so I could enlist and start my Marine career again. I like so many other would still come back if called. But if the unit I work with goes, I'll have the privilege of serving our country again. I will serve as a Marine because I'm still a Marine. I've read you news letters and I salute all the former Marines who want to go and do something. I know how they feel, and I'm just lucky to be able to serve again. Every Former Marine that I've talked to and I work with is ready to do our duty again. We may be with the Army But there will be a detachment of Marines on the ground. God Bless America, God Bless the Corps, and God Bless all who has lost loved ones in this tragedy. Payback is a Motherf*****. SemperFi Gunny Davis .....................................

The following is from a letter by a professional friend and her return flight to D.C. this week. "I just wanted to drop you all a note and let you know that I arrived safe and sound into Dulles Airport tonight [9/15] at about 6:00. It was an interesting flight. The airport in Denver was almost spooky, it was so empty and quiet. No one was in line for the security check point when I got there so that went fairly quickly, just x-ray of my bags and then a chemical test to be sure nothing explosive was on them. Then I waited 2 1/2 hours to board the plane. What happened after we boarded was interesting and thought I would share it with you. The pilot/captain came on the loudspeaker after the doors were closed. His speech went like this: First I want to thank you for being brave enough to fly today. The doors are now closed and we have no help from the outside for any problems that might occur inside this plane. As you could tell when you checked in, the government has made some changes to increase security in the airports. They have not, however, made any rules about what happens after those doors close. Until they do that, we have made our own rules and I want to share them with you. Once those doors close, we only have each other. The security has taken care of a threat like guns with all of the increased scanning, etc. Then we have the supposed bomb. If you have a bomb, there is no need to tell me about it, or anyone else on this plane; you are already in control. So, for this flight, there are no bombs that exist on this plane. Now, the threats that are left are things like plastics, wood, knives, and other weapons that can be made or things like that which can be used as weapons. Here is our plan and our rules. If someone or several people stand up and say they are hijacking this plane, I want you all to stand up together. Then take whatever you have available to you and throw it at them. Throw it at their faces and heads so they will have to raise their hands to protect themselves. The very best protection you have against knives are the pillows and blankets. Whoever is close to these people should then try to get a blanket over their head--then they won't be able to see. Once that is done, get them down and keep them there. Do not let them up. I will then land the plane at the closest place and we WILL take care of them. After all, there are usually only a few of them and we are 200+ strong! We will not allow them to take over this plane. I find it interesting that the US Constitution begins with the words "We, the people"--that's who we are, THE people and we will not be defeated. With that, the passengers on the plane all began to applaud, people had tears in their eyes, and we began the trip toward the runway. The flight attendant then began the safety speech. One of the things she said is that we are all so busy and live our lives at such a fast pace. She asked that everyone turn to their neighbors on either side and introduce themselves, tell each other something about your families and children, show pictures, whatever. She said "for today, we consider you family. We will treat you as such and ask that you do the same with us." Throughout the flight we learned that for the crew, this was their first flight since Tuesday's tragedies. It was a day that everyone leaned on each other and together everyone was stronger than any one person alone. It was quite an experience. You can imagine the feeling when that plane touched down at Dulles and we heard "welcome to Washington Dulles Airport, where the local time is 5:40". Again, the cabin was filled with applause. Last night I saw a program with college students where one of them said that at their campus there are no more hyphenated titles, i.e., African-American, etc., everyone is just an American. No one will ever be able to take that pride away from us. " Jonathan ..................................

Our Patriotic Duty. . . The President has asked that we unite for a common cause. Since the hard-line Islamic people can not stand nudity, and consider it a sin to see a naked woman that is not their wife: Tonight at 7:00, all women should run out of their houses naked to help weed out the terrorists. The United States government appreciates your efforts, and applauds you. ........................................

Sgt.Grit My name is Cpl. Nelson Martinez I served proudly in The Corps from 80-85. Shortly after being promoted to Cpl. I was assigned to MSG Bn at Quantico I completed MSG school and was assigned to Embassy duty at Belgrade, Yugoslavia and later Lima, Peru. We as MSG's had to deal with terrorist attacks, bomb threats and the actual placing of bombs in front of our Marine house and embassies on a daily basis. We lost one of our classmates Cpl. McMaugh (sp?) at the American Embassy car bombing in Beirut, we lost all those Marines in the Barracks car bombing, but I never thought they would hit us so close to home. I am now a Police officer in South Florida along with many brothers from the corps and again we have lost more of our own in the WTC and Pentagon attacks, I just wanted to send you something I wrote when on embassy duty so many years ago and I hope you will share it with all who read your news letter. "Terrorism is an act of Cowardice" and in the name of God, Corps, and Country For Peace and Freedom, We Shall Prevail........ SEMPER FI CPL.Nelson Martinez Plt 1052, Parris Island SC. ..........................................

Sgt, Grit, While I have never served for my country, I would like to thank the men and women of your Corp for defending our country's ideals, safety, and providing the every day citizen with the day to day safety that we normal have. I thought that my generation would be the one that would not have to worry about war, or terrorism ever hitting this great country. I am proud to say that my father has served this country, serving 2 tours of Vietnam, however, I have never found the words to let him know the way I feel. I would like to give my word of appreciation to the current Corps men and women, who so selflessly defend this countries honor, and would like to let them know that we as a country stand behind them as they go to battle these cowardly, terrible people, that had no right to attack our country. I am sure that the Marines, under the command of the Commander and Chief of this nation will obliterate these cowards. I thank you for your time, and listening to my meager words of appreciation. I was never good at expressing my feeling of gratitude. Keep up the great work, Marc Burns State College, PA ..........................................

"Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals." --Samuel Adams ........................................

What we all are REALLY thinking, but an A-10 HOG driver says.
"Make no mistake about it... this war is gonna be a Hawgdrivers dream... no more of this sending GPS guided bombs from the ionosphere...I want to camp out on the enemy's border... I want to yell across the border in the immortal words of Wyatt Earp (as portrayed by Kurt Russell) "You tell 'em I'm coming! AND HELL'S COMING WITH ME!!" I wanna punch Bin Laden in the face and say, You gonna do something? Or just stand there and bleed? And then I wanna laugh maniacally as my 30mm shells decimate his camps. I ain't talking about the Armor Piercing shells this time, although the thought of poisoning their lungs (if, in the unlikely event they survived my attack) with the dirty dust of spent uranium is quite refreshing... that would make the cloud over New York seem like pure Oxygen. I want High Explosive Incendiary rounds... 1150 of them fired 2 or 3 hundred at a time... like 3 hundred grenades exploding all at once... and that's just my jet... the three coming with me brings that total to 16 cans of CBU-87...that's 3,232 individual sub munitions for them...that's what I want. I want 4 Maverick missiles per jet... that's 16 of those things...and if we run outta trucks and other small things to hit with those missiles, I wanna find out what a maverick will do when it locks onto a terrorist and hits him at just over 1000 feet per second... there might not be enough deceleration to detonate the thing but at that speed... I don't think it would be necessary. And I want 2 pods of rockets hanging from my wings... 7 white phosphorous and 7 HEI... I want the Willie Petes to put a cloud of smoke to climb into the sky to let everyone following to know... that's where the gettin' is good... and the HEI... well, I just want FRAG in the air tearing apart their greasy scumbag bodies the same way they tore into our nation... and then we'll start cleaning up with the almighty General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger cannon...what a perfect name... AVENGER CANNON!!! If that's all I had, that's all I'd want... 4 hawgs with 4600 of our little friends... lock and load, hammer down!!!!! But that's just my personal end... here's what else I want..."
"I want John Madden, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long to take over CNN, NBC, ABC and every other news network to provide coverage of this war... I want Madden with his electronic chalkboard out there describing what's going on... "You see here across the top of the screen, that ridge line is exactly where the attack is gonna come from... you'll see the Warthawgs come popping over them and unleash a fury that we haven't seen since Lawrence Taylor was on the prowl... Speaking of that, here they come and BAM!!! These guys are great... they remind me of linemen... they don't get much press coverage but when they hit you, man do you know it!!!" I want Hank Williams Jr and Lee Greenwood belting out I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN as the intro to Monday Night AirStrikes... Fight night would have a whole new meaning now... I want to see Sports Center air the HIT OF THE DAY... "Today's strike comes from a flight of two A-10 Warthogs...you'll see here that some terrorist got the wild idea that he could shoot at these guys... you can see the missile come up and totally miss the two jets... and here you see as they roll in and unleash that awesome gun on the point of origin... nothing left there now! And that's our, PLAY OF THE DAY!!"
"I want Mills Lane in the field giving play by play descriptions, I want Flight of the Valkaries playing at full bore from every mountainside as we run in at 100 feet.... I want WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE playing after the first bomb hits and when I'm WINCHESTER ammunition, I wanna land on Bin Laden's personal airstrip, grab him by his twisted, dead neck and poke him in the eyes and say"... YOU JUST GOT KNOCKED OUT!!!!" I want the NFL cheerleaders to send us off to war, and the XFL cheerleaders to welcome us home. And while we're at it? I dont just want to beat the crap outta these scumbags, I want to humiliate them too. I want to see Shwartzkopf come outta retirement to start kicking some butt... I want a cure for Alzheimers right now to get Reagan back in working order and like Dennis Leary says, I want a cure for cancer to thaw out the Duke and see just how pissed off he is right now. I want STUKA terror sirens mounted to the wings of my Hawg... although the unique whine of our engines is about all the terror siren we'll need right now... Alright Zero... slow down... breathe... in... out.... ok... I think the coffee has worn off a bit now and I should get back to work. you just picked the wrong people to mess with... not such a good day to be a bad guy" ...................................................

Sgt. Grit, In addition to my short time in the Corps, I am a 31 year law enforcement veteran. I decided that I could continue to defend and serve my country in that way and for the most part I have had a great career. As with any operation that stands in harms way to protect the innocent I have lost close friends to "enemy fire". One thing that makes Marines understand other Marines is that we have shared common experiences that few others have, or will ever, know.
The events of 9-11-01 angered me and rekindled the fire of resolve deep within me, as it did for countless others. The loss of police officers anywhere drives a knife in my heart. Until you have stood as "taps" are played over a friend you will never know this anger and loss. So it is when fellow Marines make the supreme sacrifice....the world is a little emptier because a warrior has fallen. The difference between Marines, and the rest of the route steppin' public is that WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE COWARDLY ACTS OF THAT TERRIBLE DAY. AS LONG AS ONE MARINE IS STILL ALIVE, THERE WILL BE RETRIBUTION, YOU CAN COUNT ON IT. Remember, our mission is "to destroy the enemy and his will to fight". NEVER surrender May God bless America, and our warrior Marines deployed. May God also bless the police officers that gave their lives in service to their country, and protect those that remain to continue the fight. R. Kiser Cpl U.S.M.C. 65-71 ..........................................

Sgt I appreciate reading your news letter and enjoy many of the comments from our Marine family. I'm sure there have been issues touched on that I have missed and would like to comment at this time about one that I haven't seen mentioned. For many years now I have not only questioned the morality of many in our news (nausea) media but now I question not their patriotism but their loyalty to the United States.CNN especially with their editorials on every comment! Their coddling of terrorists representatives and their so called concern for innocent illegal foreign nationals in this country. NOW CNN is no longer calling these attacks on America terrorists acts, next we will here them claim these fanatics have rights to express their terror any way they want. Is all this to protect their $$$$ investment in these radical countries Maybe CNN should be listed as a subversive element and put on the same list as the phony charities that many of true Arab and Muslim patriotic Americans were tricked into supporting. By the way I think Our media needs to identify the charities that are beneficial and charitable as well as the terrorists ones. I believe a CNN boycott is now due ! They helped "sadaaaammm " they would love to bring Bin Laden to justice and help create another "OJ " Maybe they can get Stanley Cohen whose mouth and face has been all over tv lately telling us the terrorists are misunderstood-- Boycott CNN ! God Bless America! Semper Fi AH Goldstein USMC .............................................

"When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow" I am an Indiana farm boy A&P certified aircraft mechanic and still one hell of a shot, not as lean, but still as mean, and still a Marine. I first saw the light of day at Camp Lejeune in 1960, my Old Man was a BAR man. I now for a fact that I can contribute greatly, but Mr. Recuiter laughed and said I was too old. PLEASE!! PLEASE!! PLEASE!! Mr. Commandant SIR!!, let me back in!! You can raise the age limit (and weight standard) just a little bit this one time. I would hate to have to join the Army and let them get all the glory for my deeds, because I intend to GET SOME! one way or another. Semper FI !!! Dave Stutesman Sgt. USMC 79-83 ...................................

since the terrorists wanted the world trade center so badly, i suggest we recycle the usuable metals from the wreckage and use it to make bombs , ammunition etc......then give it to them if you know what i mean A former Marine who served in the ROOT .................................... The other day I received the following weather report and feel compelled to pass it on because we could all use a smile. Weather report for Kabul, Afghanistan Today, partly sunny, temp in the 80s and winds from the West at 10 mph. Tomorrow, sunny in the morning, temperatures rising in the afternoon to 3000 degrees and winds approaching 750 mph. Have a nice day Ward Gualtieri, Lance Cpl. U. S. M. C. I Corps. 68-69 .....................................

In 1988 I joined the Marine Corps and proudly served my four-year enlistment. Being a grunt with B Co. 1st Bn. 1st Marines (raid Co. of a MEUSOC) we referred to ourselves as the World.s 911 force. After I ETS'd in 1992, I became a Deputy for the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle, WA. For the last 8+ years I have continued to serve my country answering the call to 911. My adult life has been dedicated to serving my country, answering the call to 911. Now my country stands threatened by a despicable foe that has breached our borders and killed those I have sworn to protect. I will not tolerate this. I shall pull my dress blues from the closet and once again don them. I'm still in shape and still frosty. I will go back to the Corps and God willing, find my way back to a grunt battalion. I will take the fight to the enemy. September 11 is the day they chose to trespass my sacred soil and kill my people. And that shall be my battle cry. 911! Deputy Cameron A. Lefler King County Sheriff's Office Cpl. USMC, no longer retired. ..................................

Sgt. Grit......I cannot believe what I saw on TV a few minutes ago. An Anti-War demonstration in Washington D.C in the next week or so. I see the school of my state has already started. U.of Cal at Berkley. Our military is going off to war to defend these people's right to protest. Some will die. Are these yellow striped idiots willing to die for their right to protest? I doubt it! these are some of the smartest people in the country and yet they are dumb as a board. The nation is better than 90% behind the President but that 10% will get more coverage! if I was physically able I would go to D.C. and shout those clowns down. I would like to see every veteran and citizen line the streets of that protest and show them that men have died for their right to protest. Or another answer might be ,put them all on a buss and take them to N.Y. City to see the damage that has been done! And while they are at it ,start their protest at ground zero. I don't think it would last very long. This is not going to be another Viet Nam where our leadership sold our military down the river. The leadership we have now will let the Men and Women of our military do their job and do it right!! J.Blake USMC 58-62 .................................

Every U down in Uville liked U.S. a lot, But the Binch, who lived Far East of Uville, did not. The Binch hated U.S! the whole U.S. way! Now don't ask me why, for nobody can say, It could be his turban was screwed on too tight. Or the sun from the desert had beaten too bright But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, Whatever the reason, his heart or his turban, He stood facing Uville, the part that was urban. "They're doing their business," he snarled from his perch. "They're raising their families! They're going to church! They're leading the world, and their empire is thriving, I MUST keep the S's and U's from surviving!" Tomorrow, he knew, all the U's and the S's, Would put on their pants and their shirts and their dresses, They'd go to their offices, playgrounds and schools, And abide by their U and S values and rules, And then they'd do something he liked least of all, Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small, Would stand all united, each U and each S, And they'd sing Uville's anthem, "God bless us! God bless!" All around their Twin Towers of Uville, they'd stand, and their voices would drown every sound in the land. "I must stop that singing," Binch said with a smirk, And he had an idea-an idea that might work! The Binch stole some U airplanes in U morning hours, And crashed them right into the Uville Twin Towers. "They'll wake to disaster!" he snickered, so sour, "And how can they sing when they can't find a tower?" The Binch cocked his ear as they woke from their sleeping, All set to enjoy their U-wailing and weeping, Instead he heard something that started quite low, And it built up quite slow, but it started to grow- And the Binch heard the most unpredictable thing... And he couldn't believe it - they started to sing! He stared down at U-ville, not trusting his eyes, What he saw was a shocking, disgusting surprise! Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any towers at all! He HADN'T stopped U-Ville from singing! It sung! For down deep in the hearts of the old and the young, Those Twin Towers were standing, called Hope and called Pride, because you can't smash the towers we hold deep inside. So we circle the sites where our heroes did fall, With a hand in each hand of the tall and the small, And we mourn for our losses while knowing we'll cope, For we still have inside that U-Pride and U-Hope. For America means a bit more than tall towers, It means more than wealth or political powers, It's more than our enemies ever could guess, So may God bless America! Bless us! God bless! ...........................................

Sgt. Grit: Today's news stories include one about actor Danny Glover and singer Harry Belafonte calling on the USA to discard her notions of war against those who struck at our country last week. These pampered, smug "celebrities" enjoy freedom in this country, freedom even to bite the patriotic hand that has fed them and their families for decades. I call on all Marines, past and present, to boycott any and all performances, films, CDs, videos, etc. in which Messrs. Glover and Belafonte are featured. Simply put, it's time for American patriots to cease subsidizing moral cowardice in the form of "entertainment," particularly from "celebrities" who have never heard a shot fired in anger. These two men are but a small sampling of the anti-American socialist thinking that infects Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Such people would have to radically improve their chara