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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #18

From one Marine wife to another, Mrs. Worchel, my heart and prayers go out to you. Your husband gave his life in the most worthy cause, for our freedom, and for that we are ALL thankful. I know how devastated I would be to lose my Gunny, and I pray for strength and comfort for you and your family. Remember--"Marine Wife--Toughest Job in the Corps". Semper FI and God be with you. Regina R. Boutwell, PhD, wife of GySgt. N.L. Boutwell, USMC-Ret. 1981-2001


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Enjoy the newsletter. I was in the checkout line at a hardware store wearing my (US Marine Corps) hat. This guy in front of me looked at my hat and said 'Marine Corp huh! I said "yes sir" Good, he says. We need you Marines. Then he looked back at the checker for a second and turned and took another look at me and said ' even the retired ones'.  I am retired, but not from the corp.  Dick Parent   University of P.I. 55 - 58 - HMR 363 LTA - USS Thetis Bay Operation Strongback 2/58
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"Make no mistake about it. This war is first and foremost a spiritual war. It is not a political war. It has never been a political war. It is not about politics. It is a spiritual war. It has its roots in spiritual conflict. It is a war to be fought to destroy the very fabric of our society and the very things for which we stand.... It is not just simple greed that motivated these people to kill. This war has been launched against the United States of America. It is a spiritual attack. It is an attack that was created in the mind and heart of Satan. It is a demonically inspired attack. It is not just the selfish ambitions of an egotistical leader. It is not just someone wanting to hold on to power. This is nothing more than a satanically inspired attack against America created by demonic powers through the perverted minds of terrorists." --Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)

Note: We Oklahomans tend to cut to the bone, it eliminates a lot of wasted time. So much for political solutions. Sgt Grit
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Thank you for the license plate - Semper Fi.

This was a purchase for my husband's 52nd birthday on Saturday, April 13th.

Unfortunately, he will never receive this gift as he had a massive heart attack unexpectedly at 7PM on Monday night, April 8th and subsequently died.  He will be buried next Tuesday in North Evans, NY with a USMC presentation of the flag from his coffin.

He will however have a floral display on his casket for the wake viewings which will be done in the red and gold marine colors and will contain a banner stating "Semper Fi".

I will place the license plate to the front bumper of our motor home which is where he was going to put it.

He was a wonderful man in good health so his sudden death has shaken this family and his friends as well.  He was a wonderful man who loved the "corps" and was a snare drummer in the 8th and I Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, DC.

Thank you for your support to my husband over the years he received your emails, catalog and products. 
Sincerely,
Virginia Mann (Orin Daniel "Herbie" Mann)
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"Anti-Semitism is always the calling card of a new despotism.  Anti-Semitism and the killing of Jews always precede a new wave of terror whose purpose is to impose an ideological slavery. It does not matter whether it was Lenin's Communism, the rise of Nazism or the call for Islamic jihad. In Israel, the barbarians are in the streets.  In America, this time the barbarians aren't just at the gates. They are right here, thousands of dedicated militant Muslims and we have no idea who they are or where they are." --Alan Caruba
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"To educate a man in mind, and not morals, is to educate a menace to society." - Theodore Roosevelt
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Sgt. Grit:
This is a poem that I received in card from a college friend as I was shipping with my reserve unit to the Persian Gulf.

The Call For Men

Give us men.  Good men.  Men with true faith, strong minds, heroic hearts and ready hands.  Men whose feet have a way of sticking to the path of duty.  Men who are hard as a rock and as soft as a flower.  Men who are as steady in their pursuits as the sun is in the heavens.  Honest men to who, bribes have no appeal.  Men who have a will, who refuse to be putty, shaped and fashioned by the world's fancy.  Men who are willing to stand up and be counted; who though the odds are against them still stand.  Because they are men.  (Marcus Aurelius)

It is easy to visualize Marines from this poem.  Past, present and future.
Semper Fi
Shane Arnwine, Sgt.(1989-2002)
Trk Co, USMCR  Lubbock Tx.
(attached to H&S Co. 3/5)
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A Word of Thanks!
As a child growing up in the 60's I was always set back by the general opinion of the people of this nation towards our Marines and soldiers as they returned home from Vietnam.  My father was career Air Force (sorry) and always taught us to respect our country and the outcrop of that was that I ALWAYS had a tremendous appreciation for our Armed Forces even as a child.  I don't believe that any of us that have never experienced war can ever appreciate or truly understand the ultimate sacrifice that our American brothers have given as they have gallantly and unselfishly served this nation we call our own!

Both my son-in-law and daughter are Marine Sergeants stationed at Miramar, CA.  My son-in-law just returned from an extended deploy in Afghanistan.  While he was there we continually prayed for him and his fellow troops.  We continue to do so.

I simply wanted to say thanks from the bottom of my heart to all who have given so much so that this nation, our home, can remain free and proud!  Thank you all and may God bless each one of you.
Semper Fi!
Bob - A Marine Dad (and Air Force Brat)
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I recently went to Camp Pendleton to visit some friends in what is called the 62 area or Camp San Mateo.  I was horrified when I entered their Barracks room to find that there were 3-4 people living in a room the size 20x14 and all sharing a bathroom.  To top it off there is no heat or AC in these facilities.   These barracks are made of Concrete from the 1940's.  It is ridiculous that the American Government ask these men and women to give their lives for their country then have them pay, yes pay to live in a cracker jack box with three other people.  I looked at my friends ELS and we figured he pays about $600/ month to live at the Barracks.  This is ridiculous and I am appalled that we as a society let this go on. The men and women who fight for this country need to be given the best we can offer and having them live with out heat and families on food stamps is not enough.

I would love to see a ongoing special on what we can
do to better their lives as they protect ours.
Regards,
Jennifer Dockrill
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I am frustrated with the Saudi Leaders and their lame attempt to support our fight against terrorism, i.e.. base use and freezing assets of suspected groups/terrorists.

I have thought of a way to protest the inaction on their part and wanted to run it by you and perhaps start a grassroots movement on your web site and many others.

I propose all Gulf War Vets either mail their Medals received from the Saudi Government back to the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, or in my case, go there, and deliver it personally and include a letter stating our reason for the return.

What do you think?  Would it be supported?
v/r
Bigs
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"There's one form of bigotry that is still acceptable in America -- that's the bigotry against the successful." --Sen. Phil Gramm
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sgt grit
I'd like to take this opportunity to pass the word to all Marines out their about the Young Marines. The Young Marines was formed by the Marine Corp League in 1957 in Waterbury Conn. and has grown and grown but we are always looking for more Marines to step up and either open their own unit or help with a unit that is operational. If you guy's could see the pride that is instilled into these youths it would make you proud !! Just type into your wed browser young Marines and the list will pop up or you can call me at 1- 877-SEMPER - FI and I'll tell you how to get started.

L/cpl Kim Dixon
Currently spc Dixon

Golf Battery 3/10 29th Military police 80 8496 - present  army don't hold that against me :)

Note: I also have several links on my links page
www.grunt.com , Sgt Grit
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"Our country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any America, because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!" --Chesty Puller
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I have been reading your letters for about three months now, and I would like to make a comment. Basically you are all a bunch of silent idiots complaining to Sgt. Grit on an email machine. Marines? Get real. You sound like nothing more than sheep led by a bunch of FAT bleeding heart politicians, and loud mouth people who have nothing better to do than to watch other people screw each other. What happened to the back bone of a MAN. So some of you served in this United States we call the military, or USMC. Now what? It's the Fonda's, and Strisand's that take the lead. Both WOMEN I might point out, not you so called MEN. Do you all have balls? Then speak out to someone who cares, someone who can possibly make a difference. Too many of our law enforcement officers have been put on trial for defending our so called laws, and subsequently crucified, by YOU!  My son is a Marine, and I'm very proud of him for being so. His MOS is aviation electronics, fyi. But I look around and sometimes wonder what he's fighting for.  Right now he is someplace around the middle east. Though he can't tell me exactly where, Op sec you know. Duh, the enemy knows, but I can't know?  Hey, continue defending the rights of the degenerate fag, and pathetic jail birds, of whom I might enlighten you to the fact that they have more rights than you do!   Go Marines, Go U.S. Keep silent!  I dare you Sgt Grit to send this to the brave men out there.
You won't, No guts.
adlib1l08@yahoo.com

Note: I then asked for a name and got this response. I prefer to have a name and email before I post a msg...
Sgt Grit

adlib1l08@yahoo.com
My name is nancy steele, why do you ask? And what difference does a name mean?  We are all but just a name.  But continue to give your social security number, THEY will need it.  Sorry but I'm not in the least bit paranoid about that. Let this U.S do what they need to. I personally don't care anymore. Except for my son, of whom unfortunately raised to be a Marine, as it would be.  He has courage, and integrity. Do you?

Note:I know what I do, I know what you Marines do. Ms. Steele does not  understand or know what you do and what you have done. I thought you might want to respond.
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"Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington
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What's a Military Family Worth? by Rush Limbaugh,
www.RushLimbaugh.com
March 11, 2002

I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the country in uniform, are profound. No one is really talking about it either because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11th. Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country.

If you lost a family member in the September 11th attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million. If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for > each child under 18.  When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. We also learned over the  weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11th families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now  asking for compensation as well. You see where this is going, don't you?

Folks, this is part and parcel of over fifty years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad.
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"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of
emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." --Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
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Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low rent housing. However our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves  a raise, and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one-time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month and most are now equal to be million-aires plus. They also do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.  If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7 you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harms way receive a pension of $15,000 per month. I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.
Semper Fi 1969-1971 0351
Renee B.
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"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." --Mark Twain
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As I sit and review the most current comments to Sgt Grit., I am reminded of what I observe everyday in my local community and area (OKLA).  Even though most folks around here maintain their daily hustle and bustle, there are obvious signs of patriotism still flourishing, some gaudy and some conservative.  Nearly every vehicle still displays an American flag, cloth or flag decal.  I have never had a bumper sticker on any vehicles in my life (I'm nearly forty-seven) until recently - an American Flag right next to my "I'd rather be golfing" sticker.  I didn't just jump on the bandwagon - (being an old '03, I thought that was advertisement enough) - because it always seemed tacky.  But, the American flag is never out of style, no matter where displayed.  As I mentioned earlier, although the populace here goes about their business of day-to-day living, I'm constantly reminded of how seriously this area takes their patriotism.  I can remember my now-deceased father telling me of when he was a little boy, during WWII, how the walls of his little church was lined with black-and- white photos of Indian servicemen in all branches of the military.  He stated that not all of them came home, literally and figuratively.  WIA's, KIA's and MIA's - Native Americans have always answered America's call-to-arms.  Although history shows that we, as a collective, indigenous group, were not always treated fairly back then.  Nonetheless, from the beginning of the twentieth century, and up to the twenty-first, we Native Americans have and will still answer our nation's call.
   Please don't misunderstand my statements.  I'm not here on a soapbox to say that we've been treated unfairly, or to expound upon the racial injustices.   My intention is to point out that the vast majority of Native Americans have served the U.S. military without hoping for a special reward or noticeably.  We were merely doing what was required of us as American citizen/warriors.  I usually place small American flags on the veterans graves at my church's cemetery every Memorial Day in honor of the veterans who served in peace or wartime.  This year, I have two special graves to post flags upon:  my uncle and my father, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.  I will probably have several extra flags to order before May 30th because my dad's generation, and the one behind him, are catching up with each other.  I try to make it a point to shake any veteran's hand if I find out they are indeed a veteran.  And I especially despise any person who willingly deceives and exploits a non-existent military record and experience.  My daughter and son-in-law are currently stationed at Whidby (sic?)Island, WA, in Avionics (currently flying desks until their EAS sometime this year) and a close family friend is with the 5th Marines at Camp Margarita in 81's.  There are others I could mention but it would take a whole 'nother two hours.  Needless to say, everyone here knows someone in the military, either stateside or overseas, afloat, in the air, or land-based.  And the veterans here are overwhelming.  They're all the way from city employees, attorneys, construction, truck drivers, ranchers, businessmen, retired, mechanics, factory workers, tribal employees, Wal-mart greeters, police, etc., etc., etc.  There are a lot of worse places one could find one's self living in.  But you want to know the ironic thing about this area?  It has always
been this way.  Proud, patriotic and very American.  If you want to get a good idea of what our area is like, whether you like country music or not, the group Alabama sums up what my part of Oklahoma is like in their song "Hello, America".  I guess that's enough for now.  If anyone takes the time to read this, I hope that inside you may take something good from it and realize that although America might have some major issues at home and abroad, I say that we are still  "Land of the free and home of the brave".  king rat
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"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
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My dad was enlisted Army motor pool in WWII, then made WO2 during Korea.  He always told me that in his heart he wanted to be a Marine.

Dad called Gen. MacArthur "Bug Out Doug" when my 10th grade world history assignment brought up his name.  The reason I vividly remember Dad calling him that is because I nearly cried from laughing so hard.  It just hit me funny.

After I sobered up Dad made several very colorful, derogatory comments about the general, which I wouldn't have believed if they had not come from Dad.

Dad died in Nov 1964, my senior year in high school.  I think that's part of why I became a WM.. I knew he was proud of me for joining the Corps, and becoming what he'd always wanted to be.
Joann Van Horn, PISC 1965
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"You want a real miracle? A real miracle is our Founding Fathers." --Rush Limbaugh
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Hey Sgt. Grit;
Just a quick question for you. What do the powers that be think they are going to do with the animals down in Gitmo? Does anybody think we will win their hearts and minds? Maybe we can rehabilitate them and show them the errors of their ways and then make them apart of society. Please! These are people that have been brought up to hate us and would like nothing more than to see everyone of us dead. We never should have let them on an airplane.  The same goes for "Little Johnny Walker". Well, it's too late now. The whole freakin world know we have them. So once again, what do we do with them? If you ask me, there wasn't a whole lot of head work in play on this one.  Military tribunals my butt. Everybody knows what we should have done with them. Then tell the world and their opinions to kiss our tails. Oh well, what the hay, I'm sure there's nothing more pressing to spend MY tax dollars on besides these jerk offs. Thanks for letting me sound off. Take care my brothers and watch ya'lls six Semper Fi
Ray Rowland
Cpl  '82-'89
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Kudo's to  David Bounds,  the High School History Teacher from Little Axe, OK who wrote that he was so impressed withCpl. Garner's sentiments about both the Beirut massacres of our Marines and the Vietnam War that Mr. Bounds was going to permanently teach both in his high school classes.  Might I suggest research or assign his students to research the Korean War, and add that War to his history lessons as well.  It is for no small reason that it is referred to as The ForgottenWar.     Semper Fi.
Gerald F. Merna, 1stLt, USMC (Ret.)
Korea 52-53, Vietnam 66-67
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Sgt Grit;
    Here is the link to the 'poorly educated' Representative from Georgia, Democrat Cynthia McKinney and her lame-ass statements about our Commander in Chief.
 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34565-2002Apr11.html
 
http://www.barnstable-patriot.com/10-26-01-news/tefft.html
 http://www.yourcongress.com/profile.asp?member_id=332
How embarrassing, no disgusting to make such unsubstantiated statements and call yourself an American at a time of war, (or any other time for that matter).  I wonder if she is acquainted with Taliban Johnnie Jihad ?  Semper Fi and extremely honored to call President Bush My Commander in Chief.
LJ Hayhurst,  Cpl. of Marines
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I have listed this before, but hey, I like it and it's my page
so here it is again. http://www.mamarocks.com/why_i_love_her.htm
Sgt Grit
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"We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."

     - Will Rogers
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As a former Marine (CPL 91-95) I may have been an average Marine.  I am now an outstanding middle school math teacher because of those traits I learned back at PI in the summer of 91.  Are today's kids challenging?  Yes.  Do I often wish my former DIs could handle certain discipline problems? Yes.  But there are enough great kids to keep me optimistic about America's future.  It took me getting out of the Corps to realize what our history represented.  I try to get the pride and dedication to community instilled in my students while they are young.

Regarding another Marine's letter on labels: I too am sick of the astronomical prices people pay to give Nike, Adidas, etc., free advertising.  I am proud to wear the polos of the USMC; although I have gotten questions.  I can't explain it.  I am not a hero, or even a great Marine, but I am proud of my service and our traditions throughout history.  Thanks to everyone who helped me through the Corps and beyond (Tarpy, Mac, Trail, Coleman, Robinson,
Little Red Man, Reed and my dad, another former CPL).
Clay Hildebrand
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Grit,When that building in Beirut was blown up with those young Marines in it, I was so pissed ,I yelled out at the TV " what were they all doing in one place"!! I remember as a boot being told to spread out,"if a round came in we wouldn't all get it." They were wrong to herd the troops up for the terrorist. Who ever was in charge should have been drummed out!!!
PJLazzaro 1423281
Sgt. USMC, 1953-1957
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Dear Sgt. Grit,
   On Armed Forces Day week-end we will be having several activities that are free to all at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.  On Thursday May 16, the Traveling Viet-Nam Wall will begin four days at the Park in front of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville.  On Friday May 18,Carl P. Mayfield (Country D.J. of the year) and the P. Team will be doing a live remote
from the North end of the Traveling Wall.  Celebrities will be calling in or showing up to honor our Veterans and especially those serving today.  Last year David Ball, Wood Newton, and Thom Sheppard premiered "Riding With Private Malone" during the broadcast.  On Saturday, Armed Forces Day, there will be Military exhibits including antique and modern vehicles as well as displays from each of the branches of service.  On Saturday there will be patriotic speeches, live music, and the Park it-self to visit including the Tennessee World War II Memorial which has gained inter-national attention for it's 18,000 lb. free floating granite globe.  The Tennessee 1st Marine Division Association (General Shofner Chapter) will be holding it's annual meeting at Noon at the Park.  We would like to invite everyone that has served in or in support of the First Marine Division to attend this meeting.  For more information on Armed Forces Day Activities at the Park or specifics on the 1st Mar Div meeting write:
Doc T. Mullins
BCMSP
598 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-3081
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To NBC Executives and Law and Order's Writers, Directors and Producers,

On April 17, 2002, I watched an episode of Law & Order that featured the murder of a Vietnam Veteran. The surrounding story was the ongoing theme of American servicemen attacking yet another innocent peasant village during the Vietnam War.  You portrayed some compassion and understanding that the massacre was based on confusion and panic of young Americans caught in an ugly war.  Unless you are trying to make a stale, political statement, why use the same theme over and over again. It's a shame no one in your offices explores any other aspect of the Vietnam War.  Please do America, her Vietnam Veterans and yourselves a favor by furthering your research and education on the war. American servicemen and servicewomen accomplished much more in Vietnam than hurting innocent people. Continuing the Motion Picture and Television Industries ongoing negative portrayal of Vietnam Veterans is inaccurate and a disgrace.

You can begin your search at http://www.CapVeterans.Com.
Jack Cunningham
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Just found your site -- and am trying to contact the Third Marine Division people -- any who may be going to the Viet Nam reunion at Wickam Park, Melbourne, Florida APril 25-26-27-28 -- as we will be holding a remembrance service to honor Coco, who served as a tanker with the Third Division, Khe Sahn 67-68 --

He passed away last year -- his widow, Susie and his two daughters Christie and Cherie -- will be in town

We are gathering at Wickham Park, camp site No. A-17 -- in his memory -- one great guy who is well loved by us all --

Anyway to pass this information on to others who may be in the area -- are welcome to join us -- or if others may remember Coco --

Many, many thanks, Bobbie at:  Bobbie6769@JUNO.com

PS -- I was your weather girl in Viet Nam -- weather-wise and other-wise -- broadcast the weather temperatures from TV in Saigon -- visited many of the troops.
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"LUCKY YOU LIVE IN AMERICA"
I just read a piece written by Ed Evans entitled "Lucky You Live In America".  He asked the question about the Jews in Germany, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?" He asked about The U.S. and Pearl Harbor, "Why weren't we prepared?" He provided an answer to each of these questions: "Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people".  Like Ed, I didn't understand evil because the most evil I encountered was in
the movies and on television, that is, until I went to Viet Nam.  There I saw evil and its message was, "We will destroy Americans." That can't be accomplished in an all out war, but America can be destroyed from the inside, I believe.  We have a society today that is doing just that and hanging their hatred in several areas. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, where the Afghan war detainees live a better life that they have ever lived and they still want to kill Americans. Vieques, Puerto Rico is a place where the unfortunate and accidental death of a single security guard triggered another hate America situation.  The attack on the USS Cole was another attack on America. The American Embassy attacks and bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon symbolized, "hate America."  The news media scream because the US Government will not let them report troop locations and movements. Whose side are they on?  The rights and freedoms enjoyed by the press were hard won by people willing to risk (and who often lost) their lives to preserve the right to a free press. Unless we allow our military to do their job and for our government to carry out strategies without the plans being leaked to our enemies, we may not have a country!  I experienced the brash arrogance of  the US media in Viet Nam and their lack of concern for our military personnel. I regard only one group of people lower than the media, our elected officials. I wouldn't walk across the room to shake the hand of a person who would sell me out for a vote or who spends most of her or his time and energy getting re-elected, rather than doing good for their constituents.  In speaking of evil people, Ed Evans said further, "There is no comprise possible with such people, no meeting of the minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeated it or be defeated by it."  This is what our present Commander-in-Chief has said from the very beginning, "You are either with us or against us". I don't  ever want to forget the events and feelings of 9/11. I notice that most of the American flags that flew after 9/11 are no longer flying.  Patriotism and a strong sense of purpose have been replaced with "feel-good" regulations that have little substance and provide almost no security or safety beyond what was in-place before last September. Along with Ed, I want to, "hear the weeping, feel the helplessness, smell the burning flesh, remember the terror, relive the panic, experience the loss and remember the hatred" because it is the only way we Americans will keep the images and message of 9/11 alive within us.  I made the statement after returning home from Viet Nam that I hope I live long enough to see American blood spilled on American soil. I knew the
indelible feelings it would stir in our population, many of whom failed to understand anything about war because we are fortunate to have fought almost all of our wars in foreign lands. I saw that happen on 9/11 and I regretted making the statement because of the grief and terrible and unnecessary loss of life it caused. I only hope that those human beings were not sacrificed in vain. We must remember we were attacked by and are up against people who hate Americans simply because we are Americans, who will do absolutely anything to eliminate the message of our society and culture.  If we relax, if we do not dedicate ourselves to defeating this ideology, America as a culture is doomed.
Mike Hemlepp
Major USMC (Ret)
St Croix, USVI
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Sgt Grit,
I am writing in response to Sgt. Chandler about the price of Medals of Honor as well as the new uniforms.  First,  I agree with the Sgt.  $30,000 is a lot for a medal, but civilians need something to brag about.  Marines don't.  No medals are needed to know that we have done our job.  Now, about the new uniforms.  I came across a page about them on the Marine Corps web page.  I am thoroughly demotivated by these.  I am a LCpl now with a minimum of 5 more years of service left (I will be a reservist for another
year and a half until I get out of school).  While some innovations are quite interesting and brilliant ideas, such as the no-snag cuffs and the move back to the slanted pockets, most take away Marine traditions.  The new boots are brown, light brown, reversed leather.  They look grab-ass already.  Also, the only authorized manner of cleaning is with a scrub brush and water.  No more spit shine either.  The new regulations were put in "to emphasize that the boot is designed for combat functionality instead of garrison appearance."  There are pockets on the shoulders, too.  It was noted that some Marines testing the uniforms complained about not being able to use the pockets when the sleeves were rolled.  "This was corrected, however, when Marines observed  proper regulations for rolling sleeves. "  Apparently, nasty sleeves are SOP.  Now, because some paper pusher thought it was a good idea, I have to wear my sleeves like a reservist should.  "The combat utility uniform will come to the shelves with an embroidered Marine Corps emblem on the left breast pocket, eliminating the need for Marines to apply iron-on decals.  The emblem will be centered on the slanted pocket and parallel to the deck.  All Sailors serving with Marine Corps units will be authorized to wear the emblem; a "U.S. NAVY" service will distinguish Sailors from Marines."  Make of this what you will.  I do not
think it is my place to say one way or the other.
Thank you for letting me speak out of turn.
LCpl Hackworth, USMCR
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"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the
Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...."  --James Madison
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Hi Sarg Grit et al,
Has everyone forgotten- when returning home, we couldn't buy a beer, or vote Also coffee & Donuts at Hill 327(PX) cost us almost a buck from the Red Cross?  Then there was the cost of alleged free beer & sodas at China Beach, etc etc.

CWO E Nicholls
USMC/US Army (Ret.)
" ~While the young men sat at bars and watched the war on TV, we ran for tree lines in 110 degrees.~While Boys talked in Bars MEN whispered in ambush sites.~"
I walked amongst Giants.
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"Every man dies, not every man really lives" Sir William Wallace, Scottish Patriot and Guardian, 1305
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More thanks for a great newsletter. It is nice to get fresh and honest opinions from our brothers, and from civilians alike. I'd also like to say that I quit watching CNN also, (a once formidable and respected outfit).  I would like to comment on some recent events.  As a Lance Corporal stationed at Vieques, Puerto Rico in 1970.....Camp Garcia, I seem to remember the Navy bombing the island of Culebra, which as I recall and this may not be accurate, as memory is escaping me, was uninhabited.....Does anyone know when they stopped bombing it and started bombing Vieques, which IS inhabited, and why?  Just curious.  Keep up the good work!
Sgt. Chet Ragsdale
USMC 1969-73, Vietnam 1970-71
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"Keep trying diplomacy, but start polishing the weapons." --Bill O'Reilly
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Semper Fi Marines!
My future brother in-law is 1stLt Bill Malsch. He is the co-pilot of the Huey which crashed on 14 Feb 02. The Lt and one of his crew chiefs survived the impact. The other Marine is a Cpl(his name escapes me). They both are recovering from their injuries. Hopefully they will be able return to full duty. The pilot Capt Treadwell and crew chief SSgt Nesmith did not make it.  I salute all four of these Marines, as well as all others past and present, and am proud to call them brother. Their's is a small footnote in the
history of our Corps but still an important one. God bless all my brother and sister Marines.
Semper Fi!
H.J. Cooper
Sgt/USMC 84-97
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God Bless America
Sgt Grit


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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