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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #27

Sarge, please inform Lawrence Morrison that I did not go up Sugar Loaf 13 times, I went up only once. Many thanks. Dick Whitaker Note: Once is enough, good work Marine. Sgt Grit


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There will be no crass commercialism this issue, nor will
there be any pearls of wisdom from me. Let's get to the
good stuff now.
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"Eleven years on [after the Persian Gulf War], Iraq is still
crippled, the inspectors have been forced out, and nobody
believes that Saddam has given up seeking a bomb or scrapped all the chemical and biological weapons he already has.  He has literally preferred to starve Iraq rather than to give up his appetite for them.  None of this is to argue that a war to remove Saddam should be undertaken lightly.  Though the Iraqi army is even less of a match for America's than it was a decade ago, that was a different sort of a war.  With his own head and not just his most recent conquest at stake, and especially when he calculates that he has nothing to lose, Saddam might very well use the unconventional weapons he has collected.  The casualties this time -- especially the civilian casualties -- could be much larger than they were before.  It is little wonder, given this, that people of goodwill are groping for a safer alternative.  But wishful thinking in the face of mortal danger is bad policy. ... The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Saddam Hussein before he gets his bomb.  Painful as it is, our vote is for war." --The Economist
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Sgt. Grit, in response to Major Mustang's comments about how he dislikes Arabs.  Let me tell little story to Major Mustang. My Father and Uncle both (who are now deceased) were Veterans of WW II and are also Lebanese (or Arab) decent.  When they arrived home in 1946, they did not even recognize their younger brother.  They were both gone for 4.5 years.  When I visit their graves, you cannot believe how many American flags are flown on "Arab" gravesites.  I am very proud of every Lebanese or Arab, Italian, etc., who defended / defends this great nation of ours. We owe our lives to the every generation that defends this great nation of ours, no matter what decent they are. Sir, food for thought, I serviced "HONORABLY" for 24 years and retired as an E8, in 1999 from the greatest Armed Service in the world, and that of course being the United States Marine Corps.   So, when you say you do
not like Arabs, I am offended of that statement.  Sir, one question, do you also dislike Arabs that wear the same uniform as you or defended your great country so you can live free?
Semper Fi,
Top
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Many of you have sent this to me over the last 6 months.
I usually do not include things not sent by the author,
but I will make an exception here. Sgt Grit
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I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked
myself, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?"

Now I know why.

I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked
myself, "Why
weren't we prepared?"

Now I know why.

Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people.

On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed themselves to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.

On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators.  Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into
the Twin Towers.

I will not be manipulated.

I will not pretend to understand.

I will not forget.

I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the
press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president."

I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."

And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if
reporters weren't informed of every little detail of this war,
they aren't "likely -- nor should they be expected -- to show
deference."

I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of America.

I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic
terrorists and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.

I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.

I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the silly "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the airport.

I will not be influenced by so called," antiwar demonstrators" who exploit the right of expression to chant anti-American obscenities.

I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality.

I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told Labor Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it? There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror.
Just a choice: defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"

I will force myself to:

-hear the weeping
-feel the helplessness
-imagine the terror
-sense the panic
-smell the burning flesh
-experience the loss
-remember the hatred.

I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and asked
myself, "Where did they find the courage?"

Now I know.

We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.
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Dear Sgt Grit,
I felt compelled to pass this along:
"100% of the successful terrorist attacks on commercial
airlines for 20 years have been committed by Arabs.
When there is a 100% chance, it ceases to be a profile.
It's called a 'description of the suspect."
ANN COULTER
Submitted by: John Hoopingarner
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Sgt Grit,
In your last news letter, Sgt B said that giving up a little privacy is well worth (quelling future acts of terrorism).  Sgt B also said that he was a 13 year Marine Veteran.  My question to Sgt B is "why did you stay in the Marines for 13 years if you are willing to give up ANY privacy."  Also, I think the issue here is not one of privacy, but one of freedom -- freedom from unlawful search and seizure (4th amendment).

One of the things that I did my time for (and many of my peers) was to defend each and every freedom that we have.  For any one who spent time in any branch of the military, not just the Marines, to volunteer to give up any of the freedoms that they served to protect seems to me to cheapen the ultimate sacrifice that many of our brothers and sisters made.

I would also like to re-emphasize the Ron Paul quote that you included in your last news letter:

"...[W]ars have been used throughout modern history to justify rapid expansion of state power at the expense of personal liberty. We cannot remain free if we allow the endless, undeclared war on terror to serve as an excuse for giving up every last vestige of our privacy. ...Ultimately, we have to ask ourselves what kind of society we hope to leave our children and grandchildren.  A civilized and free society would not be discussing, much less seriously debating, any proposal to enlist private citizens to act as federal neighborhood snitches."  --Ron Paul

All of us who read this news letter have either dedicated a portion of our life to the defense of our country, or we know someone who has.  That defense doesn't stop when we get our DD-214, it just moves to a different venue.  At a bare minimum, we should all be voting for the candidates that we feel do the best jobs of defending those same rights that we took an oath to defend.  We should also be loud and long-winded when letting our elected representatives feel about these issues -- God knows everyone else is.
Charlie Grett, GySgt -- 1975-1989
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"A man who hates America hates humanity."
-- Paul Johnson
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My grandson had some of his acquaintances come for a visit yesterday.  My wife let them in and they were sitting around the dining room table waiting for my grandson.  I came in and sat down.  One kid had a bunch of those peg earrings stuck in both ears and a couple of spike things sticking out of his lower lip.  I asked what in hell he thought he was.  He just laughed some.  When they all got up to leave I noticed that he had a black T-shirt on with "TERRORIST" and what looked like an AK-47, all in red, on the front.  I immediately went into "pissed off mode" and yelled at him "What the f_ _ k do you think you are?  You think that shit is funny, smart, or clever?  Get the hell out of my HOUSE, off my PROPERTY, and out of my NEIGHBORHOOD with that crap on!!!"  They all hit the door and headed for the garage.  I waited a minute and looked out there for compliance purposes and they were all
standing around laughing.  That really pissed me off and I went out there and ran all of them off.  I told him that he is damn lucky that I didn't tear that d*mn shirt off him and strangle him with it.  I stood there to watch them all go down the alley and out of sight.  They kept turning around and looking to see if the coast was clear yet, saw it wasn't and kept on going.  Later, my wife over-heard my grandson talking to him on the phone saying:  "Well, you know we have the American flag hanging on the front porch and my
grandpa is an ex-Marine (He doesn't get it yet- "Once a Marine, Always...")!  You should have known better than to wear that shirt over here.....  No, I don't think it's safe for you to come back....." Well, I guess he and his buddies get the idea.  I don't know what in the hell is the matter with that kid's parents, if he has any.  I have a mind to track them down just to see, but probably won't.
Cpl. H.F. LA RUE, JR.
USMC Vet 62-67 RVN 66-67
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"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." --Aesop
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In reference to From an old WWII Gyrene BGR
Yes there are a lot of other Countries in the world who have Nukes, But most of them we call Allies.  You worry about him using his weapons if we attack?  I worry about him using his weapons if we don't.  Think what you want Fine Sir, but this aint about oil.  This is about Bad people doing bad things.  If you let someone who takes an oath "TO KILL THE INFIDEL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE" have a weapon such as a nuke, what do you think he is going to do with it?  Put it on his Mantle to show off to all the other Terrorist?  NO!!  He will without a doubt use it.  Why is it that we have to let them strike first?  Why is it that a Nuke had to go off on our soil before someone says "Well I'll be d*mned.  Who saw that one coming?" I am right behind G.W. on this.  Go get them B@stards NOW before they have the ability to really hurt us.  How do you fight someone who is willing to die?  LET HIM!!!
Lcpl Cokel JL  88-92
3531 Motor T "If you can't truck it ----- it!"
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As a very proud Marine mom, I am a faithful reader of your newsletter.  My son has just safely returned from deployment in Saudi Arabia.  He's back in the States just in time for his sister's marriage to a Marine this Labor Day weekend.  I too, proudly have the bumper stickers, Tshirts, jackets, key chains and everything else I can get my hands on.  My daughter even ordered the Marine and Bride cake topper for her their wedding cake!  One of my proudest moments was watching my son graduate from MCRD San Diego in March 2000.  The ceremony is so patriotic and meaningful.  I never dreamed I'd have another opportunity to go again, but eagerly made the trip this past March when my future son-in-law graduated.

The following poem was sent to me by a dear friend and I don't recall seeing it in your newsletter, although you may have printed it some time ago.  I sent it to my son while he was in "the sandbox" in Saudi fighting intense heat, spiders, scorpions and tense times.

None of us knows what lies ahead for our nation and particularly our military.  But I am more than confident that our US Marine Corps is ready for whatever comes and I'll be proud and thankful to each and every one of them for their courage and determination.

God Bless America and the USMC!
Becky Ables
Proud mom of Cpl. Scott Ables and future
mother-in-law of PFC Wesley Ackerman


FINAL INSPECTION

The Marine stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.

STEP FORWARD NOW, MARINE,
HOW SHALL I DEAL WITH YOU?
HAVE YOU ALWAYS TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK,
TO MY CHURCH HAVE YOU BEEN TRUE?

The Marine squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord, I guess I guess I ain't
'Cause those of us who are called Marines
Can't always be a saint.

I've worked a lot of Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I've been violent
Because the times were often tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills were much too steep.

I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted a Marine around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod,
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the Judgment of his God.

STEP FORWARD NOW MARINE
YOU'VE BORN YOUR BURDENS WELL,
WALK PEACEFULLY ON HEAVEN'S STREETS,
YOU'VE SERVED YOUR TIME IN HELL.
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In response to Cpl Sean Jones "lesson" to the store manager for knocking the merchandise off from a shelf with the American Flag in Newsletter #24:  I'll tell you what I think.  I think I want to say "Thank you".

Since none of the rest of us were there to intervene in that instance, I say thanks for stepping in, and restoring Old Glory's dignity.  I'd also say that the manager was lucky that you were in a benevolent mood.  I've seen those lessons sometimes taught much more harshly.  I've been known to embarrass a few family members from time to time myself.  They eventually understand, although they may still feel uncomfortable in those cases.  I'd rather see someone act on the side of protecting the flag rather than allowing it's desecration, even if it's a gray area.  While it may be argued that what was done wasn't done with intended malice towards the flag, it's that kind of relaxation in the principles of pride, honor and respect that eventually lead to larger assaults and insults on our flag, and therefore on our heritage and culture.

Cpl. Sean Jones, I say: Well done.  He apologized, lesson learned.  You got your point across, mission accomplished.  As for your family not believing that you should intervene  Well, I guess you need to get them more books to read.  Maybe they should dig deeper into what in means to be a Marine.  It's not something we think because someone said it should be so, it's something we feel because of what we've experienced.  I don't think you weren't reacting to a belief so much as an emotion.  What you witnessed struck at your heart.  Make your family sit down and watch the "D.I." again or "Sands of Iwo Jima" or some other gung-ho flick.

Anyway, Cpl Jones, you wanted to know what we think.  That's what I think.

Semper Fi
Sgt Mike Koontz, 1963 - 1969
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This former USMC corporal would like to respond to various submissions regarding our "lost liberties".  I teach political science at the community college level and hear this refrain from a number of students.


Even in the U.S. there are no absolute liberties.  We are at war with groups (supported by nation-states) that want to destroy American citizens and property.  Therefore, the unwritten "laws of necessity and self-preservation" come into force.

"A strict observance to the written is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest.  The laws of necessity and self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger are of higher obligation.  To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, and property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.  A ship at sea in distress for provisions meets another having abundance, yet refusing a supply; the law of self-preservation authorizes
the distressed to take a supply by force."  (Thomas Jefferson, 1810)

The terrorists don't win if we limit the breadth of some rights during a time of war.  The terrorists win when they fly airplanes into buildings and perhaps when Los Angeles is decimated by a small nuclear device.  Get over it people: Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt curtailed rights during times of war and they were justified.  Only the suicidal will sacrifice the end to the means!!
Larry Adams (USMC 1982-86)
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Sir:
To the WWII Gyrene, who see's disaster on the Iraq battlefield if President Bush decides to prosecute Sadaam.  We heard this same weak knee'd response just prior to the 1st Gulf War.  I cannot for the life of me understand a WW II veteran Marine, who would buy into this garbage.  Even a with rudimentary examination of the geopolitical situation in the Middle East, one must come to the realization that Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and even a few more, hate the US and all supported the attack on America.  They provided funds, weapons, and personnel to the terrorist organizations who have killed Americans; too many
times, Marines.  The lament is not that we might attack Iraq, the lament is for our fellow Marines who died in their sleep in Lebanon (1982), our Marine guards held captive in Iran (1979-1980) and tortured by Islamic fundamentalists.  Buck up gyrene, payback might be in the offering!  I for one want all of them to pay!
A Vietnam Marine
Curt Watters
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I agree with most of what you said, However, after 9-11 some of us tried our d*mndest to get back in but were told we were too old. That probably means that they are afraid we will prosecute the "war" in the proper military manner, IE: If it moves, KILL IT., If it may Move, KILL IT. If you think someone else may move it in the future, BLOW IT UP. If you think they want it, BOOBY TRAP IT. I don't believe for one moment that we're too old, I am convinced that they think we are too MEAN .

By the way, Ex-Marines, and  Former Marines are Dead, If you graduated from Officer's Basic, or Enlisted Boot Camp, you are a Marine. You will only be able to claim "Former or Ex" when you are taking a dirt nap.
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Dear Sir,  Sgt. Grit
 I am motivated to by  B.W. of  Texas when he related  his Boy Scout training with map  and compass. I too was in Scouting for about 9 mo. I earned the First Aid merit badge and I became a Tenderfoot Scout.  My parents moved us from Iowa to Missouri and scouting was just too far away. But the training "kicked-in" years later on Hill 881 when I was with Alpha 1/1.  I had been shot in the chest and the leg. While laying on a stretcher aside the L.Z. waiting to be med-evaced  I could feel my body shiver and wanting
sleep BUT  for some reason I recognized it , as shock ,  from my  merit badge training so then I could mentally fight it and keep myself  from succumbing. Finally the choppers came, finally I was laying on the operating table in a field hospital and I was told to start at 100 and count backwards. I was blessed it wasn't my time to  "Go".  Orley D. VanEngelenhoven 2266022  Sgt. USMC
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I am a marine wife stationed at Kaneohe Bay Hawaii.  I just have to say one thing.  I am sick to death of the polls put out on TV saying 87% of people believe it is time to go back to war with Sadaam.  I wonder if they ever poll the military wives and families?  Because although I know it is his job, and God knows he wants to go and blow Sadaam's head off, and I support him whole heartedly, I do not wish anyone to go to war.  And as military families, we don't want to see our husbands, sons, daughters, brothers or anyone have to fight a war!
Mrs. Sgt. Hudson
Kaneohe Bay Hawaii
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If the laws are not observed, rogues and scoundrels can present themselves as perfectly normal. If standards of performance are not observed, incompetents and
mediocrities can present themselves as stars."
- R. Emmett Tyrrell
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Unfortunately I had an incident similar to Cpl. Jones recently.  I was at Rt. 70 Auction with my family and I walked by this American flag that really stood out because it was 7 ft. long and draping over a van door.  Not to mention due to the cloudy day it was bright and vibrant in otherwise dull surroundings.  Well as I was admiring it from afar I was shocked to realize that the auctioneers we're letting it touch the ground and I could tell that it had been that way for some time because the dirt had begin to settle on it.  Well without a moments notice I went over to them and gave them a piece of my mind and they were snappy in their response to pick it up off the ground.  To see somebody as careless as they were with a symbol of our nation and to know that other people are doing similar activities every day truly upsets me.  Maybe they and the store manager will think twice before doing something like that again.  I have much pride in my country and the Marine Corps and will be even prouder when I go to Parris Island.
A Future Lady Marine
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Sarge:
I never had all the answers anymore than anyone else..it certainly is true that we have the best country in the world to express our selves in a free way...lately I have had the question come up several times and maybe someone out there (not politician ) can give me some kind of reasoning for this. I go back as a young person growing up and being taught about "The League of Nations"  As of this organization of major countries after World War 1 they
promised NO MORE WARS..They forgot to tell Hitler or Tojo...So now after World War 2 we form the United Nations..They said NO MORE WARS..Doesn't it seem strange that an organization with all the big countries belonging that we can't find a way to stand up and say " Hey little Guy ( Bin Ladin ") or Saddam.. Straighten your act up or were going to sit on your a_ _ !I know that this doesn't fall under good diplomacy ( oil ), so I guess we go on killing good service men and tearing hell out of small countries..Mistakes will always be made but I thought we all learned from them.  With all this I'm glad I can still write in to Sarge and raise hell if I want and don't have to worry about being hauled off to a firing squad..right?

Walt Kozier
2nd division--8th Marine    1946
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It was not long after I started working at a local Honda
dealership, that it became very apparent that there was a total lack of respect for the flag.  Our flag that is flown at front is one of the huge, massive flags that so many are accustomed to seeing at dealerships. More often than not is simply to gain attention, but it makes me happy to see such a big flag flying in the wind. It represents all that I sweated blood for while in the Corps. I digress... I came into work one morning and looked into one of the tool rooms just off of the service drive (I am a service advisor) and noticed (with great HORROR and amazement) that O'l Glory was wadded up and piled on top of one of the tool carts as if it was some dirty rag. It being 0520 in the a.m., and the only one at work, I took to the task of folding this massive flag on my own.  After about 15 minutes the task was complete and my co-workers were showing up.  Seeing what I was doing, there was a brave few that started in with comments at which point I made it clear that they could either holster there comments or pitch in and help...either way I didn't need any smart ass comments! They knew exactly how much the flag meant to me at that moment (two of them were my managers).  Three months later it was time to change the flag again (the wind tatters the ends really bad, and really quick). It was at this time I received a call from one of the two managers mentioned above. He informed me that it was time to change the
colors and he felt it only proper that I be in charge of the
whole process. He told me to gather all the personnel I needed and any other resources. It took me promptly 10 minutes to gather the needed volunteers, and 20 minutes later O'l Glory was down, folded and being handed over to another manager for proper disposal with his sons Boy scout Troop which worked in conjunction with a local V.F.W. branch. I think I made my point.  Everyone at work knows what branch I served in the minute they step into my office! And even better, I am eagerly awaiting the
response from Headquarters Marine Corps for my Re-Enlistment into the Reserves. At 30 years of age I am eager to join the fight and do what I can!  ITS A MARINE THING....YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND!!  And for those Muslims and Arabs whose feelings are being hurt I say this...Its a Free country! Feel Free to Leave!  For up and coming terrorists....You can run, but you will die
tired!
Semper Fidelis,
Tad Palmer
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SGT. GRIT
I am a disabled marine and I feel that anti-Americanism should not bet tolerated and I will fight to the death for the country the flag the people who believe in what it stand for and those who are fighting for it right now should be honored not ridiculed to used for some politicians punching bags.  To those who have served, fought, sacrificed their lives for our freedoms so our children and our children's children can grow up in a place were they are free to
make their own decisions and choices  I am proud to stand along side all those who stand up for freedom and for the United States of America, and I damn proud to have earned the title and to be called a U S Marine.
Semper FI;
Cpl Kevin L. Young
usmc/ disabled retiree
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Sgt. Grit,  I have no idea where this missive is headed. I spent 1955 to 1963 in the Corps in many MOS's, I started out with a 9900.  I even ended up with jump wings and flight crew wings because I wanted to serve my country. I was tapped for special foreign Duty with the Dept. of State until 1985 when my body gave out. I don't give a sh*t about some bleeding heart pansy or his crying mama who cannot handle the Corps.  Get out and join the Air Farce!  They are out to KILL US!  Are we going to just sit back and b*tch about the terrible life style conditions and service on our bases?  Wake up America !!  I don't know where in hell this HOO RAH crap came from; Probably the pansies who ran in shorts, sneakers and tank tops. I ran in full combat gear and in real combat boots.  Iron Mike, P.I. 1955 God Bless America the "Happy Medium" that everyone wants to strike... Think!
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Dear Sgt Grit:
I just watched the much-hyped History Channel's special called "Boot Camp".  It's Army.  It's sad.  The "di's" - no capitalization deserved - displayed less enthusiasm for their job than my local "Walmart Greeter".  The coddling given to recruits was a joke.  I can see now why the Army needs to have 'special forces' and 'rangers' and 'whatever sounds glamorous' units.  They allow and expect nothing special from their original recruits.  This History Channel program makes me worried that the youth of America who volunteer for the Army are getting screwed.  They (the 'army') have a drive-thru graduation program similar to Wendy's.
David Campbell
Class of '69
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I am looking for Inchon Landing Veterans for my 8th grade history students to interview on the net. Thanks for all your help, Vets.  We love you all.
FlcnrArt@aol.com
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To BGR
You really believe the only "free press" is in Europe?
The press in Europe is more biased and anti Semitic than here.  It is controlled by Arab money. The Arab population in France is about 3,000,000 and the EU does ton's of business with the Arab states.  Not even Sharon would come out with a stupid remark like "he controls the American foreign policy. Israel would take care of it's Arab neighbors if it could do so without their hands tied behind their backs. You quote a lot of anti-Israel things espoused in Europe "the birth place of the Holocaust" that you seem to hold as truths and are certainly not. Israel is our only ally in the Middle East. Not one Arab country is. We can't let them down. If you like the Arabs so much go try and live with them for a while then write back.
DRM (0311) RVN 2/5 "70"
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Sgt. Grit,

I'm a former Leatherneck (78 to 91) and served in a variety of assignments and posts, to include, 2/9, 3/5, Embassy Duty, and the Drill Field (89-91, MCRD, San Diego, Thundering 3rd).  I am currently a Gang Detective in Los Angeles County.  I owe everything that I am not only to the Corps but to my Country.  Where are the Patriot's?  More and more I see people who call themselves Americans, turning their backs on our values and our way of life.  This Country we call America was built on Judeo/Christian values, yet I see these Americans sue to have the words "One Nation under God" taken out of the pledge, I see Christian Youth groups being banned from schools, yet homosexual and every other deviant group is allowed.  I see these Americans feeling sorry and compassionate to the Al Queda detainees at Gitmo who were behind the killing of innocent civilians on 9/11, yet nothing is mentioned and the trumpet is silent on the hero's that lost their lives in the fight, Spann, Special Forces members, etc.  The hero's
are the ones that never returned, the hero's are the one's that are still out there fighting the good fight.  Let us join them as Patriot's and to the socialists who call themselves Americans, let us join together and give them an "attitude adjustment", OOORAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Ssgt USMC, (78 - 91)
Hardcore Devildog
SEMPER FI!
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I teach fifth grade and during our fourth of July program I teach my student the history of the flag.  Also during the program we raise the colors proudly.  We have the students, parents and teachers go through the "Gates of Silence."  This is a series of small flags raised to form an arch.  Every child from Kindergarten on to 5th know this and respect this ritual.  The parents are moved to tears to see the respect paid to our country and our flag by these wonderful young people who will someday be our leaders.  Train them now, train them correctly and we will have less problems in the future.

Love to all who have served, now serve, or will serve this wonderful land.
vicki
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To those who insult our flag:
You have the right, by living in this great country, to disrespect our flag verbally or physically. I have the privilege, living in this great country, to punch your lights out.
D. V. del Valle.
(Sgt.) First MAW, Korea, 1952
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I must Comment about Sgt Oscar's response to the Corporal concerning using the flag to remove something from a store shelf.  The comment that Sgt Oscar made started with the words "I don't usually voice my opinion on very many things"...The reason I must comment my friend is that If one has strong opinions especially about freedom, the Constitution, the U.S.A. politics, almost anything that concerns each and every one of us as God loving, loyal
Americans, family members and Marines, then you really "Usually Should Voice your opinion on Very Many Things."  That is what freedom is all about.  It is by virtue of the fact that many of us who may be reluctant to speak up do not when we should.  So my friend, never ever be reluctant to voice your opinion, it may be what we all need to motivate us or inform us of a fact we all need to make decisions.  Besides, Marines are probably the most loyal group of people in the entire United States and they want to hear what you think.  So speak up bud, never be afraid to do so (at the appropriate time and place of course).
Semper Fi
Richard E. Nygaard  SSGT 1344668 USMC 1953-1963
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"Where is a society headed that holds its most productive members up to ridicule and makes mascots out of its least productive and parasitic members?"
- Walter Williams
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I just wanted to say thanks to all you Marines who are currently serving or have served your time. It is because of you ( and those in the other branches) that I am able to sleep safely at night. I am proud of all my family members who served in the Armed Forces (6 brothers, a brother-in-law and a sister-in law all Navy, my dad was Army, I have a niece in the Air Force and my husband and another brother-in-law will always be Marines) and also of you for putting your life on the line for the sake of freedom.  You will always be my hero's and yes, my brothers gave me a hard time about marrying a Marine but I wouldn't change a thing. I love my Marine (Rex Maschino 1987-1992 2ndTnks 2MarDiv Camp Lejeune) and am very proud of him. To me, he will always be a Marine no former or ex to it. I have seen him notice other Marines even when they are not wearing anything to identify themselves as such and I am amazed at the brotherhood of the Corps. I only hope my son grows to be as fine a Marine as his father (hopefully my daughters to). You Marines are amazing..
Thanks, God Bless and Semper Fi
Leanna Reitman Maschino
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"The tree of liberty must be watered periodically with the blood of tyrants and patriots alike."  - Thomas Jefferson
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thank you so very much to the folks that wrote to Jessica while she was in coast guard boot-camp. she did very well in training and I must say that the extra letters she received was an extra boost for her.  she had no idea why she was getting all this extra mail from all over the united states but she loved getting all the letters. I'm so proud of my marine corps family for helping her get through a tough time.  she ended up on the parade field following in my footsteps. she was carrying the u.s. coast guard colors on graduation day. needless to say she told me nothing about this so it was a great surprise. she will now serve the coast guard in san francisco, ca.  again, thank you so much for your assistance.
   ssgt dean carroll
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A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared
for a master, and deserves one!"  - Alexander Hamilton
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    Sgt. Grit,

    I must take exception to the letter posted by the WWII Gyrene, "BGR".  First let me thank him and his generation for saving humanity.  Now to his letter.

    You state there are two reasons for taking out Hussein:

    #1)  Protect Israel.

By your own admission, Hussein has available to him chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons that in your scenario would be employed in some sort of doomsday against the US!  You state he has sleeper cells right here in this country.  Are you implying that by being nice to him that he will then "like" us and leave us alone.  This is the same sort of negativity that preceded the ground offensive in 1991.  It was wrong then and it is wrong now.  Certainly,
protecting Israel is a factor, but how about protecting the good old United States from the possibility of another devastating attack?  Saddam and his ilk don't understand passiveness, but they do understand the overwhelming use of force.

#2)  Control of Iraqi oil

    Horse apples!  Look at the price at the gas pump.  Why, it was recently less than a dollar a gallon in some states.  Why?  Our former enemy, (The former USSR) whom we defeated through superior force is now selling us oil voluntarily at a very good price.  The oil would be nice, but let's face it; with Saddam gone, the Iraqis would have to compete with the Russians and anyone else for our business.

All the reasons you state for us not taking on Iraq are indeed the reasons why we must!  I don't believe for one minute that appeasement of a tyrant will direct his wrath in some other direction.  He would destroy us and our entire
way of life if he had the means.

    Free Press in Western Europe??!!! .....Please!!!

    I travel to western Europe on a regular basis and in my humble opinion, the only way to move that press corps any farther from the left than they are now is to have PRAVDA reopen for business.  CNN (Europe) is the most anti-capitalist venue I've ever seen.  So if your idea of a free press is anti-American/anti-Israeli rhetoric, then I could see how you could reach your conclusion that they have
a "Real" free press.

(Look out Wall Street)

OK, I must agree here.  Look out for the booming bull market when we soundly defeat Saddam and let the Iraqis establish a free democratic style government with real elections and free trade.  Look out is right!  Get out of the way or get run over by that boost to the world economy!

    Lastly, and most wrong is your last entreaty for us to call our representatives and the White House and ask them not to "Start another war".  Frankly, I'm offended by that statement.  We didn't start this war!!!  The AlQaeda and their supporters started it!!!   This is akin to accusing the United States of "Starting" a war with Europe by landing troops at Normandy.  No sir:  We didn't start this thing,
but with the grace of God (and a few Marines) we'll damned sure end it!
Semper Fi,
Bud Giguere
USMC 1978-1990
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Sgt. Grit,

First allow me to thank you for putting out your newsletter. I'm a second lieutenant in law school right now and sometimes it seems like there's no Fleet at the end of the tunnel for me. Hearing stories from all the Marines that have proudly served and continue to set the example is a major motivator for me, so thanks for that.

So I'm wondering if any of you caught this new show on TV about Army Basic Training. Good lord. I was laughing so hard I couldn't help myself. All of the commercials for this show made it seem like it was an exclusive glimpse into SERE school or something... talking about all of the rigors of training like ooooh scary heights and "mastery" of the M16A2 service rifle. Now I will be the first to admit that when we first arrived at OCS last summer, most of us were pretty doggone nasty, but the receiving staff and drill instructors put the holy terror of the Lord into us before we were even through with in processing. I can still hear the
screams. What completely shocked me about this show was how much back-slapping and niceties went on between the staff and the recruits.  A few examples... recruits being herded into a big classroom for a giant reception welcoming them into the Army (our welcome reception consisted of "GET OFF MY BUS PUKES")... drill instructors calling recruits "soldiers" already during IN PROCESSING... some doggie Corporal telling recruits not to worry because the Army isn't like "Full Metal Jacket" or "Saving Private Ryan" and they don't need to worry about going off to war or some trash like that... oh but my personal favorite was all the gaffing off, eye-balling, eye-rolling and backtalk that went on even with their DI's, which they completely tolerated.

I do my best not to talk too much trash on our fellow services, but I just couldn't believe what I was watching, Army or not. These recruits might someday be actually called to defend our country, and all I saw in terms of the "rigors" of their "military training" was a bunch of grab-assing shenanigans. No discipline whatsoever.

My grandfather served in the Army during WWII and I think he would be turning over in his grave if he saw what I saw last night of today's Army standards. Heck, if I was the platoon commander of one of those recruit platoons, they'd all be playing "two sheets and a blanket" until they couldn't see straight. Guess you get what you ask for when you try attract recruits with the promise of "Becoming An Army of One."

Thanks to all the Marines, enlisted and officers, who continue to teach me the meaning of Ductus Exemplo- "Lead By Example."
Alex Douvas
2nd Lt USMCR
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Dear Sgt. Grunt:
My son is celebrating his first anniversary as a Marine, stationed in Okinawa.  All of us are very proud of all the sacrifices he and a lot of others are making for their country, when a friend sent me this piece, I felt I needed to send it on to others, who are proud to be Americans.  I hope you enjoy, and God Bless all of our Marines!!!  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!  First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way.  This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.  As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle.  This culture, called the "American Way" has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam.... We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.  Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn our language!!!!  In God We Trust, is our national motto.  This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan-it is our national motto.  It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capital and it is printed on our currency.  We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is clearly documented throughout our history.  If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display
it on the walls of our schools.  God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis.  If God  offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him. We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms.  We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day.  We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag.  As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose.  If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.  The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it.  We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from.  Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.  Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so.  But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our f