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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #26

"Anti-Americanism is ubiquitous, a direct consequence of America doing her duty, the resentment of followers, not leaders. To be sure, anti-Americanism is an ignoble and irrational emotion. Like anti-Semitism, which in some ways it has replaced, it is impervious to facts or logic." -- Paul Johnson


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America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in
existence.  It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism.  This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world." --Dinesh D'Souza
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"We stand here on the only island of freedom that is left in the whole world.  There is no place left to flee to ... no place to escape to.  We defend freedom here or it is gone.  There is no place for us to run, only to make a stand.  And if we fail, I think we face telling our children, and our children's children, what it was we found more precious than freedom.  Because I am sure someday -- if we fail in this -- there will be a generation that will ask." --Ronald Reagan
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In your last newsletter, the saying attributed to Marcus Meridius, General of the Northern Armies  of Caesar and included in the movie "Gladiator" is "What we do in life, echoes in eternity" You will find this in the Roman Wars in Gaul written by Themidius, a roman historian.
John Keating, GnySgt. retired

Note: I guess it is true.....Gunnys know everything!!!            Sgt Grit
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I spent three years in a Muslim country - Iraq. My friends, the Marines I served with in Baghdad, feel pretty much the same way as I do. As a person, I honestly believe that I do not have a bigoted bone in my body. But I will readily admit that I do not like Arabs. As a group they are mean, intolerant, and xenophobic, and hate people like us. They will kill members of their own family that violate their Islamic laws (happed in a field near our house), their mobs will tear people apart (happened to 3 US tourist in '60 or 61). In this country the men dress as westerners, the women as if
they were in their country.

When the revolution came in '60, those American married to Arabs were given an opportunity to return to the US. Most took it, as they were treated like cattle in their families which the senior male ruled not the husband.

My opinion is that the US Muslim community support the actions of the terrorist here and elsewhere.

As to Velcro's comment as to make up your mind who you support, mine has been made up for 40 some years.
Semper Fi
Major Mustang
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"What a perversion of the normal order of things! ... to make power the primary and central object of the social system, and Liberty but its satellite." --James Madison
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in reply to cpl. jones
i think you were exactly correct to confront the manager of the store.  it would have pissed me off to. we have young American men and women out there fighting for there country and this guy uses it for nothing more that a broom. i agree and applaud your actions. i am not yet in the corps but soon will be and i still have respect enough for the flag of out nation to show its colors bold.
seth jackson
future marine
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Sgt Grit,

I don't usually voice my opinion on very many things but the way things are going in the good old U.S. of A. is just getting way out of hand. I just read your latest news letter and I was appalled with what I read from CPL Sean Jones, I can't believe what the store keeper did using the symbol of our great nation to knock something off a shelf. I thing CPL Jones did the right thing there's too many people doing things like that everywhere you look. Are we supposed to
turn a blind eye to them HELL NO!!!!!It's quite obvious that the store keeper just doesn't understand what "Old Glory" represents. The men and women that answered the call of duty before you and I did. The ones that gave there lives for their nation so that you and I could lay down our heads in peace at night. I have no doubt in my mind that these people that do these things like using the symbol of our great nation the way the store keeper did have obviously
never spent a day in uniform. They have made no sacrifices big or small for their country. I think it's time that we the American people that's right "One Nation Under God" stop letting the people out there that disrespect our nation get away with it. I know it's their right to act the way they choose. But I for one don't think they deserve those rights not nearly as much as the men and women that stood in harms way and paid the ultimate sacrifice, gave their lives for their country. I suppose that's just how things work though and that's why people are doing what they do. And those people will never truly understand what it means to be an American. Sorry for all my rambling but I had to get it out I have seen and heard way to many things that just make me plain old sick to my stomach. It's been a long night and sleep will not come tonight maybe tomorrow.  I will tell you with know shame that there is not a minute that passes that I don't wish that I was still defending our great nation!!  Semper Fidelis Marines!!!!!!!

Former SGT "OSCAR"
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"A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no
blow given, is a lawful cause of war." --Sir Francis Bacon
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 I noticed with the usual interest, "the normal" feeling people have about the Corps. Also noticed  another theme that ran thru the letter. That being about government with references from Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster, Ronald Reagan, the gentleman with a true concern of his problem in 'Nam with agent orange and an article that came from the Military Magazine. This, following, also came from the same Magazine, August 2002.  CORRUPT OFFICIALS:  "CORRUPT PUBLIC OFFICIALS POSE A GREATER DANGER TO THIS COUNTRY THAN ALL THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS COMBINED.  SUCH OFFICIALS NOT ONLY BETRAY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, BUT ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO A MORAL DECAY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY THAT MANY VIEW AS THE FORERUNNER OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL DISASTER"--U.S. District Court Judge George C. Pratt in disposing of the ABSCAM 7.
1108487
C-l-l, '50-'52
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AHOY,
JUST WANTED TO COMMEND "L.CPL HELMICK 93-96" & "CARL USMC" FOR THEIR UNPOPULAR BUT CORRECT VIEW THAT IF WE START GIVING UP LIBERTIES TO CATCH THE EVIL GUYS WE MAY NEVER GET THEM BACK.  I RECENTLY READ AN EMAIL FROM ISRAEL IN WHICH THE WRITER (I THINK AN OLD WOMAN) ALLOWED AS HOW SHE WAS NOT GOING TO FLINCH FROM THE ARAB KAMIKAZE (MY WORD NOT HERS) BECAUSE DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS MORE OF THE ISRAELIS WERE KILLING EACH OTHER -- IN CAR CRASHES. AND THIS WAS ALSO TRUE IS NORTHERN IRELAND AT THE HEIGHT OF THE TROUBLE THERE.  AND IT IS TRUE HERE TOO.  WANT TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES?  REDUCING THE SPEED LIMIT TO 55 WOULD SAVE 10,000 CITIZENS A YEAR & REDUCE THE DEPENDENCE ON ARAB OIL.  THAT WOULD BE A REAL  WAR MEASURE. BUT "TRAVEL MORE" AS A BATTLE CRY--GIVE ME A BREAK.

AND ON THE SUBJECT OT THE "NEW" PATRIOTISM HOW MANY SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND SONS OF ENRON CEOs HAVE ENLISTED SINCE 9-11 COMPARED TO THE AMBASSADORS AND PRESIDENTS SONS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO IN HARMS WAY IN WORLD WAR 2 ?  WHEN,  LEST WE FORGET,  WE  WERE NOT ASKED TO GIVE UP OUR LIBERTIES.  AND HOW MUCH HAVE THOSE SAME SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN INCREASED THE PAY OF THE REAL WARRIORS IN THAT LARGE STRIP MINE CALLED AFGHANISTAN AND THOSE WAITING TO SHIP OUT?  HELL THEY HAVE NOT EVEN MADE IT EASIER FOR THE WARRIORS TO GET FOOD STAMPS!

       SORRY BUT AS A STUDENT OF HISTORY I GET ANGRY WITH ALL THIS TALK OF A WAR WHEN IT IS ONLY REAL FOR THE PEOPLE THERE,  GOING THERE OR WAITING FOR THEM TO COME HOME WHILE WE ARE ASKED TO TRAVEL MORE, WATCH OUR NEIGHBORS AND SURRENDER LIBERTIES PEOPLE DIED TO GAIN FOR US.

       SEMPER FI, CHUCK IN PITTSBURGH, (SIX YEARS ACTIVE RESERVE AND TWO AND A HALF IN THE FIRST MARINES).
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"...[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
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 To: Cpl Sean Jones,

OOH RAH to you for correcting that knuckle-head that disrespected the American Flag. Let your family know you were correct to confront the offending individual. I do it all the time, it's the only way some people learn, most Americans know nothing about how to treat, respect, or destroy (an unserviceable) flag. As I trained Marines on active duty I now train civilians (they don't like it very much). We (Marines), wouldn't hesitate to correct a junior Marine (or a Lt.) when they screwed up, so why should we let a civilian get away with disrespecting the flag that we live and served under? If your family members think you were wrong for just talking to an offender, they would lose their minds with me, I confiscate. Example, just last week I was helping my sister move into her new house, looking across the street from here new place I spotted a house with our flag hanging upside-down. I went back to my car and grabbed my leatherman and set about freeing our National Ensign. I folded it properly then knocked on the door, ready to do some "counseling," no answer, so I left a note on the door with all my contact information and a few words of reprimand. That was about the tenth time I've done such a thing and so far nobody has called to claim their flag. I've scraped bumper-stickers off of cars at intersections (upside down flags and such), I'm always open to "discuss" the matter with the drivers, none yet. I'm no longer on active duty, but I still fight for the flag. Now some have said that the reason they display the flag upside down is to show distress over 911, to them I say "If your car's not burning, your boat not sinking, and your body not missing any limbs, then you're not in distress!"  It's time we educate!
Semper-Fi,
SSgt Timothy Head
USMC '87-'01, 3531/0313/8411/0369, Mi. NG '01-Present
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"Progress is born of cooperation in the community -- not
from government restraints." --Herbert Hoover
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I am a very proud Marine Mom. I've only recently begun to
receive this news letter and every time I read it something brings tears to my eyes.

We live in troubled times, many of our youth are lost, in
trouble, confused and even forgotten or abandoned.  So
often they live without hope, pride, self esteem or any
sort of positive direction to their lives.  We as a society have such low expectations of them, we too often give them little to aspire to.

I am a single mom, and as teenagers my own sons were
well loved and supported with constant reminders that
there was nothing they could not do, no goal they could
not reach, yet they still experienced being lost and
confused about so many things.  Gangs were everywhere - I
was terrified.  There were no good role models available
in their communities.  Then my younger son found ROTC
while in High School, and his life began to transform.

Jesse interview all the branches of the military (except
Navy because he didn't like the uniforms), and after
talking to all of them, he chose the Marines.  For the
brotherhood.  He worked hard and graduated from High
School early so that he could enlist as quickly as
possible.  He entered boot camp at 17.

I watch and listen to him and am constantly filled with
such deep pride in the young man he is now at 19, and the
man he is becoming.  The lessons he is learning about
his own strength, endurance and integrity will stand with
him his entire life.  He was searching for role models -
and now he has just that.  Not perfect, not always fair,
sometimes outright awful, and even wrong now and then -
(wow, they're human too!) yet, dedicated, faithful,
having integrity, compassion, friendship, and
yes, brotherhood.  Here he is learning the lessons he
needs to become the man he will be, using skills and
knowledge learned there, to determine what will be right
for him and his future.  I see a bright future for my
son, with choices and possibilities that were not
available to him before.

When I see Marine recruiters at the college where I work,
I make a point of welcoming them to our campus and
telling the young men and women within hearing range what
a great difference being a Marine has made to my son.

Of course I am afraid of this war, and what it could mean
to my son.  I am also deeply proud of his participation.

A heartfelt thank you to the Marines, present, past and
future.  You make a difference, and I am proud to be a
part of the Marines, as a Marine Mom.

Sharon Rose
Marine Mom of
LCpl Jesse Stern
Camp Pendleton
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Sgt. Grit,
In response to one of the notes in the newsletter concerning the "Young Marines" program sponsored by the Marine Corps League, I hardily agree.  I just recently attended a "Pass-In-Review" ceremony at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, TX., put on by the Young Marines of Texas who were currently finishing up an encampment there.  I want you to know that I was greatly impressed with these young people and also with the leadership they were getting from Marines and family.  They were indeed motivated, sharp, and well dressed in their Camo uniforms.

Also,  the National Convention of the MCL is being held August 3-10, 2002 in Harrisburg, PA.  An old Marine buddy and myself will be leaving here August 1, to make the drive to Harrisburg and attend the convention.

Semper Fi,  C.R. Scroggins, USMC (Ret.), 1005 N. Alice Dr., Duncan, OK 73533
crscrogg@hotmail.com
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"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
then we will be a nation gone under." --Ronald Reagan
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Hi guys, I had something to say and this has become a perfect venue for venting our frustrations. You'll have to excuse my spelling, I'm an 0311.  I was watching the latest on the 'Palestinian Crisis" and the Guided ordinance that Israel dropped on that Hamas leader.  Everyone was up in arms because that A$$ho%e decided to have his family in his own little war zone. I don't know about you but if I was his kin I wouldn't sleep in the same town.  Another thing, did you see that J. Travolta movie??? I like the concept of a tooth for a tooth.  When they bomb the Jews they should fire a 155 for every person wounded or killed and soon the suicide bombs would stop. I mean just drop five zero left five zero, fire for effect. That's all Sarge.
Semper Fi
Frank Biddick, USMC, 2121554
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As a 13 year Marine Veteran I disagree with the Lcpl's letter.  I believe that giving up a little privacy (key word is little) is well worth it.  After all, the terrorist did something awful, and if giving up a little time and privacy is what it takes, than so be it.  Sometimes it takes a step back to move forward.  Personally, I haven't felt effected at
all.  When it's over and the lack of privacy continues, then we should complain.  Until then, we should grin and bear it, back the President and show unity.
Sgt "B"
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   I just finished reading the newest news letter and wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your printing Charlie Daniels' comments after visiting Gitmo.  Two or three years after getting home from Viet-Nam where I served as a Corpsman with 1st Recon Battalion; it was my good fortune to meet Charlie, his wife Hazel and their son Charlie.  In 1980 I went to work for Charlie on his ranch and have been here ever since.  My reason for this note, is to brag a little on the boss.  He's the real deal.  Charlie may not always be "politically " correct (whatever that means), but he makes an honest effort to study things out, make a decision as to what is right, and then stand by it.  This holds true in every aspect of his life be it as a rancher, a family man, an entertainer and as a citizen.  Now is the time for every-one to speak out and fortunately for us, of the so-called silent majority, Charlie is in a position to be heard.
   Charlie has a web site with a soap-box that he expresses his thoughts on a regular basis.  Check it out, if you haven't already and let him know what you think.
Thanks,
Doc T. Mullins
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"It is error alone which needs the support of government.
Truth can stand by itself." --Thomas Jefferson
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Dear Friends:
   Well folks, the fertilizer is about to hit the turbine--big time! You see, George II (dubya) is about to do a repeat of what his daddy (George I) did back in 1991. He has decided that Saddam Hussein has gotta go, although the consensus of the Pentagon brass is that Iraq is no threat to the US. The official line from the White House is that Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction, so we have to take 'em out in the interest of world peace.  As Colonel Potter of the "MASH" series says---Horseapples! How many other countries already have, or are also developing weapons of mass destruction?  Are we gonna take them all of out? There are only two real reason for taking out Hussein, the primary being to protect Israel, and the secondary is to gain control Iraqi oil. Dubya got his marching orders recently when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited Washington. All the big wigs in the Administration and the Congress bowed and scraped and kissed his fat ass on
both cheeks: "Need a few more billion dollars, Mr. Sharon? How about another hundred F16 fighters?" Newspapers in western Europe, where they have a REAL free press, report that Sharon has boasted he controls American foreign policy. I believe it. Among the hawks beating the drum for war, are Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his Deputy Paul Wolfowitz, VP Dick Cheney, military advisor Richard Perle--and of course the Israeli lobby.      What does Saddam Hussein have to say about all this?  Reported in the 7/22/02 issue of American Free Press: Saddam made clear his intentions in a 5 hour meeting of his inner circle, which was leaked to the Arabic newspaper "Al-Watan-Al Arabi". He said he would wait for the US to strike the first blow, then he would respond with everything he has, both on the battlefield and all other fronts. "All other fronts" is interpreted as meaning on US soil. "Everything" is interpreted as meaning biological and chemical weapons
at least, and maybe nuclear. It is believed that Hussein has sleeper cells in the US, and they may already have these weapons hidden here. With our porous borders, pulling this off would be a piece of cake. Nick Guarino who publishes a newsletter called "The Wall Street Underground" says that Iraq has acquired ICBM's and nuclear weapons from the stores of the old Soviet Union, and has obtained the technical help of Chinese engineers in deploying them. Guarino states that Iraqis have not only purchased nuclear weapons on the international black market, but have been able to produce these weapons themselves. Bill Powell writes in "Fortune" magazine that there will be huge economic crises caused by the US-Iraqi war, but he accepts it as inevitable (look out stock market).  There is no telling what kind of damage, and how many deaths, we might suffer on US soil when George II attacks Hussein. But you can be certain of one thing, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our finest young men--maybe your children or grandchildren--will die in Iraq. The international arms experts Jane's Services claim that Israel has the fifth strongest military in the world. So why can't they take on Saddam Hussein themselves? They could of course, buy why risk it when they can get "Uncle Sucker" to do it for them?  The only thing I know of, that we as citizens can do, is write or call our representatives and the White House and implore them to not start another war. However, I'm sorry to say, I have little hope of success.  From an old WWII Gyrene.
Semper Fi,
BGR
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Cpl. Jones,
    IF you had not said anything, then all who saw it would not
have a problem doing something like that in the future.
    IF you had not said anything, then you would have ran that
moment through your brain for a long time to come, wishing you would have said something.  BUT, you did say something.  I am glad that you did!  Thank you, Marine.
    Cpl. Russell 81-86
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"The less government we have, the better -- the fewer laws, and the less confided power." --Ralph Waldo Emerson  {}
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Received this through the 3rd Marine Association Arizona Chapter Brian Sweeney

Dear Friends:

Your attention is invited to the May 2002 edition of the
"VA's Agent Orange Review."

I mention this as a victim of Agent Orange cancer myself, having had 50 radiation treatments (leaving me with no salivary glands), chemos, and operations (one being a radical neck dissection which cut vital nerves in my body leaving me severely disabled in the upper torso).  I am now on my 12th year of remission, and that is good news.  However, Agent Orange has recently led to 14 bouts of  pneumonias (the last one a double one),  and to avoid aspiration, I have had to undergo a "peg" operation whereby I am being fed by a tube inserted in my stomach near the "belly-button."  No more eating and drinking the normal way.  This is said to alert Vietnam Vets to the fact that if you think you have a mysterious malady, go to the nearest VA medical center for an examination and for being listed on the "Agent Orange Register."

If you do have questions about "Agent Orange," contact the VA's Gulf War/Agent Orange Help line.  The national toll-free telephone number is <1-800-749-8387>.  A great deal of information is also available at the VA's new Web Page.  It is located at <http://www.va.gov/agentorange>.

Vietnam veterans (plus veterans who served in Korea in 1968 or 1969), and other veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides elsewhere during testing, transporting, or spraying of herbicides for military purposes and who are concerned about possible long-term health effects of Agent Orange exposure should contact the nearest VA medical center and request an Agent Orange Registry health examination.  More than 300,000 Vietnam veterans have already participated in this program.

Vietnam veterans who encounter difficulties at a VA medical center should contact the "patient advocate" or "patient representative" at the facility for assistance in resolving the problem.  Ask the medical center telephone operator for the patient advocate or representative.

Representatives of the major veterans organizations can be of help.  I list a few as follows:

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH HQS in Springfield:  703-354-2140 or 703-354-2771.  MOPH National Service Officers are located in many key areas of the United States.  Call the MOPH HQS number(s) for further info as to support in your respective area.

The American Legion:  1-800-433-3318
VFW:  1-800-VFW-l899
DAV:  1-877-426-2838
Vietnam Vets of America:  1-800-882-1316
Yours in Maintaining Good Health,
George M. Gallagher
Purple Heart Recipient
Member MOPH and
Victim of Agent Orange from Service in Vietnam
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The idiot judge in California who ruled the phrase One Nation Under God should not be allowed in the Pledge of Allegiance raised my hackles so bad I went back to the tattoo artist who put on a very nice waving U.S. flag and had One Nation Under God added. It's on my right inside forearm my U.S.M.C.  is on the outside.
Ernie Powell
Sgt USMC 64/68
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Just wanted to share something with you.  I was watching Tom Clancy on C-Span promoting his book SHADOW WARRIORS.

Some people were commenting on how "CRAZY" people become when they go into the military, especially into the ARMY and MARINES.

Mr. Clancy's statement was, "I have two sons that graduated from the Naval Academy and they are well balanced and do well....Anyone joining the Army or Marines does not automatically make you a crypto-alcoholic nazi, It makes you a child of this country and anyone in the military should be regarded as such."
Uncle Sal
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My husband, a former Marine (1967-70) subscribes to your newsletter and occasionally I read through the letters.....and now I'm writing.  Our daughter has now joined the ranks of Marines (2nd Lt. commissioned in December, 2000; stationed at Camp LeJeune) and we are so proud of her accomplishments.  Having married a Marine and listened to the memories of boot camp and Nam, I was more than a little apprehensive to see our daughter go through the rigorous training and hard lifestyle required to be one of the few, the proud.

Twice she went through OCS because she fractured 2 bones in her left foot and one in her right early in training the first time around - but she pushed on to the Crucible before coming home to do it again the following year.

Talking to her each week, we hear the pride in her voice at being called Marine.  She is humbled by those who have been in the Corps years and have seen and given so much.  She is moved by the motivation, determination, commitment and expertise of the "young" (she's only 26!) enlisted men and women she works with.  We can also hear the confidence (some would say ego) she has developed from being a Marine.  She loves the Corps
and intends to make it a career.

My husband and I were able to spend July 4th with her and participated with the on-base activities for the evening.  During Evening Colors, I was so moved to see the respect and honor paid to our flag by the thousands as they stood in silence and/or attention; no one wearing hats, no one milling about or talking.  You sure don't experience that very often in the civilian world.

When I become discouraged at the attitudes I see around me, the tearing down of our country and its principles, I remember what I saw on the 4th of July and what I hear about the Marines our daughter comes in contact with.  I am lifted up knowing there are a core of people dedicated and committed to uphold the values of this country.  Thank you, Marines, for your honor, courage and commitment to our country.  And thank you to all the families supporting their Marines, allowing them to do the job they are committed to doing.

Proud USMC Mom
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"I believe that for the past twenty years there has been
a creeping socialism spreading in the United States."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953)
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To the Scout Master in Seattle

I was an Eagle Scout.  My father, Scout Master and a family friend who was a game warden developed my woodlands skills to where they were almost second nature.  During my high school period, I would take long hikes on the family ranch and join the 'men in the family' on organized hunting trips using my scouting skills.  I joined the Corps in 1968 and was a high shooter at the range.  While at ITR, I was recruited to join training at the Recon School.
At that time you not only had to be a shooter, but pass an exam and PT test.  When given a map and compass and asked to plot a course, it was like home.  I served in RVN in '69, 1st Recon Bn.  While on patrol, with map and compass in hand, the team was never lost.  I tell people today one of the survival skills I had in Vietnam was basically obtained while as a Scout - map and compass.  Using that skill with the Marine Recon training and calling in artillery.   Rest assured your time given to your 'scout' will not be wasted, and will do him well no matter what MOS is assigned to him.  He will take the basics you gave him,
and with the Marine Corps Way of doing things, the term 'adapt, improvise, overcome' will become second nature.

BW
Texas
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would you please list the following reunion in your news letter... Platoon 334 Parris Island S.C. Jan66 - Mar66
Place: Bay Harbor Radisson Hotel, Tampa, FL.,  Oct, 4th & 5th 2002 Contact: Larry Moore
email     mtminhisservice@aol.com
Phone:    813-881-9017
Thank you Sgt. Grit
Semper Fi
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Dear SGT.Grit;

I am a recent subscriber to your newsletter. Thank you so much. I didn't realize how lonely I was for communication with members and families of the corps. My dad was in the corps for 30 years. He retired in 1960.  He died in 1977 but have raised my 2 sons with the same standards he gave us.

He used to say that he couldn't believe when he enlisted the Marines let him sleep till 5am. He was an Iowa farm boy and after enlisting never looked back.

I am also the sister, sister-in-law, and aunt of Marines.
Mary Zeigler
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WE CARE

How long has it been,
since you heard the words
"We Care"?
Did we take the time to say it,
before we sent you over there?
You were gone for so long,
a couple years, maybe more.
How ready did we have you
to go and fight our war?
We showed you how to kill a man,
"Do this, you'll gain respect."
Did we teach you that emotions
is what you should protect?
Did we say, "don't let it bother you,
It's not your deed alone."?
Did we say it would be different
when we got you all back home?
Did we tell you to, "forget it.
what's done is done, that's it?"
Did we say to you: "It's  over now.
You've done your manly bit?"
Did we try to ease the memory
to what you've been exposed?
Or did we tell you, "Just go live,
put your heart and mind on hold?"
Did we say, "We share the burden,
that we really understand?"
Did you answer this, "How could you,
without seeing it first hand!"
Will you believe we're sorry
for what we've done to you?
Will you accept our open arms
and humble gratitude?
Will you give to us our portion,
of this cross we all should bare?
How long has it been
since you heard the words
"We Care?"

by Sherry Harrison
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God Bless America
Sgt Grit

God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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