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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter - January 26, 2002

Dear Sgt. Grit, Now that John Walker will be charged with conspiracy to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists, my thoughts have turned to my own son. (Not that they are ever far away!) My son was always fairly serious, single-minded and totally committed to any activity he engaged in. When he finally found a new "religion" that he wanted to commit his life to, he was discouraged by many of friends and their parents from joining such an extremist organization. But nothing was going to dissuade him from finding himself. I've always supported my boy in any way I can, and even attended his graduation from the extremist camp. I am aware of all his missions and am very proud that he is a competent and dangerous young man. But in comparing John Walker and my son, both young men who are deeply committed to a cause, there is a difference. John Walker is a traitor to his country, no matter what charges are brought against him. MY son is a United States Marine. God bless our dangerous extremists. ( thank you Sara Lister ) Respectfully, Marty Fay Proud mom of Cpl Robert Preston


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Subject: New Afghan city names Now that American B-52's are reorganizing Afghanistan's landscape, US intelligence has discovered that the Taliban have renamed some of their towns in order to confuse us. These new names include:
1. Wherz-Myroof
2. Mykamel-Izded
3. Oshit-Dissizbad
4. Waddi-El-Izgowinon
5. Pleez-Ztopdishit
6. Kizz-Yerass-Goodbi
7. Ikantstan-Disnomore
8. Wha-Tafuk-Wazi-Tinkin
9. Myturbin-Izburnin
10. Imma-Dedshmuck
Submitted by Robert Carr ............................................................

Attempting to reconcile a lack of understanding of Islam, several California public school districts have adopted a seventh-grade curriculum for the study of Islam which includes learning about historic Islamic martyrs, wearing a robe, adopting a Muslim name, memorizing verses from the Quran and learning to pray "in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful." Were is the ACLU now?? .....................................................

"While America's military strength is important, let me add here that I've always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith." --Ronald Reagan ......................................................

I never realized just how important it is to recognize the efforts of others, even those who were their hats backward, sloppy pants , ring in their ears, etc. I sure agree with the statement that 90% good 10% kooks. Thanks again for some fine reading. Herb Jacques still a marine at heart at 79 Yrs young WW2 ...........................................................

i called CNN one day when they were yakking about walker and suggested i thought best thing to solve the problem was for him the "accidentally" fall out of a helicopter...needless to add it was never used. again, my thanks for your column....keep up the good work...respectfully yours, dave mcreynolds ...........................................................

After the September 11 attacks I was so angry I would have re-enlisted if I could have. But, I am far beyond the maximum age limit. Anyway, I wanted to do something for my country but didn't know what an old guy like me could do so I checked around and found out that many officers from the local police and sheriff's departments were in the Reserves and Guard and had been activated. This left too few officers in our community. So, as a former peace officer, I joined the sheriff's department as a reserve deputy sheriff. I can do everything a regular deputy can do but on a part-time basis. I feel like I'm making a worthwhile contribution to my community even though I'm too old to fight on the front lines. Your newsletter is great. Keep it coming. Hoo Ya. Bob Harris U.S. Navy 1961-65 ...........................................................

A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. --John F. Kennedy-- ...........................................................

"The Taliban has been conquered, and Hamid Karzai has been made temporary leader of Afghanistan and invited to the White House. However, the Bush administration has assured the world that the war on terrorism is far from over. Next on the agenda: Somalia. ...Which leads to the question: How serious is the administration about the war on terrorism? Somalia has al Qaeda training camps, it is true. ..[And] about 100 al Qaeda terrorists were identified in the East African country. Yet, on the list of countries where the administration is focusing its counter terrorism efforts -- Somalia, Yemen, the Sudan, Indonesia, the Philippines -- Iraq is glaringly absent. But it poses a greater security and terrorism threat to Americans than all the other countries combined. ... September 11 taught America that it can no longer afford to be merely reactive. As long as Saddam and his allies are left, the American people must know that the anti-terrorism effort against them will continue." --Washington Times .............................................................

"In times of peace the people look most to their representatives; but in war, to the executive solely." --Thomas Jefferson .............................................................

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. --George Patton-- .............................................................

"The World Trade Center and Pentagon horrors occurred because the bin Ladens and other franchisees of Terrorist Inc., observing what has become of America and listening to the ...[anti-American types], became convinced that this country had grown so corrupt and so vulnerable that it could be attacked with impunity. Imagine how surprised they all must have been when the American people responded in unity and strength unprecedented here in more than half a century. Of course the 'Hate America' brigade hasn't taken long to counterattack -- and in the months ahead that counterattack against American resolve will grow louder and dirtier." --Ralph de Toledano .............................................................

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war. --Ernest Miller Hemmingway-- .............................................................

Hey Sarge!
If things worked as they should, he and "Hanoi" Jane Fonda should be placed on an uninhabited island, chained together with about 12' of quality chain. Then airlift all the resisters who went to (Canada only to be granted amnesty years later) in to live in the utopia that can only be seen by a cocktail of 1 part cowardice, 1 part LSD (any psychedelic may be substituted in a pinch), 1 part having a very distorted notion of what reality is and how it equates to Freedom and the American way of life. Thanks for letting me spout off, Sarge. Semper-Fi & God Bless America. And Keep Our People Safe As Possible
Raymond Miller.............semi-frequent customer (more frequent if the checking acct. wasn't joint!) .......................................................

Sgt. Grit: Thanks for this great newsletter. I went to the motorcycle show in New York City, last month and decided to go on downtown to the World Trade Center. I had worked there in the 60's for 12 years and saw those buildings being built. The area is huge, covering about 4000 feet in each direction. 16 or so acres and what I saw was unbelievable. 60 or so thousand gallons of jet fuel leveled that area in destruction as bad as has ever been dealt out on earth. Reading your recent NL where a Marine tells of a nurse thanking him for going to Korea in the 50's reminded me of a similar experience. I went to a Korean tailor shop to have my leathers fixed and in talking with the lady there. she too thanked me for going there in the 50's. I told her I was not on the varsity, I was in trucking, but she made her thanks well felt anyway. Today at Monclair University, one of the hockey players, a Marine Reserve, was ordered to active duty. The timing could not be worse, but this Marine knows teamwork and went cheerfully. I thank God for my Marine experience and for all of the great Marines I served with or knew. It is not surprising to me that after all of these years my pride for the Corps is still as strong as ever. Someone asked me why I don't have a flag on my car after the events of Sept 11th. I responded with I do not need a flag. I have the Anchor and Globe on the bac States Marine Corps, can you be more American then that? ........................................................

Sgt. Grit,
As a son of a MARINE that served in Nam. I would like to say Thank You to all who served this great country! I was living in New Jersey on 09/11/01, I witness the attack. My neighbor in the apartment above me lost his life when the plane that went down in PA. Even though I hardly knew the gentleman, I miss him dearly. When the History Channel had the show about the Twin Towers on, I can proudly say I seen my grandfather's picture about 2-3 times. When I seen his picture I started to cry. I have the utmost respect for the men & women that served in all the wars that this great country has been in. Thank you,
T.Holmes .......................................................

Greetings Sgt. Grit,
I have to respond to your question about J.Walker. This is not meant to be sympathetic to Walker, but to administer a bit of a caveat to folks who have kids in school. I think that most government schools do not turn out patriots. How many high school graduates have actually been shown the Constitution or the Federalist Papers? How many high school kids could actually read the Federalist Papers and understand what our Founding Fathers were talking about? Our kids have rock stars and entertainers as their "heroes", instead of having the Chesty Pullers or the Audi Murphys or the Sgt. Yorks and our Founding Fathers to admire. And forget the greatest of all, Jesus Christ! How can one know if he is committing treason if he has never been given the definition of the word (with three examples). In the Walker community, he surely didn't get a patriotic home environment, a patriotic school environment, and even the community didn't seem to hold to the principles of our Republic. (with apologies to the remnant who is trying against all odds) My advice to parents, schools, and communities is to make darned sure your kids are taught the principles that our Founding Fathers left for us in their writings. Walker is going to have to be held responsible for his actions, as ignorance of the law is no excuse. But his parents, schools and community gave birth to his attitudes and they should bear the sorrow for the situation. Semper Fidelis,
Don Hepburn, Sgt.,USMC(HD)
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Sgt Grit
About John Walker, the poor misguided young man who is probably older than most of the enlisted Marines who died in Viet Nam and WWII, he is simply a traitor. His parents and the media want Americans to be sympathetic to his misfortune. When I see his picture on the news it absolutely makes me want to puke. Myself and two friends joined the Corps after graduating from high school in 1966 at age 18 and we were all in Viet Nam by the age of 19. Sandy Shull died near Khe Sanh in 1968 before his 20th birthday while serving with 1/9 and George Johnson received 3 hearts at Hue before he was sent home. This man was willing to kill Americans and deserves no quarter. He chose his fate. He was old enough to get there and take up arms and is accountable. LD, SGT USMC 66-69 3/12, 1/4 RVN 67/68 .........................................................

American Taliban???? who in the hell came up with that term? there is no such thing as an American Taliban. And as far as I'm concerned if this Walker guy lives, he gets off too easy. ..........................................................

Dear Sgt Grit,
As the parent of a marine and a true patriot I have an opinion of John Walker:
He should be set free
In New York City
At the site of the World Trade Center
At a particular time
When all officials are on break
Let justice be done!
Marine Dad ............................................................

I don't agree with any of the choices you gave. Based on the information currently available, John Walker made a decision to leave America and to join the Taliban. It appears that he did this for religious reasons. I believe that once he chose to cast his allegiance with the he became one of them and he forfeits his rights to American citizenship. It does not make him a traitor or a spy. It is just like anyone else who leaves their country to come to America, and enters in to America's military. He is a Taliban by choice, and he should be treated as all of the other Taliban we have captured. If it can be shown that he engaged in terrorist activities, he should be held accountable to the same level that we hold any of the others we captured accountable. The fact that he was born in America does not make him American. He chose to be otherwise and we must allow that choice. Respectfully Thomas K. Marple USCM 1966 -1969 ...........................................................

Dear Sgt. Grit, I really love your web site. I wanted to make a comment on the situation with John Walker. I feel that his citizenship should be revoked along with all his rights and privileges. It's going to cost the hard working Vet and fellow American a fortune to try and convict this "misguided youth", not to mention appeal after appeal. Then we get to pay for him in prison. I work too hard to have MY tax dollars spent on a turd such as this. Let him rot in his other country of choice. His parents really piss me off too. God Bless the United States of America an our beloved Corps. Ray Rowland, Cpl 1982-1989 ............................................................

Little Johnnie Walker Lindh, (AKA Suleyman al-Lindh, AKA Suleyman al-Faris, AKA Abdul Hamid) the so-called "American Taliban" (oxymoron), became the newest media cause celeb this week. National Public Radio (AKA tax dollars at play) described him as "an intelligent and curious young man" and "an inquisitive soul," while CBS said he was "very calm, very polite...not at all the grubby renegade." (Now you know why they call it "on the air"!) Lindh is on trial, but so is the culture that produced this mutant -- and the 24 hour news cycles will explore every facet of that culture.
One thing for sure -- his parents must be proud! You know your kid has reached the pinnacle of his career when his lawyer has to cite the Geneva Convention when asking for visitation privileges. The Federalist ..............................................................

Reviewed your survey. Decided 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' . From everything that I've been able to determine from information sent to us by the News Media. Young Mr. Walker join the Taliban, BEFORE the U.S. starting fighting them for from some misguided reason. Remember we would not be fighting the Taliban or in Afghanistan if they had given up Ol Bennie Laden. American citizens have fought for other countries before. The Eagle Squadron, Fighting Tigers etc. The Young man made a choice to fight for the Taliban, not necessarily against the U.S.. Had he known the U.S. was going to fight there, he may have chosen differently. Therefore, I vote we just leave him to the Afghanis. He wanted to fight with them, let him live we them.... Now Jane Fonda.. That one needs to be tried for treason.
Terry S. Holland
USMC
1967 - 1973
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sgt grit , my name is jim tochterman sgt usmc i served in nam. i would like to know, what is our gov trying to pull in the walker case. there has been a number of marines and others people go to fight for other countries. by doing this they give up there citizenship.. there for walker is not a citizen of the usa. he is a soldier for hirer. how about the POW's left behind in vietnam should they be called detainies? that would make me mad as hell. but our gov is doing that to people captured on the battlefield. i am not to good at typing and spelling but i hope you see my piont . it makes me mad to see our gov still lying and covering up , like they did in nam and every other thing they do. thanks jim tochterman .............................................................

Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier. --Samuel Johnson--
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Sgt Grit,
The story about Ann Margaret, and the story about the Pilot really made me cry. First of all, I would like to say "Thank-you" to ALL veterans, especially those from Vietnam. My Father is a WW2 veteran,(and also, five of his brothers) and my brother, a Vietnam veteran, both my heroes. I have heard many stories about WW2 from my father, and very few stories about Vietnam. I know many Vietnam vets, and they seem to be a close-mouthed group,.maybe because of the way they were treated when they came home. My brother is just starting to talk about his experiences. I know this weighs heavy in his mind to this day, because he said he spent years trying to forget, and now is tossing and turning at night, trying to remember, searching for old friends, and family of friends who were killed in the war.
My son is now the first Marine in the family, stationed in Okinawa, and I am so proud of him! I would like to comment more, however, about the Airline Pilots, many of them are veterans also, they have a very tough job, (especially these days!), and this was not the first story I heard about a pilot rallying his passengers since 911. In a way, I think pilots are heroes, also,so, keep up the good work! Thanks again, Semper fi
Sgt Grit
www.grunt.com

Sgt Grit, for this newsletters, and thank-you all veterans! A Proud Daughter, Sister, Marine Mom ......................................................

Sgt. Grit,
I would like to know where G. Kingsley in your last American Courage newsletter received his misguided information on Marine draftees in Nam. In boot my boot camp in '68 out of a platoon of 80, 9 were draftees. This was a platoon where the blood flowed freely because all of our DI's were Nam vets and knew where we were going. Kingsley said a high percentage of draftees in that era were rejected as "unfit" or for failure to meet minimum M.C. standards. I want him to know out of the 9 draftees one was made squad leader. Out of the seven experts on the rifle range 2 were draftees. I know, I was one of them. We all went on to serve honorably in Viet Nam. I do however agree with Kingsley as long as we don't need the draft there is no need to implement it. I know the Marines drafted in Korea and I believe we drafted in the World Wars. So Mr. Kingley, if we have to draft at some juncture you will find the draftees just as proud as you are!! Semper Fi !
Wayne J. Hughes 1/3 RVN.
..................................................... I have been reading with interest the stories about Marines who were drafted for service in the Vietnam era. I served in '69 and '70 as a draftee and am every bit as much a Marine as anyone who volunteered. Nearly my entire platoon at Parris Island (1065) was made up of draftees from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Alabama. To this day the most significant accomplishment of my life was graduating from boot camp as honor man. My senior DI, SSgt Krause, told me that he originally was feeling a bit negative about having to lead a bunch of draftees, but eventually he came to realize that we were easy to work with because none of us had any grandiose expectations about what the Corps would be like. I am proud to say that I served with distinction as an 0331 with Mike 3/7 in the DaNang area in 1969. Chuck Welsh .....................................................

Sgt Grit
I saw this story on the Net and with all our discussion of reinstatement of the draft I thought others might like it. In Chicago and across the country, educators are taking a controversial new step. Their aim: to bring order to dangerous, unruly public schools and coherence to chaotic lives. The experiment: military rule By Dirk Johnson NEWSWEEK The story is about how Public Schools around the country are going to Military Academy style school. It goes on to talk about how great the change in these kids has become! The Military is pitching in for quite a bit of this. Uniforms, salaries they are even teaching them the UCMJ! Now this is something I can support! Being a guy who was born and raised in IL. I never would have thought that someone like "King Richard" of Chicago with his liberal ideals would ever signed off on something like this! And they are opening schools all over the country! Oakland, Washington etc...etc... And to think all those years WE were "the baby killers" or the gun toting hate mongers! And now when all there compassion and throwing money at the problem doesn't work they finally turn to what has worked for us for 226 years! And the best part of this is it's ALL VOLUNTARY! they had 2000 applicants to fill 140 spots! God Bless America! Semper Fi!
Lcpl Cokel JL 88/92
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Sgt Grit,
Have been reading about how some Marines feel about draftees and would like to add my 2 cents to that subject--- Men were drafted in WWII and also during the Korean War---one such draftee by the name of JOHN DOREN KELLY, was in my platoon in Korea in 1952-----on 28 May1952 this MARINE earned the MEDAL of HONOR, knocking out 2 or 3 enemy bunkers by himself--he was KIA during that action-- As one of the former Marines said to you in a message , we all go through boot camp and the same training-- so what difference does it make if a man is a draftee??? I enlisted , but whether a man enlists or is drafted , I am sure once he earns the title of MARINE , that man will carry that pride of earning that title for the rest of his life. D. H. Brown
Sgt USMC 51-61
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Grit, Marines didn't draft for Korea, there were 70 thousand on duty world wide in '50 and l50 thousand Reserves. That's were the manpower came from to fill out the lst Division complement to make Inchon. In April '51 when Gen. O. P. Smith was rotated home, his statement was "this is a better division, now than what we hit Inchon" with 50+ percent of the Division reservist. SF NC C-l-l-l, '51 -"52 Chestys last regimental command. ....................................................

Sgt Grit,
I am writing to personally apologize to Cpl. Roger A. Reynolds and any other marines that came to our Corps via the draft. I did not intend to in any way degrade you, call you less of a Marine, or to imply that you did not perform your job well. I am a history buff and read and learn everything I can about the Vietnam War, but that in no way will bring me to understand any of your brave men and women that fought and served our nation there. I do not understand fully the way the military worked at that time, the only military I know is that which is an all volunteer service. Since I separated from active duty I have been around many of the younger people that would be drafted. I am a college student and shortly after 9/11 all the talk was about how to avoid the draft. These are the kind of people I was saying I did not want to serve with. They are men and women do not want to be in the military, their lives are more important to them than the safety of our nation is, and I would rather let them go to school and be protected by those of us willing to stand a post with a rifle in our hands. To all of those that were drafted and served our nation well, I say welcome home, and thank you for the sacrifices you made so that I could be born in a free land. To anyone that sees this that wants to avoid military service should the draft be restarted, I wish you best of luck, I hope to never find myself in a fighting hole with you. Semper Fi. Cpl. James Bell .............................................................

Sgt Grit:
Thank's for the E-Mail. Read every note and they made me think back more than 30 yrs. I am so proud to be an American and a former Marine.
I joined the USMC in the summer of 68 and I served with a few draftees. Most of them joined in with the program and really, truly earned the title "United States Marine". After a while, nobody knew the difference. Speaks well of America.
I would also like to address the mail re: today's kids. They may look, sound and act strange to us, but shave their heads and put them in utilities, give them their deuce gear and a rifle and I bet these guys would come around in short time.
The sorry bastards that did 9-11, have sucked up too much media propaganda. The old America is not dead! All Americans are still just as tough as nails. They just need a little prodding...and, unfortunately, that has occurred.
Sarge, I know this is dribbling on, but I need to add this one little say-so. If there is any "saving-grace" of the whole 9-11 attack, it would have to be this: The sorry bastards on all the flights were given training about Americans. They were, I'm sure, told that Americans were passive by nature and would offer no resistance. Well, when the HEROES aboard the PA flight heard what was happening...the sick sob's really got a chance to see American pride and vigilance! Can you imagine, after being told of the American sheep you can lead to slaughter, having to fight for your life...and then losing it? Even better... their "holy people" told them this lie. Can you imagine having to face Eternity knowing that your "holy" leader lied to you? In the very last moments of that PA flight, those sorry alquida sob's knew exactly where they would wind up.
They talk of the "great satan" being America. Good for them...they will get to meet the real deal!
Semper Fi! Thanks, Sarge!
Mike Morris, former Sgt. 2d Force Recon Co 2d Force Troops 2dMarDiv FMFLANT ..............................................................

I served in the Marine Corps 1969-1971 Infantry and Security Police/Riot/Fire control. As I read many of the letters that are now posted I can see a great difference in today's military members compared to my generation who served between 1965-1973. The military members today are called heroes and are all welcomed home and safe to go anywhere in the US. The Vietnam-Era vet was not welcomed home by any means and it wasn't safe to travel anywhere in the US in uniform, many military people wondered off base and never came back. I was stationed in NJ and we couldn't leave the base unless we had 5 in the car. Our own US government never stood behind any veteran quickly pulled out of Vietnam in 1973 and left 2500 people behind because Vietnam was a dirty word and it's better not to mention Vietnam at all. The VAMC said that you had no medical problems. The VFW called us names and wouldn't let us join because Vietnam wasn't a declared war, American cities were on fire, college campus's were being taken over by students carrying the NVA flag, there were snipers, Black Panthers and Weathermen. It wasn't safe anywhere between 1965-1973 for a military person. We were told by college professors and hippies what fools we were for even going into the service. For those who don't know in Vietnam, it was a war, stateside epically on the East or West coast, it was a police action. I salute all who served and are serving today but epically the Vietnam-Era Veteran. "Welcome Home" ....................................................

"The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." --Samuel Adams ..............................................................

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Michael Garrahy and I am a 3rd generation firefighter with 22 years in the fire service. Currently I am the Chief of Fire Services for The Hartford Hospital campus in Hartford CT. The campus is quite large covering about 6 square miles with a daytime population of about 25,000. I have also been a part time employee of Rocky Hill [CT] Fire Department since May, 1979 and currently serve as a station captain, with command responsibility for a combination rescue/engine/truck company. Also, worth mentioning, on September 20th, I worked at WTC site providing and fit testing respirators for NYPD personnel. I have tried several times to put into words the destruction I saw and just can't. Below is the address for an online petition entitled:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/flgraise/
"Depict the flag raising at ground zero of the WTC attack as it actually occurred" ..............................................................

Sgt. Grit.......I am up to my eye balls with all of this Political Correctness crap being passed around. I think the final straw is the whining about how those terrorists are being transported to the Base at Gitmo! How about we get these bleeding hearts to serve Latte and cookies to the prisoners. No chains, hoods or sedating of the prisoners. A fun time for all. Maybe some Hollywood designer could design their prisoner outfits. The color YELLOW would fit all concerned, including the pilot! What in the Hell are those people thinking? We even messed up by putting seat belts on them! I hope to God, that these idiots wake up some day and see that we are in a war and our military is over there risking their lives so they can have their cup of Latte every morning! Every time one of these bleeding heart organizations open their mouths, emails and letters should flood them with what IS right!! It's about time the silent majority stood up and be heard in a Loud and Clear voice. If anyone out there has the email address's of these Bleeding heart organizations, please pass them along....... J. Blake 58-62 ............................................................

"Today's kids, and even law students, are taught that the Constitution is a 'living document.' That is, it has no fixed meaning, and means whatever a judge says it means today. In effect, kids are taught that we have no Constitution." --David C. Stolinsky ..............................................................

Sgt Grit
I wish I had a copy of the blistering note I sent to FoxNews regarding that asshole geraldo rivera and his foreign correspondence. I made sure they knew he didn't even warrant capital letters for his name. For him to make his inane cover-up as a foreign correspondent in a war zone to say that his ducking from enemy fire that happened 200 miles away and call it "fog of war" is absolute bullshit. Now he is in the Sudan trying to invent more news. It doesn't take much imagination to see him inventing bullshit news to make himself look macho so he can get laid with less than a $20 bill. What a real jerk. Disgusted and not ashamed to say so. Rocky Kemp USMC for life ..............................................................

Sgt Grit,
I feel it necessary to address the fellow who seemed to suggest I was wrong in wanting to stop the protest march on Treasure Island in '66. While I agree that we fought for the right to free speech, what they were doing was tantamount to killing the messenger. An appropriate display would be to invade their senator/congressman's office. Egg the Oval Office, file petitions/referendums, have debates, sit ins, burn flags.
But to attack a military installation is simply cowardly, if not stupid. We are sworn to protect our country, but forbidden to engage our citizenry. A catch-22 in this case. Our leaders are civilians and that is where to address grievances.
Incidentally, even as a Marine, I understand that the citizen's right to burn a flag in protest is covered by free speech. However, I cannot recommend that they burn one within my reach.
Best regards,
God bless America and our troops,
Scott McClellan
MSgt USMC Ret .................................................................

Dear Sgt. Grit,
I have two sons in the Marines. The oldest (Dan) just finished his 4 years in July 2001, and was stationed at MCAS Miramar. He is a Sgt. He went into the reserves immediately after separation and his unit meets at Ft. Lewis in WA state. He is planning to go to OCS later. The younger one (Justin) graduated from MCRD San Diego on 26 Oct 2001. It was great to have the brothers side by side in uniform. Justin is now at Ft. Leonard Wood for his MOS school. I am very proud of my sons as they are Marines thru and thru. I also have an aunt who is a former Marine. Although I was never in the military, I know all to well the sacrifices that they make. My father and brother were in the Army and I am proud of all of them. But thank God my sons are Marines. Also, to everyone who served in Vietnam, Thank You. I know you don't hear it often enough. Dan Alger Sr. ..................................................................

Sgt. Grit,
Good Morning, Sarge!
I just wanted to send a note and thank you for taking the time to run your newsletter and share some of the e-mail that you get each week.
I also wanted to take the time to thank you and all your readers / participants who have so wonderfully served your country (and in my mind, are continuing to do so -- even if not in as a "hanging it all out, on the job" fashion -- after your "active duty" has been completed).
[Perhaps that should be "extra-active duty"... I don't feel like I totally get the whole point, but clearly when you are in uniform and carrying out your active duty (perhaps in a fire fight or, perhaps just on call and waiting and training and thinking and wondering, until some crisis requires this) things have to be more stressful and less convenient than when one has the luxury of being "off duty" or "retired" or whatever the semantic term should be for that respite.]
I'm certain that the reason that I don't fully understand that distinction is that I have been one of the spoiled and very fortunate (I've always thought) citizens of this country that did not have to serve under arms. It is not that I would not have done so. Like I said, I have just been "lucky" in that particular regard. There is no doubt in my own mind, however, that this "luck" makes it hard for me (and other lucky ones as well) to fully understand what was (and is) required of you and your brothers and sisters in uniform. I have had the opportunity to talk with my dad (Army, WW-II, European Theater) and my father-in-law (Marine, WW-II, Pacific Theater) and have heard some of the things (but I know NOT many, many of the things) that they (and you) have had to endure. In fact, it is only very recently that the gentlemen in my family have been able to really talk much about some of these things.
Again, I'm so proud of all of you, I could just bust. But I can only be "proud" at a distance. I suspect that this feeling is shared by many of the "not called up" crowd -- and I also suspect that a fair part of something like "survivor's guilt" is involved in all of the complicated feelings that my crowd displays when trying to interact with graduates of our armed forces. I can't say for all of them... but, I can say for myself,
"THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO !"
You all certainly have my respect, regards, and absolute best wishes. For what it's worth. Joe Sauer ................................................................

"100 percent of the successful terrorist attacks on commercial airlines for 20 years have been committed by Arabs. When there is a 100 percent chance, it ceases to be a profile. It's called a 'description of the suspect.' This is not a psychological judgment about an ethnic group -- it is an all-points bulletin: Warning! The next terrorist to board a commercial flight will be an Arab or Muslim male. If ethnic appearance can be used as a factor by the police trying to stem the dire threat of one more Mexican raking leaves in Los Angeles, it is logical to conclude that ethnic appearance can also be used to counter the threat of thousands of Americans being killed in a terrorist attack." --Ann Coulter ...........................................................

John Wayne: Why I Love Her. Click here: http://www.mamarocks.com/why_i_love_her.htm Submitted by: Jim Stelling ......................................................


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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