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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #25

"That government is not best which best secures mere life and property -- there is a more valuable thing -- manhood." --Mark Twain


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On June 26, I was brought to my family doctor for what I thought was an intestinal virus.  The results was a huge kidney stone and a very badly infected kidney that had infection spreading into my body. I was immediately admitted into the hospital for testing to determine the depth of the problem and to begin very strong doses of antibiotics.  We called my son who is stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to tell him of what was happening with me.  He filed and received an emergency leave to be here with me and our family for the surgery that was scheduled for the 2nd of July.  While standing in line at the Raleigh airport in North Carolina, a nice elderly woman approached my son.  Upon taking notice of his haircut and his EGA pin on his back pack, she asked him if he was indeed in the military and in what branch of the military.  My son told her that he was in the Marines.  She commended
him for his appearance and asked him if he was on his way home for leave.  He explained that he was and the circumstances that he was going home on his leave.  The lady extended her best wishes for me and for my surgery and told my son how proud she was of him and other young men like him that leave their family and friends back home right after they graduate from high school to join the military and help to defend our country so that people like herself can continue to live in a world of peace and freedom.  My son told her thank you but that to him it was an honor to be a Marine.  This lady, a perfect stranger, told my son, "I always felt like I wanted to do something to repay all of you young men who are in the military and today is my chance to do that by paying for your trip back home to see your mother for her surgery".  My young Marine said, "Thank you mam for the offer, but that is quite all right, I have money right here to pay for my ticket but it was very nice of you to offer to do that for me".  This nice lady insisted and said that she would not take no for an answer and immediately put her credit card on the counter when it was his turn at the ticket desk and told the clerk to ring up this young mans ticket on this card.  My son told her that he did not know how he could ever repay her and thanked her several times.  This kind lady said," here is my name and address, you can repay me by sending me a little note letting me know how things work out with your Mom and now you have a safe flight back to New Orleans".  I told my son when he got home that he had encountered one of God's angels that walk this earth.  This lady was truly an angel to be so kind to do what she did for my son.  I made sure that he sent her a little note with a picture of him in his dress blues and a special thank you from this grateful mom.  Goes to show that there really are wonderful people in this world and we have been witness to such a person.  Thank you.  Judy Chiasson, proud mom of Lance Corporal Craig Chiasson, Thibodaux, LA
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dear wally storekeeper, usn     you got the wrong person in your reference to remf's and new m14s. over the years people have asked me what i thought of the war. it was not only lost by the politicians but by veterans such as yourself. when a navy remf tells a marine grunt to get off his high horse, that's the end for me. it seems the political attitude filtered all the way down to the enlisted ranks. end result, war lost. i'm not bitchin about conditions in the field, i was just making an observation. but make no doubt about it, i love all my brothers-in-arms.  even you, mr. storekeeper. ps: my rifle never kept me from moving forward. i thank
god for that. "rusty" grunt.
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Dear Grunt;
It is difficult to feel the patriotism these days. I know that there are many young people being put in harms way these days. I also  know that many of those young people  are going to have to rely on their government in the future for care and compensation for their service.  I feel sorry for those young people that have been led to believe that their government cares . I was recently diagnosed with a condition related to exposure to agent orange , given a rating of 60%, and in the next sentence was told not to expect any compensation for it. Even after trying to reach my U.S. senator (Patty Murry) to ask for her explanation and adjudication, I have been stonewalled with techno talk, excuses and double talk from her staff. This year I have already lost one friend a fellow Viet Nam veteran to agent orange related cancers, and another is now dying from the same complications.  I know many veteran that have lost the use of their kidneys because the Veterans Administration in the past, had refused to compensate or treat symptoms relates to the herbicides used in southeast Asia.  So I hope that you understand my bewilderment   and anger  when I read you enthusiasm for a government that has used so many young people to further their political aims  and then cast them aside as so much battle field waste.  Ben Franklin never had to deal with the Veterans Administration  or the people that run it
Robert M Ullery
USMCRET
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Sgt. Gritt,
I just started getting your news letter, and I am appalled by the number of Marines willing to give up their freedoms to catch terrorist! We've faced many enemies in the past that are much worse than these terrorist, and we didn't surrender any liberties then. The only difference now is we are being attacked on our home front.  We are all on the front lines now, and it is our responsibility to defend our land. The more freedoms we surrender, the harder it will be to do our job. The more liberties we surrender, the more victories our enemies will win.  We start giving up our liberties, even the little ones like privacy, the government will start taking more. Big Brother is going awry, and if we
don't do something about it, our great country won't survive.
I broke my back in the Corps and have difficulties getting around, but I'd rather keep all of my freedoms that were paid for by our founding fathers, and all our brothers through the years, and fight from a wheel-chair, than roll over and surrender!  Never Surrender, Never Retreat-Semper Fi!!
LCpl Helmick 93-96
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Sgt. Grit,
     I wrote to you about a month ago about my sick cousin. She is five years old and has a possibly fatal disease.  I gave out her e-mail address and she received a lot of uplifting mail from our brother and sister devil dogs.  I would like to thank everyone who took their time to write her.  They really made her feel special.  She even asked for a Marine Corps t-shirt, which I got for her ( complete with the name "Devil Pup" on the back).  She is doing much better, although she is not out of the woods- she is out of the hospital.  OOHHRAH!!!!!!!! If it's possible-maybe some of you Devil Dogs could motivate her again @ caringforkinsey@AOL.COM.  Next order of business.  I would like to hear other Devil Dogs opinions on a situation that happened to me while on vacation in Hilton Head, SC. While standing in line to pay for some merchandise at the local store, the people in front of me asked a manager for help reaching an item that was placed on a high display table.  This numb nuts picks up a small American flag and knocks the merchandise off of the shelf with the flag.  He then hands the people the merchandise and starts to walk off.  It pissed me off so I stood in his way and told him "I don't think that is what our flag was made for.  I'm offended and I think you should not use something as precious as our national flag as a broom."  He did say he was sorry, but it bothered me.  Some members of my family thought
that I shouldn't have said anything.  What do you all think?
SEMPER FI    Cpl. Sean Jones
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"The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God. We have the true message of hope for America."  --Ronald Reagan (1984)
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To Glynis,
I believe that if you should rethink your statement that you are willing to give up some of your constitutional freedoms, those you joined the Marines to defend. Wasn't it Ben Franklin that said " Those who would give up liberty for security, deserve neither."  I believe that we must experience some insecurity in maintaining our Liberty and Freedoms.  Semper Fi
Carl, USMC
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The only person I "know" (online anyway) who lives in such a country is an American woman who married a Kuwaiti man and moved there. Being a foreigner, she tried to be polite to everyone, but found she was treated terribly wherever she went. No one had any respect for her, even the people who were employed by her.  Finally, she had enough of being stepped on, insulted and cheated everywhere she went, so she stopped being so polite. She stopped trying to make people like her by being friendly. She started being rude, started standing up for herself, and did not hesitate to argue or get in a shouting match with someone who was trying to get over on her.  You know what happened? She stopped being stepped on, insulted and cheated.  They began to treat her as if she were one of them. She discovered it's a cultural difference and that politeness and graciousness is seen as weakness not to be tolerated in their society.

I wonder what they must think of an entire country that foolishly bends over backwards to try to make the rest of the world like them?  Hillary  (From the bulletin board)
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"Nowadays, for the sake of the advantage which is to be gained from the public revenues and from office, men want to be always in office." --Aristotle
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Speaking of China
China is still on the naughty-nayghty list for selling cruise missile parts and materials and equipment for chemical weapons production to Iran.  Sanctions were imposed, paws slapped, business continues.  Military Magazine  916-457-8990
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Was reading the news and up popped this little tidbit from one of Osama's Lt.'s

"In a reference to possible future attacks by al Qaeda on U.S. targets, it said, "Americans should fasten their safety belts."

Abu Gheith has warned of the death of up to 4 million Americans, including 1 million children, through the use of chemical and biological weapons."

Haven't heard any outrage from the large Muslim community here in Dallas and I doubt we will other than the same old lip service we had right after 11 Sept.

Makes it real hard for me to even flinch when I here about Muslim(s) getting hurt or killed. Am I programmed by America or are the Muslims turning me into a "I could care-less about your cause or life" person?

I really see this as a no win situation. The Muslim community wishes and embraces death through revenge and hate. While the Judo-Christian community will gladly accommodate, yet hold back on the full wrath due to belief and recognition that evil begets evil.

I see a hard face coming out of this and I don't like it, however in light of what the alternatives are, complete and total devastation of the smallest of provisions and comfort of the evil doers and the reciprocal families, has
become the norm as opposed to the high level of extent.

This almost sounds "Cosa Nostra" but when your back is burnt, your toes are smashed, your face blood scared and your family in danger, the only step is to cower and submit or lash out with the total destruction of thine enemy.

I wish it was different, but I see no walking away from this fight. I will believe in the miracle of God's wrath to save us, but God also has given us great leaders and the tools to defend ourselves. Am I wrong?

Also, this was brought up in a discussion group... Saddam keeps acting the "Tuff" and we send our troops over to that country and they vacate areas just like they did in DS and then Nuke/Gas the area just like he did in the northern territories of his country. Kind of like suckering us into the area to bushwhack us.
Kurt  (From the bulletin board)
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"Fewer books have been translated into Arabic over the past millennium than Spain translates in an average year.  Some 65 million Arabs (two of three of them women) are illiterate.  It is little wonder that such an isolated culture became a breeding ground for the Islamic fundamentalism that spawned September 11 or that its perpetrators enjoy such a high level of public support there today.  That might not seem fertile ground in which to try to establish democracy.  But the fact that roughly half of Arab adolescents interviewed say they want to emigrate suggests the human desire for freedom is universal. With President Bush making reform a major plank of America's new policy in the Middle East -- and with Arab thinkers like these willing to speak frankly about the need for change -- the day when bright and ambitious Arabs no longer need to take their talents abroad could come sooner than many think." --Wall Street Journal
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Sgt Grit-
We recently returned from a pilgrimage to "The Crossroads of the Marine Corps" to attend our son's graduation from OCS, Quantico.  He was a member of the NROTC class and will be commissioned next May upon his graduation from college.  His grandfather (USMC, 1942-1946, 1951) and grandmother also attended, along with two aunts (one the widow of a Marine).  Grandpa was stationed in Quantico back in '43 as an instructor, I went through the
enlisted commissioning program there in '69 and was a staff member at OCS in '80 (where our "Lance Lieutenant" was born), and now the third generation is looking forward to TBS next summer.  (By the way, my wife's brother served in the 70's, and his son is now on active duty at Pendleton)

While there we saw some of the finest young men and women this Country has to offer.  I daresay that not many of us old timers would have been able to make it through the present day program, even in our prime.  They just keep raising the bar!  We spoke with as many active duty personnel as we could, and all were impressive.  Our leaders have certainly done their job well.  Colonel Smith, CO of OCS, and his staff are to be commended.  Everyone on the base went out of their way to make us (and the families of the other 600 candidates) feel welcome.

The day after graduation, we went to D.C. for the Fourth of July celebration.  With a pair of 78 year olds, we walked most of the length of the Mall in 98+ degree weather.  (Nothing tougher than a Marine but a wife, mother,  mother-in-law and grandmother of Marines).  The perfect day ended with all of us viewing the fireworks from the Marine Corps War Memorial.  What a sight!   We met many former Marines in front of the Iwo Jima statue, and
the warmth between all of us exceeded the record setting temperatures.  During the fireworks, the crowd spontaneously broke out singing the "National Anthem".  My son ended up holding the hand of a very young girl who was attending with her own Marine Corps family.  She claimed that he was her friend, "because all Marines are our friends."  I couldn't think of anyplace better to be at that time than right there.

In response to the mother of one of our Young Marines - Yes, the program is great, and thanks for encouraging others to pitch in.  It's probably the lowest paying, most rewarding job a Marine could have.  An honorable discharge does not discharge a Marine from doing what's honorable.  Our unit has a WW2 vet, a Frozen Chosin survivor and a Master Guns to keep us all in line, along with a group of dedicated moms who keep the Master Guns in line.  What's your excuse, reader?   Unfortunately, I couldn't find the links you mentioned.  There was one to the Youth Marines, and one to the Marine Cadets, but none that I could find to the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League.  Try www.theyoungmarines.org
God Bless America! - Semper Fi!
Mustang Major (USMCR, Ret)
Former Young Marine
Present Young Marine Staff member
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"The contest, for ages, has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." --Daniel Webster
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The Saudi royal family held an 11 hour telethon that
raised $92 million for the families of Palestinian martyrs
and homicide bombers.
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Sgt. Grit:
First things first, I like the new look of the website--really sharp!

I don't know if you'll remember me or not because it's been quite awhile since I wrote you about my husband.  October 2001, in fact.  I sent you an email about my husband re-enlisting in the Corps after September 11th.  He had been out since 1995.  First, I want to say thanks to the many people that sent me encouraging emails!  You all really made me feel like I was part of the "family".  Second, I wanted to give you a kind of update.  He's not at Camp LeJeune, as we had originally thought.  He's at Camp Horno at Pendleton.  (All it took for me was one trip to LeJeune before we decided to go to San Diego)  It took him quite a while to get through all of the waivers to get back in but he was vigilant and finally re-enlisted in
February.   So, today, on his 29th birthday, I just wanted to give him a big OOHRAH!  He is back with the grunts (where he belongs) and is as happy as I've ever known him to be.  He graduated from Squad Leader's School in the honor squad in early July and is in the midst of work-ups for deployment.  It's very difficult for us to be apart (I'm still in Florida) but we've never regretted our decision.

Your newsletters continue to be a source of inspiration for me and I appreciate everything you do.  Oh, and by the way guys...Camp Horno's barracks are pretty bad.  (Even though my husband has NEVER complained to me about it.)  There's nothing wrong with a civilian taking time out of her day to wish that the Marines had better accommodations.  At least she cares.  Just my two cents worth.

Semper Fi and God Bless!
Angela W.

Note: Yes, there is still a war on and people are still making sacrifices for their country.  Sgt Grit
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"Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11 were Saudi.  Osama bin Laden is Saudi.  Saudi money finances the madrassahs in Pakistan and mosques around the globe, including in the United States, that preach belligerent, America-hating, anti-Semitic Wahhabi Islam.  American citizens in Saudi Arabia are held as prisoners.  And Saudi Arabia declines to cooperate in the war on terrorism.  We are, we keep hearing, the most powerful nation in the history of the globe.  Why, then, are we permitting ourselves to be so abused by a primitive, cruel, uncivilized gang who happened to have the good luck to plant their tents over an oil field?" --Mona Charen
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first, as all who write state, your newsletter is wonderful.  such a great source of insight into the life  of marines and their families.

i am the aunt of a marine who just graduated from boot camp  in june, is now at camp geiger for SOI and loving it.  from ROTC in high school to the present he has been a marine in mind and spirit.  now he gets to live it, and he is one happy young man.

i, too, have been exposed to many new feelings, as a citizen, a patriot, and a relative of a marine.  i show my pride by using window decals, license plate frames, any  way i can.

one thing that stands out in my mind since i have been exposed to the marine corps is how polite these men are.  i am in the retail business in a mall and come in contact with many people.  rarely is anyone as polite as a marine, and when a young man addresses me as 'ma'am' i always ask if he is a marine, and he usually answers 'yes'.  too bad folks are not that polite in general, but it sure says a lot for the marine corps.

it also has done wonders for my nephew, who has always been respectful of others, but now even more so.  it seems to me that just about anyone would benefit from some time in the military.

were i not 55 years old with really bad feet, i would have loved to serve this country.  i am so proud and feel such deep emotion about our military now, especially the marines.

just wanted to tell you how i feel...i get teary-eyed very easily about anything patriotic....we have a group of men looking out for us...i pray for them all and am grateful every day....

thanks for being there....a very proud aunt of PFC Alex Mcbride.
Semper Fi....
susan warren, maryland
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sgt grit, my name is ssgt dean carroll and i have a small request. my daughter is currently in coast guard boot camp. i would like to know if a few of my fellow marines can send a note of encouragement to her. it sounds like she's doing fine from the few letters i've received but you all know how important mail call is to a recruit. she will graduate on aug 16th and then serve in the reserves out of treasure island, ca while attending Sacramento state university. i'm  very proud that she decided to serve even if it wasn't in out beloved corps. please keep all letters and notes positive and don't give her a hard time about not choosing the usmc. thanks so much for your assistance and here's her address: s.r. carroll, j.r.
ima-162 healy hall
uscg trnctr 1 munro ave
cape may, n.j. 08204-5083
ssgt e. d carroll
1977-1993 (vsi)
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I JUST ATTENDED THE 128TH SESSION OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE POLICE ACADEMY AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT PARRIS ISLAND IT DID SUCK. BACK TO MARCHING EVERY WERE, NO TALKING, YOU HAVE TO STAY THERE ALL WEEK BUT GET TO GO HOME ON WEEKENDS, AND THE CHOW WAS ACTUALLY WORSE THAN ANYTHING I CAN REMEMBER EATING WHILE IN THE CORPS. AND PT EVERY DAY WHICH I SWORE I WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN ONCE I GOT
OUT. ATTENDING THIS WITH ME WAS CLARK GAPHARDT A SGT/USMC 03/MSG TYPE. WE WERE THE ONLY MARINES IN A CLASS OF 69. HE DID THE CORPS GOOD WHILE THERE.  HE WAS THE GUIDON BEARER FOR THE ENTIRE ACADEMY AND WAS JUST GOOD AT ABOUT EVERYTHING HE DID THERE. JUST BEFORE WE GRADUATED WE WATCHED A SERIES OF VIDEOS ABOUT THE 9-11 ATTACKS. ONE OF THEM SHOWED A MESSAGE WRITTEN WITH A FIRE FIGHTERS NAME AND I TRIED TO FIND THE IMAGE AGAIN ON THE INTERNET BUT CANT SO I DON'T REMEMBER HIS NAME. IT HAD HIS LADDER COMPANY # AND THEN USMC/SEMPER FI. IT WAS ONE OF THE LAST IMAGES WE SAW AND THEN WE WERE DISMISSED AND I WENT TO GET MY WEAPON AND GO HOME FOR THE WEEKEND. WHEN I GOT TO THE ARMORY AS MY LUCK WOULD HAVE IT I WAS ABOUT 30 PEOPLE BACK IN LINE. I WAS STILL THINKING ABOUT THE FILMS AS I THINK ALL OF US WERE AND GAPHARDT SAID (HEY MAN CUTS, SEMPER FI)AND I THEN PROCEEDED TO BE THE 4TH PERSON IN LINE AND NOBODY SAID A WORD WHICH WAS SURPRISING BEING A FRIDAY AND EVERY ONE IN A RUSH TO GO HOME. I KNEW FROM THE LOOK ON HIS FACE THAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT THAT FIRE FIGHTER SAME AS I WAS. IT WAS JUST A NAME BUT
IT BOTHERED ME MORE THAN ANY OF THE PHOTOS OF PEOPLE FALLING OUT OF BUILDINGS DID.
JOE CARON SGT/1833
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SGT. GRIT,
AS A FORMER MARINE AND RETIRED NAVY CHIEF ( I GOT SMART !), I HAD A MAJOR BACK OPERATION LAST YEAR AND WHEN I WOKE UP IN THE CCU, I THOUGHT THAT I WAS IN HELL, EVEN WITH PAIN KILLER GOING INTO MY BACK.

IT HURT SO BAD THAT I ASKED GOD TO LET ME DIE, AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF UP THERE TOLD ME : " CHIEF, I AM SURPRISED THAT YOU HAVE ASKED ME TO LET YOU COME UP HERE SO SOON, I KNOW THAT YOU WERE A MARINE SO I AM GOING TO LET YOU STAY THERE AND DO WHAT MARINES DO : TO MENTALLY BLOCK IT OUT AND TAKE IT LIKE A MARINE ! " WELL, IT'S BEEN A YEAR AND I STILL THINK GOD SHOULD HAVE LET ME IN, BUT HELL, I AM JUST A SQUID !
Bruce Harris
FIRST MAR. DIV. - VIETNAM
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>From Charlie Daniels & Band after visiting Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

I've just returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Naval Air Station base where we did three shows for the troops and toured  several locations around the post visiting with some of the finest military personnel on planet earth.  The kids seemed to really enjoy the shows and especially liked "This Ain't No Rag,  It's A Flag" and "In America".  We had a great time with them. We saw Camp X-Ray, where the Taliban detainees are being held only from a distance, but I picked up a lot of what's going on there from talking with a lot of different people. The truth of the matter is that this operation is under a microscope.

The Red Cross has an on site presence there and watches everything that goes on very closely. The media is not telling you the whole truth about what's going on over there. The truth is that these scum bags are not only being treated humanely, but they are probably better off healthwise and medically than they've ever been in their lives They are fed well, able to take showers and receive state of the art medical care. And have their own Moslem chaplain. I saw several of them in a field hospital ward where they were being treated in a state of the art medical facility.

Now let's talk about the way they treat our people.  First of all, they have to be watched constantly.  These people are committed and wanton murderers who are willing to die just
to kill someone else. One of the doctors told me that when they had Taliban in the hospital the staff had to really be careful with needles, pens and anything else which could possibly be used as a weapon.  They also throw their excrement and urine on the troops who are guarding them. And our guys and gals have shown great restraint in not retaliating.

We are spending over a million dollars a day maintaining and guarding these nasty killers and anyone who wants to see them brought to the U. S. A. for trial is either out of their heads or a lawyer looking for money and notoriety. Or both. I wish that the media and the Red Cross and all the rest of the people who are so worried about these criminals would realize that this is not a troop of errant Boy Scouts. These are killers of the worst kind. They don't need protection from us, we need protection from them.

If you don't get anything else out of this, please try to realize that when you see news coverage much of the time you're not getting the whole story, but an account filtered through a mindset of the media with an agenda. We have two fights on our hands, the war against terror and the one against the loudmouthed lawyers and  media who would sap the strength from the American public by making us believe that we're losing the war or doing something wrong in fighting it. 

People like being told the truth. Our military not only needs but deserves our support. Let's give it to them. The next time you read a media account about the bad treatment of the Taliban in Cuba, remember what I told you.  I've been there done that

Footnote: I got an e-mail from a rather irate first cousin of mine the other day who has a daughter who's a lawyer and she seemed to think that I was painting all lawyers with the same brush. Please understand that I'm not doing that at all. That would be like saying that all musicians were drug addicts. There are a lot of good and honest attorneys out there. I happen to have one of them. But it seems that they never get any airtime.  It's always the radicals who get their opinions heard. Who fight the idea  of the military tribunals and site The Constitution and the integrity of America as their source of justifying their opinions. Well, first of all
The Constitution says " We the people of the United States", it doesn't mention any other country. And secondly as far as integrity is concerned, I don't think some of these folks would know integrity if it bit them in the posterior.

What do you think?

God Bless America
Charlie Daniels

Submitted by: many, many of you.
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"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." --Thomas Jefferson
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I am one of those patriots that get misty eyed singing our National Anthem ,the Marine Hymn and now your newsletter. Normally I can only sing a few verses of our National Anthem before my voice fails me completely. Some might consider it a sign of weakness but it is rather one of great joy and thankfulness. I am always reminded how fortunate I am to be an American. God could have placed my birth any where in the world but he allowed me to be born in the land of the free and the home of the brave. When I hear the Marine Hymn I also tear up. I am reminded of all of the Marines of the past, present and future who paid or will pay the supreme sacrifice for our freedoms. When I see a Marine in uniform my chest always bursts with pride.  It is a symbol of the best America has. The spirit of the Corps and Marines for each other cannot be explained in words. It is a life changing experience that remakes weakness into steel and installs a pride that lives forever. In

boot camp a metamorphosis takes place in the vary depths of ones being.  While it can't be completely explained ,it is recognized  and envied by all who cannot call themselves Marines. The Corps has made me a better man. I will always believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag and to defend it against all enemies. I consider my self the luckiest person in the world to be an American and a Marine .SEMPER FI

REUNIONS................................................

Would you please include the following reunion in your news letter.

E-2-5  1st Marine Division - Korea is having their annual reunion Sept 10 through Sept 13th at the Clarion Hotel - Atlantic City West - Contact Elemay@warwick.net for more information.
Thanks Sgt Grits &
Semper Fi
Evarist LeMay
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Dear Sgt. Grit!
26th Marines Iwo Jima - Vietnam and All Supporting Units Reunion When: August 30 - September 1, 2002 Registration fee is $50.00 per person which includes a formal sit-down dinner and dance.  It will also include a tour of various veteran's Memorials in DC and VA.  Location: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 524-6400 (special rate of $89.00 per night has been made for our members).   Please send the registration fee's by August 10, 2002 to:
Gary A. Gruenwald
P.O. Box 656
New Market, MD  21774
(301) 990-5314
usmcgman74@juno.com

Thank you and Semper Fi,
Gary
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God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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