Sgt Grit Marine Corps Merchandise

Welcome to our Marine Corps Newsletter archives. Read our patriotic stories of American courage sent in to us by Marines and their families. Enjoy!

Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #23

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." GEORGE ORWELL


Pass this newsletter on to anyone you feel would like it.
To submit your thoughts use contact@grunt.com

To SUBSCRIBE to the list click here:

http://www.grunt.com/scuttlebutt/freenewsletter.asp
Insert your email address in the SUBSCRIBE box

To UNSUBSCRIBE from the list click here:
http://www.grunt.com/scuttlebutt/freenewsletter.asp
Scroll down and insert your email address in the UNSUBSCRIBE box

...OR... email me at contact@grunt.com

LISTEN UP....
some of you do not get a newsletter weekly.
Do this; put this email address in your address book.
sgt_grit_news@grunt.com
Some filters look for an approved address.

..........................................................

Hey Sgt. Grit,
Well I graduated from high school! haha nut bags actually let me graduate. :)  Well my dad is a Master Guns, and a lot of the kids at my school have Marine parents, and a few navy parents too so it's nothing spectacular to have your parents in uniform.  But, my dad is actually my step dad , I must have begged him for two months to wear his blues to my graduation, even though I knew it would probably be 100 degrees at my grad (it was 96).  I was dropped off, got ready sat in a classroom for about an hour, and walked.
  Well if the world hadn't decided to go my way, not only was my dad wearing his uniform, so was my "brother" whose a Captain in the Corps, and my best friend who is in the Navy wearing his lil dress uniform lol, and a few other friends wearing their uniforms.  So I pretty much knew where my cheering section was.

I got up on stage to get my diploma and as it was like, party time times 10.  I spazzed and stopped and saluted everyone out there that understood what I meant, no one had mentioned 9/11 in their speeches, no one had mentioned that some 60 kids from our graduating class were joining the military, but when I saluted those certain people in the stands who know who I was saluting.

My family all came running down to the field when they were allowed to and hugged me and gave me a pretty lei.  Well I had a few people come up and thank me.  The most touching one that made me almost cry, I looked up to see
this man with his hat on, it said Korean War, Marine, I didn't let him say anything, I gave him the biggest hug and said thank you.  Well now I know his grandson.

Just thought I'd share that.  Sometimes people don't think to say thank you, or give a little bit of recognition.  But just remember that people are thinking of you and are grateful, we just forget to show it sometimes.

Shortround, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece of and way to many more things of Marines lol.

Semper Fi
..............................................................


"The real democratic American ideal is, not that every man
shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man
shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance."  --Henry Ward Beecher
..............................................................


WE WERE BEING RELIEVED BY THE ARMY TO GO BACK ABOARD SHIP. BOTH TRUCK CONVOYS STOPPED ON THE DOUBLE PONTOON BRIDGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HAN RIVER IN KOREA.

AS EXPECTED, CAT CALLS ENSUED BETWEEN THE TRUCKS. SUCH THINGS AS, "WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH CALL IN THE ARMY". AN US REPLYING, " WE LEFT THE PX UP THERE FOR YOU #$^^$DOGFACES AND BOB HOPE WILL BE ALONG SHORTLY".

ONE OF OUR PEOPLE, WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS, STOOD UP AND YELLED, YOU $%$^&^#POGEYBAIT DOGHEADS BETTER SHUTS UP". WHERE UPON HE SAT BACK DOWN.  OF COURSE, THIS BROUGHT ON MORE AND LOUDER CAT CALLS AND GIBES.

I NOTICED, AND ELBOWED OUR OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR TRUCK, THAT THE NAMELESS ONE HAD PULLED OUT A GRENADE, WAS UNSCREWING THE SPOON FROM THE BODY ASSEMBLY AND POURING THE POWDER ON THE FLOOR OF THE TRUCK. AGAIN HE STOOD UP AND TOLD THEM TO SHUT UP. AND AS EXPECTED THE CATCALLS GOT EVEN LOUDER.

THE THIRD TIME HE STOOD UP HE HELD THE GRENADE OVER HIS HEAD AND PULLED THE PIN. AS THE SPOON FLEW AND THE GRENADE WAS IN MID AIR FIFTEEN DOGFACES HIT THE HAN RIVER AT THE SAME TIME.

FORTUNATELY, OUR CONVOY STARTED MOVING. HAD IT BEEN OTHERWISE THERE WAS GOING TO BE ONE HELLUVA FIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HAN RIVER.

RECOLLECTIONS OF KOREA- THE LIGHTER SIDE!
JOHN ROBERTSON
.............................................................

"If history teaches us anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.  It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom."  --Ronald Reagan (1983)
.................................................

Yo, Sgt. Grit -
we are getting comfortable again and want to get back to
life as usual. We do not want to be bothered by terrorist,
war, the military, violence. It is inconvenient and uncomfortable. What do you think?

We Americans formerly lived in a comfortable, trusting
"neighborhood."  No more. Once a house has been illegally entered and an innocent person raped, kidnapped or killed, a neighborhood can never return to the "good old days" of unlocked doors, open windows, keys in unlocked cars and total acceptance of strangers.  Yes, it is a sad commentary that we have to lose the innocence of trust we have enjoyed, but it was not our decision.

We don't have the luxury of ever "getting comfortable."  On 11 Sep 2001 the rules changed, life in America was altered such that it will never return to an idyllic state.  Regardless of location, the life of every American was affected; we would be fools to think things will ever be otherwise.

It will be a hard consequence for those who fail to heed the lesson of 11 Sep 2001, and it is the duty of those who know we can never relax or become complacent to remind others and enforce a level of awareness and diligence to protect this and future generations from the acts of violence that are certain to come, despite disarming periods of calm.  Let's hope those in our government know this and won't relax because it is easier or less controversial.  Nothing is more important than the safety of our citizens.

Evil used to live elsewhere, but it has moved into our neighborhood.  We have no choice but to be alert and do what is necessary.  We can never recover our innocence.
Semper fi,
Gabe Kingsley
One of Maj. Mike Hemlepp's recruits from P.I. - 1961
..........................................................

"The only hope of a short war is to prepare for a long one." --Calvin Coolidge
..........................................................

Sgt Grit
As to both of your questions. First thing I would not have released information about his capture until I have sucked every bit of information from him that I could get. How I get it is my business.  After all there were no holds on what the Al Qaida did to us.

Next, we can't relax and get comfortable again until we can wipe out the Al Qaida. If it means giving up some of our freedoms to do this, then so be it.  Remember we slept once and let our guard down once, lets learn from that Thanks for letting me sound of Gyrine, Sgt 53-57
1st Tank Bn 1st Mar Div  Korea
...........................................................

When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. --Thomas Jefferson
...........................................................

Hey Sarge:  Read with some concern that a recent poll reported 80% of Americans would sacrifice their civil liberties for safety.  How could that be?  A man who trades liberty for safety is neither safe nor free.  We are a nation of laws built on the lives of braver men than me.  I am NOT willing to trade my safety on their sacrifices.  Our only recourse is to bring the war to the enemy.  That brings me to another issue.  The United States is NOT in a declared war.  Only the Congress can declare war.  This would
require some moral courage.  Frankly, I do believe that rabble in Washington has the guts to do it.  With a declared war our nation and our leaders would be empowered to expedite vengeance upon our aggressors.  God bless America!
Mike Watson RVN '67-68  "Semper Fi"
...........................................................

Sgt. Grit.
 My son was deployed on Dec.1 2001.  I just want to welcome the USS BONHOMME RICHARD back home.  I am very proud of my son and all the other men and women on the ship......It has been the longest 6 1/2 months of my life.  I must say the Marines did a great job keeping us family members up to date on what was happening( as much as they were allowed).  I'm just so happy my son is 'almost' back home.  Sad to say I won't get to see him until
July 2.  Once again I am so PROUD of my son. 
A PROUD MARINE MOM
...........................................................

Dear Sgt Grit,
As a VERY PROUD Marine Wife, I can honestly say the Corps has been very good to me.  I love the Corps as much if not more than the most active duty Marines.  My husband and I have been married for a little over two years and spent most of it apart.  From Vieques to take down protesting Puerto Ricans, to Okinawa to train for 6 months, to the deserts of Kabul, Afghanistan to secure the Embassy, we have stood strong through it all.  Yes, it is hard...but whoever said life was easy???  I love being the one back home getting everything ready for his return.  The 5 minute calls that mean so much.  The Corps has put a roof over my head, allowed me dental and medical benefits and showed me I CAN do it on my own.  These Heroes out in the far off places, they are the ones we need to pray about and thank God for the Corps.  So, to any wives out there who are feeling down or disliking the Corps, just remember, they have it a lot harder wherever they are in the far off lands.  And, please pray for them.
Semper Fi Till I Die,
Mrs. Tamra Smith - Proud Marine Wife
...........................................................

. Grit,
I am a new Marine mom and I have been reading your newsletter for only a short while, and I enjoy it a lot.  I don't normally have a lot to say about things unless I feel extremely strongly about them.  I have been reading the letters in regards to the living conditions Marines have at Camp Pendleton.  I have read all I can stand to without responding to this.  My son graduated from MCRD in San Diego in April of this year.  We went to the graduation.
Our son gave us a tour of the base, including the living quarters.  They were clean enough to eat on and for no more time than was spent in them, plenty big enough.  I would like to say to the ones complaining; just what did you expect?  You were not off to Summer Camp!! You were learning how to become a member of the best fighting force in the world!!!  So it wasn't easy or the Hilton, neither is a Prisoner of War Camp!!  They were trying to prepare you for any situation so that hopefully you would survive.  Our son was a child when he left home for boot camp.  After 13 weeks he came home a MAN!!!  Strong, confident, honorable, respectful, mature, and proud to be a Marine!!!  He was never an unrulely child, just spoiled (my fault),  but boot camp brought out all of his good qualities and made them GREAT!!!  We could not be happier with the changes, and he is really proud of the changes in himself.  Hardship makes a person stronger.  Which would you rather have defending this great country of ours, someone who is strong enough (both physically and mentally) to make a difference, or someone who cares only about their own comforts and well being?  I may get a lot of hate mail for this but that's okay.  Our son is what a Marine is suppose to be.  Those of you complaining are not.  Proud of my Marine
Dotty Ward
..........................................................

A Government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have. -Ben Franklin
.........................................................

Hi Sarge, My name is Kevin McDowell. I'm a former USMC Corp. and a NYC Fireman. The FDNY is taking all the names of all members that are former Marines that were lost or that were on the FDNY and responded to the WTC.  They are getting a USMC battle flag from the Corps and are going to embroider all our names on it. I think they said on the last Sunset Parade of the summer, we (the FDNY) were going to present it to the Commandant. The Corps
said it will fly it every 9/11.  Pretty cool,  huh?  Semper Fi, Stay low and go!
........................................................

"Make sure the government treats others the same as you would want the government to treat you. ...Once you consent to the government ignoring the Constitution, you deny yourself the protection of the Constitution."
--Charley Reese
........................................................

Sgt. Grit:
Re.  Complacency.  Yes, we have become more complacent since 9/11.  The "do-gooders" are crying that people who set out with the avowed purpose to kill Americans are being mistreated and denied they rights.  They are not being denied anything.  Those born here who have gone over to the side of terrorists have given up their rights of citizenship, IMHO.  Unfortunately, it will probably take another tragic occurrence to wake some of weak-knee types up to the fact that this country is at war.  We are fighting a philosophy that seeks our extermination.  That's what makes it so hard for people to understand we are in combat...we are not fighting another nation.  The recent bombing in Karachi that killed 10 Pakistanis was designed to kill Americans.  Fortunately, none of our citizens were killed, although one Marine at the consulate was slightly wounded.  Unfortunately, I foresee "homicide" bombings like this occurring in the near future on our soil unless we wake up, tighten our security, limit immigration and grant more powers to our law enforcement agencies.  We must take action before it is too late and support our men and women who are protecting us.
Semper Fi,
Bob Rader
sgt '53-'56  1405534
.........................................................

hey sgt. grit. this is going to be kind of long but bear with me please. I am currently an active duty marine stationed at MUCH here in Kaneohe bay. I would like to comment on all these old devil dogs always talking about how "soft" the corps is getting. my question is this... what are they basing these remarks on, there own war time experiences? first off, on the living conditions issue, these "old corps" marines are mostly all talking about war times, it is crazy to think that marines will enlist knowing that they will have to live in a mud hut or whatever some of these retired warriors are
saying.  these old corps marines did there one tour in some war and that is it. that's all they knew, a jungle or a desert. living conditions now are much improved thanks to a higher military budget, and the fact that the military has to rival college.  evryone wants to go to college out of high school now. that is the norm. no one wants to join the military. the marines have been having trouble getting people to enlist for years. also don't blame marines nowadays for wanting as good as barracks as the air force. i am an lcpl. it makes no difference to me where i live. i don't care. but i do wonder why an e-3 in the air force has there own plush room with all the trimmings, and i got a run down room with moldy ceilings, leaky showers and sinks, with no hot water. what makes other services rate better facilities? doesn't all money come from the department of defense? and why do i have to have 4 people to a room (non-nco) when the air force has only one. that is what we are questioning.  marines these days aren't "complaining" about that. they are just wondering how this can be.  marines these days are more than just combat hand to hand, rifle firing bullet catchers. we are technicians, we are intel specialists. we don't need to be as "hard" as old times because of technology. times change, for the better. what makes the corps "softer" is what makes it better. you have heard the expression work smarter not harder, well it comes into perfect perspective in this modern day corps. a smarter, "softer" means less marines dying on the battlefield. i work in a radio recon/signals intel electronic warfare bn. believe me, marines are not getting softer, but they are getting smarter, and that is why it may seem so. in today's war you will never send thousands of  marines to there death in one battle. special forces are the only ones that even see combat. i am sick of hearing this about the "softer" or "kindler, gentler" or "the mothers of America corps", believe me marines are hard today and will be forever. as a member of Americas and the worlds number one fighting force, i can assure you that.
semper fi,
big neum
first radio bn

ps love the newsletter.
.....................................................

Do It To Them Before They Do It To Us

"The president said we must uncover terror cells in 60 or more countries," writes columnist Cal Thomas, urging the U.S. to make an example of some would-be terrorists.  "Let's start with one cell in one country, besides Afghanistan.  Villagers in some backward country that harbors terrorists should wake up one morning and notice the terrorists among them are dead or missing."

"People like Saddam Hussein, not Americans, should start each day looking in the mirror and wondering if today is their last day on earth," he continues. "Let's stop waiting for terrorists to do us harm and start doing them harm. We shouldn't be thinking about deterrence.  We should be planning to wipe them out, starting now, and then start planning the victory parades."
Dan H.
....................................................

"Exit strategy' applies only to wars of choice. You can choose to quit Vietnam or Somalia or Kosovo. The war on radical Islam is a war of necessity. Wars of necessity have no exit. They must be won. What possible exit strategy can you have against an enemy whose ordinary soldier signs up with the following oath (found among the documents captured from al Qaeda in Afghanistan): 'I state in the presence of God that I will slaughter infidels for my entire life'? There is only one exit strategy in fighting such a man.
He dies or you die. No other exit." --Charles Krauthammer
...................................................

Vietnam Veterans,

I would like to take the time to THANK YOU for taking the time to go back in your history to help me with my paper.  I know it wasn't easy for you to do that.  I can send you a copy of my paper when I am done, if you would like me to do that please send me a response saying copy of Paper and I will e-mail it to you or I can snail-mail it to you.  What I really want to thank you for is going to Vietnam and doing what you did over there.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Amanda Totten manda7979@yahoo.com (I know it is a different address than last time but there is something wrong with that old address)
...................................................

"An America that is militarily and economically strong is not
enough.  The world must see an America that is morally strong with a creed and a vision.  This is what has led us to dare and achieve.  For us, values count." --Ronald Reagan
...................................................

Sarge: I usually read then and sit back and laugh at some of the crap that comes out of "American" mouths. This issue of giving up freedom or essential liberty for safety is not a matter that is arguable.  A fellow American long ago said "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither safety nor liberty".  The man was Benjamin Franklin.  If you want to give up your freedom move somewhere where they have already given up theirs and leave me with mine.  And if you don't like it there try to get back here.  You will find that one of the freedoms that they don't have is to come here. The same goes for those who take away freedom because they have the power to do so during an irrational, trying, or emotional ordeals.

Good luck.  Give it all away.  But don't ask me to fight
for you to get it back again. L/Cpl C F Holmes '66-'67-'68 2nd MAW
........................................................

"A man can fail many times but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame someone else." --Waite Phillips
........................................................

Sgt Grit,

My father was a Navy pilot WWII. My oldest brother is a retired Army Col.. My next brother in line retired Navy Chief Petty Officer.  My third brother ex Navy.  I even checked into joining the Army while I was in College.  However, by the time I graduated my son was born.

Much to my surprise last April he came home and told me he was going to be a Marine.  I was worried, surprised and proud.  Since his induction he has become a Marine.  But, he is still the young man I raised on my own but now he has more.

When I asked him why the Marines he said if he was going to do it he was going to do the best.  It became a personal challenge for him to join and succeed in the toughest branch of the armed services.

I know that I will never know much of what actually happened during boot camp but that is ok because whatever it was like it improved my son.  He now takes more pride in his behavior toward others, his physical well-being and how he dresses.  He did say he was exposed to a lot of colorful language but does very well with not using it where he shouldn't.

I was sitting here reading the latest from you.  Many of the letters brought me to tears. All that love, pride and honor coming from MEN.  I'm so glad that my son finally can be part of something bigger than just us.

Although, I will drop in a thank you to my father the Ex Navy Pilot. He was the main male roll model for my son the MARINE.

Thank you for your time.
Marine Mom
....................................................

Greetings from the USMC DI ASSOC...

It has been reported to me by Vic Ditchkoff (P.I. Chapter President) on 06-17-02 that someone has vandalized the Drill Instructor Monument at Parris Island by breaking the sword off the Female Statue. It would take some hard labor to do this as the sword have a stainless steel rod inserted in them from hilt to tip.  An investigation is now in progress there.  If you have any information, seen anything out of the ordinary during the weekend of 14-17 June 02 please contact the military police at Parris Island or call our office ASAP!  If we have to replace the statue it will be at about $30,000. It is of the utmost importance that you act now. If you have any information.

Thank You,
Mike West
National President
(619)688-0864
Please feel free to forward this to any marines you know in Parris Island, or others who may work on the base.

Updates on this matter will be posted on our website at...
www.usmcdrillinstructorassoc.com
...........................................................

Dear Sgt.
I am having a memorial service for my beloved brother Sgt. Philip V. Mandra August 10, 2002 at 1:15 at St. Frances de Chantal Church, Wantagh Ave. Wantagh, NY  I am trying to reach other Marines who served with him. He was with D-2-5 in Korea and was MIA August 7, 1952. I would like them to know that after the service, the Marines will honor him at Pinelawn Cemetery.  Could you please put this notice on your bulletin board. Thanks  If any one would like additional information please give them my e-mail address.  imandra@optonline.net

 Irene L. Mandra
..........................................................

"One's sense of honor is the only thing that does not grow old, and the last pleasure, when one is worn out with age, is not, as the poet said, making money, but having the respect of one's fellow men." --Thucydides
..........................................................

    Sgt Grit,
My name is Ross Palombit, I proudly served from `88-`92, and I would re-enlist in a heart beat.  Anyway, I just attended my wife's college graduation, and as I sat in the audience I couldn't help but think of one young Marine I served with and the story of his high school graduation.

    His name is Darrin Gregory of Il., and he got out of high school early and with his parents permission, joined our beloved Marine Corps at the age of 17.  Now this was when we were in our MOS school, he took a few days off to partake in his graduation

    Rather than the traditional cap & gown, he arrived wearing his DRESS BLUES.  When it was his turn to step out on stage, he told me that they announced "Lance Corporal Darrin Gregory, United States Marine Corps".  He then told me that as he walked out onto the stage, he stopped, turned toward the American Flag, snapping a perfect USMC solute (holding a little longer for pictures of course), finished the solute, collected his diploma, turned to walk away, stopped again before he got to the end of the stage, did an about face, snapping another perfect USMC solute (again holding for all of the photos and screaming girls), and another about face then off stage he went.   He was beaming with pride when he told me about his glorious graduation, and I too was full of pride when
he told me about as well as to this very day, I think it's one of the most memorable things I have heard about.  I could imagine him up on stage doing what Marines like to do best and that's showing off (just because we can).

Semper Fidelis
Corporal Ross P `88-`92

P.S.   I am not just proud of the above Marine, but proud of all of the men and women that I had the honor of serving with.   I am also proud of the past and I am trying to gather factual information about one of our two 2 time Medal of Honor winners Gy Sgt Dan Daly. If anyone has any good information or would just like to BS please e-mail me at nobleprotectioncorps@hotmail.com
...........................................................


... To the Air Force guy who served at Da Nang.. I served three tours and as I remember the Air Force had two story barracks at Da Nang and Bien Hoa.  Marines could not even go into an Air Force compound because we had "guns".  I remember the USAF had to put chain link fence around the walkways on the upper decks - during a rocket attack the airmen seemed to forget they were on the 2d deck! They made Wile E. Coyote sounds!!!
Jim Kornegay
MSgt 64-84
..........................................................

Hello,
I'm new to the sight, but not the Marine Corps. My ex-husband retired from the Marine Corps in '95. We were stationed most of our life at Cherry Point, N.C. I loved every moment of it and I was proud to be there beside him. I'm back home in VA. now, but I sure do miss the feeling of the Marine Corps family. My son joined the Marines in 1997.  I always knew he would.  When we lived in base housing and the Blue Angels were flying their practice flights for the big air shows and they flew over our house my son who was still in training pants said to me "mommy me be a Marine" I had no doubt whatsoever that he would. He is 23 and a SGT. He is really proud to wear the uniform of a U.S. Marine. He came home for his sisters graduation in 2000. He wore his Dress Blues as did SSgt. Phillips his recruiter (now GSGT.Phillip).  I was so proud of them both, so was my daughter. She was proud to have them there along w/ their father. I could see the pride in his eyes not only for his
daughter but for his son who wears his Blues with the pride of a Marine.  No I wasn't in the Marine Corps., but I know all about pride and grit and being a tough guy and still having a heart for your loved ones and your country, and for little children when Toys for Tots rolled around and for letting another Brother Marines wife and children cry on his shoulder when deployment came.  I can't even write this w/out tears of pride for the Corps.  My husband and I have been divorced for ten years, but you won't hear me say anything bad about him.  He was a good Marine and his son is too. All of us went through Desert Storm together. And it wasn't easy and for reasons unknown still we didn't make it through our marrige, but I just want you guys to know that a lot of the dependent wives and children are just as proud as you are of the United States Marine Corps. And the day my son graduated from Parris Island his father and I both felt proud of our son and we both knew then the
Marine Corps. was getting one hell of a man to serve our wonderful country. So every time I see a Devil Dog I feel pride knowing that he is in the best branch of the military there ever was .  God bless you all and Semper Fi.
   Loni Hays
..........................................................

"We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." --James Madison
...........................................................

Sarge;
Since you ask, what I think of the so-called 'security' measures, especially those instituted at our airports, was best expressed by that right-wing extremist Ben Franklin: Those who would sacrifice a little liberty for some temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.

In the America I remember, some puke with his diaper on his head pulls out a box cutter on an aircraft, he's smiling into the barrels of a dozen handguns.  In the interest of 'political correctness' (hell, by definition, as trained killers, we're politically incorrect anyway), old women and infants (in my recent experience), all Caucasian, are practically strip-searched in the middle of the airport.  Object, and
you're assigned your own private armed guard - some teenaged part-time sojer puke - who thinks his M-16 is reason enough to attempt to intimidate you.  As I recall, it was Muslim fanatics who hijacked aircraft on 11SEP...but searching the obvious prospects smacks of  'profiling' (bad word - ask your neighborhood socialist...).

I took an oath almost forty years ago to protect and defend the Country and Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.  I have long been released from active duty, I have never been released from that oath....but I don't recognize the country I once swore to serve and protect.  Our freedoms - the ones we as Marines swore to defend, the price paid in blood from the decks of the Bonhomme Richard to the mountains of Afghanistan - are but a lingering memory to those of the Vietnam generation, let alone the diminishing band who humbled Tojo.  In the name of preserving 'America' and 'freedom', we're closer to an amalgam of the worst of Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Germany than we're allowed to admit.  A super police, combining the FBI, CIA (which, by law, is prohibited form operating in CONUS), and whomever else can be pressed
into service, supported by troops at airports in violation of the Posse Comitatus act, is proposed.  There is historical precedent for such a national police force, it was familiarly called the Gestapo.

The Second Amendment is embattled on all sides, the First has been mortally wounded by the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Act:  We can no longer protect ourselves from Big Government, now, we're no longer even 'free' to criticize it.  One Viet-vet Sergeant of Marines to another, THAT's what I think. -Duke USMC 66-70
.............................................................

"If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." --Thomas Paine
.............................................................

Sgt. Grit:
   SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is an unconstitutional "endorsement of religion" because of the addition of the phrase "under God" in 1954 by Congress.

I'm sorry but what the F*ck is this about?  This better be stopped dead in its tracks at the Supreme Court.  I just don't know what to say.  For once I am speechless, especially on a topic that involves patriotism.  What do we do when some person wants to make us all remove our flags from schools and everywhere else when they think of some way to make them unconstitutional.  What do we do?
Semper Fi
LCpl. Vanderpol, 0313
..............................................................

To All who are offended by the word GOD, PLEASE SEND ME ALL YOUR MONEY THAT SAYS IN GOD WE TRUST, I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE YOU OFFENDED, AND
PLEASE GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND USE THEIR LIRA OR PESO OR WHATEVER COUNTRY YOU WISH BUT PLEASE GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND TAKE JANE FONDA, ALEX BALDWIN, BARBARA STRIESAND, CHER AND THE WHOLE BUNCH OF IDIOT'S THAT THEY ASSOCIATE WITH, PLEASE GO WE ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU. GOOD BY. FRANK PIRILLO. PLEASE FORWARD AND MAYBE IT WILL GET TO THE PEOPLE I MENTIONED. THANK YOU
..............................................................

Okay,
 I just needed to vent on something that has got me spinning in circle. This morning I was listening to NPR radio and I had heard that a panel of three supreme court judges decided 2 to 1 that it is unconstitutional for our children to say "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance in school. A man claiming to be an atheist said that his child was being "harmed" because the child felt pressured to say God because of their non-religious belief. The kicker is the ACLU applauded the decision made by the panel. I think this nation is losing it's mind. Especially after the attacks on 9-11. What are we thinking??? I was under the impression that this country was founded on principles and beliefs of Christians who were ridiculed in there former country for being just that, for which our constitution is based on.  I have served in the Marine Corps since 1976 in defense of our nation, and the principles and beliefs of our founding fathers. Something I have done unselfishly and with the utmost pride. I am sick and tired of every person who thinks there feeling are getting hurt because it doesn't fit their mold.  To that I say "To Bad, Get over it." Get thick skinned and quit whining. If you don't like the area or the school, then MOVE!! It really sounds like Semper I, Semper Me. This is not a nation based one singular idea, but a nation based on the ideas of everyone. Change is inevitable, but is the nation going in the right direction? Are we setting an example for our children, and our children's children to follow? Are we leaving a legacy for the generations to come that will be remembered as great, or just forgotten
and passed off in the history books as tragic mistakes? President Kennedy said it best, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country."

Leonard.J. Tippett
CWO3       USMC
...........................................

I saved this web site to my list some time ago, with the latest Judgment from our court, I thought you ALL would enjoy this, Please listen to it,...to the very last words of wisdom.  Click here: I Pledge Allegiance -- By Red Skelton

http://home.att.net/~poofcatt/july.html

Semper Fidelis, for God, Country, and the Corps,
Mike
3rd Bridge Company
http://www.3rdbridge.org

...........................................

God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

Back to Archives Menu - Back to Scuttlebutt Menu - Subscribe to Newsletter