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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #16

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"...The man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf. And it is my earnest prayer that we may so conduct ourselves as to merit a continuance of those blessings with which we have hitherto been favored."
 --George Washington
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Sarg,Am I missing something?I read you news letter and I must have missed what some 10%er said about sh--head Walker and another 10%er crying about the so called Detainees {TERRORIST} treatment at Gitmo, Some guys never get right..[ frig um ]
PJLazzaro 1423281
USMC 53-57
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"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." --Thomas Jefferson
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Sgt Grit,
       Hi, it's me again! Marine Mom Brenda--another GREAT newsletter!! I have to reply,.first of all,..the letter from the lady who hung her flag in her office was really good!! Good for you! It truly is amazing how many people don't know the correct way to hang an American Flag!  The story of the 8 Americans .......well, maybe you should send your newsletter to those 4 surviving IDIOTS!! AAAAAAHHHH!!!  Just WHY is it that some people don't understand where their Freedom came from?? All the
Veterans who died in all the wars for this great country of ours!! Didn't anyone ever explain that to them??  And I have really been trying to hold my tongue about that TRAITOR John Walker! All I can say is I voted to give him a last cigarette,.blindfold,.& the firing squad!  Ken Happerle is no longer a Marine in MY book!! And as for that other person who asked to be dropped from your mailing list,...he should be!!  Those poor prisoners at Camp Xray!! My A**..they have it made,!!.Talk to a former POW!!!  And I would like to know WHO & WHEN changed the monster's name was from Osama to Usama,...I consider that an insult to the USA!!  Sgt Watson,..I'm so proud of you!! I'll be your Marine Mom anytime! Just be assured that all who read Sgt Grit's newsletter are WITH you,.& Proud of you!  For all who have heard the song "Pvt Malone" have you heard "Traveling Soldier" by the Dixie Chicks? it's about a Viet Vet,.a tear-jerker,.( I hope you have heard it,.Sgt Grit!,.) I started reading your book, Sgt Grit's Newsletter, Volume 1, & I love it!! hope there is more to come! You were a fine looking young man back in the day!! LOL !! I'm glad you started to print some of your Mom's letters (this newsletter),.I think I really like her!! :)
           And this is for my son, CPL Tyler  in Okinawa ,.who should be home by the next newsletter! March 23, haven't seen him in a year! 14 more days,.I Love You!!  God Bless Gunny Curtain (WTC), Mike Spann,..& all you Marines & Veterans!
And God Bless Sgt Grit! WHEW!! Thanks for letting me have my say!! Semper Fi! Marine Mom Brenda
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As I recall, any funding given the Taliban was in the
well-intentioned (but misguided) attempt to stem the
flow of opium out of Afghanistan.  The Taliban did
managed to quell the flow for a while, putting the
head drug growers on their knees and then shooting
them in the village square, which is about the ONLY
action of theirs that I will greet with approval.

I was wondering how long it would take for the left-
wingers to start poking their heads out from under
whatever rock they wound up hiding under. Seems to me
that this whole thing has come about because our
country has let a few things slide. While we have set
up a pretty decent system of laws, culture, and the
opportunity for all of our citizens to prosper, we
failed to impress upon our enemies the fact that we
would seriously thump (an in Biblically) any jackass
with less brains than balls and tried to take
advantage of our good nature and our generous nature.
Unfortunately for the human condition, when you offer
the world the outstretched hand of friendship, the
other needs to have a big fraggin' stick, lest the
idiots of the world decide to kick that sleeping giant
awake again.  In any event, I recall the debate over ex-, former, and prior Marines, and I'd like to say that I'd stand
the line with any brother or sister with the Eagle,
Globe, and Anchor branded upon their soul, whether you
qualified with 1903 Springfield, M-1 Garand, M-14, M-
16, or a club with a nail driven through it. Amen.
Semper Fi,
Sgt. Benson
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In reality, the Ten Commandments is central to our understanding of inalienable rights and government based on law. Absent Sinai, there would have been no Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence or Constitution -- in short, no America." --Don Feder
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Sgt. Grit-
My step dad was a doggy.  He was a defender in Bataan.  Captured on his 19th birthday and spent the next 42 months as a POW.  He just recently passed on this year but I can tell you this that he had no love for "dugout Doug".  He pretty much felt Mac was a worthless SOB.  I didn't know why my step dad, being a doggy, liked Marines so much.  Until I read his book "Soochow, and the 4th Marines", and discovered that a Marine saved his life aboard a prison ship.  When he met my Mom I didn't know him but he sent a copy of his book when I was a boot Marine in the Philippines.  He signed the copy "Hope your stay in the Philippines is more pleasant than mine was!".  He was one of the only doggies to religiously attend Marine reunions.
Semper Fi!!!
Jens Larsen
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"If nearly two-thirds of the Arabic world believe that Arabs were not involved in September 11, why should any American believe anything that two out of three people from that region say?" --Victor Davis Hanson
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"Can you name one government reform that actually improved anything? How many times has Social Security been reformed? How about public education? Health care? Let's not forget the IRS! In Washington, 'reform' always means more spending, more taxes, more regulations, more bureaucrats, and less freedom." --Rep. Ron Paul
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This is on my uncle's headstone.  Because Marines follow "Semper Fidelis", this verse from 2 Timothy 4:7 hits it with me.  "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith."  Timothy is also my cousin's name. His name will be on his father's stone so they are together forever.
God Bless.... Paul Kim
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MORE ON GEN. MACARTHUR.....

Dugout Doug
Sgt Grit
In WW2 we had a saying:
"With the help of God and a few Marines.
MacArthur came back to the Philippines."
Pfc Thomas C Reedy 566945
1944-1946  C-1-7
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Sgt. Grit:
As one of the "OLD BREED" and a survivor of the Reservoir I want to comment on MacArthur.  MacArthur was definitely a "Legend In His Own Mind" It ego had been a weapon of war MacArthur  could have won the Korean War single-handedly.  I attribute 70% of our Marine causalities to MacArthur's ego. To believe that the Chinese would not cross the Yalu river (Failing to recognize his own intelligence reports) Was a gross dereliction of duty. And in some circumstances be considered treasonous.  Allowing the slaughter of the British Royal Marines because he wanted this to be a United Nations Action irreprehensible.  The sight of so Many Marines buried at Koto-Ri, The Marines lost to Sub-zero temperatures in North Korea The thousands of American and UN troops after the Chinese crossing of the Yalu river I blame on MacArthur.  We Marines had three enemies in Korea
1: The North Korean and Chinese Armies
2: The Horrific Weather conditions
3: FIVE STAR MAC

Semper-Fi Sgt.
Stay Warm
Stay Dry
And may your Honor of the Marine Corps Always Fly High

Kenneth (Kal) Kalnasy
Easy company
Second Battalion
First Marines
Korean War Survivor 9-15 1950 -4-27-1951
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Dear Sgt. and others.  I've just finished reading your newsletter (March 8) and have to add my two cents.  I'm with the guy who did not want "Retired" on his shirt.   Marines don't retire; they just wait.  And anytime the Corps wants to put my tired old butt back in the game, all they have to do is ask.

As to Dugout Doug, I was out there when he was, and I've never met a Marine who had a good word for the hypocritical politician.  He showed his true colors back in 1932 when he led the charge and burned out the veterans of WW I during the Bonus March.  He'd been ordered not to attack them, but Dugout Doug had selective hearing and easily missed those orders he didn't like.  Good for Truman who had the balls to fire him.  Too bad it wasn't before a lot of Marines were killed by the Chinese Doug said would never attack.

Finally, with all due respect for Chesty Puller, the best leader the Corps ever had was Smedley Butler who, among other things, put down an attempt by early fascists to take over the U. S. government.  It's all documented.  As to what we are today, I think one of Grit's bumper stickers says it all.  "Not so lean.  Not so mean.  But still a Marine.  Semper Fi.
Al Meadows (43-46, 47-49)
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A nagging question:  Admiral Kimmel and General Short were cashiered for Pearl Harbor. MacArthur, with several hours warning, failed to prepare Manila.  None-the-less he was deified??????? (WHY)    My pickup has two stickers in the window; MARINE and University of South VietNam School of Warfare does anyone think I need a flag?  I've been a Marine for forty four years any questions?
Jim Brown
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Actually MacArthur prob general who knew best how to employ Marines as his island-hopping campaign in WWII and his removal of Marines from static Pusan perimeter(to Use at Inchon) demonstrated.
tc farrell
MARCENT Surgeon
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Greetings list:
I have followed most of the letters recently, and have enjoyed the threads about the current situation in Afghanistan, the detainees, etc.  These are indeed troubling times, and emotions run the gamut and justifiably so.  I have never written to your newsletter, but after reading a few of the comments about MacArthur, I feel the need to respond.  For everyone who has a negative opinion about MacArthur I would highly recommend reading "American Caesar" by William Manchester.  Manchester was a Marine Sergeant during WWII, and was wounded during a mortar attack on Okinawa, but his buddies bone fragments.  His credentials are well established.  I too was of the "Dug Out Doug" school of thought until I read "American Caesar".  In summary, it paints a totally different picture of MacArthur than what I have seen here.   He was definitely a brave man.  A dynamic leader, albeit egotistical, and human.  Yes he made mistakes.  Pelilu was not his idea alone.   His casualty rates were the lowest of any commander during WWII.  Roosevelt was just, in having MacArthur evacuated from The PI.  His speech aboard the Missouri during the surrender signing was inspiring, both to the victor and the vanquished, and was not without it's theatrics.  (All of the allied officers in Khaki's)  It offered hope for a just peace.   The attack on Inchon was a stroke of genius, and was penned by MacArthur, when he was in his "70's.     I don't think any discussion can be made about MacArthur without some emotional attachment.   I knew a lot of vets who served under him that  didn't like him.  I knew a few Marines that didn't like Chesty Puller either.  So before we attack the man, do a little research into what made him tick, and what he was really like.  Yes he could be pompous, arrogant, and brash.  But he was also compassionate, obedient, loyal, dedicated, dynamic, brilliant, and most of all, an American Patriot dedicated to serving his country.  I would highly recommend anyone living in the Norfolk area, tour the MacArthur Memorial.  Well worth the trip.
Mark Krumrey
MGYSGT USMCR (ret.)
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Macarthur mounted his white horse ((I don't like Macarthur either)) and him and his men beat the crap out of Veterans in d.c. camped out there only wanting their Bonus Money our govt had promised them. [take a look at what's going on nowadays about VA Hospital benefits] Studs Terkel has an article in one of his books about that.  Yep,I was in the Army and I like to read and keep up with Marines,Navy,Air Force,Coast Guard too.
Semper Fi, Mac!
       ..........Larry,Jackson Mississippi
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I saw what S/Sgt. T.B. Dudley wrote (see below) in the current newsletter, and was moved to comment....

I have no sympathies for John Walker but I do think we need to give him some (just a little) respect as a fighting man.  He is a "wacko" and for wacko reasons put himself on the side of our enemies.  But it's not wrong to have respect for an enemy, if he takes up arms against other armed men and, by doing so, puts his "life" where his mouth is. Walker made his choice and he was very lucky to get out alive, he'll spend years in prison and he'll not have a pleasant time of it there, either!  That's just fine with me. If he was killed over there, that would have been OK,
too.

But I'm troubled by a trend I see among my brothers to simplify the conflicts we enter.  We try to make everything "black or white".  Our world is full of issues that are mostly some shade of "gray". And we are not automatically on the side of the angels just because we're Americans.  Fortunately, young Marines have, for the most part, let their offices worry about that kind of thing.  They just fight when and where they're told and die if they have to.

Lastly, let me remind S/Sgt. Dudley, and all of us, that their was a "complicated" young Marine PFC. in Viet Nam named Robert Garwood, who did in fact "side" with Charlie in Viet Nam.  And he did, after spending some time with his new friends over there, make it back home for a slap on the wrist and a free pass to this wonderful life in the good old USA.  Remember: there will always be "someone who doesn't get the word!" PFC. Dave Rogers, Echo Company, 2 BN, 24th Marines 1962-1967
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Sgt Grit, et al -
Regarding this ongoing diatribe concerning the fate of John Walker, I've got to ask why everyone is getting their shorts in a knot?

Some have cited due process, the Constitution, sending him back to Afghanistan, and numerous other options.  Why?  We, the American people, did not do anything to "Hanoi" Jane.  She was not charged with any crime.  She was not even boycotted at the movies, except by American servicemen, their families, and other conscientious Americans.  She went on to marry multi-millionaire, and "patriot" Ted Turner.

Then there is the case of one of our "own", Bobby Garwood.  This was another "misguided" American youth.  What was his final outcome?  If I remember correctly, all he received was a Dishonorable Discharge!

And what about all of the draft dodging scumbags that went to Canada, Sweden, and where ever else they could hide, what about them?  They were all pardoned.  For those of you that are fond of making the statement - "check your history"  or "check the Constitution", why don't you do just that!  We as a people, and nation, have traditionally been very lenient to these types of social pariahs.

Don't get me wrong, I am just as upset about this jerk as the rest of you.  But some of you seem to be putting your mouths in gear before you get your brains started.  If this clown is truly guilty of taking up arms against the United States [and you have to remember that there is probably 25 different definitions of taking up arms (remember it will depend on what your definition of "it" is)], then the statutes will deal with him.  I for one hope that he gets his just deserts.
Semper Fi
MGySgt Ron Reynolds
USMCR, Ret - '70 - '01
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I think my Mom was a hit. The following are for her.
God Bless Mothers.
Sgt Grit

GOD BLESS SGT. GRIT'S MOM !!
Jake Jacobsma
USAF 54-60
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Dear Mrs. Whitton,
            Thank you so much Mam for putting it together so well, and without vulgar language!  Please consider running for office, especially if you'll come here to New York City.  I believe you have your finger on the pulse of America, and you sound absolutely incorruptible!
Sincerely,
Jeanne Cacioppo,

the Proud Mother of an 18 year old Marine,
& Proud Sister of a Vietnam Vet (1st Mar Div, '67-'70)
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Hey Sgt. Grit.
       This note from your Mom touched me.   My mother was handicapped (deaf) and raised two boys on her own, with no help from anyone.  When I graduated High School and joined the Corps, way back in '69, she had a fit.  Her Boy joined the Marine Corps during war, he could get killed.  You see I was the oldest and my Brother being handicapped would need help all of his life.  I was the one that could go out on my own, make my own decisions, direct my own life.  She wrote me every day in Boot Camp, even when I wrote the "get me the hell out of here" letters.  And always supported what I was doing with my life, although she disapproved, she never said anything.  When she passed away a numbers of years ago, I had retired as GySgt, four years had turned into 20+ years, I had to clean out her apartment and remove her personal things.  In a small box, in the top of her closet were every medal, citation and promotion warrant I had ever sent home.  Included in the box was the Boot Camp Dress Blue Picture I had send home while still in Boot Camp.
Semper Fi Mom....
GySgt Carter, USMC Ret'd,
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All the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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I think we shall hear about John Walker Lindh for some time to come. His misguided parents will spend a lot on lawyers.  Somehow, I fail to feel much sympathy for their financial plight, seeing how well they spent their money on his up-bringing.

Islam is a religion. There are a lot of people in Afghanistan walking around free and being of that faith.

Al Quida is a terrorist organization, who want to kill Americans.  Those folks are dying or imprisoned.

One need only look at where John Walker Lindh is, and who he was with, to see what he is.

I fail to see any confusion about him being a "misguided" youth seeking some religious enlightenment. Someone is blowing smoke up your skirt!

As far as the prisoners:  I lived in GTMO for 2 years.  Everything is outside - the theaters, basketball courts, everything.  They are NOT suffering.  No one stays inside - it is 80 degrees (F) all the time and it only rains about three days a year.  Those guys are in relative heaven.
FaGidAboudIt
Scott McClellan
MSgt USMC Ret
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DEAR SERGEANT GRIT,
      I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THE TALIBAN JOHN "DISCUSSION."  IF EVERY AMERICAN WHO PICKED UP ARMS FOR A FOREIGN COUNTRY WAS LABELED TRAITOR PAPPY BOYINGTON USMC (BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON) WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A LEADING ACE IN THE PACIFIC.  AND FOR THAT MATTER HIS MATES IN THE FLYING TIGERS (ALL FLEW FOR NATIONALIST CHINA) COULD NOT HAVE FLOWN
FOR THE USA.  FOR THAT MATTER HOW ABOUT THE EAGLE SQUADRON OF AMERICANS WHO FLEW FOR ENGLAND BEFORE DECEMBER 7.  HOW ABOUT ALL THE MARINE NCOs WHO WERE "DETACHED" AND TOOK COMMISSIONS IN THE ARMED FORCES OF HAITI AND NICARAGUA? REMEMBER THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR.  OR GENERAL PHIL KEARNEY OF CIVIL WAR FAME WHO SERVED WITH THE FRENCH?  THE POINT, I BELIEVE, IS NOT THAT HE ENLISTED IN A FOREIGN ARMY BUT THAT HE STAYED WITH IT AFTER SEPTEMBER 11.

HOWEVER, THAT IS IRRELEVANT, THE QUESTION IS WHY WASN'T HE SHOT TRYING TO ESCAPE?

SEMPER FI, C.A. PETERS, MARINE.  ACTIVE DUTY AND ORGANIZED RESERVE 1953 TILL 1964.
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DEAR SGT.GRIT
THIS IS MY FIRST  TIME RESPONDING TO YOUR NEWSLETTER. BUT I AM SICK AND F#*KING TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT JOHN WALKER,THE "DETAINEES" AT GITMO .  MY THOUGHT IS KILLEM ALL & LET GOD SORT'EM OUT . YOU SEE MY PROBLEM IS I'M A VICTIM OF TERRORISM , I AM A SURVIVOR OF THE 1983 BOMBING OF THE MARINE BARRACKS IN BEIRUT. SO, HELL YES I'M PISSED!!! I'M SURE EVERY VET.  WHO HAS BEEN THERE , DONE THAT WILL AGREE . TALK ABOUT BEING FORGOTTEN , TRY GOING TO SLEEP ONE NIGHT AND WAKING UP IN A OPERATING ROOM HAVING YOUR SKULL CRACKED OPENED TO REMOVE A BLOOD CLOT. AND THEN BEING TOLD THAT 242 BROTHERS HAVE DIED , AND THAT YOU ARE THE  ONLY SURVIVOR OUT OF A ROOM OF 12. SO FOR ME , LIKE SO MANY OTHERS THAT WERE THERE , 9-11  BROUGHT BACK SOME TERRIBLE AND NASTY MEMORIES BACK TO THE SURFACE FOR
A LOT OF "ROOT" VETS,AS I'M SURE IT DID FOR A LOT OF OTHER VETS FROM OTHER ENGAGEMENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD !  I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M WHINING , BUT HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VICTIMS AND "SURVIVORS" FROM BEIRUT???  BUT I'M NOT , JUST WOULD LIKE TO HEAR A THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE TO ALL OF THE BEIRUT VETS. I KNOW THAT KOREAN VETS CALL THEMSELVES THE FORGOTTEN ONES , BUT I ,"WE" ALSO KNOW THE FEELING OF BEING FORGOTTEN!!!!!
AS FOR THESE A**HOLES IN BERKLEY THEY CAN KISS MY  MARINE CORPS A** . I'M ONLY 40 YRS OLD , BUT I WATCHED TV WHEN I WAS A KID IN ALABAMA , AND YES I REMEMBER THE PROTESTING . AND 'NAM VETS BEING CALLED "BABY KILLERS" , BUT ANSWER THIS "WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A KID WALKS UP WITH A GRENADE OR DRAGS WEAPONS AND AMMO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE ? WHAT "DO" YOU DO ??" STAND THERE AND DIE ? DON'T THINK SO . AND FROM WHAT I HEAR (DON'T WATCH NEWS OR READ
THE NEWSPAPER) THESE DETAINEES ARE GETTING BETTER TREATMENT THAN MOST OF OUR "DISABLED" VETS GET !!!!!  THIS IS A OUT RIGHT F*&KING DISGRACE!  SORRY TO HURT ANY BLEEDING HEARTS , BUT WHO GIVES A SH*T ABOUT THEM ANYHOW ?  NOT A VET. , I BET !!!!!! OK ENOUGH ALREADY , I'LL LEAVE YOU ALONE AND GO BACK TO MY LITTLE OWN WORLD .
DALE GARNER
CPL.   USMC     80-84
DISABLED VET & DAMN PROUD TO HAVE SERVED
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I have two sons, one of which is currently a Marine and the other who is enlisted in the Navy.  My concern is for all the men who are giving their lives in the fight against terrorism.  How are the families of these real heroes compensated?  Do they get $1.2 million dollars like the firemen and the police who died on September 11?  Are their children guaranteed funds for their college educations?  Is there currently a fund established for the widows and families of these young men who are giving their lives?  I know it's their 'job', but so it was also the job of the firemen and policemen
who gave their lives in the line of duty.  My husband is a Lt. in the NYPD, but I really feel for the families of these young men fighting for their country.  Could you let me know how these families are cared for?  It just doesn't seem fair somehow.  God bless all these young men and they are in my prayers every day.  Barbara Lopez Alvarado
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Morning Sarge, just had to put my two cents worth in
on Mr. Vitale.  I am in total agreement with the first
louis (John Fears) in doubting that Mr. Vitale made
SSgt in two years during that period.  It could be
possible with the many deaths of Marines in Vietnam,
but it is extremely debatable.  As for his concerns
about the treatment of the "Gitmo" prisoners.  You and
I both were eating "C" rats dated 1950/1951 left over
from Korea and if our Cammies were still being washed
today there would be traces of red mud in them.  When
the poor boys from Afghanistan eat 16 year old food and
wear clothing that normally doesn't get washed for
weeks at a time then they and Mr. Vitale can bitch all
they want.  Until then they can kiss some major Marine
Corps A**.  My son is currently stationed at MCB Camp
Lejeune and during his exercises is eating MRE from
Desert Storm.  Hopefully he is never in a position to
deal with the Vitales of this country who claim to
have USMC blood in their veins....there are a lot of
wannabe's but not so many be's......thanks for your
time and Semper Fi to all of us.
Al Spriggs
SSgt, USMC
GySgt, USMCR
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To all,
I never ask you to forward or to jump on the many e-mail band wagons that get sent my way. But I am asking now. On the original cover of the book "We Were Soldiers...Once and Young," was the picture of a man named Rick Rescorla.  Called the "Bravest man I ever met," by the author Lt Gen Moore he lived up to that title until the WTC came down on him 11Sept. . I have told some of you about his actions now I am asking you to act. Please go to www.lzxray.com and click on the petition for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Many of us don't know what we can do to make a difference following 11 Sept. Well this is something that you can do and it only takes a moment. Recognize this American with your signature.
Thank you,
Yours
Paul McKenna
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"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
Gen. Patton
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"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country, in defense of us, in wars far away.  The imagination plays a trick.  We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise.  We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray haired.  But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives--the one they were living and the one they would have lived.  When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers.  They gave up their chance to be revered old men.  They gave up everything for our country, for us.  And all we can do is remember."

President Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, November 11, l985

"In closing, let me say that nothing made me prouder as President than America's young people in uniform.  And no decision was ever more difficult for me to make than the times I ordered our military forces into action.  Each time I issued an order, I reminded myself that it wasn't just a nameless, faceless soldier I was dispatching, but a child of loving parents, the partner of an adoring spouse or perhaps the parent and provider for some happy children.  I reminded myself that if things should go wrong, and
casualties did occur, it wouldn't just be a day of flag-draped coffins coming home.  There would permanently be empty chairs at family tables, vacant seats in Little League bleachers, and teary-eyed explanations to young children about why their daddy wouldn't be coming home again.  So I felt then, as I feel now, America owes a special thanks to those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We must honor them and respect them, not just when they are in battle, but every day they
wear the proud uniform of our country."

President Ronald Reagan Commencement Address, The Citadel, May 15, 1993

I was just reading through a book of some quotations of Ronald Reagan and came across these two which I thought bore repeating especially now.
Semper Fi
Jane Starliper
Proud Mom of PFC Patrick Starliper, USMC
             PFC Douglas Starliper, 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg
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Where are all the bleeding heart, bed wetters now that an American was captured as a POW and was executed by the Al Queda? I don't hear them screaming for anyone's rights. A dollar says that Navy SEAL would have traded his fate for Fruit Loops on a Caribbean island instead. What is wrong with these people who take us to task for our "inhuman" treatment of our POW's yet say nothing when Americans are treated far worse by the enemy?  Send
them all to hell.
Bob Peavey, USMC Vietnam 1968-69.
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Dear Concerned:
Thank you for your recent whiney-assed letter criticizing the treatment of the Taliban and El Quieda detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

And, we sincerely appreciate that you've already copied Hillary.  As part of the Administration's Empathy Training Program, you'll be pleased to learn that the Administration has decided to place one detainee under your exclusive care.

Your detainee is scheduled to be delivered to your personal residence on Monday. The detainee is to be  cared for pursuant to the standards you strongly recommended in your letter of admonishment.

It will be necessary to hire your own caretakers. We will also conduct weekly inspections, of course, to assure that your detainee is actually being cared for in the manner you personally prescribed.

His meal requirements are simple, but we strongly suggest using menus that do not require utensils.  While he does bite, the rabies test was negative, although he does have a bad case of body lice that we haven't completely remedied.

Although he is sociopath and very psychotic, we do welcome  your promised efforts to over come that "attitudinal problem" with your promised counseling and home schooling.

He's extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or light bulb. We do not suggest that you ask him to demonstrate these proficiencies at your next bridge party.

He also has the ability to make a variety of lethal bombs from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, not withstanding that it may conflict with your moral values or disrupt your maid's daily routine.

Please heed the large orange notice attached to your detainee's cage. "Does not play well with others".

Your detainee generally bathes quarterly, with the change of seasons, assuming that it rains, and washes his clothes simultaneously.  That should help with your water bill.

Be assured, your detainee absolutely loves pets of all kinds, but is especially fond of cats and dogs. He prefers them roasted.

You take good care of our detainee now.
George W.
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"Freedom from fear and injustice and oppression will be ours only in the measure that men who value such freedom are ready to sustain its possession -- to defend it against every thrust from within and without." --Dwight D. Eisenhower
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God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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