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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #15

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival." --Winston Churchill


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WELL....I certainly know what most of you think of
Gen. (DougOut Doug) MacArthur after last weeks lead in.
My mistake, I don't like him either.

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Sgt Grit,
 I'm a corporal stationed aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT with VMFA 251.  We were the first marine air wing deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom.  We just hit are first port after being out at sea for 159 days with out a port call. Its been a rough battle to keep are jets up but we knew the job had to be done. We've managed to maintain are pride and show the world what a few marines could do. This has been one of my many deployments in my five yrs in the Marine Corps career, but I've never been more proud in my life to be an American and a marine, but I was sadden today to read you newsletter and to see a SSgt to be upset about a few detainees in Cuba being given what
he called poor living conditions well I guess he's never been on a carrier.  I sleep in a coffin. And have to work 15 hr days seven days a week and have no time to sleep or eat to keep my country proud and alive and then when we do get a break to watch CNN and see my brothers over in Afghanistan living in tents with no running water and no hot chow and think how lucky I am well I'm ashamed that he calls himself a marine, but I know its his right and that's a right he's fought for.
Semper Fi
Ryan J Barlow Cpl/USMC 97-present
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I can't believe you would quote MacArthur in any situation related to the Marines.

The Marines were the only unit not awarded the PCU for the defense of Bataan and Corregidor because Mac felt "the marines have enough medals already"

As to your quote:

If MacArthur has been more vigilant in keeping the US Occupation Army in Japan in shape as a fighting force and had been an effective general in Korea, there would be many more soldiers  and Marines alive today.  If Macarthur didn't have to have his own little show to make up for dugout Doug, the Marines could have bypassed Pelileu and similar islands which ended up costing thousands of lives.

Old CORN COB was neither a good commander or a friend of the Marine Corps.  Keep up your good work, but couldn't let MacArthur pass without a heads up.

Semper FI

George Mouzakis JR Lt USMCR  0311 ,1967-1969,
Son of Lt. COL George Mouzakis,  F4U Corsair Pilot  at Rabaul, Bougainville, Okinawa and the Frozen Chosen now deceased. who also had less use for Dougout Doug than either me or President Truman.
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Sgt. Grit
I did not serve in the Marine Corp, my husband served 75-79 like his father before him he served proud.  He doesn't talk much about what he did when he served, pride and honor need no words.  During Desert Storm he said if they wanted an old Marine he would be there.  Age has no boundary for Marine courage.

I am writing to you to say thank you to all of the Marine's that
serve with courage, pride and honor.

I am an American who had never been ashamed to show my American Pride.  During Desert Storm we all put American Flag up in the office that I work at.  Much to my surprise (we are a defense contractor, reality should have hit) after the war ended most people took their flags down.  My flag remained.  Last year we had a clean up of our office area.  One of the people that did an inspection of the areas to make sure it was now up to standards, told me I had to remove my flag because it was not on the list of allowed items.  I looked at her and asked her if she understood what the flag means.  She looked at me with a blank stare the gentleman she was with turned red and backed up.  I told her that the flag represents the service men and women that risk their lives everyday for our freedom.  She said but the war is over.  I stated the war is never over.  Our freedom is at risk everyday and we can not allow the flag to put away and dusted off when needed.  She tried at that point to insist that I take my flag down or she would have to note the offense.  I said the only offense was her  ignorance.  It is my right as an American to display my flag and that I will.  And with that she walked away.... My Flag is still where it was 10 years ago, there is where it will remain, next to a cross which I hope sends God's protection to all.

One last note: the women who challenged my patriotism displayed an American flag in the main hall way after 911.  I "had" to tell her she had it displayed incorrectly and that it was disrespectful to do so.  The ignorance still continues.

Thanks for letting say THANK YOU!!  GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!
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"We are not a warlike people. Quite the opposite.  We always seek to live in peace.  We resort to force infrequently and with great reluctance, and only after we have determined that it is absolutely necessary.  We are awed by the forces of destruction loose in the world in the nuclear era, but neither can we be naive or foolish. Four
times in my lifetime America has gone to war, bleeding the lives of its young men into the sands of beachheads, the fields of Europe, and the jungles and rice paddies of Asia. We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak.  It is then that tyrants are tempted." --Ronald Reagan
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A Tale of Eight Americans by Thomas D. Segel


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Excerpts from Al Gore's recent speech to the Council on Foreign Relations:  "What is 'evil' anyway? I do not pretend to have the answer to such a question...."
From: http://www.Federalist.com/ God helps us if this guy gets into the White House.
Sgt Grit
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Ron Burto better remove his cranial vault from his rectal orifice. The part where he said John Walker "Put it on the line and got his hands dirty" and "Survivors of those lost at the WTC received massive amounts of government money. Shoveled to them without so much as a request or a  thank you" Ron as one who BTDT, wake up! I don't know where you are getting your info from but you had better get a better source.  Got his hands dirty?  Put it on the line ? IS this your idea of a sick joke?  That is the same as looking at the Nazis and saying they were bad but they put it on the
line and got their hands dirty dealing with the "Jewish Problem" . And as for the other quote, There are families that were devastated by this and have had their loved ones reduced to a monetary figure. I live in NY and have not heard anything but gratitude from people. And if they did bitch  those families have a legit bitch. All this money collected in the name of the families and they are getting only a fraction of it.  Every politician wants to get his fingers in the pie( the latest being Rudy G) Personally I think that they should take ALL the money collected for them and divide it up among the survivors families and be done with it. Get the politicians out of it.   I don't know what your point was or what you were trying to say but it came out alpha foxtrot uniform.  Take the Walker guy and send him back to where they found him . He chose to live there let him live with the consequences of his decision.
John Klein USMC 78-82
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One day at work a gentleman came through my register lane, and had a bit of an accent...which isn't really any surprise in the polyglot society we American's call home...and I asked where he was from.  He said "Kuwait.  Do you know where that is?"  I grinned and said "Of course, anyone who doesn't, hasn't been paying attention to the news in the past few years...My son was in Desert Storm, and in Saudi and Kuwait.  You bet I know where it is.  He's a Marine".  He reached out and took my hand and shook it solemnly and said, "Tell him thank you from my country".  That really wiped me out.

I'm proud of all my kids...so far we've had 2 Marines, two more tried to serve, one in the Navy and one in the Air Force, and had physical reasons that they weren't allowed to, but we have a daughter and son-in-law presently serving as career members in the US Air Force.  God Bless our Kids...wouldn't it be wonderful if in a hundred years, we foolish humans could do away with war...and their grandkids wouldn't know any veterans...because there wouldn't be anymore...

At the end of Herman Wouk's monumental books of Winds of War the comment was made...Mankind must do away with war or war will do away with mankind.  God Bless our guys and gals whether they wear blue, green or navy.  They all belong to US, and I am darned proud of all of them...I'm an Army Air Corps Brat, born while my father was in North Africa, my husband is a Navy Brat, his dad was on Attu (look it up) and I was a Navy Wife, and I am a Marine and Air Force Mom!  God Bless and Keep them.

Jean M. (Honson) Taylor
as told to Christopher D. Taylor
Thank You & Semper Fi,
Christopher D. Taylor
CPL                USMC
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The letter from Ken Hepperle (USMC 75-79) sounds as if it were written by a Poly Si major at Berkley, not a Marine. John Walker stepped over the line in the sand and made a choice not many "Americans" would make. Can you imagine a Marine in Viet Nam siding with Charlie and making it home?  I don't think so!   S/Sgt T.B. Dudley 1962-1970 (Viet Nam 1963 - Yes "63"  1966-67)
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In regards to the email from Sgt Watson,
How sad for you that you lost your family due to your dedication to duty.  Apparently they do not realize what you and the rest of the Devil Dogs and members of the Armed Forces are giving up for them. You may not have your selfish family but you do have the Marine Corps family and you will not lose us.
Semper Fi!
Sgt Charlene Ruiz  86-98
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thanks for serving our wonderful country. my son is currently overseas in the middle east as a marine and we are very proud of all of you. he has spoken many time about the men who have no family support for what they are doing. i am sorry that yours has turned away and know that your heart is heavy but respect you so much for the choices you make.  wish i could email you personally but this will have to do semper fi God Bless you and keep you safe from harm
The Dreyer family
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Rusty,
On this special day, how can any free American ever put into words what our freedom means to us or how truly grateful we are to people like you.  Many do not show it, but let the threat be there, as was the case on 9/11, and their American Pride swells to levels that is unexpected by most of the world.  This is due in large part to silent, honorable people like you who fought to preserve our freedom and the freedom of the world.

So, on days when you are feeling unappreciated and you don't think the average American Citizen appreciates what you did, remember, even though they don't realize it, it is because of brave men, angels of freedom, like you, who they thank when they fly the flag of freedom.
Semper Fi
Mel J. Hemperly
U.S. Marine Corps
Washington DC
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Hey Sgt Grit
  I don't know if you are aware of a morning talk show out of North Carolina called John Boy & Billy ?I think they deserve some recognition on what they are doing for our service men.First of all around Christmas they sent the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt enough of their grillen' sauce for a big Bar BQ along with their beef jerky, Theirs what?5,500 men& women onboard that ship.Thats a lot of sauce & jerky! And if that's not enough, At least once a week they put some of the crew on the radio to say Hi to their Family & Friends I think we should also mention that the TR has broken a record made in WWII, of days spent at sea without a port call, from the way they sound when their on the air morale is high.  My hats off to you! crew of the TR as well as everybody else in the Mean Green Machine! AS well to you
John Boy & Billy
     Semper Fi
    Marine Mike King (77-81)
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Greetings; As a Viet Nam vet, U.S.M.C. 69-70, I believed we fought to keep freedom alive for all. That all Americans will have the freedom to believe as they chose to believe, and to speak their mind, even if it is off the wall to what others believe. John Walker Lindh was afforded that privilege all of his life, yet by his choice, he left the country that gave him a free will, to join a group of freedom destroyers, bent on removing  free choices from others. That move, in itself, makes him an enemy of all  Americans and people that enjoy their freedom. Give John Walker Lindh what he wants, take away all the basic freedoms he would take from us, and bury his sad ass face down, in a pile of camel sh*t, back in the country he chose to fight for. I believe we all must fight for what we truly believe in, and suffer the consequences for our choice. As for me, please bury me in the U.S.A. it has been my choice....
Thomas Childs U.S.Marine and proud. Semper Fi!
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I have a few things to say that you may print, or not.  Just wanted to respond to some of your letters.

No doubt Ken  Happerle is a lawyer.  Probably hoping to defend John Walker Lindh!

About this Lindh - what on earth are his parents like?  Letting this young man go to a foreign country at his age, supporting him in his search for Islam, supporting him in the Taliban, supporting him in El Quaida, and not insisting that he come home?  I am a mother who is so very proud that at age l8 her son joined the Marines and eventually went to Vietnam.  I was devastated, but also very proud and supportive.

At the least, Lindh is guilty of treason, which used to be a death penalty.  No longer.  So let him go to prison.  I personally don't think he would survive in prison.  So whether he gets the death penalty, or prison, or even is released, he is a dead man.

These parents are, in my mind, despicable, permissive, and not to be admired.  They raised this child (and did a very poor job).  I say this as the mother of a Vietnam Marine, proudly!
Joan Whitton

P.S.  John Kovak suggests Lindh should be shown Ground Zero and the media should be there.  The media.  (I don't use caps for the media on purpose)  Does anyone believe the media would condemn him?  Of course not!  The bleeding hearts would eventually manage to make him a poor, misguided saint.

Note: The above is my Mom. Now you know where I get it. Sgt Grit

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Ken Hepperle "USMC 75-79" left my Marine Corps 22, Feb. 2002.
 C.F. IRVINE  2004246
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Mrs Benjamin Worchel,
I read your letter today in this wonderful newsletter of the death of your young husband. I had not heard of the accident at Pendleton, so I was not aware of loosing any more of our fine Marines. I too was a wife at 20 married to a Marine of 21. Your letter touched me so much, you will never know the extent. My Marine and I were married 40 years, and he was to have minor surg. to remove a kidney stone and had a massive heart attack when he was being taken to recovery. He was a 20 year vet, having served in Viet Nam 3 times, so I too was used to him being gone
a lot. He died on June 15, 2000, and I also heard I love you and will see you in a few minutes as his last words to me. In my heart I know he is gone forever but in my mind I keep hoping it is just another tour of duty. I keep waiting for his call saying Honey meet me in San Diego, I'll be home in a few days--but I know that call will never come. Camp Pendleton was our last duty station and we left there in 1975, to start a new life as civilians. I am honored to also have a son who is a Gy/Sgt. stationed in  San Diego with 17 years active duty. He was in Okinawa when his dad died, and I heard someone ask him  at the funeral why he wasn't in uniform and his reply was I AM HERE TO HONOR ONE MARINE, HE IS MY FATHER BUT HE IS ALSO MY BROTHER MARINE AND UNLESS YOU ARE A MARINE YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE CORPS. I only want to say to you Mrs. Worchel, I truly understand your pain and loss and hope someday we will find the peace and serenity knowing the most important person in our lives will be with us again in God's Time.
God Bless and Keep you safe and in His Care.
Sincerely
Jessie La Bouve
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http://www.minibite.com/america/malone.htm
Great song.

http://www.glowingglory.com/hp011114.html
Take a look, here is a patriot.
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Dear Sgt. Grit -- Regarding John Walker: do you recall "The Man Without a Country"? I believe the U.S. should forgo the expense of a trial for Walker.  It isn't worth it and it will only give him an opportunity to be a self-righteous martyr. Why not just send him back to Pakistan, or Afghanistan, or to the Islamic country and Mullah of his choice? Then erase his U.S. citizenship status. He will eventually discover some truths about the world and himself, but it will be too late to realize enlightenment in the only land where he can be free to grow and prosper and be safe. Some decisions should be irrevocable: he made a very serious one to turn his
back on his parents and his country and to wish us harm. Now let him live with the consequences... in lands where the culture is confinement enough.  Jim Jacobs, USMCR (1959-65), Berkeley, CA (where many seriously-grounded
vets and patriots also make their home)
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Abraham Lincoln on how the U.S. will be defeated.

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?-- Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!--All the armies of Europe, Asia and  Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their war chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

 At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die
by suicide.
Al Rabassa
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hey  Sgt Grit..i received my nylon marine corps flag yesterday..i was so surprised i got it that fast..but yea i loved it..i was still in my pj's..got my marine t-shirt on that my son's recruiter gave me..jeans, coat cause it's cold here..walked out to my flag pole..untied the line..hummed the marine hymn..had my own little ceremony putting it up on our pole..ran it up tied it off..what a beautiful flag..we have a light on our pole so it's illuminated everynight..all night..dusk till dawn light..right underneath the American flag..i was surprised that the globe is blue..but i think at this time in  the world it really fits, doesn't it..the world being in a saddened state..there are a few guys that ride by on there bicycles when out exercising from nasa..they asked me where it was..i said the one i had gotten from my son's bootcamp..well it wore out but that i had sent for a new one..they said oohrah..everytime they would ride past the house i would here ..oohrah at the tops of their lungs..i
know there are other marine parents in this little town..but this marine mom is really gung ho..i get teased about the marine bumper stickers on the back of my van..predominantly marine ones..they just don't understand..most civilians don't..well i'm not military..my son is but the town i live in is part of the military community..and we give our all to them..i live near langley va..i also pick up marines at the airport cause the taxi companies think they are rich or something..they charge the boys $45 on up for a cab ride to the bases..well not if i can help it..just thought i would let you know what this marine mom does...thanks for being here...donna in virginia..proud mom of pfc don, motor t, k-bay
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Sgt Water Baffalo or Charlie Tuna,
I too served in Viet Nam amongst the Hippies.  One thing for sure, I was never called a Baby Killer to my face.  Maybe you should have saved those rotten tomatoes for the people who offended you and not the innocent.  Search and Destroy missions don't  always have names and faces on them, babies included.  I did pull the trigger.  You call yourself Former Marine, I call myself MARINE.
Sgt Hargett
D 1/5  67-68
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Gunny
The body of 2 NYPD officers were pulled from the rubble at the WTC site recently.  The body of Michael Curtin, a Sgt. with NYPD's Emergency Services Unit who responded to the WTC, and was missing and presumed dead after the
collapse of the buildings.  Michael Curtin was also a Marine Reservist with Fox Co. 2nd Bn 25th Marines, and was attached to 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Gunny Curtin is one of many former Marines who perished in the incident.  Anyone who has any information, or knew him, please visit my web site and contact me.
Semper Fi,
Ken
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First I want to commend you on a fine newsletter.
Keep up the good work.

A former Marine Ken Hepperle wrote a very intelligent letter in this issue more or less defending "Taliban Johnny." He accosted people for NOT reading the constitution and not knowing that the President cannot declare war without the permission of Congress.  He was right.....as far as he went.
He failed to do ALL of his homework and reading.  He forgot to read the War Powers Act of l973.  Sec.2 Par.(c) item,#3 which is as follows.:

"SEC. 2. (c)
The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."

If memory serves me correctly New York and Washington DC are in fact part of the United States and the Pentagon is a military establishment.

Now good ol' John Walker, Taliban Johnny, TRAITOR Johnny was not only a member of the Taliban but also trained with Al Qaeda.  That makes him not only part of the Taliban military structure but also an Al Qaeda terrorist. He knew of the Al Qaeda attitude toward the United States. He not only agreed with the attack of the USS Cole but also with the attack on the Trade Center and the Pentagon. And since it was common knowledge that US Special Operations troops were intermingled with the Northern Alliance he is guilty of fighting against Americans also.

I acknowledge that Johnny was born with the rights of an American citizen.  I also believe the moment he picked up an AK-47 and willingly walked into an Al Queda training camp that he forfeited those rights.  Now he is to be afforded all of those rights that he cast to the wind?
Unf'ingbelievable!!!

Nice try at defense Ken, but you get a "maggies drawers". I also have to wonder if there is some part of "Semper Fidelis" that you do not understand. In my day you would be what we called a "Standard 10 percenter".  I also suggest that YOU do a bit more study of the Constitution and laws of the land before YOU point out to people how ignorant THEY are.

One thing that really depresses me is that, if he gets a prison term, not only was he part of an organization that succeeded in killing 2,800+ innocent American citizens but the rest of us will have to pay for him to live the rest of his miserable life.  Semper Fi
Dennis "Gunny Dunc" Duncan
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Ken Hepperle makes an eloquent plea for not prejudging John Walker.  Mr. Hepperle closes his defense of Walker by saying that Walker should be tried by a jury of his peers.  I agree.  Walker's peers are Afghans.  Let them try this traitorous piece of puke who renounced ties with the USA and now seeks to hide behind the protection of our constitution.  Speaking of which, Walker actions were hostile acts against the U.S., including whatever participation he had in the death of our Marine brother at the prison.
Semper Fi,
Bob Rader sgt 53-56
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You might find this interesting. I got off active duty in 1971. I
was just in Phoenix on vacation. I had a red jacket with me. I was at a flea market in Apache Junction when I came upon a booth selling patches. One was the Marine Corps circle emblem. The owner was wearing a navy Retired patch on his blue jacket.   I asked the man put a marine patch on my jacket. He asked me if I wanted the Marine Corps one or the Marine Corps Retired one. I just laughed and said "There are no retired Marines, some of us are just not on active duty." He laughed and said he was a Navy Corpsman that served with a Marine unit in Korea. He also said the Army, Navy and Air Force non active duty people all want the retired patches, but he can't give away the Marine ones. When I wore my jacket home I was greeted by two Army Security people at the Airport security check point with a salute and a thanks. I also met another marine getting on the plane. he also reads your E-mail and gets choked up.

Cpl. Jerome E. Vogel
Not Active and not retired!
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Hello Sgt
 I am a Marine wife and I have to tell you .I feel like strangling Ken Hepperle  Johnnie dirt lost his rights when he picked up arms for another country has anyone looked at their passport lately he should be in Cuba with the rest of the inhuman pieces of crap Ken did you not see Mike Spann's (forgive me if I spelled that wrong ) wife bend over and say SEMPER FI my love That killed me I will never forget that and he shouldn't either.
SharonMartino
New York
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"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation."
--Douglas MacArthur

Regarding the above quote, I'm sure one of our founding fathers must have written it first. MacArthur himself could not have been that profound!!!
Paul C. Shivley
Corporal of Marines 1960/1964

Thanks and God Bless America
PCS
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Sgt. Grit:
This reply is directed to the bizarre post by a Russell D. Vitale who asked to be taken off your e-mail list.  He asserted that he served from Oct. 68 to Oct. 70 and was a "SSgt."  He claims that we are treating the prisoners at GITMO below Marine and American standards, and that he "lost his humor in war."  I could care less if he doesn't want to be on your newsletter list, but any of us who served in the Corps in those days knows with absolute certainly that he did not make staff sergeant in two years. Such a claim
raises serious questions about his service.  Many of us lost our childhood sense of humor and more as the result
of war, but we also gained friends, wisdom, and the sense of earning our citizenship in ways that others have not. We grew up the hard way under fire, but that doesn't mean that we haven't gone on with our lives, that we haven't gained a more mature  sense of humor, or that we love our country any less. And as to his statement about the treatment of prisoners at GITMO, that tells me he has never read about the unspeakably inhumane treatment of American POWs in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.  As for treatment below "Marine and American standards", the prisoners in GITMO are receiving better food, medical care, and shelter than
any prisoners I have ever seen or read about. They are not being tortured, starved, frozen, denied water, or denied medical or dental care. I suggest that Mr. Vitale should  ponder the vicious torture and murder of Daniel Pearl by Al-Qaeda butchers instead.

John Fears
1st Lt.
USMC - 10 Sep. 1968 - 1 Dec. 1971

(Since this was written we can add a Navy Seal to the list.)
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I just wanted to make a few comments. I just read again the comment that the so called former Marine made regarding the fact that he was appalled of the treatment that the terrorists were receiving in Cuba. His name being Vitale, and spent 2 years in the Marine Corps from 68-70. I find it very hard to believe he calls himself a former Marine. I am sick of hearing about the rights of our criminals. We  put them in jails and provide them with every imaginable type of drug, including valium, vicodin, clonopin, darvon,
prozac, remeron, zyprexa, etc, just to name a few. We also provide them with expensive exercise equipment, and allow them the right to sue if they don't like the food. My suggestion, bring all of our troops home, and let our under paid police officers stay home for as long as they want, with pay.  How dare all the bleeding heart idiots yell "the child rapist, the cold blooded killers have rights". The only right they have is to a new rope.  Yes, my son is a Marine, and he is putting his life on the line for this country of ours. The degeneracy this country protects is disgusting. Look
at our VA hospitals. Criminals get better care, FACT. Do our bleeding hearts whine about that? NO! If Walker is a poor misguided person, then so is the one who masterminded the September 11th attack.  I am proud to say my son is a Marine. And for him, along with every other person who has the courage and honor to stand for integrity, I pray this country doesn't fall.
Nancy

I think see knows my Mom. Sgt Grit
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Hi,
My sister sent me a copy of your newsletter -- that had quite a few commentaries on John Walker.  My personal take on the matter is that John Walker is a young man still in search of his ideology, and that he had no reason to think of his association with the Taliban as a betrayal to the United States -- because Bush gave OVER $100 MILLION to the Taliban.  The wrong person is being tried for TREASON.  Your quotes lead me to suspect you have come to the same conclusion.  I have KNOWN it since 9-11.
Take care,
Roz Hill

Note: Stalin and Hitler were searching for ideology also. We gave Stalin aid, to defeat Hitler. I believe the funding to
      the Taliban was to help defeat the Russians.
      (Calm down Mom.)  Sgt Grit

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Re: Korean Marine gets Purple Heart I don't know about that but the way you put it just did not sound right....My husband suffered a head wound, Lost part of his left wrist and has a leg hip that turns out due to wounds. All of this has caused complications such as he can no longer turn his neck or use his left hand and due to his Diabetes his hip turning out causes him to have to wear special shoes to keep sores off his feet. He is 55 so I think his wounds make The Purple Heart pretty darn important.
Creatures wife
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I would like to inform you that yet another Iwo Jima survivor has passed away.  USMC  Sgt.Frank Brock born March 5, 1925, died February 16, 2002, at age 76.  I believe that his time on Iwo and in the marines was the most impactful time of his life. He has three sons and countless others that love him and will miss him very much.

I'm writing this letter because he would have wanted his name added to an appropriate list of those that survived and those that died for there country and the freedoms that we hold so precious. He was a good father, a good American and a great Marine.
thank you,
Walter Frank  Kenneth
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Sgt:
I read Ron Burton's commentary, got pissed, put it aside. Something made me read it again, and then again.

At first I thought it was 'sour grapes'.  But after reading it a few times more, he' s got one helluva point.  I can  see where he's coming from.  Our VA Clinic here in Port Richey, Florida is so damn crowded on a good day cars are parked on the lawn.  On a bad day, the Vets don't even bother stopping for their appointments.

To top it all I pick up the paper today and read that the average family of the civilians who died in the attacks will receive $1.78 million in addition to life insurance and/or pension bucks might be due because of his/her death. And to top it all the contributions have not stopped!  They're coming in at the rate $81,000.00 per day!  No wonder Ron Burton is pissed!  He has to deal with non-English speaking Doctors Plus he's on the receiving end of a ration of sh*t!......He doesn't say, but I would guess He's a 'Nam vet, seriously wounded when there, and damn, he's just gotta be a Marine!  Jane Fonda, I'd like to spit on her grave.  John Walker...They should have found him after the fly's found
him......

Beat the patriotic drum, Sgt,  I for one get chills when I hear that haunting sound...
Semper Fi, Semper.
Chuck Sarges, USMC 54-57
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Just a small piece of information that I read on the net....did you know that Osama is actually correctly spelled Usama..............wonder how he feels to have USA to start his name??????
A Marine Mom
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Eight of our service members and three of our Afghan allies were killed in the action -- including Navy SEAL Neil Roberts who was captured by al Qaeda forces and later executed. (Alas, no outcry from the Leftmedia, who have complained about the treatment of non-POW terrorists at Gitmo....)
The Federalist [mailer@federalist.com]
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I was just reading Yahoo news and the San Antonio
Express newspaper. You know what upsets me?
People with absolutely nothing to do with their
lives, so they complain on how the U.S. is treating
the prisoners or "Detainees" from Afghanistan.

Do you know why they are complaining? They see
a picture on the news or the internet and they see
someone who is shackled and blindfolded and
walking with two armed guards behind razor wire.
This picture tells them they are treated unfairly.

Here is what I see....

I see a thin, sickly looking! person who under severe
mental duress from being bombed, was cleaned up,
given a haircut to prevent infestation of parasites,
and given new clothes and shoes to wear. I see a
person who is given three notorious meals per day
and a bed to sleep in in a tropical climate, not the
cold desert floor of Afghanistan, eating worms,
bugs, and goat. I see a person who will be able to
get relief from their pains and illnesses without
paying a dime for medical expenses. They will get
rest, educated, and their mental stress levels will
have dropped tremendously because they were
taken out of a combat area and will not be shot
at again.

I see these people blindfolded and shackled behind
razor wire. I have the intellectual ability to understand
why they are this way. For those that do not ! have this
ability, let me explain it to you. They are blindfolded to
protect OUR U.S. SOLDIERS from further harm. These
people can not plan to destroy something if they can not
see it. They are shackled because these same people
have proven they will easily give up their lives to kill
just ONE AMERICAN. We are protecting their life as
well as our own. The razor wire is a mental deterrent,
just like the little alarm company warning signs most of
you out there have on your home, but don't have the
actual alarm system. You would think many times over
before actually trying to cross that razor wire.
For all of you people out there thinking how bad
these poor detainees have it under such strict guard,
you need to do a lot more thinking about other things
in your life.

I was born! on September 11th, 1966, and every birthday
I have from now on will never be a happy one.
Why, do you ask? Because as I am out somewhere trying
to have a nice dinner, someone will have a candle or a
ribbon or something, crying about the anniversary of a
national tragedy. And then I will think, about how
insignificant my one little birthday actually is compared
to everything else that had happened on that one day.

It boggles my mind that there are actually people out
there in this world, in leadership positions, head of
companies that actually think that we are doing
something wrong when it comes to protecting our
nation and our people.

These same people will be the first ones to complain
about something that happens to them when they are
vacationing outside this country. ! They will ask why the
U.S. does not do anything about their misfortune.
These are the same people that complain about taxes
and how bad their lives actually are.

If you receive this email, please pass it on to everyone
in your address book. I am not afraid or ashamed to
speak my peace. I am an American, my father fought
for this country, and was willing to die for it.

Dr. Steven Tomaselli
Uvalde, Texas
United States of America
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"Denying the existence of evil is so convenient for the cowardly, so effortless for the lazy, and so uninvolving for the indifferent."
--David C. Stolinsky

"Conscience is the most sacred of all property." --James Madison

"Half-heartedness never won a battle." --William McKinley

"Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another." -- Charles Caleb Colton

"Put none but Americans on guard tonight." --George Washington

"In the long-run every government is the exact symbol of its people, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, like people, like government." --Thomas Carlyle

"Truth, honor, and integrity have always been the cornerstone of the United States armed force's core values." --Dexter Ingram

"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." (Proverbs 13:20)
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God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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