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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #31

"An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens." --Thomas Jefferson


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I'm sure there's been plenty of input about the impending
war with Iraq.  As an active duty Marine in an infantry
platoon, I know that if our Corps is sent, I will be in
harm's way.  I am not eager to leave my wife and children
behind to go and do this task.  But I know that someone must.  Many people today lose sight of the fact that our men and women in service of our country are here to do a certain job.  It's a dirty, horrible, violent job.  "But somebody's got to do it."  Well, I guess I'm one of the men to do it.  If my nation calls, I'll go in a heartbeat.  Why?  Because that's what I do.  I don't get paid much to do it, but I've re-enlisted a few times now to keep doing it.  I know what the cost may be.  I don't care.  I love being able to say
that I'm a United States Marine.  Not many people in our
nation can say that.  That makes us special.  That also
makes us a valuable commodity.  Shame on the citizens of
this nation that fail to realize what a valuable asset
they have at their disposal.  I've sworn to give my life,
if need be, to defend their right to assemble and demonstrate against whatever they want to.  However, it will be another sad day in our history if this nation does not stand behind it's own men and women that may be sacrificing their lives because their nation calls.  God bless America, and long live the Marines.
SSgt John Pierce
1st Tank Bn, AT/TOW Plt
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Hey Sgt. Grit,
Being in the Marines (MCAS YUMA (87-93) Crash Crew) I Learned about Lots of Training, Respect, and Teamwork. and how if you want something done right Ask a Marine to Do it... We went to Iraq to handle the situation once and Succeeded to Stop Saddam in his tracks, This time We will go over there and finish the job, by removing him from existence,   Our Marines are Trained to do the job and given the chance they will do the Job well, I just hope that Our government Will give us the All Clear to use what ever force we need to Do Accomplish our Mission.

Your News letter brings the Green back in All of us Thanks.
Once a Marine Always A Marine!!! Semper Fi Forever
SGT. Michael Feustel, USMC CFR-Yuma
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My, oh my, where do I start. I want to enter the small
conflict between J.J. Gugliotta and apparently the rest
of the world . I am for the reengineering of Iraq into
either a parking lot or a huge glowing lava lamp. Cpl
Gugliotta has not said he is against a war, he just wants
to be absolutely sure that we are going in the right
direction and in a timely fashion. He Just wants clarification and I am sure that if the president's decision was to go to war and go in and get it over with.....J.J. Gugliotta would be there and ready to go.

You see, I was in Viet Nam with Gugliotta (so was Sgt Grit).  His patriotism has never once been questioned to my knowledge.  Hell, He has just got a different opinion and asked for some clarification .I truly Believe he is misguided on this (sorry Goog) but I have no doubt that if called upon his aim would be straight and true . Although I have not worn the uniform in over 28 years, I would trust my life ,and my country to Gugliotta. He has proven himself in combat and he deserves to be heard. He has questioned the president .....but He has never deserted his duty.
Besides, it busts me up to hear him referred to as
"verbose" and "a windy pacifist".
SSGT D.J. Huntsinger
68-74.USMC
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Dear Sgt. Grit:
As one of those poor souls who receives dozens of worthless emails every day, I always make a point of saving your newsletter to read as time permits.  What a great cross-section of this country makes up our Marine Corps -- past and present.  In response to the debate over the use of "ex", "former", etc., I asked you in an earlier email what other branches of the service sit around and
argue about.  I have since been reminded of what my senior drill instructor told all of us the night before graduation -- "You have earned the title "Marine" -- it is yours for life, and no one can take it away from you."
Regards-- Marty Monnat
Sgt, 1st & 2nd Radio Bn., 1972- 1977
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"An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of
power over his fellow citizens." --Thomas Jefferson
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Sgt. Grit, I was just reading American Courage newsletter #30 written by Soul Vike regarding the so-called  "Bashing" of other branches of the Armed Forces and finally had to say something.  I work with another officer in my department and he was a "Doggie".  We joke about it all the time.  He calls me names like "Jar head" and thinks it's an insult of some sort.  I just say "Thanks". We are close friends.  I also work with two teachers at my school who were in the Navy.  We ALWAYS joke around with each other like that (Jarhead and Squid) and we are the best of friends.  In one of my past submissions to your newsletter, I referred to a former Chief of another department as an Air Force "Zoomie".  While he and I never really got along, he did tell me that he had absolute respect for the Marines when he was in Viet Nam.  To put it in a nut shell, rivalry has always existed between the branches of our military and always will.  And to those who disagree, that's your choice!  I have three words for you "GET OVER IT!"
Daniel Miller
0311 '74-'76
Not as lean, Just as mean, Still a MARINE!
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I live in a small suburb approx.20-mi.east of San Antonio Tx. and the majority of all the neighbors are all military from Randolf AFB.  The majority of all the houses had the American Flags waving after 9-11; but now you can count the number of houses displaying the flags in one hand....people the war is still going on.
DOMTREV
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Here is a reminder of just how deep and wide spread the
sacrifices are that protect our freedom and safety.
Sgt Grit

Hey Sgt. Grit,
First off I have to say this is a great newsletter.  However, there is just one thing I have to ask.  Why is there hardly ever the mention of us brats?  I'm a Marine Corps brat and proud of it, I don't mind one bit everything my dad did and my mom had to do and all the sacrifices.   sure I had to change schools more often than the average kid, learn a different language or two and have to make and leave friends.  But it seems like no one really ever thinks about us outside of our parents and some of the programs on base.  What about on here?  I was always curious if any of ya'll ever felt that way.  My dad never really said anything about it.  I really just kind of sucked it up and went along with it.  Had to be the "man" of the house.  My sister however, man I remember when we moved to NC her senior year. God almighty did she blow up like the fourth of July.  I don't think I ever heard that many swear words come out of my dads mouth.

On here I always see the Marine wives (like my mom) saying how they had to pack up the house in 4 days, well so did we.  How they had to miss Christmas' and other holidays and anniversaries because their husbands were overseas, well we had to miss out on those too, our birthdays and things like that.  The first time we walked the first time we talked our dads were maybe not there. mine wasn't, but mom did the smart thing like she always did, sent him videos of me and my sister. Most of our parents missed out on our first t-ball games and dates and school plays.  I know that had to be incredibly hard on them.  People just don't realize sometimes I think how much the brats have had to give up in their lives too.  We know it isn't their faults they couldn't be there for our first flu or even when we were born.  And we know it was hard as hell on them to miss it too.  It's a giant circle of regrets sometimes.  But it's also even more special when they come home, you appreciate it more, you love it more, you take more out of it.  You can show your mom or dad what you learned in school and things like that.  I was just wondering if you guys ever told your kids thank you for
giving up as much as they did.

I kind of see it as a win lose situation.  Sure we got to see the world and travel, but we also had to miss out on some great friendships, opportunities, homes, ya know those things you can own and put paint on the walls in?  I know this is sounding like I'm bi*ching about being a brat, but I'm not really.  was just curious if there were any of us brats that read this letter or something.  I could have joined the Marines, but I didn't.  Not because I don't like it, not because I was afraid of putting my kids through moving over and over and over again.  But because my dad worked his a** off to put me and my sister through college.

I don't know why I wrote this much but I guess I just felt like it. I just wanted to let you guys know that even now its worth the hug when you say thanks for giving up so much in your life and not making the biggest stink out of it.  lol I dunno, I just have to say spend a lot of quality time with your kids, it makes it more worth it.  Brighton
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"Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens." --George Mason
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I see the factions beginning to form, and it brings an icy chill to my soul as I watch the anti-war protesters start up their "can't we just get along" slogans.  They don't seem to realize that there is a nation out there willing to invest the kind of time and money to create chemical, biological, and radiological weapons of mass destruction that would make C-BIRF run screaming for cover; that there are groups out there who would be willing to pop one of these WMDs and endure the consequences if it meant that they could wipe out the entire population of even one of our small cities (imagine the media frenzy when we woke up to find Corona, California, or Keyport, Washington, or Londonderry, New Hampshire nothing but a ghost town full of no one but the dead...); and that the borders of our country are about as porous as Swiss cheese, with countless locations that a well prepared cell could slip in and exploit.  And there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of sources to explain to these folks that there comes a time to put aside the kid gloves and put on the 500 pound gorilla suit. We're dealing with a foe who is not restricted to a single country, is not bound by the conventional rules of warfare, and believes that they have a mandate from God. There comes a time when you have to prove to the world that there are certain actions for which there is too high a price, and one of them is the contemplation of initiating a terrorist attack on the United States of America.  I dunno, brothers and sisters...
Semper Fi,
Sgt. B.
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"They [the Bill of Rights] are as clear as the Ten
Commandments.... Herein are the sentinels which guard the doors of every home from invasion of coercion, intimidation and fear.  Herein is the expression of the spirit of men who would forever be free." --Herbert Hoover
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"What Saddam Hussein is doing is nothing new. Hitler played all these kinds of games during the 1930s, while he was building up his military forces until he reached the point when he was ready to strike. He understood that he needed to buy time above all and that, when he became powerful enough, many would see the futility of resistance.  The same kinds of people in the West who refused
to see the crucial importance of time in the 1930s are today saying that we should 'wait until' this or that happens before we take military action 'as a last resort.'  ...Maybe it would be useful to see how this game was played by Hitler, in order to understand why time is crucial.  Germany's ability to attack other nations in Europe was stifled by a treaty which required them to station no troops in their own industrial center in the Rhineland. This meant that, if Germany attacked any other country, French troops could easily seize German industry and paralyze its economy.  ...After Hitler took the desperate gamble in 1936 of sending troops into the Rhineland, in violation of this treaty, ...[t]hose who deal with the gritty life and death choices of the real world as if they were discussing abstract questions around a seminar table said that Hitler had 'just gone into his own backyard.' Other nations station their troops anywhere they want, inside their own borders, why not Germany?  By the time they realized why not, Hitler had devastated half the continent and had come within a hair of destroying Britain. ...Caution is sometimes the most dangerous policy. And this looks like one of those times today." --Thomas Sowell
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I cannot help but notice that many of my Marine brothers are growing louder and more shrill in an effort to rebut comrades who do not totally agree with them as to the  course our commander in chief has rightly or wrongly set us on concerning Iraq.  If memory serves, and it may not at my age, I seem to recall that one writer was advised to surrender his earned title and distinction of "U. S. Marine."  What happened to once a Marine?  And in too many case the patriotism, knowledge and intelligence of the writers, fellow Marines all, has been impugned. THAT IS NOT ONLY WRONG IT IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE in
a band of brothers and sister.  The issue is not what you
think but how you behave when the time comes;
remember Sgt. Alvin York?

More to the point I recall that prior to WW 2 there was an
organization on many college campuses called the Veterans of FUTURE Wars with members who vowed they would never fight in a foreign war.  On December 7, however, the majority of them stood tall and served.  My point is that stifling discussion and debate is UN American and they who argue the loudest and call the most names are not always correct. Name callers seem to forget  that if we all think alike none of us think very much and this is indeed a time for serious thought.

For the record,  if this were 1940 and we were going down the road to Iraq I would probably be in that VFW and like the guys who were when we went to war I would go with alacrity.  But do not dare call me less of a MARINE for my opinions because no one can take that title from me simply because I do not think like him.

CHUCK  IN PITTSBURGH
active reserve '53 to '56
First Bn First Marines '56 to '58
active reserve '60 to '64
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"Appeasement wins applause for its ethical posturing and
non-belligerency; and even when the corpses later pile up
it rarely earns the disgust it deserves for getting
thousands killed. ...Like communism and socialism, the
rhetoric of appeasement focuses on the pretense of
human kindness and brotherhood, never on the calculus
of the dead to come." --Victor Davis Hanson
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Sgt Grit,
Just read your latest News Letter, it is good to see so many Marines, active, retired, etc speaking there mind.  It is good to hear from Marines, especially if we ate the same dirt.  After reading this last issue (#30) a saying came to mind that I have always been told was written on a C-Ration Case found at Ka Shan, RVN.  I have had that saying in my mind since I heard of it in the 70's and have one of those fabulous bumper stickers available from http://www.grunt.com/ (small plug), which I delight in watching people read and the expression on their faces when they finally get it.  "For those who fight for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know"
Richard N. King
 GySgt USMC (ret)
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"All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
So tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins.
And children, if your parents haven't been teaching you what it means to be an American, let 'em know and nail 'em on it.  That would be a very American thing to do." --Ronald Reagan
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     I live just outside of Rochester and have been to both
of the "Tattoos"  I served 6 years in the Army and presently
my son is in the Marine Corps with the 11th MEU. Yes in Kuwait.  I always like to hear from him but after what happened there I was more than overjoyed to hear his voice.  My heart goes out CPL Sledd's mom.  I can't even think of any words to say.  Sorry just doesn't cut it.  So I would like to thank the Marines who made the way and thank the Marines who are following the way.  My son at 21 has seen more than I have in my life time.  When I tell him I'm worried about him he tells me mom I'm safe remember I'm a Marine and we have a band of brothers here like no other brothers.  So as I don't know all those brothers I feel as I do because they are also Marines.  Sorry guys for just rambling but I needed to get that out but really cant think of the words to say.  I now have a Blue Star Banner in my window.  And cant wait for him to get home. Although he is thinking of re-enlisting.
Way to go CPL Lippens P.J USMC
Marine Mom Andrea
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"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms." --Thomas Jefferson
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I don't usually reply to posts in newsletters, but I have to
respond to SoulVike in the last newsletter. I think many people misunderstand the rivalry between the Corps and the rest of our military branches. I have never heard any Marine say he or she was a better person than a soldier, sailor or airman, only that WE feel we work and train harder, are more intensely focused on our responsibilities, are more willing to do whatever we have to do to adapt/improvise/overcome, and that to us small details can be a big clue as to a persons character and mindset. The way Marines feel about themselves in relation to the army/navy/air force is somewhat similar to a family dynamic. WE can pick on the other branches as much as we want to, but let someone else who isn't part of our military family start aiming taunts or insults at our
military brothers and you will see why 'First to Fight' is
so true of our behavior. In my workplace there is a large
percentage of former military, probably 50 to 60 army/navy/ air force/etc, and there are 5 of us Marines. We know we have the rest of them outnumbered and tell them so on a regular basis. You might think this would be divisive, but in reality it reminds us that although we have many differences they are outweighed by our common denominator which is "...will support and defend the Constitution... against all enemies, foreign and domestic...will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...so help me God."
Elizabeth Self Tribelli
CINCPAC HQ
FMFPAC, 80-84
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"...[The specter] our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to
face is that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and appeasement does not give you a choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender.  We are told that the problem is too complex for a simple answer. They are wrong. There is no easy answer, but there is a simple answer. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right, and this policy of accommodation asks us to accept the greatest possible immorality."
--Ronald Reagan
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Sgt. Grit,
I work for the local Telephone Company here in Tennessee. A few weeks ago I was discussing a circuit trouble on the phone with another technician in Kentucky. During the Conversation he asked what time the Failure had occurred and I instinctually told him 2145, he said "what time is that I was a Draft Dodger in the Sixties". Well hearing this I got extremely Angry and let him know exactly how worthless I thought he was. True to his yellow form he hung up on me and refused to answer the phone as I repeatedly attempted to call him back. This was on a Saturday Evening and I was sure that my Big Boss would want to discuss my actions so I sat down and wrote out what I wanted to say come Monday morning. As I began to write, it dawned on me that I did not regret one word that I had said and if given the chance again I would have done the same thing.  Anyway my Boss never called me in to his office on Monday and I never heard another word about the situation again. But looking back on those words that I wrote, they still hold true. Here is what I had written in my defense if I was to be called into my Boss's office.

"Just because he did not go it did not end there.
Someone, Somewhere had to go in his place. That Someone very well may not have made it back and their name is now etched in stone on a lonely wall in Washington D.C. A little girl or little boy may very well have had to grow up without a Daddy, a Mother without a Son, a Brother without a Sibling, a Wife without a Husband, a Friend without a Friend.  For that Someone I have the Utmost Respect and Admiration as I fight back tears in my eyes because it makes me proud to know that, that
unknown someone unselfishly gave his life for someone else's way of life. And I will Forever Honor our Veterans and their sacrifice that so many of them gave and continue to give. But I have never, do not now, or will ever give a Flying F*** about a Low Life Draft Dodging SOB that thinks he is too good to serve America when she calls".
Troy W. Marcy
U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion 7th Marines
Proud to have served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Restore Hope.
5 June 1989 - 4 June 1994
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In Reply to Faith (Proud mom of a great Marine) Newsletter # 30

      I think most Marines, and certainly all Marine moms'
can understand the great apprehension you have for your son's well-being. Your concerns are no greater nor lesser than the mothers of all servicemen past, present and future. While you mention this is not the 1700's and we are not fighting for freedom, you must be aware that we are indeed defending the freedom those very patriots gave their lives for.

      You worry about the possible loss of many innocent lives.  You must not forget the World Trade Center and the actual loss of those innocent lives.  Why go to Iraq you ask.  The answer is to prevent Sept 11 from happening again and again.

      You refer to American oil interests, and the part they play in an Iraqi invasion. I don't think any serious examination into that suggestion would prove anything other than a desperate agenda to besmirch an
honorable president and vice president.  I doubt you could find may military personnel believing a word of what the opposition leadership would lead you to believe regarding that.  And no, the rich send no one to battle.  Honorable and brave young men and women, volunteer for the privilege of serving this great nation of ours.  They are willing to go into harms way to defend our freedoms.

      Finally Faith, I would have you consider the following.  You can be secure in one thought.  Unlike some, we have a Commander in Chief that honors and values the life of each and every member of our Armed Services.  What ever occurs in our country's future, our Armed Services, and your US Marine totally trust and respect G.W. Bush, and know he will provide the necessary tools for them to safely succeed, and not risk one American life irresponsibly as in Somalia.
                                                      Sgt. J.A. Nevius
                                                      U.S.M.C 65-
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"...[T]he United States
has a fundamental choice to make in confronting rogue states, dictators developing weapons of mass destruction, and global terrorism: Either we act aggressively to shape the world and change regimes where necessary, or we accept living in a world in which our very existence is contingent on the whims of unstable tyrants." --William Kristol and Gary Schmitt
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Sgt. Grit,
Although I support much of the thrust of John Eslin's response to J.J. Gugilotta's comments, one comment prompts me to write.  He remarks, "Dick Cheney and Colin Powell have a lot of combat experience."  In fact, Colin Powell is the only one in the upper levels of the administration with combat experience.  The President served with the Texas Air National Guard with
no combat experience. Dick Cheney had two student deferments from the draft. Donald Rumsfeld was a Navy flight instructor in the mid '50's. Tom Daschle served three years in the Air Force with SAC.  Trent Lott has no military experience.  Dennis Hastert has no military experience.  Condolezza Rice has no military experience.  Paul Wolfowitz had a student deferment from the draft. Although all agree that Saddam is the #1 bad*ss and needs to be encouraged to find another line of work, it
seems that the folks who have walked the walk, Colin Powell and many former and active duty military folks with combat experience, are less eager to send others into combat as the first priority.
J. Cotton, Major, USMC (Ret.)
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"In this era of nonjudgmental mush, too many Americans have become incapable of facing the brutal reality of unprovoked hatred, based on envy, resentment and ultimately on a vicious urge to lash out against others for the pain of one's own insignificance. That has been a common thread in things as disparate as ghetto riots, two world wars, and now Islamic terrorism." --Thomas Sowell
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Sgt Grit I just wanted to reply to Bradlee Woodward's request for information on the Transportation Security Administration's contact information for the airport screeners job. All he has to do is go to
www.tsa.gov and click on the employment link on the port side of the web page and then on to the link for security screeners
and then he can select from one of the different levels of security screeners and apply right online it might take a while and a lot of scrolling to find the airport that he is looking for.And if for some reason he can not find what he is looking for online have him give the TSA a call at the following number 1 (877) 631-5627.
Semper Fi Marines
SGT "OSCAR"
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"It is a great mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." --Benjamin Franklin
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Simple quote: " Those who ignore history, are destined to repeat it."

If we have ever learned anything from history, we should know that we can't ignore a problem and hope it will go away on its own, or it will somehow reach some level of satisfaction with what it has accomplished already and stop on its own.  WWII was not that long ago.  We proved that it did not go away, after the Gulf War some ten years ago.

"Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way."

While I'm on a roll, scott ritter is in the ranks of Hanoi jane, only worse.  He is a traitor to a Nation and the Corps.

Jim Doud, Sgt., Marine since 1973.
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Whose Country Is This?

    Why do we have to be afraid to visit our nations parks
and other national shrines? Are we to have our countrys'
treasures held hostage by any terrorist, real or imagined,
foreign or national?  The most powerful Navy in the world;
Our Navy, and the Department of Parks & Recreation have
seen fit to close to the public, one our most revered and
dearest national treasures. The "U.S.S. CONSTITUTION" or "Old Ironsides"; is the oldest continuously commissioned vessel in the U.S Navy, and she has now been relegated to a sideline show, fit for public viewing only from afar, no more going on board. The powers that be, have determined, "We don't want her and the public to be subjected to any "Terroristic threats."  Let's get real people, what are we as a Nation going to do next, shut down the "White House, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, Mt Vernon, or how about shutting down or closing off The Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone National Park, and don't forget "The Alamo.  Each one of these monuments is a part of "This Nation" a part of "Her Heritage", and what's more important, they are "Our Heritage", for, they do belong to each and every
one of us. What was it the president told us after 9/11?,
"Continue to do what is normal as a country, do not be
afraid. How can a group of fanatics dictate to us, a nation
of over 275 million plus people the what, where, or how we
are going to do something?  If we do shut down these
treasures to public access, then we as a nation have given
tacit agreement to the terrorists, we have accepted their
silent or spoken demands upon us, they have frightened us
into doing their bidding. As a proud citizen of the most
powerful and freest country in the world my family and I
will continue to go and visit OUR NATIONAL TREASURES and no terrorist is going to stop me.  Because AMERICA belongs to US, not them.
John R. Wright, CPL.
U.S.M.C.  66/70
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"In Iraq they don't have hanging chads, they just have hangings." --Colin Powell
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Dear Sgt. Grit;
I thought this would be an appropriate time to share a true & heartwarming story of a young dedicated Marine & American 'boy'.  Appropriate because of the new refreshing spirit of American patriotism following the events of 09/11 & the spirit of enthusiasm for professional sports in this country.

My husband, Richard, who is unassuming, proud & dedicated to integrity, honor and patriotism had a choice to make many years ago. I will share his remarkable story because I am proud of him & the countless thousands of young men who made similar decisions at such a young age. Richard, I am certain will not object if I share his story.

Richard was a star athlete and excelled in many sports in high school.  However, his passion was soccer. He more than excelled in soccer.  Following many awards and local newspaper write-ups, Richard had the honor of being chosen to try out for the US Olympic soccer team for the 1968 Olympics which was being held in Mexico City. Richard not only made the effort, he was chosen to be one of the 24 Olympic Soccer team members.  Richard never had a father growing up & he remembers how proud his
mother, Lola, was when an attorney & Olympic soccer coach visited his home in California. This was in the summer of 1967, the Olympics were to be televised world wide the following summer of 1968. Richard was also offered a 4 year college scholarship funded through an athletic scholarship.  Richard also knew his country was involved in a bitter conflict 10,000 miles away in Viet Nam. On Richard's 18th birthday, he rode his bicycle to a Marine recruiters office 10 miles away and enlisted. Although he
fully realized his mother would be heartbroken & his college scholarship would be revoked & he would also  surrender the privilege of participating in the Olympics, Richard told me, it was an easy choice.  He said proudly, "my country needs me, I am choosing patriotism over profit." He said he could not feel comfortable, nor proud if he 'bathed' in the luxury of the Olympics & professional soccer in Europe. (he was offered in try out for a professional English soccer team as well), while his country needed him.  This young patriotic American made a choice he is still proud of today.  He served 4 proud years in the Marines. He still has letters he received while he was serving in Viet Nam from his Olympic 'soccer' buddies from Mexico City 1968. Richard proudly displays a framed photo of his Marine Viet Nam friends next to a framed photo of his soccer teammates. Richard
& I will join other Marines this November 10th for the Marine Corps ball, & Richard will once again proudly wear his Marine uniform, his dress blues. He earned it.

Semper Fi forever & a day.
I thank God the Marines continue to develop young minds & hearts of steel.  Patriotism over Profit.
respectfully,
Ruth Gobin
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"Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor,
justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the
virtues that made America." --Theodore Roosevelt
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A local Marine went to heaven to be with his brothers
in arms.  I would pass his building twice a day, and
see the Eagle, Globe and Anchor waving in the breeze.
 This Marine was more proud to be a Marine than a successful businessman.  He bought a NFL football team to our city because Marines never abandon their friends.  He took a lot of heat when he help the old team move to Baltimore, to help is friend.  He Then bought a football team back to his home town, to help his friends.  Mister Lerner was a rich man in wealth, but much more in pride.  He gave to hospitals, $100,000,000, He gave to schools, but much more he gave to his city.  Mr. Lerner took more Pride in being a Marine, than in his monetary successes.  The Marine Corps Flag Flies high on Cleveland Browns Stadium, in Cleveland, Ohio.  When I first saw Marine Corps Flag flying on the stadium, I knew that everything was going to be okay, The Browns have a Marine in charge.  SEMPER FI!  Al Lerner, SEMPER FI!
Anthony A. Burton, Hn FMFLANT, 69-72
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I have witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over Kuwait,
or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon, will we be ready to respond? In the end, it all comes down to leadership, and that is what this country is looking for now." --Ronald Reagan (1994)
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SGT. GRIT   I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THIS STORY ABOUT MY SON WHO IS A MARINE.  HE ENLISTED INTO THE MARINES 3 YEARS AGO.  WHEN HE
WAS IN BOOT CAMP HIS FEET STARTED HURTING HIM BADLY.  HE SAW THE DOCTORS AND THEY TOLD HIM HE WAS FLAT FOOTED.  SO NEEDLESS TO SAY HIS FEET HURT EVERYDAY, BUT HE  INSISTS ON SHOWING EVERYONE THAT HE CAN BE A GREAT MARINE.  IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR (2002) WE MADE A TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C. TO THE MARINE BARRACKS FOR A SPECIAL CEREMONY.  HE WORKED HARD AND WON A SPOT ON ONE OF
THE SUPER SQUAD TEAMS.  WE MET THE COMMANDANT WHOM GAVE HIM A METAL FOR HIS GREAT ACHIEVEMENT. HIS SERGEANT GAVE US A LITTLE INSIGHT ON HOW HE WORKED VERY HARD ON ALL OF THE COMPETITIONS.  NEEDLESS TO SAY WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HIM.  I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU AND YOUR NEWSLETTER READERS.
PROUD PARENTS OF A MARINE
THE WESTONS (INDIANA)
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"Duty is not collective, it is personal.
Let every individual make known his determination to support law and order.  That duty is supreme." --Calvin Coolidge
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You are invited to attend a teleconference of individuals
involved in the formation of an American Cadet Alliance (ACA) <
www.militarycadets.org > unit  or who are interested in applying to become a member of the ACA Officers' or NCO Corps.  The American Cadet Alliance is America's oldest and longest-serving nationwide Cadet Corps, consisting of the US Naval Cadets, US Marine Cadets and US Army Cadets, serving young men and women age 12-18.   The tele-conference will explain the various stages associated with forming an ACA unit. Discussion will include recruiting, chartering, funding, uniforms and training options.

This Teleconference will be conducted on Thursday, 07 Nov 02 beginning at 2100 Eastern Time.  To attend, you must make a call a teleconferencing system in Bellevue, Washington.  Normal long distance charges will apply.  There are no other surcharges.   YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND.  To pre-register, send an email to <
JMLand@militarycadets.org >
Once registered, the participant will receive the telephone
number and required PIN to participate.
Sincerely,
JOSEPH M. LAND, SR., CDR, USNCC
Acting Chief of Staff                  <
www.militarycadets.org >
National Headquarters, American Cadet Alliance, Inc.
"ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!"
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God Bless America
Sgt Grit

 


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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