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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #35

"...I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home."

--George Washington


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I'm not much into writing letters without something stirring inside of me. The letter in Newsletter #34 really hit a sour note for me. I'm from a military family. My grandfather on my mother's side fought the Germans in Battle of the Bulge as a Army SST. My great Uncle on my father's side fought the Japanese in the Pacific as a Marine. I am unaware of his rank. My father was in the Marine Corp 62-64. He was stationed at 8th and I and was also on the Presidential Drill Team. My mother served in the Marine Corp 64-66. She also served in the Army Reserve and National Guard. My cousin served in the Corp from 90 to 94. With what is going on now, BW needs to realize Iraq is not like Vietnam. My father has said since our first dealings with Iraq, all we need is a few Marines and tell them that Hussein said something bad about their Mothers. He would be taken out in a matter of days. The only problem with that is trying to convince the Marines you were kidding, after they take out Saddam, because they would take over Iraq and erect a monument to CHESTY.

SEMPER FI,
MOM AND DAD FROM TWO PROUD MARINES SON, DESTRY


Hi Sgt Grit.
I wanted to write a little note on how all the Branches of the Service coming together. My son is a Marine on the Silent Drill Platoon, Washington,DC. As you know they just had a large snow storm come through. Well the Marines had to report for duty and my son lives off premises. He always wears civilian clothes to work and changes into his Utilities once he arrives. That morning he worn the Utilities in and as he was driving he noticed a vehicle off the road and on the curb. He stopped to help the driver. It was an older man and as they tried to get the vehicle off the curb my son said out of no where three cars pulled up. As each driver exited it just so happened to be The Army, Navy, and Air Force. So this lucky civilian had the opportunity to see all Four Branches work together at the same time for the same result. My son said each member was dressed in their duty uniform and they all looked at each other and said thank you. The vehicle was pushed off the curb and everyone went their separate way. It only takes one in uniform to get the others to rally. God Bless you and yours Proud Mom of a United States Marine
Suwnaee, GA


In response to Mark Long's letter regarding his Gulf War experience: I too was activated during the Gulf War and spent the duration at either Camp Pendleton or 29 Palms, however I also served in Beirut in '83 and participated in the Libya mission in '85. That didn't make it any easier to cool my heels in Pendleton while there is still a shooting war going on, especially since my brother and many buddies were already in country. Now, with a War on Terrorism and Marines being deployed, and me breathing hard on 40, my wife telling me I've already served my country, and I should be old enough to know better, it is no easier now than it was then. I have relatives and friends that have served as far back as Guadalcanal that have tried to get a piece of the action in every conflict since. Some of these guys were discharged due to wounds received and they still feel they're missing out. I guess it's just something bred into us. I just keep telling my wife (and myself) this war is no place for children.
Semper Fi,
Joe Cafarelli


Our troops are always putting their necks on the line, no questions asked for our country and for the sake of other countries as well. It's a d*mn shame that most people do not recognize the true state of this world. Why all the ostrich imitations? If we knew what we were truly facing...looking evil directly in the eye, we would lift up our soldiers on our emotion shoulders and NOT stop praying for them and/or hailing them until the world sees peace again. I am so sick and tired of apathy!! I am sick and tired of naiveté. I am sick and tired of bleeding hearts! Get a real cause! Open up your eyes and see the real world! Maybe our boys would have an easier time out there, just knowing the country as a whole loves and supports them. ONLY truth can set us free! ...and the Marines!
Laura Z.


To all that read this newsletter;
Stop living in the past and identify with the present. We are in a battle with the certain elements of our government. These members are actively trying to strip us of out liberties, Liberties that were fought for. Stop reminiscing about the past. band together and attact with a resounding noise against all that would strip us of our liberties. Just what part of "...Shall not be infringed" do they not understand.
Ready to March.
Art Haggett,USMC


The nuclear aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and the ships in her battle group, got underway from Norfolk, Va. this week for an extended deployment. Just as the lines were cast off, this announcement was made throughout the ship and topside on the ship's intercom:

"Peace on Earth to men of good will - All others, Stand By"


To Kimberly B..What a wonderful Grandfather you had. There were and are many more like him that answered the call immediately after Pearl Harbor Day. They too remember. Aren't we all blessed to know and be taught by these wonderful men and women? That the spirit of Freedom and the wonder of our Beautiful Country can endure for more than two centuries and beyond is the direct result of Citizens like your grandfather that answered our country's call to arms. That they continued to answer that call from the days of the Continental Army to today is testament to the values that most of our Citizens have been taught down through the ages. That these values will continue to be taught and followed is not now in doubt nor will it ever be as long as you, your children and all of the rest of us continue to remember and pass these most valuable lessons on.

God Bless you and thank you for sharing your story...

Richard E. Nygaard, SSGT, USMC 1953-1963


As you know, my whole family is Navy. I am the only Marine. I wanted to give you an example of inter-service "insulting behavior". Before my brother passed away I would visit him at his home and have to listen to jar head jokes, sea going bell hop comments, and so on and so forth. He was a proud sailor and proudly had a large framed picture of "his" ship in his home. One day we were going at it and I did not respond at all, I let him ramble. I just sat there and smiled. As I went to leave I passed his cherished picture of his ship and just said two words....."NICE BOAT". As I left I could hear him blowing a gasket about the difference between a boat and a ship. I miss my brother dearly and those times are great memories. I thank all of the armed services for their missed Christmas days and the missed new years eve parties because they were in uniform.
SSGT D J Huntsinger


"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

--John Adams


Sgt Grit,
All of this stuff about the Air Force has brought back to mind an interesting story I'd like to share.

I was a CPL with Hotel CO 2/8 aboard the USS Guadalcanal in the Med in 1991 when the US decided to help liberate Kuwait. Our Med float was cut short as we were ordered to head off the coast of Turkey and help with the situation with the Kurdish people that Sadaam Hussein was murdering at the end of the Gulf war. Our unit became part of a joint task force that was Operations Provide Comfort and Hope. We flew into Northern Iraq and secured a town called Zahko. This was to be the HQ for the task force. My unit secured a hilltop surrounding the town and we were up there for almost 2 weeks while various negotiations were taking place and we provided the security. After a few weeks, the Air Force finally got involved with providing all sorts of stuff like tents, clothing, food and various other items for the Kurdish refugees that had fled to the mountains. Well, to make a long story short, we finally came down to the town that we had provided security for and were amazed by what we saw. The Air Force had set a nice chow hall (with hot food), shower facilities and believe it or not a small movie theater for which they could watch movies. Needless to say, there were about 300 p*ssed off Marines that could not believe our eyes. We did however take advantage of the hot chow, showers, and finally had our first taste of some "cold water" in a long time. To this day, I cannot drink water unless it has a lot of ice in it. Funny how that is!!
CPL Steven M Wrona
Hotel 2/8
87-91


Sgt. Grit: To the lady (unsigned) who was married to a 2nd MARDIV and was placing a blessing on all the families, the quotation goes like this: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." ATTRIBUTION: Bible: New Testament, Jesus, in John, 15:13.
God Bless and Semper Fi
SSgt. Moore, J.C. 2389599 '67-'77


At 1700 EST today, General Joe Foss, still in a coma, passed away. Another proud Marine, great patriot, outstanding individual, and all-around good guy is guarding the streets of Heaven. None of us is immortal, and if we can do as much for the U. S. and for mankind for as long as Joe Foss served, the world would be a much better place for everyone. This has been a trying time for Joe's wife Didi and other family members, but they handled a bad situation well. May God bless them all.
Semper Fi
Craig N. Mullis


Dear Sgt Grit,
I noticed the controversy about the sterility of the Air Force, VS the toil, grim and blood of the grunt! One of the responders mentioned that,...Marines got the job done...without complaint!" I beg to differ. It is a Marines right to "b*tch." We earn it. As one of your responders mentioned, "we dry our socks under our armpits..." and many others mentioned living in the dirt, eating dirt and dust, etc.

I recall living like a jungle animal for most of 11 months in Vietnam. I believe I had my first few weeks at battalion, then mostly in the field except for about 2 or 3 days at battalion, and 4 days RR in Singapore. The rest of the time I slept on the ground, lived in dirt or mud and did most of my bathing in rice paddies (if you can recall how clean they were?).

I was on a patrol one time where we passed by the main gate of the air force near Phu Bai. We were invited in for lunch. It was the best meal I ever had on any military base, my entire time in the Marines. Oh, yes! We did have ice cream for desert, my only time for it in my 11 months in "Nam.

Al Battista


"Our country was not predestined to prosper; it did so through choices made at its Founding and renewed every generation since: the choices of freedom over rule, property over collectivization, the liberty of the individual human spirit over the dictates of the enlightened few."


--James S. Robbins


Sgt. Grit:
I was reading the letter from the ex-Air Force/Former Marine who had recalled that officers and SNCO's always ate last. As far as I know, the Corps is the only service where this occurs. I remember on many occasions in the field when the chow ran out, and the only chow I got was a cold MRE. As for the letter from the reservist who didn't make it to the Gulf, there were many active-duty Marines who didn't make it either. Reservists have certainly made their contribution in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. As a former reservist, I was honored to command an 81 mortar platoon. My reserve Marines were every bit as good as any active-duty Marines I have led, and I would have taken them into harm's way in a heartbeat. Most of my platoon was comprised of college students, and my FDC chief was going to medical school in Mexico. Needless to say, the firing solutions were always timely and accurate. Semper Fi!
Capt. David Mahoney (89-97)
5th Battalion 11th Marines
Weapons Co. 1/23


Hello Sgt Grit;
A really humorous comment in the Doonesbury comic strip recently. One character asked if it was true that only 13% of Americans knew where Iraq was. The other allowed as how that was true, but all 13% were United States Marines. OoRah.
Semper Fi; Capt Dave


SGT GRIT,
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR A RESPONSE FROM MY LOVING WIFE OF 33 YEARS. A FEW WEEKS AGO I ORDERED AND RECEIVED A RED FMF CORPSMAN T-SHIRT. IN ALL IT'S GRANDEUR OF MARINE AND MEDICAL INSIGNIA, ON THE BACK IT HAS "UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS". SHE SEEMED SURPRISED BECAUSE THE U.S.M.C. WAS ON MY SHIRT! I THINK SHE FINALLY REALIZED THAT ALTHOUGH I KNOW I'M NOT A MARINE, I'M ACCEPTED AS ONE. ACCEPTED IN MY CASE COULD BE DUE TO THE 13 MONTHS IN NAM, MOSTLY WITH KILO 3/7/1, OR COULD BE MY PURPLE HEART. BUT I THINK I EARNED THE RIGHT ON A BUS TRIP FROM JACKSONVILLE N.C. (LEJEUNE) TO NORFOLK VA.

BEFORE LEJEUNE, I WORKED ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD AT THE PORTSMITH, VA NAVAL HOSPITAL FOR OVER TWO YEARS, (GREAT TRAINING FOR THE NEAR FUTURE). ON A WEEKEND PASS I WENT TO VISIT FRIENDS, BUS FARES FOR MILITARY IN UNIFORM WERE REDUCED, SO I WORE MY UNIFORM. MARINE GREENS WITH NAVY RANK AND INSIGNA. AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN SAT NEXT TO ME AND AFTER A WHILE CHOSE TO STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION WITH "WELL SON HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE ARMY"? ____IT WAS A LONG TRIP, I SHOULD HAVE LIED!! BUT NOT ME INSTEAD I TRIED TO EXPLAIN.

I'M A NEWBY TO SGT GRIT'S SITE SO FORGIVE ME BUT, I'M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE CORPSMAN AND THE EAGLE GLOBE AND ANCHOR CONTROVERSY. I FOR ONE WOULD GO WITH ANY ONE OF YOU ANYWHERE AND CAN ONLY HOPE I'D BE INVITED TO YOUR AMBUSHES. (BOY I MISS THOSE LONG, DARK, SMOKELESS NIGHTS AND MY TURN BEHIND THE M60, WITH A RADIO THAT WASN'T AM OR FM).

WHILE I'M ON A ROLL THERE'S THE LUXURY ISSUE AND THE AIR FORCE MAJOR. I VIVIDLY REMEMBER A PERIOD IN MY LIFE, APPROX 30 DAYS WITHOUT A SHAVE, SHOWER OR CHANGE OF CLOTHES, EXCEPT SOCKS. C-RATS EVERY DAY THAT WERE CANNED BEFORE I WAS BORN, MONSOON FOXHOLES THAT FILLED WITH WATER FROM THE BOTTOM UP, IMAGINE A SAILOR DIGGING A FOXHOLE!

TO CONCLUDE IF UNCLE SAM EVER NEEDS A 57 YEAR OLD DOC HE CAN CALL ME, BUT ONLY IF I GET TO GO WITH A FIRE TEAM (PLATOON PREFERRED) OF "UNITED STATES MARINES"

LARRY SPOHNHOLTZ HM3 KILO 66-67


"Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions."


--George Washington


Dear Sgt. Grit:
My son is a Lance Corporal stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He is in airborne and residing in one of the barrack rooms at the 2nd FSSG, 2nd TSB, BTO Co. During the summer after my sons leave was over, my husband and I drove to Camp Lejeune to bring our Marine back and had the opportunity to tour the base and to see his living quarters. Although small, it is quite nice and comfortable and in talking with him and his two roommates they are comfortable and satisfied with their living quarters. The base as well as all the living, working and recreational areas were all neat, clean and orderly. We left with the comfort that our son was well taken care of. When they go out into the fields to practice different procedures my marine explained that it is just like they are doing things for real. They survive on MRE's, live on the ground in their little hootch or in a hole and come back with a better perspective of what can and will be in store for them in the event that they are called out. From bits and pieces that I have gathered from my son and mothers of his friends, we are looking at having our Marines deployed in early February of 2003. Although we are all nervous of this and the possibilities of what is in store for our Marines, we are equally confident that the rigid training and the first hand experiences that they have acquired these past 8 months will take our Marines to the next level and back safely because they were not pampered but taught how to survive in the toughest of situations. No one wants to see their son/daughter be sent out to parts unknown, but, I am confident that his Marine training was the best thing that could have happened to him and has prepared him for anything that comes his way. For the rest of his life he will carry that pride of the Corps with him and this Marine Mom will be doing the same. Hoorah for the Corps and their way of doing things. It has proven over time that it is the best way to prepare our young men/women and I am proud to say that my son is a member of the United States Marines.


Thank you for listening,
a proud mom of a United States Marine.
Thibodaux, LA)


i agree, let the maj alone and please lets end the talk about saddam this and saddam that. all that does is either depress people and encourage them to unsubscribe to this news letter, or make everyone mad. those of us that are not in favor of a war with Iraq should not have to continuously read about it, i am one of those people. while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, think about it, seriously, do you think that our commander in chief is going to retaliate even after saddam has let the weapons inspectors back into his country and factories? i don't think that he would, it would make him look like a phony. i think that we should let the inspectors do their jobs and then if there is unsatisfactory progress we should take action against saddam. any action taken against us by saddam will only make him look bad and reiterate our opinions and suspicions about him to the rest of the world and none will trust him and may support an action taken against him. i am a woman and a marine and i do not think that war is the answer.
semper fi
toni beltrano corporal (former)


"A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts."

--James Madison


As a former Marine who's currently in the Air National Guard, I proudly adhere USMC stickers to my vehicle. My son came home from Jr. Navy-Marine ROTC the other day, bringing with him stickers from the visiting Air Force Recruiter. He asked me if I'd like one to put on my vehicle. I couldn't do it. While I'm glad that I have an opportunity to serve my country again, and in a career that wasn't possible in the local Marine Corps reserve, I'm not inclined to advertise the fact and muddy the waters as to what branch the person driving the vehicle serves. Yes, it's sort of sad. But...I'm a Marine. No matter what uniform I currently wear.
semper fi
warfighter chick


"Victory in Afghanistan showed that the doubters were wrong, the war against terrorism can be won: The West must win. ... I'm glad America's commander in chief is made of such stern stuff."

--Baroness Margaret Thatcher


Sgt Grit,
I have to respond to Mr. DeLong's comments about trusting our president.

I was talking to one of my friend's who is the A/ at the American Embassy in Yemen. We always talk about when we think the war is going to start off. We both have the same feelings from what we see behind the curtain of our government, since we both have friends working for higher-ups, our personal feelings, and what we gather from the media. Granted neither of us can come out and say what we want since we usually talk over e-mail or phones. But we understand each other when we hint around about things.

If we watch the news you can see that our President is pushing, with out letting any ground be given, to take care of Iraq. I cannot in my mind fathom that President Bush would send our men and women into harms way with out proof of the need to do so. As soon as I heard about January 24th being the deadline for the weapons inspectors I immediately started to believe that that day is going to be the beginning of our President presenting to the U.N. and the world the evidence that he has against Iraq.

I believe we need to all just sit back and watch our President play his hand. As in any chess game there is always a deliberate reason for each action. I am sure we will all know and see why the President is letting the weapons inspectors do their job and find out what they can. Once that is over the President can present the world with his hand.

Removing Saddam would not end our problem. To effectively extinguish the problem a totally new government supported by the people of Iraq would have to be put into place. If we do this our selves it will just make the rest of the worlds opinion of us even worse. There are plenty of people that already believe that we meddle around in the happenings of other countries when we shouldn't.

I agree with Mr. DeLong that the fighting will be in the streets. Lets just pray that it ends quickly and with the least about of casualties on either side as possible. I am sure none of us want it to happen here in our own great land of the U.S. of A. but it just might.

Support our President and our fellow Marines and Soldiers. Pray that it ends swiftly and with the best outcome possible.

Cpl Salter
Marine Security Guard and Armor


Dear bw,
Notice I put your initials in small letters, it fits the size of your Patriotism, our Corps Values and your balls.
You say you served In Nam, if you did you of all people should know that you don't wait for the enemy to attack our Homeland. I'm glad you want to unsubscribe from this GREAT NEWSLETTER, we don't need a jane fondaite like you reading our letter, you don't deserve the right. You've denounced your CORPS and your Country. I will leave my full name not just my initials, you puke.


W.L.White class of 70-71 RVN
Tybee Island,Ga


"Much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to, so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass. The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far...to forsake us in the midst of it....We may, now and then, get bewildered; but I hope and trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path."

--George Washington


"The Air Force of today can no more relate to the Marine Corps than a butterfly can relate to a scorpion."

--Sgt. Stewart, United States Marine

Gawd, I love it! Semper Fi, Sgt. Stewart!

Beg to report that I was asked to coordinate the participation of former military vehicles for the Corona Holiday Parade.

At first we were going to take the place of the normal Corvette convertibles that normally carry the VIPs, but now we are apparently serving as our own entry, as a symbol of the service rendered by our Veterans, and as a symbol of America's strength, and wouldn't you know, USMC truck #210331 "Battle Hag" will be in the lead position.

Kinda makes me warm n' toasty inside...

Semper Fi,
Sgt. BensoN, Veteran Marine 1984-1997
(yeah, not "ex-", not "former", but "veteran"... I like the sounds o' that!)


BW states that he is a pacifist since returning from Vietnam. He also admits that Saddam is an SOB. He says we should have finished the job in the first place (l99l). If it weren't for the UN we probably would have. At that time we were guided by UN regulations which denied us access very far into Iraq, and certainly not to Saddam. Absolutely. We are now defending the USA on our terms, giving the useless UN a word, or resolution, which for 50 some odd years has been meaningless. We, the most generous people in the world are bowing to the UN, which is absolutely meaningless, and has been since it's formation. It is OUR decision what to do with Saddam. Do you trust him? I don't. You should read your history before you spout off. I have lived it. You at least should read it before you spout off.
jcw


Is it not about time we quit dissing on folks who have elected to protect and defend...against all enemies, foreign and domestic? The entire US Military Machine works like a body, no part more important than the other. If not for the feet, the head never goes anywhere, and the fist never gets close enough to bloody the bad guys nose. When we needed TONS of bombs dumped on "Mr. Charles", didn't the B-52's put a hurtin' on the gooks? We all hollered when Puff/Spooky lit up a night sky with a fearsome rain of tracers...those guys were AF! They were supported by those "in the rear with the gear", just like Marine ground pounders were. Let's be honest, we all weren't at Khe San in 68...there are a bunch of guys who wear the EGA who are REMF'ers, that provided NECESSARY support to all ops in the bush.

I just spent a week with my AF son and his buddies and I do not their commitment to their mission to kick the living crap out of anyone who raises his foolish hand against the US or our allies...sure I'd prefer that he joined the Corps but I must respect his decision to serve and live with a generational skip in service...my Granddad was a Marine in WWI and my Dad was Army Air Force and Air Force in WWII and Korea.
Vietnam Doc


Sgt. Grit
I have never written other then home from duty stations that took me away from my loved ones but I had to thank you for your columns , as a former Marine and a" D*mn Proud Viet Nam Veteran", I take exceptions to some of the letters but that's what we fought for the "Right" . The new Corps is just another group of young Men carrying on a strong tradition as we all have during our tours maybe some are just a little jealous of being left out of the situations at hand I know I do at times but looking at myself in a mirror, these young Men are better off with me at home.

So to all the young Men And Young Ladies Serving may the "GOOD LORD AND CHESTY WATCH OVER YOU and a BIG    " S   E   M   P   E   R       F   I "

JOHN M PORRAS, E-2-5 Proudly Served


My thoughts this Christmas mainly are with all our service men & women around the world. The sabers are rattling, the war drums are beating. This has been a very special year for me and my bride of 47 years, the high point was being at my Grandson's Boot Camp graduation on Aug 2. I stood on the grinder that I stood on in 1955 graduating in Platoon 152, and I couldn't stop the tear that came to my eye as I saw him and about 300 others receive their EGA. I felt like I was out there with him, I stood a little taller, knowing that the baton had been passed. We all can be proud of the "New Corps", they are training harder and smarter, they face a new enemy, a enemy that has touched our shores and again bound our great nation together, these new Marines face a enemy who has no face, who hides behind walls of hate and cowardice like we have never faced before. My prayer this season is that the training of our "New Corps" will see them through. God bless all those who call them selves "Marines" for they carry the banner for us who have gone before.
Semper Fi and God speed to you all.
Sgt (E-5) Jack E. Forrest (1955-65)


"Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?"

--Thomas Jeffreson


Okay Sgt Grit,
Here's one for you. I am EXTREMELY PROUD to say the least; I am United States Air Force Retired and their is no other service that soars to the heights measured by those of Air Force Blue. But now I have a son who is finishing up his Senior High school year and loves his Junior ROTC program. He recently wrote me and told me that he wants to do his grandfather justice and pay respect to his wishes because I had not. My father was a career Naval Officer who encouraged, enticed, and failed to get me into the Navy. I joined the Air Force. Now my son wants to do me justice and respect as well so he has elected to attend in July his plebe year at Annapolis because he years to be a Marine Corps Officer. How does one get a Marine out of Air Force and Navy combined?

Honestly speaking; when our shores are threatened and its time for men and women to stand up and take charge of securing our freedom, the color of the uniform and the ego's are unimportant.


Richard Jones


My ARMY friends always referred to the USMC as "Uncle Sams Misguided Children" but I just found out ARMY really stands for Ain't Really Marines Yet". NAVY doesn't stand for anything, they just whine when they are out of chocolate ice cream.

vogle22


Iraq is not important. North Korea ? Does anyone believe that North Korea would be acting as it is without the support of its biggest supporter CHINA ? I said over a year ago, next to terrorists like Osama we needed to keep a very close eye on CHINA. While we're busy with small fry like Iraq CHINA is liable and capable of starting some very serious sh*t ! You don't hear any of the brainiacks in Washington talking about this do you.

Also, apparently, Charles Rangle, representative from New York, and someone I up to now have not agreed with, is now seriously considering the submission of a bill for the reintroduction of the DRAFT . Why ? Because too many of the poor and minorities are carrying the brunt of the fighting. Where have you heard that for over twenty years ?

And Hillary was voted number 2 behind George W. as your country's "most admired" people of 2002 !!! Who do you think is going to be running against George in 2004 ?

If we are smart we will leave the country now !!!

JJG


Dear Postmaster General Potter:

As the year of 2003 dawns, I and countless of other United States citizens wonder who and what the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee will deem appropriate to honor with a stamp for 2003, 2004 and 2005?

Thus far, images of Barbie, Harry Houdini, Elvis and various flora and fauna have graced United States Postage Stamps. However, a single, individual United States Marine has never been accorded the same honor as Barbie. This fact does cause many Americans to pause and wonder why this is so.

How is it, that a Marine such as Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, a man who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions in battle on a small island in the Pacific -a battle which helped to turn a losing war in the Pacific theater to a winning one- is not as important as oranges or teddy bears? How is it that an American Hero who when offered a commission, rejected such an offer because he promised his men he would return to fight, and then died keeping his promise posthumously receiving the Navy Cross] how is it that this man who is such an integral part of the proud history of the Marine Corps and of the United States does not have a stamp issued in his honor?

How is it Post Master General Potter, that in the greatest democracy in the world can the thirteen people on the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee ignore a request by millions of American? How is this possible?

The great cities of New York, and Philadelphia have passed proclamations indicating that their citizens believe that Gunnery Sergeant John Baseline should share the same honor given to Lucile Ball. These cities have also designated 19 February, as John Basilone Day. The state of New Jersey, the cities of Brunswick, Ohio and Quantico, Virginia and the Arlington County Board of Supervisors have also issued similar proclamations. Everyday, I receive thousands and thousand of signatures from California, the most populated state in the Union, requesting that the United States Post Office issue a stamp honoring Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone. Over three million signatures have been collected in favor of the Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Stamp.

But most importantly, both Houses of Congress have brought resolutions to their respective floors stating that it is their "sense that the United States Post Office should issue a stamp honoring Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone."

The American People are standing up and demanding that their Post Office heed their request and issue a stamp honoring a man, an American Hero, a man who served in both the Army and the Marine Corps. The citizens of the United States are not being represented by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee .

As Post Master General you can change this un-democratic action. Please visit http://www.johnbasilonestampcampaign.com for more information

Sincerely yours,

Jordan Jaffe
project coordinator John Basilone Stamp Campaign


Beirut ,Lebanon Peacekeepers Stamp Petition
Please take a moment to sign this petition and pass it on.
http://www.petitiononline.com/10231983/


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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