...anybody out there who didn't feel great pride watching our young brothers-in-arms today ? all these men have accomplished something of greater lasting worth than all the movies hollywood ever sold. You know i'm talking about them all, not just those jarheads, but i can't help myself.....
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As the proud father of a serving Marine, I have found myself glued to the FoxNews network on my XM radio as I travel around the country.
I was listening in the wee hours of Tuesday morning as they interviewed a few Marines on the front lines during a refueling stop.
The news anchor went the correspondent with the Marines, (I believe it was Ollie North but not sure), he commented that they had just been talking to an embed with the Army, and he had heard them singing "Homeward Bound", a song by Simon and Garfunkle, in the background as they headed into Baghdad.
I found it humorous that the correspondent answered he didn't think they would hear any Marines singing Simon and Garfunkle tunes, and turned to the nearest Marine and asked him what he would be singing as they moved into the city.
Without hesitation the young Marine answered,
"Kill Them All by Metalica!".
Of course I don't wish to cast aspersions down on any of the other branches, but I did give out a proud Ouh-rah!!
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."
For all those war protestors in the great United States of America I have a few words for you, "Freedom has a special flavor the protected will never know." So continue to rally and enjoy your freedom just remember who's protecting it for you. I have known the flavor for three years now serving in the United States Marine Corps, you don't know what your missing.
Corporal Heacock M.A./USMC
June 05, 2000-PRESENT.
If your gonna keep sending me this news letter, you're gonna have to include coupons for Kleenex.
As I watch the coverage of the Marines in Iraq I have NEVER been more proud to have been a Marine. As usual the Marines took more casualties than any other service branch and as usual the residents of Baghdad were elated when they were liberated by the Few and The Proud. For those among us that wonder about the future of our Corps I say it is in EXCELLENT hands. When we can field Marines that patrol the streets of a foreign city "trying to get the bad guys to shoot at them" so they can take out the enemy it causes me to swell with pride and wish I could join them.
To the "Hollywood left" and the protesters I say that we as Marines share something they will never taste or understand for we are all "fratres aeterni"(brothers forever).
former Cpl. of Marines and PROUD American
TODAY IS A GRAND AND GLORIOUS DAY IN THE CORPS. THIS MORNING I JUST WATCHED SADDAM'S STATUE GET PULLED TO THE GROUND AND DRAGGED THROUGH BAGHDAD...TOO BAD IT WASN'T HE HIMSELF MAYBE TOMORROW). HOWEVER, LIKE MOST AMERICANS, I'VE BEEN WATCHING THE COVERAGE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO CLAIM THE TITLE MARINE..I'VE BEEN RETIRED FOR 11 YEARS NOW. BUT I HAVE NOT LOST A GOOSE PIMPLE. EVERY TIME I HEAR OF OR SEE MARINES IT JUST MOTIVATES THE SH... OUT OF ME . SINCE I WAS A GRUNT IN THE CORPS (MACHINE GUNNER IN NAM, CHIEF SCOUT AND SNIPER). THIS SURE BRINGS BACK GRAND AND GLORIOUS DAYS THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN..IT'S FANTASTIC TO HEAR ABOUT MY OLD UNITS AS THEY ARE MENTIONED ON CNN, 2ND MARINES, 4TH MARINES, 5TH MARINES, AND 6TH MARINES....THEY ARE WHO I SERVED WITH IN THE PAST 23 YEARS OF ACTIVE DUTY....TRULY GRAND AND GLORIOUS DAYS....I MIGHT NOT BE A MASTER SERGEANT ANY MORE, BUT I'LL ALWAYS BE A MARINE, FROM JULY 23, 1969 - TILL THE DAY I DIE....
SEMPER FI DEVIL DOGS
I've been reading this material for a long time, but only began to understand it two weeks ago when my Marine son (LCPL Nick Henry) got to Kuwait. I have worn only Marine ties and I have a different Marine in for each day of the week. I am really proud to be the father of a Marine at war.
Keep up the good work of inspiring pride in the Corps.
Dan Henry JD, PhD
Thought this might be appropriate as we think of our casualties.
STAND TO YOUR GLASSES
"Stand to your glasses steady
This world is a world full of lies
A toast to the dead already
Hurrah for the next man who dies
We stand 'neath resounding rafters
The walls around us are bare
They echo back our laughter
It seems like the dead are still here"
I want to send a few thoughts your way so that you can share them with the people who need to see them.
During the 1960s, my husband was a marine who spent two years in Vietnam. And, in between those trips, we spent several years on I & I duty in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yes, there in the seedbed of protestors. Remember, you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time!
Just remember what and who matters the most and concentrate on what you have to do. We didn't have more than a handful of television stations back in those days, so, thank God, we didn't have to look at the war much here in the states. I kept myself busy caring for our three young sons, and my husband knew what he had to do.
Fortunately, my folks were Navy, and they helped us through any crisis that occurred while our daddy was away. After the kids were in bed at night, I would sit and write letters to my husband. I tried to remember anything and everything the kids did during the day so he could experience those things, too. You'd think it would be boring to hear about a family's day? No, not if those people are those that you love! Oh sure, you can always print the Email, but I think a handwritten letter is closer to one's heart!
Did you ever know a man who felt things very deeply, but has trouble expressing himself? He's caring, honest, and hardworking, but he's few on words. He's a private person who you'll only see cry when they play taps! He wants to forget about the war that he fought, and he prays that his son will never have to experience war! This man is my dad and your dad, and even if you don't hear about him on the 6 o'clock news or see his picture on the front page of the newspaper, he's 100% in support of our troops at war!
God bless America and stand besides our troops wherever they are deployed!
Iraqi UN ambassador going to France, surprise, surprise.
Iraqi UN ambassador "The game is over".
So many of your contributors are confused about how we should support the troops. I support our Armed Forces 100% and I want them to attain a swift victory with minimal casualties. That seems to be happening as I write this. My question to some of your contributors is this; Where is it written that someone cannot support the troops and protest the war at the same time? Politicians make war and the Armed Forces conduct the war. Bush is a politician, not a member of the Armed Forces. Figuratively, he is a member of the Armed Forces by virtue of his title as Commander in Chief. Former President Clinton and President Bush did not give a d*mn about the military prior to becoming President. Both avoided being in the same position as our brave Forces are right now. . . fighting a war. This is where I fail to understand the blind loyalty some of your contributors pay to Bush, Clinton, or any other politician that has not been willing to fight during a time of war. As far as I am concerned they are the worst kind of cowards and are not worthy of the title Commander in Chief. Our loyalty lies with our brothers and sisters in arms, not to politicians. The Marine Corps is doing what it has been ordered to do and has always trained to do, to fight and win. There is no doubt about the outcome. We will prevail and will do it in a big way. Everyone living in the USA is obligated to support our troops in this war, right or wrong. They have the right to oppose the war but if they do not support our troops they should be exiled to North Korea, Iran or Syria.
Mark A. Stewart
Sgt USMC 1970-76
God Bless all the troops in Iraq! The love of my life is in Wpns. Co. 3rd btn 7th marine. I know they will all be home safely and shortly! God Bless the families of the marines and soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. They will never be forgotten.
Anjee, Tempe, AZ
I have just read the latest news letter and as always was moved by the stories that it contained and for the first time I felt that maybe something to say.
I am a Viet Nam Marine and as I watch the news of the war, I find that my chest swells with pride when they describe what our Marine are doing and how well they are doing it. I love the MARINES but a Country make a war and it take all of the Services to make it successful ( to win), I now have two Son's in the United States Army serving somewhere in the war zone. I AM PROUD OF ALL OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE DOING WHAT IS REQUIRED OF THEM. My Son's are part of the greatest fighting force on this earth and if you doubt that just look at what has been accomplished in so short a time.
All of our Service personnel deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our prayers. As a young Marine it was easy to go to war, As a father it is extremely difficult to send my son's in to do the job that I am no longer allowed to do. Wars should be fought by old men and not the young. I still have an M-14 and it is a great equalizer.
Please Recognize that the United States is at War and it is be fought by all of our Service personnel so please any time you see one in Uniform - THANK THEM for their Service and for keeping us all safer in our everyday lives.
Sgt Jim Eastham (68 to 77)
I am a former Marine. I served from 86-92. Those six years were what helped shape me into the man I am today. I served with 3rd LAAD BN, MACG-38, 3rd MAW and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991. The memories of the Gulf war have come flooding back since this war broke out. My heart aches to go back and fight with the troops over there now. Many of my friends ask my opinion about the war and ask how I feel about being here. I tell them I wish I was there. Over there I had a group of men who had my back and I trusted them with my life. Here I don't have that. Over there we supported each other. Over here I have to listen to the war protestors. Over there we didn't question our orders, we just accepted them and gave 110% to carry them out. Here they ask what's in it for me and try to pass the buck.
I remember while I was there how much the letters and care packages meant to us. We looked for news from the states to see how things were back home and were encouraged by the overwhelming support. I also remember when we came home. That C5 that brought us home was the greatest plane ride I ever had. We first landed in Ramstein, Germany around 2:00 in the morning to refuel before heading home. At 2:00 in the morning there were hundreds of people there to welcome us. They had clean uniforms and showers and real food. We were shocked and amazed. It was the first time I was ever called a Hero. It was incredible and no words can really describe what that meant to us.
We then flew to the states and finally arrived to El Toro, CA. We taxied for what felt like forever and when we finally stopped and we got out I stopped and kissed the ground and thanked God for bring me home alive. We loaded our gear and turned in our rifles. After eating, sleeping and going everywhere with my rifle I felt naked without it. They put us on buses and as we exited the base we where blown away by the people outside the gates. There were thousands of people. Yellow ribbons, American flags, posters, banners, flowers and people on both sides of the streets. They cheered for us calling us Hero's and welcoming us home. We heard people saying thanks and we cheered back and thanked them with tears in our eyes. We had wondered if anyone would appreciate what we did. We all remembered Vietnam. They lined the streets all the way to the Freeway and we just soaked it in and were happy to be home.
I have gone to many troop rallies and will continue to do so. I try to explain to people why we are over there and I pray everyday for every service man and woman in country. They need our support. It is my pray that our troops over there now will receive the same Heroes welcome as we did in 91. Please pass on and encourage everyone to attend the rallies and make sure they are there when our troops come home.
God Bless our troops and our President. May God protect them and may God give our President wisdom in the decisions he makes.
As long as I am sending you a note....please plant this one on the next grit. Our guys are doing super in Iraq....seeing the C.O. sitting on Saddams' Palace chair, was just neat yesterday. I only pray that we have an end item strategy that will normalize the country and minimize further loses. The technical improvements are clearly overwhelming and have minimized our losses. However, I think the embedded news reporter, will have a much longer term impact on all conflicts, all wars, than any other happening in war preparations the last 100 years. When our enemies, can watch how good we are, they not only quit in Iraq, they will quit in other arenas as well. I sure hope the nut in Korea is watching.
Bob Welch, aka Camibob,
Camp Pendleton, CA
Coalition forces have sent so many Iraqi troops to Paradise that there aren't enough virgins to go around.
I AM AN FORMER MARINE I WAS ON THE CUBA MISSILE BLOCKADE AND AT THAT TIME PROTESTING THE WAR WAS NEW. THE ONE THING THAT BOTHERED US WAS WE FELT THAT THE COLLEGE STUDENTS DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE REASONS BEHIND WHAT WE WERE DOING. I FEEL NOW THAT IT WAS A LEADER LEADING THE BLIND TO WATER.
I just took a call from a customer, Larry Kinder, 70 yrs old. He said he went to the recruit station to reenlist and was told "Why not, you're cheaper than a sand bag".
Sitting around coffee at the local cafe this morning discussion turned to the French and a WWII veteran who fought through Sicily, Italy and into France said, "Before we got to France the word spread that you would rather have Germans in front of you than the French behind you." Interesting. Just heard CNN call a Navy Corpsman a medic. Our prayers are with you all.
I know it is hard to do but try to forget the protesters - The overwhelming percent of us are with you guys
- A WWll Marine
Every day is a holiday and every meal is a banquet. God bless the Commandant. It is strange watching the sniper assigned to 3/7 and hearing him explain his weapon and say, "Everyone wants it." And I do too, and I don't even want to shoot anyone. ERRAAH! It doesn't seem logical to me, and I'm an old man now. I guess the thinking doesn't necessarily have to get old. I really appreciate this opportunity to express my feelings. I hoooope and pray that all comes out well.
Pops Carson, 2/7.
To all you protesters....
He DID win the election and he IS the President!!!
So---- GET OVER IT!!!
Pfc. J. Plog
The other day, I watched on the news, how a group of protestors in New York City were laying on the ground (I think in Times Sq.) so the world could see what dead bodies on the ground looked like. This was just not necessary.
All they had to do was reprint pictures from 9/11. There were plenty of dead and mangled bodies on the ground. Or they could show bodies from numerous explosions in Israel. How soon these idiots forget.
As the daughter of a Marine and the wife of an inactive Marine I watch the news every day for information on our boys. It breaks my heart to know that they aren't getting the support they deserve. I wish I could tell each and every one of you how proud I am of you all. I proudly fly our flag and display the EGA emblem in my truck. Each of you is a hero and I say a special prayer every night for God to watch out over all Devil Dogs! God Bless you all and remember that you do have support over here, at in my corner of Illinois!
In reply to LCpl McCoy, Jason L: Please, do not confuse the handful of misfits, cowards, fools and 'useful idiots' lionized by the leftist media with the majority of Americans - even those poor souls who were not fortunate enough to be of our brotherhood. Rallies supporting you - and all of our troops - are just not considered 'newsworthy' by those whose credo is 'if it bleeds, it leads'.
While I cannot and will not speak for any but myself and those who have made their position clear to me, I can and will say that our 'demonstrations' are by their very nature (and ours) more dignified, more mature, more concerned with function than form. The press has no interest in the 'boring' presentation of the Colors in honor of the brothers, fathers, sons, wives, mothers, husbands and daughters serving in harm's way - we don't dress funny, shout obscenities, or parrot absurdities at the tops of our lungs, ergo, were not 'news'. Do not, however, ever make the same mistake that our enemies - internal or external - repeatedly have: We may not make a lot of noise, but - like the Corps has done for 128 years - we count our results, not our 'column inches' or 'sound bites'.
Never, ever doubt that the vast majority - the 'silent' majority - supports you, your mission, and our leaders...and when you do return with camel-boy's head on a pike, rest assured you will not have to wait 20 years for 'welcome home' parades.
Duke (Sgt, USMC 66-70)
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR TONIGHT AS I LAY SLEEPING, AS THE SOLDIERS ARE LIVING WAR.
AM I WORTHY TO HAVE WHAT THEY ARE DIEING FOR.
MY SON IS SLEEPING DOWN THE HALL,
GOD, JUST LIKE MY SON, PROTECT THEM ALL.
I AM HERE AND THINKING, IF ONLY I COULD TAKE THE PLACE OF THOSE SOLDIERS WHO WILL DIE FOR MY LIBERTY.
AM I A WAR MONGERER, NO, NOR ARE THEY. THEY JUST BELIEVED IN WHAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE U.S.A. HAVE, LIBERTY.
AS THEY GET CLOSER TO BAGHDAD,
I KNOW THEY FEEL MORE AFRAID ABOUT NOT GETTING HOME, TO BE MOM OR DAD.
I HAVE SUCH RESPECT, I CAN'T EXPLAIN. TO THE MEN AND WOMEN AND THE IRON CHARIOTS THEY RIDE,
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY, THEY GIVE IT ALL AND SOME WILL HAVE TO DIE!
TODAY, AND TOMORROW, I WILL ALL WAYS BE PROUD. NO MATTER WHAT SERVICE, NO MATTER WHAT RANK,
FROM THE FIRST MAJOR GENERAL, TO THAT ONE OF THE LOWEST OF RANK.
YOU ARE TODAY AMERICANS, NO COUNTRY OR NATION CAN TAKE THAT AWAY.
AS I FINISH I'M STILL HERE IN MY ROOM, OUR SOLDIERS ARE STILL IN HARMS WAY.
BUT, BECAUSE OF THEM, THE FLAG AND THE EAGLE WILL FLY ANOTHER DAY.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
I was just watching the protest in New York, I guess these wonderful people want the Iraq people to have their freedom to rape and murder their weak. Protesting the war, what does that mean, none of us want war, So do we turn a blind eye and let the horror those people live go on , calling it their right?
My son is a US Marine with the 1 mef. I live in terror every day I will get a knock on my door saying something has happen to him, But I know he believes in what he is doing. His enlistment was up in Oct. Come home on leave looking for a home and job, But said he just had to go back with all that was going on. Unfortunately I understood, Now I get to see these wonderful people he is protecting, lying down in streets and screaming how wrong this is. What do they want to happen? Would they feel the same if this nightmare comes to visit them? I wish they would think of how the families of our military feel when they see them going against America. I thank God his little girl is too young to know people think her daddy is risking his life for people who don't have enough backbone to protect America and others that can't protect themselves. Maybe they should use that energy to pray for peace to come quickly and the safety our children and loves one protecting them.
Cpl, William Mitchell's very proud mother
REMEMBER THEM ALL IN PRAYER
Dear Sgt. Grit,
I had to email you today because I just wanted to share something with you and others. I am a marine wife and my husband and I have always taken great pride in showing our patriotism any way we can.
Recently I just purchased a Marine Corps car flag from your website to go along with my Marine Wife bumper stickers and Marine Corps License plates. I've always gotten great compliments on my car as I am a proud American and Marine Wife. When I came across your website...I saw the car flag and had to get it as it seemed to be the perfect topper to my already very patriotic car.
The day I received it in the mail, I was so excited that I ran outside to my car to place it on my rear passenger window. I thought it looked so good up there waving at everyone I passed on the road or in town. Well that feeling was short lived. You see, I recently pulled into a parking lot at The Home Depot to look for yet more American Flags to mount in front of my house when I stepped out to my car....the mere anger the came over me was just indescribable. I walked up to my car closer to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Unfortunately, my eyes were right...apart from seeing red, I saw that my brand new Marine Corps car flag had been stolen!!!!!! I just could NOT believe it. Someone had broken it off at the base and left me with a short stub of a flag holder. Like I said, I was so angered....but that angered turned quickly into sadness as I thought about how so many of us Americans are trying so hard to display the support we are giving our troops overseas and how people such as THE person who had the nerve to damage not only my property but my pride was able to walk freely in this country because of what our veterans have protected and sacrificed for us all.
I pray for our troops every chance I get and their families.
I pray that the U.S. gets thru this swiftly and hope to GOD that our men and women in uniform come home to us soon. And thru all this......I pray for the evil and the bad deeds that others do and that such acts of maliciousness are put to a stop ....such as Saddam Hussein and yes, even that Son of a Motherless Goat who stole my flag. GOD Bless Sgt. Grit. Sincerely, Veronica St-Pierre Semper Fi ........................................................ I believe these war planners should have figured a way to dredge the Tigeris/Euphrates and sail the "Mighty MO"(BB-63) upstream to Baghdad.Can you visualize the effect those 16 inchers would make on the "unbelievers"?Until then I guess we will have to let the MO sit idle by the Arizona over in Pearl. Semper Fi Chuck Rockett ........................................................
I just wanted to thank all the military troops for doing such a great job! Don't get worried that no one is supporting you because we are. My husband is a SSGT. in the Marine Corps and is now a Recruiter. He is so sad he can't be there right now. He has one brother in the Marines and he got deployed in January. He is with the 1/11 Marines and he has a baby on the way. We hope he will return before she is born in July. His name is CPL. Kenny Herbst and we miss his so much. We hope you all return home safe and proud.
Thank you all,
SSGT. Michael and Sheldon Herbst
I have been considering this "Home Land Security" cabinet post in our government. May I suggest a 30.06 in every home and a former Marine to teach basic rifle fundamentals. Home Land Security wouldn't need a cabinet post. Sorry for such a narrow-minded statement, but sometimes that is how I feel. The second amendment allows all citizens the right to bear arms. Presumably this is for the personal defense of one's home, family, state, and country. Not to mention hunting and just shooting for the sheer joy and fun of it. I joined the Marine Corps in 1969, of my own free will, and put my life on the line for that constitutional amendment and the rest of the constitution. I was willing to walk the walls of freedom so that others would have the right to protest, dissent, disarm, shop, drive, etc. in peace and relative safety. To all those who protest please remember that I also put my beliefs, along with my life, on the line to disagree with your beliefs and statements. We all have right to our opinions. The major difference is that those who are willing to put their lives on the line for their beliefs are the ones that I am more inclined to listen to.
Cpl Stephen M. Fox
Marine Corps 1969-1972 DaNang, Vietman 1970
April 1 2003
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.
Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.
"We would like to retrieve the body of the marine but it is not our sole purpose," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Owen, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
Military sources said another part of the operation was to arm local militias to fight against members of the ruling Baath party loyal to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Shatrah is some 40 km north of Nasiriyah, where Iraqi forces have been harassing US supply lines and putting up tough resistance for more than a week.
Maybe the French would trade us the Statue of Liberty for all of those American bodies?
Sgt USMC (HD)
I know that you get a lot of T-shirt slogan ideas but I thought of one that you might think is worthy enough to put on a t-shirt:
THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS.....
AND THEIR AIM.
Also I have some input about those idiot protestors in NY having a "die-in". I bet you that all of them did not see that Barbara Walters special on 2020 a couple of days ago;where she had 4 Iraqi women who used to live in Iraq a couple years back. Anyway 2020 showed pictures of dead people(i.e. men, women,children, and babies) in the streets after Saddam had tested his chemical weapons on them. So I say to those idiots until you see what Saddam "REALLY" does to his people you all can shut the F**k UP! And leave our soldiers, the ones who died to give you that right to protest, alone and let them do their job.
c/Chief Petty Officer(NJROTC) Cody Fountain
Future Marine in 1 year and 3 months.
Looking at some of the "Protest Rallies" recently, I was again struck by the incredible proportion of young ladies vs. males captured on TV. My mind flashed to a young man where I worked who had served in the 101st. in 'Nam but periodically participated in the PeaceNik marches of the late 60's and early 70"s. I just couldn't understand his conflicting roles. One day, at a lunch break, I asked why he held these seemingly contradictory positions. He said " Hell Sarge , there ain't no better way to get young P-ssy!!! " We laughed 'til we cried! "Get Some " took on a whole new meaning ! Watch TV--the word has spread!!!!!!
Jim Underwood Sgt.
I know everyone has freedom of speech but Scott Ritter is an embarrassment to the Marine Corps! As stated on Fox News 2 days ago he said we will loose the War in Iraq like we did in Vietnam and run with our tails between our legs. I hope other Marines like me we need to take this guy and give him a GI Shower and attitude adjustment!
Cpl Robert M. Dust-Vietnam 1969-70
A few random thoughts. Have you noticed how ugly the anti-American protester women are? Dan Rather looks depressed that we are doing so well. On Fox there was a NYU Prof. chastising Fox for being patriotic. The Rev. Jesse J. voicing concern for POW's on BOTH sides. Again Dangerous Dan Rather said the missile that hit Kuwait was made in USA. Less that an hour later on Fox a reporter holds a piece of the missile in his hand with CHINESE markings. DIXIE CHUMPS!! Have you noticed....no napalm, what is this world coming to. A New Yorker Magazine reported goes through all the training to be an embed with Marines. The training about poison gas scars him. So minuets before he is to get on the bus and deploy he FLAKES out and goes home. How do you spell coward? His name is Hampton Sides. Anti-war = anti-liberty....or maybe anti-war = ugly-chicks, not Dixie.
I too am a former marine having served from Jan.1951-1954. I along with many of my marine brothers served in Korea from Dec. 51 Jan.53.As any Korean veteran can tell you we didn't have any sand but we did have the bitter cold, snow, rain, mud, and Chinese. I feel for our men in Iraq, a bullet in Iraq is just as deadly as they were in our battles. Those that are demonstrating have never seen a starving child, an old person, people with one arm, one leg, or no legs and suffering and misery every day of their life. Apparently all they are concerned with is bringing attention to themselves.I challenge the national news media to refuse to give them any coverage, I bet their bubble would burst real quick. God bless our troops and God Bless America.
X Sgt. Thomas 'Willie' Williams
Why did we go to war--- because we had too. We didn't have a choice! A teacher, a parent,a policeman, a law giver, a governing body or a religious teacher cannot function without an "OR ELSE" and be prepared to use it.
Ron Siegert. Buck Sgt USMC 46-50
I feel that when men and women join the military (whatever branch it may be) they are going not for schooling, or the money, but to help America and keeping our freedom. Yes there are people out there that have there opion and that is fine because everyone has them, no problem. If you believe in something no matter what it is there is always gonna be someone else that doesn't so all these anti-war people out there have got to get over what our military our doing and think for a moment what they are REALLY are doing for us, if it wasn't for the military there would be a lot more people dead in our streets. They are heroes and NO ONE and I mean NO ONE should ever forget that!!!!!!!! If war is happening and it is already going on what is a rally or a protest gonna do but get that person/people arrested. They can't stop war it already started when the towers fell, and the Pentagon was hit. Do these people not understand that!? The right to the freedom of speech is one thing, but when you have men and women risking their lives so we can still have all these freedoms NO ONE should criticize them!!!! THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING THE WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also thank you Sgt Grit for giving me the opportunity to let me us my freedom of speech. Thanks for doing a great job on this news letter!!! I'm not a Marine, but Semper FI!
Shirley Corrigan Quantico, VA
Dear Lcpl Mccoy and all other Marines and all other wonderful servicemen and women who are so precious to our country. I can understand how you must feel about the stupid demonstrators but please believe this, the VAST majority of this country are 100% supportive of all of you. There are always a few people that feel the need to be protesting something or other all the time/ All they are is the "rent a mob" group. PETA , the wacho group that is sooo concerned about animals rights, is even protesting the use of dolphins to search out mines at the gulp port. They said the dolphins "feel" bad because they have been taken away from home and they are being forced against their will to do this horrible work. Now every time you think about the protestors just think about how ludicrous they ALL are and just feel filled with pride for how brave you are and how you are doing what is right and just and that we are all supporting you and will throw flowers in your path when you come home. You are our heroes. My 7 year old son even was watching TV yesterday , seeing the pictures of IRAQ, and he said "mom, I would like to fight for our country". Continue to be all you can be, the few and the proud. I am proud of you!!
L cpl Mccoy' "Julie D.
A Gunny's daughter
To: MARINES in Iraq, Kuwait, Gulf
Just to let you know that you are being supported. I am still in Kosovo and even the Kosovar/Albanians here support the US troops. They did not forget who liberated them. Keep up the good work,
Robert D. Garcia
Border Police Kosovo, USMC 72/83
This past weekend I, by myself, took a folding table and a 3' X 10' piece of vinyl to the art fair being held in a town about 20 miles from my house. After setting up my table I asked people who were walking by if they would sign their name to the banner to show the troops we care. I was surprised that so many people kept walking until what I said registered in their heads. People would turn around and ask in surprise, "You support the troops?" as if to reassure themselves that they heard right. I found out about one hour later why they were surprised to see me there.
Apparently there were antiwar rally's going on all around the art fair. I soon found myself surrounded by angry antiwar uneducated, peace loving, wet behind the ears, collage "Dudes" and "Dudettes." They confronted me and got less then two inches from my face to tell me "SHAME ON YOU!" among other unprintable things. At one point in this confrontation I actually feared for my safety. These antiwar people had become violent (what's wrong with this picture?) with me because I'm telling the troops that we have them in our prayers. These young people don't have the intestinal fortitude to fight and support their country ~ but they can pick on an old lady who is old enough to be their grandmother. Well, thank God for some good citizens, including a homeless man who fought in Viet Nam, for coming to my rescue. After this unfortunate experience I have concluded that some people should not breed. I did manage to get over 3,000 signatures and have express mailed the banner to a military base someplace overseas.
Semper Fi to all of the Leathernecks fighting in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once again, the Marines are distinguishing themselves on the field of battle.
Semper Fi, God speed and watch your "six". Oooooohrah!!
Steve Rutledge, Cpl. USMC, 87-91
CNN reported today that the U S could be facing a "serious shortage" of retired Generals in the near future.
Because of the demand for retired Generals to act as expert commentators on 24 hour cable news networks, the U S Army is considering a proposal to promote retired Colonels to the rank of retired General for the duration of the war.
Possible alternatives are to use retired USAF and USMC Majors or Navy Chiefs.
I'm writing this letter hoping it will be included in your news letter. To all you Marines,Sailors Soldiers,Airman and Coasties I salute you for the sacrifices your making to our country and humanity. Words can never express my pride in your tenacity, courage and esprit de corps that you have displayed during this moment in history. Take care of each other and always watch your six. My prayers and support are always with you. They always say the previous generation was the best and that the current lacks pride, loyalty and moxy! Thank God you have proven them wrong and shown that no matter what generation you're from, as long as you're a true American and believe that there is something worth fighting for, that every generation is great. I'm sorry it took a war for many Americans to realize your worth. When history is written about your sacrifices during this war you'll be remembered as heroes and I echo that sentiment. Keep up the great work, be careful and come home soon! As General Patton so eloquently put it during his speech to the troops, "When they ask what did you do during Operation Iraqi Freedom? You won't have to say , I shoveled sh!t in Louisiana!" Be proud and be brave!
Mike Greene USMC 1981-1987
Camel spider.... agghh, they are a spider like creature that was in Lebanon and also in Kuwait during desert storm. One of the fastest d*mn spiders I have ever encountered....and pretty big too....do a search and check them out......nasty muthers!
"We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in."
I have had it. If all you can think to say is "I support our troops, but I don't agree with Bush". If you support our troops then do just that but otherwise keep your mouth shut. By adding that "but" you counter act any support you have just offered. Do you think that our troops are robots that blindly follow orders. They will follow every order they are given but they do it because their patriotism and dedication to their country tells them that it is the presidents job to make these tough decisions and their job to carry them out. If you support our troops then stand up. If you disagree with our President the keep your G--D--ned mouth shut until 2004 and then VOTE! If you want to protest the whole affair, don't do it in my neighborhood or you may find yourself in a tight spot. I was willing to fight to defend my Nation when I was active duty. I am still willing to fight to defend the men who are currently fighting for all of us.
Cpl USMC 88-92
Partial comments about protests:
To all our troops in IRAQ . We Vets of yesteryear have your back here at home. We are here to let you know that your nation-wide support has risen to 83 percent as of March 27, 2003. That is phenomenal and just one, and the most important example of how much America thinks of its fighting men and women.
Richard E. Nygaard, SSGT USMC 1953-1963
Last night I went to a rally to support our guys and gals serving in the Middle East. Never had I felt prouder. There were about 800 people at the rally. The ABC outlet in Chicago covered it and it appeared on the nightly news last night, twice this a.m. and now on the noon news. Very positive. Bob Rader ....... I just wanted to comment on the editorial. While there are plenty of people protesting, of you listen to what people say and look at the polls, Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of the whole operation.. 76% polled support the war, another 50% think we should use MORE force. Unfortunately the media considers protesting news, so the MINORITY of people that protest get the majority of coverage.
Always proud to be an American!
Stop all your bitching and whining; lets go into Iraq, get the job done right and bring our troops home. Keep up the good work guys I love your site. Semper Fi! God Bless America! Wick, a future Marine ....... The President did agree with the French, Germans and Russians on sending in more inspectors! But the French, Germans and Russians would not join the party! Semper Fi: Always Faithful Fran and O. T. Bourgoyne ....... These people that take such a strong stance against war don't even understand how America even came to be a free democratic society and everything we've had to go through for the past 200 some odd years to live to ensure our way of life. They are arrogant, or even ignorant to say the only reason we are going to war is just over oil. Mary ....... A few of the Anti war protestors are genuinely against war for humanitarian reasons, and they should be respected. The rest are a bunch of fools! Our Universities and colleges are producing naive adults. It's a pity that people waste their energy defending ruthless dictators like Hussein. Justin ....... Those anti-war pukes are getting way too much press, and it's time for those who support our troops to stand up and speak up! This is a great country we live in, and if it weren't for the efforts of the marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen, who have fought for this great nation of ours and for the rights of the very people who speak against them, those people wouldn't have a pot to piss in! Semper Fidelis, Harmony Romo, Wife of Sgt. Richard Romo - United States Marine Corps ....... Please, if anyone gets this news letter over there, remember that the Majority of the people here in the states are in support of your heroic efforts to rid that country of a mad man and free the Iraqi people. My heart is full of pride every time I see you all on FOX News Network doing such an outstanding job. You make us all so very very proud!!! Remember this please all of you, that the protesters just don't get it and maybe they never will. But for those of us who know your pain and know your loss we are with you in spirit. There are so many of us even at our age, 50s and 60s who wish we could be right there beside you every inch of the way to Baghdad. God Bless you All and keep up the good fight, your our Heroes and we pray for your safe return home to your families. SEMPER FI Sgt. Donald A. Yoder, U.S.M.C. not as Lean But STILL a Marine. Viet Nam 65-66/68-69 1st Marine Division 1964, 3rd Marine Division Viet Nam ....... Many years ago my Father, a sage and wit in his own right would put it this way. "Some people would kick if their legs were cut off." As to the "Hollywood Know It Alls". Opinions are like *ssholes, everyone has one, and they are all different.
LCpl. R. J. "Finner " Kane '58 - '61
The story that was submitted by "many, many of you" about the Marines entitled "WHERE DO THEY GET..." - I have heard from several people, including 2 websites that I looked up personally that this was a "URBAN LEGEND". Where did this story come from? I would LOVE to believe that it was true, so why is someone (or plural) saying that it is not? My husband is with USMC 1st Battalion BN, SCOUT Platoon over in Iraq. Sounds like something him and his men would do.
PROUD MARINE WIFE (Lcpl Benjamin Thompson)
My name is Kelly, my boyfriend PFC Clarke, Harry (Jim) graduated boot camp at Parris Island March 1st, 2002. He is now overseas somewhere in Iraq, he is a truck driver attached to the 1st marine division. I wrote this to you to please pray for him, I love him so very much, we plan on getting married when he returns. Life is hard without him, its so hard not knowing where he's at or when he's coming home. I know he's going to be fine but just the thought that he is over there is overwhelming. I got my first letter from him today- boy is that a relief just knowing he's ok he wrote saying he was going on a convoy, it scared me terribly, I just want whoever is going through the same thing to know that I'm praying for their son, daughter, husband, or boyfriend. And that they have Millions doing the same and that we are all going through this together, we have to support and pray for each other and there loved ones. And we can tough this out just like our troops are, I'm praying for you, please pray for my Jim. And too all our Troops overseas, including the love of my life, good luck, be brave, be strong, and kick some ass.
If Saddam loses a leg but survives, how pissed will his body doubles be?
I have a step son in the Marines. Yes, like many other young men he is in Iraq, and we haven't heard anything from him since he entered. Can you tell me if this is normal. My husband says not to worry, he is just busy with the war and he will write when he can. I can tell though he is d*mn worried, but won't let on. You men!
God bless America
As we DEBATE weather we are right or wrong to fight IRAQ, we are setting ourselves up to be attacked again. I have been worried what will happen when the next Terrorist attack hits the school, church or home of our loved ones. What will be the cry then? I am a Marine and I wish we could just do our job and let our sons, daughters, husbands, and wives come home to their families. Do we want to fight? NO but do we want to live in fear of the evil that can befall our family, NO. Let us do our job and end the evil that can befall us. A good example was Germany in WWI, when they were defeated and their hands were slapped by the world nations and was able to rebuild in less the 20 years to destroy much of the world peace in such a short time after. WWII put so many people in shock that this nation was divided until family and friends were killed and then vengeances was the cry on everyone's lips. Do we want a repeat of 9-11 before we do something because They did mean to do it and it was not an accident. How soon do we forget! I went to grandparents day this last week and I was asked why do we fight. The hardest answer to 9 year olds so they can understand is "So you do not have to in the future". If the world would except everybody with their differences and beliefs we would not have any problems but there is always (at this time) someone who thinks that the color of skin, religious beliefs or life style is not acceptable to them so it must be destroyed. No one is the judge and jury of another nation or people, so that is why we are fighting to preserve the right of freedom to be who we are.
Msgt Thomas Updegraff '70-'96
THERE IS A NEW CHARTER OF THE "BLUE STAR MOTHERS" IN TEXAS. ACTUALLY, WE ARE THE "ONLY" CHARTER IN TEXAS. WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THEY WILL BE SEEING US AROUND! WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT GETTING STARTED AND ARE ANXIOUS TO BEGIN SERVING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES IN THE COASTAL BEND OF TEXAS! IF YOU LIVE IN THE COASTAL BEND OF TEXAS AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE YOU MAY CONTACT OUR PRESIDENT AT firstname.lastname@example.org. DADS CAN JOIN AS "BLUE STAR DADS" AND IF YOU ARE NOT A MOM OR DAD OF SOMEONE IN THE MILITARY BUT ARE A FAMILY MEMBER, YOU CAN JOIN AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER. THE MORE THE MERRIER, AND THE MORE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH. THANKS SARGE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
PROUD MARINE MOM!
Michael Moore was the straw that broke this camels's back. This man has made millions of dollars because he lives in a country where he is free to make documentaries preaching his opinions. Whether I agree with him or not, he has the right to make his statements.
Why does he have this right? Because people like my husband have fought for it for him. My husband is a retired Sgt. Major in the United States Marine Corps. He was activated in Desert Storm in 1991 and he left behind a wife and two children under the age of three for many months to serve his country. It was a struggle, but we were willing to make the sacrifice for our country. Although he is retired now, if he got the call he would gladly go serve his country again. I am proud that he has enough pride in his country to make that sacrifice.
To all of those who disagree with this war, more power to you. I do have to say, however, that you insult me and all of our soldiers and their families when you make blanket statements about George Bush and the military being murderers. My husband is not a murderer. He was a soldier who had a job to do. He worked at the embassy in San Salvador in 1979 while it was under attack. The locals were shooting at the Marines. If he had shot back would you consider him a murderer? He was there to serve and protect. That is exactly what our military is doing in Iraq today. They are trying to liberate an oppressed country from the clutches of a sadistic, egotistical tyrant.
The next time you see Sgt. Major Al Kelleher or any of our present or retired military personnel, I suggest that you say thank you for making this a country where you can say what you think without being beaten, tortured or thrown in jail. Despite your opposition to the war, you should still be supporting our troops. Your cutting remarks in front of your children about our president and our military do not fall on deaf ears. The children talk in school. They are our future. If you do not raise them to respect all of the privileges they have because someone was willing to fight for them in the past then God help us all.
America, love it or leave it. God Bless America!
"MY GOD! HOW LITTLE DO MY COUNTRYMEN KNOW WHAT PRECIOUS BLESSINGS THEY ARE IN POSSESSION OF, AND WHICH NO OTHER PEOPLE ON EARTH ENJOY!"
My Grandfather Cpl. Conrad C. Walsh assaulted the island of Iwo Jima ,on the 19th of February 1945 with thousands of other Marines .....and I want to thank all others who did .
Semper Fi and OORAH !!!
A proud SON and GRANDSON of a Marine
Thanks For giving me a place to sound off on how I was proud to be a Marine and what it did for Me in my life. I was 18 yrs old when I joined and when to Korea with the 5th Marines. Now I watch the TV and see the 5th Marines in action in the Middle East, It makes Me think back on how it was when I was in Korea. These Marines are AWESOME !!!! AND EVERYONE I KNOW WISH YOU THE VERY BEST IN YOUR MISSION AND A QUICK AND SAFE RETURN TO THOSE WHO LOVE YOU. thanks and keep your butts down and your power dry!!.
Dick Cordova, Sgt.USMC 51-54
I just wanted to inform anyone who is from Ohio or surrounding states that there will be a huge rally in Dover, Ohio, on April 27. It's going to be great and I would love to have more people there to support out troops and our country. The gates open at 11am and the program begins at 1pm. Bring your flag and your love for America. If you need info email me at TVSnowboarder03@Aol.com, or go to Rally For America.
Semper Fi, 2 my marine
Greetings Senator Kerry,
In a recent speech, you compared the U.S. system of government to Saddam's when you called for a "regime change" in Washington. As a Massachusetts Resident/Voter/Taxpayer, I am now utterly ashamed to admit such as my status. Having served as a United States Marine in Beirut, Lebanon, I am now also ashamed to claim you as a brother Veteran of foreign conflicts. I wish I was serving with my brother Marines in Iraq right now. It would be better to die liberating an oppressed people than to face the humiliation of being one of your constituents.
You stated, "What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States." but on March 18 you had promised to cool your criticism of the war effort.
Critical analysis offered in the best interests of the country is certainly a part of a healthy democracy, but you crossed the line when you equated our President with the Iraqi dictator in this time of war. Now is the time to stand in support of our Commander-in-Chief and our young men and women in harm's way. You obviously do not! Shame on you!
Paul A. Peirce
I saw the most profound event yet of the war thus far this morning.
The Marines naturally in a defensive mode, and after warning a vehicle to stop as it was getting danger close to their column, laid waste to the fast moving vehicle.
-I don't think I would have done it differently. What the Marines could not know was the vehicle carried Iraqi refugees only, -that did not understand their warning shots. Three innocent civilians were killed and burned.
The remaining family survivors were aghast at having seen their family members killed by the Marines. The Marines had a translator with them and were able to explain to the grieving family what had happened. The remaining family members said they were glad America was there and understood the cost of their liberation and amazingly enough, they were not angry at the Marines, only grief stricken.
After sharing their grief together with the Marines, who were also filled with sorrow, the family asked the Marines for help in removing the charred bodies from the wreckage. The Marines obliged and gently placed the civilian casualties into body bags. The family explained they did not know how they would get their family's remains to a mosque for a proper funereal ceremony. So they asked the Marines for help. Showing a deep concern for these people, the Marines did transport the bodies to the mosque and then waited for the family as they prayed to their God and did what they needed to do. Then, working shoulder to shoulder with the still grief stricken Iraqi family, the US Marines dug three graves out in the desert and helped the family bury their loved ones.
Semper Fi and God Bless the Marine Corps.
What is wrong with all of these protesters? Do they all have blinders on. Do they not see that this war is different from the others? In the past whenever we have gone to war, it has always been to help other countries from being invaded by someone else. This time is different. The threat is not only to other countries, but right here at HOME. Can't these people see this? After 9-11, don't they realize that we have to do something to keep OUR country SAFE. People like Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden or any other terrorists that might decide to strike our country. It's not just about everyone else's country this time. It's about our own. These men and women who have gone overseas, are over there fighting to keep us safe also. To keep our children from having to go through another 9-11 or worse. I think these people need to stand back and listen to the news, and listen the number of Iraqi people that have come out and thanked our Americans, shook their hands and blessed us for being there.
I heard on the radio here in Savannah GA the other day a woman that came here when she was 17 from Iraq. She made the statement that the people of Iraq are already dead. Because they do not have the freedom to choos