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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #49

"Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

Thomas Paine


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Sarge, I'm an old (what else?) World War II Marine Raider. I'd like to send you some thoughts that went through my head yesterday, July 4th., our Independence Day:
I sit here in a country rare, taking all my blessings smugly. Then July the 4th. awakes me; sacrifices great astound me. The Declaration made by men inspires the greatest wonder, praise -- and asks me, "Would you do the same?" The mirror's question is the same. A time to measure, time to judge -- Do I reflect our Father's pride? Am I committed to this land? Those fifty-six together pledged their lives, their fortunes; honor too. Some paid the dearest price of all, still others lost their homes, their wealth. All suffered, yet they saw it through. May we, this Independence Day, renew the spirit of these men; pledge to future generations protection for the rights of man, a life set free of foreign rule, and freedom to pursue one's goals. Commitment to those lofty aims we pledge to Founders on this day. If sacrifice we must; we shall!

Semper Fidelis and Gung-Ho,
Elmer Mapes
Marine Raider
W.W.II


"Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty."

--Samuel Adams


whoever does not have the stomach for this fight, let him depart.give him his money to speed his departure since we wish not to die in this man/s company. whoever lives past today and comes home safely, will rouse himself every year on this day., show his neighbor his scars, and tell him embellished stories of their great feats of battle. these stories he will teach his sons and from this day until the end of the world we shall be remembered. we few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for whoever has shed his blood with me shall be my brother. and those men afraid to go will think themselves lesser men as they hear of how we fought and died together. henry V act IV scene III Submitted by SSgt Huntsinger, 1968-75 ........................................................


ALL THE DEVIL DOGS HERE AT MCAS IWAKUNI JAPAN WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR FAMILIES WHO LOVE AND SUPPORT US EVERYDAY AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED OUR GREAT NATION IN WHICH WE SERVE PROUDLY TODAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA. SEMPER FIDELIS PFC ROYBAL LD


1st PROVISIONAL DMZ POLICE COMPANY - KOREA

This company served in the Korean DMZ from the 1953 truce till the 1st Marine Division left Korea in 1955. There will be a story about the company in the August Leatherneck. We have found 16 former members. We are looking for more. If you served in this company contact Joe "Red" Mulkern at islandred@webtv.net. Who knows you might find somebody that owes you money.

GET IN TOUCH, SEMPER FI.....

GUNG-HO.........


"[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. ... The Declaration of Independence ... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man."

--Thomas Jefferson


TO ALL THE PROUD MOMS, THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT.
L ONEILL CHARLIE 1/5-1975-1960


Hi Folks!

I am sending you an e-mail from my son, Todd, serving with the marines in Al Hillah, about 50 mi. south of Baghdad. (He has been 'in country' since 3 March 03....and was on his ship getting him there, since 3 Feb.) In an e-mail from him...and 'thank goodness that we now have e-mail to and from our loved ones over there'!, he mentioned, when thanking us for all the 'stuff' that we have sent him, that one of the fellas in his platoon, has not received ONE PIECE of MAIL since Feb. It is sad that PFC Esquivel has had no one to support him, so, I am sending to you his address. If you can send a note, or a pkg. with beef jerky, and perhaps some choc. chip cookies or M&Ms,... (it seems that that is what they like,...a Time magazine....or, 'whatever'!...)...I think that PFC Caesar Esquivel would think that that would be just a really nice thing!! I have done so, too. My good deed for the day...aren't those guys and gals over there great!!?? They hope to come home in Sept.

Mail to:

PFC Esquivel, Caesar, USMC
B Company, 1/4th Marine, 1st Plt.
UIC 39725
FPO AP 96613-9725

Todd says that the Australian army cooks are now manning their mess halls, so....now, they are having pretty good food!! HaHa I do not know anything about Australian cuisine. HaHa And, the gossip is that the 'Polish are coming'! They think that maybe they are going to be relieved,... and perhaps their trip back to Camp Pendleton, California might come sooner than they thought earlier. (September was to be their return date.)

Thank you for all you do, folks!
My sincere best wishes to you all, and take care.
Much love, Jan

OH I HAVE ESQUIVELS ADDRESS. ITS SIMPLE, ITS THE SAME THING AS MINE EXCEPT PFC CEASAR ESQUIVEL. WELL OFF TO SLEEP FOR MY 1 HOUR OF SLEEP FOR THE NIGHT. YEAAAHHHYYYY. OH BY THE WAY. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY THERE IS NO NEWS ABOUT US. BECAUSE NOTHING MAJOR EVER HAPPENS IN HILLAH. OUR CITY IS PEACEFUL AND THE PEOPLE LOVE US. SO NOTHING TO REPORT. THEY PROBABLY DIDN'T EVEN REPORT ABOUT THAT DRIVE BY ON MY ECP. ALL THE REPORTERS ARE IN BAGHDAD, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. LOVE YALL. TODD


OPERATION SHARING FREEDOM

I have agreed to give a special reduced price to a selection of USMC and USA items. If you would like to support 3/23 efforts you can do it with Sgt Grit. I will ship a package every Friday per the orders I receive that week. You have two options, a $9.95 or a $19.95 package. You will not be charged shipping. Your invoice will show shipping, but you will not be charged shipping only $9.95 or $19.95. (Programming limitations) Read more about the program from Lt Col Craig Berry's letter.


JUST WRITING TO SAY THANKS TO ALL THE MARINES AND THE REST OF THE MILITARY. MY SON AND THE REST OF HMLA-269,MAG-29, WELCOME BACK FROM IRAQ. PROUD OF ALL OF YOU GUYS. TO MY SON CPL. RICARDO SANCHEZ, WELCOME BACK SON, GREAT JOB. YOU ALL DID WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE AND AS ALWAYS YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE MARINE PRIDE AND YOU GUYS SURE HAVE, THANKS AGAIN. TO SGT. GRUNT THANK YOU FOR YOUR NEWS LETTER PROGRAM IT'S GREAT.

PROUD PARENTS OF A MARINE
JOE AND ARCELIA SANCHEZ
MISSION, TEXAS


All I want to say on the birthday of our nation is that I love America. I'm proud of serving America when I was a United States Marine and only wish I was young again to be on active duty defending her today. Happy Birthday USA.

Semper Fi.
Paul Shafer


Flag retirement.

I don't know if this would be helpful to her.
I don't quite understand her letter from the newsletter http://members.aol.com/StanDCmr/flag.html

Sempers,
Arty 66-67 D-2/11- B-1/5


Dear Sgt Grit,

All these people talking about Jessica Lynch makes me have to put in my two cents worth as well. I couldn't say it better than one of my platoon sergeants from 'A' school: "A hero is someone that will run into a burning building when they KNOW it is going to collapse, not one that is in the house when it collapses and survives." Yeah, I'm sure being a POW sucks, and I am sorry she had to go through it. But nobody has mentioned anything about the Marines that saved her life. They are the real heroes. Did anybody catch in the news that the reason she joined the Army was so they could pay for her way through college? Hell, I joined the Marine Corps because I just wanted to serve my country. My prayers are with those all over the world(like myself) away from their loved ones, not knowing what is going to happen next, hoping we don't become part of the next headlines.

OOHRAH AND SEMPER FI,
LCpl Brobst


SGT GRIT

YEP, WE ARE JUST COVERED UP WITH "HEROES" NOW, AREN'T WE????? ALL THOSE GREAT KIDS, JUST 19 AND 20 YEARS OLD, AMAZING HOW WELL THEY ARE CONDUCTING THEMSELVES. NOW DON'T GET ANGRY, I'M NOT CUTTING DOWN ANY OF THE YOUNG SERVICEMEN. I'M PROUD OF THEM TOO. HOWEVER, I'M PISSED WITH ALL THE NEWS MEDIA. JUST HOW OLD DO THE JERKS THINK WE WERE IN VIET NAM???????? JUST MARK IT DOWN,4 JULY 2003. SEE HOW LONG IT IS GOING TO TAKE THE MEDIA TO START CUTTING DOWN THE MILITARY, THE VA TO NOT WANT TO TREAT THEM AND THE LEFT-WING BASTARDS CALLING THE BABY KILLERS AND OTHER WONDERFUL NAMES. LET US NOT FOOL OURSELVES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL FORGET IN THE LONG RUN. AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND IT WILL JUST BE THOSE OF US THAT HAVE "BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT" WHO WILL BE THERE FOR THESE YOUNGER VETS. GOD LOVE'EM. I HATE FEELING THIS WAY, BUT SO MANY OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS AND BEING A CYNIC IS EASY.

ANOTHER OLD NAM VET, IN COUNTRY MAR67-NOV68,USMC/CPL/2531


As a former Marine and the father and foster dad of 3 marines 2 of which were in Iraq at the beginning, I stand in awe of them and all service members. Had the honors of being included with a Tank unit stateside for a couple days, I stood with the best. I was treated like a VIP and was once again an active Marine for that time. I am proud of our youth, and have to break protocol by saying I stand in awe of the US Army they are doing a great job. and I am glad my Niece who is now with the 4th ID is making me proud also..... cant wait to be with all of them again...

Semper Fi Rick


Hey Sarge, just a comment on the current treatment of our returning troops. It is sure a welcome change from when they spit on me when I came back in Feb 1970 after 25 months in the Nam. I am very proud of our young Marines and the tradition they carried on in Iraq.

Semper Fi. Mitch USMC 1967-1978, SSGT


The quote below is from MSNBC site on the internet, July 9, 2003. I found it very appropriate and reassuring the Defense Dept. would chose to send in only the BEST in its inventory of assets. 'Marines accompanying a U.S. military security assessment team arrive by helicopter on the helipad of the U.S. Embassy in the Liberian capital Monrovia on July 7. The team of experts is to assess how best to help bring stability to the war-torn West African nation. The team is seen as a possible precursor to a much larger U.S. military deployment in Liberia.'

On the other hand, I do hope the issue in Liberia does not require further deployment of our VERY BEST!!!

Best Regards,
Jim Davisson ATC


hi essjay ! never realized it until recent years, but us jarheads have a bond that is cast permanently at Parris Island....pvt., pfc., colonel, we are all and always Marines...the rank only designates who gives the orders...if you're outranked, you react without question....and that's about training and trust and ultimately survival against all odds...the older i get, the prouder i am to have worn the uniform of the Corps.....SEMPER-FI! and a one-gun salute to Sir Rooney !!! sgt of marines..before the crossed rifles...lilly, ashley v., 1523436


"Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe."

--Saint Augustine


He was 17, fresh out of high school, knowing it was a matter of time before his number came up. He was one of seven kids, the oldest son, whose father became a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair four years earlier when he was 13.

Wanting to take control of his own destiny rather than giving up all control over his own choices, he enlisted in the Navy that summer of 1964. Everyone knew they didn't float battleships in rice paddies, so at least he wouldn't end up in the jungles of Vietnam ... so he thought.

After basic training in San Diego he completed Hospital Corps School. He worked the dermatology ward at Balboa Naval Hospital. He loved the medical field and saw that his desire to become a doctor could be a reality. He had been accepted into the Dermatology Tech Program at the same time his orders arrived. What he thought was the path his life would take was making a hard left turn that May in 1966. His orders were for Field Medical School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Since the Navy provides the medical corps for the Marines, he was soon to be a Marine Corpsman. The message was pretty clear ... his military service would take him to the jungles after all.

He was assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Ah yes, the Marines. This was the branch where your combat service in Vietnam was 13 months instead of 12, because that's what the Marines did. He, just like all the others before him, was plucked out of everyday life as he knew it, flown in a commercial airliner to Okinawa, then on to Da Nang, South Vietnam. He was dropped in the middle of the jungle. It was November 1966 and he was older than most, having just turned 20. He would see and experience things no one at any age should have to endure. He hated hearing the cry, "Corpsman Up!" and trying so desperately to keep his fellow Marines alive when they had been wounded. Doing all he could with what little he had in his medical pack, hoping his buddies would live until they could be medivaced out to safety and to more help. Thirteen months later he boarded a commercial airliner, flew back to the States and was dropped right back into civilization. No decompression time, no time to re-adjust. This serviceman, like many before him, just stepped back onto American soil to war protestors who spit in their faces and called them baby killers. There was no hero's welcome home for them.

His life was spared and perhaps his dream of becoming a doctor did not become a reality, but his career has nonetheless been in the healthcare field, first in blood banking and then in hospital human resources. I realized a long time ago that I can never fully understand what he went through or what he endured and how hard it must have been for the Vietnam Veteran to not have a hero's welcome home. What I am sure about, is that he is the bravest man I know. This man, whom most know as Don Bourland, is my hero and every night I gratefully welcome him home.

Submitted and written by
Becky Bourland
(wife of Don Bourland since August 1968)


"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present."

--Marcus Aurelius


Good Morning Family!!!

This is the best update I have been privileged to write to date!

LCPL Jonathan Nino is on a plane bound for American soil!

I have been reluctant to write any e-mails announcing the return of my Marine because of all the false starts we have had over the last month or so. At first we were hoping for a return the beginning of June, then mid-June, and then late June. It began to feel like we would have to wait an eternity! I was especially bummed that Jon and his unit would not be here for the Fourth of July. I felt like they deserved to be a part of the celebration, especially this year.

But Jonathan called on Thursday and said that his unit was scheduled to depart for home yesterday, the 6th. He felt very confidant that this date would stick, but laughed and said that he would "believe it when I am in a plane, sitting on the tarmac!" He called my Mom just after midnight Saturday night and said that they would be on a plane in the next few hours. And then this e-mail from Bret's Mom, Cindy confirms that our local heroes are finally out of Kuwait and on their way home. Bret confirmed that Jonathan was on the same plane in the first group.

Words could not ever express the relief and joy that I feel today. I firmly believe that there was no other way I could have made it though this ordeal without my faith in God! Thank all of you so much for your support and prayers. It means more than you could ever know! I will keep you updated on his return to Vegas. There will be parties and pictures that I will pass along. I ask you to continue to show support for our troops until they all return home to their loved ones.

Take care, Les


"This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country."

--Theodore Roosevelt


Sunrise Detachment
Marine Corps League
99 Iwo Jima Blvd.
Massapequa NY 11758-4910
516-798-9369
http://www.orgsites.com/ny/sunrise_mcl

Long Island has a rich history of service to our country. From the Revolutionary War, through the War To End All Wars, through World War Two, through Korea and Vietnam, the people and industries of Long Island have all given more than their fair share when called upon. The sons and daughters helped forge this nation with their blood and sweat, building a nation and a community that we can be proud of. Many of the same things can be said about our Marine Corps. The Marine Corps has led the way in providing the might necessary to build this society of free and democratic people that we enjoy today. It seems to be a natural thing to merge the two legacies into one celebration of freedom and patriotism. The Sunrise Detachment, Marine Corps League is sponsoring just such a celebration in honor of one of our great Marine legends, Sergeant Major Dan Daly. As many of us already know, SgtMaj Daly was awarded not just one Medal Of Honor, but two. His first Medal of Honor was awarded to him for his heroic actions on August 14, 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion in China. He commanded a barricade that sustained a vicious assault by the Chinese, placing his own safety second to the completion of his mission. His second award of the Medal of Honor was the result of his courageous leadership of his men during the Mexican War, in Vera Cruz. While outnumbered by more than ten to one, Daly led his men into battle and overcame the enormous odds, defeating the bandits. SgtMaj Daly continued to demonstrate his ability to command Marines throughout the next war, the War To End All Wars. He again distinguished himself at Belleau Woods, in France, another legendary page of Marine Corps history. Sergeant Major Daly is a son of Long Island. He was born and raised in the City of Glen Cove, where there is a memorial to him in the center of town. It is there that we propose to celebrate his life with a parade and A salute to all veterans. This event is scheduled for Sunday, August 10, 2003. At this time, the scheduled kick off time is 1000, units to muster no later than 0930. We need your support and participation to make this a success. Please strongly encourage all of your members to participate in this event, there are enough Marines and Veterans on Long Island to make a very impressive gathering, but we need you to commit to this event. This is an opportunity for all of us to show pride in our service and in our community. Dan Daly is an important representative of all Long Islanders who have served, and for those who have given their blood and their lives for the people of the United States Of America, let's show our respect for all of them on this day.

Semper Fidelis,
John Lee
Commandant
Sunrise Detachment, Marine Corps League

sgtgrunt@optonline.net


"Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die."

--Herbert Hoover


Need a copy of your DD214 or some other record? Here's how to do it online.

NPRC Initiates Online Records Request Procedures

The National Personnel Records Center is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180 that can be downloaded from the online web site.

The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom processing time. Also, because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.

Veterans and next of kin may access this application at http://vetrecs.archives.gov

Please note there is no requirement to type "www" in front of the web address.

Semper Fi,
Oklahoma Marines
oklahomamarines@cox.net


Thank goodness someone has spoken out concerning the blatant misuse of the word "Hero". Rescue a snake from under your porch and you become a hero. Knock on a door of a burning house and you are branded to be a "Hero". The word has long ago lost it's true meaning. Every military person who steps up on the line is definitely a HERO. Yet, there is only one sure way you will get recognition, get your mug in the media.

R.A. Leavell 1955-59, USMC


"We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth."

--Ronald Reagan


Happy Independence Day Sgt. Grit. This country is free and will stay free because of the men and women who wear the uniform of The United States Marine Corps........(other services included to some degree too) Give yourself a pat on the back!!! Will be headed to the local V.F.W. later, and will raise my glass and toast in your honor and all Marines wherever they may be......

hell, I may even toast myself,
Semper Fi,
Tom Kelly
GySgt. USMC ret.


Sgt Grit:
Maybe the Devil did create the Marines, yet we turned out to be a blessed gift to America and the world from God! God Bless America and her military!

Michael Young
LCPL '90-'94 USMC
Restore Hope Vet


NORTHEAST USA VIETNAM VETERANS REUNION ASSOCIATION, INC.

http://home.twcny.rr.com/nevietvets/

The Fourth Annual Reunion of the Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion Association, Inc. will take place on July 25, 26 and 27, 2003, Doman Road, Freehold, New York (30 miles southwest of Albany, NY) A Memorial Service will take place at noon on July 26, 2003.


"There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring them on. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation."

--President George Bush


July 4th, 2003

July 4th, 2003, has a whole new meaning for you and me.
This year, as others have so many times before, we sent our wives, husbands and children off to war. It wasn't a war for oil or power, as many will say, it was a war for freedom, in a country far away.

Many protested and carried signs in the streets, never once remembering that "Freedom is not Free"! But true Americans stood tall and proud, and supported our troops, for the rights they allow. They answered the call, at home and abroad. To protect and to serve and fight for us all. As so many before them, they put their lives on the line, never once considering the cost or the time. Some have come home, some still fight. Some gave their lives, and paid the ultimate price.

Wake up America! See why your free! It's because of brave men and women from sea to shining sea!
This Independence Day, fly your flag high, for the people who fought to give us this right!
Thank the men and women who serve this great country of ours, past, present and future, at home and abroad. And always remember and never forget the ones who gave all, to protect even the liberals and politically correct!

July 4th, 2003, has a new meaning..... another nation is free!

To all the brave men and women at home and abroad, past, present and future; "THANK YOU" for serving and protecting this great country of ours. Our nation is not perfect, but it's free and our children have futures. And thanks to brave people like you, we have the choice to change what we don't like. To the families and loved ones of those who unselfishly serve; May god embrace you and carry you through. And last but never least, To the Gold Star families; I for one will never forget or take for granted the freedoms your loved ones gave their lives for. God holds a special place in his heart for you all!

Today lets all let the world see how a nation celebrates being Free!

Debbie B. (TN)
Proud Marine Mom and Proud "adopted" Marine Mom of 2 of
the Few and Proud -back from the "sandbox"


"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

--Thomas Jefferson


Hey, would you be interested in putting in your on-line magazine about the "Comfort Quilts" that I am making for all the fallen Marines. I will attach a copy of a photo of one of the quilts.

What we are doing is making one quilt for each Marine who was killed during the War on Iraq. To date we need 81 quilts and over 2,000 quilt blocks. What I am asking is for anyone who would like to send me a 12"x12" piece of fabric with a message remembering those who served and I will sew the quilts and get them to the families. They can join our Marine Comfort Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Marinecomfortquilts

There they can find out whose quilt we're making and where to send the squares. I was asked to speak at a Veterans meeting on Monday and the men there were just wonderful. They will be collecting squares for this project. I've been receiving squares from all over the US. If this is something you could post, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks, Gina


Hi, My name is Danielle. I am the proud Marine Wife of LCpl. Juan I. Davila. I forward all of your newsletters to him while he is deployed in the Persian Gulf. He loves to get them. I enjoy so much all of the stories from these brave men, who have fought so courageously for our freedoms. Thanks so much for the opportunity to have access to this newsletter! Keep up the great work! ooorah!

Semper Fi, Danielle
Proud Marine Wife
GO USA! GO USMC! OOOOOOOHRAH!
God Bless Our Troops!


I know, I know.....it's a shameless plug. Hey...it's my newsletter and Danielle got in and you didn't. Get over it. Besides her other message is very motivating and proud. Sgt Grit


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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