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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #51

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Sgt. Grit,
I must say I have always enjoyed you newsletter. Some letters coming in from Iraq have been wonderful and full of information.

However, I must say the latest one was a little discouraging for me. I too, saw the new broadcast about a "few Army" men complaining about still being in Iraq. But how can we condemn the entire Army because of a few deft men?

My husband served in the Marines and is very proud of it. But my Brother is in the Army. If I could I would like to share an e mail with you that I received from him on July 4th, 2003.

Early on the 4th of July I received an e mail saying that his unit had been attacked but that he was okay. Naturally I had questions for him about the attack in Balad.

He was able to e mail me again but explained that he couldn't answer my questions due to Operation Security. This is what he did say:

....We had a good 4th of July, I know a new group of people now have freedom, they do not know it yet but in a decade they will. I know the US and I made it happen. Take care and remember we fight and die for freedom for the world or a people but most of all our self, family and country. If I was to die today the only regret I would have in not being around as the ones I love grow-up or older, I feel my life is complete otherwise....

(He signed)
Take care and remember I love you all,
Philip E. Melton
1SG, USA
"Dragon 07"

So please Sgt. Grit and other Marines. If we are going to judge the ARMY by what a few men say in the field. Let's judge it by men like my Brother. And remember that we're all in it together.

God Bless our Men and Women in the Armed Forces,
Shawn S.
Juneau Alaska


Dear Sgt. Grit,

I had the honor (and I mean that) of welcoming home my son-in-law on July 13th. He is a Sgt., Echo Company, BLT 2/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). It was the experience of a lifetime and one I will not soon forget.

How overwhelmed I was when the vehicles off-loaded and came into view...and to think I thought they looked like they were in "rubber rafts." As the vehicles came out of the water, I stood in awe of not only the vehicle before me...but the men who commanded them. My son-in-law and his "brothers" made all of us Americans proud. They accomplished what they set out to do and for that I commend them.

As his vehicle approached the ramp, my daughter handed me her camera and said "mom please take his picture, I don't want to miss his face while looking through a lens." Even though I was "looking through a lens," I saw a face and (I know he would deny this) a smile!! That picture will be worth a thousand words. After taking the picture, I turned to my husband and saw a tear running down the side of his cheek from under his sunglasses as he welcomed the Marines home.

Seeing my daughter walking towards me, hand-in-hand with "her marine" I realized the person that he is. I have always been proud to call him my "son," but now I will also call him my "hero." He took the time to share his vehicle with us. Our "tour" consisted of little tid-bits about his "home" for the past several months. He allowed my husband to sit in the "Sergeant's seat." God knows my husband had fun with that. I saw the kid in him for that instant and roles were reversed. I am sure what my son-in-law saw from that position within the vehicle was not what my husband was seeing, but the thrill of it was really all that mattered.

To think that I almost missed this once in a lifetime moment of being able to welcome them home, ( I originally elected not to go on July 12th...I wanted my daughter to have him all to herself) I will chalk it up to "karma." Had the Rushmore not responded to a civilian (shall we say in distress) I would not have been there. But they did and that delayed their arrival, which allowed me a second chance. All things happen for a reason and I believe I was meant to be there to welcome them home.

To all the men of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC), I am so very proud of you and welcome you home with open arms. I thank you for a job well done!! The Marine Corps flag will always fly in front of my home.

Grateful for those who are home...
Missing those who were lost


The view from the other Side of the Jebel (Hill), by Vern Liebl [ED's Note: Vern Liebl served as a USMC intelligence specialist and was in the KTO during the entire Gulf Crisis. The following is excerpted from a conversation he had with a captured Iraqi officer-MAJ Imad "B," commander of an artillery battalion-on 2 March 1991]

Q: What is the Iraqi soldiers' opinion of the American armed forces?

A: We have always believed the American soldiers were professionals. >From the officers [on down], we believed even the U.S. Army was better than our best units, and every Iraqi officer knows the U.S. Marines are much better trained than the U.S. Army. We can see a big difference between the Marines and our own army. For example, here in the prison camp we notice the guards. The guards stay at their post until another Marine relieves them. IN our army, when a soldier's time is up he leaves his post to go wake up the next soldier. This can take from one to two hours of a six-hour watch. Another thing the Iraqi soldiers have noticed is the good relations between the [Marine] officers and the Marines. The officers do not have to shout at the Marines in order to get them to do something. The officers and soldiers speak very nicely to each other. I always told my soldiers not to fear the treatment by Americans. Americans are very logical people; if you are good to the Americans, they will be good to you. Americans are very different than Arabs. WE know that the Saudis or the Kuwaitis will beat us and hate us because we are Iraqis.

SSGT Modesti
Desert Storm, Retired


" Cpl. Floyd "Bud" Lower USMC, who served in the Korean War, carrying around a BAR passed away this past week and his funeral was Friday. Bud was a great sponsor of the KTG and its projects. We were honored to assist his widow, Doris with the funeral arrangements and the MARINE CORPS color guard and escort and ceremony that they performed. Doris gave the flag that was presented to her to her elder son. SEMPER FI Bud!

Thanks again,
Charlie Taliaferro
THE KITCHEN TABLE GANG TRUST
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To all the Marines that have returned safely from Iraq," Thank You for all the hard work and welcome back!" To all the Families that have lost a Marine in Iraq,"Thank You for your sacrifice and always know that your Marine isn't gone in spirit he/she still fights on with all their other Marine Corps brothers and sisters. A Marine never dies and passes on, a Marine just gets pissed off and fights on through his/her fellow Devil Dogs. Someone always pays the price." SemperFi-

Sgt.Marcey Maldonado USMC


Hey Sgt. Grit!
Thanks for allowing this Marine to sound off! Since 9/11 we've been chasing these rats who have managed to run back into there holes.

We are working to solve, arrest, convict and lock up these sh!t..........H's. Lets not forget that we are loosing brave Americans each day and we need to reestablish our game plan.

Baghdad is dodge city....and everyday and night brings out a shooting incident.

We can only hope with a revised attack plan, troop rotation as well as R&R that our marines will continue to make us proud.

Thank you.

Gene T. Spanos (Lt.Ret) 8/72-4/95
Rosemont Public Safety Department
& Sgt. US Marines 66/71


"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated."

--Thomas Jefferson


First let me say I admit that Pvt Lynch went through Hell, has never promoted herself as a "hero", and it probably would have been a bad career move to refuse any decorations her chain of command wanted to bestow upon her. This is not about Lynch, it is about Cpl Shapiro stating "Is this one more thing to appease women?".

Hold-on-a-minute! I know you are not even saying that a WM would automatically agree Lynch deserved that decoration just because she is female or that WM's would be somehow "appeased" at it being awarded to her. I happen to agree with his assessment of the situation, with the exception of that assumption that for some reason it makes all us women feel better in some way. If Cpl Shapiro is going to lump all women into a group that he assumes feel a certain way then he sure as heck better take out us WM's! Any WM worth her salt wants to play on the same field as the big boys and we are Marine first-female second.

To throw us into that category of how he assumes all other women think is so unsat! Cpl Shapiro, you may owe all of your little sister Marines an apology, but we still claim you anyway because you are our's, that is just how it works.

Elizabeth Tribelli
FMF CINCPAC
Camp Smith, Hawaii
80-84


"A wise and frugal government ... shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned."

--Thomas Jefferson


Dear SGT Grit:
As I'm reading and going down memory lane with all these men who remembered Bob Hope and the wonderful service he'd done, I couldn't help remembering when I worked as a flight attendant during the time of the Vietnam War. It was sometimes our honored and sometimes difficult job to bring these boys home to parents and loved ones. (I am now a proud Marine mom), but at the time, I flew for an airline (PSA) known for it's short skirts and sexy stewardesses.

One evening, we got socked in at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, as it was then called, due to heavy fog. There were several of us about 10 or so, sitting on a bench at the airport terminal, tired and waiting for the fog to lift to get back to work. Bob Hope was one of the passengers waiting to go out. Instead of hiding in a corner, as some celebrities were prone to do, he mingled with the crowd, adding a little levity to a trying situation. Keep in mind, these girls wore brightly colored attire, with small bright orange tri-corn hats tilted on their heads, so they stood out. Of course, Bob hope couldn't help but notice and being alert to an opportunity for humor, he paced back and forth from one end to the other, checking the girls out. After two or three times, he paused, shook his head and smiled a wolfish smile and smacked his lips loudly and proclaimed loud enough for everyone to hear. "SMORGASBORD!" Everyone laughed. It was great! Yes, Thanks for the memories!

The girls and pilots talked of this for a long time. And, I still never tire telling this story every time I hear his name. He was a fine man no doubt and I'm only sorry my children never saw him at his best.

J. Weber / Marine Mom -CPL Barefoot
Grand Jct. CO


"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis."

--Dante Alighieri


Ok,here we go
Didn't your momma and Gunny tell you not to listen to the "ten percent"? Some of you must not have gotten the word. I am over here in Iraq and to be honest with you I haven't heard a lot of complaining. This old jarhead is here with his Guard unit from Michigan. I haven't heard much more complaining here than when I was in the Corps. Any of you who think jarheads don't complain is fooling themselves. As far as morale goes it seems just fine as long as the officers stay away and let us do our jobs.Thats the other thing,all this crap started when some General said that the 3rd ID would be going home at a certain time. Never should have said it. My mission will not end until I walk through my front door. All he did was raise false hope and opened up a can of worms.

Dealing with why the Army is getting hit more. If any of you know anything about this place its that Saddams power base was in the area north of Baghdad.Mostly Sunni Muslim like himself. A lot of these people had a vested interest in him staying in power. They don't care too much for Americans there. Well who is working that area? Army,mostly 4th ID. The Marines are working the Shiite areas in southern Iraq.They suffered a lot under Saddam and are more open to Americans helping in the region. But you better beware. We are already hearing word that if not given a date for withdrawal of forces, some Sheiks and clerics will call for attacks on Americans in that region. Marines or not. Then you may see reports of one or two Marine deaths a day in the news too.

Look the only reason that I am saying all this is simple. These are regular American servicemen and women dying over here. Maybe you would like to tell their families some of the crap you say about them here. I am sure they would be open to your comments.

On families. Let me say this, I have no arguments about being here. I signed up with the Guard when the Marine Corps Reserve said "too old". I did it,I am here,I'll get over it. My wife on the other hand has the worst of it. Dealing with three kids and basically being a single parent. She has dealt with circumstances and situations with a great amount of poise and grace. Plus she isn't getting a lot of support from people who I thought better of. She is the one who has it hard, not me. That's my biggest worry and or complaint here.

A lot of us have been pulled away from our lives for awhile. So be it.I was called to do a mission and I will do it to my utmost ability.There are quite a few Marines in my unit and they feel the same way.Lets get it done. Remember,for every whiney little snot nose out there,there are nine who are doing their part and doing it well. I am sure that this may get a few responses but I am tired of the patronizing attitude of some of you.Yeah,its fun to rib the other services,but not when some of them are coming home in body bags.We are all buried under the same flag people. Support all the services or keep it to yourself.

Thanks for letting me vent. Let the return fire start.
Steven Petree (82-86) 2531


"It is better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees."

--Albert Camus


Praise the Lord!! And no apologies to anyone!! My grandson Cpl Mark Witte with the US Marines, is back home safe. Yes, they were down to one MRE a day for a short while until supplies caught up. Seems Rumsfeld has a problem relaying the truth also. We still display Old Glory, the Marine flag and the yellow ribbon the show support to our troops.God bless America, but sometimes, d*mn the politics.

Grandma Pat


I support my brother marines to the very end!! Right, or wrong!! what ever they do, it's carrying out orders!! Our brothers are out there dieing, getting maimed, !!

The cloth head bastards, -------there should be an attitude, of "No gloves!!" we the Marines!! As I remember!: are an awesome bunch!! They have not yet experienced the terrible onslaught we can bring upon them!!! Let it be a "Holy war"!! Oh God! Please let it be!! we will immediately set up a " Martyrdom agency"---. Qualifications to enter;---just bring your bloody headgear! ---- I am a foreign born, and foreign raised (Hungarian) but to the next to last drop of my blood, a U.S.Marine, and Godd*m proud to have served!!!
Sorry, I am bound by birth, to save my last drop of my blood for Hungary!---Isten ald meg a Magyart!!--God bless America....

Semper fidelis, Peter S. Kezdi---1953-56...


Today is August 7th. Just another day. Or is it?

Revolutionary war hero Nathanael Greene was born on August 7, 1742, in Potowomut, Rhode Island. He led the failed battle at Guilford Courthouse, Guilford County NC that depleted the enemy forces to the point that it led to the defeat of Lord Cornwallis by General George Washington a few months letter at Yorktown and ended the Revolutionary War and allowed our country to begin the road to become what it is today.

1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.

And in 1942 - The 1st Marine Division landed at Guadalcanal in the Pacific during World War II, starting what most historians call the first offensive battle of the new world leader, The United States of America. Guadalcanal was a very real suicide mission for the US Marines sent to this coral rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After Pearl Harbor and the defending of Midway Island and the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US was drawing a line in the sand and was daring the mighty Japanese war machine to cross it and hoping it had what it took to keep the Japanese busy until the Navy could be rebuilt and take on the Japanese forces for real.

After 6 months of not only fighting the Imperial Japanese Army, Navy and Air Force, malaria laden mosquitoes and lack of supplies, "Cactus" was secured, the new landing strip called Henderson Field was completed and Marine fliers were taking the fight to the near by Japanese forces and the allies began the long road to Tokyo and the US took its small steps to began its role as a world leader, one we still enjoy today.

Just a little island that many hoped would be enough to give the US time to rebuild and regroup to take on the Japanese Imperial Forces, in hindsight, turned into the turning point for the history of our country. It goes to show you what a little love for country and what a few determined US Marines can do.

Today is August 7. Is it just another day?

Semper Fi


Hello,

I am a former Navy Hospital Corpsman (took care of an awful lot of Marines) and I need some information and assistance. I am a military historian, albeit an amateur one, and I am trying to write a solid piece about the Portsmouth Naval Prison (the "Castle"), which closed in 1974. I would appreciate information or pointers that you could give me. I am sure there must be some guys on your site that were stationed there. Thank you very much and I look forward to your response.

Best Regards,
Brian J. Coyne, MA, MPA
(former HM3 USN)
BBjcoyne@cs.com


"With the passing ... of Bob Hope, America lost a citizen of the first order -- an uncommon entertainer and a presidential confidant, a compassionate giver and a patriot. While his legacy of laughter will echo through the annals of Americana, his unstinting service to U.S. soldiers will stand as the true memorial to his life. ...Yet, what made Mr. Hope so admirable was that his extraordinary gifts were tempered with such an even character. He thrived on applause but he disliked grandstanding. His wise-cracking persona never hid his humility, his compassion or his patriotism. ...He went into combat zones despite the danger, and toured in Vietnam despite its unpopularity. When the Holocaust was at its height, Mr. Hope even performed at a controversial benefit to save the Jews of Europe. ...From all of the accolades he earned, Mr. Hope's most cherished citation was his congressional designation as an honorary veteran. That is appropriate. While the laughter he gave may eventually fade, the monumental service will stand through time." --The Washington Times


Bob Hope, American Patriot.


Sgt. Grit,
For your next newsletter:
Pvt. Jessica Lynch,
Facts:

Purple Heart Medal : For injuries (not just bullets) sustained in combat.
POW Medal : Held as a Prisoner of War (I believe Iraq was a war).
Bronze Star Medal : Not specifically a "Combat" award, it can be received for "actions of a heroic or meritorious nature". Does not require direct combat. Such as Commendation/Achievement Medals.
Combat "V" Device : Denotes "Valor" in combat. That is what distinguishes between Combat/Non Combat.

Think @ this, you'll never see a "Combat V" on a Silver Star, but you will see many Bronze Stars without one.

Thanx,
Mark S. Madson
Master Sergeant
United States Marine Corps, Retired


As a proud father of four great kids and an equally proud Marine (86-90) I love reading your letters. After this last letter (#50), I wanted to write to thank the Moms of Marines, past present, and future. I cried when reading Mrs. Cash's, Haileys's, and Smith's letters. We Marines are a strong and proud breed who try to be tough at all cost with No PDA (public display of affection). I just realized that as Marines, no matter how boisterous, cocky, licentious, etc. we are, our own Moms and moms of fellow Marines still hold one of the most sacred parts in our hearts. Thank you Mom and moms everywhere.

Gerard Torres
VMA-513
MCAS Yuma


"The less government we have, the better -- the fewer laws, and the less confided power."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

--Plato


TO ALL THOSE "MACHO STUDS" WHO ARE CRYING ABOUT PFC LYNCH GETTING THE BRONZE STAR.

WHY WAS THE MAP THEY WERE GIVEN BY THEIR CO MARKED WRONG?

WHY DID THE CONVOY LEAVE THEM BEHIND?

WHY DIDN'T THEIR GPS WORK

WHY DID THEY ONLY HAVE 2-20RND MAGAZINES?

WHY WAS SUPPLY CLERKS, COOKS, MECHANICS, LEFT SWINGING IN THE BREEZE.

THE M-16 WAS A JAMMING PIECE OF CRAP 40 YEARS AGO AND IT STILL IS. HAD THEY FIRED THEIR WEAPON SINCE BOOT CAMP? I DOUBT IT

THE ARMY RESERVISTS STATIONED 8 MILES FROM MY HOUSE HAVEN'T FIRED THEIR M-16 FOR YEARS!!! KNOW WHY. THEY DON'T HAVE ANY!!!! WHY? THEY ARE ENGINEERS BUILDING THE FENCE ON THE MEXICAN BORDER AND THE MEXICAN GOVT COMPLAINED THAT IT GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF NON-COOPERATION. I DON'T MEAN THE WEAPONS ARE KEPT IN THE ARMORY. I MEAN THERE ARE NONE.PERIOD!!! EVERYBODY AND THEIR BROTHER WHO WAS IN VIETNAM WEARS THE CAR. HAVE A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL? WHY? THE MOST PHONY RIBBON OF ALL THE PHONY RIBBONS. WHY DOES PEOPLE STATIONED ON OKINAWA OR NAS MIRAMAR SAN DIEGO WEAR THREE ROWS OF RIBBONS?? BECAUSE THEY WERE TAD FROM THE 3RD MARINE DIVISION OR AN AIR SQUADRON ON A CARRIER?? NAVCOMMDL W/v WAS HANDED OUT LIKE CANDY TO S-1=2=3=4 OFFICER THAT EVER WALKED. A VSM AND A VCM. WHY? THERE WAS ONLY 1 VIETNAM. A LOT OF CRAP WAS GOING ON IN LAOS IN 1961. WHERE THE HELL IS MY D*MN LAOS RIBBON??? WHEN I ENLISTED IN FEB 1960 MY RECRUITER PROMISED ME THREE THINGS. A PACK - A RIFLE - AND A HARD ROW TO HOE. I GOT A EXPERT SHOOTING BADGE IN BOOT CAMP. WHY? ISN'T THAT WHAT I GOT PAID TO DO? SGT MAJORS STRUT AROUND W/ 6 HASH MARKS.

ANYONE WANT A SGT MAJOR W/1?? YEAH, THE GRUNTS DID MORE, A LOT MORE. BUT THEY DID IT TRAINED TO DO IT.!! WITH THE LEADERSHIP TO DO IT!! WITH THE WEAPONS IT TOOK TO DO IT!! WITH THE MIGHT OF THE US AIR FORCE, US NAVY, LAV'S, TANKS, ARTILLERY.ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC . SO, ALL YOU MIGHTY GRUNTS GRAB YOUR CLIP BOARD, BALL POINT PEN AND CRESCENT WRENCH AND GO KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO "SEMPER FI" " LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND NO MATTER WHAT IT COST. EVEN IT MEANS YOUR LIFE.!! STRANGE - I DON'T HEAR ANY CRYING FROM THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE TO GET THE POW'S OUT. GET OUT THE BEER AND CHIPS AND DIP. THE WEAPONS OF CHOICE OF THE POGEY BAIT MARINES.

JACK DEMUMBRUM
CAMPO, KALIFORNIA 91906
GOD BLESS ALL OUR TROOPS


Watching most of the newscasts reminds me of this.

"Life is hard. It's even harder if you're stupid." -- John Wayne

Semper fi
Sgt Grit


"In a free society, government has the responsibility of protecting us from others, but not from ourselves."

--Walter Williams


"Americans are becoming increasingly addicted to government, and politicians are becoming the dealers of the drug named 'dependency'."


--Rep. Jim DeMint


At ease, Marines!
Those of you who have been bashing PFC Lynch are evidently not aware of the requirements for the awards she was presented. You Philadelphia sea-lawyers ought to get out your orders and directives. She does not call herself a "hero", nor does the Army. POW Medal - there is absolutely no "30-day" requirement for eligibility for the POW Medal. No time period is specified at all. She qualifies.

Purple Heart - she is still in a wheelchair! 'Nuff said. Combat
Action Ribbon - not eligible - Marines and Sailors only.
Combat Infantryman's Badge - not eligible - infantry only.
Army Commendation Ribbon - not eligible during hostile actions.
Bronze Star - "Awarded to any person who, after December 6, 1941, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service...." "When the Bronze Star is awarded for heroism, a bronze letter "V" (for valor) is worn on the suspension and service ribbon of that medal".

Lynch did not receive this "V". Marines called it the "Combat V" when I was on active duty. Meritorious Service - the same verbiage as a Navy Comm Medal! Yes, the Army issues the Bronze Star in a similar manner to the Marines issuing the Navy Comm. FYI, every soldier who earned a Combat Infantry Badge or Combat Medic Badge during WWII got a Bronze Star - automatically! (AR 600-8-22, Chapter 3, Section 13) Marines are not authorized to wear the CIB, even if earned while serving with an Army outfit. If allowed, almost every Marine who actively fought against the enemy in WWII would be eligible for the CIB, since we are all infantrymen. By extension, each of them would then be eligible for the Bronze Star. No it doesn't seem fair, but I think it's enough just to wear the uniform of a Marine, without all the gaudy crap the Army pins on their uniforms. Lay off the young lady - she was just doing her duty, and happened to be one of the few survivors. If the Army brass sees fit to present her with medals that she deserves, so be it. I think there are a lot of former Marines out there who still can't accept women in the military. It's a fact of life, gents. The Commandant says its OK, and that's good enough for me. Get over it.

Mustang 1302


i have a son that is a marine. he has been in for 8 years. the day he told me that this is what he wanted to be i cried. i knew deep in my heart he would be a man soon. he has had some very hard times , he has wanted to just quit but this is what he is he tells me and there is no backing out now. he is a man now and married with 3 great kids and a wife that stands behind him.i got to go see them in san diego last week. i cryed when i went on base. the yellow bows and all the signs welcome home daddy and honey, made me cry because yes they were coming home but my boy was going in aug out to sea to a place that hates us the u.s. he tells me this is going to be big and that he loves me much. all our boys i cry for and our families. i hope they all come home safe but i know that will not happen. i pray for all that has a loved one gone.i am behind all. i wish we had more peace in the world. i am glad we have the country that we have. and all of the loved ones that put there life on the line for us to be a free country god

bless all of you.
a marine mom.


"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming. Emerson was right: America is the Land of Tomorrow."

--Ronald Reagan


This is in response to those fellow marines that are upset with Army PFC Lynch receiving the Bronze Star. I, too, feel that she didn't deserve getting the medal, but not one of you mention anything about the sergeant who gave his life in order to defend his fellow soldiers. He was the only one in the unit that was shot AND stabbed to death by the Iraqis. What happened to that unit was caused by stupidity on the drivers part but it was a combat zone and those of us who have been in combat can understand how things can get confusing, especially for those that are green to combat. It was a mistake and she will have to live with it the rest of her life, but let us not forget her fellow soldiers who died, especially that sergeant.

William Thompson, former LCPL, Desert Storm vet.


"But if we are to be told by a foreign power...what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little."

--George Washington


Pvt Jessica Lynch received the "Bronze Star" she did not nominate herself for it, she probably didn't even request to be nominated. In no way does her receiving the "Bronze Star" belittle the value of how and why others received it. Everyone in the military knows or is one of the people who received in award that they may not have truly deserved or earned. If any one of you think that this is the first time someone in a combat situation has received an award they didn't rate you are fooling yourself. She is a military member and she heeded the call when called upon whether her awards are justified or not congratulate her and move on with your life. If you feel that their are others that need to be accoladed or rewarded bring their acts up to the attention of their C.O.. If the C.O. feels they warrant the award then they will ensure that their acts of heroism are rewarded. Would it have satisfied your prerequisite for the medal if she had been tortured and violated? I know military members who have received awards for much less. I cant imagine that Pvt Lynch would have knowingly requested to be thrust into the public limelight in this fashion. People, what she deserves from us is a pat on the back, a big thanks, and a sincere congratulations for receiving the Bronze Star.

SSgt Morales Juan A
USMC


"The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor."

--Sir Winston S. Churchill


I just wanted to write a quick letter to let you know how much I appreciate you and your newsletters.

My husband was in the Marines 96-2000 1MAR/2nd Div, we have a son now and he is a corrections officer. The day we bombed the sh!t out of Iraq, we sat glued to our TV., holding our son and each other. After it was all over with (for that day) I got online and ordered a bunch of stuff from you. Our PRIDE for the Marine Corps sky rocketed(I should say mine, cause my husband was ready to go and fight) and ever since I have been receiving these e-mails and the catalog with the stories, I have been so moved. I cry at some of the things I read, but then I just remember how proud I am to have MY MARINE with me. Although, he would rather be fighting with his brothers, I am glad he is safe with me and our son. I want to thank all of the Marines that are serving for us and who can't be with their families.

You really brought out my pride for the CORPS and my husband!!

SEMPER FI!!!!!!!
Sincerely,
Serenity Bond
Wife of a not as lean, not as mean, but still a MARINE!!!


Hi Sgt. Grit,

You know, if you could get your hands on the "Citation to accompany the award of the Bronze Star Medal" to Pfc Lynch, and print it in the newsletter, it will let everyone know WHY the Army thinks she deserved it, or at least why the officer who recommended her though so. I would LOVE to read this citation. Thanks for any effort to do this for us.

D. Dye, USMC 1966-1976 (Combat disabled, Mayaguez Incident 1975)


God Bless America!!
Welcome Home!!
Job Well Done!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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