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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #68

"After listening to the News the last couple of days, Sounds like are Young Brother Marines are about to add a page to the history of the the Corp. I am talking about the situation in Fallujah, Iraq. I hope all the old timers will join me in a prayer for them."

Semper Fidelis.
Former TSgt Ed. Clancy, 1950-54 - Korea


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Hey there, folks, hope all is well for ya back in the states. Lately, my Excel, PowerPoint, and FrontPage skills have grown incredibly as I drive my laptop through the streets of Iraq. Yah, say what you will about me going to Iraq and becoming a computer dork as opposed to raiding houses and providing force protection, but, the information that I deal with is, no joke, "G4 Secret Classified". I use a lot of other programs that were developed purposely for the Marines and OIF2. High speed to say the least. I know what the top commanders know, when they know it. It's 12 hour days with no days off. It's wearing 28 pound bullet-proof vests and Kevlar helmets if it's night time. It's 45 second showers, that's if you can actually get water. It's daily 4 mile runs (That are held in near solitude with just myself and my 5'2", 120lb, 22 yr-old female Sgt with long flowing highlighted brown hair wafting In the wind...ahhh, yes, my daily runs, where the pain is whisked away as I follow her Texas-bred, striking figure through the desert as she dashes much like that of a Gazelle through the sand and over barbed wire).So, that's a day in Mikey's life. Mikey's gotta bounce now.
Lcpl Shultz in Iraq.


What with all the action taking place in the middle east I've decided to learn a little Arabic. This weeks word means "smoldering pile of rubble and body desecrators", the word is Fallujah. A poorly calculated move against some very pissed off Marines. Watch the news. Mike Cunha


As the wife of a 3/24 Marine serving in Iraq I just want to say how very proud I am of the sacrifice you are all making. In 1996 my husband chose to "get out of the Marine Corps" for our families sake but I always knew how much he missed it. Once a Marine Always A Marine is a truthful statement. When the war broke out last year he rejoined a Reserve unit in St. Louis much to my dismay. It didn't take me long to realize though that this was a real calling for my husband to rejoin his Marine Corps brothers. When we received the news that he would be deploying to Iraq everyone here at home urged him to find some way out of it to not leave our family of 3 young children. My husband was very upfront about feeling that going was the right thing to do. Even though I was afraid I knew it too. We live in Nebraska and there aren't many military families around so it was hard for them to understand and even though I miss him terribly I couldn't be prouder of him and all of the Marines who have stepped up to the plate to protect all of us here. Thank you ....All of you! Keep each other safe and come home soon!
Jan


They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and...we're not using it anymore!


Sgt Grit,
Just wanted you to know your newsletters are being sent by me to my son in Haiti to share with other Marines in Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. My son is PFC Seth Logan Cox, 18, of Winnfield, Louisiana. Seth graduated from Winnfield Senior High School May 2003 and was in the delayed entry program the last half of his Senior year. I was reluctant at first but I have learned NOTHING he could have done would have made me more proud!! You can even view a picture of PFC Cox (0311) on marinetimes.com Frontline Photos March 26th, 2004! We love the Marine Corps Family!
PROUD Marine Mom,
Iris Lazarus


Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag."
--Ronald Reagan


I credit The Duke for a lot of my desire to join also. "The Sands of Iwo Jima" got to me as a young boy. It's also a Wayne movie about an Oklahoma sheriff "True Grit" that got me my nick name in Vietnam that is with me to this day.

Semper fi
Sgt Grit


A good commentary from a Marine Captain doing his duty in the Marine Corps' zone of Iraq-arguably theroughest region in the country. I share his perspective on running convoys and the inherent risk one face's over here. Change will not occur here overnight, but we now owe this country to help set the conditions to move forward. Semper, Kane


I'm a 14 year old high school student who is ever so grateful for all the hard work our marines do to keep our country free. Just with in the past few months I have realized what I am destined to do, become a part of the most elite force in the world, and follow in my fathers foot steps. Recently I have read a book titled "Iwo Jima". This book is what made me realize I want to become a marine. In it I read about heroic acts and deaths of many few and the proud. As I read these things I thought to my self these marines risked their life for me and many others. So I would like to do the same for others to come. God Bless the Marines and the Land of the Free.
future marine
Mike


All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
--Sir Winston Churchill


My son L/Cpl. Joe crossed the border in his seven ton truck on March 19, 2003. He went into Baghdad on the first day driving a squad of MARINES. During my seven months in DaNang I was in a compound that got rockets but saw no direct action so I did not get the combat action ribbon, Joe did. Joe was told there is a 75% chance he will be sent back to Iraq this summer. I am so proud of him. Joe is in the reserves. What all this garbage about reservists not being MARINES?
Buzz Barkovich


"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
--George Washington


Dear Sgt Grit:
I've been reading a lot in various media releases, about the morale of our service in this war compared to previous wars. I wondered if there were groups with prominent, supportive entertainers still doing what Bob Hope did so well, keeping the morale up of our fighting men and women, as there was years ago? Do you know? Just a thought.
Jo Weber
Marine Mom


Dear Sgt Grit,
Concerning Mr. Hepburns comment that "the United States is a republic not a democracy:
The United States is indeed a "republic" however it is based on the idea of democracy. By definition they are similar. A republic is a system of government where the people elect representatives to make laws for the society. This type of government can also be referred to as Indirect Democracy. It evolved out of necessity. Our country became to large to be governed by a direct democracy, which is a system in which all of the citizens participate in the decision making process of our government. Thanks to the Romans for the working model.
Steve Simpson
USMC 84-88
American Government Teacher


In light of the Madrid bombing, France has raised their terror alert level from "run" to "hide".
The only two higher levels in France are "surrender" and "collaborate"


Dear members of 3/4 association
It is a sad time here in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Monday, we lost my good friend and fellow association member Bob Weightman. Most of us knew him as "The Top" as he was the epitome of a Marine NCO. As if by divine intervention I was working nearby his home and dropped in for a visit. Within a few minutes he was stricken by an aortal aneurysm, which had been undetected. EMT arrived in minutes and rushed him to Nellis Afb hospital. He died during emergency surgery. The Top was a career marine who loved the Corps and loved the Association. He was the Lima Company First Sgt when I arrived at Phu Bai in 1966. The Top loved the Corps and was a proud member of our Association. He was a beloved "grouchy old bastard" with a heart of gold. He loved his Budweiser and I'm sure he is proud to have died with a cold long neck bud in his hand. In his possessions were the USMC First Sergeant challenge coin and a 3/4 patch which he always carried. Funeral arrangements are pending however we are planning a military funeral here in Las Vegas on Monday March 29, 2004 at 1100 hours followed by a Irish wake at the Leatherneck club. All are invited. Funeral details to follow. The burial will be in Lemon SD.
Semper Fi Top, we will miss you.
Jim Conklin


All I can say, is my son received the Air Medal with a "V" for Valor in Afghanistan and as a Nam Vet, what more could a Marine want. Proudly. Jim Davis. Sgt. USMC Ret.


Dear Sgt. Grit,
My father served our nation for 30 years in the United States Navy as a, "destroyerman." Holding a masters degree in civil engineering, his application to the Civil Engineer Corps was rejected before WWII. The nation was in a depression then and USN Academy graduate engineers were being sent home before their obligations were met because our nation didn't need them (yet). But when tyranny struck, they were recalled, including my dad, to serve our nation in the cause of freedom. Someone read his original applications and noted he had considerable sailing and navigation experience, and had served in the merchant marine, qualifying as a watch stander for the Matson Lines. So he was commissioned a lieutenant, assigned as First Lieutenant aboard DE-402, the Richard S. Bull. They fought in the Pacific Theatre, primarily against the Imperial Japanese Navy and their marines in, "The Slot," south of Guadalcanal, in the Marianas, Carolinas, New Hebrides, off the Philippines, and north to Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. His destroyer escort was in Leyte Gulf, off Samar, defending the invasion fleet against the first of the "Divine Wind" or Kamikaze attacks. They were frequently on the gun-line, providing direct fire in support of amphibious landings, and on the picket line, providing AA defense for the troops on the beaches of Okinawa. After transferring wounded marines and sailors to the rear, his ship rescued survivors from the USS Eversole, a sister ship, that had been torpedoed just an hour earlier, then joined another DE in the destruction of their submerged adversary. After the war, he commanded a destroyer, a squadron of destroyers during the Korean War, founded a naval reserve center, and taught at the Naval War College, retiring as a captain. But at his retirement dinner, attended by former CNO Arleigh (30 knot) Burke and other flag officers, he stood to toast, "To the true heroes of the South Pacific, the United States Marine Corps." Dad later wrote, "Every victory in the Pacific began when a United States Marine went ashore."
Good night, Chesty. Thank you, Sir.
K. Gattmann USCGR '80-'86.


We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
-Dwight D.Eisenhower


Dear Sgt Grit, As a military retiree, I served 10 years in the Navy and 10 years in the Army. But nothing I ever did or places I served (Presidential Support Duty at Camp David) can top the proud feeling I experienced at Parris Island last September. Tears rolled as my son marched across the parade deck. I spent 6 years of my enlistment stationed with Marines and knew of the motto "Semper Fi." On that graduation day, I truly learned the meaning of "Semper Fi" and am proud that my son broke ranks and enlisted the branch of service no one in our family has ever served. He is now with 2/2 stationed in Iraq and my sister in stationed in Japan with the Navy. I ask for everyone to keep all our servicemen and women in your prayers. Semper Fi.
A very proud Marine Dad, Jeff Bragg


"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
--George S. Patton


I served 22 years in our beloved Corps and saw my share of action in RVN. However, I don't believe those civilian Marines who support the Corps at Albany or Barstow get enough attention. These men and women (some are retired Marines or have served at one time or another in the Armed Forces as well as those who have been straight up Civil Service) have really stood behind those who now serve and put their lives on the line.

I have seen these people perform not only during Desert Shield/Storm but Iraqi Freedom. Their devotion to duty is commendable and when asked their feelings, you always receive something positive and can feel that they really care about the Marines who serve our country today.

Some have sons and daughters who serve with our Corps or they know of someone whose children have served or are serving now. Their feelings are the same. They won't quit, knowing that the lives of those who serve depend on them getting the equipment quickly. It sure is wonderful to know that we have such fine professionals who celebrate with our Corps during their triumphs and grieve when one is lost.

There are many in the Fleet who feel different until they see these fine folks in action. We can all feel proud to know that the "silent majority" is on duty and ready if needed.

God Bless America and all who serve her proudly!

M.P. Herrin
MSGT. USMC (RET.)


"It is a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom; it is another sight finer to fight for another man's."
--Mark Twain


"If it was calculating and shortsighted not to have helped the Kurds and Shi'ites after the conclusion of the Gulf War in 1991, it is moral and visionary now to rectify that lapse and invest our most precious resources to set the ledger straight with them both."
--Victor Davis Hanson


I would like to add my two cents worth reference negative remarks about reservist. I was one of those d@mn reservist, as a civilian Law Enforcement Officer I wanted to do more for my Country but didn't want to give up protecting the Americans in my part of the world. I joined the Marine reserve and was able to do both jobs better as a result of having both experiences and training to draw from. My platoon was comprised of many Military Police Officers who were also civilian law enforcement, most of them came to do their civilian job as a result of being Veterans. I remember standing in the chow line at El Toro with our pink I.D. cards in hand when a group with green I. D. cards came up and a three or four young Pfc's started grumbling about how pink cards should go to the back of the line. One of my crusty Vet Sgt.'s had his fill and grabbed the Pfc closest to him by the collar stuck the pink card to his forehead and said " this card was green in Viet-Nam where the hell were you". I hate to see in fighting but was proud the Sgt. had stuck up for us. Of course the young Marines had nothing to say. Marines should look on as each other as brothers period.We can all learn from one another your reservist are a valuable resource because of what they can bring. I can assure you that every reservist has the same pride and dedication and will not care if you are a regular when the fire fight starts and he sheds his blood with you.
Robert Hamilton

NOTE: I have had the honor of meeting many returning Iraqi and Afghan vets. Most that come by the office are from the local reserve units. I Have also had the honor of talking to a few on the phone and had lunch with one Tuesday. (Thanks to the kind invite by GySgt Davis who recruited him.) Reserve Marines give nothing up to regulars. NOTHING!! I have been impressed with every one of them. And have listened to their experiences and concerns. These are warriors any Marine from any era would be proud and honored to serve with any clime and time. They all, regular and reserve, deserve our thanks and respect. Now that the cowards are starting the same sh!t they used during Vietnam, it is up to us to show our support. To let the new breed know they are respected, admired, appreciated, loved. That what they did and will do is correct, worthy of praise and worthwhile.
Welcome home Marines!!
Job Well Done!!
Sgt Grit


"[H]istory is seen in a rear-view mirror while the future is the dark, foggy road ahead, filled with unknown trouble."
--Alan Caruba


When my oldest son was deployed to Iraq in January, his younger brother reupped to go to Iraq. They both left out of California and are both now in Fallujah. They haven't seen each other yet, but as the days go by, I can't bear to hear anyone speak against the President or the risks our loved ones are going through. I am reminded of Vietnam and do not want anyone to undermine the dedications my two Marines and their peers are experiencing on our behalf. I too want to show support. My prayers are with you as well. Remember how well they have been trained.

As my husband signs off of every phone call from our sons--Semper Fi


"Life is short and therefore precious, and we should all keep the company of the best people we can find, both in life and in books."
--Charley Reese


I have to tell your readers this: My son graduated from Parris Island in December of 2003. Now that there is an online service all about Parris Island I followed his platoons every move, I chatted with moms who had sons there, . My church took a special interest in my Marine, he being our only member in active service. We all worried so during the Crucible, there were actually special prayer services for him. When we went to graduation , the minute I saw him, the first thing I said was "Oh! I worried so about the Crucible...how did you go through it?!" and his response was "mom are you kidding me??IT was the most fun I've ever had in my whole life!" So I CHOOSE to believe it was the praying! I am a proud mom!
Mom of PFC Marc Miller, South Carolina


"Saddam Hussein's lawyer, a Frenchman naturally, says his client is 'has been exhibited like an animal at a fair.' Which brings up two questions: 1. Why are we treating him so well? 2. Are we charging admission?"
--Lyn Nofziger


Lord, look over our brothers in Fallajah, who are fighting right now. Let the innocent see a Marine's compassion; The vanquished, a Marine's mercy; But for the enemies of Peace, who falsely invoke Your Name, deliver unto them the fury of the Corps, into their teeth; And for those cowards who would use the innocent to shield them as they attack our brothers, give Your Marines grace and guide their marksmanship, that the innocent may be spared, and the guilty delivered unto You for Your judgment. Receive unto Your Bosum the souls of those who have fallen, and let rest their spirit with the gratitude of those whose freedom their lives have purchased. Let them be revered as Peacemakers, and walk through the valley of the shadow of death no more, but instead with their faces in Your Light forever. Bless their families and loved ones, and grant that they find comfort that, while their Marine may have fallen to the Earth, his spirit has risen to Heaven. Amen
Semper Fidelis,
William "Bill" Benson
Sgt., USMC, 1984-1997


"America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat."
--James Madison


*3/8 BEIRUT VETS REUNION* Quantico,VA June 18-21,2004!!! We had such a great time during the 20th Remembrance Ceremonies in Jacksonville,NC this past October that we've decided to do it again. So if you missed the previous gatherings and want to get on board for this one, please reply to
SEMPER FI!!!
C Eric Tischler
Wpns.Co. Dragons 83-87, 3/8 Marine Reunions
tisch@att.net Official web site www.38beirut.org
814-234-1209
814-883-2890


Sgt. Grit -
I don't know how many Marines out there read the Wall Street Journal, but a front page article in the Monday, April 5, 2004 issue titled "Speed Trap - How A Marine Lost His Command In Race To Baghdad" really has me fuming. I considered writing to the Journal's "Opinion" page to express my displeasure with the treatment of Col. Dowdy, however, I felt Sgt. Grit's newsletter was a more appropriate venue in which to vent my frustration. I think a lot of us, at times, wish we had made a career of the Corps. I know I have, but then something like this happens and I'm glad that I went my own way. Col. Joe D. Dowdy, a 47 year old, 24 year Marine, commanded the First Marine Regiment during the initial push into Iraq. His superior officer, Maj. Gen. James Mattis, a 53 year old, 33 year Marine, relegated Colonel Dowdy to the unenviable status as the only senior officer, in all the military services, to be relieved of duty in Iraq. It had nothing to do with insubordination or failure to complete a mission. According to First Marine Division spokesman, Lt. Eric Knapp, "It was a decision based on operating tempo". So, the Colonel's career becomes effectively over because he had no "rhythm"? It is obvious to me, from reading the article, the General knew what a proud individual Colonel Dowdy was because when the General relieved the Colonel, he asked the Colonel to empty his sidearm and turn over his ammunition, as if the General expected the Colonel to "off" himself. Does that sound like paranoia? Well, the General's call name was "Chaos"; you decide.The consensus is the Colonel was relieved of duty due to his preference for his men over the mission, which when you look at the facts, is absurd. He completed his mission, at the cost of ONE Marine! The problem is, he didn't do it fast enough (tempo). And, if he had blindly pushed forward at a treacherous pace, how many Marines would have died to beat the clock? Col. Dowdy has stated "At least I don't have a butcher bill to pay".I know I speak for the grunts I served with in Nam, when I say, "ya' gotta'love him". While in Kuwait, prior to the Iraq penetration, Colonel Dowdy declined an air conditioner when it became clear that only officers would get them. According to one of his men, a Gunnery Sgt. Robert Kane, the Colonel was the kind of man that if his Marines didn't have it, he didn't have it. You can demand a salute to recognize rank, but you must EARN respect. I know Col. Dowdy has mine as well as that of the 6,000 Marines in his charge. I am also sure a lot of relatives back home also respect the diligence and concern shown by this Marine. General Anthony Zinni said, "I know people, supporters, peers who think Joe Dowdy is a water walker". One of many reasons Col. Dowdy was not able to keep the "tempo" was he ran into unforeseen resistance (an intelligence failure?) outside Nasiriyah when a U.S. Army supply unit mistakenly stumbled into town (the unit which included Pvt. Jessica Lynch). The end result is Col. Dowdy's regiment rolled into Numaniyah with time to spare to join the assault on Baghdad, he just didn't do it with "tempo". I would hate to think that Maj. Gen. Mattis saw Col. Dowdy as a threat. Col. Dowdy was assured a "star" after his Iraq tour, which would put him one rank below Mattis. What kind of egomania drives a person to destroy the life of another, especially when the results are inconsequential to the mission as a whole? I'm glad I never had to find out. But, to Colonel Dowdy, I'd just like to say Semper FI Marine, for you truly did Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome - Oorah! Check your local library for this issue of the Wall Street Journal, but have your blood pressure medicine handy.
Ed Moore


Here's a story from Desert Storm that I'll never forget!:
We were ready to go to Desert Storm and me and my buddy got picked to load the sea bags onto the plane, well, we started to throw the bags onto the plane, well, the bottles of booze broke and started to leak through the sea bags ; but the worst was that someone brought sardines, and we accidentally broke them open! The smell was terrible! I'll never forget that! Semper Fi! Harry N.


"We need to focus on rooting out global terrorism by fighting the terrorists, and not each other. But...the political season is upon us."
--Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell


OPERATION: STITCHES OF LOVE With Operation Vigilant Resolve underway two Marine mothers, who have Marines situated within the Sunni Triangle, have decided to show our troops what prayers and thoughts look like when stitched together! We are seeking quilt squares from those who would like to send a prayer or comforting thought to those who have served or are serving! All you need to do is send us a: 12.5"x12.5" square of fabric with a prayer or a comforting thought written in permanent marker or however you would like to decorate your square, and when complete mail it to us! It's that simple! We are going to produce the largest quilt and take it from state to state. showing the troops that they are not forgotten!
We want the world to know that NOTHING WILL EVER BREAK THE STITCHES THAT BIND US TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY...
AND...
WE WILL NOT STOP STITCHING UNTIL EACH AND EVERY SOLDIER RETURNS HOME...

They can mail their square to:
Operation Stitches of Love
PO Box 2884
Grass Valley, CA. 95945
Or e-mail with questions to: justmom@nci-services.com
Onward!
Gina Gippner & Deborah Johns


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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