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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #80

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
--Alexander Hamilton

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Hey, My name is Heather and I am a Wife of an Active Duty Marine who is currently overseas. His name is LCPL Ashby, he has served 8 years in the Corps, and has recently been deployed, until May of 2005. We have just recently gotten married and we have a 4 month old. He has been gone for 2 and 1/2 months now, and I have been alone raising out daughter. I have grown a lot of respect for the Marines and all the Troops as well as my country I might only be 19 years old, but I never knew I could go through so much until now. I just want to let everyone know how much I love my husband and how much respect I have for him and all the other troops, He is my Hero, and he is the one that keeps me going through the days when it is so hard and lonely, I am glad that I can talk to someone who understands what I am going through and I hope to talk with you again soon.

Sgt Grit,
I am a civilian contractor working in Iraq. I am also very proud former Marine infantryman. My small team and I had the privilege of knowing the young Marine whose father was so distraught to have done what he did. I met him a few weeks prior to his death and talked to him at length. I saw him saddling up to go out on ops three times. He was an amazing, brave Marine. Very Intelligent and squared away. I can still see him sitting there. Those young Marines are all so amazing.
Semper Fi,
John S.
Najaf, Hilla, Baghdad IRAQ

Sgt. Grit,
Just wanted to let you know that my wife and I visited the crash site of Flight 93 near Shanksville, PA today (Remember 9/11). Before I left, one of your USMC covers was left, attached along with thousands of other remembrances and memorials left there by visitors to the crash site. What a solemn site that is, very emotional. It is currently under development as it is now a National Memorial administered by the National Park Service, please see and
George Baumgardner

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

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

so he (Saddam) states the American man is there enemy well where did he live for most of his life he was schooled here the only problem was in his mind no one in there right mind wants to go live in a cave unless there cardboard box is wet or there house has been foreclosed on they cant stop drinking or doing drugs or they have just given up on themselves . heck if he hadn't gone back to his country he would have ran a 7/11.or a great doctor? or sold t-shirts in Miami beach. many have come here seeking freedom, many have come here seeking fortune and fame . no body noticed him he was nobody here so he takes it upon himself to start or was it he'd just had the silver tongue and could get people to do things ? even die for what his mind had conjured up? I'd say he s let the dark side in and now he has to hid in the darkness . run for what he's taken it upon himself . if he was any man at all why does he hide from cave to cave now just like another that ended up hiding in a hole in the ground
James wood

Sgt. Grit
Name is Joe Kadlub, US Marine from 1953 to 1956 .Spent 15 months in Korea with "A" Co .1st. tank Bn. 1st. Mar. Div.
The best day of my life was when enlisted in to the U S Marine Corps, and still is. Could not make up my mind about what I wanted to do at 17 yrs old. I left college to become a Marine. I said to myself, if I was going to go I wanted to be the best, the Marine's are the best. I took my boot at MCRD, a Hollywood Marine. It didn't matter to me because we all shared a common bound, we all had red blood and we all were U S Marine's.
Boot camp showed me the way to go, they made a man out of this `17 yr kid. The Marine Crops was my life and still is to this day.
I have a 35 yr old son who is in the Marine reserve with "C" Co. 8 th tank Bn. On his day job he is a police officer in Deklab county out of Atlanta Ga. Right now he is in Djibouti Africa guarding on of our bases and an airport there with 250 other tankers.They are not happy being tankers and doing security work but that's the job that has to be done, they are doing it very well As you know all Marine's are riflemen first and that's what they are doing. To me it goes back to boot camp, how to do it ,when to do it. get the job done.
Before my son left he gave me a Marine SEMPER - Fi sticker to go on my wife's new car, will we got it two days ago, that was first thing to go on the car. I don't want to take up to much of your time. I just wanted you to know how we feel about Marine parents.
To every mother and father who has a son or daughter some place around the world doing there job, our county is in good hands. We pray for all of them.
I'm A 70 yrs. old, a father of a Marine SSgt. Michael Kadlub, A marine until the day I die "Once A Marine, Always A Marine" Again pray for the men & women doing the job
As an old tanker would say "A" 13 over & out
Sgt. Joe "Smokey" kadlub

" Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on the lunch menu...Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote!"
Benjamin Franklin

Sgt. Grits,
I am Cpl. Richard K. Maddox. I am with Lima Company 4/14 from Bessemer, Al. We are currently stationed in Iraq as a provisional MP Company. I was mobilized near the end of June and told my destination was Iraq, to do one of the most dangerous jobs in our military today. I was not surprised by this fact and it made me proud to come here to serve my country in a manner other than on the side lines. I am proud of those that came here before me and am very proud to carry on that mission for my brothers and sisters. As many before me I left behind a wonderful fiancé and family who have all been extremely strong and supportive. In the short time that I have been here I have received many e-mails and letters from people I don't even know telling me they are proud of me and thanking me for my service. This is my opportunity to say thank you back. I thank everyone for their support for both me and my unit as we are in harms way. These letters and e-mails while they may seem like nothing to most people speak mean the world to every person that is here serving. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to show us support while we are here. To all of you who are thinking of joining us, you are welcome anytime and I wish you the best of luck in your journey. They say that you EARN the title Marine, and that is quite true. You don't just Earn the title at boot camp but everyday for the rest of your life. Please continue to keep us motivated and to stay motivated yourselves.
Semper Fi,
Cpl Maddox, R.K.
Lima Co 4/14

My two boys about drove us crazy getting them through high school. Rules didn't seem to matter to these two. Mom and Dad were just there to provide unreasonable expectations, the second, third and fourth vehicle when irresponsible driving was just something "high school boys did", the long late night drives looking for the two that missed curfew once again, and to enforce the "yes you will go to school EVERYDAY and you WILL graduate from high school. The funny thing is that now, when I look back on this, I thought that was hard. I always knew they were good kids, as they were raised with strong family values and would someday become very respectable and responsible young men. I prayed every night for a glimpse of what they would be someday, hoping this would give me the strength to get through the next day. I never gave up on them. It took all the strength I had.

In January of 2004, I was diagnosed with cancer. This was extremely difficult for my son. Coupling this with the nearing completion of his first year of college, earning minimal grades and having no idea of what he wanted to do with his life left him floundering. When he sat down to begin telling me what he had decided to do, I know almost instantly what he was going to say. I had instant flash backs to my four year old son, running around the house, with every camo outfit he had in his drawers, with every toy gun, knife, helmet and toy strapped to his body. He had always talked about being a "Marine Guy".

He started out by saying "Mom, I am wasting your money by being in college right now because I don't know what I want to do with my life. I want/need to serve my country." I was scared to death. My first fear was for his life, my second was selfish. What if I died from this cancer, while seeing very little of my son over the next four years.

He did not have to make that decision because of financial reasons. We have been blessed with the financial means to provide a college education for our children. He truly believes that every young man and women should serve their country. His struggles staying interested in college were because of an internal struggle that he should be doing something else at this time. He believes that he will have a better understanding on what his career choices should be once he has experienced and fulfilled his requirement to serve his country.

The day he left for boot camp and I had to say goodbye was by far the most difficult day of my life. I thought the day we sent our daughter off to college was hard, but didn't even compare. It was the unknown that killed me. The long gaps between letters and word from him during his training was so hard. I wrote to him everyday. I wanted him to know that we loved him and supported him, but it was also my time to "talk" to him. We were very lucky, we did not get those "I hate this" "I want to come home" letters that would have broke my heart. I know he must have felt that from time to time, but he spared me. I counted down the days before graduation and flew anxiously to San Diego during the week of July 12th. Our entire family flew out. My first glimpse of him came early on Thursday. We arrived very early (6:00am -- I couldn't convince the gate guard to let me camp out on the base overnight) and actually got to watch the platoons practicing for their ceremonies. I had read stories about families not being able to recognize their son because they all look the same. I was determined that would not happen to me. I had two camera's, one with a very high powered lens, two sets of binoculars, and four sets of eyes scanning every recruit on the parade deck. Although I must say it took me a while to find him, I couldn't believe my eyes when I did. The young, lanky, immature "little" boy we sent away 14 weeks ago was this mature, physically fit and proud young man. Yes, you can tell that from the first glance. I was so emotionally overcome that I wept, and this was just the practice drills.

The actual graduation was the most moving ceremony I have ever witnessed. Even more amazing to me was the people attending the graduation ceremony. As the parents waited, (which seemed liked an eternity) I began talking to people in the bleachers. I would ask them which son was theirs. Although there where so many proud parents there, I was even equally amazed by the attendance of retired Marines, current Marines, families of Marines that graduated in years past and people that didn't even know a Marine. When I asked them why they returned for this graduation, they simply said, "once you see this ceremony, it is so moving you will look forward to seeing it again and again. It brings tears to your eyes every time you see it. These young men will always be part of our family now" That struck me as odd at first, but after seeing the ceremony, watching the faces of the parents, and most importantly, watching my son display and WEAR his pride, visibly displaying this transformation, I got it. I will never forget it. People that didn't even know my son, came up and shook his hand, thanked him for his dedication and asked him for his name so they could support him in the future. My Marine is now part of their family.

After a short leave with our family, Ryan has returned to Camp Pendleton for further training. He calls more often, sharing his daily training experiences with us. Although I must say that stories about throwing grenades scares me to death, his excitement and enthusiasm is contagious. He continues to love what he has chosen to do. We continue to love him for having the courage to do it. He said to me last week "Mom, I don't want to hurt your feelings, I miss you, but I am not homesick. I have made so many new friends and I love what I am doing. The Marine Corp has taught me what true commitment and true friendship is all about. Some of my old friends, especially those that have no goals and plans for their life, are not that important to me any longer. They would only have gotten me in to more trouble." I looked up and praised God first and the Marine Corp second.

I cry every night for my son. One eye cries because I miss him and fear for him, the other eye weeps tears for the overwhelming pride for his decision, dedication and commitment that I now share, to serve his country.

God - I ask you to continue to protect my son and all Marines fighting for this country. Marine Corp - I thank you for taking my young son, transforming him into a respectable, dedicated and proud young man. I know he has respect for God, his father and I, his Drill Instructors, his beloved CORP and his Country. After his experience in the Marine Corps, I would not want to be the one to now rank them in HIS order of importance.

Kim Burgess, PROUD Mother of Pvt. 1st Class Ryan J. Burgess

I was reminded of how much of an impact your letters have made with our family. I today received a package ordered by my youngest son (one of two Marine Sgts. who are in both in Iraq)--from of all places Sgt Grit. We are patiently waiting for his return before opening it.

I just look at it and smile. Just another "hug" by way of Sgt. Grit!
Bernice & Jack Wipfler

"I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it."
Thomas Paine, 1783

Hello Sgt. Grit,
OK, here's one of my favorites, told by none other than renowned pastor and author Chuck Swindoll:

"As a former Marine, I am often the brunt of jokes told by ex-dogfaces and ex-swabbies. Since my outfit is viewed as the guys with more muscles than brains, the jokes usually portray leathernecks as disciplined yet dull, brawny oxen with IQs about 6 points above a plant. I heard another hilarious one last weekend at a men's conference I attended."

In America they say, "It's 10:00. Do you know where your children are?"
In France they say, "It's 10:00. Do you know where your wife is?"
In Italy they say, "It's 10:00. Do you know where your car is?"
In the Marines they say, "It's 10:00. Do you know what time it is?"

By the way, don't shoot me - this was Chuck telling one on himself. But it is funnier than h&ll...
-John Dorgan

Sergeant, please may I say,
To Ms. DS Daggett, I, as an old Marine in Oklahoma, want to apologize for the ignorance and rude actions of the young people who confronted you while here in our state. I hate to admit it, but I suppose we have some jerks here as well. I only wish I had been at the gas station with you that day, we'd have sent them back wherever they came from, but in worse shape. This was not a typical threesome from Oklahoma I assure you. Please accept Oklahoma's apologies. Semper Fidelis!

To "the homeward bound Doctor" What a piece of writing, I can only say, God Bless You and your team, and thank you for all that you did for all the service personnel, especially our Marines. I hope God gives you much needed rest from what you had to face over there. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Semper Fidelis!

To Laura Beveridge, the lady on the plane... Mam, you are a true American Patriot, and I salute you. I wish more people could be as courageous and grateful to those who have served our country, and not be ashamed to show it. Thank you. Semper Fidelis!

Thanks, Sgt. and God Bless America, our Troops and their Commander in Chief!
A. Dorney, USMCR 60's model Sgt.

I love reading your newsletters, but I have to say my focus has really changed since my youngest son became a Marine. Tomorrow morning, at 0500, Jimmy (3/5 India Co.) deploys to Iraq, Fallujah to be exact. For the past several months, we've talked about it as if we were talking about a 'family friend" in a detached sort of way. It is so surreal; I try to picture my wonderful 19-year old son getting off the plane in this h&llish place, with all of the other equally wonderful young men in his company, engaging in combat, doing the work that has to be done. It's almost more than I can bear...can someone tell me how moms get through these months? I will try to be strong and positive in my thoughts, but will I panic every time the doorbell rings? How do I not face each day with dread and how can I let myself go to sleep at night, knowing what might be coming? I'm so proud of my son and so frightened for him and the others...Saying goodby to him tonight on the phone was a sad, but odd experience as well. It's one thing to send your son off to summer camp, or even recruit camp. I pretty much held it all in, didn't want to upset him any more than he was. Like the song says, "is that all there is?" I don't mean to whine; Jimmy laughs at us for being so "motivated". Just need an instruction manual for being the mom of a deployed Marine! I know we'll be OK. Guess I just needed to vent! Thanks for "listening" and please pray for Jimmy and his buddies.

Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
Richard M. Nixon

Sgt. Grit;
In your newsletter #76, I had mentioned the dedication of a highway overpass, in Gallatin, TN, in honor of Corporal Patrick Nixon. Yesterday (9-12-04), I received confirmation, by one of the Sumner County Commissioners, that the dedication is to take place at 0900, September 21. Any Marine in the area, at that time, should make an effort to attend. Of all the overpasses/bridges I have seen, in years of driving, there has not been one dedicated to a Marine.
James R. McMahon
Hendersonville, TN
GySgt of Marines (49-70)

"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
--St. Thomas Aquinas

Good Evening Sgt. Grit
I've just spent a great day at The Navy/Marine Reserve Center, Atlanta, Ga. with some of my comrades from The Greater Atlanta Detachment of the Marine Corps League. The day started with a Change of Command ceremony as LtCol Denise Lucero relinquished command to LtCol Gregg Moore. She has 23 years under her belt and is retiring after enlisting and then being selected for OCS. Her unit has already spent 2 tours in the "Sand Pit" and are gearing up to deploy again early 05. Hdqts Marine Corps even sent a Brigadier to attend and speak at the ceremony. This is one great unit of men and women. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with a few of those Marines and Corpsmen and their families today and it really got to me that I'm 'too old' to go with them. What a better way for a old Marine of 60, a bachelor to boot, to spend a tour with as fine a group as this. We must support these people to the utmost, not like our situation forty years ago in Nam. These people are giving their all for the freedoms that most Americans take for granted every day, and their families are biting the bullet.

I was talking with one young Sgt. while he was playing with his 3 month old son and I kept looking at his daughter of about 6. She was just quiet and staring at her Dad with a distant look in her eyes as if she was already missing him. At her tender age I could see the maturity gained while her father had already been in harms way and you knew she really wanted him not to go again. BUT, this little lady sat there with all the 'guts' and maturity of a woman much older knowing that her Dad had a job to do, and she respected him for his willingness to do it. If I catch anyone showing the disrespect to these citizen warriors that we and our families had to endure in "Johnson's" war, I swear they will find out just how "young" a 60 year old Jarhead can be when he beats some sense and hopefully respect into them for those willing to give their all for the freedom that too many just shrug their shoulders at.

Far too many have the idea that this Nation is infinite and will last forever, no matter what happens. Our spirit will last as long as there are men and women like these I spent the day with, but the Nation can be brought down by those so full of appeasement and apathy, and our enemy knows this as well as I. This is one old Jarhead that will fight it with word and deed to his dying breath.
Deane Gilmour
U.S.M.C. April 16, 1964 to Death

As the old saying goes, none are so blind as those who will not see."
--Wesley Smith

For those who want to see images of Iraq from the perspective of our courageous and honorable service men and women. You will need "Flash" installed on your PC and you will need to turn-up the volume on your speakers in order to hear the music:

"It is the responsibility of the President of the United ensure that the safety of our people cannot be successfully threatened by a hostile foreign power."
--Ronald Reagan

I have been reading your news letters and wanted to respond to the article from PMM of PFC Mac I am a former MARINE LCPL 1974-1976, my brother is a former MARINE SSgt Vietnam veteran and his son is a disabled MARINE SSgt from the first Gulf war. Our son is in the 8th week of boot camp at MCRD now. We have received many letters telling us about how they have lost recruits to injuries, sickness or whatever. Our son also has told us of how he has the recruit crud and a very painful elbow. He is very home sick also, BUT he will not even mention anything for fear of being set back, as he will let nothing stand in his way of graduating on Oct. 15th 2004 A UNITED STATES MARINE. When one of us gets a letter it is on the phone with the rest to talk about it laugh and remember. We all have our plane tickets and hotel reservations for the graduation and can't wait to be back at MCRD to celebrate his becoming a MARINE.I just wanted to respond from one MARINE family to another, We all hope his ankle is healing fine.
We commend your son for his courage and determination to become one of the Nations finest.
Randy M Beaver USMC 1974-1976

We are waiting for word when we will welcome our two Marines home from Iraq. I wrote in on the week they departed--one from 29 Palms, the older one from Camp Pendleton. I have read every word you have printed and want to tell you it was often a welcome and much needed "hug". I have been introduced to the wonderful word of Ronald Reagan and I have often been swept back in memories of Vietnam--Thank you so very much for your wonderful work. Please--all moms, dads, loved ones of those replacing my sons--please reach out to your VFW-AMVETS-DAV's--I have lived in this town for seven years and had no idea how much support can be there for all of us.
Semper Fi-from my heart--with the deepest respect and regards for all you.
Bernice & Jack Wipfler
Plymouth, MA

Hi from The Land Down Under Sgt Grit!

I've been reading your newsletters for quite a while now, and my admiration for all those awesome men and women who are The Few and The Proud - gee, hope I got that one right - grows stronger each day. As I've written on previous occasions - I am the fiercely proud girlfriend of a United States Marine, who is currently on his way for some "fun in the sand" as he so eloquently puts it. I must admit, being the "Other Half" of a Marine IS the "toughest job in the Corps", but knowing that My Man is out there, protecting the very rights and freedoms that most Western Countries take for granted, helps me cope with the pain of being apart from him. I think it's the "not knowing" that is the worst and also not having anyone to talk to about it, because there are few people in Australia who have neither the pride or the privilege of being in love with a Marine. I am fiercely proud of My Man and His Duty as a United States Marine. I've defended him to complete strangers countless times already and woe betide anyone who acts in a derisive manner, in front of me, toward him or his beloved Corps. To those reading this who have served, continue to serve or are about to serve their Country in the USMC, God Bless you and keep you safe - your responsibilities are great and often go unappreciated. Please know that there are many of Us who are grateful for your sacrifices, and though I may never have the privilege of thanking you in person, please know that I so ardently admire your dedication and courage. To those reading this that are at home, waiting for their beloved Marine to return, please be strong and satisfied in the knowledge that YOUR Marine is out there making a difference and making You, and Your Country, proud. To MY Marine - baby, if you're reading this, please know that I love you more than life itself and I'll be here waiting for You - no matter how long it takes. I know that you'll always do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. I'm proud of You and I'm proud to love you.

Thanks for the newsletters Sgt Grit - it's tough not having anyone else to turn to!

Proud G/friend of a d--n fine Marine.

Dear Sgt. Grit,
I just wanted to let you know about this great organization that has names of deployed military members who would like to receive letters or care packages (not mandatory) while on deployment. You can request male, female, branch of service, or unit types. I, of course, choose to correspond with 2 Marines! It is called Operation Military Pride and can be found at Service members can also sign up to the program at this location.

I decided to enroll in this program because my boyfriend is and active duty Marine that is currently stateside. He served in Afghanistan but I am lucky enough to have him home. He sends his regards to you and all his fellow devil dogs and rattled off a bunch of statements I could include in this letter but the one I remember is Semper Fi. I would like to close with thanks to all our service men and women abroad and at home.

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
--Winston Churchill

"The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."
--William Channing

To Mike Trebon,
Mike, you're right. The Emblem & USMC tattoo for a non-Marine dad is in poor taste. I too never served but am the proud father of a Marine who would cut off my arm if I came home with that tatt. (and deservedly so). My wife and I have plenty bumper stickers, pins, shirts, etc. (thanks Sgt. Grit) that display loyalty and pride..... and I also tell everybody willing to listen that "My Son is a Marine". My guess is that this guy came up a little light in the cahones department and used the Marines for help.
T.L. Shepherd

"To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice. It is never a question of who is right but what is right."
--John Buchan

In reply to the posting of Cpl Mike Trebon. He was questioning the right of a man he knew that was tattooed with the Eagle, Globe & Anchor and was not a Marine, but his son was. I can see how this might bother you, but look at the gentlemen's motives. You asked him about it and he told you the truth. He is proud of his son and is obviously supportive of his service. He was not a Marine, so he probably does not understand your feeling of "He did not earn it." Would it bother you if he had a Marine Corps bumper sticker on his car. Remember, he told you he was not a Marine, he was not wearing a uniform or awards that he did not earn. He is just a proud father. By the way, your great service to him and this country help insure his "right" to ink his body any way he sees fit. At least he did not write a book with a picture of the American Flag upside down on the cover. Next time you see him, thank him for being the kind of father that instilled the kind of values in his son that made him want to be one of the few.
GySgt Rosson (AD)

"Done...the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven."
--Closing line of the U.S. Constitution.

For any Marines that will be in the Brattleboro, Vt area on Nov 13th the Brattleboro Detachment 798 will be holding it's Marine Corps birthday Ball at the American Legion.
Please come and help us celebrate.
Mark M. Hynes Sgt 66-70 USMC

Sgt. Grit,
Hello I am one of many proud Marine Wives that would like to take the time to tell you how proud I am of my hubby a Sgt. as well in the USMC, stationed at Camp Pendleton.
About a few months ago, my hubby attended a NCO Sgt.'s course as he completed his mission in completing this course, I was so proud of him. Graduation day came along and my family came to support my hubby. As they called out Marine by Marine to get there certificate then went to the honors and out of the whole platoon he was the only ONE out of 50 Marines that got a perfect 300 Pt score, wow to here his name called out I felt honored and proud to be his wife everyone clapped and his Capt. yelled out in joy "OOHRAH" was great to just hold my head high and walk right next to my Marine and be proud. he is a motovator and so am I. We love the corps and what it stands for, he just reenlisted and I was honored to be there with him as well. HE IS A GREAT MARINE and MOST OF ALL I LOVE HIM......Thank you and SEMPER FI OOHRAH.....................

Uncommon valor is still a common virtue, unfortunately not commonly recognized.

I'm writing this letter to memorialize a good Marine (as if there were no other). Cpl Cary Holloway, late of Camp H. M. Smith, recently passed away at a very early age. He was a good friend, and a good Marine. If any of you old salts would care to express your condolences to Mrs. Holloway, she's keeping his email address open at I'm sure she'd love to hear from fellow Marines, whether they knew him or not. After all, The Few, The Proud, The Marines....and she's one of us.
Mark Manozzi
GySgt, 3d Force Recon

Please Sgt Grit,
Either: When we do our job people shoot at us! or: When we did our job people shot at us!
Either past or present tense, but both is too intense! ;-)))
Doc Byars

The history of liberty is the history of resistance... [it is a] history of the limitation of governmental power.
--Woodrow Wilson

M Sheffield,
I read your letter, my son CPL William Hodge is also in Fallujah and knew 3 of the Marines killed. I also e-mailed my son hopping for a speedy response ( it came the next day). William is 3rd Marine MWSS-373. Hope that your son, mine and all the others come home soon and safe.
Another Proud Marine MOM
Kim Hale.

My Dear Brothers!
I am a Marine and so are you! But you are, lets face it, also and basically Navy right? Well it goes like this. My first cousin was a corpsman both Navy and Marine. And, so our you. You don't fight back and kill people or defend yourself we do, yet you go forward and save lives,....ours right? So who are the bravest? We,... all of us do our jobs right? Well ,... you deserve recognition ...we, all of us .....yea you too, are Marines for you offer sweet blood and tears with us and we salute you for a job well done. You gave your life that we may live to fight for you and our brothers. My first cousin was a Marine Corpsman KIA Vietnam March 66. God Bless you all and THANK YOU EVERY ONE!!! MARINES !!!! Much Gratefully, Machine Gun Team Leader 61 -65 God's Blessings! and Gun Hoe! US Marine and first cousin to a Navy/Marine Corpsman who received the Navy Cross and yet left two children without their father.
Semper Fi! Marines and Corpsman!!
Bob Digan

Yo Super Sarge grit:
Marines NEVER go to H&ll
That's right...they repent too d--n fast
PFC Dale C. Hilton
2066400 21st Rifle Company, SLC, Utah 9th Engineer Bttn
Phoenix, Arizona MOS 0311-0111 1965-1971

Just this past week approximately 1500 military personnel were evacuated from Pennesecola, Florida to Albany, Ga. to get them out Hurricane Ivan's Path. The effort by the Albany Marines and Civilian Employees was one that would make any Marine throw their chest out with pride. These men and women who are still supporting our Fleet Marines world wide managed to establish a safe haven for these men and women who were mostly students. No one complained about the Herculean effort that was required to have everything set up in such a short time. I realize that the Marines on the cutting edge of the sword get most of the news due to their fine efforts and the perils that they face daily, but I just wanted you to know what dedicated professionals support our Corps, regardless of the mission. Makes one really proud to be an American to see such effort and dedication. May God Bless and Protect all who Serve the Cause of Freedom wherever and whoever they may be.
M. P. Herrin

Dear Sgt. Grit;
I wondered if you would put a plug for Operation Santa in your next newsletter. We are a group of Marine Corps Moms working to support our Marines in a number of different ways. Last year when our sons were deployed, we sent 5,000 lbs. of school supplies to Najaf to supply the Marine Legacy Schools that 1/7 Marines refurbished. Earlier this year, we enlisted volunteers to sew 2,000 cool ties that were sent to hot troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, our sons are back in Iraq for their second deployment and will be spending their first holidays away from home. While they are intent on accomplishing their mission, it will still be a lonely time for them.

Here's a link to the announcement on our website:

I have sample press releases, flyers, stocking directions and patterns, and project guidelines for anyone who would like to sponsor a platoon of Marines. If you could help us get the word out through your excellent newsletter, we'd very much appreciate it.

We met Gunny Davis at the Marine Parents United convention in Indianapolis last month. We were very happy to meet him and the Sgt. Grit merchandise that we bought and brought back to Oregon was a huge hit with our families and friends. Thanks again.

Deb Conrad
Proud Marine Mom

Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day.

"Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish, "she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"

"Osama Bin Laden," she says.

"Why Osama Bin Laden?" her father asks, in shock.

"Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little."

"And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

Her father's heart swells with love and he looks at his daughter with new found pride. "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard!"

"I know," Melissa says. "And once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow his ass away.

Submitted by: Chris Curry

HM3 Martinez's "duty only" is why the only persons allowed to be members of the Marine Corps League besides active and former Marines, are those life savers, Fleet Marine corpsmen. There are thousands of Marines today still breathing because of the unselfish "duty" of such men in the field.
A sailor may be a squid to we Marines, but a Fleet Corpsman is our earth bound Angel of God.
Semper Fi
Deane Gilmour
life mem. MCL

Dear Proud Dad,
I am typing this with tears in my eyes. The next time you see your son, give him a hug for me! I am the daughter of a career Navy Corpsman. My Dad served in WW2, Korea, and Viet Nam. He died while in Okinawa in 1969...still doing what he loved, Being a Navy Corpsman!

I know first hand that the Marines NEVER stop caring for their corpsmen! They are always so glad to have them at every reunion! AND I also know that they still answer to "Corpsman up"....cuz the guys will say that occasionally to get their attention... AND the corpsmen are immediately on their feet and headed in the direction of that sound! Many, at our reunions, including my husband, owe their lives to their corpsman!
Proud daughter of a Navy Corpsman
Connie Beesley

God Bless America!
Semper fi!
Sgt Grit

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