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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #87

"You have enemies? Good. That means
you've stood up for something, some time in your life."
- Winston Churchill


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Donations from the members of the Sgt Grit Bulletin Board and the readers of our weekly newsletter made this show of support for our Marines possible! Thank you!

On December 20, 2004, I was scheduled to pass out 100 of our new "Do or Die" Shirts to injured Marines staying at Bethesda Naval Hospital. I was held up by the weather, but the shirts made it on time and were delivered by Sgt Ski. The event was captured on film by HM2 Deborah A. Dyer.

And who would have guessed that Cher would be stopping by! She was just out visiting the injured troops and decided that she really liked the shirts, too. Thanks for supporting our Marines, Cher!

We even got an autographed picture...


Helpful reading for spouses and family:

Surviving Deployment

Roses and Thorns


Sgt Grit,
After reading your newsletters for a year and a half, I finally had to write. My family's hearts are heavy this Christmas. My son was shot last week while clearing houses in Fallujah. We thank God he is alive and finally back in the US. His injuries were to his right arm. He is luckier than many because he will not lose his arm but will likely never have full use of it again. This was his second deployment and was far more dangerous than the first. He left his wife of 3 months to go back and continue the fight. We are so proud of his selflessness, honor, integrity, etc. Hardly a day passes that I don't hear a word of appreciation/support to pass along to him. My husband and I will leave (cold Minnesota) for San Diego tomorrow to see our son. I know there will be many tears shed when we finally get to his hospital room but I eagerly welcome them.

With regard to your newsletter #86
... a word to Mr. Bullock of Holland, MI; I salute your son's bravery and yours for all you have been through.
... to Proud Mom, Trish; knowing what I've been going through with only one son in service, I can't imagine your struggles with 3. Hang in there, girl. My hats off to you.
... to Beth Harper; if you ever find out where to get that bumper sticker ("Ain't nothing meaner than a Marine...'cept his momma") please let us all know. Hey, Grit, can you help us out?

Lastly, to all Marines, especially my son's "brothers" in 3/5 Kilo, and to the families of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, Merry Christmas and Semper Fi.

Proud mom of LCPL Jason Lueck


Sgt Grit,
I was sitting here toady on Christmas eve, with my family bouncing around me, reading the your newsletter. I came across the story about a mother that had never had her son home for the holidays.

It hit me pretty hard and reminded me of my unit, 3/8 Lima company, and the buddies that would come over for dinner and festivities during the holidays.

We were on air alert a lot during this time of the year. And even though me and my wife would still be there for the holidays, the younger marines could have drove home for their "96's". But because of the air alert, we had to be ready at a moments noticed. With that said, we all had to stay in the immediate area. So my wife tells me one day "to bring the guys over. they will not sit in the barracks for Christmas." ( I do believe the hardest job in the Marine Corps, is being a Marines Wife).

So there they are, in a two bedroom house with 20 Marines and three turkeys and a ton of beer, enjoying the holidays and each others company. So I say to the mother and Marine moms and parents everywhere, don't feel sad or upset about your son or daughter not being home for the holidays. They're in a Marine home, somewhere, someplace.

Semper Fi Marines
Where ever you may be,
T. Bowers (Crusader)
3/8 Lima 92-95
MCT Echo 95-98


Sgt. Grit What is the latest information on what is happening to the brave young Marine who only did his duty? I live in the Bay Area of California so we don't get any good news about our young Marines but I was sure that the media would jump all over this one. I have recently cancelled both local newspapers in disgust over their writings on the war and since I have been in law enforcement for 35 years I don't find them too supportive in that field either.

They referred to a criminal who shot a police officer and then was killed as a "victim". Thank you for the newsletter.
Semper Fi Jim McCuen Cpl 1958-1962 K-3-8


How in the h&ll can self admitted war criminal get a Silver Star for shooting a wounded, fleeing, VC in the back, yet this Marine in Fallujah gets relieved of duty for having the courage and alertness to kill a 'possum waiting for the right moment to kill him?

We have met the enemy, and they are embedded!

I will never again watch a news program put out by NBC,CBS,ABC, or CNN, and I challenge every one who reads this newsletter to boycott these lying sons of b!tches! Rant off.....
Dave Stutesman SGT/USMC 79-83 (ready to go)


Our marine son just called from Western Iraq. He is safe, and hearing his voice brought such joy. To all these young heroes, we must continue to say thank you for keeping America safe. What they are doing for us is incredible. We must give them credit for the successes they are having and not listen to the horrible accounts brought out by the media. We are blessed because of these young men and women. For all of us away from them during this time of the year, we pray for their return home.
Semper Fi!
Marine mom from Texas


Sgt Grit,
Got this from a friend who claims it is from a Marine in Fallujah. I cut his name out of it because I don't want him to receive any flak over it. JK

A Message to the Media From Fallujah - 'Fightin' Words'

You media pansies may squeal and may squirm,
But a fightin' man knows that the way to confirm,
That some jihadist bastard truly is dead,
Is a brain-tappin' round fired into his head.
To h&ll with some wienie with his journalist degree
Safe away from the combat, tryin' to tell me,
I should check him for breathin, examine his eyes.
Nope, I'm punchin' his ticket to Muj paradise.

To h&ll with you wimps from your Ivy League schools,
Sittin' far from the war telling me about rules
And preachin' to me your wrong-headed contention
That I should observe the Geneva Convention,
Which doesn't apply to a terrorist scum
So evil and cruel their own people run from,
Cold-blooded killers who love to behead,
Shove that mofo Geneva, I'm leavin' em dead.

You slick talking heads may preach, preen and prattle,
But you're d*mn well not here in the thick of the battle.
It's chaotic, confusin' it all comes at you fast,
So it's Muj checkin' out because I'm going to last.
Yeah, I'll last through this fight and send his ass away
To his fat ugly virgins while I'm still in play.
If you journalist wienies think that's cold, cruel and crass,
Then pucker up sweeties, kiss a fightin' man's ass.

XXXX ---USMC.


Behind all these men you have to do with, behind officers, and government, and people even, there is the country herself,...your country and you belong to her as you belong to your own mother. Stand by her, boy, as you would stand by your mother.
Edward Everett Hale
1822-1909


To "the media"
Subject: qualifications for "imbedded reporter"

1. NO previous reporting experience needed 2. Prerequisite: GySgt/USMC/ret 3. Been there 4. Done that 5. Willing to do it again 6. Willing to furnish own eqpt--SAW, Ka-bar,etc (camera optional)

I could be wrong--just my opinion
Jake Jacobsma USAF 54-60


This is a request to all WW II Marines. We need a little help regarding the Pacific and the Navajo Code Talkers.

My 15 year old son and several of his buddies are creating a film documentary for National History Day competition. The subject is the Navajo Code Talkers of WW II. Should there be any Marines that could share a story, talk on the phone for an interview or help in any way, it would really be appreciated. We could only be so lucky to hear from an actual Code Talker.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. How many times have you said that kids don't get the real story in school. Now is an opportunity to correct that.

Thank you in advance
RICHARD G. SCOTT
1st Engineer Battalion
RVN 1967 - 1968
215 512 5300 CELL
215 794 0310 FAX
richgscott@comcast.net


Sgt. Grit,
I believe that we should make a decision on whether to have reporters in a combat situations. As a former Marine during Vietnam there were some things written and said by some people that did nothing but cut and disgrace the Marine Corps and the military in general. Things happen in war that most people will never experience. Coming home to the demonstrations, being called names never stopped me from wearing that uniform. Many Things that we as Marines did not want to happen ended up happening. But d*mn it we did our job and it was for our country. I am so proud of our military today just as I was 34 yrs ago. I wish people could understand what they are going through. I support it 100%. Merry Christmas to all of you defending our honor today. I wish I could be with you. May God Bless each and everyone of you. Myself and my family are praying for you each day. I still bleed green of the United States Marine. (Once a Marine always a Marine) Merry Christmas Sgt. Grit, Thanks for doing what you do.
Semper Fi
Corporal Jim Brozovich
1970 -1973


In 1991, when a the first gulf war started, my son was 17 years old and on deferred entry into the Marine Corp. His dad and I were divorced and as custodial parent, I signed his papers. I had known since he was a little boy that some branch of the military was going to be his future. Fast forward 14 years...this 17 year old is now a 31 year old married man and father of 2 beautiful children and he is in the sandbox. As a former military wife and the mother of a Marine, I don't have to be told what the dangers are, I know. But as proud as I was to be apart of the Military Family, I am even more proud of this young man who is willing to sacrifice nice cushiony job as an air traffic controller making good money not to mention leaving his wife and kids, his family that loves him and would much rather see him here than there, to take up arms and fight a battle to make sure we as civilians can reap the benefits of freedom. I have three stickers on my car...Support or Troops (with his name inside), My son is a Marine, and Freedom is not Free. I have been asked several times who Steve is...and I always say he is my Marine who is in Iraq. They always say "thank you". Keep up the good work guys...we love and miss you all.
JoAnne Trowbridge
Proud mother of a Marine


"On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
--Thomas Jefferson


Dear Sgt. Grit:
In response to your newsletter # 86 concerning an article by Tom Smith about the shooting of the wounded Iraqi. My wife asked me what would I do if I was in that type of situation. I said, when I was in Vietnam and I came upon an N. V. A. I would do the same thing. Why would a person risk the lives of his fellow Marines when just a few hours a person was playing dead and was hiding a device that took the lives of other Marines? After reading the newspapers and watching the news it appear that something was missing. During the mid 60's in Vietnam we had news people in the field with us and they only reported what would make the news and who cared what happen after the fact. I take my hat off to that Marine, it took a lot to do what he did.
C Davies 67-71


"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded."
--Charles-Louis De Secondat


My name is PFC Anderson I got picked up for boot camp on Easter Sunday, then as you all know after boot camp I came home for 10 days. Then I went to Camp Lejeune for one month for M.C.T. I ended up at FT. Sill. I was their for about 5 months for my MOS training. I am married and have two daughters, 4 and 7. My wife and I did not have much communication. My wife felt like she was being left out of my life because she did not know what was going on to the extent of the Marines. Then one day she found this bulletin board and she started to read the letters and she got a better understanding of the way the Marines are so I just wanted to thank all of the Marine moms, wives, and fellow Marines for writing and expressing their views. It gave Alicia (my wife) something to laugh at and better understand just how the Marines are.
Semper Fi
PFC Anderson


"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
--Daniel Webster


Sgt. Grit,
Oohrah to you for having the courage to speak your mind. Too many or more concerned about being politically correct than standing up for our fighting men and women. A Marine is a Marine regardless of his race, color or religion. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Marine who shot the insurgent had been a Muslim we would be standing up for him too.
Semper Fi from the proud father of a Marine Corporal.


To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
George Washington


Sgt. Grit,
Sands of Iwo Jima, The Duke, Halls of Montezuma, Richard Widmark, and many other war films of the 60`s. As a young child I always dreamed of becoming a soldier. As I grew older becoming a Marine was my dream. But eventually I started hanging around with the wrong crowd and became a pothead. Two months from high school graduation I quit school, took the G.E.D. and joined your beloved MARINES. But being the dumbsh!t I was I partied the night before leaving for the bus for Los Angeles. After about 3 weeks of boot I was informed that I was being discharged for failing the urine test. I spent another week waiting to be processed out. My senior D.I. called me in to his office and suggested that I go see the commander and ask for some kind of agreement to be able to stay in service. A decision that I'll regret for the rest of my life, and think about every single day, I chose not to. What an idiot! I would give anything short of my wife and family to have that choice again.

I LOVE the MARINES. I can still remember the aura of the month that I spent at MCRD San Diego. I can still remember looking across the bay at those Navy pukes drilling to a D.I. barking out orders from a bullhorn. Bends and thrusts in the sand till it turned to mud. I am so proud of the Corp. I have 2 young sons( 11&13) and if in their future they decide to enter the military, I would steer them towards the Marines. But of course I would honor their decision whatever it may be. Anyways, I pray for all our troops worldwide for a safe tour of duty and support them 100%. God Bless You All.
Mike


Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow, and of the man who leads, that gains victory.
George S. Patton


I read this letter from beginning to end every time I get it, sometimes more then once. I read all the letters from moms, dads, uncles and aunts. Some of them seem surprised that a child of theirs with no military experience in the family or having everybody in the military, would join. Having been a D.I., I've seen the change that comes over these kids, yes kids, sometime you wonder if they'll ever get it. When they do the change is total. The walk, the attitude, the self-confidence, and what good is a Marine without those. We wonder at them, love them and praise them. Somewhere in all this very important people get forgotten. The people that raised them and gave them the values and strength to do what's right, no matter what others say or do.

So I want to take this time to say thank you to all the parents out there that raised there children the right way. That gave the Marine Corps the fine people that we read about and are so proud of to carry the legacy of the Corps into the future. It is not an easy thing this life that has been chosen, by you or your son or daughter. THANK YOU!!!!!

Semper Fi
G.D.Dilley
SSgt Retired


Dear Sgt Grit
As a daughter of a vet, I feel compelled to write and express my heartfelt gratitude to the soldiers of the USA. My father went through a lot, and we are now starting to move forward toward a better family relationship.
My love and respect to all Marines around the US--
God Bless the US, and the MARINE CORPS
Semper Fi
Wendi


GOD BLESS all MARINES in Iraq and hope to see u home safe. old saying in Philly "do what u got to do " and to the rest of people if u never served in a war u have no idea how it feels so keep ur trap shut.
cedric shaw USMC 87-91


"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
- Ronald Reagan


Dear Sgt. Grit;
I saw the individual who reported the incident in the Mosque interviewed. When asked if he "Wore an American Flag on his clothing?" He replied,"No. I am not there as an American. I am a journalist."

In other words, he feels that being "A Journalist" frees him from the unjust restrictions imposed on AMERICANS! If he feels that way, he should surrender his Passport, Renounce his Citizenship and seek some other Country who would not "Impose Impossible Restrictions on him or his craft."

Sir Walter Scott said it...
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung...

Theodore J. Fox, Cpl. 1820985
VMR-253, 1st. MAW,Iwakuni Japan 1959/61


Hey Friends:
Had an interesting deal today when I flew Flight 1146 into OKC from DFW. I got a call on the jet bridge down in DFW; turns out the call was from one of the agents in OKC. She was calling to coordinate with the Capt about a special passenger on my flight into OKC.

Seems there was a triple-plegic injured Iraq soldier coming into OKC from Florida, she said Continental wouldn't take him. I dunno what that's about...anyway AA got him, upgraded him to 1st Class, and arranged to have TV coverage in OKC upon arrival.

Also, in aviation there is a tradition of having the fire department provide a water canon salute for special occasions such as a Captain retirement, or a new jet or some such thing. AA arranged to have the fire dept provide a double fire canon water salute for our jet as we taxied into the ramp area. They had balloons and such for SSgt Westbrook inside the terminal, and everyone applauded this young man when they wheeled his wheelchair into the terminal. This you man displays a lot more courage than I'll ever have...

Watch TV 25 tonight, they were the only station to provide camera coverage of the event. I'm glad there are still American heroes to carry the fight to the enemy.
Steve Houtari


From MSNBC;
Elsewhere, two insurgents died after detonating their explosives-packed car Sunday morning alongside a U.S. M1 Abrams battle tank in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, said Staff Sgt. Robert Powell, a military spokesman. No soldiers were wounded, and the tank sustained negligible damage."

The obvious question is, why did it take TWO of them? One to drive, and the other to throw the switch?

Also, if each one of these nutcases gets 72 virgins, is the supply of virgins finite?
SF
Crate


Now hear this: I am really proud of my Grandson, who has been interested in the Marine Corps since he was in High School, but he was also interested in the Medical Field, I took him to the Navy Recruiter and volunteered for the Medical Field and has since graduated form Corpsman School at Great Lakes,IL and Field Medical Service School at Camp Lejeune,NC,and is now stationed at 29 Palms,Ca., with the Seventh Marines for more training as a Corpsman. Now he has both, the Marines and the Medical Field, and I am one proud Grandpa, having retired from the Marine Corps and seeing what Corpsman do for their Marines. I just hope that he keeps up the traditions of the Corps and the Corpsman.
Semper Fidelis,
GySgt John W.Grindel Sr.
USMC/Ret. Grandfather of HN John W.Grindel,III,by the way his Father John W. Grindel Jr.is also a inactive Marine.


Dear Sgt. Grit,
I have been noticing a lot of support for our Troop and our Country this Christmas Holiday. In my neighborhood almost all of the cars and trucks have yellow "Support our Troops" ribbons on them. When taking my Grandchildren home we noticed the traditional Holiday lights have changed to Red, White and Blue.

No matter what our Troops hear from the news media I would like to tell them we are SO PROUD OF THEM and thankful they are defending us in an most excellent manner.

I have seen our young Marines defend the helpless and the young and I know that tradition continues by some of the pictures from foreign countries. Makes me proud to be an American!

Semper Fi,
Joe Abendschan
USMC 1960 - 1964


My oldest son, a citizen soldier in the 185th Task Force returned from a tour in Iraq on Christmas Eve! When 99 members of the "Catfish Brigade" passed thru customs they were warmly greeted by veterans who welcomed them and graciously thanked them for their service and then handed them cell phones for them to call home on!

To quote my son "It was great! Lot's of them had on Sgt.. Grit's T Shirts 'Not as Lean, Not as Mean but still a Marine'"

Thanks from the bottom of this Marine's heart for your thoughtful kindness and hospitality towards my fellow Mississippians!

1459480


Sgt Grit,
This old Marine is humbled by the actions of those brave young Marines in Harms Way. I am so proud of this crop of Marines who are carrying on the great traditions of our Corps, we have left it in good hands. Special prayers go out to the families of those fallen Marines. They need to know that all of us who served feel the loss of our younger brothers, we are family too, we are MARINES
Semper Fi,
Art Caesar
Seabees 55-59
Marines 59-65


For all those who would like to see some positive stories about the troops, Fox news broadcasts a show at noon, central time, called "Dayside" with Linda Vester. She has been talking to many guests who support the troops in a variety of ways. A while ago she received a medal from, I believe, The Department of the Army for her support. Today, 12-23-04, she had country singer Chely Wright on the show. Chely Wright performs for the troops as part of the "Stars for Stripes Tour" and has a brother who is a Marine. Chely wrote a song about a woman who stopped her while she was driving and chastised her for displaying a Marine Corps bumper sticker. The song, "Bumper of my SUV" is very moving. It is my understanding that the song has not been recorded with a label yet. However, when she performed it for the troops, they demanded a copy. The troops made copies on their mp3 players and sent them back to the States. The country radio stations were overwhelmed for requests of a song they didn't even have! The stations got copies from the troops, and now the song is at the top of the charts! Chely is donating half the money made from her CD to the "Stars for Stripes Tour." I may have some of the details wrong concerning this, but you get the drift. Linda Vester also tries to have stories from the troops as much as possible. It's a nice break from the usual biased reporting that we all have to endure.

Bruce T. Meyer
Once a Sergeant, Always a Marine (I like that one Captain Downey)


Yo Sgt. Grit, Sgt. T here, I was going through some old papers and I found an article that I think has some importance in today's fight against terrorism. I don't remember who sent it to me, and it is several years old, but he was a Marine. It was written by James P. Sterba, who was, or still is a senior writer of the Journal in New York. These are his words as written in the article.

REAL MARINES DON'T PRACTICE DIPLOMACY by James P. Sterba

First, a confession:
My initial encounter with real U.S. Marines had nothing to do with President Reagan's beloved jarheads: North, McFarlane, Regan, Walters and Shultz. It happened in early July 1969, at Vandergrift Combat Base in I Corps, 12 miles south of the DMZ and 11 miles east of the remains of Khesanh.

I was a young pencil-jockey for a well-known local Manhattan newspaper. And after hanging around with the grunts and their pet rats, soaking up war stories and trying to get "orientated," as they said at the briefings, I wrote a story in which a Marine was quoted as saying:

" Worrying about dying is how guys get killed out here."

That quote has bothered me ever since. So I'm coming clean. I hereby admit that that Marine didn't say that. My editors put those words in his mouth and censored what he really said, Which was:

"Look, I can abso(bleeping)-lutely guarantee you that every sorry (bleeper) who starts worrying out here about gettin' greased sure as (bleep) is going to get his (bleeping bleep) blown away."

See, this newspaper does it too. It's a media conspiracy. It probably started during the celluloid World War II that John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and William Bendix fought when the Pacific, like much else, was black and white. Ever since, the movies, TV, radio, magazines and newspaper have been cleaning up Marinespeak like so many Don Regans with shovels scurrying behind the elephants.

The problem is that this has gone on so long that some Americans, even in high places, actually seem to believe that Marines say "darn" and "heck" and "gosh" and "stuff," as in, "then, the stuff hit the fan."

This wouldn't matter much except that the Marine Corps itself has come to embrace censored Marinespeak as its official language to the point where it prissily revoked its endorsement of Clint Eastwood's new movie, " Heartbreak Ridge," on the ground that our hero, Gunny Sgt. Tom Highway, is a garbage mouth.

Gimme a break! We aren't talking here about a few good men (who don't say bleep). Those are the poster ladies.

The Marines I used to know were about as ruthlessly bullheaded and foulmouthed a collection of juvenile delinquents and intellectual malcontents as could be assembled without cages, whips and chairs. And they were proud of it. They took perverse pride in eating terrible food and getting along with terrible, broken-down equipment (the helicopters that broke down during the 1980 Iranian hostage-rescue debacle belonged to the Marines).

These Marines, of course, were the ones to be with when you found yourself in "deep serious." Trouble was they stumbled into it constantly, whether they wanted to or not. And If you wondered aloud why they didn't build bunkers or dig foxholes or otherwise afford themselves of elementary forms of self-protection, they'd tell you fervently, "Marines never, ever dig in." (They didn't at Khe Sanh and they didn't in Beirut.) Digging in was evidence that they might stay somewhere for a while, which according to creed, Marines never do. They move forward, especially when somebody is shooting at them. It was the candy-(bleep) Army, they'd tell you, that stopped to think, to call in artillery or wait for air support, not Marines. Marines charged-no doubts, no qualms, no questions asked.

Times have changed. Somebody has obviously forgotten what Marines are for. They've gone dainty on us. They've managed to convince people in high places that they talk nice and behave properly enough to alter their job descriptions. They've been getting the jobs as striped-pants diplomats and even emissaries in the whispery world of covert networking. They're passing themselves off as silver-tongued smoothies. They've convince people they're subtle.

Among the Marines I knew, an act of subtlety was a Marine Phantom pilot flying 300 feet above the deck in a mountain-fringed valley and dropping his entire load of napalm right down the throat of a Viet Cong gunner and waving to the cheering grunts on the ground as he passed. Whoosh. That's Marine subtle.

But these new-fangled Marines, who have managed to smooth-talk their way into becoming all the president's men, supposedly do dainty things like deliver cakes to ayatollahs to show sincerity and sensitivity. The Marines I knew didn't deliver baked goods, unless of course the frosting hid an enormous slab of an exploding putty called C-4.

Real Marines can be wonderfully charming and engaging. A few of them are nice guys. But you certainly don't want them in your basement practicing their "can-dos" or involved in delicate military missions, let alone diplomatic ones.

What real Marines do best is perform a basic wartime task. They assault enemy beaches and die for their country in whatever numbers are required to accomplish this unfortunately necessary task. It's time once again to let Marines be Marines.

One shivers to imagine the reaction of Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, the Marine's Marine, to the doings of Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, Don Regan, George Shultz and Vernon Walters. Imagine his ghost confronting these guys.

"Foreign Policy?" he'd ask. "You sorry sons-a-(bleeps) never learn. The Marines have only one foreign policy-find the bastards, then pile on,"

Just thought I would share.
Sgt. D.J. Tasker USMC 1962-1967


Hi Sgt Grit, would just like to say a few things here I just checked on the petition on the Marine who killed the enemy that was laying there faking death. There are almost 342,000 signatures on it that is a great thing to see especially if I were that Marine to see all these people behind him. I'm sure there are many of them signatures are of people who are not Marines or have Marine in there blood line. These people are showing there support for this young Marine and if there is a trial just hope some of them get on the jury this Marine is not guilty. Another thing we in Viet Nam had are Traitor if you think back Jane Fonda hated by so many Viet Nam Vets to this very day for what she did. It seem this war now has its Traitor Kevin Sikes please people don t forget his name may he never work again in his life. Semper Fi Hap Holt USMC 1967-71

Petition supporting the Marine in question


Happy Holidays to all who serve. Especially, my son LCPL.Scott Roff. I weep reading some of Sgt. Grit's stories. I'm gratful my son is a Marine in Hawaii. If he has to go to Iraq, I'm sure that I'll worry. Knowing that he will be with brother Marines will help me sleep.
Semper fi
Tim Roff
Marine Dad


"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
--Samuel Adams


Sgt Grit, Here's a topic I don't see addressed in your excellent newsletter. When men leave active duty they often consider just two options, law enforcement or going back to school. Actually both the corporate sector and the private sector are almost desperate for men with the code of honor, hard work and reliability inherent in Marines. The universities and colleges are producing lots of educated scum bags responsible for the seemingly never ending corporate ethical and accounting scandals. Greedy types with no personal code of ethics. Many companies are starting to realize that hiring a man with an honor code and then training him is a much more valuable way to approach the need for talent in the corporate world. I'd like to suggest two things to those who are or will be seeking civilian employment soon. 1. Let anyone who interviews you know about your USMC service early on in the conversation. You are telling them that your honor is intact, you are familiar with working hard 8 hours a day and that you don't think phoning in with a bullsh!t excuse is the same as showing up each day. 2. Get in touch with the various units such as the 1st Marine Div Assn or the Marine Corps League, attend some of their meetings and network with the old salts to find out what is available near you. Many of these men have retired from the business world and would be happy to point you to someone they know looking for good personnel. My company has several former Marines and appreciates the attitude and work ethic they bring with them each day, usually lifting that of others too. If we weren't so small and our turnover so low, I'd encourage you to apply with us for a job. Be imaginative and strive for the job that interests you. You already know you can achieve the impossible.
Semper Fi, Mike Cunha 2242026


dear Sgt.Grit: I am a Marine's son and I recently wanted a wall plaque (with brass corps emblem) and was told that the item was on back order..however I ordered it anyway and also ordered the black metal inscription plate which read: "Cpl.Charles W.Pugh - Combat Marine-Okinawa - April 1945-June 1945 - Gallant Warrior." Well, as it turned out both items were sent on schedule without a hitch and now Dad has received his Christmas gift, which he will open on Christmas Day. Whether it was you, Sgt.Grit,that expedited the order or just something that can't be explained I would like to say Thank You and God Bless.

You see, Dad is almost 92 years old and in a nursing home in Franklin,Tennessee.Almost lost his life at the VA in Nashville, Tn prior to transfer to the NH...and is looking to get well enough to return to live with my sister in Fairview.He told me that "you can't kill a Marine like me".....I grew up with a healthy respect for Marines and the Marine Corps...some of my earliest memories were of looking through Dad's war memorabilia which included many pictures of bombed out Naha,Okinawa,dead Japanese,warrior buddies in his platoon(many of which were killed in the battle of sugar loaf hill)... a bullet riddled Japanese flag,M-1 ammo clips with rounds,and a package of Jap cigarettes..( smoked one when i was 10 yrs. old and paid dearly for it)...... Dad was able to talk about the war all his life and share stories of the battle for Okinawa with several book authors and others who enjoyed hearing about how it really was ..'back then.' He still talks occasionally about the war,or some aspect of it...and tears come to his eyes when he recounts how " a Japanese sniper killed his best friend on Okinawa, and how he stopped long enough to reach down and grab Bain Leake's (Gladewater,Tx) pearl handled .45 automatic before he dashed off to safety..."

Well, I could go on and on but I won't....you know the stories and you know the heroes....and the 'real heroes' who never made it back home.........I will tell you this, no Marine could be prouder of the Corps and of his Country than my Father is, and I salute him and all the Marines past and present who carry on the proud traditions for which they are recognized for around the World.

I am an Air Force vet of the medical services 90250,during the Vietnam era..1964-1968...but you know to this day...my heart is stirred more by the playing of the Marine Corps Hymn than any other Service song!

I pray for the safe return of all Marines and other military components in Iraq, and I pray for all the families of Marines especially at this time of the year ,that their loved ones will rejoin them very soon.
God Bless and Semper Fi!
Chuck Pugh


My dictionary shows "Marine" as capitalized! I correct all news media's that it is capital "M"! I think us Marines can do the same!!
Bob Olson
165---- 1957-58-59


Sgt Grit,
I just read the letter from "Barbara" about a Marine whose Marine flag was stolen from his flagpole. I fly an American flag, and since this desert war started, a USMC flag, 24/7 (lighted of course). About eight years ago as I was leaving for work one morning I noticed the flag missing and the lanyard dangling. I called the police to report a robbery. They told me that the theft of a flag is not treated as a "robbery", but they would log it in as an "incident" if I insisted! Never heard anything more about it. I sure wish I could have interrupted the "incident" as it was happening.
Mike LaB.
Cpl '64-'67
Sunrise, Florida


Sgt. Grit:
On 10 Dec 2004, my son graduated from MCRD San Diego as a proud Private in the USMC. He turned 18 1/2 on 8 Dec 2004, and has become a confident young man, very gung-ho about the Corps.

I was fortunate to be at both the Eagle, Globe, Anchor ceremony on Thursday, as well as the graduation on Friday. Everything was awesome. There are now 484 great new Marines in the ranks. (2nd Battalion, Fox Company) I know my son made the right decision for himself. I am glad to have him home over the holidays. Yes, I am also feeling trepidation about his future, but he is his own man and I support him all the way.

I enjoy reading your newsletter when I can; please continue.
PJ (Marysville, WA)


All Gave Some
Some Gave All.

Remember all our warriors this New Years!

God Bless America.
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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