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This past Wednesday, I had to take my 17 year-old son to the Des Moines, IA airport. He was flying out to visit his girlfriend in Texas for a week. While we were waiting for the flight time, I went to use the restroom and saw a soldier in desert cammies at the sink. When we were both done, I looked at him, and asked if he was coming home, or shipping out. The young man answered he was "going back". As is my custom whenever I see men and women in uniform, I thanked him for serving. He replied, "no problem." While this ended our conversation, it didn't end my observation of this young man. He rejoined his family in a waiting area and I went to rejoin my son.
When his flight was announced, I hugged my son, and told him to be careful. He assured me he would be fine, yet I took him in my arms, and hugged him one more time...and kissed him...and told him that I loved him. After my boy had left to pass through security, I was just lingering in the area, waiting to insure his plane left on time...when the soldier and his family walked up. It was their time to say good-bye...and they, like I had just done, would do it here, just shy of the security checkpoint.
One by one, they hugged him, and told him to be careful. Then they hugged him again, this typical Iowa farm family. The father was a big man...weathered by years of hard work, salt of the earth & proud, and trying to be strong. The mother, wiping tears from her eyes, hugged him and told him she loved him. Two girls...sisters maybe...hugged and whispered words of encouragement...and then once more, the father stepped up and taking his grown son in his arms, kissed him, and told him again that he loved him, and to be careful. It was one of the most tender and private moments I'd ever witnessed and while I'd just done the same thing with MY son, the tears rolled down my cheeks as I realized this man was sending his son into harm's way... I'm praying for the safe return of that Iowa farm boy...and all the other American sons and daughters who are serving...
Not as lean...not as mean...Still a Marine...(and now a father...)
Bret Ford, Corporal - USMC 1st Batt./4th Marines (1978-1981)
"Reducing America to the status of a second class nation, unable to make its voice heard in the councils of the world will surely be the prelude to another generation of Americans dying needlessly because of our mistakes." --Ronald Reagan
I have only been receiving your newsletters for about a month now. My daughter met and fell in love with a Marine. And then married him just before he deployed on the USS Tarawa July 16th. I have to admit, I was very nervous about my daughter marrying a military man, but after watching her husband and the rest of the Marines he's with, I have GREAT pride in the fact that she chose so well. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the Marines stationed out and about, including right here at home. I stand proud as an American knowing that my daughter's husband chose the best branch of service out there.
Cpl Joseph L Dickens III
HMM-163 Evil Eyes
I am the oldest daughter of Retired Gunnery Sgt. Enrique Salinas whose last tour of duty was the 1st Desert Storm. When I was born my dad was in boot camp and from then on, my life belonged to him and the Corps. Growing up I complained because of the "military life", but now that I am an adult, married and with children, how I miss those times. My parents instilled the lessons of honor and respect that still live with me and these lessons I've been teaching my boys. Some people say that the Marines are a bunch of "war hungry, shooting happy, brained washed" guys, but they don't know the honor and love that comes with being a Marine. The Marine Corps is a family united and it takes a Marine family member to understand this. I would never have given up the life that I had and thanks to my dad and the Marine Corps.
It breaks my heart that I've read so many stories about Marine's giving their lives to protect the "honor" of the United States of America and I want to send my love and respect to those who have lost their loved ones and I know that they are gone but will never be forgotten. "Once a Marine-Always a Marine".
I am proud to display my love for the Corps everyday. Its on my vehicle, it flies in front of my yard and its displayed in my home and most of all, its runs through my veins!
God Bless America and the United States Marine Corps~Ooh-Rah!
Elisa Salinas Flores/San Antonio Texas
Hello, After reading the list I received today I thought I would add my two cents. In regard to going into the Marines or school, well I went into the Marine Corps right after high school. I went to Korea and then Panama and then on a Med- cruise. I went to many different countries which I never could have gone to in civilian life. Korea, Japan, Panama Canal, Cuba, Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Turkey, and one month in Athens, Greece. Figure out what that would have cost. I then got out after my second enlistment and went to college and earned an associate degree in Electronics and worked for Mass. Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory for 33 years in laser technology. I thought was a pretty good follow up for a Marine Sgt. Best.
"It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own." --Benjamin Franklin
After so many letters that made my eyes sweat, I read the letters from Ann Lang with a smile on my face. The women that stand beside their Marines are truly amazing. About a year ago, my wife also noticed that our local post office was not flying our flag. On that particular day it was raining. She, like Mrs. Lang, also took it upon herself to approach the personnel and ask them why. Our post office is a small one so she was able to speak directly with the postmaster.
He tried to give the excuse of it raining and how the old-timers would get mad at him for ruining the flag. She reminded him that there had been many improvements over the old style cotton flags and the new ones were all-weather and could be flown at any time. She also stated that she would write to our troops in Iraq and tell them that if it was raining or stormy that they didn't have to go out and fight for our country.
The postmaster raised our flag and promised to faithfully do it from then on.
About a month later she again noticed the flag was not being flown. This time, when she went into the post office, she told him how relieved she was that he was okay. When he asked why she thought something might be wrong she mentioned that the flag was not being flown. He stopped what he was doing and immediately raised the flag.
Since that time she has always observed that our post office has flown our country's flag.
I must say that her manner of handling the situation was much less confrontational than mine would have been, and her way accomplished the mission. Semper Fi
Sgt, USMC, 68-70
"September 11 for me was a wake up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep again." --British Prime Minister Tony Blair
"British citizens, who happen to be Muslim, murdered over 50 people, including themselves. Or, was it Islamists, who happen to be British, killed innocent people? It makes a difference. Brits today, Americans tomorrow, must know who their domestic enemies are and what kind of war they are fighting to win. Assuming Brits or Americans have the will to win. This World War is between a totalitarian ideology, born of a relatively barbaric culture, against all humankind." --James Atticus Bowden
Good afternoon Sarge,
The U S Mint is minting a new silver dollar commemorating the 230th birthday of our Corps. One side has the raising of our flag on top of Mt Suribachi, the reverse side show the Eagle, Globe, & Anchor. These coins can be purchased from their web site at www.usmint.gov.
Semper Fidelis to my all my brothers & sisters!
R. C. Knight
Dear Sgt. Grit,
Read the letter from Kolette, Proud Mom of a Marine. She hit right on the nail. Before my son LCpl. Anthony Worley and the 2/10 from Camp Lejeune deployed to Iraq Last Aug. 31 I made camo pillows for all his platoon to have on the flight over in the cargo planes. Something soft to rest their heads on. The remark from my adopted sons was, "Thank You, Momma Lynne" nobody even thought about a pillow. The ones I made were 1/4 size of bandanas and they could stuff them in their sea bags when they landed. Several of his platoon members went to different bases around Baghdad and I received emails from them and sent care packages to be shared with the rest. My customers at my work were bringing stuff in or giving me money to help pay costs. When I cried, they cried, we I had news from my son or one of the others we all cheered. Thank the Lord and the Marines for their safe return. There is a Retired Marine Colonel that works beside my Job and he kept me informed on thing that a civilian Mom didn't know. Thank You Marines.
Proud NC Mom of a Marine and
Proud Mom of Adopted Marines from the 2/10 Camp LeJeune.
To Julie from Marine Moms Online who has suggested that I copied my "You Just Might be the Parent of a U.S. Marine" piece. I assure you I did not. I have never read anything like it. I personally penned every single word of my writing and it came right from my heart. I have never read the piece you mentioned that your friend wrote, but I doubt it's exactly the same as mine. I cannot access the website you posted because a password is needed which is further proof that I have never read it, but even without reading the other writing, I am not surprised to learn that someone somewhere wrote something similar. In fact, I wrote it knowing other parents would be reading it and identifying with it. When I first wrote my piece, I sent it to only a few other Marine moms that I email regularly and they suggested I send it to Sgt Grit. I did so simply to raise awareness of the sacrifice that military families go through. I was expressing my love, pride and fears regarding my son's deployment. I do not care if I get any kind of 'credit'. I do care however that, without even checking with me, Julie publicly stated that I have copied someone else's work. I did not. Honor, Courage and Commitment were not new concepts to my son when he entered the Marine Corps. He learned them at home. I did not copy anyone else's work.
"What was new about [the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki] was the technology, not the morality. More people were killed with ordinary bombs in German cities or in Tokyo. Vastly more people were killed with ordinary bullets and cannon on the Russian front. Morality is about what you do to people, not the technology you use." --Thomas Sowell 1950's USMC
To any Marine who might have known Lcpl. Chad B. Maynard who was killed in Iraq on June 15, leaving behind his wife Rebecca who was pregnant with their child. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Lanae Raelyn Maynard on July 26, 2005. She weighed 6lbs 5.8ozs and was 17 1/2 inches long.
At least now she will have a little bit of Chad with her for the rest of her live.
Rebecca Maynard's father
Former Navy, but h&ll we're not all perfect haha
Sgt. Grit and the Marine Corps Family,
America's Founding Fathers put their lives on the line by creating the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. My parents guided my early years as I discovered my path in life. The Marine Corps helped to mold me into a man and "One of the Few, the Proud, a Marine". Over the years, I have discovered how really blessed I am to be an American and a Marine. Some quotes that have helped along the way include:
"Be always sure you're right - then go ahead." David Crockett, 1834
"One man with courage makes a majority." Andrew Jackson
And a quote from myself: "Morals, truth, justice, conscience, character and trust are being eroded. How can we stop this destruction of our Republic? COURAGE! Courage to stand and be counted! Courage to stand and be heard! FREEDOM! Don't leave home without it!"
In researching this story (brought to my attention while reading this newsletter), I discovered that LtGov Catherine KNOLL of Pennsylvania sent a mealy-mouthed letter of apology to the family of Staff Sergeant Joseph GOODRICH, who was killed in a mortar attack in Iraq of the 10th of July. LtGov Knoll claims that the family "misunderstood" her intentions when she stated "the government did not support the war" in Iraq -- right, blame the family. A spokesperson from the LtGov's office also stated the LtGov will NOT be making any PUBLIC statements regarding her behavior. Since the office of lieutenant governor is a separate election in Pennsylvania, the governor cannot exercise control over this Jane Fonda wannabe. Perhaps a recall vote would be in order. At least enough indignant public outcry was raised to force a farce of an apology, and hopefully the voters of Pennsylvania will remember Ms Knoll's follies when, and if, she runs for election again.
Leaving college to join the USMC; not a bad choice but just remember Marines finish what they start.
Let me warn you getting your degree won't be as easy when you return home. While your ability to hold a bead on target will have improved considerably, your test taking skills and ability to concentrate on a boring text will have diminished with age. There will also be many other distractions. But if you really want to go to college after what you have seen and know you will find a motivation that you didn't know existed.
You will be older than most of the students attending class with you not only in years but also in wisdom and maturity. Don't spend a great deal of time wondering why you don't or trying to "fit in". You can change your appearance or grow your hair but being a Marine goes very deep. This time and energy is better spent with a book in hand.
You won't be invited to the parties on campus. The small talk is very different than that you had with your brothers in the Corps. With all your training, what you went through was frightening at times. Even after a few beers, it doesn't make for a good conversation with those who have only known the comfort and safety of their parent's home and school. Your close friends that you left behind may choose others to spend down time with. After all, you haven't been around for awhile. Remember your objective! Find a quite place, pick up a book and get the job done.
Addressing your instructors as 'Sir' may bring smiles from other students, but it will also bring admiration from those who have been there, and an acknowledgement of your experiences from those that matter. There are more people on campus than you think who had their undergraduate degree financed by the GI Bill. These people may offer you help and an insight into how to succeed. Accept their help, it is offered willingly out of appreciation and respect for what you already have accomplished.
They may simply be the best thing you have to wear when you slip on your desert/jungle boots on some cold winter morning, but in the eyes of some they will label you. Don't let it bother you, because to many others you look 10 feet tall. Every bit of those worn soles are paid for, wear them with pride.
If the task at hand seems overwhelming, remember the times when you thought there was a good chance you would never see the sunrise again. Take a deep breath, say a prayer for those that weren't as lucky, and carry on with a renewed dedication.
Be proud of what you accomplished, we are.
LCpl, Lima Company 3/1 69-71
University of Wisconsin-Milw 71-75
Note: I agree.
11th Marines 68-71
Central State Univerity, 71-75
In response to Sgt Patterson and the proud Marine Mom from Ohio - I graduated from High School in 1969 and went straight on to college. I soon found out that I was really sick and tired of school after 18 straight years so I dropped out and joined what I had always wanted to join - the United States Marine Corps. I went off to boot at San Diego and by Christmas I was in Vietnam. I did my two tours there, finished up my hitch (4 years) and went back to college on the GI Bill graduating with a 3.7 GPA and I found myself to be heads taller than the younger "whippersnappers" in my classes. Based on my experience and training in the Corps, I knew how to study, how to apply myself to the task at hand and how to get the mission done. In Marine terms, improvise, adapt and overcome. Sgt Patterson and Proud Mom, your offspring have made a choice to try to become a member of the finest fighting force the world has ever seen. Give them the chance to try to earn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor because not everyone is capable of doing so - that is why the other branches of the services exist - because not everyone can be a United States Marine. You will be sincerely proud of your boys once you stand there on the grinder and see them march before you. Your eyes will fill with tears and you will stand a little bit straighter knowing that that Marine you see on the grinder is a member of an elite fighting force and he has overcome major obstacles to join the Few, the Proud, the Marines. Semper Fi you two and best of luck to your boys.
Corporal of Marines
Vietnam, Republic of 1970-1972
The POW/MIA Motorcycle group from Pocatello, Idaho just finished putting on another outstanding Rally and Rodeo. They got national press and got one of the teams of JPAC from Hawaii so show displays and what they do to recover the bodies of the MIAs they find. Also the head lady for The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia was at the rally. It was a great Rally and Rodeo. Some pictures from this years and last years rally and rodeo and be seen at this address. http://www.idahonard.com/powmia/ also the web address for the POWMIA group is http://www.powmiarodeo.org/ Lot's Marines present and lots of good times were had by all.
Sgt. Mike Bernard (68-72)
I am the proud mother of a Marine Reserve. I don't know what the future will hold, however, a day or night does not go by when I may be informed that he will be one of the men called to Active Duty. There is no way to prepare other than to show support and encouragement and love to him each and every day I have with him. To me he is my hero !
Marine Mom of PFC. Kenton Makowsky
"As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another."
-- James Madison (Federalist No. 55, 15 February 1788)
Wow! The letter from Amy Maddox in last week's newsletter knocked my sox off! This young lady certainly has her stuff together. Her advice on what to send in care packages and particularly how to handle things in communicating with her Marine, now and when he gets home, were excellent. In the process of helping another Marine wife (to be), she demonstrated the courage and wisdom of our wonderful ladies who help make it all worthwhile to the Marine who is deployed. Let's never forget how hard it is for our wives, girlfriends and mothers who wait for us at home. My wife did not have any sort of a support group or other Marine wives around here in Texas when I shipped out for RVN in Jan. 1968. I did not realize what kind of h&ll she and my mother went through here at home when they watched the news reports on TV during Tet and was unable to have any communications from me for weeks since the mail was pretty well screwed up for a long time. (Later on I heard rumors of a MARS line for phoning home, but I never was in any location where it was available.) It took a while, but when my mail caught up with me I got sweet letters and care packages from most all the women in my family. I can never say enough about what that meant to me at that time. I'm real proud of all the support that all of the troops are getting now from so many good people. I know how much they appreciate it. Marine wives and moms are to be congratulated for their outstanding work in leading the way to get the public involved in this effort. And Grit, it seems like this newsletter is better than sliced bread for our young brother and sister Marines in the sandbox, their ladies at home, and old farts like me who worry about them and wish we could saddle up again. Cpl. Maddox, you've got a great young lady. Hang on to her!
0802, 2/5 & 2/11, RVN '68-'69
To Deb Cradick,
I salute you and your Marine. I wanted you to know that them 3 AM phone calls have been going on for some time now. As I am what you might call a "plank owner" of Weapons Co. 2/3. I along with some other dedicated Marines formed Wpns. Co. 2/3, who's first commanding officer was Maj. B.C. Steed, probably the finest Marine I ever personally met. We were broken off from H&S Co. on the USS Tarawa during West Pac 1979. As for the 3 AM phone calls, this might help. Last year while Christmas shopping I saw a watch that has dual time, two small watch faces on the same watch, I told my wife, I wish I had, had that when I was stationed in Hawaii. One more thing when your Marine gets back to K-Bay, you have him reserve you one of the cottages down by the beach, (I hope they are still there) and you go over and shower your Marine (and his buddies) with a mother's love and soak up some of that great Hawaii sunshine. For me, please tell PFC Cradick to keep his head down and his powder dry, and know that he is never alone, 229+ years of tradition and honor are with him always.
God bless and Semper Fi
J. T. Marvel,
Dragon Gunner, Co. Armor, Wpns. Co. 2/3 78-82
Karen In response to the question from Karen in the 06-18-05 letter: As a former Marine, 1966-1970, the father of a Marine deploying to Iraq in September, and the father of a career Air Force member (Security Forces) already deployed there. I have had the same questions. Your acquaintance, like most people who make the same type of statements, feel they are more intelligent, better educated, and superior to the military servicemen. She lives in a soft warm world of rules, proper demeanor, and correctness. In her world, she cannot believe that there are truly evil people. Or, that violence would be used on her. Most people like her have never given, or done, or helped another person beyond the normal daily activities. She has a simple life uncomplicated with the ideas of duty, honor, courage or pride. She has no concept of anything beyond a tiny world that she thinks that she controls. A paper cut on the finger or a computer problem is the big event of the week. She has never had another person give her the loyalty, support, love, and faith that a military member gives to another. She will never go through the intense emotions that you and your son will endure. She will never have a sense of belonging to the past or future. In her self righteous smugness, there is nothing that will change her attitude or beliefs. I gave up trying to explain these concepts to these people. I go straight to the same level of rudeness. With all of that said, I respond to this type of questions with - -'My son wanted to do more in life than be an office worker and wallow in boredom for the rest of his life'. - 'He wants to be proud of his life and accomplish more than his drunkard college buddies'. - 'He has a chance to be something now and forever'. - 'He has some hard core goals for his life, how about your kid'? - 'I'm proud that he is there, is yours still unemployed'? - 'He is focused and has a long term plan for his future, what about your kid'? - 'He did not want to be a never been like most people, he wanted to be a Marine'. - 'He has a chance protect his mother and other women from the people who would enslave them'. - 'He will be a part of history forever, has your kid passed his history classes'?
I see Hanoi Jane is on the move again. I was under the impression she learned something the first time around. I guess not. I wonder if this will help the sale of her new book and movie. I hope not.
Nam-67, 68, 70, 71. Semper Fi.
"Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty." --George Washington
> Dear Sgt. Grit:
I am the proud wife of a Marine and have been since 2002. After his training he was activated and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was during the very beginning of the war. I was afraid and he had his reservations about this whole ordeal. But he never once said "I do not want to go" or thought about how to get out of his situation. It was very difficult for us as it is and has been for all of the families in the military.
Several people close to me have squirmed their way out of fulfilling the duties they volunteered for. I am sure that there is no young man or woman or their family who is not afraid of the conditions being set forth before them. But I can tell you that my husband would never even think of not standing behind his fellow Marines.
I am in utter disgust of people who find ways to get out of contracts they accepted willingly. What gives them the right to think that they deserve not to be put in harms way and others do. They should be stripped of their rank and future monies for faking injuries and problems they do not have.
I write this letter with extreme fury following the deaths of 20 or so Marines in the last several days. Men who had the courage and conviction to go forward with their commitments and did not hide behind falsity. It is because of cowards like the ones I speak of that we must respect those who die because they are truly the ones that deserve remembrance as well as respect.
A large and necessary Thank You to all of you who have served with Pride and condolences to the families of the fallen.
P.O.'d in the West.
"Media stories about the London bombing suspects suggest they became radicalized because of the 'oppression of Muslims around the world.' While it's true that hundreds of millions of Muslims live in miserable circumstances, who's actually responsible for that oppression? Fifty nations boast Muslim majorities and not one of them boasts economic prosperity and a functioning democracy. ... The true oppressor of Muslims is Islam itself, with teachings that destroy any chance of progress, peace or freedom." --Michael Medved
"He probably could have gotten out of going just because he has a newborn son. But he said, 'No, I have a job to do, I have a duty to do for my country'." --Paul Montgomery, father of Lance Cpl. Brian Montgomery, among the Ohio Marines killed this week.
My fellow parents, this is not a political statement, but it is a message from my heart I am sharing with you all because God will not let me hold it inside...
My heart is weeping. My mind is disgusted as I fought to find out news this morning about our 14 fallen sons. I am tired of a world where as I attempt to find out information and all that met my gaze was Extreme Makeover, Jerry Springer reruns, newscasters laughing inanely over nothing, and a commentator who is allegedly an expert on the middle east who when asked of this tragedy responded, "well er ah I guess I can't say too much, actually I cover the UN now, no longer assigned to Iraq, but there is some talk they will "start" pulling troops out by 16 months from now." What an idiot. Our sons and daughters of America are putting it all on the line every moment to keep us safe, and try and help the world, and this is the best this media dwarf can come up with. Yes, the emperor is NOT wearing clothes. Wake up those that have not awakened (this excludes all this audience, because I know all of us live this every moment of the day). I am tired of a world where we have 99,000 cable channels of mental pabulum and what is really important is lost. My soul cries out for our fallen, and their families. I know in my mothers heart what it is to lose a son who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, literally. There is a saying, which is that of the thousand yard stare our troops have when they return from war. Well there is another 1,000 yard stare we parents have when we loose our child, and another 1,000 yard stare that our wounded have, and these two later types of courage have to go on forever.
What our brave Marines, Navy, Air Force and Army protect, is worth protecting. What their mission is, they do it, with the highest standards and with all they have. What their courage teaches us, and their sacrifice, and their beauty of soul, can never be forgotten and to me, is more spiritual than what I will find even if I was able to visit every church on Earth. Freedom is never free, Freedom has its price, yet the sadness of this is, only a few pay this price for us all.
I cannot let this just be another Iraq roadside bomb incident in my mothers heart. Every one of our sons and daughters that are wounded and fall, cut my heart again and again. Oh God, let my soul and all your angels fly to comfort these parents of our 14 Fallen this day...
To our fallen Marines and their families...
"And how stand America on this winter night? After two hundred years...she still stands strong and true and her glow has held steady no matter what storm."---John F. Kennedy
OORAH AND SEMPER FI...you are our hearts, our heroes and never to be forgotten, as my tears wash my face, my soul soars with your courage.
those sob's just blew up 16 Marines. may they rot in h&ll.
Recently Mr. J.F. Dunnigan ( email@example.com) wrote a short article about how the Navy had to create it's own Marine Corps from Seal rejects/Masters at Arms because the Navy could no longer use the Marines. My biggest beef was that he refused to capitalize "Marines". I emailed him and pointed out that it was established practice to capitalize "Marines" and also "Coast Guardsman" and "Naval Aviator" because they were titles. His reply was, "not our practice". I emailed him again asking if he just didn't respect Marines, or if he was a jackass. He hasn't replied, but I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from a few Marines.
Ed Keene 1stSgt USMCR (ret)
While at the VA clinic in Ft. Worth Texas for check up a young boy about 9 or 10 with what looked like his grandmother was passing out 8 1/2 X 11 inch pieces of paper with the following printed message::
We all love you Thanks for our Freedom Freedom isn't free! God Bless You!
As they were walking around inside the clinic they gave a copy of this to each veteran. As they walked up to me the grandmother saw my USMC hat and said to her grandson "Be sure and give this man one of your letters, he is a Marine" There are people that care about those of us that server. And some event go to a lot of trouble to thank us.
God Bless the Marine Corps and all our service men and women.
Cpl. John B. Daly
I am writing this to all my Nam Bro's,and to all our Brother's in harms way today. Hanoi Jane Fonda is starting her mouth running again. I call on all the men and women who have defended her right to free speech to drown out every word she tries to speak whatever city or town she should go. This TRAITOR forgets, that we who served do not forget her. I understand she will start in Tenn. Please, let's not forget our Brother's on the WALL.
J.P.Looker (Sgt. 65/69 )
My 24 year old son is a SGT in the Marines and just recently returned from his second tour in Iraq. Not physically hurt to badly but forever changed as a man. He lost several friends and his best friend blew up right in front of his eyes so these things tend to change a person as I know you have your own set of painful memories that changed you forever. Forgive me sir. I am rambling. I enjoy your newsletter tremendously and so does my husband, himself a former marine. Thank you again,
I would like to sent my condolences to the families of the 20 lost Marines just recently.I am deeply sorry for your loss, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May god Bless all of you through the rest of your lives. The Marine Corp is a very honorable and courageous group of men and woman. I am very proud that I was a part of that . With deep sorrow and regret may god be with you in your time of need.
Cpl Richard Pratte
Kilo Co 3/5
1st MarDiv FMF
November 11, 2005, 11:00AM, Friday. Dedication ceremony of the City of Chicago's New Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza to be located on Wacker Drive Riverwalk, between Wabash and State Street.
Chicago Chapter 1st MarDiv
Dear Sgt Grit:
Put my new, DRAFT DODGER sticker on my vehicle yesterday and today I found out what they talk about. Yep, so over the hill hippy identified himself to me in the Wal-Mart line. He said, "I saw your bumper sticker out there in the parking lot." Politely, I asked which one. He responded by saying he was a draft dodger and they talk about burning THEIR draft cards. With this I JUST HAD to ask if they have formalized, organized reunions. "No," was all he said. Of course, I had to, follow up with, "It is unfortunate that you lived and other better men went and died." THEN THE DUMB@SS LOOKED AT THE FLOOR AND MUMBLED, "GUESS I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT LIKE THAT."
Debra, Vietnam Vet and mother-in-law of a Marine, niece 7
Marines, daughter of a sailor, widow of a Marine, Beaufort, SC
The 3/25 sustained heavy losses this week in Iraq, losing fourteen brothers, nine of whom were with Lima Company, located in Columbus, Ohio.
One fact that I have noticed time and time again: the men who were lost were not only lost as Marines, but many were either active duty or aspiring police officers or firefighters. Truly these men were as dedicated to their respective communities as they were their country.
Please keep the men of the 3/25, and all of the Marines, in your thoughts and in your prayers.
Proud father of a Lima Company Sergeant.
Sergeant Larry Balla
Grandview Heights Division of Police
Thank you Sgt Grit news for giving a marine mom who misses her son so much the chance to read other letters from marines and family it helps me understand my sons choice and it helps the hurt to feel less to all of you marines my family and I would like to say thank you for all you have done for this country
THANKS AGAIN for all you have done
I was saddened to hear about that fate of those young Marines from Ohio. Being a former Marine myself, when I heard the news, I took a break from work for awhile to honor these brave men. I only hope that the young men and women in this country who stayed home to go to college and party will someday realize that these Marines and many others made the ultimate sacrifice for them. Their families are in my prayers.
Cpl of Marines 88-92 2d Mar. Div.
You are always telling us to get in contact NOW with old friends. Please allow me to tell you my story. I met my Marine in Hawaii in 1969 while I was attending a convention there for Medical Assistants. My roommate was old enough to be my Mom. Sgt. Sid Glynn and I met on Monday evening and I introduced him to my roommate. Sid and I then went out for the evening. We hit it off right away and spent most of the evening and early morning hours just talking and getting to know each other. Needless to say, I never made it back to the hotel room until 0700 hours because I didn't want to disturb my roommate. Sid escorted me to my hotel door and we were met by a woman who treated us both as her own children and royally chewed us out for staying out all night. The next evening, she had gone out with some of the other gals and we had decided to come back early to watch television. When she came in rather late in the evening, I gave her a good talking to about being late (how brash for a 21-year-old to her elder roommate). For years we referred to this lovely lady as our "third" mother. She had lost a Marine son in 'Nam the previous May, so this was probably hard for her to see me with a Marine. At our wedding, her husband had to tell the band to stop playing the Marine Hymn as we were trying to cut our cake (all of the males in the bridal party were either Marines or Army). Over the years, we lost contact with each other as sometimes happens. Recently I saw an article on AOL that included her name. I did some research and found her phone number (which had not changed) and made contact. We now e-mail each other almost daily even though she is very busy as the National Past President of Gold Star Mothers. This lady is none other than Dorothy (Dot) Oxendine. She is still very partial to Marines and now our Mom Dot as both of our mothers have passed away. She travels all other representing The Gold Star Mothers.
Mom Dot, if you read this, know that you are loved by both Sid and me very much. Sid and I are so proud to have been able to "find" you again.
May God Bless all of our Marine family where ever they may be.
Wife of Gny Sgt (retired) Sid Glynn
and Mom of Cpl Robert Glynn, Sharon Glynn
Perth Amboy NJ. It has come to light this week in Perth Amboy, the flags of veterans supplied by the American Legion and placed yearly by the local ROTC have been removed to ease the lawn mowing. I am appalled and fuming by this action. The flags are placed prior to Memorial Day and replaced with new ones the following year by volunteers. Cemetery claims they just discarded torn and rathered ones. It's ONLY THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST! Those flags should not have been touched. It has been tradition in this cemetery as long back as I can remember. I am sure all those veterans placed to eternal rest are turning in their graves. Please write and share your views with the management there. Alpine Cemetery Amboy Ave. Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Thanks for all efforts,
Proud Mom LCPL Herbert USMC
PS...You DO NOT discard a flag. There are appropriate ceremonies to lay them to rest.
I am writing this letter to say how proud I am of my nephew . In September he leaves for Paris Island. I am also writing to say he is 3rd generation to become a Marine . The family is honored to be part of the Best, but there is another part about Marines that sometimes is just in the shadows. That is the mother , wife, sister, grandmother ,aunt. We all have that pride no matter what we are to a Marine . My mother for instance is a wife,sister,mother, and now a grandmother of a Marine. These woman silently wait and wonder and prayer for their Marines. and will always stand with Pride too. So to all Marines remember we to love and carry the pride with you. We prayer for the safe return home . God Bless the U.S. Marines
I live in Mansfield, Ohio and have watched the news coverage concerning the loss of 20 more MARINES. I can't tell you how many times I've found myself wiping tears from my eyes. My son is LCpl Cory Knecht,stationed at Miramar. Ever since my son joined the Marine Corps, I've felt like all Marines are my sons. My son has been to Iraq and is slated to return in Feb.'06.Like other parents, I know what it's like to not know if I might get the same news that 20 more parents have just received. I know what it's like to finally breathe when I heard my son's voice saying Mom, I'm back on American soil. I also know the mounting fear that Feb.'06 will bring. I am so proud of not only my son, but all Marines, willing to fight for our freedom, but I'm also selfish. I want my son to survive. As I think about the families & friends left behind to pick up the pieces & somehow go on with their lives, my heart breaks with them and for them. May they rest in peace. May we never forget the sacrifice they made.
To Sgt. Paul J. Stammer Sr. I just wanted to give you a big THANK YOU! For the job you and other MARINES did for the USA back on Iwo Jima. My son is a Marine stationed on Okinawa . He is with 1st MAW . He had the opportunity to visit Iwo Jima on Feb. 17th 2005 . Two days before the anniversary . He told me that just being on the beach was very emotional. He said he could feel the pride of all the men that landed there 60 years before . He also said that standing there made him so proud to be a Marine and motivated him so much. He was able to get some sand from the beach and send it home to me. I have it in a special jar with all of my other Marine collectables that I have received from my son and other Marines and Sgt Grit. I have never served in the military, but I am so proud of my son and all the other Marines . So again I would like to say THANK YOU for giving the great opportunity to my son to be in a place so special like Iwo Jima. SEMPER FI
PROUD FATHER OF
SGT JONATHAN HASS
hello devil dogs, i am saddened to tell you, one of our old faithfuls has succumb to a long illness of 2 years. but i wanted to share that this old devil dog at 71 years old was in my kitchen doing push ups and still talking of his pride of serving in the beloved corp. prior to being stricken this marine was as solid and fit as when he walked off the island, i am proud to call him a marine and blessed to have had him as my father in law. god speed and semper fi. i salute you and will take great care of your daughter for now you're with the angels of heaven.
sgt alpha 3
I'm a VET with two tours in the USMC, 1973-1976 and 1980-1982. My HOA just sent me an email telling me that my 20 foot flag poll with the US and USMC flags are against HOA policy. I've submitted a letter to them to request it stay, we'll see how it goes. My position will be, I'm a Vet, the Flags stay!
Cpl. Chuck Covey
On November 13, 2005, the Catawba Valley Detachment 1163, will be having its Marine Corps Birthday ball, with dinner and the traditional ceremony, with the Commandant's message, the cake cutting with the sword, and the first piece of cake to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present and the third to the youngest Marine present. We have the Birthday Ball in conjunction with Veteran's day with all service's invited. The cost of the Evening is $20.00 per person, and this includes dinner, set ups, the Marine Corps Birthday cake, band to dance by. It will be held at the American Legion Bldg., Post 48, Hickory Fair grounds. Starts at 1830 with dinner. If you have any questions contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-322- 2541., John W, Grindel Sr. Commandant, Catawba Valley Detachment 1163, Marine Corps League.
Emailed July 14, 2005 from Basrah, Iraq
Well, it has come down to the last few days of my final tour in Iraq. I can hardly believe it's time already! I can't thank you all enough for the tremendous amount of love and support you've given me throughout my travels. It has meant more to me than you will ever know.
We can all be proud knowing that Iraq is in much better shape now than it was when I first got here in February 2004. Most of the country's infrastructure is beyond pre-war levels and the Iraqi people have a fully functioning, democratically elected government. There are even a few provinces on the verge of operating completely independently. The Iraqi Security Forces are stronger than ever with hundreds of patriotic volunteers eager to join each day. The insurgency is reeling from multiple offensive operations in the North, West, and Baghdad areas. Despite what you might hear elsewhere, the tide has turned in the Middle East and democracy has taken hold!
There is much work yet to be done, but we should all be excited by the progress made so far. Just think about it! Government "of the people, by the people, for the people," has found a foothold in, of all places, the Middle East! And like light flooding a dark and dreary room, democracy is starting to spread throughout the region, cleansing it of the oppression that has infected it for so long.
Words are hard to come by to express my exuberant hope for the future of the Iraqi people and the rest of the Middle East. We are truly living in an unparalleled age. History is unfolding before our eyes and I only hope the American people and the rest of the world have the good sense to understand what they are witnessing.
I see before me a world of hope and make no mistake about it, you all have been absolutely vital to our success so far. As I've said many times before, your support, in all its forms, is the lifeblood of our cause. The enemy understands all too well that the key to their success is to turn public opinion on the home front. Don't let them win! Keep up the good fight and stay the course! Find new ways to support the men and women fighting overseas and continue to fight pessimism and apathy with the educated reality of hope!
With the greatest appreciation for your efforts and deepest love for this blessed country of ours, I thank you.
God Bless and Semper Fidelis,
1st Lt Rob Nofsinger,
USMC Basrah, Iraq
As I heard the news and I followed the TV news, my heart dropped from sadness as it does each and every time a Marine is killed, or any service member is killed for that matter. I ask that all of us that are so fortunate to be with our loved ones remember that those families are going through the most horrible times of their lives, we must continue to be at their side in any and every way we can, we must always tell them that we are very grateful for the service of their loved ones so that we can be at home or anyplace we wish to in this country safe and sound.
I think about how it must feel to sit at the dinner table and see the empty space for that family, I think about those children that can never have that Father or Mother help with the homework, I see this when I'm with my children and I'm so blessed that I have the life to do these things with my family and friends.
So when the Holidays come and the drinking and eating starts let us not forget ever those who Died for the country and for us to have a life of security and peace. This is a great country and I'm so proud to be an American and so proud of being a United States Marine.
God Bless You All and the Corps.
The Gunny From Miami.
"If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." --Anatole France
God Bless Thomas Sowell for his insightfulness, integrity and use of his bloody pulpit to speak the truth. These are the words that need to be shared and understood by all. More importantly, as he says, the honor and courage with which our service members are serving should be published to all America.
Thomas Sowell Site
Sleep well America, my Marine has your back!
God Bless America!
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