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At approximately 0500 hours on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, I received a telephone call from my son, Lance Corporal Daniel L. Gruber, Bravo 1/5 Camp Pendleton, stating that they were now stateside and were presently at March Air force Base and would be returning soon to Camp Pendleton. This was the telephone call I prayed for since the beginning of March and I will have to admit that my eyes started to leak.

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Hi Sgt Grit
I am the proud mom of LCpl C.He deployed recently and we cant tell you how proud we are of him for serving his country! He needed some last minute things so off to the clothing store he went. Got there and the guy was closing. He said we are deploying and need some socks so the gentleman let he and his sgt in to get what they needed.

They got to the checkout and the gentleman rang up their purchases, meanwhile a Gunny walks in and shops to. He gets to the register. My son and his Sgt are standing their still. Seems he had to pay for his purchases with cash only as the gentleman had already closed his registar.Our son told him I only have my credit card to pay for our purchases(his and the sgt).Needless to say the Gunny paid for it all and my son told him he would find him when he gets back to repay him. Gunny looks at my son and says that's what a Gunny does and walked out. I don't know who he is but if your reading this I want to tell you Thank You for your kindness! This Gunny just go to show you once brothers always brothers! We appreciate you! And if our son is reading this, We love you and we are so proud of you! Come home soon!

Paula Cribb
Proud Mom of a US MARINE now deployed
South Carolina

I WISH...WISH....WISH....the media would give those that support our troops the same coverage as those that don't. When my son was set for his second tour of duty to Iraq, I asked him how he felt about it. He clearly and simply said, " Mom, it's my job. It's what I have been trained to do." For all the nay sayers, I say......forget your personal views of the situation, pray for our troops that are there because they firmly are committed to their choice of "jobs". Let no one forget that THIS is or was their CHOICE. They HONOR us all by making this commitment, knowing the sacrifices they have to make. As a mom of a Marine, as a US citizen, and mostly as an AMERICAN, I can only applaud and support our troops. Semper Fi! and God Bless Our Troops and Recruits!
Proud Marine Parent of
LCpl. Edward in the sandbox .....again.....

"I regret I have but one life to GIVE for my country."
-- Nathan Hale

Due to my dad's job when I was 10 yrs. old we moved to Australia. Was there 21 months, eventually came back to the states. We were there a little over a year when we went to England. Was there another 21 months. From there we went back to Australia. It didn't happen until we were in England and I was at around 14 yrs. of age and watching the Olympics on TV that I realized my pride in my country. Every time I heard the National Anthem playing for the US gold medalists I would start crying. After we finally got back to the states and me in school here, whenever they played the National Anthem I would cry. Why? I really couldn't say. My chest would just fill up with so much pride and emotion I guess that was the only way to express it. I was always proud and still am to be an American.

I'm assuming you're now living in New Zealand, a nice peaceful place removed from all conflict. I would like to remind you of what this country and others have fought and stood for generations. If'n it wasn't for the American forces etc. stopping their foes you would not now have the privilege of living in your nice peaceful place. Many thousands of people, to include Australians and New Zealanders have died to give you that right. To this day they are battlein and dying for you to retain that right and live in the country of your choice without fear! You say that you're frightened by some of the letters on here. I agree with you. After reading yours I too am frightened.

Good god woman, do you not see what the terrorists are trying to do?

While you may be willing to bow down and give up your way of life and freedom fortunately there are those who aren't. Especially since we are still living here, unlike you. How would you like it if the terrorists were constantly blowing up N.Z. in their attempt to gain control and destroy your way of life?

Now I'm curious. Why do you know about this site if not for your "former Marine." Another question is, why do you even bother to read this site at all feeling the way you do?

No offense ma'am, but you did right to leave the states. I'll leave it at that.

I truly wish you a great life there in paradise, may you enjoy it in peace and not ever have to think about the cost of that peace and freedom .

Wife of a retired GySgt.

Please don't waver in your determination to defeat the scum in Iraq and elsewhere. As a proud Marine Corps veteran of VietNam I am hearing people say things and do things exactly as they were back then. The terrorists in the middle east have done their homework.

They have read the propaganda manuals of the NVA. They are trying to convince the American people, through their same useful idiots in the mainstream media, that the struggle is useless, we will lose in the end, that it's nothing but a meat-grinder, that one persons insurgent is another person's freedom fighter, etc., etc. Yes, we older vets have heard it all before. Please don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as we did in VietNam. After we have secured Iraq and are pulling troops out, our own weak-kneed turncoats will slink back into the holes they crawled out from and you won't hear from them again.

They don't have the backbone. Where are our detractors from VietNam? They are now apologizing for what they did back then. It's interesting and frustrating at the same time how history repeats itself and will do so again in the future.
Semper Fi, Marines
John Lange

My son is a United States Marine, and a proud one just like his grandfather. Justin started as a Delaware County Young Marine at the early age of 8, he advanced his way through the years and was Young Marine of the Year 2 times. My son graduated from the Young Marines when he graduated high school in 2002 with the rank of First Sergeant. The completion of high school was June 16, 2002 by June 19, 2002 he was on his way to Parris Island to complete his boot camp and serve one of the finest groups the world has ever known. God, Country and the Corps. When my son graduated from MCRD, Parris Island he was the rank of Private 1st Class, and as proud as can be to have become a United States Marine.

Justin was deployed January 2003 to Iraq, a very worrisome time for Mom but he was proud to go. His unit served 9 months over there with 2 fatalities and he was home. My son was different, but he was still a Marine and a proud one, he was now a 19 year old man. Justin started college and completed a semester, and January 2004 went back to Iraq where he served another 9 months and this time 3 fatalities. The fatalities were especially hard this time but he is still a proud Marine.

My son has now completed his freshman year at school, Justin worked as a recruiter all summer and is now back at school to take on his sophomore year. My son's rank now is Lance Corporal and he still is one of the proudest men I know. This year I was able to celebrate his 21st birthday with him and I, as his Mom am very proud of my one and only son, a United States Marine.

Semper Fi,
Marine Corps
Mom Joan

Douglassville, Penna.

Sgt. Grit,

All the pacifists want is peace--you know, that blessed period of calm and tranquility while the b*stards who would enslave and destroy us are reloading!

They say they support the troops, but not the war. Have they ever sent a care package to troops in the field? Have they sent a financial contribution to the family of a wounded vet, or phone cards and DVDs to a hospital treating our wounded? Have they ever even bought a beer for a returning vet? If not, they lie!

Those of us a tad old to carry a rifle can stay in the fight. First, you can let the politicians and newspapers know where you stand--might give them a little backbone. Second, you can help both the troops and the recruiters. Recently my wife and I called the Marine Recruiters here in the People's Republic of Madison and put on a pizza party for the poolies. Don't just b!tch--get back in the fight.

Robert A. Hall
Cpl, USMC, 1964-68
Massachusetts Senate, 1973-82
SSgt, USMCR, 1977-83
Madison, WI

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." -Thomas Jefferson

I was sitting at my computer reading my favorite newsletter (Sgt. Grit) when a commercial for the goldstar moms for peace commercial came on. I can't believe these are being allowed to be shown on TV. To me it's absurd that these people can go on there spewing the vile they do against our President. I know we all cannot think alike. But I wish they would do a little more rationalizing before opening their mouths. How can you get them to understand their loved ones DID NOT GET DRAFTED, they chose to do what they did. If they joined after the 9/11 attacks they definitely knew what they were getting into. Maybe some of them should start reading Sgt. Grit newsletters. Especially some of the letters in your Sept 22 issue. It puts things into perspective. Every time I hear Cindy Sheehans name it makes me angered, but you don't see me telling her she's crazy and needs to be under a doctors care. I instead try to feel sympathy for her or should I say her family. Spewing hate only makes you look like the ones we are trying to rid the world of. If these people were protesting more peacefully they'd get more respect from me and other fellow Americans. We do grieve with them for their loss, because it's our loss too. But honor those with dignity not with all the crazy media hype like you are doing now. God give them the power to understand the ways of the world. Help them understand peace comes at prices we sometimes don't like or agree with. I pray everyday for the safety of our troops all around the world. I thank everyone single one of them from the bottom of my heart for doing what they do for the better good. Be safe all my Cherry Point deployed Marines. See you in 6 Bub. Again I think you Sgt. Grit to let me voice. Extremely proud of my female Marine. LCpl. Johnson who is serving in Iraq. Indy Marine Mom S. Receveur

I am a proud Marine wife. My husband was deployed in Feb, just days after we found out the s&x of our first child. We were going to have a girl. We knew he would be gone for seven months and miss the birth of our daughter, but he would be home soon after. To our surprise, he would be gone for 14 months, and not be home until she was 9 months old. Luckily, he received 14 days leave to be home for her birth. He had to leave again when she was only 9 days old. We are waiting until he returns again in April '06. Only another Marine wife understands the pain and loneliness that we all feel. I can only imagine what he has to deal with every day, knowing that he is missing his little angel grow up. But so many men missed the birth of a child, and we are so grateful that it wasn't us. As hard as it is to be here alone, raising the child that looks so much like her Daddy, I know that I am doing it for a reason. My husband is giving up so much so that he can serve our country, it is not my place to hold him back for my own selfish reasons. For all of those who do not wish to support our troops, just remember. The Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen that are there are not just men in uniform. They are husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, and they are missing out on their families lives so that you may stay at home with yours.

And to the wives left at home, keep your head up and your Marine in your prayers. Your family is bigger than the husband deployed; your Marine Corp family is with you too.

With great pride,
Marine wife from
Camp Lejeune

"People sleep peacefully at night only because rough men stand to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell

My grandson left for San Diego, CA on June 5, 2005. Naturally, we all cried because we would miss him and knew of the long range possibilities of being sent overseas; BUT when he signed up my grandson, James M. Howland, knew what the possibilities were and he still wanted to be a Marine. He has just completed basic training and has come home on leave and is getting ready to go back and I am SO PROUD OF HIM. There are so many other teenagers around our home town that spend all of their time driving around town, drinking, doing drugs and not even holding down a regular job; but my grandson has decided to be a Marine and do whatever he is called to do. I pray God's protecting hand over him continually.

Wendy Alexander
proud grandmother of PVT (maybe PFC now) James M. Howland
Louisiana, MO.

I sat and read the letters in the newsletter for the first time. For the first time, they meant more to me than I would have ever known. On August 12, 2005 my then fiancé, now husband, received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. I won't ever forget that moment, for as long as I live. But, when I came across people that asked me why he became a Marine, I simply told then, "he was born a Marine, and would have been wrong for him not to go." My Marine and I were not apart more than 4 days at a time before we moved in together, and then he comes to me one day and says he wants to be a Marine. That seems like it was so long ago. I'm used to the military life, both of my parents were in the Navy. I know what it's like to move around and miss those you love. But, like I have found out the hard way, it's not the same when it's your husband. I know very well he will have to go to Iraq, but, we knew that when he signed. For everyone out there who is missing you Marine, thank God you have them, and thank God the U.S. has them, because without them, I don't want to know where we would be. On November 10, celebrate with friends and your family that the Marine Corps was formed. Just love your Marine everyday, and NEVER let go of them, for they are our first line of defense. Everyday I tell my Marine I'm proud of him. I wouldn't want my life any other way. Thank you to all of those Marines, former and present!
With great admiration,
Wife of PFC Sizemore, Zachary T.
Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Just a simple ooorah! to all Marines serving our country well! I am proud to be the son of a 2/6 Marine who served as a U.N. advisor in the early 60's in southeast Asia. My dad was a proud and diehard Force Recon Marine and it totally disgusts me when any pansy *ss wants to verbally disgrace our military and what we're fighting for. It's because of our servicemen that these *ssholes are able to voice their useless opinions under the 1st amendment. Keep your chins up devil dogs and remember there are plenty of us who respect, admire, and are thankful for what you're doing for our beautiful country. Semper-fi!

"The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Sgt. Grit

Twenty years ago I gave birth to my son. One year ago today I left for his graduation at Parris Island. We arrived early on Friday morning- as we were nearing the parade deck my son's platoon ran across the road in front of our car and I got my first glimpse of my one and only. Boot camp was a hard separation for both of us. I have to admit that when he joined the Delay Entry Program the summer before his senior year - I cried many a tear and it forever changed the last year that my son would live under my roof. While his other classmates were focused on having fun their last year of high school, my son had his eyes set on a much higher goal. That Friday morning last September dawned with a coolness to the air, but when the Marine Corps band played "Nothing Could be Finer than to be in Carolina in the Morning" and my son marched out onto that parade deck - my heart burst with warmth and pride. My son had been transformed into a fit, confident Marine. We talked the whole way home from graduation. Now a year later and he has just finished flight school and earned his wings. I know that he will be deployed sometime the first part of next year. Will I miss him and worry about him - you bet - will he get his favorite foods before he leaves - no doubt about it! After 20 years - some things never change. Keep those newsletters and catalogs coming.

Very Proud Mom
New River

"Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a Nation be just."
-- George Washington

Sir Winston was a smart man [American mother]. He also said "We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war by land, sea and air, with all our might and with all the strength God has given us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, 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."

A vicious war-monger..
Proud Aunt of a MARINE!

Dear Sgt Grit:

Please pass this to your Marines. We have very a strong need for dedicated Marines who have a desire to impact young people who WANT to learn about the Marine Corps.

Dating back to 1909, the ACA is America's oldest nationwide Cadet Corps, serving Marine Cadets, Naval Cadets and Army Cadets, age 12-18. We are a "career exploration" program, meaning we provide our Cadets with a very realistic and challenging view of military life, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding future service in the Armed Forces. Although we are a joint-service program, the Cadet Corps - as a whole - has a gung-ho Marine attitude! Our 18-day recruit training program, held each summer and led by a Marine 1stSgt, is as close to USMC Recruit Training as a teenager can experience. For more information, please go to: General Information Program Management, including regulations Annual Training

Also, the following links will take you to three online articles regarding ACA which will further explain our program:

General Corps Overview
Feature Story #1
Feature Story #2

Finally, please go to for a video which describes the ACA's Recruit Training program.

Unfortunately, we do not have ACA units everywhere across our country, so there are hundreds of motivated young people who cannot participate. However, that can be changed through the efforts of some motivated adults, especially Marines!. My staff and I are dedicated to providing the assistance, resources and guidance necessary to ensure that new units in the formation process are fully successful.

As you can see, the American Cadet Alliance is rapidly becoming America's premier Cadet Corps, providing young people with a high-adventure training program, while also supporting our team of non-paid professional officers and NCOs with the tools necessary to administer the program. If you feel that you'd like to explore the program further, please feel free to contact me by email at .

Thank you for your support of the U.S. Marine Cadet Corps of the American Cadet Alliance!

Very Respectfully,

National Chief of Staff
American Cadet Alliance National Headquarters

While the nation's newspapers make much of decreasing service enlistment rates, the unreported story is that , in Iraq where the metal is flying, Re-Up rates are massive.
Military Magazine, Oct 2005

My name is SSgt Ruiz, let me tell you about the 7th largest contributor of man power to the GWOT. The proud men in The Republic of Georgia. Georgia is only the size of South Carolina but they have given as many men as nations ten times their size to fight in Iraq.
Currently soldiers, sailor, airmen and Marines are here training them for the fight. I'm sure many folks back home don't know about this little country on the black sea. The warrior spirit, and the love of freedom is alive and well in Georgia. So remember these brave men in your prayers.
Semper Fi
SSgt Adam Ruiz

Sgt. Grit,
I am currently engaged to one of the few and the proud. My fiancé is currently in further training for his M.O.S. in Aviation; he graduated from boot camp July 15, 2005, from MCRD San Diego, and I couldn't be prouder. The transformation that I witnessed through letters for 3 months as he became a Marine was remarkable. He has always wanted to enlist, and until last September, I was skeptical of the decision. However, as I watched him receive his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor before my very eyes, I realized how incredible and vital the Corps is to this country and to these outstanding young men. The patriotism and respect that I feel for all Marines is undeniable. Despite the fact that there are now hundreds of miles between us, we couldn't be happier of the decision. My fiancé beams with pride whether he's in uniform or not, and the change is remarkable. Many people look down upon my "allowing" him to enlist, but understand, this was not my decision, it was our decision and probably one of the best ones we have ever made together. I will forever stand by his side and I look forward to becoming a part of the Marine Corps family.
I pray for not only my fiancé, but also all the other Marines each and everyday. Stay proud, and keep your chins up. In the fine words of R. Lee Ermey, "Semper Fi and Carry On..."

Diana Moyer
Proud Fiancé of Pfc. T. Mitsch

"Freedom is indivisible-there is no 's' on the end of it. You can erode freedom, diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep 'some freedoms' while giving up others." -Ronald Reagan

"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." -Benjamin Franklin

Hello Sgt Grit,

I am aspiring to be a US Marine as soon as I am old enough. Right now I am 15 turning 16 in NOV and I go to a school in Carlsbad, CA. I PT with the recruiters, poolee's and Marines from RSS Oceanside weekly and PT with other Poolee's daily. Occasionally we will go to Camp Pendleton and workout and run, which is very cool for me because I get to see all of the Marines. Just the other day an old lady was standing at one of the entrance gates at my school handing out anti-war fliers and things that said that we should not support our troops. This really shocked me because I know a lot of young men in the military. This was hard for me to see because I realize that there are 18 and 19 year old kids over in Iraq fighting and dieing for their country, while this women is protesting. I really hope this kind of thing doesn't keep happening because I know that if and when I am deployed to whatever country, I am going to want all the support from back home that I can get. I just felt that I should share this with everyone so they can give that extra support that our troops need. I know that I will always support our troops because they do a lot for this country and are very underappreciated.

Semper Fi!
Lean, Mean, Future Marine -- Jase DeBerry

Last night (09/24/05), some of the Marine Corps Family Support Community ( congregated at the Columbus, OH airport to greet a returning Marine from Iraq, LCpl. Dennis Dowds, Jr. LCpl Dowds had called his mother from Iraq asking what reaction he would get back here based on news reports they were getting. MCFSC and American Legion Post 797 decided to address his concerns. As an officer of MCFSC and involved in media relations, I probably could have had 500 people, a band, and a TV crew there. I do listen to my wife, on occasion, and paid attention to the warnings as to what would happen to me if I did that, and put a lid on it. Marines -- the fiercest fighters in this galaxy -- are easily embarrassed.

So a modest group of about 25 showed up in our gear, signs, flags. And there were hugs, applause and handshakes. And that Marine now understands. I was particularly impressed with the airport security personnel coming forward to greet LCpl Dowds, shake his hand and thank him. Took a while to work our way to the USO.

And then there is my son and I had a letter published in our suburban papers announcing his completion of his four year contract with the Corps and the American People and inviting letters or notes I can add to the Thank You Marine book I am preparing for him, a gift not only to him but to his future children so that someday they will understand what an incredible man their father is.

He has six medals that I am aware of. He doesn't talk much about that. And I have some great letters from people who do not know him personally, but know who a Marine is. Anyone who wants to add one can send to me at But what really moved me to the sand-in-the-eyes moment was a card mailed to him from a day care facility -- full of patriotic stickers and the message "Thank you for serving your country for me & everyone in America!".

Kris leaves the Corps on 10/15, but I know he is a Marine for Life. I have also learned that so is his Dad. Thank you, Sgt Grit, for this newsletter.

The letters and messages and feelings from Marines and family across decades are special. Since the day I subscribed, I cannot complete a single issue without pausing and thinking -- more than once.

I entered this four years ago thinking I knew what Family was. Now I know.

Semper Fi, and may God protect our Angels.

Dr. Dennis Benson, Worthington, OH -- Proud Marine Dad

"Everybody wants to win, but not everybody is willing to prepare to win" Bobby Knight

Every time I read the newsletter, I get this swelling feeling inside of pride and patriotism. I love hearing how so many people connected with the Marine Corps are so proud of their Marines, and of the job they do. When the war first started, my daughter was at Boot Camp. It was a little scary thinking that she could be sent out to the war zone, but I was so pleased to be able to say that my family was doing its best to support this country and what we stand for. Sadly, as many Marine families know, there were those who thought we were crazy. I worked at a school as a Yard Supervisor. One of the other ladies I worked with was against the war, saying we had no business over there. I explained it to her like this.

If we, the adults on the playground, were to see an eighth grader beating up a kindergartener, we would stop them. Someone a little bigger, with a little more power, has no right to pick on someone smaller and weaker than them, especially when there is no reason other than they just like being the bully. When someone like us, who are very powerful and are much bigger, see this injustice, we have the DUTY to make sure and protect the smaller ones. Not only should we stop the bully, but we are honor bound to make sure the bully doesn't do it again. And if it means we must take the bully out of the school, then that's what we must do.

America is that adult here. We have a lot of power in the world, and so we have a lot of responsibility. If we were the little country being picked on by a bigger country, wouldn't we expect a very large country to come to our aid, especially when we ourselves didn't have the means or the power to protect ourselves? I think it's very selfish of these people to think that we do not have a responsibility to help others. If my daughter goes to war to help these people, and ends up being killed, I will be very sad. She is my best friend, my daughter, my hero. But I would rather tell people that she died a hero than to have to tell them that she died doing drugs or breaking the law, as my co-worker's son very well may end up doing. He knows how to fight imaginary monsters on video games, but heaven forbid that he actually kill an evil tyrant that murders people for real!

I now live in a town that has a local army national guard unit that they support with their whole heart. It is great to see the pride and love they show these men. Every time they go away, or come home they have a parade. They put up signs and ribbons. And when one of them dies, the whole town mourns, but they also salute the sacrifice of one of their own and the freedom that we retain because of it. That is what it is all about. Thank you to all Marines, soldiers, veterans - all people every where who support our country! We can never repay the sacrifices that have been made, but we can sure be grateful.

Denise Wahlquist mother of a marine!

"Honesty will be found on every experiment, to be the best and only true policy; let us then as a Nation be just." -George Washington

Amateurs built the ark -- Professionals built the Titanic.

He was born Donald James Yarmy in New York City on April 13, 1923, Tufeld said, although some sources say 1926 or '27. The actor's father was a Hungarian Jew who ran a few small restaurants in the Bronx.

In a 1959 interview Adams said he never cared about being funny as a kid: "Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all. I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand."

In 1941, he dropped out of school to join the Marines. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian.

After the war he worked in New York as a commercial artist by day, doing standup comedy in clubs at night, taking the surname of his first wife, Adelaide Adams. His following grew, and soon he was appearing on the Ed Sullivan and late-night TV shows. Bill Dana, who had helped him develop comedy routines, cast him as his sidekick on Dana's show. That led to the NBC contract and "Get Smart."

John Klein
USMC 78-82

I'm sorry, guys, but I have a hard time following all of this PC Crap. I can understand the use of (blank-blank-blank) when it comes to using words that are commonplace in the field, but not nice for the dinner table. "Pass the f----ing salt, Mom!" doesn't get it at the dinner table.

But, when it comes to blanking out letters for the word "gooks", "g--ks") as in Vietnamese insurgents, Viet Cong, and enemy North Vietnamese soldiers who were out to kill us, you have extended the boundaries to an unacceptable plane. They were gooks! Luke The Gook! Get used to it!

I don't know who the H&ll is responsible for your syntax, spelling, and Department of Political Correctness, but I would suspect that he (or probably, "she") is under the age of 30 and a part time employee who has never had an AK47 aimed at his / her head in the middle of an operation / firefight. My suggestion is that you hire a retired Sgt Major to proof read all the proof readings that he / she has made before it goes to press.

I'm sure that this note will never make it to press either, but as a Marine who squeaked by during the Tet Offensive in 1968, I had to at least register my opinion. This is the Internet! Everything is admissible! Semper Fi to my brothers, Terry Rigney, Sgt. of Marines

It is the spam filters. Certain words block emails. I cannot control it, I have to adapt, improvise, overcome, get d*mn, h&ll, etc...... Sgt Grit

I'm the little sister of SSgt. Driggers who's currently serving our country in Iraq, and I would like to take the time to say thank you to all of the service men and women who are fighting for our freedom. I come from a small town in Montana, where everyone supports the soldiers and marines over there. But when I came to college in a bigger town, this wasn't the case. People her have different views on things because not many of them have family members in the service and don't know what it's like to be so PROUD and HONORED to have someone they love fighting for their country. Your newsletter has made some of my really bad days into not so bad days and I thank you for that. I give a big OHH RAH to all ya'll!

Jackie Driggers

Sister of SSgt. Tom Driggers

I have been forwarding your newsletter to my son stationed in Iraq and he shares it with his buddies. My son is a UNITED STATES MARINE. He and his buddies love the letters from other service personnel, but particularly enjoy the Marine stories from past, and present Marine Brothers. I stopped watching the news over twenty-five years ago because of the constant negative barrage. Your newsletter is a breath of fresh air for our young fighting men and women. Please continue to focus on the positive aspects of Military service even though there are loved ones lost, maimed, or injured the story is still positive because these men and women are contributing to a better future that we can have if we are willing to sacrifice for a better future.

A father that loves his young Marine more than life itself.

I prepared my Son for the Marines and I didn't even know it. I was the happiest Mom in the world the day my son arrived 6-30-87. Proud of all his accomplishments he had achieved in playing hockey (age 7 thru 17),I cried the first time he got his hat trick pin, Proud of his accomplishments in his school work. Every day before he left to school, I would tell him to have a good day and to do his best. I choked down the tears when he got the Santa Clause part in the school play and I cried like a Mom when he graduated High School. And in my wildest dreams I have never thought I would have stronger feelings of being a proud and happy Mom until on September 16.2005 when my Son graduated from Boot Camp in San Diego, Calf. They didn't just make a man out of a boy, they made him a Marine. Talk about being proud! I cried though it all.

He left Tuesday the 27th of September for his SOI training at Camp Pendleton. and in December I get to cry again when he graduates from there and then we won't discuss the tears that will flow when he gets his orders to where ever it will be.

Proud Marine Mom of P.F.C Kelley,Greg
2107 Hotel Company
Honor Platoon
Marion Roth

Sgt. Grit,

I had to laugh while reading the quote from the worlds number one horses *ss, Osama B, quote:

"We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us." Osama bin Laden.

That buffoon needs a complete "attitude adjustment", and I know where he can receive one: MCRD, from a Marine Corps DI. When that dirtbag is finally brought to justice, don't send him to trial and jail. Send him to either San Diego or Parris Island where he will receive a quick course in being a human being, Marine Corps Boot Camp Style. This instruction will not be to turn this poor excuse for a human being into a Marine, but to demonstrate the finer aspects of humility and humbleness, along with as much physical and mental abuse as possible. Then execute him by firing squad so that he can enter the gates of H&ll a broken man.

Bob Lonn
USMCR, '63-'69

John 15:13

"Greater love hath no man this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

5,159 - Press mentions of court-martialed Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England
4,677 - Press mentions of supposed Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay
90 - press mentions of 2005 Medal of Honor awardee Paul Smith

Source: Lexus-Nexus

I was stopped by a San Bernardino police officer. He said he was sorry for the scare but he just wanted to know where I got the "stop global whining" sticker. I gave him a catalog

SSgt DJ Huntsinger

You can't strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

Whose son is fighting in place of yours?

God Bless America!
Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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