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Sgt Grit Marine Corps Newsletter - January 6, 2005

To Anthony G. Molnar
Rapid Deployment Force - FMF Pacific under President Ronald

You are doing what my husband would do if he could! He served with 1/4 in Viet Nam and lost both legs from a land mine explosion. He has talked often of wishing he could join his "brothers" in this fight. And one young Sgt from 1/4 did tell us they would weld a machine gun to his wheelchair and be proud to have him in the fight with them. Believe me! If that were possible he'd be there now! We will keep you and your family in our prayers!

Connie Beesley...proud Marine wife!


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Japanese Lines

Towards the last of the Okinawa battle, our company (C-1-7 Ist Div.) in the middle of the night walked up a road to the top of Kunishi Ridge. Right Through the Japanese lines. The next day there was a Japanese spotter plane flying in Circles over us. One of our guys looked up, took off his helmet, started combing his hair with his fingers and yelled out ANYBODY GOT A COMB.
Jack Whiteaker

13-Man Squad Drill

Yo, Grit, re Sgt T. Stewart ('52-'55 version) and question about drill. That to which he refers was known as "13-man squad drill", dunno when it first was used in the Corps, but that's what the class of '57 learned. Think there were something like 435 different steps the DI's had to teach. For things like "Squads Right About (march)", the squad leader had to go between two squads that were basically rotating more or less in position. Do not know for sure when it ended. Upon assuming the post of Commandant, (1960?) General David M. Shoup declared that the Marine Corps from that day forward would do "Landing Party Manual" drill, and Landing Party Manual drill only, so long as he was Commandant! (LPM, if you've never seen one, is about 1" thick, 8.5"x11" format, bound in a sort of lime green thin hardboard), with some changes to the manual of arms, believe it is still in use today, some 43 years later. In fact, manual of arms , e.g. stack arms, changed from M-1, to M-14, to M-16, etc. Another sea change that occurred was Gen Shoup's stated position on Officer Swagger Sticks. As I recall, it went something like:''carry'em if you feel the need" (read: they're for wusses and martinets...) reportedly caused quite a bonfire behind HQMC that afternoon.

SOOOOOO......."Column of Files from the Right" (wait for squad leader commands, 'forward, stand fast, and stand fast') MARCH! and, to close....trick question. The only time to step off with the RIGHT foot first?

(ans: Right Step, March)

Semper Fi....Dick Dickerson, Mustang

Car Approaching

Visiting my parents in Southern Missouri causes me to travel past an army base close to I - 44 so I occasionally see young men with short hair driving past me. On one occasion I noticed a car approaching me with four young men with obvious military haircuts. When they did not pass I looked in my rear view mirror and noticed that they were reading my (Sgt. Grit) bumper sticker (Goodnight Chesty wherever you are). The four Marines pulled ahead of me and performed a well executed hand salute. With that they disappeared down the road leaving one d*mn proud former Marine with the biggest grin. Truly the Marine Corps lives forever.
Semper Fi
68 - 71

Marines That Were Humpin

Sgt Grit,
Happy Holidays and Semper Fi.
Me not given the opportunity to go and fight the b*stards in Iraq or Afghanistan, I have sat back here in my duty stationed and listened to people b!tch and complain and full of hate and discontent because they had to work the holidays and that they would not be able to spend a full day with their family members on this holiday...."SHUT THE F**K UP!" what about me who was standing a 24 hour duty that started at 0800 on the 25th and didn't get done until 0800 on the 26th. I got an hour with my new wife and left, but I did not complain. It was my duty to make sure everything ran smooth at my duty station and that Marines were taken care off. Think about the Marines that were humpin the beat trying to stay alive in Iraq and Afghanistan and trying to come home alive to their family members. The people at the airport that called out saying that they were not coming in so that they could spend time with their families, I have one question, how many families did you screw over just so you could be with yours? How do you know that there were no service members trying to make it home for a Holiday surprise? How many people did you make suffer for your "inconvenience". Too many people are in everything for themselves and not about helping out others. Well to the people that this apply to remember, you were able to have your holidays under the very freedom that me and my comrades volunteer to do. We are unselfish and though it was a tough decision to work on Christmas and be without my wife on our FIRST X-mas I did it with Pride and Honor.
CPL JMS
USMC
2000-Present

Most Feared

Sgt Grit,
I noticed several people wrote in about the status of the Marine who shot the wounded guy in the mosque. I don't know what the Marine Corps is waiting for, but he should be cleared and given a medal right away. We can't expect to win a PC War, and we can't expect Marines to remain the best, most feared fighting force in the world if they have to fight PC. The only way to win any war is to be feared and respected, not soft and fuzzy. The last time I read the Geneva Convention Rules, they covered uniformed men only; those out of uniform were not legitimate and not protected. If you check the O'Reilly Fox News Channel poll on the question of the Marine, you will find that out of 111,116 viewers that voted (certainly not a majority Marine audience), 98% support the Marine. As I remember WWII, (Cpl. F-2-21, 3rd Marine Division--Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima), every Jap we came across in combat got shot. Our G-2 had to beg us to take a prisoner so it could find out some information. Practically every wounded Jap we came across was waiting with a hand grenade to kill one more American. We were happy to deprive them of the opportunity. One more thing, when we were sent overseas, it was for the duration of the war, which turned out to be from two to three years for those that survived.
Semper Fi, Frank Hall

Stick In My Mind

Sgt. Grit
I had the pleasure of serving the Marine Corps from 1989-1993. During my tour I served in Desert Storm and Somalia. Both times we had Marines who were extended on duty. I don't remember one Marine who complained about it, they knew the reasons why. These a-holes who are suing the government should be lined up and shot for treason along with their lawyers. I also would like to commend all those serving today. It makes me proud to be associated with the Marines. I feel for those Marines who are away from home during the holidays. I spent every holiday during my tour overseas. Those holidays are what stick in my mind as the most memorable. Being around a group of men that I can count on to watch my back and being counted on the same. Semper Fi to all those who have served and are serving now.
Matt Bailey
3/9 1989-1993

You're In The Majority

To Sgt. of Marines
1399101
Four yrs and no combat? Well, you're in the majority, I do believe. Does it make a difference? In some ways that has nothing to do with being a Marine. Some get a bit edgy, some just have a load of stories and a lot of good natured BS to spread around. Your question, as I understand it, are they better Marines than you? Not based on being in combat. We had a few sorry pukes that got shot at and they weren't good Marines, just lucky enough to not get hit. Every Good Marine was a Good Marine before he ever went in combat. And there are tons of Good Marines right now that haven't yet been there. So whether you were there or not has nothing to do with your being a GOOD Marine. You either were or weren't based on your character and dedication to the Corps. In my Old Corps there were d*mn few Marines that made Sgt that weren't the best. So relax.
Ray Walker
1090705

Same Platoon

I had just pulled into the K-Mart here in Oscoda Michigan and as I got out of my truck there was a man standing near by, he had notice my Viet-Vet license plate and he said. "I would like to shake your hand sir."

He thanked me for fighting in a very unpopular war and in a place that was hard to tell the good guys from the bad. I asked him if he had served in the military at that time and he said "No", He did have a brother that served in the Marines in 1966 and he was killed near the end of that year.

Well as we talked I found out that his brother was in the same Platoon that I was in at MCRD San Diego CA Platoon 2024, We must have been on the same plane together on the way to MCRD because we both lived in Detroit at the time. He told me the reason he remembered the Platoon number was because he was 24 years old at the time.. Well thanks for listening,
Yours-Truly.
David Purcell

'Ol Guy

To the Air Force gent who asked if Sgt. Grit was real..........Absolutely. I am proud to say that I knew him as a PFC, a Lance Corporal, a Corporal, A Sergeant, and as the gray 'ol guy in the catalog. Sorry Don, had to go for that one.
SSgt. Huntsinger
USMC 68-74

Yea..well I knew you when you only had 3 tattoos and all your hair.
Sgt Grit

The Only Color

Just want to say I agree with Mr. Santo Ciabattari that the ONLY color in the Marines IS Green ! We are ALL brothers and that is a natural fact. I would also like to agree with Sgt. Roth. As a disabled Marine I know I could not do the hard stuff our fine young Marines can do(as I used to do) but I know I could still arrange a meeting with Allah for any Iraq terrorist that got in my sights ! Being a Marine is not just a title. It comes from blood, sweat, and tears, mixed with pride and determination, a dash of guts and grit, and a lot of heart ! To my fellow Marine Brothers and Sisters in Iraq and around the world: Do what you have been trained to do, be brave of heart and strong in mind. Kill the enemy, keep your head down, and come Home Safe !
SEMPER FI !
Louis A. Gilman
USMC 1973-76

Aahhh Shucks It Was Notin'

In response to the "Gunny's" AF Hubby "Is Sgt Grit "Real"

Yes he is real the "real deal". I served with Sergeant Grit in Nam over 35 years ago. No this is not a story about brothers in combat 35 years ago, though we were. It is a story of brotherhood and love. Talk about a brotherhood that lasts a lifetime ! When my wife passed away unexpectedly last year, Sgt Grit, yes the "Sgt Grit", was at my side in less then 24 hours. I live in Maryland he is in Oklahoma He dropped everything without hesitation. He was there together with, Huntsinger, Fuller and Leyden all brother Marines 35 years ago and still covering for each other to this day. And Ma Grit should get a medal as well for she signed off on his travel orders when he came to my side.

No man is as lucky as I, to have served with such men, Marines !

Semper Fi
Goog

Note: Nothing less than you would do my friend.
Sgt Grit

This Old Salt

Today, my wife and myself took little salmndr to see Polar Express. After the movie, Mrs. salmndr had to use the head so I stood in the lobby just looking around when I saw an older gentleman with a Navy Veterans cover on his brain housing group. I was wearing my usual Marine Corps cover and my 10 year old deployment jacket and walked over to him. I stuck out my hand and thanked him for his service. The look on his face was priceless as he shook my hand. He was sitting on a bench with what appeared to be his wife and son (about 45 years old) and we talked about our times in service. He served on a Destroyer in the Pacific when the Marines took Iwo Jima. As I talked to him, I kept glancing at his son, and I couldn't mistake the look of pride in his eyes as I talked to this old salt. Even though the movie was in 3-D and was excellent for both kids and adults, I would have to say that the highlight of my day was talking to this squid until Mrs. salmndr was finished with her head call and gave me a few elbow thrust into the kidneys, signaling that she was ready to go.
Salmndr
From the Bulletin Board

A Big Bravo Zulu

The Marine Corps didn't withdraw its support of "Heartbreak Ridge" just because of the language (which I've got to admit, was a bit over the top - this coming from a grunt- they didn't even curse properly!) The Marine Corps withdrew its support because of the negative portrayal of the officer corps... They could have handled the "bumbling 2ndLT", after all, sometimes they do exist, but a supply officer commanding an infantry unit? Come on! Infantry officers are frequently detailed to perform other duties, but no non-grunt officer would ever be placed in command of an infantry unit...("Came over from supply..." Jeeze!) The USMC's generosity was seriously taken advantage of on that one... I don't even want to get into the discussion of Hollywood's portrayal of the military in general (however, I do think that works like "Saving Private Ryan", "Band of Brothers", and "Windtalkers" are on the right track...)

Congrats to our new Leathernecks, and a big Bravo Zulu to our war-fighters, past, present, and future... I cannot even begin to express in words the gratitude I feel for my brother and sister Marines (and Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen) who have answered their country's call. The regret I feel for the treatment of past generation of American Heroes is keen, and I stand on the moral high-ground on this, as these folks have Always been heroes to me! I hope that our Korean War and Vietnam era vets can somehow find the ability to resolve the fact that the public "showed its collective a$$" to them, but that there were (and are) bastions of folks who have kept the faith...

For the fallen: There is a special place in Heaven for those fallen war-fighters who sacrificed themselves for that which they hold dear, willing to lay it on the line for the freedoms of those they scarcely know... (And I ain't talking about the murderers looking for the virgins...) Again, words can't express the sorrowful honor that these warriors have earned...

Lastly, I hope that the Good Lord will grant strength to our wounded, and strengthen their fortitude as they begin to rebuild their lives. (I worried that these veterans will question the price they paid, and begin to think those dark thoughts that strike a body in the middle of the dark night... They'll need all the support we can give them, but firstly, they'll need to realize that it is more than acceptable to seek out that help, and that they are not alone in their fight.)

Okay, enough of my ramblings, back to work!
Semper Fi, and have a Wondrous 2005!
Sgt. B.

When We Do Wrong

Good Morning Sgt. Grit,
I read the following line from the angry Marine and poet currently in Fajullah: "wimps from your Ivy League schools." To that poet and anyone else who might wonder, not all of us who have attended Ivy League schools fit that description. As members of any other group, when we do right, no one remembers. When we do wrong, no one forgets.

I too signed the petition in vigorous support of the Marine in Sike's video, who was doing his job. He was absolutely and unquestioningly supporting his brother Marines, period, end of story.

Semper Fi,
Dr. Andrew S. Berry
ALM, Chaplain, Marine Corps League
Springfield, MO
Master's Degree, Harvard University, 1992

Is This Common

Sgt Grit:
My son returned from a tour of seven months in Iraq. He was with the 1st Recon Bn, A Co. He was sent over directly from SOI with only two weeks to train with the Recon units in Camp Pendleton. I am honored that the Marines felt he had the where-with-all and mind to be sent with a Company that was going back for their second tour. He grew up quickly as he left as an 18 year old PFC and returned as a 19 year old Cpl. He acquired the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and needless to say his father (a Marine Vietnam Vet) and I are very very proud and thankful that he made it back alive and healthy. My main concern regarding him is that he gets upset when his father and I want to show relatives and friends his award and ask questions of what he did while in Iraq. Is this a common thing for many servicemen? We know he liked the Recon work he did and learned much. As a Marine mom, I really don't know the terminology of things so please bear with my inexperience. He enjoyed the work he was taught to do over there and will now be going into his pre BRC schooling. Not sure again what that entails but am quite certain that any Marine that comes back from such a war zone as where he was located (Fallujah and Ramadi) that he can accomplish anything set on his plate. Thank you to the many Marine families out there that have taken my son in as one of their own and to the many Marine brothers and sisters he has acquired. You are all welcome into this Marine family as well.
Marine Mom in Illinois

Something Amiss Here

Sgt. Grit:
I served in the Corps during the Cold War and for the Desert Shield/Storm conflict. My enlistment ended in '91 and I've been gainfully employed ever since. I have a beautiful wife of 17 years and God has blessed me with 4 wonderful kids. I am also a minister that is continuing my Bible School studies. By the grace of God, I have a good life, and I'm thankful.

But there's something amiss here. There's a war on and Marines are going into harm's way. There's something about the Corps that gets into a man's blood. There is something, some people call it 'espirit de Corps', that gets into every fiber of a man. I'm done with watching the news and catching glimpses on the internet of the battles being fought many miles from here. I'm tired of everybody else paying the price and me just reminiscing. I can't do it. Freedom isn't free. And I haven't paid up lately. There is something about being a Marine that comes to life in you when danger and duty call. It's hard to explain to anyone that has never been a Marine. Perhaps you understand what I mean.

I have decided to re-up and get back into the Corps (as a reservist, which for all intents and purposes, is pretty much full-time anymore). I'm 37 now, but still eligible to join up and put the green back on! My children (3 boys and 1 girl) will see what answering the call of duty and patriotism is all about. Its much more than simply waving a flag on the fourth of July. It's about sacrifice. Pure and simple. Sacrifice. Freedom isn't earned. Money can't buy freedom. Freedom isn't inherited (unfortunately too many people think that it is!!!). Freedom is paid for with blood and sacrifice. That's what I want my kids to see. They'll never really appreciate the taste of freedom until they, too, have paid into it as well. A man or woman must invest their lives for freedom to have its fullest measure of worth. Otherwise, freedom is confused with 'rights' and 'entitlements.' Therein lies the bane of the American society, and is most pernicious among the media and cultural elites of our day.

People think that I'm off my rocker for going back in. They say, "What if you get sent to Iraq?" It's all about duty. General Robert E. Lee said it best: "Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less." That is why another one of my favorite sayings is: "America, home of the free because of the brave." America is worth my sacrifice. God's will be done. Semper Fi!!!

Sincerely,
Mark

"Possum", Good Job

Marines, Happy New Year. I wish you a safe return home to your love ones. You are in my prayers always. When you are in a "situation" always trust your training. You are the best in the world, you are a US Marine. Trust your training and act. Do not worry about the media and what they report. You can't trust them, but you can trust your buddy next to you and he trusts you. To the Marine who blew away the "possum", good job. You trusted your training and saved probably your life and your buddy's. We are behind you 100%. To those who can't understand this, get out of the way and let the Marines do their job. It is the Marine Corps and all our military that provides everyone the right to exercise their freedom. We haven't learned from Viet Nam that the media only compromises our military in action. War is h&ll and everyone should not experience it. The media thinks that they are in some type of reality show. It's no show, it's life or death. Give the media people a weapon with their camera and tell them to go out on their own to get their story and protect themselves. We should pull all media back to a central area and let them report from one location.

To the wives and parents of all Marines, keep the faith. You have more support than you know in prayers from many, for you and your Marine.

To all of you in "Harms Way", thank you and may God bless you. Happy New Year
Semper Fi!
J Hurley - VN Vet 69-71 Delta 1/7

Get A Lot of Flak

One of the brain dead (signed XXXX USMC) sent you the following failed attempt at poetry:

"To h&ll with you wimps from your IVY LEAGUE schools,
Sittin' far from the war telling me about rules ...."

Ivy Schools get a lot of flak from the clueless who probably couldn't even qualify to enter such a school!

I earned my three stripes in Sept '44 on Peleliu and I went to an Ivy League School.. I don't appreciate such remarks from numb-nuts. Unless you too are a Drop-Out I'm surprised that you publish such crap. May I suggest concentrating on the REAL problem - the PC A&& holes in the DoD who removed the young Marine from duty,

Afghanistan

By Cpl. Rich Mattingly, USMC
Special to American Forces Press Service

KORANGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan, Jan. 3, 2005 -- U.S. Marines have been operating at the forward edge of Operation Enduring Freedom, often in isolated areas where support for insurgency against the Afghan government and coalition forces remains.

In late December, Marines from Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment entered the Korangal Valley in Konar province with the mission to capture or kill terrorists suspected of conducting attacks against coalition forces while working to win over the trust of local villagers.

"We get intelligence that lets us know where the bad guys are," explained 2nd Lt. Roy Bechtold, commander of the unit's 2nd Platoon. "After we get grid locations, we work with our assets to plan the best way to go in and get them."

The Korangal valley is infamous for its inaccessibility and numerous defeats the Russians suffered there during their ill-fated campaign to control Afghanistan.

After "vertically inserting" in CH-47 Chinook helicopters, the Marines set up blocking positions along the roads and maneuvered into their positions.

"The best way to come in is on foot or by air," said Bechtold. "We have to leave as small a signature as possible in order to not spook the guys we're looking for into running. If you come in with vehicles, they'll be long gone before you have a chance." Bechtold admitted that Marines in the past have had difficulty getting into villages sympathetic to anti-coalition forces without having the targets flee.

Once in place, the company's mission evolved to house-by-house searches as the clock started ticking on how long the Marines had until it was unlikely their targets remained.

Up and down the bluffs and rocky faces that double as paths between the stacked-up houses of the valley, the Marines and their Afghan National Army counterparts talked to village elders, shook hands, and searched houses from top to bottom.

"It all goes back to attention to detail," said Sgt. Shawn Kelly, an acting platoon sergeant. "You can't skip anything. It could be that one cache or that one guy you miss that could help us stop an improvised-explosive-device emplacement or attack on coalition forces."

The unit's attentiveness paid off on the second day of the operation, as Lance Cpl. Sean Decoursey, a rifleman from Jacksonville, Fla., crawled through a small opening in a floor to find a cache of weapons and ammunition hidden under a pile of hay.

"I found the AK-47s and ammunition," said Decoursey, modest about the find. "I almost didn't look in that hole either. It looked like maybe it only went back about two or three feet until I crawled in there."

With the discovery of the weapons, the Marines held one Afghan man for questioning and confiscated his illegal weapons and ammunition. Their find was a good one. After being questioned, the man named several other anti-coalition militants operating in the area.

"It feels really good to be here and to be getting something done," said Decoursey, who has been in the Marine Corps just over a year. "It feels like we're really making a difference when we can catch one of them."

(Marine Cpl. Rich Mattingly is a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.)

Note:
I need more from Afghanistan. The newsletter is lacking stories from there.
Sgt Grit

Texas A&M Walk-On Football Player

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 1, 2005 - Josh Amstutz made the Texas A&M team as a walk on - a non-scholarship player - and so far all he has done is keep the bench warm.

But this 23-year-old has seen far more action than any of his teammates - having returned from the war in Iraq with a bullet through his leg and worked his way onto the team, which plays Tennessee today in the Cotton Bowl.

"I came back at 155 [pounds] from Iraq," Josh said. "Now, I am at 195."

'I Had Been Hit'

At the start of the war, Amstutz was badly wounded by an Iraqi sniper on the outskirts of Baghdad.

"I looked down and saw the blood and knew I had been hit," Josh said.

With a bullet through his leg, he continued to pursue the enemy.

"I knew I still had a mission to accomplish and kept trying to accomplish that mission," he said.

One of the hardest times for Josh's wife, Jessica, was when the Marines called and told her they weren't sure he would even walk again.

"He said, 'Ma'am, we don't want to alarm you. Your husband is alive, but he has been shot by an enemy sniper,' " she recalled.

After more than a year of rehabilitation, Josh is now 100 percent. He has a Purple Heart and the bullet that struck him.

His teammates have a hero.

"To go over there and get shot, and come back and try out for the football team and actually make it" is impressive, said Jaxon Appel, one of Amstutz' teammates. "A lot of people don't understand the scout team and the walk-ons. It is difficult because they don't get to play or get a lot of looks."

From ABC News web page.

I Would Like To Share

Dear Sgt. Grit,
I would like to share with you the transcript from a broadcast on the Fox channel December 28, 2004. It is an interview with my son-in-law, who recently finished his tour with the Marines.

Though he was raised in California, he met and married my daughter while they were attending Oklahoma University. They presently live in Virginia with their 3 small children, while he attends Georgetown University Law School.

He is a remarkable, patriot young man and the epitome of what a true Marine is. I'm extremely proud of him and couldn't help but share this with a fellow Marine and Oklahoman.

Read the Transcript

Sincerely,
Kayren Boydston

Charge Baby Sitting Fees

Sgt. Grit and my fellow Devil Dogs,
Please do not think that this is a statement just about the young people today. I believe it was the same twenty years ago and even forty years ago.

I work for a nation wide utility contractor, and we hire many young people. On the project that I am currently working, I think the average age of our crewmembers is 28. The average age for a foreman is roughly the same. Many of these people have college degrees. We train the crewmembers for 3 weeks, and then turn them loose with a couple thousand dollars of computer equipment and a vehicle to work on their own with minimal supervision. Foreman are usually crewmembers who managed to survive for more than six months. At times, this scares the h&ll out of me. These people are like children. We have to remind them to turn in their hours so that they can get paid. Sometimes we have to roust them out of the motel room so they can go to work. At times, I think I should charge baby sitting fees.

And then I remember. None of my drill instructors were over 26. I was an arty section chief in charge of 11 Marines, 1 8 ton 155mm howitzer, and its 5 ton truck at age 23. Many of the other section chiefs were younger than me. Two of the best Field Artillery Chiefs (Battery Gunny) I served under were 36. ( My age now.) I am now older than most of my battery officers.

When I think our society is turning out nothing but lazy, irresponsible, self-absorbed creatures, I remember that our young Marines are taking on responsibilities that no civilian could handle (and no civilian employer would give to some one that age). Our young Marines are not only the future leaders of our beloved Corps, but will be the backbone of society. If I am rambling at this point, it is because I do not have the words to express the emotions that I feel when I think about these Marines. This gives me hope that all is not lost. As I gain in age, I also gain more respect and admiration for those "young" Marines. I, daresay, most likely more than I had when I was a young Marine. Hopefully, this is due to increased wisdom. When I hear some one lamenting how young our Marines are, I want to knock some sense into them. I have more faith in a 21 year old corporal or 22 year old sergeant than I do in any 30-something civilian supervisor. Ollie said it best: Other than my wife and kids, the only people that I'm comfortable around are Marines.

Semper Fi,
Don "Mac" McCourtney
Fox 2/14 4th MARDIV, 1986-1994

Short Rounds

To; T. Stewart,Sgt. To answer your question?? Yes I do remember the "raft" at Inchon Bay,altho I departed in "55" which also makes me an "old duffer" we were fortunate not to have that experience, but did see the retired unit on the shoreline.
Semper Fi/J. Abrahamson, Sgt. USMC 52-55


To the Sergeant of Marines 1399101 who has a problem. Ask yourself one more question. If you had received orders for Korea, would you have reported for duty? See, no difference in this Vets eyes. Give yourself a break, you served, Jarhead.
Michael Olsa USMC 1966 - 1969


In memory of a fallen Marine Cpl. Jon Rumble 12/25/68 from a brother of war.


Sgt Grit:
Since forever has the news media and newscasters, especially in Chicago, referred to Marines as "soldiers." Nothing against soldiers, but apples & oranges, ya' know???
In the brotherhood, Semper Fi -
J Blair Raftree, Cpl of Marines 2232250


Can anyone think of the last war/conflict we fought in where the enemy observed the Geneva Convention???
Martin E. Shapiro
USMC 63-67


SGT Grit,
Read that ditty called "fightin words" and d*mn near fell out of my chair, would love to see the media print that !!

AND, Where do I sign up to be one of those "new" embedded reporters, I'll even bring my own gear {cameras were optional right} Semper fi my brothers in the sand box, send a haj to Allah for me.
Semper Fi,
Gunny B


Thank you Marines, for letting me serve in your Corps.
God bless the Marine Corps and God bless America,
J. Bolin "Bo", Cpl. 1986-1992 Wpns 1/5, 81's, Semper Fi.


"If I were a mujahedeen, I would walk with a white flag toward the Marines and give up," he said. "I'm glad they're on our side."
--Israeli cartoonist Ranan Lurie, embedded with 1/1 at Fallujah.


A Marine and His Rifle,
It's a Beautiful Thing

Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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