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Surprised Me

Hi Sgt Grit and all my Marines,

I have just read the most recent issue of the newsletter and I am still astounded by all the support that we are getting from EVERYONE!! Things have definitely not been the best, but they also have not been the worst. I can't help but think of the Marines in Vietnam, on Iwo Jima, Chosin Reservoir and Normandy. We have it so easy compared to them. I am so honored by all the e-mails that I received a few months ago when I submitted an article for the newsletter. I feel so proud and often times humbled by the Marines that have written to me. Just out of coincidence a few years back, I met a Marine through e-mail, having never met him. Upon further e-mails I found out that he went to the same high school as me, was good friends with cousins of mine, even served on the I&I staff at the reserve center where I am now drilling. His name is Milford Oakes and even though I have never met him, he and his wife totally surprised me one day when I received a care package from him and inside was a picture of Chesty that he had for 40 years. I am humbled every time I receive an e-mail from an older Marine brother telling me how proud they are of me. I would like to take this opportunity to tell THEM how proud I am of THEM for what THEY did to make it possible for me to be a Marine and call each and every one of them my brother. Signing out from Iraq for now. Semper Fi! OUT!!

LCpl Hare, aka Hareball
3rd BN, 25th Mar
Iraq


"It's God's job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It's the Marines job to arrange the meeting!"

I Can Do These Things

This past weekend in the midst of watching fireworks from the rocks beneath the pier in Oceanside, Ca I took a couple of minutes to remember why I could sit on these rocks and watch this show. I am a 19 year old Lance Corporal who has not been to Iraq yet but will be going there in September. Even at my young age I know why...why I can barbeque...why I can watch fireworks...why I can fly the American flag. I can do these things because of a young marine I knew who went to boot camp just a year ago and was killed about 6 months back...because so many like him that have put their lives on the line and never come home. The brave men and women who fought at Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Chosin Reservoir, Danang, Fallujah and so many other battles in between. So I would like to express my sympathy to those who have lost someone in any war and extend to them the thanks that we can celebrate the birth of this great nation because of their sacrifices and the sacrifices of all those serving. So every American, I hope that you didn't just put a flag out and say that you did your part, I hope that you all took a moment or two to remember why you have a long weekend off from work on the fourth of July. And I challenge every American to take pride every morning when dressing in whatever uniform you wear civilian or military to remember that you wear that because of the men and women who have come before us who have fought and died and those who continue to do so as you read this, just as I do every morning. God bless the fallen and their families. And those who serve and their families.

Green JR
LCpl USMC
Friend to a fallen marine
Brother to so many others

All Except One

Tomorrow is June 23rd, not a holiday, not a special day for anyone except me. On June 23rd, 1969 I was a young 18 year old PFC in the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. We had been pinned down in an NVA base camp in the Que Son mountains for about five days, trying to fight our way out. Causalities had been rather heavy and morale was down. But, I had my best friend to keep me up and motivated. We took each day as it came and laughed about it the next day.

We tried to push out of the camp one last time, my squad on the point; but as I had already gotten hit in the face with a AK round that had glanced off a rock, I wasn't walking point as usual. The world changed for me that day, we broke through and fought our way down the mountain jungle trail, we had destroyed the camp behind us and we were finally in the clear. Several of us were wounded, but we were alive. All except one, one Marine was carried down the trail wrapped in a green rubber poncho, cut down just 23 days from his rotation date.

In Quang Nam Province on June 23rd, 1969 only one Marine died, L/Cpl. Terry August Householder; my best friend, my brother.

Too many times I hear "get over it" "get past it" to "let it go"; but if I do then who will remember, his family is gone except for one half sister and she and I mourn together. Who will remember a young Kansas track star with a brilliant future ahead of him? If I "let it go" do I bury the only memory of a great young Marine; I think not. No matter what the pain I must feel, no matter what the amount of sleepiness nights; it is worth it. He deserves to live on in memory of a friend.

Semper Fi

Grady L. Rainbow

By The Grace Of God

Dear Sgt Grit

I took my parents to there doctor and i was sitting and waiting for them when a man pulled next to me. He got out and said are you a Marine I said yes sir I am. he saw my bumper stickers from grit. He looked at me with a sparkle in his eye and said I fought on Iwo jima. I shook his hand and this man had a h&ll of a grip. I asked him if he saw the flag go up and he said yes sir I did I saw both go up. He said his squad leader told him to look bout that time she went up, a bit later the second went up I told the man I'd love to have been there to see that. He said young man that was a sight to see but most of the Marines I stormed ashore with was killed. He said that he was in ash up to his knees with the japs shooting everything they had at them. I asked him if gen. h.m. smith sent the 2nd flag up he laughed and said buddy they say everything huh.he said there was a small one at first to show we got ya then a second one for all to see. he told me that he stayed on Iwo jima till reinforcements got there he told me young man you'd never seen so many Marines give so much for so little. It was by the grace of god that I made it because so many didn't he told me that most of his squad was killed. It's truly amazing what you can learn from elderly folks if one just listens. He shook my hand again and I thought to my self how many japs this Marine has killed for our freedom that so many take for granted. s/sgt Smith USMC Semper fi

Much Slower

Heading out of Wytheville,VA on I-81N. I came up behind a couple of 18-wheelers and started around them, going a lot over the posted speed limit of 65mph.

Just as I was almost around the trucks I spotted a Virginia State Police car parked in the median where he could go in either direction on the interstate. He must have got me on radar because I saw in his blue lights come on just as I was going by.

I knew I was caught so as soon as I got past the trucks I just pulled over to the shoulder of the road and waited on him, license and registration in my hand. I also have a sunscreen on the back window of my SUV, the one with the Marine Corps seal on the American flag background, a Marine Corps alumni tag holder and two ribbon magnets, all products I got from Sgt Grit's.

The trooper came walking up to my car, I handed him my license and registration, he asked where I was headed. I told him I was going to Quantico to meet up with some old Marine friends and then go into D.C. for Memorial Day.

He said, "Well since it's Memorial Day weekend and your an old Marine, I'll just say to slow it down and take it easy." We shook hands and I was on my way again, much slower. After telling some native Virginians about that, they said that was very rare for a trooper to let ANYONE off with a warning. So I like to think it had something to do with all the Sgt Grit's products on my car. Thanks for saving me from what could have been a very expensive speeding ticket.

Driving much slower now.
Semper Fidelis,
Chris Spencer
USMC 1972-76
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Adapted To Jobs

I was in from 76''-84''. And those 20 plus years I have had the endure many of life's obstacles. I was never deployed when I was a active Marine. So I never saw combat. But everything I did learn in Boot camp and on duty is still with me. I still pray for all the services in combat today to return home save. When I got out I never flaunted my being a Marine. People just new. I guess it was the way I organized, planned, adapted to jobs, worked as one and as a team, lead and followed at the same time. You can take the man out of the Corp but you can't take the Corps out of the man....!

SEMPER FI
SSgt M.A. Lemmer Sept. 8, 1976---May 23,1984

Clear Across The Store

first off..great newsletter and wonderful catalog. i cant name how many fellow marines ive shared these items with! die hard marines love to display anywhere they can, items that distinguish them as our nations best. when i first got my discharge from the corps (1996) after serving 8 great years, i seemed to be having an attitude problem (per my supervisors). i started to get depressed and often wondered what i was doing wrong to be getting this negative feedback. later, im shopping in a local department store and an elderly gentleman yells "hey jarhead" clear across the store. of course i immediately spin around and much to my surprise, i had no idea who this person was. as we are talking, he tells me that he noticed the back of my shirt with an EGA on it. we spoke to each other like we spent time together in some long lost war. in speaking with this gentleman, i suddenly realized how easily we carried on a conversation without ever meeting one another. i thought to myself that i wasn't the problem at all. my supervisors had never dealt with someone with such a high caliber of training. from then on, i have made it my mission to stand tall and be who i was trained to be. respect, honor, and duty were obviously not drilled into these people.my last nine years with the postal service, as a mail carrier, have been trying times to say the least. however, things seem to be much better...i think they have accepted the fact that there isn't changing a man that has been trained by the best! that's how i look at it anyhow. no other service or group of individuals celebrate like we do. no other group takes care of each other like we do. no other group has done what we have done..and im d*mn proud to have been apart of such a glorious history..thank you Marine Corps..i owe you a lot!

semper fi
randy petersen, castalia ohio Sgt 1988-1996

Woman Marine Hymn

Hello Sgt. Grit,

I am a former Woman Marine (1956-1959) and recently received my copy of "A Few Good Women." Although it shows WM Recruit Training in more recent years, there was enough footage showing the time I was in the Corps - along with the uniforms we wore then. Even a platoon graduation photo that looked very much like mine.

However, I was VERY disappointed that nowhere in the video was the "Women Marine Hymn" played. I thought, for sure, they'd put it in at the end, but it never came. Just in case you don't recall the words...

Marines, we are the women members of our fighting corps

Marines, the name is known from burning sands to ice-bound shores

Marines, we serve that men may fight in air, on land and sea

Marines, the eagle, globe and anchor carry on to make men free.

We're lady leathernecks, we're marching on to fame

We're here to fight, to makes things right, and bring our men back home again

To bring honor to our Corps, is what we're striving for

To wear the green of the U.S. Marine

And win the peace forever more...

After all these years, I still remember the words and feel the same sense of pride when I sing them

Semper Fi
Dorothy Patson (formerly A/Cpl. Dorothy Colgan W706783 USMC)

A Lot Of People Helped

Sgt. Grit

A lot of people helped save the Marine Corps. I was attached to an Inspector Instructor staff of a reserve battalion on Treasure Island. Congress was hot on our heels in the Corps to do away with us and make us like a green beret unit or seal unit. President Truman entered into the fray and called us just a "police force" in an effort to sink us. Well, Red Skelton got into the act and every Tuesday night he would open up with something against Truman, the congress and for the Corps. When we reported to work Wednesday, we all wanted to be the first ones to repeat Skelton. He ridiculed Truman so bad plus congress that millions wrote or called the congressmen wanting to save the corps. Finally about 1949 the Corps was voted as a permanent military force with our own appropriations. It wasn't just John Wayne that saved the crops but actually it was Truman's remarks that lit the fire that save the corps and with Skeltons assistance, it was accomplished. I might remind everybody that in 1948 there were less than 75,000 Marines on active duty in three divisions, at sea, embassies, guard companies and I-I staffs.

John Rains
SSGT 1944-1951

Aging Devil Dogs

Sgt Grit,
Last year this time I was told I had throat cancer, talk about an eye opener. 40 years old and still in good shape, never really been sick a day in my life. I always thought I was ten foot tall and bullet proof. Well I was soon to find out different.

Chemo and radiation where a mother. Through it all I did not forget who I was. Once when I was down pretty good my soon to be wife told me that remember you are a MARINE !!. That made me sit up a little straighter. Now 60lb lighter I am getting stronger. Not quite back to a 18 min 3 mile run but I'll get there.

So just a note to all you aging DEVIL DOGS get to a Dr. yearly, your still not 10'tall
GOD, COUNTRY, CORP!!!!!!!!!!
CPL JD TINGLE BLT 3/8 TACP 82-86


J. D. Tingle

What We Want To See

Sgt. Grit,

Just wanted to relate a story I remembered while reading the newsletter.

I was a Camp Lejuene from 1981 thru 1987 {then got smart and went with the wing} anyways, I recall driving off base one day and seeing this truck in the other lane headed on base, I was just after the industrial area entrance off the main road, Well I jumped the median and went to see if the jarhead needed help, his car was doa and best that we tried, couldn't get it to start, so I offered to tow his car with my truck. we got about 300 meters into the industrial area and you guessed it, the MP's stopped me. Of course they asked me if I knew that towing with a rope was illegal on base and I said no. they checked out my decal and plates and did the same with the car I was towing, this one MP tells me the guy doesn't have driving privileges on base and asks if he is a friend of mine, well I told him I didn't know him and he just gave me the look, handed me the ticket and they towed his car and let me go. a month latter I report to BLDG 4000 for traffic court with this MP major that seems to be having a real bad day {you could tell from the yelling coming from the office, well my turn comes and I report to the Major, he looks at me in my charlies and looks at the ticket, he asked me if I knew the other guy and what the story was, well I told him I just stopped to help another Marine and that I didn't know him at all. he looked at me a long time an asked me what I thought about the ticket and I told him that just because I didn't know it was illegal to tow with a rope, that was no excuse, he then said again in a louder voice, What do you think about this ticket....I had no clue what he wanted me to say, then he said it all.......this is bull sh--- another Marine helping another is what we want to see, now get the he-- out of my office before I change my mind..... Needless to say I did an about face and almost ran from that office. Of course a year latter he wasn't so kind, lost my privileges for 2 years with one ticket, but that's another story. So......if you recall that incident, feel free to drop me a line. Gunny

Worth His Hat

I read John K. Marsh's post regarding a one day late attempt to contact his old Drill Instructor. I went thru recruit training at San Diego from January to April of 1959. For the first six weeks until he was transferred to another series as the Series Gunny, our senior Drill Instructor was Acting Gunnery Sergeant (E-6) Thomas Winston Hall. (When the new rank structure adding the grades of E-8 and E-9 were added on 1Jan59, Corporal on up got an "Acting" in front or their rank which stayed there until they were either promoted or if not promoted, in the mid sixties they reverted to the rank of their pay grade. If you've been around long enough, you will remember some Sergeants (E-5) with Staff NCO privileges.)

I served 30 years and retired as a Sergeant Major in '89 with eleven years in grade, number three on the lineal list on retirement. During my thirty years, no other Marine had as much effect on my career and the decisions I made than AGySgt Hall, he was truly an inspiration in his leadership and I tried to follow the direction he had set me on.

I wanted badly to contact him and tell him that but after posting notices in both Leatherneck and Marine Times asking for any information on him, I have received no replies.

I could not agree more with John Marsh, any Drill Instructor worth his hat would be proud to hear from former recruits and his advice is right on.....Don't wait too long.

God Bless our Marines in harms way. Semper Fi,
Lee H. Marshall, SgtMaj USMC Ret., (Plt 104)
Drummonds, Tennessee
Email LHM9999@aol.com

My Calling

Sgt. Grit,
It is with great honor that I had the opportunity to serve with the beloved Marine Corp. I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman from '77 to '83. I was with the FMF in '80 to '81 but really spent most of my time with the, Corps. It started for me at the Clinic MCRD San Diego, then FMSS Camp Pendleton, then C Co. 3d Med BN, then MCAS Yuma where I flew SAR Aircrew. I wanted to be a Marine, like my Father, who is a WWII vet, who saw action in Guam, Bouganville, & Guadalcanal. My calling was to work in Health care. Somehow I knew that early on in my teen years. Not a lot of people want to aspire to be a Navy Corpsman.

I believe there is no greater distinction than the following two; Being a United States Marine, and The Corpsmen who serve with them.

I consider my experience serving with the Marines invaluable, as it has prepared me to face daunting challenges in my life, gave me the discipline to stay the course & achieve my goals. On November 10th, I celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday with the same reverence as a Holy Day of Obligation.

Today, I still continue to serve. I am currently working at the VA San Diego Medical Center as a Program Support Assistant. I work in Enrollment & Eligibility. I see many Vets, some too young, who have been in Combat during OIF & OEF. I am very proud of them & grateful for their selfless service, courage & sacrifice. When I see some of these older Vets, who come into be enrolled for health care, after we get done with the process of enrollment, I give'em a warm handshake & thank them for their service & a Semper Fi.

I want to thank all of the Marines for their duty & honor, to God, Country, & the Corps. To their Mothers & Fathers, Spouses,Fiance's, Girlfriends, Brothers & Sisters, & Families of the Marines who continue to lend to them, their love, support & encouragement.

When all is said & done, I can look back & say my tour as a Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines was without a doubt the best part of my life.

Thank You & Semper Fi,

Mark W. Stephenson
Former FMF Navy Hospital Corpsman

Somoa, Canal, Tarawa, Saipan

i served with wpns-2-8-2mar. div. from 1-24-42 to 5-3=45.was with capt. crowe on am. somoa.he was a major on the canal from 11-4-42 to 2-43.we went to tarawa 11-20-43.he was c.o. for 2nd. batt. 8th. we landed in 4th. wave.,pulling our 37mm. gon 500 yds. to red 3.we were assigned to his command post till we reboarded ship. went to big island for training. left for saipan and landed in 4 th. wave with our 37s with 2nd. batt. 8th. under then it. col.crowe. he was seriously wounded 1st. day on beach..our exec. major bill chamberlain took command for the rest of battle on saipan and tinian.i was wounded on tinian with 5 members of our 37mm gun crew.we had 4 wounded and 1 killed the last nite of the battle when the japs.attacked our position.we estimated we killed about 100 japs.2 weeks later, everybody who had been with the 8th. regt. from somoa on were rotated home including me. walter pouliot e-mail, wpa1921@yahoo.com

Half As Many

My girlfriend had to use my Trans Am, the one with Sgt Grit's USMC front license. She kept wondering why all these people were honking and waving at her. We talk about this and she's learning.

We went to the Country Stampede at Manhattan, Ks last weekend. At the Army, Navy and Air Force booths, they were giving away trinkets like early American explorers. At the Marine booth, one had to do pull ups to get an award. I watched many, many buff 20 something guys struggle to get 4-6 pull ups. Only one in three days did 21 to get a T shirt. On the second day, I walked up and told my sister Marine (they didn't show rank or I'd use it), I'm gonna do some pull ups. I'm gonna do half as many as a few half my age do, and just as many as a few half my age do and more than most half my age do. I stepped up and did 11 pull ups. Not bad for a scrawny 54 y/o marine that doesn't pump weights, just does the same pull ups, push ups and sit ups I did when on active duty. Not pumped but still competitive. I told my sister Marine, USMC 1971-1975, 6608, 1st and 3d Marine Air Wings, El Toro, Ca and Iwakuni Japan, Proud to show I'm a Marine.

At dusk each night, colors were presented and the anthem played. Everywhere around me, attendees stood, removed their hats, and showed respect. I'd bet the average age was in the 20's. I was proud.

Thank you Sgt Grit for this avenue to communicate with others.

D Ward, Sergeant of Marines, 71-75.

There's A Reason

I have had people argue with me about how prideful the Marines in stating that they are the elite military group. I find this is a matter I cannot let slide. The majority of these misinformed people have never seen past the jaunty air of a Marine in uniform. These boys have earned every strut and stripe. They have earned the right through their own sweat and blood, and they will reprove themselves everyday with new mental and physical challenges. There is no one like a Marine. There's a reason they are first on the ground and in the air--they are the best.

My husband joined the Corps in 1987. He served in Saudi Arabia during Desert and got out in 1992. He went on to seminary and earned his doctorate. He then joined the Navy (there's something messed up about that :O) as a Chaplain in order to work with Marines. When his first duty station put him exactly where he left off years before, we knew we had come home.

I am now a very proud officer's wife who's heart strings are pulled by every young Marine she sees saunter by with arms loose at his side, his chin in the air, and his eyes focused and unwavering. My husband and his men recently finished a tour in Iraq. You may even have seen his homecoming caught on TLC (Operation Homecoming-What He Missed, LT Richard Wiese).

While he was gone, I wrote this poem with him and all our loved ones across the ocean in harm's way in mind. Semper Fi - Christi Wiese

PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
Yellow ribbon around my tree;
Daily petitions on bended knee.

Lord, this man so dear in heart;
Across the sea and doing his part.

Husband, father, lover, and friend -
A band of angels I ask You send.

Protect his life and keep him strong;
Guard him from those who would do him wrong.

He loves his country, family, home:
May he never feel like he's alone.

Each day my prayers raise to the sky;
Lord, how soon 'til we meet eye to eye?

I'm trusting in Your loving care;
Yet wishing he wasn't over there.

Give me the grace I need today;
Bless us all, in Jesus name I pray.

--1/4 Chaplain's Wife
August 4, 2004

Remember Jarheads

Sgt. Grit, while reading the newsletter for June, 2005 I was amazed at al the Marines that belong to the Marine Corps League. I belong to the Allegheny Valley Detachment #827, Tarentum, Pa. Remember jarheads, the National Convention is in August in Cleveland, Ohio. Hope to see you there. If any of you would like to meet for a brew or two, let me know at wjc176@webtv.net.

Jim Walters
Sr. Vice Commandant
Allegheny Valley Detachment #827
176 Hilltop Drive, Lower Burrell, Pa. 15068
Cpl. USMC 1963 to 1967

Accept Nothing Less

Each Friday I eagerly open my email and read the latest collection of stories provided by Sgt. Grit. It doesn't matter whether a posting comes from a WWII Marine, a veteran of Korea, Vietnam or the "sandbox", from a new recruit who's just completed boot camp or a Sgt Major with 30 plus years in - the message is the same - love of Corps, love of country and love of ones fellow Marines. Like virtually all Marines past and present, I chose the Corps because it is THE BEST and I wanted to become part of it. The pride, the sense of accomplishment and belonging a man feels when he graduates from boot camp or OCS and has EARNED the title United States Marine is an emotional high second to none. Sure, "serving in the military" is an interesting life experience, but becoming a United States Marine is a life-changing experience. Once you have been indoctrinated, disciplined, broken down, then rebuilt physically, mentally and spiritually and emotionally into a Marine, your life has been changed forever. Granted, becoming a Marine is not for everyone - only a few seek it, want it and are willing to accept nothing less. The rest of the world does not and cannot understand why a person chooses to join the Marines - but we Marines understand it. It is a brotherhood, a state of mind, a journey AND a destination. It gets into your blood and never leaves you. So on this Independence Day Weekend, please join me in saluting our beloved United States Marine Corps. I hope that for you too, being a United States Marine was a positive, life-changing experience.

Semper fi,
S.R. Van Tyle
USMC 1966-70

Continental Marines

Ran across this the other day, one of the many things I didn't know .

The Continental Marines, along with the continental army and navy, were disbanded after the American Revolution. The founding fathers didn't like standing armies and navies. They'd had enough of that with Great Britain.

Those Marines were not the USMC because the US wasn't invented until the Constitution was written, ratified and signed in 1787.

There was still no naval service in this country until 1798, when we started having problems with France. US merchant vessels were being stopped and searched at sea, etc. Congress established the US Navy on 10JUL1798, and established the USMC on 11JUL1798.

For over 100 years, July 11th was celebrated as Marine Corps Day - right up until the early 1920's when Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune changed it to the Marine Corps Birthday and correctly chose the date for the founding of the Continental Marines, 10NOV1775.

Just thought I'd pass this along. May all of our Marines come home safe!

Semper fi,

Chip Taylor
LCpl, USMC, 1975-77

New Attitude

Sgt. Grit;
In your 100th issue, the letter from Carl Nord was life-changing for me, and maybe many thousands of other Nam vets. I now have a new attitude and perspective about what we did and why we did it. I never really wanted to go back, but now I think maybe I should. I would love to believe that We Really Made A Difference, and all the sacrifices of many of our Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, families, friends, and neighbors were not in vain! OOO F---ING RAH!!!!!
T. Kresge
USMC early 60's (Been there, done that, even prouder now!)

You Talk About Your Future

I have been seeing quite a few letters to Sgt Grit about Memorial Day...Let me share this story with my fellow Marines about a very Special Memorial Day that took place 2005. 35 years ago I left a Few Good Men and some of the best friends that a person could ever have on a barren hill called Hill 34. Charlie Co. 1/5. RVN. This separation occurred because it was my time to rotate back to the World........

As all Marines know...you talk about your future..and how we will always stay in touch..Many times our plans get turned around and around...Well 23 years later I retired from the Marine Corps in 1992 as a Master Sergeant...Just as those guys in Nam predicted that I would be the Lifer of the bunch...

And everyone knows how time separates even the best intentions...like staying in contact with one and other....time slipped by and contact with these guys were quickly lost...


In the last few months I decided to make it my mission to find these guys again..and I did..What a thrill to not only find them alive and well but to have one of them visit me at my home on Memorial Day 2005..It did me a great deal good and what a pleasant reunion it was...The third Marine in our Machine Gun Team was called Memorial Day evening and the Three of us heard each others voices together again.......

I sincerely encourage all Marines to do the same...Find those friends you have been thinking about for all these years....I'll bet they are sitting there just waiting for that call, email or letter from you

Enclosed are pics from RVN 35 yrs ago and also together again on Memorial Day......Just have this thought........There are no tomorrows..get it done now... Happy hunting and Semper Fi.........

I Was In Class

I was in class today and a student told my English teacher "Mr. Craig your a good young man" the student was trying to be funny but Mr. Craig replied this "No son, there are a lot of men in America but the only good men are Marines!"

I was blown away to hear this. Mr.Craig was in the Navy, and one time on break his wife was in a serious car accident and three Marines saved his wife from dying, now he's 57 years old, living happy because he knows the Marines saved the life of his wife and three daughters.

Raymon Johnson (A high school student)

Bulletin Board

Read more Iraq stories Hey!

Thanks!

I'm home till the 29th; I appreciate you folks getting the gear to us!

Please say 'hi' to all the Sgt. Grit folks there for me. I can't express enough gratitude in regard to the bulletin board you have; http://www.grunt.com/usmc-web/aboutforum.asp I've met Marines as a result that I wouldn't have otherwise. At least not here in the 'world'.

Semper Fi.
Rich

Proud Of To This Day

Sgt Grit I too have often wondered about my Drill Instructors. I think that all of us will agree that you never forget them.. MCRD San Diego Platoon 2102 1971 Platoon Commander SSGT. Chastine, DI Sgt Vultagio and DI Sgt Cambell..With that said, I often wonder about all the kid's that I put through boot camp in San Diego between 1975 and 1977. I will be the first to admit that The Marine Corp, and being a DI made a life long change in my life, that I am still proud of to this day. Thanks for the great news letter. SDI SSGT W.L Bossaert USMC-- Awaiting the next assignment

Short Rounds

Sgt Grit, Mrs. Heinrichs story means more than what's on the surface. The between lines story is that HMLA-775 Det A is part of the 4th Marine Air Wing, Reserve Marine Corps. Even the Reserves have no illusions about what it means to serve during wartime! R/S SSgt Brayton HMT-303


A FRIEND OF MINE was making preparations for her Marine daughter's marriage to another Marine, and it seemed almost everyone involved in the wedding was a Marine. The marquee of the motel where the reception was to be held had, along with congratulations to the bride and groom, the Marine motto: "Semper Fidelis." A cleaning woman at the motel inquired about the meaning of the Latin phrase. Upon hearing "Always faithful," her face lit up and she exclaimed, "Isn't that romantic!"

You don't hurt'em
if you don't hit'em!
Chesty


Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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