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"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."

--Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army




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I cannot describe how thankful my Marines and I are to have you supporting us in our time of need, by encouraging words, by friendly and funny jokes, by news of friends and family, and warmth that you give us, to do what we do.

The feeling we get, standing in the edge of he!l and paradise, sweeting, heart pounding, your body senses are no longer connected to your brain, time slows down as if everybody around you is moving extremely slow and you are still at normal speed, your eye catching and checking every thing that you have been taught, going threw what could happen and what might happen, all this things are being processed at lighting speed. The weight of our assault pack filled with 800 linked rounds and 200 lose 5.56 rounds, 2-4 grenades, 2-4 flares, 1 weeks worth of chow (MRE's), one set of dry cloths. Then two ballistic 10 pound plates and flac jacket, one 5 pound ballistic helmet, all this no longer weighing no more than a feather, looking to your left and then to your right keeping a mental note of who is supporting you in combat and then remembering every one back home, almost like a slide show, hearing the snap of your ear when rounds pass within a few feet from hitting you. Then a blast kicks time back to normal, at that moment all those years of training come out threw your mouth screaming at the top of your lungs , putting yourself in danger to keep your marines safe, energy and adrenaline surging threw your veins burning your skin

Sorry I have to go back to work and sorry I got caught into the moment of one of my memories.
Talk to you letters and once again thanks for being there for us


My dad was a man that in the last year of is life, Breath and bleed the Corps. He would watch the news and see and hear of the Marines dying and injured in Iraq.

It would bring tears to his eyes. You see he was one of the FROZEN CHOSEN. He never talked of his time over there, he served as a flag Marine for two Admirals, Station in McAlester OK, and the Ammo depot. The thing he talked about the most was the time he did as and DI on PI (Paris Island). He spoke often of the pride he felt seeing the Marines, at the end of the training. In the last year he was able to join the Sea going Marines. got a Plank award had stuff all over his car showing how proud he was of just being giving the chance to serve as a MARINE.

A friend of his has son was thing of going in to the Army, and my Dad talked him into becoming a Marine.

My Farther Billy Dale Underhill (years of service 1948-1953). passed away in his sleep on Christmas Eve. 2005. the young man that my dad help to become a Marine was able to get leave to attend the service. I know my dad was met at the gate by fellow Marines who have gone before. For those of you who knew him you knew how much he loved his Corps.

I can be reached by e-mail @ "wdu3580 @ netzero.com"

Thanks Dale Underhill


Tears well up with each newsletter I read. Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts and stories.

Today marks the end of a 26 plus year career with the FBI, many of those years spent undercover. I've successfully posed as a contract killer, drug dealer, residential burglar, international arms dealer, homose#ual pedophile, degenerate gambler and assorted white collar criminals. But I take more pride in saying "I was a Marine and my son's a Marine."

One of the greatest lines ever written for the big screen was delivered by Jack Nicholson in A FEW GOOD MEN..."we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? ...You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use them as the backbone of a life trying to defend something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it..."

Thanks to all who guard the "walls." May God continue to bless you, our Marine Corps family and this nation.

Bob Hamer
1975-1979


Sgt. Grit,

I am writing this to let you know about a fellow Marine & co-worker. in your American Courage Newsletter # 112, one Richard Roderick had written to you about a memory brought back by another newsletter, Well Sgt. Grit, I have the HONOR & PRIVILEGE of working with this same person. What the note of thanks is for, our brother Marine unselfishly sent me the newsletter, ( when I was unable to receive it otherwise, due to system failure), and I just wanted it to be known that even though it's been a good many yrs. since we were both active, the assistance from one brother to another is greatly appreciated. I hope this makes the newsletter in time, so that our brother can read it.

Once & Always,
Former Cpl. P. A. Viets 71 to 75
Semper Fi!


To all retired and Honorable discharged UNITED STATES MARINES, Like the bumper sticker say Not as mean Not as lean but still a MARINE, Wouldn't you like to be of some active service to the corp. There are things we do ,things we know, places we've been. Remember what the D.I. told you when you left basic training mine was P.I. that you'll never be in the physical condition your in now. It was all in the training you thought you might not see the next day. YOU DID! It's too bad for all of us we can't go back and recapture our past to some sort of boot camp for the elderly.

I think it would do a lot of good both mentally and physically could be MARINES in reserve-reserve. For the good of our country and our beloved corp. SEMPER FI michael ferrarelli USMC 1966


As a Proud Marine Mom I had become the "Poster Mom" for them in this Minnesota Town. My clothing was always something showing the USMC team, my home and also my SUV sporting magnets, bumperstickers, special plates. More so than the local HS teams my sons had played for. Recently it came time to trade in that SUV for a more fuel efficient vehicle. Not wanting to "jinx" anything by removing any of the USMC paraphenalia that was attached to it inside & out I told the sales person that the only way I would accept his "final offer" was that those items had to stay attached (except the special MOM plates of course which went with me) & go with the new buyer. Preferably forever but I would settle for at least April 2006 when my son & his men/women would be back from his 2nd tour of Fallujah. He said he would honor that without hesitation not because of just the sale but because he was an 20 year Army Veteran and was not able to have been a Marine but always had wanted to be . Needless to say ~ that vehicle sold right away and I see it driving around town from time to time ~~~ with all of the USMC support attached !
Proud Marine Mom
Minnesota


Hi all, have been reading the News Letter for years and enjoy all of it. I also did not serve in combat, the closest I got was as a floating reserve w/ 1-2 from LeJune in 65 if my memory is correct. I also remember our Doc that served in my unit, he had some time under his kit bag when I met him, I do remember he suffered from the worst case of smelly feet I have ever experienced, He was made to put His boots out side on the deck at night, but we all would have given our all to keep Him safe. Prior to serving with the 2ed Div. in 65,I was a Sea Going Marine two years with the MarDet. on the USS Midway, CVA 41. Nothing can replaced my love for my Corps, my oldest Son also is a Marine, served in Desert Storm, FAST Co./ CQB instructor .

SEMPER FI,
Cpl.Wheeler USMC
62-65


Reading some of the Christmas stories in a recent Sgt. Grit newsletter reminded me of my Christmas of 1957 spent on Okinawa. Bob Hope and his troupe entertained us with two shows at Sukiran and at Camp Courtney. He had Jayne Mansfield, Jerry Colonna, Erin O'Brien and the Les Brown band. They put on a terrific show for us and you could tell it was from the heart, not for publicity. All members of the U.S. armed forces owe a debt of gratitude to this man for the many trips he took overseas putting on shows for the troops while spending the holidays away from the safety, warmth and company of his own family and friends. I also enjoyed watching many years of his shows for the troops on TV. I don't know how much entertainment is put on for our armed forces around the world today, but I don't think anyone of Bob Hope's status is doing much recently. Most entertainers in Hollywood today do not strike me as being too intelligent or patriotic, and certainly do not have the love and loyalty for our great country that Mr. Hope did.

I appreciated all the trips he took he took for the men and women defending our country and I will never forget seeing him in person on Okinawa.

Semper Fi, Marines

Joe Blanck, Cpl
1st battalion, 3rd Marines


I am a new Marine mom and have taken to reading the great stories in this news letter and forwarding many on. Thought I would share this. My brothers family decided to send a care package to Iraq and my sister in law asked my nephew to write a letter of encouragement to enclose. He is a recent college graduate who is entering the world with high expectations for the life that is ahead of him here is what he wrote( a welcome change from the many people who upon hearing that my son is a Marine feel the need to tell me that the war is stupid, Bush sucks and why in Gods name would I LET my boy join that?)

Dear Service men and women, Thank you for the time you have given and the sacrifices that you have made in service of our country and its people. Please remember that the continuous debate over the motives and practicality of the war in Iraq are small pieces of the American freedom and liberty which you have proudly enlisted to protect, and that people at all ends of the political spectrum wish for your safe return home. Despite the fact that media outlets often focus on the controversy and setbacks of the war and subsequent occupation, Americans know in their hearts that members of the American armed forces have only the most altruistic motives, and sincerely wish to serve and protect their country and its people. They also recognize that you are working hard to improve the lives of Iraqi citizens by providing security and contributing to vital infrastructure projects. We are confident that you will continue to represent the American people and their spirit well in Iraq, to help bridge the cultural, lingual, and religious gaps that might otherwise divide us. We hope that you enjoy the enclosed items which were included to provide you with fond memories of home.

Best wishes and sincerest thanks,
Bob
Harleysville Pa
Janet Winton mom of PFC Dan


I just finished reading newsletter #113.

and to a marine concerned with soldiers lives, I want to say, hang in there.

I was recently dropped from the deployment roster of my WY ARNG unit. They are headed to Ft. Lewis for training, then going to Iraq. I had the same thoughts and fears about the men in my unit, but for one thing, there are alot of Marines in the WYARNG. I have faith that you'll do the job and bring everyone home in 1 piece. They will appreciate your Marine Corp experience.

Semper Fi and Good Luck!
Steven Contryman
Cpl USMC 1983-1991
Spc WARNG 2005 - ?


this letter is just a quick note to the writer who asked should he bring some Marine Corps values to the national guard. i say he!l yes, i also joined the national guard after was turned away by the marines. i was a ssgt and in for just under 10 years and same as that marine wanted to see what "civilian" life would bring me. unfortunately not the same joy as the marines but since i joined the guard i am trying to bring some of my marine attitude to the guard. as long as you stick with the honor courage and commitment that the marines taught you everything you do in the guard and life will make your soldiers better.

SSGT Brandon J Musso
marines 93-03
guard 05-current


Sgt. Grit,

In reply to the young man that joined the Guard so he could see combat, but was having second thoughts.

No matter your rank or position in your unit, stand like a Marine, walk and talk like a Marine. If opportunity shows its face train others as if they were Marines. When the time comes fight with courage and honor like a Marine. You are a Marine in a different uniform.

Semper Fi
Now a Navy Grunt
OIF 03-04


Thought I'd give you a little insight, as I was in a very similar situation. I was USMC from 67-71,and gone back active duty Army 86-93. The first thing I learned was, that for the most part, people in the Army DID NOT JOIN TO FIGHT. And I know in a guard unit, you are going to have problems. Remember that for over 30 years no one went anywhere or did anything. I was in the guards from 84-86 and Army reserves 93-96,For years, these forces where run on a 'good ol boy'network. Serving with the Army in Somalia in 93,was a WHOLE lot different than serving with the Marines in DaNang in 69. You have to remember, in the Marines we were taught our primary mission, was to seek out and destroy our given enemy. I guess all you can do now is to use the skills the Corps taught you, to help you and your unit through your deployment.

Best of luck. And SEMPER FI........
Scratchie


In response to "Marine concerned with Soldiers lives":

Good day and Semper Fi brother. As an Infantryman (0351) in the middle of my third Iraq tour I can understand and sympathize with your situation. I joined the Corps late in life, at 27, I'm now going to be a Sgt in two days at 31. I'm a Sqd Ldr/Veh Sect Ldr for I Co 3/7.

As a former Marine Sgt I'm sure you are aware of "leadership challenges" and this does seem to be one for yourself. I'm only vaguely familiar with Army doctrine and training but I do know it varies somewhat from the Marine Corps'. Coming from The Wing you at least won't have the conflict of Marine ground concepts vs. Army. That being said, the only real issue, as I see it, is whether or not to attempt to instill some discipline in your men. I think that if things are truly as bad as you perceive then you must. Whether or not those under you command will think that you are trying to "turn them into Marines" or not is irrelevant, ultimately the only thing that matters is bringing them home and making it home yourself. If you can make them understand that survival and success in the mission are what matters it shouldn't be an issue.

As far as "letting the Corps down" goes, no worries brother. You did your time in this gun club. If your goal is to serve on the ground and the only option available was Army Nat'l Guard, then so be it. Once a Marine..... If anything, the Corps let you down, understandably you have tech skills that they don't want to lose, however, we always need guys on the ground. You tried, no one can ask for more, you are realizing your goals by whatever means you can, congrats.

Finally, I thank you. Show those Army Dawgs what professionalism and proficiency is all about. Square 'em away, they'll never be Marines but they need some guidance and it sounds as if they are lucky enough to have found someone who knows how to provide it.

Semper Fi and good luck,
Cpl. Whittaker, J.S. USMC


SGT Grit,

To the Marine who wrote in newsletter #113 that made a valid attempt to rejoin the Corps but instead enlisted in the Army National Guard... Let it be known Marine, there are many like you out there. That is - prior service Marines who, for one reason or another, joined the Army National Guard (or other service) after their honorable service in the Marines.

I too am a Marine. Served 6 years in the USMCR from 1988-1994. Did my time in Operation Desert Shield/Storm - CAR, t-shirt and all then upon my ETS decided I was smarter than the military and would better spend my life in civilian clothes. Three and a half years, one wife and two daughters later, trying to work full time and earn a college degree, I made the choice to reenter the USMCR. Took 6 months to get back in and finally swore in for one year. Drilled with the unit for one month and was dam* proud to be back in the uniform. Then one evening at college I met a classmate who was wearing a USMC tie tack, as I was. We starting chatting and I found out he was in the ARNG OCS program. Within a month I was released from the USMCR and enlisted in the ARNG. Attended OCS, earned a commission, branched Infantry and haven't looked back in regret.

The Army has since afforded me many opportunities. During my 6 years so far in the guard, I've had many rewarding and memorable assignments and experiences as a rifle PL, specialty PL and XO. I'm currently serving as a Battalion S4 with company command soon on the horizon. Served two 1 year tours for Operation Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense). Sure, the Marine in me would've rather spent my time sending lead downrange in Iraq or Afghanistan, but as I told my soldiers b#%ching about performing gate guard and other security missions at CONUS bases, we were given a job to do for a reason, so STFU and soldier with pride.

I'm often asked from soldiers I run across, without knowledge of my past, if I was in the Marine Corps simply by my appearance, bearing, how I carry out my duties and take care of soldiers (Barking orders during D&S gives me away a bit too). I keep standards equivalent to the Marine Corps, something that has earned me respect from my soldiers. Sure, there are some real slugs in the guard, but it's my job to fix them or I fail as a leader. I am constantly running across prior service Marines in the NG - many of us are currently wearing Army name tapes. Most of us proudly stand out above our Army peers and take the helm.

So fear not soldier. You're still a Marine - once and always. Carry that pride with you in all you do. Earn the respect of your fellow soldiers thru hard work, attention to detail and the billion other traits your DI's shoved down your throat at MCRD.

You say you're a Team Leader - well act like one! Be the badest MF'r in your squad. Train your soldiers hard, demand perfection, adhere to/surpass Army standards, live the Army Values and memorize and never retract from the NCO Creed - it's your job. Your soldiers will probably hate you, but once the sh*t hits the fan, they'll thank you and forever respect you for it!

Semper Fi
Once a Marine..
A proud prior service Marine
current Army NG CPT


"All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity."

-- George Washington


Sgt Grit,

As I read your newsletters, I am reminded of a couple of special moments that made me proud to be a Marine. One time I was at a wedding for a girlfriend of my wife. We were in New Jersey and I was in my greens. A as the band was playing they stopped and played the Marine Corp Hymn and announced that a Marine was in the house. Everyone stopped dancing and talking and applauded. Another time I was at Watkins Glen race track (my son volunteers there) and was proudly wearing gear purchased from your store and a older Marine walked up to me and we started talking. Turns out he was he was at Khe Sanh. He was surprised that I knew what Marine units were there and the siege that ensued. Even though I joined the Corp in July 77 I told him I read many books (most purchased from you) and was very familiar with the storied history of the Marine Corp. I have been stopped many times by old Marines and my wife has learned to just walk away and let us brothers talk. Many thanks to the current and former Marines that stand or have stood on the wall to keep us safe and free.

Semper Fi!
Jim Wheeler
10Th Marines
77-81


Sgt.grit:

I just wanted to take one minute to respond to Polly Huenke, Marine mom, who made me laugh and cry at the same time..i too am a proud mom, and I always have people asking me how my son is doing, and I had to laugh out loud because my car, my kayak, and my camper are all plastered with marine stuff..it was great to know that im not the only one out there..i am luck enough to have my Marine home this year, but do want to thank her, and her Marine and her family for their service to our country along with all the other great Marines serving..this truly is the toughest time of year to have them away..we are praying for them all..

Proud Marine Mom in Texas


Dear Sgt Grit,

I would like to thank you for this great forum in which we can all learn and share thoughts and feelings that anyone who is influenced by the Marine Corps have.

Our son is a brand new Marine, who recently graduated from his MOS School in Twentynine Palms. We took him to the airport today to join his new unit at Camp Pendleton. He enjoyed his time at home but was anxious to get to work. He told us there was talk that his unit would be deployed to Iraq very soon. As this is a scary thought for parents of an 18 year old Marine, I am comforted by the thought that he is doing what HE wants to do and believes with all his heart that We, as a country are doing what WE have to do .

Luis talked about joining the military for the past four years, so we were somewhat prepared for what was to come. Nothing...could ever have prepared me for the day he left for boot camp. We are a very close loving family that enjoys to be around each other. It was really hard not being able to talk to him for so long. It was all worth the wait when we went to MCRD for graduation. Other than the days my two sons were born have I ever been so proud. It has not been an easy road for him, but he has no regrets.

Thanks to all the instructors and teachers who help to mold our young men into Young Marines.
Sincerely,
Raymond & Elizabeth Cavazos
San Marcos, Texas
Parents of:
PFC Luis Cavazos


Sgt,Grit;

Thank you so much for all the letters you publish on your website. I look forward to each one. I wrote you almost a yr.ago, about when my Grandson graduated or was about to, from boot camp, at Camp Pendleton. That was just the most awesome thing I've ever seen. He has since gone on to become a Field Radio Operator, home based at Camp Lejeune,NC. As I type this letter,he's VERY PROUDLY serving in Iraq.He volunteered 2 times,to go,& was finally chosen.Right now he's doing security & radio watch.Loves it there,& is thinking about volunteering for another tour there.I told him he's either brave or crazy.He said maybe a little of both. His name is Kyle Willard.He marks # 20 in our family to serve in the military. I wear my Marine Grandma pen with his picture under it, everywhere I go. I also have a light burning in my window,& it has been since he left for boot camp, January 24,2005,& it will remain there till he comes home for good. My SUV, is also loaded down with Marine stickers that was purchased from SGT GRIT, on line. Before he left the last time, I prepared his favorite food( which included deviled eggs),& he put up a special flag that I ordered from you, it's an American Flag, with UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS,written across the middle, all that with yellow ribbons on 4 huge oak trees in my yard. When people come here, they want to know if I've turned this into a Marine Base! I would if I could. Guess I've bragged enough, but we are all so very proud of ALL the military men & women, I just want to say THANK YOU, to each one,& especially to PFC.Kyle R.Willard, we love you so very much.

A proud Marine Granny,
Thelma Montgomery, West Plainsmen.


Dear US Marine, Family and Friends,

I can not stand to tell you of how great the Marine Corps has performed in both the past and present. Know we each are proud of this "fine" history of young Americans wearing the "Eagle, Globe and Anchor". Not just present, but the past. Yet I can tell you of something I know most well. You might not like It but it is the very truth. No matter how great our Government, Congress and all put forth Defense Bills that supposedly help increase the life style/money to support those whom serve; well you are mistaken. The cost of living steadily increases. We each feel it. And yes so does our Military Enlisted. Your son/daughter and neighbor. Every year, a small group of civilians raise money at Thanksgiving and Christmas to give a Marine Family, a good Holiday dinner at their home (married). Why??? Because our married Enlisted and even single, struggle. Many in our Nation put on stickers saying " I Support Our Troops." Well, how many really do? The question most asked is how can I support? It is easy. If in a store at a 7-ll, at a Supermarket, etc., and see a Marine or a family in the military; pick up their tab. Find a local Marine Base or Reserve Center. Meet with the Company Gunny! Tell him/her you wish to help Marines. If no Marines in your area, well go to the nearest Military Installation and meet with the Senior Enlisted.

Sgt. Grit. Because of this site, you have put me infront of a number that we stay in touch personally. This group served with "Chesty." They supported me most meritoriously to support young Marines and their families in our little home town of Marines. Close to Chesty's home. I just ask. That each one of us remember what so many give. Yet, remember it is the family of the Marines whom pays so we can still have a freedom, second to none. I am one lucky man. For 230 years, the freedoms fought for I get to enjoy. And the cost? Well it is free to me. And that is granted to me by the US Constitution and the United States Marine Corps.

In 2006, remember and think of not just our Marines, but all whom serve. Buy them a cup of coffee or a Turkey for Thanksgiving. They gave us a heck of alot more. Thank you Sgt. Grit, Tom and Ralph.

Semper Fi
Steve Robertson
SjrobertsonR @ aol .com


SGT GRIT

This is for NICK W who is carrying baggage on his back he does not deserve. He did not kill a child intentionally .It was an accident.When they gave him those emblems to wear at boot camp they did not say he would not make mistakes. When you are ordered to combat by the president of the U S he shares the blame. On the canel a first sgt. and platoon first lt , the sgt went to the head one night when he came back the lt. shot him and killed him ,but it was an accident. So get the monkey off of your back, it was pres. JOHNSON fault as much it was yours.

The pilot how flew the ENOLA GAY to japan did not drop the bomb that killed a lot of kids, it was the boombdier so who shares the guilt Which i might add let me see my 18th birthday.

LUIS M DELA CRUZ

If you put that uniform on in war time you are a hero

L MARTIN
CPL USMC WW11


To all our soldiers serving our great country,

I had the privilege of being in a mall prior to Christmas, I had to sit in an area at a coffee shop due to recently having a total knee Replacement, (I am a retired PA State Narcotics Agent, who was assigned to our special operations unit, my assignments in the unit were long gun shooter, or breacher in the stacked deck, I served my time in law enforcement for 25 1/2 years) well anyway there was a man sitting at a table next to me, he appeared to be in his 60's, when he started to speak at me about how messed up our country is and how our president is breaking the law by listening to phone calls, and how our troops are not accomplishing anything and how we are loosing our freedoms, well you get the idea, being retired I do not have to be politically correct and I proceeded to tell this dissident, liberal, f_ _ _ ,that anyone can listen to my calls, which are not being made to the middle east or some-- r _ g_ ,h _ _ d, and if it saves one American life it is worth it, or if we can disrupt or i.d. a terrorist, or terrorist cell it is worth it, thank God that through the efforts of our military and intel agencies we have not had one act of terrorism on u.s. soil since 9-11 so we must be doing something right,,,,, I also told this person that if he spoke like this in some other country he would be tortured and probably executed, he then mentioned the alleged torturing of insurgents, and I vocally stated "I don't care about that, if that saved one American life or stopped an act of terrorism then it was worth it, we are involved in an unconventional war that we did not start"" -I ended the discussion with "if you don't like this country "get the f _ _ k out, and I will be more than happy to help anyone who wants to meet Allah, and the river of honey, and 74 virg ins, with this the man got up to leave and I wished him a "Merry Christmas", unbeknown to me a crowd formed and applauded, this occurred at the laurel mall in Hazleton, PA. God Bless, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, be safe, when in doubt shoot, you are appreciated

Retired PA State Narcotics Agent II
Frank Dimiceli
Ret. PA. Office of the Attorney General,
Bureau of Narcotics Investigations
S.O.G. Member


Just wanted to pass on to all our Marines in Iraq and around the world, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and may God protect them and bring them home safe. I served as an 0331 with Charlie Company, 1st Bn, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam, 1968-1969, I am so proud of our Marines, or should I say as my DI said, "My Beloved Corps". My only regret right now, is that I cant be with my Marines, I wish to God I could be. To all of you, I want you to know, that the people back home overwhelmingly support you, and the motorcycle club I ride with, the U. S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club has had benefit runs to support our troops in Iraq. You all are holding the guidon high, and are carrying on the proud tradition of our Corps by defending everyone here at home, hold your heads high my brothers, you are the very best. Stay low, stay safe, and make the hits count.

Semper Fi
Jack O'Brien


I can't even tell you how much I appreciate being able to read these newsletters. My fiancé recently left for boot camp in Parris Island, SC and it has been very difficult to adjust to his absence as I am used to having him home everyday. When I hear stories of marine wives, marine moms, and even servicemen that have such a love for the Marine Corp it really helps me put thing into perspective. They too, had to go through this rough time of adjustment while their loved ones are away in boot camp, or on tour. But with all that the Marines offer us in the way of opportunity, it's more important to focus on the time that we have shared, and the valuable time that we will share when he comes home.

I am always proud of every decisions that my Marine, or soon to be Marine technically, has made in his life, but I couldn't be prouder of this one. While it was difficult for me to initially get behind him in deciding to enlist, I have really come to respect, and appreciate him doing so on a level that I never thought I could.

I just wanted a chance to tell any wary girlfriends, fiancés, or wives in my position, that you are not alone. We all wish not to be apart from our loved ones, but we need to show our support to them for all that they sacrifice in the name of our happiness, and the happiness of all who live in our country.

While Recruit Mark Antony Barone will have the honor of serving bravely for his country, I will have the honor of being loved by such a brave and amazing man, and MARINE. That's not something that every woman can say for herself, and I understand now how lucky I really am. Once things are put into perspective, it becomes so much easier to cope with the many changes that we need to overcome, and so much easier to do so with a proud smile on my face.

-Proudest Woman In The World :)
Thank you,
Liia Watson


I've read about the respect the Corps gives the Docs that serve FMF. It goes both ways. Although I didn't realize it at the time, I know now it was my pleasure and honor to have served among such heroes.

In VN in 1971, when I got up to guys that had been wounded, they'd ask how I got to them unharmed myself. I realized 30 yrs later that when the shooting started, the Lord made me bulletproof and invisible to the enemy. That is my only explanation for surviving with no visible scars. The enemy guys were NOT so bad at Marksmanship. They just couldn't see me.

Don't try to confuse me with facts and date. I KNOW how it really went down.

Excellent job on your newsletter!
Doc Chuck Hancock
RVN 1971
heydoc71 @ aol.com


Sgt Grit, I to have been Santa Claus just like CWO-4 Melotte at Camp Fallujah Iraq. I would like to say thank you who all support our Marines during the holiday seasons, birthdays, and beyond. While at Camp Fallujah, Iraq Christmas 2004 I had the pleasure to deliver many such care packages to Marines young and old. The nice thing about this responsibility is that I could monitor the mail out of the back of my eye and see that some Marines never received as much mail, packages, and presents as most. The position as the Executive Officer CSSC-122, CSSB-1, IMEF during OIF II-2 and UT Officer SPMAGTF OIF gave me the ability to enlighten and bring joy and smiles on the faces of Marines whom thought were forgotten. Thank you all for your support and giving me the gifts to give.

Have a safe new year,

CWO4 Jay J. Partch
Executive Officer
EMC, 4th Maint Bn, 4th MLC, MFR


Sgt. Grit,

I first must say that this is the best newsletter that I have found to keep my head in the game and to allow me to never forget all that have served before us in our beloved Corps. In reading your latest issue of your newsletter, I came across the letter from Allison McKowen that was speaking of "Big O". I sat on the couch laughing and having to explain to my wife why. You see, I too met Big O in a recruiting substation. However, I met him as a young Civil Air Patrol cadet in 1984. I worked in the Air Force recruiters office as a gopher and interpreter in Downtown Los Angeles for 2 years. When Big O came in to work at that station, I remember him being not only a Marine, but a great motivator of people. He was proud of his Corps, and would not bend just to get a number for his quota. I will never forget the day that a young kid walked into his office and asked him what the Marine Corps could do for him. Big O quickly leaned back in his chair and stated that "the Marine Corps doesn't do things for recruits. Therefore, what can you do for the Marine Corps!" Needless to say, Big O was the reason that I too became a Marine to be able to say that I had done something for the Corps.

Semper Fi!

Frank Quinonez, Sgt
1986-1992
Garden Grove, California


To HM2 Barry "DOC" Stevens

If there ever was an angel on the battlefield, it is a Corpsman. I have use for your services 31 May 1945 on Okinawa. The DOC who attended me save my life. In my book, and all Marines, the Corpsman is a true Marine. I salute you DOC.

Semper fi
Malcolm T. Lear
L322


This is a reply to a message sent in by HM3 Luis M. De La Cruz who questions his service because he was to late to deploy to Viet Nam. Listen up "DOC" your service stands alone not to be questioned by anyone. After my service in the Marines (67-71) which included a tour in Viet Nam, I spent 20 years as a Seabee retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. My experience with those Corpsman who spent time as "DOCS" with the Marines and Seabees in Construction Battalions were the same as those in FMF, That you didn't serve in Nam doesn't detract from your service, the title DOC, The unit you were with or the Marines you helped. Is a Marine any less a Marine, did he go to a peacetime boot camp did he learn to become proficient with peacetime dope on his weapon? Stand tall that you served with the finest you did your best, it's okay to have wanted to do more "we all do".

CEC Patrick
S. Corrie USN 1974-1994
Sgt USMC 1967-1971


I learned a long time ago in a land far, far away (sounds like some movie lead-in about the Land of Lice, Rice and Diarrhea) that the next best thing to a Marine is a Corpsman! Also, that the next best place for a Marine to be ... is next to a Corpsman! To all the FMF Corpsmen, Bravo Zulu Doc! OORAH!

Bill "Moose" Wilson
Another "Tet Vet"
O.F.GySgt (Old Fart Gunny)


Correction

In the news letter #113 29 Dec.05 I would like to inform Mr.Brad Howe that Capt.Hines was the CO. of LIMA Co.No finer leader of men was ever born into our corps we would of followed him into the gates of he!l !

De Grazia F.J. cpl.
Lima Co. 3rd Btln. 26th Marines
Nam 66-67

I am a mother of a Marine. He has only been a Marine for one year . But to me it seems to have been a long year to my heart . He has not been called to duty in Iraq , yet . He is a reservist , but a Marine all the same . My heart aches for all who have been lost to this useless war . But I am very proud to be the mother of a Marine . When he is called , I will be brave . It is a plan for him to leave for Iraq in June . I hope that day does not come for him . I hope this war will be over by then . But you never know . I do support this war at all cost . We as Americans are true winners above it all . And I truly believe we make a difference . I will always support our armed forces , to the end . Good luck to all in Iraq and come home safe . OOH RAHH Marine Corp !

Proud Mother of a Marine
Renee Prince
Semper Fi



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Semper Fi
Sgt Grit


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