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Dear Sgt. Grit,

This letter is to address the young lady, "Thanks for listening...", that receives no support from her family and boyfriend;

First, DUMP THE BOYFRIEND. Then, hold your head up and embark on the greatest career you could ever hope to achieve. What you will learn in the Marine Corps will stay with you the rest of your life. The confidence, character, discipline, patience, and motivation to do whatever you desire will be engrained in every fiber of your being. Do not be discouraged by the nay Sayers in your life.

While continuing through the Sgt Grit Newsletter, I read a quote from Ronald Reagan that I though was fitting for your situation:

"We've come to a moment in our history when party labels are unimportant. Philosophy is all important. Little men with loud voices cry doom, saying little is good in America. They create fear and uncertainty among us. Millions of Americans, especially our own sons and daughters, are seeking a cause they can believe in. There is a hunger in this country today-a hunger for spiritual guidance. People yearn once again to be proud of their country and proud of themselves, and to have confidence in themselves. And there's every reason why they should be proud. Some may have failed America, but America has never failed us, and there is so much to be proud of in this land." --Ronald Reagan

You have a family now young lady.
One that will not let you down.

Sincerely,
Tom Schubach
Sgt. USMC 1972-1978


I just finished reading this week's Sgt. Grit newsletter and had to respond to the anonymous letter from the Marine who felt unsupported by her family. I am grateful that there are men and women in this country who are willing to fight for this country and all it stands for. My son joined the Marines 2 years ago and is awaiting his second tour in Iraq. I am proud of the man he has grown to be and the values the Marines have given him. Our family has always been patriotic and many have served in the military. While I am fearful of the dangers, I know he is committed to his country and the Marines. I hope this anonymous Marine reads this letter and knows that there are many of us who support her and what she has chosen to do with her life. There should be more men and women that share the same dedication.

Kathleen LaChance
mother of LCPL Jonathan Francis


I am proud of our military and supportive of their efforts, but we as a family could not have had a prouder day than August 25, 2006. My step-son graduated from USMC Recruit Training on Parris Island. Fifteen family members went to see him. It was two days of tears, smiles and hugs. The ceremonies were full of emotion and pride. God bless America and our troops.

Patty, Phila., PA


To Dan Desmond,

I met D.I. Highhouse at my daughter's friend's house. He is retired and living in Florida. He is still trim and fit for service. He is married to a Pakistan woman he met on embassy duty there. They have three sons, all orthopedic surgeons. They were in Lafayette for their granddaughter's graduation. We had a great conversation.

Please check out Vets with a Mission: vwam.com

I'm a board member and we go to Vietnam on medical and humanitarian missions at least twice a year. It's cathartic to "go back".

Walt Griffin
2/26 and 7th Marines 69-70
Plt. 314 1968


"Somehow, despite contrary facts that are palpably clear in the historic record, [American and European leaders] have managed to convince themselves and the world that the most terrible wars of the 20th century occurred because nations didn't do enough talking to resolve their differences [when in] fact, they occurred because shortsighted, peace-minded leaders allow[ed] good intentions and wishful thinking to take the place of an accurate assessment of the identity and intentions of their adversaries."
-Alan Keyes


I wrote in about 7 months ago when my boyfriend left on his first deployment to Iraq. I was scared and very unsure of what the months ahead would be like. But I am so happy to say that he left Iraq today and should be instate just after Labor Day. I am very proud of my Marine and so happy this deployment is done. Welcome home LCPL Moppin and to all those who are still there and who are set to go, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Semper Fi Marines........You are SO LOVED and APPRECIATED

The Few.The Proud.The Marine Girlfriend....Krystle


Utah lost a fine young Marine to a road side bomb on August 20th. I want his family and our state to know that his life was not in vain. Adam Galvez choose to serve with the best of the best. His parents understood his beliefs of helping others have all the freedoms that some American's take for granted. I am proud that the community came out in support for the Galvez family and that they took it upon themselves to make sure that the family could have their services uninterrupted by people who just want to harass society and get their faces in the news. Our Marine has served two tours in Iraq. Yes it is hard on his mother but he knows that we will support him, his decision, and all those who serve. His Dad is proud of the man he has become and wears tee-shirts that he gets from Sgt Grit and we display the Marine flag along side of our American flag. We now do our daily run to cadence's. Our grandchildren, even the 20 month old say OOH-RAH (even though their dad is army). Yes I am a proud to be an American and thank the Lord that I am blessed to live in this free country. Thank you to all who have served now and in the past, to the men and women who stood tall when their country needed them.

God Bless
Sheryl


With much appreciation from the members of the Marine Corps Memorial Association and the Marine Corps League in Colorado, the Navy Sea Bee's helped in the US Marine Corps Memorial resurfacing project. The Sea Bees took on a task of removing the old blacktop surface that surrounded the US Marine Corps Memorial that is located in Golden, Colorado with a much more durable concrete surface.

The Sea Bees worked several weekends, and through tough weather situations, ranging from several days of rain to days of temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees. We cant say Thank You! enough to the Navy Sea Bee's in this task. Folks can see the before, during and after photos of this project by visiting the Marine Corps Memorial website. Thank You Sea Bee's!

Meg Krebs,
Web Master of the Marine Corps Memorial web site


"Men hate those to whom they have to lie."
-Victor Hugo


Sgt. Grit~

It's been a weekly joy to read your newsletter for the past few years. The emotions evoked have been many; ranging from anger to sympathy, sadness to joy, and back around.

I just want to relay a small bit of praise and comfort to all wives, and women dedicated to the men of the Corps.

In the past four years I have been one of the most blessed women. I have evolved from a Marine's girlfriend to his fiancée to ultimately his wife. It has been quite an emotional journey, learning how to support and love a man who doesn't know how, or simply doesn't want, to share his emotions from or stories of the war.

My husband and I were married on July 4th, 2006, exactly one year after his first departure for the sand box. We had a beautiful military wedding, laden with men in dress blues and an honor guard. The groomsmen and ushers, who were all war veterans by a few months, camped on my parent's property for a couple nights before the wedding. One of the mornings, as they all stumbled groggily from the back yard, my father couldn't help but chuckle. They were quite an amusing sight, being half asleep, and feeling rather ill from a few too many drinks the night before. He turned to me as I was helping prepare the guests' breakfast and said with a solemn and tearful smile, "They are so young… but they are such good men." He had shared some time with them over the previous two days, and heard some of their stories, and laughed at their jokes and real-life escapades and pranks while in the Corps.

On July 4th, 2005, Cpl. Jordan departed for his first tour to Falluja, Iraq. He is with 2/7 Fox Co. out of 29 Palms, CA, and his unit was the one to lose 10 brothers on December 1st, 2005. Those who went to guard Heaven's gates were of 2nd Plt., and he was in 1st. After the devastating event, Cpl. Jordan (just a LCpl at the time) was moved to 2nd to replace the fallen 10.

He doesn't speak much of that day, nor do any of our friends who were there with him. I hear bits and pieces from time to time, and have patched somewhat of an idea as to what occurred within the ranks that fateful Thursday. I've learned to not ask. Only at a recent bar-b-que where men from both 1st and 2nd platoon were celebrating a birthday, did I learn of the initial despise the grieving men of 2nd Plt. had against the replacements. They believed that their fallen brothers could not be replaced and no one had the right to even try. Well, as the war carried on and more tragedies plagued them, they couldn't let their personal issues effect their survival; which, relied solely on their brotherhood. Today, the men are closer than can be imagined; and, what initially was believed to tear them apart ultimately banded them together.

Several of hose men have volunteered to go back this coming January, including my husband, Cpl. Jordan, and his groomsmen, to ensure that their junior Marines make it home safely. It is not easy for the grunts of the Corps to leave their homes and loved ones, nor is it painless for their faithful wives, fiancées or girlfriends when duty calls.

As these men stand at the front of the ranks defending and fighting for our freedoms, we women stand behind them and quietly pick them up when they have fallen inside. So, to all the women dedicated to the Corps I commend thee, you are not alone. And, as a wise man once said of our Marines, whether they have served for a few months, a few years or a few decades, "They are so young, but they are such good men."

Semper Fidelis in Christ,
Lauren E. Jordan


Dear Sgt. Grit,

My husband and I attended the National Meeting of the Fourth Marine Division in Atlanta on August 25th and 26th. My father, Clair Chaffin was made the 60th president of the 4th Marine Division. He was a Navy Corpsman attached to the 4th Marine Division in WWII and was on Iwo Jima, Saipan, and the Marianas. He received the silver star for his continuous rescue of the wounded on the front line. The Japanese riddled his ambulance with bullet holes. My father joined the service because two of his brothers were killed on two separate submarines.

While we were at the National Meeting we were privileged to meet an outstanding young man. We met Todd Corbin a young man from Sandusky, Ohio who is normally a deputy sheriff but is in the Marine reserves and was sent over to Iraq. This young man was honored by the 4th Marine Division because he received the Navy Cross for his heroism in Iraq. He saved the lives of many wounded in his squad at the risk of his own life. He was very humble and was concerned about the lives of his squad members who were killed in the initial ambush. He is 32 years old and was called the old man by the other members because they were in their late teens and early 20's.

Meeting heroes like my father and Todd Corbin is such an uplifting experience. It is great to know that there are still young people who will risk their own lives for their country and fellow service men. I think this country is no longer patriotic until I hear these heroic stories.

Sincerely, Kathy Dow


"A true way to be deceived is to think oneself more clever than the others."
-Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld


In response to the letter of the individual not receiving support from their family for joining the Corps, I am sorry that your family feels this way. I too felt at one time that my family did not always support my decision to join. I know that it can be a hard thing to endure. But at no time in my life whether it was in the middle of PT, long hours at the rifle range, sitting on a Navy ship off the coast of Bosnia or enduring the heat of day in Cuba did I ever regret my choice. If your family does not respect you for your decision, then it is their loss and not yours. You will always be able to get support from your Marine Corps family. I thank you for your service, and am proud to call you my sister.

Semper Fi!
Sgt. Leese USMC


Semper Fi Sgt Grit,

Once again I would like to share information about The Order Of The Silver Rose. This is a gratis medal and certificate for veterans who have been disabled or died of agent orange causes. This organization also helps veterans with claims and information concerning agent orange. Their web site is www.silverrose.org. I have enclosed some information and would be glad to answer any questios that veterans may have. I myself am 100% disabled due to leukemia as a result of exposure to agent orange. Anyone interested may also contact me directly at navajodrive @ yahoo.com. Hope that this may help someone!

Semper Fi,
Ron Hurwitz
Sgt E-4 and Sgt E-5 USMC 1954 -1962
772-664-1411


"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."
-Thomas Jefferson


Dear Sgt. Grit, I read the newsletter as much as I can, as often as I can. I just read Gunny Carter's letter regarding the servicemen he dealt with at an airport. Gunny, I too would have done the same thing. I don't rank near as high in the chain as you do, but the spirit is still there after 22 years.

I have an 18 year old daughter that is currently going through tech training at Ft. Meade, MD. Although she thought whole- heartedly about becoming a Marine, she went with her mother's wishes and joined the Air Force. Of course, her mother would have preferred that my daughter not join any branch, but education had first priority. My Airman's motivation and drive for becoming a Marine is the fact that we have the best-looking, and most-recognized uniform in the armed forces anywhere. Plus, she wanted to go with the tradition that her dad is a Marine.

Our family had the honor of attending our daughter's graduation ceremony at Lackland AFB in San Antonio last month. I was very disappointed in the manner in which the troops marched. Not one of these "Flights", or platoons to us, were in step, and not one of the TI's showed any concern. The "Pass in Review" was something totally unsat, and I couldn't help wonder how any of these "Leaders" held their jobs. But then again, their basic training is only 6 weeks long. I taped the series of events and showed my daughter. She showed disappointment in what took place. Being a former cheerleader/dancer for various local venues, she knows about timing and uniformity. In another instance, there were several graduates at the base BX. An officer in a flight suit approached and neither of the 3 Airmen saluted. The Major was quick to verbally reprimand these few in front of their families. At a restaurant in San Antonio, we dined in the same facility with a group of Naval personnel. At a photo-op outside the diner, these men exited the building. I noticed a "Butter-Bar" approaching and directed my daughter, who was in uniform to prepare to salute. She popped-to, saluted with such precision that made the whole family proud. Yeah, she could have been a Marine.

Finally, I told my daughter to be the best Airman she could possibly be. It doesn't matter what branch one serves in, as long as it's done with dignity and honor. I believe she'll do well, and she has her dad, a Marine, that has shown her the how-to's and how-not-to's.

Pray for all of our servicemen and women.

Semper Fi,
Gerry Hernandez, Cpl.
USMC '80-'84
HMM-268, MCAS(H), Tustin
San Angelo, TX


"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat."
-Paul of Tarsus


Beirut Remembrance Walk DC 2006 http://thewalk.beirutstamp.com

Contact: Bill Kibler (USMC Beirut Veteran)

2005 Columbia Pike #624
Arlington, VA 22204

703.209.USMC – cell

Bill @ beirutveterans. info (no spaces)

REVISED: August 31, 2006

Summary

On October 21-23, 2006, a group of people will walk in remembrance of those killed on October 23, 1983, while serving in Beirut, Lebanon. On Sunday, October 22, the walk will follow the White House Commission on Remembrance Ceremony being conducted at Section 59 in Arlington National Cemetery where 22 of those brave men are buried. The Ceremony begins at 12 Noon and the walk will start at 1:00pm.

"At approximately 0622 on Sunday, 23 Oct. 1983, the Battalion Landing Team headquarters building in the Marine Amphibious Unit compound at Beirut International Airport was destroyed by a terrorist bomb. The catastrophic attack took the lives of 241 Marines, sailors and soldiers and wounded more than 100 others. The bombing was carried out by one lone terrorist driving a yellow Mercedes Benz stake-bed truck that accelerated through the public parking lot south of the BLT headquarters building, where it exploded. The truck drove over the barbed and concertina wire obstacle, passed between two Marine guard posts without being engaged by fire, entered an open gate, passed around one sewer pipe barrier and between two others, flattened the Sergeant of the Guard's sandbagged booth at the building's entrance, penetrated the lobby of the building and detonated while the majority of the occupants slept. The force of the explosion [12,000 pounds] ripped the building from its foundation. The building then imploded upon itself. Almost all the occupants were crushed or trapped inside the wreckage."
-DoD Commission Report

"They Came In Peace"

On October 21-23, 2006, a group of people will walk in remembrance of those killed on October 23, 1983, while serving in Beirut, Lebanon. On Sunday, October 22, the walk will follow the White House Commission on Remembrance Ceremony being conducted at Section 59 in Arlington National Cemetery where 22 of those brave men are buried. The Ceremony begins at 12 Noon and the walk will start at 1:00pm.

The group encourages others to join the procession and walk a lap or three, 50 or even all. Each lap is approximately 1/2 mile around the pond/gardens and takes under 10 minutes to complete. Those not walking the full distance will be given an index card before each lap with a Marine, Sailor, or Soldier's name/information killed while serving as a Peacekeeper. After completion of the lap, participants are asked to sign the card on the back, and return it so someone else can walk in memory of that soldier. Those 'going the distance' will receive a roster with all the names/information accordingly, checking a name after each lap completed.

The walk is free and open to Beirut Veterans, Family Members, Veterans, Active Duty Military and the general public (Anyone affected by terrorism).


"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Albert Einstein


Sgt Rock, I got to stand on the edge of your Parade Deck as I hugged my new Marine. It was an awesome experience. The day before at the motivational run, we all stood outside waiting for our first glimpse of the new people our sons had become. The officer told us what would take place, but I think few of us were prepared for the actual sight. We heard them first, 204 men moving as one. When they finally stood in front of us, my heart was so full of pride. He didn't look at us, but I knew he knew we were there. Then they were off again, the four mile run ending at the theater. Watching "my" platoon, standing in the light drizzle, I noticed one more similarity among them, all their eyes were wet. I don't think it could all be attributed to the rain. The words the Commander was saying were so profound. The EGA ceremony, graduation and walking on the arm of my son the Marine, events I would not have missed for the world. Thank you Sgt. Rock for your insight and perspective and most of all your service.

Julie Steveson
Mother of a Marine


"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."
-- Benjamin Franklin


I had a call from my nephew asking me my rank and what I did in the Corps. I told him I was a staff sergeant and I was a radio operator. I asked him why he wanted to know and he said that my Great nephew had joined the Corps and he had been accepted to OCS. I guess there is a form for them to fill out asking such questions. I was so happy, coming from an all Navy family. There would finally be another Marine besides myself. I began planning the big party for his graduation and being a butterbar........I mean a Second Lieutenant. I went to the closet and pulled out a plastic bag that housed my most treasured object............... my winter green uniform complete with ribbons, badges, chevrons, and hash marks. I held it up so proudly and as I inserted my arm into the blouse to try it on, my wife passed and just said:" In your dreams.". I was a little hurt but I would show her! I got into it all the way up to the elbow. It was obvious that my workouts had made me more muscular so I understood that it would not fit as it once did. I pulled the trousers off the hanger and as I held them up ol wifey passed again with another: "give me a break". I discovered that the old gabardine greens shrank over a long period of time.

Here is the question that some Marine can answer for me. I, as a Staff Sergeant, want to wear a uniform. What am I entitled to wear? I need some help here. The wife thinks a poncho liner or a parachute would be in order.

Thanks for your help in advance.

SSGT Huntsinger.


An applicant for a job listed his last occupation as "US Marine Corps." He gave his title as "Sergeant" and duties as "Operation Desert Storm." Under "reason for leaving" he printed, "Won the war."


Hello,

I received my "We Still Remember" t-shirt two days ago and just wanted to let you know how great it looks and about the many complements I received today when I wore it to the Nationals baseball game. Thanks.

Semper Fi,
Carlos R. Rodriguez Jr.
Major, USMC
1980-2007


"Often, when people evaluate capitalism, they evaluate a system that exists on Earth. When they evaluate communism, they are talking about a non-existent Utopia. What exists on Earth, with all of its problems and shortcomings, is always going to fail miserably when compared to a Utopia. The very attempt to achieve the utopian goals of communism requires the ruthless suppression of the individual and an attack on any institution that might compromise the loyalty of the individual to the state. That's why one of the first orders of business for communism, and those who support its ideas, is the attack on religion and the family. Rank nations according to whether they are closer to the capitalism end or the communism end of the economic spectrum. Then rank nations according to human rights protections. Finally, rank nations according to per capita income. Without question, citizens of those nations closer to capitalism enjoy a higher standard of living and a far greater measure of liberty than those in nations closer to communism."
-Walter Williams


On my last trip to San Diego I revisited boot camp. Both the Navy boot camp I attended and the Marine Corps boot camp across the estuary. I found the barracks I'd lived in (if you want to call it that). I stood on that huge parade field and remembered....

I visited MCRD, to which I was no stranger, having been raised in San Diego, the eldest son of a Marine. Cheap haircuts happened in the same chairs used at other times by recruits. We usually ended up with the same haircuts as well. You had to tell the barber what you wanted BEFORE you got in the chair because when your little butt hit the seat --- it was WAY too late!

I went out and stood on the cleared pathway that led to the bleachers. Just stood there and stared at the grinder. Remembering. Trying to imagine what the grinder was like for the Marines. My Marines. What they felt --- before AND after graduation. I know how I feel seeing young Marines parading the grinder at graduation. I can only wonder at the feeling of history, of comradeship, of belonging and owning that chunk of pavement must engender. I can only wonder... imagine. I will never have that pride. I will never be able to walk that grinder. I am sad... and jealous!

Steve "Doc" Byars
2nd Plt., Echo Co., 2/1 '65-


"The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green."
-Thomas Carlyle


Dear Sgt. Grit,

I am the proud mother of a Marine. He is the oldest of our six children. When he graduated from boot camp, the whole family was there to celebrate that day as well my sons Godfather, Grandmother and three of his good buddies. We live in Pennsylvania, so we got in our cars and drove on down to Parris Island. While planning the trip, I came across a great web site put together by a former Marine and some Marine Corp moms'. They have great info on where to stay in South Carolina and California (and where NOT to stay), what to itinerary is like, airport location and directions, etc. I am so grateful that I found this site. What a help! In addition to providing all this great information for future grads families, these good people have created a foundation to help those who are not able to make the graduation for mostly financial reasons. The sole purpose of this foundation is to see that no Marine stands alone that honorable day. So far, they have helped 93 families make graduations. Would you be kind enough to provide the link to that web site in your newsletter. You would go to http://usmcgradparrisisland.org/ and click on Graduation Foundation. It doesn't take much to help these families. I couldn't imagine not being there for our son. There were a few Marines at his graduation that did not have family or friends present that day and I found that heartbreaking. Being a part of the Marine Corps "family" means a lot to me, so we send a little something whenever we can to help out our "family". Every bit helps and it really does add up. Thanks, and I really enjoy reading the newsletter!

Sincerely,

Proud Marine Mom in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania


Hello Sgt. Grit!

I've personally been receiving your newsletter and fine products for some time now and have enjoyed both immensely. Thank you for providing your forum for the Marine family.

Today I am writing to you as an officer of the nonprofit organization Operation WWII Remembered, Inc. Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate the stories of all those who lived through the WWII era of 1933-1948. One of the ways we do this is through the publication of our journal The Custer-Hawk Gazette, wherein we print stories, interviews, poetry and articles relating to WWII. We believe it is important to remember the individuals of this time and generation and to keep all other generations educated in regards to these same things.

Please visit our website at www.Operation-WWII-Remembered.com where you'll find a link to your site on our memorabilia page. We are a small organization with large goals. We've been in existence for five years and have clients in 18 states. We are currently in need of funding and are actively seeking sponsors and advertisers. I was wondering if you were in the position to provide either, or even if you'd be willing to post a link to our website on your own. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to further discuss options.

Thank you for your time,

Jason M. Waltz
CFO
Operation WWII Remembered, Inc. www.Operation-WWII-Remembered.com


"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence so important, as living within your means."
-Calvin Coolidge


Dear Sgt. Grunt,

My name is Joseph Brown and I was a Corpsman with the 5th Marines in Korea in 1951. I've been meaning to write you for several months. My subject has been an extremely difficult one for me to face for the past many years. September 17, 1951 I was wounded in action on Hill 812 and we were there for 3 days under heavy assault by the North Koreans and I do believe some Red Chinese. On or about the 18th I went to assist a Marine forward observer that had been severely wounded by incoming artillery.

After a period of time I was transferred to a field hospital, "E" Med, and I asked one of the surgeons if he recalled the patient I had treated. He asked why and I told him I was the first to get to him. The Dr. them proceeded to tell me I didn't do my job and I was flabbergasted to think he would say that. I asked in what way did I fail my duty and he said because I didn't cut enough clothing away from the wounds. I was so shocked I didn't have a reply for him and carried those thoughts for several years. A few years ago I did receive some counseling from the VA and it did help.

Until this day I have been carrying the thoughts I did not do enough. I was involved in an on line survey for almost 2 years with a lady named Lynnita Brown, no relation, and she tried to help me find the man I had treated but I have not had any success. Mrs. Brown has and maintains a web site Titled "Korean War-Educator" and has several peoples memoirs of the war.

I don't recall the Marines name, the name Garvey comes to mind, but he was attached to the 11th Marines and he was wounded on the 18th or 19th of September 1951.

Sgt. Grunt, I don't know if you can help me as I realize this goes back several years and from reading the letters on your site most are fairly current. This has been one on the most difficult notes to write and I appreciate anything you can do for me.

Thanks for taking time to read this,
Joseph F. Brown (S/N 719-09-06)


"We talk about [the Constitution] a lot. We have cases about it. But to actually sit down and read it doesn't happen that often, and that is a very rewarding exercise."
-Chief Justice John Roberts


Our son just left this last weekend for his first deployment to Iraq. He is with 3/4 WPNS CO at 29 Palms, CA. Late Sunday evening he called us from Maine on his layover while waiting for the next leg of their flight. Upon arrival in Bangor Maine, the VFW was there to meet up with those being deployed. They had cell phones for these men to use as well as giving them calling cards to use once they arrive in Iraq.

I do not know how else to contact any of these individuals and I am praying that some of them read your newsletter. I just want to say thank you for all that you have done for these fine young men that have chosen to defend our country. My heart is just overfilled with joy knowing that organizations like the VFW are there to help make their deployment go a little smoother.

Our son has used that calling card as well. He called us just before 5:00 a.m. today to let us know that he has arrived safely to Iraq and waiting to arrive at their final destination. My heart still aches that he is there, but it is a little easier when I can hear his voice & knowing that he was able to call.

If any of you are reading this: Thank You. It just doesn't seem to be enough when I know what you have done for them.

Catherine Stine
Mom of LCPL Stine, Chris


"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people."
-George Washington


My middle son, age 17 has signed into the delayed entry program for the USMC. He gradautes from HS in June and heads to bootcamp on Parris Island about 10 days after. In the meantime, he has PT weekly and monthly "mini bootcamps". As his mom I have mixed feelings of pride and fear, but I know I am not alone. My dad served in WWII as an Ensign in the Navy and worked shoulder to shoulder with the Marine Unit aboard his ship. He was asked to be a "dual" officer and to serve both Navy and Marine in a special training and school. His best friend then and later in life were both Marines. When my son told him he was joining the Marines, my dad got real quiet and thought for a moment, then said "Well, it is still the Department of the Navy." To which my son replied, "Yes, the men's department.". They both broke into laughter.


My son graduated at Parris Island on June 2nd, 2006. To see him do so and attend the ceremony was the proudest thing I have done in my life. I am his mother and I would like to give a heart felt thank you to SSGT. William Willis ,SDI, at PI for his support and the knowledge, that he and his Drill Instructors installed into my son. Wayne is now serving in 3/5 at Camp Pendleton, CA . A few times now I found notes stuck to the windshield wipers on my car , that said Semper fi, or ' thank God for Marines. My car sticks out in the parking lot at work and Wal-Mart, because I have several stickers for the US. Marines displayed on my bumper. To all his fellow Marine graduates from Plt. 1044 , B Co. good luck and know , your pictures are hanging on my 'wall of pride' in my living room and my prayers and good wishes are always with you. Carmen Jarvis- Rose M. o. M.


Semper Fi, Sarge

I just checked the U S Postal Service website and at this time,- the "Distinguished Marines" stamps are still available. Order a bunch so you'll have them for the next several months or years. That's what I did. Go to www.usps.com.

Good Luck,
Wallace Pfeifer
USMC ('48-'50)


You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on.
- Benjamin Franklin


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Welcome Home, Job Well Done.
Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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