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Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

Today, October 12, 2006 my wife and I celebrate our 58th Anniversary.
When I was called back to active duty after WWII service for Korea and stayed until after Viet Nam, we fail to pay enough homage to a real hero, the wife of a Marine.
She raised our three wonderful daughters (all born at Camp Lejeune) at times alone.
I consider myself blessed to have spent that much time with such a wonderful lady.
Lt. Col. Henry T. (Tom) Cook, USMC (Ret.) 1945-1970

The newsletter has been a little short of humor recently. Send me a humorous tale.
Semper fi
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Wise men learn more from fools than fools from wise men.
- Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 BCE)

Sgt. Grit,

Mr. Bob, (Proud Dad of 2 US Marines; LCPL Carl, PFC Craig) had submitted a letter to the newsletter that was in my e-mail and after reading it, I was so touched that I forwarded it on to my little brother that is in Iraq now. Below, you will find that I have copied the reply so that you may read it and hopefully forward it to Mr. Bob.

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That's Awesome...coming through Atlanta, it was announced over the intercom that we were going was awesome everyone I mean, EVERYONE stopped and cheered and wished us luck. The crowd was so loud I couldn't even think, you could tell that some of those people had sons and daughters over there already because they had tears in their eyes, these are people that I never saw in my life and probably never would again. Everyone was hugging us and blowing us kisses. Then a skinny little guy probably in his late 40's shook my hand and handed me 20 bucks and said I don't even know if you can use it over there but its all I have in my pocket. I was flabbergasted. I literally didn't know what to say to him and before I knew it we were being ushered to the plane.

10-23-06 John,

God bless you and all Beirut Marines on this the anniversary of the barracks bombing. My thoughts will be with you today brother!

Semper Fi

In April of this year, I decided that is was time to get a personalized license plate that fit me- I wanted something different. It took a while, but finally I decided..... JRHDWIFE. 4 weeks later, I got it in the mail, and put it on my car. I was beaming with smiles. Now everyone would know that my husband is a Marine.

I was driving down the road one day last week, and a guy in a blue truck was behind me. As I pulled into the left turn lane, he passed and yelled something at me. Only a few minutes later did it register what he had said. "Semper Fi". All the sudden, that smile reappeared. I am proud to say that my husband served the beloved Corps.

Thank You to each and every one of you who have, are, or will serve in the USMC.
We are proud of you too.

Kristin Hurley
Wife of Cpl. D. B. Hurley, USMC '00-'04

THIS SATURDAY private screening of "Flags of Our Fathers"

Flag of our Fathers Movie

Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 2:00pm
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6001 N Martin Luther King Blvd., Oklahoma City
Price is $6.00, includes ticket, small drink, Bag of popcorn & bag of candy.
Must call 1-888-NOV-1775 (888-668-1775) to purchase tickets in advance. Limited to 260 people.
Sgt Grit staff will be at theater 1 hour prior to movie to pass out tickets.
Must have confirmation # available when you arrive.

"Being seen not to run... should be the indispensable objective of U.S. foreign policy. Were these colors to run from Iraq, it would be the end of the American era—for why would Russia, China, or even Belgium ever again take seriously a superpower that runs screaming for home at the first pinprick."
—Mark Steyn

I was waiting in the car yesterday when a gentleman knocked on the window and said "I saw your sign-Marine Grandparent". I proudly told him I currently have three grandsons in the Marines, a son who served six years and another grandson who planned to join after graduation. He told me he had retired from the Marines and I thanked him for serving in Viet Nam and not getting the thanks he deserved. He told me about your website. It is wonderful. Needless to say, you have helped with my Christmas Shopping this year. We owe our freedom to men and women who are willing to go to h&ll and back that we might sit in our warm, cozy places sipping coffee in the morning. I have the privilege of being married to an army vet from WWII so I guess I respect and love the military more than normal. My vet is now 82 with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's and now in the middle of the night he cries out because someone is shooting or just bad memories in general. He was wounded twice, has two silver stars and two bronze stars. He doesn't talk about the war, it upsets him but I see him when these youngsters pass by, he always says God Bless You and thank you, and walks with his walker, a little taller when they ask if he served anywhere. I am forwarding the address to your website to some of my friends and of course, to my Marines.
God Bless You. Jan

"The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people."
—Thomas Jefferson

Sgt Grit

I just finished reading the letter from Cpl Dale Haines. I can relate to it in full.

I served in our beloved Corps from 1977 to 1986. I like many other joined for the chance to serve our country. The cold war for most of us was to say boring.

After getting out of the Corps, which I felt was the thing to do at the time, I began to miss it a lot. When the Gulf War broke out, I went to re-enlist. I was told that they would call if I was needed. To make a long story short. After 17 years break in service. I joined the Illinois National Guard in 2003 at the age of 43. 2 years latter in Jan. of 2005 our unit of Combat Engineers deployed to Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq. We fell under the authority of the 2ndMarDiv. I was very proud. We as a Nat Guard unit were not well thought of. We had to earn the respect, which we did. The units we work with were mostly EOD. And unfortunately we saw one of the finest lose his life to a cowardly insurgent. Gunny Boatman.

I am not much of a letter writer, but like Cpl Haines I had the urge to fill that hole. I got it done. It may have been with the Guard, but were answered to the Corps.

Semper FI
Sgt B.E. Ausbrook
USMC 1977-1986
Illinois Nat Guard 2003- present

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"I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles."
—Thomas Jefferson

Dear Sgt. Grit:

I have been an avid reader of Sgt. Grits ever since God saw fit to put my son on the path to becoming a MARINE officer and pilot. I am just an average dad who jokingly calls himself and his wife MPSU's (MARINE parental support units) but I have to say that because of my son and the CORPS, I have gained insight into essential core beliefs that I always new about, but, now I know that MARINES live these beliefs and are willing to sacrifice all for them.

Our son is currently deployed and is flying helos in Iraq; this has strengthened my relationship with the Creator as it seems that all h&ll is breaking loose there and now the British generals are speaking openly about cutting and running....I would hate to see an exit reminiscent of Vietnam repeat itself.

It does my heart much good to write this and I am humbled and deeply honored to be in the company of such magnificent men and women who serve our country as United States Marines. God Bless You All

A Humble Parent From Maine


I have read with great interest the many letters sent in regarding your desire, and indeed angst, about wanting to get back in and "finish the job." Let me educate you about that. I was probably the only person in my family in 150 years to flunk their physical. You at least were there for a time. I never got the chance. And then my son at 27, quits his very good job telling me that this was something he needed to find out about himself, and joined the Corps.

Nobody taught me anything about this and I had to learn on my own. And I wanted to be by his side and help. And then I was referred by a Marine Colonel friend to Sgt Grit, and that both helped and didn't help because it made me feel more frustrated that I wasn't involved. So I had to find ways. And there are indeed ways to make a difference.

Volunteer. Two ways to do that. Step forward, or forget to step backward when everyone else does. You know the drill. Get involved with your local American Legion and/or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Many of these as well as being social do fund raising activities that support our troops. Volunteer to speak at one of their events. Check our your local Marine Corps League.

Contact the military affairs coordinator of your local Congress person. I just did a commercial this week for mine. We had a Fallen Angel on 9/3 here and her office was rapidly in contact with me asking what assistance they could provide. What makes that stand out was that our fallen Marine was not in her district. It wasn't about politics or getting votes. It was about reaching out to a family in grief in our area. That is what our elected Representatives should do, and perhaps you can help them.

Check in with your local VA. Perhaps you can be a volunteer counselor. PTSD is real. I've been there with a couple of combat Marines. You can talk to them in a way I can't. Be there for them. It is part of the brotherhood. You don't have to be carrying an M-16 to have their six.

If you have a church or a neighborhood association or perhaps a relative in a nursing home, help them organize to write cards and letters, put together a fund drive, get donations for care packages. Batteries are always useful.

Connect with a local or national organization that can distribute these.

Connect with your local recruiters. Some of the most scared people on the planet are the parents of poolees. Unless they have prior military experience, this is extremely new and scary to many of them. Do a buddy system. Ask them how you can help.

I've planned and organized two Marine Memorial Day services. I am involved with Families United. I work with both of Central Ohio's Congress persons.
Just do it.

Being in the trenches doesn't just mean being in a firefight. Marines are awesome, personal opinion. You make a difference and can continue to make a difference even if you are past the age and physical requirements (which I think stink because I do put a premium on age and treachery, and who better than from a Marine). You may be no longer on deck, but that does not speak to the continued value you can add to those who are and their families. You have much to teach and to share and there are many ways to finish the job. If the opportunity is not in front of you, go create it. You are a United States Marine, and who better to turn to when something absolutely needs to get done.

s/f Dr. Dennis Benson
Proud Father of Sgt. Kris Benson, 3/7/Weapons Co., Purple Heart

The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the single-handed defiance of the world.
--Eric Hoffer

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Every year I want to do something special for Veteran's Day. I have great aspirations of visiting the VA hospital but something always comes up. I think I'm afraid of getting too emotional in front of them.

So I make little cards sorta like book markers and I put them in clear plastic holders and I drop them in mailboxes wherever I see a Blue Star in someone's window or I place them on windshield's of the cars that have Vet license plates. It's nice because I'm like a bandit and the person never knows where the card came from….only that they were thought of and Thanked.

So Semper Fi to you too, Sgt. Grit.

Dear Sgt Grit.
I have never written before, but I wanted everyone to know how proud I am that my one and only son/child is in the Marine Reserve unit out of Greensboro, NC. He is being activated on October 23,2006 and will be leaving for some training and then onto Iraq. He will be gone 18 months. It broke my heart at first then I realized that he will be with his fellow Marines and I know he will be in good hands. I am also very proud of all the men and women fighting for our freedoms and our life's. I ask that all the people in the world pray for all the men and women fighting and let them know how proud we are of them. I also want Carter who is in the same unit as my son to know that I am proud of him and all the men and women in my sons unit.

Proud Mother of a Marine
Julia King
Winston Salem, NC

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
—Winston Churchill

I read you newsletter when it comes around and enjoy reading about some old Marines and some young,mother,fathers and sister and brothers. Sometimes I get pretty teary eye'd.So I thought I'd share a story too. This summer I had the pleasure of being able to see the Marine Silent Drill Team. with my husband and 5yr old grandaughter.Well everyone knows that a small child doesn't know what to do when you tell them to sit still and be quiet. Well this was one in a millon,Little Sister set still and never said a word until it was all over and clapped with the rest of us. What a joy. To this day and its been several month's she still talks about the Marines with the big guns!.I have to admit I was caught off guard, that was the neatest thing I ever saw!

My son is a Marine and that showing made me even prouder of our Military men and Women. I know my granddaughters are pretty proud of Uncle Mike!

Thanks to all the Marines out there doing a find job of protecting our way of life,ho ra!

Thanks for listening
Valerie Bowman
mother of a proud Marine

Hi Sgt Grit,
No, this isn't my first letter to you, and it probably won't be my last. I just love my job working in a doctor's office and the fact that I get to meet so many retired Marines. I did however make a faux pax the other day, when I was talking to a patient that had a Marine Corps jacket on. I asked him politely if he was a former Marine and he said to me (at the age of about 67 or so,) "No ma'am, still a Marine!" I asked his apologies, we talked a bit about my son-in-law who is at New River, and about your website. When I was through, I gave him a big Semper Fi and he responded the same to me. No other branch comes even remotely close to being as proud of their service as Marines do.

Semper Fi
Mom-in-Law of a Marine

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-- James Madison

Hey Jarhead;

Ex-navy puke here. Just discovered your web site. Love it. Keep up the good work. There are a lot of good Americans out there and folks like you help the cause.

Rob Pratt

Sgt Grit:
Just a warning to all the good Marines out there, to stay away from the movie " The Marine " I threw away $7.00, the senior price to see it yesterday and it is much worse that "Jarhead". I should have realized something was wrong because there were no reviews in our local newspaper.
M/Sgt. Howard J. Fuller,
USMC Res. 1939 - 1957

Sgt. Grit,

My wife and I just returned home from watching 'Flags Of Our Fathers'. We both enjoyed the movie and appreciated some of the truth concerning the Flag Raisers being shown. Although this movie is from Hollywood, it was nicely done and portrayed Marines in a favorable manner. I highly recommend viewing the film. If one does go to watch it, be sure to stay around for the closing credits. I won't say more, don't want to ruin it for anyone.

I did meet an older former Marine there. He had a throat problem and had difficulty speaking, but we made eyeball to eyeball contact, noticed each other's Marine Corps ball cap -er- cover (mine from Sgt. Grit, his too probably), and gave each other a slight nod. It was enough to acknowledge we were two Marines in a sea of civilians. Have to admit, the movie did keep the audience quiet.

Semper Fidelis,
Tony Glass

...mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent...
--Adam Smith

Dear SGT. GRIT..
My daddy fought on Tarawa in WW 2 in 1943. I just lost him last year but he told me many stories of the battle.
I was going through their house the other day and found his dog tags and the shrapnel that was in his leg when he was stuck in a fox hole on that little island back in the forties.
My boyfriend and I are planning a journey to that island next year. Can you give me any information on it?
Right before my dad died I sent a letter to you and he received several letters from fellow Marine brothers. That uplifted him like I hadn't seen him in a long time.
I want to thank all of you who did that for him.
John is in heaven now with lots of his Marine brothers and I am sure swapping "good ole boy" stories, out behind the heavenly barns. My e-mail address is if you want to connect with me directly. Thanks for any info you can give me on Tarawa.
I think it would be interesting to be on the island my daddy was on some 60 years ago. Fighting for America.
Thanks again for all you Marines.
I work at a hotel in town and whenever a Marine comes through I always give him the family rate!
love you guys..

Welcome Home Son, Cpl Tyler
1/1 Wpns Co-1/1 H &S Co./ Fallujah
Job Well Done.........10/21/06 first day of being a civilian, Best Wishes on the start of your new life. Continuous Prayers go out to All Our Troops.........SEMPER FI
Terisa PMM./NV

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Book Review: Battlelines - LtCol. David B. Brown. This is an outstanding first hand account of Fox 2/5's time spent in Vietnam. LtCol. Brown (Silver Star recipient) has captured the essence of the battles that Fox fought in from 1966-1971 and he has done it from the view point of a Marine that was there. I greatly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. Gunny Davis

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—Ronald Reagan

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I Fight What You Fear

God Bless America!
Welcome Home Marine, Job Well Done.
Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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Yo Sgt. Grit,
Just a quick note to let you know how much you web site and all the work you put into it mean to us Keep up the great job.
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