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I want to say AMEN to Travis's letter. I have felt that way all along & hoped that I was not the only one. I pray every day that our troops could fulfill the task that they were sent over there to do & be able to come home soon but not pull out until it is completed.

Veterans Day Shirts We lost our grandson in the Al Anbar Province, he was patrolling the Jordanian border & was hit by 600lbs of explosives, he could have saved himself but instead chose to help in the attack of what they thought was a water truck, him & another buddy saved the rest of their platoon by the brave thing that they did. We are so proud of our Grandson Cpl. Matthew Wyatt & we are so grateful to him & others that made the ultimate sacrifice. I pray that the iraqis will be able to take control of their country so that we can be confident that our soldiers did not die in vein & that those who are still fighting can come home.

God Bless America & all our troops.
OOH-RAH & SEMPER FI
Proud Grandmother of a fallen Marine


Veterans Day Shirts This is my son in Iraq after a day that he thought would never end. Brian is a scout with 2d LAR, soon to come home from his second deployment. Brian celebrated (if you can call it that) his 21st birthday while he was there this time. This picture shows me so much emotion, and I respect my Son so much for his job of being a United States Marine ~~ Semper Fi

Barb, Proud MOM of LCpl Brian


"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman."
John Adams


Sgt Grit,
Semper Fi Marine! You have the best d*mn thing going here. Your newsletter and store are the best ways to stay connected, motivated, and up dated.

I just wanted to drop a note to all Marines in thanks for your time and service. No matter when, where, or for how long you served, YOU served! And you will always be a brother of mine. What prompts me to write this is the pride I feel reading your story's, experiences, letters of concern, and letters of encouragement / comfort. Whether to another Marine, or a mom, or family. We've all stuck together and showed that support; continuing to serve- in and out of active duty.

special newsletter signup I served from Feb. 89 to Feb. 93- that puts me at age 38 now. Over the past year, I was prompted to joined the Marine Corps League, Utah's Dixie #1270 Detachment; A fine group of salty Marines who have served from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I'm proud to join there ranks and serve with them NOW. Yes, "serve"! One of the concerns that I hear from not just our detachment, but also the VFW, and other groups is that " there aren't enough of us younger guys". I'm sure time is always an issue, especially when you have a family.

I sacrifice what time I can to this detachment, and to all that I can serve. The one thing that really gives me satisfaction is our support to those families who have lost there Marine. Weather he be 18, or 80 they have felt a loss, and we are always there to "Send Him Off!" We always speak to the family, and give our support.

In the 14 Aug 2008 news letter, the very first letter is from Bob Connely to Mrs. Wilson regarding the Loss of her Marine. Bob...I was touched by your words of comfort. I found hope and encouragement in those words that I felt could help others in that situation. So I hope you don't mind that we borrowed those words, added to, tweaked them a little and this is what we came up with. By the way, this is now standard for what we read at each "Send Off" we attend here in southern Utah.

"Ms. ____ no one - even those with the very best of intentions - can ever provide you with words that will ease the ache in your soul and the void in your heart resulting from your loss. But, please be assured of this: Mr. : did not just pass. He simply picked up a new set of orders, and moved to his new Duty Station. If you read the proper version of The Bible, you will find the proof in Genesis: "On the 7th day, God rested, and the Marines overran His perimeter and have been guarding The Zone ever since. As in the final verse of the Marines Hymn reads "If the Army and the Navy ever look on heavens scenes, they will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines". When you close your eyes to pray, take a look at that solid line of Proud Marines standing tall at the Gates of Heaven, and know that Mr.:- now a member of this most elite of Details - is looking on his family with pride, saying "I'll see you soon!" Semper Fi"

Thanks to you Mr. Connley. And to all of you who are now serving. My challenge to all of you who are no longer active duty, is to join your local MCL Detachment, and give a little bit of your time and service. There are those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and I know that I can afford to give more of myself.

SEMPER FI to all, and thanks for hearing me out.
Bryan Butas
Cpl 89 to 93


This past weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend the 50th Anniversary Air Show at Oceana NAS. The highlight of the event for me was Friday night after the event was over for the day.

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High gusty winds caused the cancellation of the fireworks display so most of the crowd was on the way out but I decided to head to the "O" Club, which was open to the public that night. I was very intimidated when my wife and I went in. I have never seen so many officers assembled in one place since I was a Sergeant with VMA-311 at DaNang in 1970. I was wearing my USMC ball cap when we went up to the "Ready-Room" bar and ordered a couple of drinks while I was eye-balling everything. Out of nowhere, I heard a voice say "excuse me sir, I don't want to tell you what to do but if the wrong person sees you wearing a cap in here, you will have to buy a round for the bar". I turned around to see an OD Flight suit with "Major Muller USMC" on the name tag. One thing led to another and by the end of the night I had talked to every USMC pilot in the place. A bond had instantly been formed between the old Corps and the new breed of pilots we have. I was proud to meet them and see the desire and professionalism in there faces. God Bless them all. They are a credit to the Corps and the USA. One question though, back between '67 and '73, the pilots were so old and now they are so young.....what happened

Semper Fi, Sam (former Sergeant of Marines H&MS-11, VMA-311


"I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form."

Calvin Coolidge


Hey Sgt. Grit,

I just want to say WELCOME HOME to all the Marines and Sailors that just returned home to Beaufort from Iraq with the VMFA-115 and MALS-31 squadrons.
Veterans Day Shirts This story begins on September 16th at 8am... Like any other excited wife, I was rushing around the house to get everything done, cleaned up, washed -- you name it. My husband was going to be home that day at 1430, and even if he did not notice how the house looked, I still wanted it perfect.

I grab a shower, make some breakfast and continue cleaning again. As noon SLOWLY approached... My neighbor and I decided to go out into town to pick up a few things before my husband arrived -- maybe to help time pass and to calm me down. As we were out, I get this call on my cell phone from a strange number -- thinking it was Caleb while he was waiting for his next flight, I picked it up and answered it.

I was half right. It was Caleb, but he was calling me to tell me: "Honey, I'm home! Where are you?" Panic stricken -- I rushed my neighbor back into the car and I thought I was going to have a heart attack driving back to the base. I had my ID out and ready, tapping it on the steering wheel, frantically trying to move through traffic. I kept looking in the mirror, trying to see what I looked like, fixing my hair because it was just -- not where I wanted it. Nothing had gone according to plan (courtesy of Marines). They arrived an hour, yes, an HOUR ahead of schedule and did not put it on the hot line until 15 minutes before they arrived.

For once, Marines are early!! Usually they're late a few hours or even days...

Veterans Day Shirts Once I had finally made it on base, and heading towards the 115 hanger, traffic got congested. Apparently I wasn't the only wife who had the same issue. Everyone and their brother was trying to get in. Once I got through the gate, I rushed to the parking lot, parked and sprinted towards the hanger. Once I got there, I began to search... and search... and search some more. Ten minutes later -- I see him. In an open area with some friends. We saw each other at the same time, and I bolted towards him, jumped into his arms, nearly knocking him to the ground. I kissed him, hugged him, and started to cry because I was so happy. I had waited 7 LONG months to finally be in his arms again, and for once in those 7 months, it wasn't a dream. It was REAL! He is finally home!!!

Though that day did not go according to plan -- it still happened. I didn't get to wear the dress or shoes that I had picked out, instead I was wearing a tank top and shorts with my flip flops and hair in a pony-tail -- it wasn't what I had pictured in my mind. But running into his arms -- I didn't care what I was wearing -- just that he was home and we were finally together again.

Thank you Sgt. Grit for all of your wonderful products and the newsletters you send out.

Sincerely PROUD Marine Wife to LCpl. Caleb Mudge who is SAFELY back home!!!!!!!!!
Alexa

"Distance is not for the fearful, it's for the bold. For those willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough..."


"Let the American youth never forget..."

Joseph Story


Sgt. Grit,

As a 17 year old poolee scheduled to leave january 5th for mcrd san diego, it was an honor of mine to meet 2 marine corps heroes the other night. See, my dad has started the heartland honor flights, to take world war ii veterans in and around omaha, ne, to see their world war ii memorial on a one day, all expense paid trip. So far he has taken about 500 veterans on 3 flights. The first flight was generously paid for by dan whitney, better known as larry the cable guy. After the first flight and all the media coverage it gained, money started pouring in. I went along As what's called a "guardian"to help the veterans, push wheelchairs, etc. It was truly an experience I'll never forget. These veterans who saved the world for democracy have wanted to see this memorial since it was built, but most have no way to get to d.c., since the youngest of them are about 83 Years old. And at a dying rate of about 1200 per day, this has to be done now. Anyways, monday september 15th was the pre- flight dinner the night before the two planes depart for d.c. My dad brought me over to 2 marines; one was in the invasion of iwo jima. The other was in the invasion of guam and was shot multiple times, and eventually led to the amputation of his leg. These men, and all veterans are truly heroes. One day I can only hope to be half as great as they are.

On a side note, there was a terminally ill Korean War Veteran that went along to see his Korean War Memorial. His doctor said his health wouldn't hold up for him to go. But he insisted he wanted to go because it was his dream. Well, he got his dream, and had a great experience. When he got home late that night, he went to bed and passed away. This goes to prove how urgent this is and we have to do it now.

I encourage everybody who reads this to go to www.honorflight.org, see if there state has an Honor Flight program, and submit an application for a WWII vet that you may know. Also, please consider donating.

Thanks
Max Williams
Omaha, NE


The following is the winning entry in an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term: This year's term was Political Correctness.

The winner wrote:

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"

R.J.Wiedemann.LtCol.USMC Ret.


"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."

Thomas Jefferson


As I was reading the last newsletter, I was overcome with the thought that I haven't seen anyone sounding off about pay call. When we would line up in front of a couple of tables, where a clerk would have us verify our name and service number, then we would step to the left, in front of the paymaster, who would read our name and amount to be paid.

Then the paymaster would count out the money, lay it in front of him, and we were to pick up the money, count it back to him, and say, "Sir, my pay is correct!", whereupon he would have us sign the printout.

Next in line was the company gunny or first sergeant with a bucket, or some large container, we would be advised to toss any loose change in, or to donate to whatever was the current charity.

I cannot remember when this stopped, seems it might have been in the late 60s.

Semper Fi
Terry Pinkerton
USMC, 2058386
GunnyPink 63-79


Dear SGT Grit,

I want to let you and your readers know how proud I am and how he came to be in Afghanistan.

During my son's senior year in high school he and I butted heads constantly. Mainly over his anti-American political views. At September 11 that all changed.

My son has never been to New York, didn't know anyone at the Towers, on the planes or at the Pentagon. Soon after 911 he enlisted in the USMC. He felt that someone had to do something that mattered, someone had to make a difference. He told me "Dad, we can't let this happen. The world has to know if you pick a fight with us we will fight back".

Needless to say, I was shocked that he was now going to be a Marine. Four boys (all of them friends of my son) from our small town area enlisted in the USMC almost simultaneously. I asked him why the Marines? He said; "because they make a difference".

I was so proud the day I saw him graduate at Parris Island and I was full of fear and pride the day he shipped out for Afghanistan. My son and all of the Marines past and present have my admiration. My son has chosen to be in harm's way for the greater good of our nation, just like every other Marine.

As I listen to other parents talk about their kid's being in college or having that great job; I smile and tell them my son is a United States Marine!! It's my son, because it has to be someone's son. He chose to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world.

Very proud Father of; LCPL Joshua M. Cole 24th MEU
Mike Cole


"If you want peace, understand war."

B. H. Liddell Hart


House Passes Jones Resolution Commemorating Fallen Heroes Of 1983
Beirut Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.
Res. 1421 - a resolution introduced by Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) to solemnly commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic October 1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, and to remember those who lost their lives and those who were injured. The resolution passed by a vote of 414 to 0.

Congressman Jones made the following remarks on the House floor:

"Mr. Speaker, on October 23, 1983, the War on Terrorism began when a truck filled with explosives detonated outside of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 of our servicemen. Between 1982 and 1984, 272 Marines, soldiers and sailors from 39 states and Puerto Rico lost their lives while serving as peacekeepers in Beirut."

"In these uncertain times we call upon the brave men and women of the military to overcome terror and defend the ideals that this great Nation was founded upon. One of my constituents, Charles Hall of Jacksonville, North Carolina, was called upon 24 ½ years ago and he served our country honorably in Beirut. Mr. Hall will be the first to tell you that the war on terrorism began well before September 11th."

"October 23rd of this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut. In the attack, 241 American heroes were lost: 220 Marines, 18 members of the Navy and 3 soldiers. The friends, family and comrades left behind by the Beirut peacekeepers will gather once again to pay their respects. Now is an appropriate time for the federal government to show its appreciation."

"Earlier this month, I introduced H. Res. 1421, a resolution to solemnly commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beirut bombing. I would like to thank the leadership on both sides of the aisle, the many members who cosponsored this resolution, and the House Armed Services Committee members and staff for their help in bringing this resolution to the floor today."

"Honoring these servicemen is one way for us to finally say, `Thank you for sacrificing your lives so that the rest of us could live free.' Recognizing those who served in Beirut will not just serve to further mourn their loss, but to celebrate the peace in the American spirit that was embodied in the mission of these fallen heroes."

"May we never forget those who have given their lives for this country, and those who are serving this country today."

For additional information, or to schedule an interview with Congressman Walter B. Jones, please contact Kathleen Joyce at (202)225-3415.


110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 1421
Solemnly commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragic October 1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut , Lebanon and remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured.

In The House Of Representatives

September 9, 2008
Mr. JONES of North Carolina submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services


RESOLUTION
Solemnly commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragic October 1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut , Lebanon and remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured.

Whereas on the morning of October 23, 1983, at approximately 6:20 a.m., a truck packed with explosives broke security and detonated outside of the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut , Lebanon;

Whereas 241 members of the Armed Forces of the United States were killed in the blast, and many more were injured;

Whereas a total of 273 members of the Armed Forces from 36 States across the United States were killed while serving in Beirut , Lebanon, from 1982 to 1984;

Whereas the members of the Armed Forces were part of a multinational peacekeeping force; and

Whereas the honor and sacrifice of the victims will never be forgotten: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives, on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut , Lebanon--

(1) honors and remembers the service and sacrifice of the victims of the bombing; and

(2) joins family and friends in mourning the victims who lost their lives in the tragic bombing.


"Look at an infantryman's eyes and you can tell how much war he has seen."
Bill Mauldin


hello everyone just wanted to say that I support the Marines and the wonderful job that they do. I have friends who are former Marines and some still serving now. I have been chatting to Marines and there families for 2 years now and have never met such wonderful, kind hearted, determined people in all my life and as someone who grew up around the Australian Army I know what being tough is all about. May you all be blessed with everything you do and never forget to salute someone who has served. We had some Marines come out last July to do war exercises with our Aussie Soldiers and I was in the local shopping mall having a hard time trying to push my very loaded up trolley down the escalator when 2 very nice gentlemen came along and said " do you need a hand mam" ( oh I love been called mam) they helped me down the escalator and even called a cab for me, if you guys are reading this again Thank-you for your help.

Semper Fi
Miss Allison Powell
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia


On Friday, 19 September, I attended the graduation of my wife's nephew and Godson at MCRD, Parris Island. As a member of Platoon 1064, he and 668 new Marines completed the course on a glorious day in South Carolina. As the PI Band played to a slow march, "Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina In The Morning".

When the platoons passed in review, resumed formation and the band played The Marines Hymn, we all stood straighter and prouder and wiped the stray sand fleas from our eyes.

Our Corps is in good hands. The young men and women I saw will see to that.

Semper Fidelis.

Hugh O. Hunt
Captain, USMCR
C-1-11, 1st Marine Division
1951-1952


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Lew Rockwell


Semper F! Our 18 year old son graduated from MCRDSD on 20 Sept 08. My wife and I flew out for the event. Sure brought back memories. I was in 2nd Bn, Golf Co, Plt 2120. Our son was in 2nd Bn, Golf Co, Plt 2149! He is home for 10 days then back to Camp Pendleton for SOI and Trac's School.

Budd (Duke) E Frye

GySgt USMC Ret


I loved the post this week from Jerry Barrett regarding a family tradition. Let me add mine. Sorry, no pics. My uncle Richard Wolter was a Navy Corpsman on Guadalcanal earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, then a Corpsman in Korea, one of the Chosin Few again earning a Purple Heart and this time a Silver Star as a Corpsman. Have a Pic of him receiving his Star in Korea in a snow and ice covered clearing By Gen. Smith. Myself, MARINE, serving 1969-1974, Vietnam. My eldest served with Security Force during the first Gulf War and Now my 'baby' is serving with 2nd LAR. I have 3 grandsons who all wear anything MARINE they can get their mitts on. Maybe, just MAYBE, we can carry this thing forever.
SEMPER FI
Jim Wolter
1969-1974


"He that makes a good war makes a good peace."

George Herbert


Beirut Remembrance Walk - 25th Anniversary of the Bombing of the Beirut Barracks 23 October, 1983, to benefit The Wounded Marine & Family Assistance Program and Veterans Memorial Day Tribute. In this first-time walk of remembrance, Doc Doolittle (Sgt. USMC 1/81 - 6/91, Marine Security Guard Beirut 7/85 - 7/86), challenges everyone to never forget the sacrifices that were made by our Marines, Sailors and Soldiers as he walks 271 miles from Virginia Beach, VA to the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. "Our goal is simple; we will organize a walk to honor our fallen brothers and their families", Doc states. This walk is to not only mark the 25th anniversary of that tragic event, but also to remember each Service Member's life lost in Lebanon from 1982 - 1984. It is so friends, family of the fallen, veterans and anyone else has an opportunity to walk a mile for one of our own that were killed in country. The walk will kick-off on 1 October in Virginia Beach, VA and cover 271 miles (one for each man lost), and will culminated at the Beirut Memorial (Jacksonville, NC; just outside Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base) on 23 October, 2008. In Doc’s words, “I am walking to remember those Marines, Sailors and Soldiers that "Gave All" during that period. I know a number of family members and veterans and it is the least I can do to show honor to them and the memory of the fallen.” A $10 donation will provide lodging, food and support transportation on the walk and all monies over and above costs will be divided equally and sent to the two sponsors listed below. For further information on how you can be involved, please contact Doc Doolittle at remember_peacekeepers_walk_2008 (at) hotmail.com

The Wounded Marine & Family Assistance Program

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Lansdale, Pa Marine Becomes one of Billboard 'Poster Boy'

He served his country with pride and bravery and on Monday, a local Marine was honored at Philadelphia City Hall.

Marine Sgt. Nicholas J. Galante, a native of Lansdale, cut the ribbon for a new Marine Corps ad that celebrates his bravery in Iraq. Galante, 23, is a graduate of North Penn High School.

The ad is called "Hometown Marine" and it will be featured on billboards running on Philadelphia's public bus system starting this fall.

"I wanted to be a Marine since I was a little kid, I love the United States of America," Galante said.

Galante was selected to represent the Marine Corps based on his performance as a squad leader with Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, in Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2007.

Last March Galante single-handedly took out three terrorists. In that same month, he was recognized for leading the suppression of a planned terrorist attack and again eliminating three more terrorists. Galante received a Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his role in these engagements.

The billboards will show Galante wearing the Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform, complete with medals earned throughout his career. The advertisement reads: "Lansdale's Own Hometown Marine, Sgt. Nicholas J. Galante - Bronze Star with Combat 'V for Valor' Recipient."

"He's a leader, not a follower. I don't know where he's going to go but I know his heart is with the soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, so I can see him going back with them," Galante's mother Barbara said.

Hometown Marines is a national campaign. The campaign features ten Marines across the country, all of whom have distinguished themselves during the ongoing Global War on Terror.

Billboards of each Marine will run only in his hometown and surrounding communities.


Thank you for the Marine screensaver and wallpaper.
I have them on my work and home computers, and have just added it to my Think Pad.
I was never a Marine, but I raised one. He is in San Diego earning his Eagle, Globe and Anchor as we speak. I have no doubt that he will, I know him. I have this screen saver to remind me every day that my son has decided to stand between his family and those who would take our lives and our freedom.

Thank you,
John Vercoe


"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."

Emiliano Zapata


Sgt G,

Here’s one for you and your readers:

During 1976 while stationed on Okinawa (Camp Kinser), I had the honor and privilege to catch duty during a Typhoon. Once Typhoon condition 1 was called, we were required to wear flak jackets and helmets when outside (and that was limited to emergency only).

I received a call from the Japanese police out of Naha. With the broken English all I could make out was something about "Flying Marines".

I grabbed my driver and we drove down to the beach where they said this event was happening. Upon arrival, we watched a couple of drunk Marines (MP's of all things), wearing only PT shorts, tied bed sheets around their ankles and were holding the other side over their back/shoulders. When the gusts would hit (some well over 150mph), they were flying (some were getting off the ground 15-20 feet!)

The problem was when they landed; they hit the coral so they had blood from their knees and elbows. My driver and I escorted these young fly boys to Camp Kuwi as they were going to have issues with the coral poisoning. Yea, they swelled up quite a bit by the next morning.

First time in my life I experienced flying Marines...

Semper Gumby (always flexible)
Frederick C. Montney III
MSgt, USMC Retired


Sgt. Grit:
I liked the article by HM3 P. Roy, RE: "The Struggle." Having served as a regular Navy Corpsman and an FMF Corpsman, I sympathize with his dilemma. Best answer I can give is: "Once you go FMF you never go back." I can honestly say I probably should have signed up as a Marine. But being an FMF Corpsman was the second best thing. My time serving with Marines in and out of country is what I remember most of my short service time, 3+ years. And the friends I made then and make now through military contacts usually tend to be Marines and FMF Corpsman. Good luck Doc Roy and hope you can solve your dilemma some day, not that it is that bad of a dilemma.
Semper Fi
HM3 Glenn Smith
India 3/7- 2nd Platoon; CAP Charlie 4 and First Shore Party Batt.
1964-1967


"Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions - The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth."

George Washington


In reference to Doc Roy and his struggle, I too served on both the blue and the green side of the fence. My simple answer to you is to simply be "Doc".

No matter which side I talk to I simply refer to myself as "Doc". The green side immediately knows what that means and the blue side understands it. I took a phrase out of a Christmas Poem and had it tattooed on my arm. It goes "I fight for freedom, I ask not for more, My life is My God, My Country, My Corps." In this case I use the Corps for both the Hospital Corps and for my time with the Marine Corps. Be proud of both and just be Doc.

Doc Higgins,
75-97


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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower



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