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Merry Christmas from Sgt Grit and Staff

Christmas message from Sgt Grit:

OK...this is my page so I am going to ramble on like an old fool for a few minutes. Remember as a kid waking up on Christmas morning to the possibility of a miracle. That is, getting the bike with the special handle bars you always wanted, the leather basketball, the GI Joe. Today it is an iPod or electronic games. But the expectation that anything is possible is still there. To me this is uniquely American.

At one time as Americans we thought we could do anything. Defeat the British and start a country based on a revolutionary new view. Westward expansion and its massive development. Leading the world in railroads, automobiles, aviation, computers and many others. As a kid, I can remember JFK challenging the country to be on the moon by 1969. We did, I was on radio watch in the FDC center in Vietnam and to this day can remember how proud I was of my country to have accomplished that goal. (Am I rambling yet.)

I can remember arriving at MCRD San Diego, May 29th 1968 with a sense of anticipation which quickly turned to fear when the DI got on the bus. I can remember my first attempt at climbing the rope on the obstacle course. I have never been blessed with a lot of upper body strength and climbing that rope seemed "IMPOSSIBLE". I did it! And to this day I can remember saying to myself, these guys are making me do things I didn't think I could do. I like this. I can do a lot more than I think I can. What's next?

I imagine most Marines have had a similar moment of awareness. That's the gift the Marine Corps gave me. The Corps and my DI's challenged me. I responded and am a better person for what Corps allowed me to do. To me that is what America is all about: anticipation, expectation, challenge, accomplishment, miracles. What a great country. God Bless America!

Merry Christmas
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

Sgt. Grit, I served with "Golf" Company 2/1 Marines in Vietnam 1966-67 just south of DaNang. It was December of that year and being a Marine Grunt unit we had our share of patrols, ambushes, & operations that month. Many of the Marines would talk of Christmas past at home with Family & Friends. In our Battalion rear area we had a large tent for our Platoon. Marines were receiving Christmas cards in the mail. These were hung on comm wire around the inside of the tent. I was all of 20 years old at the time and wanted a Christmas tree for our tent. Where do you find a Christmas tree in Vietnam? Christmas trees don't grow in this tropical climate. But I did remember out by the edge of our Battalion perimeter there was a small scraggly tree much like a little pine tree. So with my rifle (M-14) and trusty Marine Corps issue combat knife I headed out to the edge of the perimeter to cut our Christmas tree. Dragging this scraggly tree back to our Platoon tent the other Marines laughed when I told them it was our Christmas tree. This scraggly little tree had all of five limbs. It was as close to a Christmas tree to be found in Vietnam. I set it up at the back of our tent.

There are no Christmas tree decorations at the Battalion PX, so I set about making my own. I dre`1w patterns of angels, snow flakes, and stars. We always had empty drink cans around the tent. I cut the ends off the cans and then split them down the side. Once laid out flat I traced the patterns on them. After I cut out a few with scissors and the Marines laughing saw how they looked, they quickly wanted to help. Here's about a dozen Marines sitting around cutting out Christmas tree ornaments. Soon we had the little tree covered with these homemade ornaments. But there were no lights for the tree. Even with no electricity that was not a problem. I took another empty can and cut a slit from top to bottom. Then at each end of this slit I cut another slit across at the top & bottom. Then I folded back the two sides. Inside I placed a candle. In Vietnam with no electricity Marines always had plenty of candles. Thru the hole in the top of the can I hung a piece of comm wire. I lit the candle and hung it on the tree. The other Marines were anxious to make more of these candle lanterns.

It wasn't long until this little scraggly tree took on the appearance of a real Christmas tree. Marines have a knack for making do with little or nothing. Now looking back after all these years that was one of my best Christmas ever.
Merry Christmas & Semper Fi,
Sgt. Maddog Gatlin U.S.M.C.

Santa Claus Training (Youtube Video)

Subject: Fwd: Official Visit of LtGen Santa Claus

TO: ALL Marines

FROM: Goode, U. B., Commanding Officer

RE: Operation Order 12-11-08 for: Official Visit of LtGen Santa Claus

1. An official staff visit by LtGen Claus is expected at your house on 25 Dec. The following directives govern activities of all Young Marines, during the visit.

a. Not a creature will stir without permission. This includes warrant officers and mice. Marines may obtain special stirring permits for necessary administrative action through the Battalion S-1. Officer stirring permits must be obtained through the Deputy, Post Plans and Policy Office.

b. All personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap NLT 2200 hours, 24 December. Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, Cotton, Light Weight, General Purpose, OG, and Cap, Utility woodland pattern, with ear flaps in the extended position. Equipment will be drawn from the supply room prior to 2130. While at supply, all personnel will review their personal hand receipts and sign a Cash Collection Voucher, DD Form 1131, for all missing items. Remember, this is the "season of giving."

c. Personnel will utilize standard "MRE" ration sugar plums for visions to dance through their heads. Sugar plums are available in "MRE" ration sundry packs and should be eaten with egg loaf, chopped ham, and spice cake to ensure maximum visions are experienced.

d. Stockings, Wool, Cushion Sole, will be hung by the chimneys with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fires caused by carelessly hung stockings. 1st Sgts will submit stocking handling plans to S-3, Training prior to 0800, 24 Dec. All GySgts will ensure their subordinate personnel are briefed on the safety aspects of stocking hanging.

St Patrick's Day Shirt coming Jan. 5th 2009 e. At first [sign] of clatter, all personnel will spring from their beds to investigate and evaluate the cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw up the window sashes. On order OPLAN 7-98 (North Pole), para 6-8 (c) (3), dated 4 March, this office, takes effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash throwing. SNCOs and NCOs will be familiar with procedures and are responsible for seeing that no shutters are torn or sashes thrown in house prior to the start of official clatter.

f. Prior to 0001, date of visit, all personnel possessing Standard Target Acquisition and Night Observation (STANO) equipment will be assigned "wandering eyeball" stations. The Company GySgt will ensure that these stations are adequately manned even after shutters are torn and sashes are thrown.

g. The Battalion S-4, in coordination with the National Security Agency and the Motor Pool will assign on each Sleigh, Miniature, M-24 and eight reindeer, tiny, for use by LtGen Claus. The assigned driver must have a current sleigh operator's license with roof top permit and evidence of attendance at the winter driving class stamped on his DA Form 348. Driver must also be able to clearly shout "On Donner, On Dancer, etc."

2. LtGen Claus will initially enter house through the Company Office. All houses without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M6A2 for use during the visit. Draw chimney simulator on DA Form 2765-1 which will be submitted in four copies to the S-4 prior to 23 Dec. Personnel will ensure that chimneys are properly cleaned before turn-in at the conclusion of visit.

3. All SNCOs and NCOs will be rehearsed in the shouting of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" or "Merry Christmas To All and To All a Good Night." This shout will be given upon termination of the visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of each Company GySgt.

Semper Fidelis,
Commanding Officer

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen t you. You will find me when you seek me with all of your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Merry Christmas Sgt. Grit, My son, LCpl. Brett Kelley is spending his first Christmas in Iraq. His third Christmas away from his family while serving our great country.

He is 21 years old and the light of my life. I wanted to thank you for your newsletter and all the information I receive from it. It never fails to answer a question for me before I have a chance to even ask it. It has been a burden of mine as a mom to have Brett coming home in March from Iraq without any family to be at their platoons homecoming. Brett has been stationed in Okinawa, Japan for the last 1 1/2 years. So his homecoming from Iraq will be in Okinawa.

It made me sad but happy to read about the mom and her sister getting to see her son's homecoming in Camp Lejeune, NC. Wow! That had to be better than Boot Camp graduation!

What I would give to be at Brett's homecoming from Iraq! As I read on in your newsletter I had a heavy heart and thought about Brett's homecoming in March. That's when I started to read the email from a Lori Haynes about volunteers welcoming the single Marines back from their deployment when they had no family there with them. My heart is so happy to know that Brett will be welcomed with a hug and a warm smile from (Hopefully) a mom that will remind him what a great job he has done and how his family must be so proud! Because, believe me, if there were any way possible, I would be there with open arms to welcome home my only son! Thank you so much Volunteers! My prayers have been answered and my fears calmed.
God Bless YOU and Merry Christmas!
Relieved and Proud Marine Mom!
Robbin Davison
Sylacauga, Alabama

I would just like to say

Welcome Home 2/7 FOX Co. MARINES !

Have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year

Job well done.
Lori Fernandez

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition."
Thomas Jefferson

Marine Hummer Sgt. Grit,

I love this news letter and came across these two pictures I wanted to share. I was with 3rd Bn 6th Marines from 1988 to 1990. Unfortunately my Marine Corps career was cut short due to medical issues. I was honorably discharged and returned to my hometown in 1990. I became a Police Officer in 1994, and still am today, which takes me to the two pictures I submitted. During our 16th of July festival this year, I was patrolling the area where most of the vendors set up. I saw this awesome SUV circling around the block. I remembered I had my camera with me at that time. About the third time the vehicle crossed my path I pulled out of my parking spot, and activated my warning lights, stopping the vehicle. As I approached the SUV the window rolled down. I asked the young Marine Staff Sergeant that was driving if he was lost. He stated yes, and asked how to get to the festival. I got a big smile and said I'll tell you if you take my picture with this truck. We pulled into the American Legion parking lot which was close by and the Staff Sergeant snapped my picture. After we exchanged a couple of stories, he stated " Ya know, when you pulled me over I got nervous, I thought I did something wrong. Thank God it was one of us".
Sgt Mavilla with Marine Hummer I must say it made me feel good to hear a current Marine refer to me as one of them by saying "US". Once A Marine Alwats A Marine! It's good to see there is still the same camaraderie between the old and the new. Thanks for a great news letter and Thank you Staff Sergeant. You made my 16th of July 2008.

Sergeant Sam Mavilla
New Jersey

"It is better to be envied than to be pitied."

Sgt Grit,
As a Navy Corpsman, FMF qualified, and having spent 11 years with my wonderful Jarheads, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every Marine, Active Duty and Retired, and those former Marines I wish all of you a very Merry Chrismas, and a Happy New Year! For those that can not be home with their families, I want to say THANK YOU for being where you are, and for doing what you do.

The 11 years I spent FMF are the most memorable of my 20 year Navy career. Thank you for all that you taught me... It has served me the rest of my life.

For those that have Marines who won't be coming "home", believe that they are not forgotten and will live forever in the memories of their friends and loved ones. As the Marine told St Peter on his rounds late one night... "Carry on, St Peter. We are on watch and all is secure!"


Addison "Tex" Miller
Khe Sanh RVN, Dec 67-Aug68

Dear Sgt. Grit,

I wanted to say first, thank you for your service and running this incredibly awesome website. My fiance is currently serving in Iraq and with all of the orders I have placed through your website it has put so many smiles on his face I cannot even tell you. Well, I am very avid about saying ,'Thank You for your service', to all and any military man or woman that I ever see in uniform. For example, this past summer I decided to travel down south to take some R&R. As we landed in Savannah, Georgia and unloaded into the airport I realized I needed a cup of coffee. I was exhausted and needed to wake up, because I needed to get a car and drive to South Carolina. As I am standing in line, I saw this gentleman in front of me with a long black trench coat and a cover on that looks like the same cover that goes with the dress blue uniform. So I tap this gentleman on the shoulder and he turns to me and I say, 'Thank you for your service.' He says in a strong New Zealand accent, 'oh well you are welcome. Were you on my flight?' Then it dawns on me that this gentleman was a pilot, dah! I turned 12 shades of Marine Corps red and just politely said, 'Oh yes and it was the most pleasant flight I have ever experienced'. I just then turned around and walked on my merry way still 12 shades of red in my face. He definitely knew I screwed up and I guess wanted to help me out by thinking of a cover up. As embarrassed as I was, that little mishap does not discourage me from thanking any person I see in uniform even if they are non-military related. I just look closer now.

Civilian getting ready to marry into the military!

"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."
Thomas Paine

Jingle Bell Run 2008 Start Team "Trying To Raise Money For Our Grunts" did it's first Holiday run to honor our Heroes.
What better way to remind people that we have many, many heroes thousands of miles away from their loved ones this holiday season and to honor those whose families will never spend another holiday with them, no? I sported 22 pounds of gear as well as pictures of some of the fallen Marines from units we have supported. Yep, I have them hanging off the back of my pack to so that folks could see em coming and going

Jingle Bell Run 2008 Finish Thanks in large part to the hundreds of Sgt Grit Readers who have supported us and our efforts, Support Our Marines, Inc will actually hit our 08 fundraising goal! I have made new friends all over the country who have humbled and inspired me daily and, better yet, have helped us to send our 3700th package to our Marines forward deployed. OORAH

Semper Fi

Dianne Villano
Support Our Marines, Inc

Memorial service for fallen soldier at Atlanta Airport Sgt. Grit,
This was the scene at my local airport where I have my office in Atlanta (PDK) where they brought a soldier home. We were all teary eyed and stood at attention as the casket was moved. Brings back bad memories. At least this time, we care.
Sgt. D R George

"Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."
George Washington

I read the letters with great anticipation when I receive your email. As the daughter, niece and mother of Marines sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry but all are appreciated and loved. This is the first Christmas with out my Dad, he left us in September to continue his battles in the sky with the rest of his Marine friends, but the season will be easier with this forum and all of the wonderful people who share their love of country and Marines.

God love us everyone.

Dear Sgt Grit,
Our son is in Japan, awaiting his next training session in California to head to Iraq. We miss our Marine, he is my youngest of 4. Another Christmas without him. We are so very proud of him, and wait for his safe return home to us. We love you Kevin.

A Very Proud Marine Mom and Dad and Brothers
Merry Christmas and Stay safe
Family of LCPL Riquinha, Kevin,A
love Mom, Dad, Keith,Nick, Mike, and Stacey, and many Family
members here in New Bedford , Massachusetts

"The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head."
Noah Webster

from left to right USMC Mike Doak, USMC Ray Heminover, UNS Corpsman Stanley Page, USMC Bill Walker We stood the new poles and flags 10 Nov 2008 to honor LCpl Anthony Grundy from Henryetta, Ok. It was wet and cold, that did not matter and at 0800 we had the flags flying.

11 Nov 2008 we held a ceremony to honor all veterans

from left to right USMC Mike Doak
USMC Ray Heminover
UNS Corpsman Stanley Page
USMC Bill Walker

Hello Sgt Grit.

I recently attended a graduation exercise at Parris Island for a friends son, and was overwhelmed with pride seeing all these young Marines both men and women starting out with their new titles of United States Marines. A lot had changed since I was in their shoes back in 1957 and in 1958 but the proud feeling of each and every one of them was very visible as it was with me. I also noticed that the amount of friends and relatives attending was overwhelming.
This was 50 years ago for me but the memories are still fresh in my mind. Congratulations to every one of you.
Mike Wenzel GySgt retired
1957 - 1977

"[T]here is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust."
James Madison

Dear Sgt. Grit,

I have a little MRE story. When our boys joined the Marines, they did it together. So we heard every story that they had twice. They were singled out allot because they were brothers, but they are both glad that they went in at the same time. Not so their mom! The empty nest was awful. Ask my poor husband, I cried at the drop of a hat.

But when they came home from boot camp, what a wonderful time we had. We had flown out to California to watch them graduate. That was a thrill, really made us proud. Talked to allot of the parents and we were the only ones there with two Marines.

They came home for ten days before they went to their duty stations and brought some MRE's home to share with us. What an experience. We ate them just like they ate them in boot camp, COLD! We chewed the coffee and ate chicken something, and then ate the wonderful desert. I now have allot more respect for the Marines than I had ever had before. Not only did we eat the thing cold, but we had to do it in ten minutes because that was all the time that they had been allotted to eat them in the field!

I look at our two sons today and know that even that little MRE story, helped to make them the men that they are today. I could not be more proud of them.

Pati Koeniguer, Semper Fi

Semper Fi #1 at Riverside National Cemetery SGT. GRIT,

I would like to tell you about a great group of former MARINES I found out about 2 years ago. The group is called SEMPER FI #1 We are all volunteers. We have about 70 members, active and inactive. ,Once a month we provide full military honors to Veterans at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside Ca. We usually do about 10- 15 funerals each duty day which is the 2nd Friday of each month. The branch of service does not matter. They are Veterans who earned and deserve this honor and it is our privilege to give them the full respect they deserve. The comments and thanks that we get from the families just adds to the pride we get from doing these services. We have men & women who drive 2-3 hours 1 way to be there on our duty day. The unit is just a great bunch of people from all walks of life with one thing in common, we are still MARINES. The pride we all get when we put on our Dress Blues on that 1 day each month cannot be expressed fully to you. The unit was formed 11 years ago and gets stronger each year. We are always looking for new members. If you are a Honorably discharged MARINE and would like to serve again in our unit, you can contact our president Mac Mcclain at jmksmcclain [at] or at 909-225-2346 for more information.
Steve Fisher former SGT. of MARINES 1ST. Recon Vietnam 68-69

"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fvck with me, I'll kill you all."
Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

LCpl Leonard's Christmas Tree decorated by his mother The top of LCpl Leonard's Christmas Tree decorated by his mother My son went to boot camp Oct. 15, 2007 / graduated 1/11/08 ~ graduated MCT 3/3/08 - graduated MOS at a FIELD MP 6/11/08 and departed 9/26/08 for the SAND till April 09. This is our 2nd year apart during all the holidays that mean so much to family along with his birthday in April. When he signed we all did and with pride and love for him and our GREAT COUNTRY I take one day at a time till he is back on American soil. I have decorated his room with 2 trees that will be up till he returns with his Christmas waiting for him. I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your newsletters, site and store. They have all helped me a GREAT deal and my husband SWEARS to people that we now have a Marine museum and that Sgt. Grit calls me when they need something that they don't have in stock. HA HA! I have filled my home and wardrobe with MANY wonderful things from your store and hope someday to be able to visit you in Oklahoma and hug the necks of those that assist me in my collecting. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

LCPL Leonard in the SAND

"Freedom is Not Free But a US MARINE will pay most of your share." ~ Ned Dolan

"The storms of life no more indicate the absence of God than clouds indicate the absence of the sun." ~John Blanchard

God Bless America quilt exhibit in Iraq Dear Sgt Grit -

God Bless America Quilts in Baghdad
I hope you can share the info below and attached photo with other military and their families.
After touring the United States, 42 quilts from the God Bless America exhibit are on display at The Stables, Camp Striker, Baghdad, Iraq now through February. These 22" quilts were made by men and women all over the US, to represent various patriotic themes. Profits from exhibit rentals go to make quilts for wounded soldiers. To see photos of all the quilts - go here

Joan Ballew

To The Shores Of Tripoli and Somalia? (Article)

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
Yogi Berra

Dear Sgt Grit,

I was amazed to read the story of Chief Lou Legarie submitted by retired Gunnery Sgt Ray WestPhal I had the privilege of attending FMF combat corpsman training at Camp Delmar from Nov 66 to Feb 67 I remember to this day reporting in and seeing his picture hanging on the wall in his Marine uniform with the caption underneath "WAR IS H&LL" As other corpsman reported in he said it was too late to start class during the holidays and assigned twelve of us corpsman to various duties cutting the grass ,painting the rocks along the road making nice rake marks in the dirt (which I still practice today at my own home) We, walked the streets of Ocean Side in our Marine uniforms although we had not graduated yet .A trip or two to TJ to sight see (sort of ) The Chief even took us to his home in Carlsbad for a home cooked dinner .Christmas was approaching and the Chief called us in .Take off he said you got seven days leave. Shocked my buddy and I took a hop from San Bernadino heading south .Landed in GA ,hitchhiked to Louisville where we scrambled enough money to fly standby to Chicago after changing into our Marine uniforms .Up for over 24hrs my buddy and I parted at O'Hare where I took two buses to my grandmothers With five days of eating raviolis and whatever .Time to return .My aunt bought me a ticket back and I was to meet my buddy With a bad snowstorm I was able to get out but my buddy was no where to be found . Reporting back in the chief tore up our leave chits no charge he said Two days later my buddy made it back The chief said he was grounded to the base (sort of )This was a memory I never forgot of the 12 corpsman Two were KIA one of whose remains were brought home and identified May 2005 To Gunnery Sgt Westphal if you have contact with Chief" Leaping Lou" Legarie .Tell him thanks for all his service with the Marines .I am proud to have served as a Fleet Marine Force Combat Corpsman and owe a great memory of my time at Camp Delmar to him Frank Morelli CLASS of JAN 67

I wish you well
I am a daughter of a former Marine
I march in the ANZAC parade with the USA group in Perth Australia ANZAC is Australia and New Zealand's Service men and woman's day My dad served in the Marines during WWII He passed away in 1982 My son was killed at his work in an accident 22 yrs ago age 23yrs So I know what it is like to loose a son and a Marine God Bless you and all who are serving the USA Jan

"Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in H&ll can overrun you!"
Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

To all Marines who are in harms way this holiday season I want to wish you the very best that life has to offer. Shoot straight and get the bast*rd before he gets you. You will be missed if you get stupid and I do not know any stupid living Marines. In many ways I wish I was with you.

Best Wishes
R.M. Williams Capt. U.S.M.C. Ret

Three future Marines sporting their tattoos Sgt. Grit: attached is a picture of my three kids - all wearing temporary tattoos ordered from your website. My 13-year-old son, Wyatt, is PFC in the Treasure Valley Young Marines. When he graduates high school he wants to enlist to become a warrior. Casi and Morgan (both 4 1/2) are very proud of their big brother (as am I). Thanks for all you do!

Semper Fi
Ronda Webber
Marine Mom-To-Be

"Courage is endurance for one moment more..."
Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam

6 years ago my nephew, then a young corporal, was grousing a bit about restrictions on what they could not do in the barracks during Christmas.

He sent it in the form of a poem which I have to confess ticked me off a bit. In a couple of hours I composed a response to him which I hoped would set him on the right track and adjust his brain housing group. Below is what I sent him.

Next month he heads back to Iraq. This time not as an air winger, but as a SSgt and the team leader for a police transition team. He just finished the school at Camp Pendleton where he was the honor graduate amongst the officers and enlisted.

Thought maybe if you knew some other young, struggling NCO, it might help them.

Semper fi,
Donald Milsop

'Twas the night before Christmas, 1943
Task force off New Britain, No embarkation leave troops bedded
down, Quiet fear hoping tomorrow the beach would be clear

Steak and eggs in the morning, No fast
For after tomorrow, It Was months of C-Rats enjoy a last night
in a soft and dry bunk the next few months will be nothing but
No dry clothes, Just a mud hole for home leaches and dengue and
OP's alone grieving for buddies as they carried them rearwould
they go bravely if needed they feared?

A job to do, Remember the mission
Wish they'd listened closer each lesson
Now turn the clock forward, To a time not so far and think about
who you really are

There's a legacy left for you to waer
Of a small little emblem, 'Bout which i care wear it with honor
for it's price was the blood of thousands of men who lived in the mud

Who wished for an hour or more in your boots to share one more
Christmas among the troops in a place where it's dry with no
fear of death who knew how to cherish the simple things best

Am I the man to fill their shoes
Or just moan away and sing the blues
Do I have what it takes to take their place am I fit to wear the
boots that I lace

On this special night
Forgetting my own simple plight
For this is a night which changed us all the good for mankind
who answered a call Look back at the pictures from 1943
See the marines in the mud on their knee a chaplain standing in
spite of snipers mixing among the young lads and lifers

Never forget them, the price that they paid on this Christmas
night, would you care to trade?

"My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter. He has far more guts, courage, and better officers... These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost."
2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II

"It's a funny thing, but, as years go by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a United States Marine... People will tell me what a shame it was I had to go back into the service a second time, but I'm kinda glad I did.. Besides, I am a U.S. Marine and I'll be one till I die."
Ted Williams

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Merry Christmas Marines!
Semper Fi
Sgt Grit

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