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This morning my current battalion HQ BN 1st Mar Div had our 1st Mar Div anniversary run. It was a typical boots and utes run but afterwards caught me off guard usually we stretch and go back to our companies to finish work before getting released for weekend liberty. Spring Break Iraq Shirt Special But our Colonel and Sgt. Major had brought a guest speaker to tell us a little history about the division. I forget his name but he has left a lasting impression on me. He talked about how the Corps has changed from when he was in till now he, told us how he was made a officer because of the shortages and how once the war was over he was put back in the enlisted ranks he went from Lt. to Captain in a matter of years and was made a Master Sgt. then a Master Guns. But after a long career in the Corps he was retired as a Captain. Also he was known by president Eisenhower by his first name when serving at the White House but he says nobody is amazed by that there all amazed that he was a drill instructor when R. Lee Ermey was a recruit.

The one that did make the biggest impression was a quote he said I hope I get it right. He started by saying that there is three types of people in the world. The first are the sheep who are ordinary people who are not violent and are caring then there is the wolves who are the terrorist or evil who are violent and are evil human beings and the last are the sheep dogs that us 'Marines' who believe in evil and are here to protect the sheep from the wolves.

LCpl Sparks, S
HQ BN 1st MarDiv.

Picture of Rathkey in camoflauge Picture of Rathkey as a Marine and a smaller image of him when he was younger Dear Sgt. Grit,

My son just deployed with 1/1. I am so proud of him, and all our Marines ! OOHRAH! He was working at a part time job just floating around after graduation from high school.. A retired Marine he worked with kept telling him he would never make in the Corps. Everyday my son would take the bus home, and the bus would drive by the recruiter building. One day he called me and said "Mom I did it!"... and the rest will be history.


Display of 6 pictures featuring 2 helicopter photos, and photos of 4 Marines Today's date is January 22 2009. This marks the 5th year of the passing of our son Cpl. Joshua Harris. He along with 3 other Marines died when their Huey helicopter struck tower 197 in Talega Canyon. The other three Marines were Capt. Michael Lawlor, Capt. Adam Miller and Sgt. Lori Privette. This canyon is on the northern perimeters of Camp Pendleton. These Marines deployed to Kuwait in January of 2003 where they served 10 months flying numerous missions into Iraq. My son came home in October and then again during Christmas of 2003. January 22 2004 these Marines were on a training flight using NVG's, they were to be redeployed in April. This was the day that determined these 4 Marines where not to come home again.

Since this time the Wife and I have traveled to Camp Pendleton and I really appreciated meeting the flight line of MAG-39 and the members of HMLA 169. It is true of the family feelings Marines have towards each other. I experienced it first hand. Even though the parents of the rest of the crew are from different parts of the country, Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina and we are from Florida, we had the opportunity to meet. Yes, we share a common bond but I believe we have also developed a lasting friendship.

My thoughts are with the brave parents of and the Bravest of the Brave, the USMC.
Charles Harris

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Cold War Warriors... I want to do Cold War t-shirt, mouse pads, etc...
I need some catch words, phrases, ideas.
Email your ideas to me at:

Sgt Grit

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Declaration of Independence

For the past several months, we have been on this roller coaster ride with our son Matthew, the first of the two Marine sons currently serving in Iraq on the same base with his brother.

"Clear out my bedroom Mom" he would say over the phone. "Is there room for my furniture?" he would ask. "This is your home and whatever help or assistance you need we will be here for you!" we would reply. "If plans are for you to get in school, no rent here!", we let him know. Our biggest concern was his commitment to school and we would do whatever he needed to concentrate on higher education, financial needs would not be his worry.

"Dad, plan on riding with me and my "stuff" in July," Matthew said needing a second driver for the long haul home. David already had the dates on his calendar.

Constantly in the last few months, Matthew asked for our opinion, but we were careful with our response:

Matthew, The only person you have to prove anything to is YOU.

Sgt M. re-enlisting Then we receive:

I am re-enlisting as soon as my package comes back approved. It's just what I have to do. When on XMAS day I'm out in the field sleeping in a tent and cold as h&ll, but I'm surrounded by a group of guys who I can laugh and have a good time with even in a sh@#$$y situation, I will never find that anywhere else but the Marine Corps. Or when someone is short on money and needs help, you have every Marine trying to help you out, you don't get that anywhere else but the Marine Corps. Or when all of y'all are at a bar and someone tries to pick a fight with you, well that person just picked a fight with everyone that you are with b/c you mess with one Marine you mess with all of them. Or just the pride of wearing the Uniform, and to be able to call yourself a United States Marine, b/c that is the greatest feeling in the world. There is nowhere else I can work and act like a little kid all the time, and just have fun. Deep down I love this sh#$! I'm going to re-enlist and do 20 yrs and become a Chief warrant officer, b/c I love being a Marine! This is my career path and if I get out, the civilian world just is not for me. I like getting dirty, yelling, shooting the rifle, and being able to wear this uniform. Family Member Shirt Special

I would miss this too much. I'm a freaking Marine, how many ppl can say that!

David and I have always told our kids we would support them no matter what they wanted to do (as long as it is legal and they can support themselves), because the most important thing in life is to love what you do. This is what Matthew loves to do and we are proud of him.

Dear Sgt. Grit,

I am the proud Mom of a Marine who is serving in Iraq and my second son is now at MCRD getting ready to become a Marine. People ask me why I allowed my sons to join up and all I can say is "That it can't always be someone else's son." I am honored to have given birth to those two boys who chose to become one of the best a United States Marine!

I want to thank you for supporting those who have served and are serving now.

Proud Mom of 2 Marines,
Cindy Peckham

"There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained."
George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789

That's Duke Over My Right shoulder A few days ago, I had the pleasure of getting together with a guy I hadn't seen since we graduated from boot camp with Platoon 145 in September of 1962 at MCRD San Diego. Henry 'Hank' Glees and I spent a couple of hours, swapping stories about boot camp and our time in the Corps. Turns out we both served a couple of months over four years and got out within five days of each other. Hank went to Sea School after graduation and spent a couple of years on one of those small aircraft carriers (I forget the name). He said he met John Wayne and brought a copy of the picture he had as proof. He gave the copy to me and I would like to share it with you. That's Hank just over the Duke's right shoulder. The time frame is sometime in 1963 or 1964 and the place is on a flat-top out of San Diego bound for Hawaii.

The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.

Note: This is a reprint of a story from last week with the MIA photo.

Hi Sgt Grit,

My name is Kara Peterson and I am new to your website. I found your story so interesting!

I had three grandfathers. One on my dad's side, and two on my mother's of with one was a step, and the closest to us. My grandfather on my father's side served in WW1, died about 40 years ago. My other two grandfathers on my mother's side both were in WW2.

Only one is still living. My grandfather was in the air force and a pilot, and did some training with teaching pilots how to fire.

Kara Peterson's grandfather in Air Force uniform Kara Peterson's grandfather and friend next to plane Kara's son, a United States Marine He is getting very old, but is a true war hero to me. He often told my son stories about his experience, information we had not known. He was comfortable with my son's interest as he kept on asking questions.

My son is now 20 years old. I think due to his great- grandfathers heroism and loyalty, made my son want to join the military. One of my son's great-grandfather's died while my son was young, we have his flag, and my son wore his original dog tags from WW2 every day for about two years. He took them off only when he had to go to boot camp at MCRD and camp Pendleton. Now my son has his own dog tags, but still treasures my grandfathers. We also have his flag, and photos of my grandfather that is still alive.

Anyway my son is now a US Marine. He scored very high on the entrance exam, but is choosing the front line. He wanted special forces but he is red/green colorblind. He can not earn his wings, and the Army would have probably made him a cook. So with the Marines they allow him to be in infantry, even with his colorblind issue. My son is still in training to become a sniper, rocket launcher, or rifleman. He wants to serve his county as best he can. I am so proud!

I just wanted to add an hello to your newsletter. I would like to include some photos of my grandfather that was in the air force for WW2, and maybe a photo of my son. I hope you enjoy these, they are real treasures to us!

I can't find his third photo of my grandfather who is still alive, and one of my son.

Thank you!

Kara Peterson
Proud Marine Mom!

Marines standing next to Toys for Tots box

Sgt Grit,

Greetings to you and your staff. Hope you have a great New Year. Our church had the privilege of taking part in the Toys for Tots program.
Attached are 3 pictures that I took and maybe you can post them.
Thank you for the great service you give all the veterans.

Semper Fi
SSGT Mario Moreno

Marines standing next to Toys for Tots box Toys for Tots donations

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
Thomas Paine

A USMC Funeral - American Indian Way

Wake for an Indian Warrior

Ooh-Rah Sgt. Grit!

I've intended to write to you on several different occasions in the past two years, but never took the time. However, when I saw the link to the HBO movie "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon, sent along by Capt. Morrow...I had to go watch it. I was at work while I was watching it, but didn't even make it through the end of the trailer, without tears running down my face. I completely lost my composure.

Whenever I see my country's flag going by...whenever I see civilians unreservedly and unflinchingly paying respect to our military heroes (fallen or alive)...whenever I see the bond between warriors demonstrated by acts such as escorting a fallen brother home...I get all choked up. I feel so much pride in my country for the opportunities it provides us with. I feel so much kinship and camaraderie with all of my military brothers and sisters. I feel so much loss at the thought of another one of our best and brightest making the ultimate sacrifice on my's a very humbling and moving range of emotions, to say the least.

While you bonafide Leathernecks may not consider me one of your family, since I've never personally claimed the title of US Marine, I consider each and every one of you a member of my family. Three years ago, due to a shortage of volunteers and my prior military background, I became a staff member for the Columbia River Young Marines ( based here in Kennewick, Washington and served as their Training Coordinator for almost two years. Never in my life, have I been associated with a finer group of people or a finer organization. This group was the 2005-2006 Young Marines Unit of the Year, beating out over 300 other units spread out across the US and overseas. This year, our very own YM SgtMaj Garrett Brim is the 2008-2009 Young Marine of the Year. What an awesome young man! I can't say enough good things about him. Three years ago, the unit's CO was former Marine SSgt Joe Lusignan. He was the unit's CO for 12 dedicated years. A finer Marine would be hard to find. In my opinion, he is the epitome of what a Marine should strength of character, bearing, humility, physical fitness, people skills, honor, devotion, and patriotism.

I also had the pleasure of escorting 50 YMs back east to take part in their Civil War Adventure (CWA), led by Mr. Kevin Jandreau. It's simply awe inspiring to take in that much history in one trip. Of course, the highlight to the trip for everyone was our tour of the Marine Corps Museum...Ooh-Rah!

I wish there had been a Young Marine unit in our area when I was growing up. I would have joined the US Marine Corps without even giving it a second thought. Thanks to my involvement with the YM program, my 9-year old son says he wants to become a Marine when he's old enough and my 15-year old daughter wants to be a Marine pilot in the Navy Blue Angels. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even after serving 10 years in the Army with some fine people, I bleed more Marine Corps colors than I do Army colors.

Keep up the fine work Sgt. Grit. Semper Fidelis!

Mr. Jim Blunt, SSgt, Infantry
US Army / USAR, 1982-1992
Operation Desert Storm - 1991

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life...that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The only things that stand between a person and what they want in life are the will to try it, and the faith to believe it's possible." - Rich DeVos

Yesterday, I received an American Flag with a certificate from Iraq, Unit 40145, FPO AP 9.....
signed by RCT1, Sergeant Major, USMC, D.W. Gallagher and Lewis A. Craparotta, Colonel, USMC, RCT 1.....
They dedicated this flag to me ( Emma Palmer )

I write to a lot of service people that I have their addresses.

This is an honor to receive this Flag. Just wanted to let them know that I am proud of them and wish and pray for their safety.

Emma Palmer

"We've gone astray from first principles. We've lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we've accomplished. Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
Ronald Reagan

Sgt. Grit,

My name is Wesley and I have been reading some comments from your site and I'd like to tell you a comment I heard awhile back. "A true hero need not speak, for when he is gone his country will speak for him".

As a career Marine, returning home from Korea was great. They even threw a neighborhood party.

Vietnam was a whole new adventure with the Jane Fonda, et al.

I have a daughter with 15 years in the Air Force, who has deployed. I also have a son with 26 years in the Army and had deployed everywhere from Mogadishu, the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

They were welcomed home with open arms that made me proud to have been in the military. That's as it should be.

I have a flight jacket with my name and rank and some Marine Corps Patches. I can't count the number of times strangers have thanked me for my service.

On a trip to see my daughter at Christmas, in Texas, the pilot introduced himself and told me he was a retired Navy pilot. He upgraded me to first class. That is being thanked in a big way.

Ken Fidler

My daughter Noelle works for an advertising agency in Akron and had to set up a 'public service advertisement'. She called D.C. and starting talking to Marine Sgt. He started throwing out abbreviations and she responded in the affirmative. He said "are you sure you know what I'm talking about?" She said, "yes, I was in the Army reserve." He said, "we'll that's OK I guess." She said, "well, if it you makes you feel better, my dad and older brother were both in the Corps.....He said, 'I can work you'! Nuff said..(As an aside--she said "boy, dad the Marines are really 'hard'"--I said yup, we all were once upon a time)

"We have duties, for the discharge of which we are accountable to our Creator and benefactor, which no human power can cancel. What those duties are, is determinable by right reason, which may be, and is called, a well informed conscience."
Theophilus Parsons

Sgt Grit (& SSgt Perez),
I write regarding the masses of sheep, their need for protection & their protectors. I realize many (most?) of your readers are familiar w/LtCol Dave Grossman & his writings -- & you may have noted this one before -- but perhaps it's worth posting the below link for his essay "On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs". I'm one of those who believes that controlled & directed aggression, available on demand, is a necessity for the individual & the nation on occasion.

In "On Sheep...", Col Grossman gives the best explanation I've ever found of how crucial sheepdogs are to civilization's continued existence -- be they neighborhood cop or combat trooper on the other side of the planet. Absorbing it will re! quire 10-15 minutes, but you'll find it well worth the time. If you or a loved one has chosen to stand between evil & the rest of the world, you should read this. No, let me rephrase: you NEED to read this. And perhaps print a copy to pass on to any sheepdogs in your circle. They may have never considered just how truly honorable their choice to serve actually is. Here's a one paragraph excerpt for a taste of the article.

"If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath -- a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed."


Life would be far simpler if only the sheep had some capacity to learn. Extremely few have the slightest glimmering that their continued survival is totally dependent on the sheepdog. Hope you enjoy it...

John Harrold

Merry Christmas!

Devil Dog digs into his presents Devil Dog digs into his presents Devil Dog digs into his presents Devil Dog digs into his presents Devil Dog rests after opening presents

David Mageau

"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. And that you may be always doing good, my dear, is the ardent prayer of yours affectionately."
Thomas Jefferson

Cpl. David Gaytan, there are scholarships for children of all Marines. Please contact a local Marine Corps League detachment. You can go to the National Headquarters web site for more information. There are many scholarship programs through-out the Marine Corps League. Here in New Jersey, my detachment runs two; one for members' relatives and one for students in the local school district. There is also a program at the MCL State level. I'm sure there must be some in the Dallas area. All that is required of the Marine is that the service was Honorable. Our internal program is for children, grand-children, nephews and nieces of members of the detachment. Most scholarships are awarded only to graduating High School seniors, once in college it is too late. Other organizations may allow exceptions. Check it out.

Paul Santiago
GySgt. USMC (Ret)

Sgt Grit,
Re: Andy De Cusati letter of 29Jan09 (and others regarding the same subject)

Regardless of when or where a Marine served during his/her enlistment in the Corps, or whatever their MOS may have been - they are Marines. Hence they should feel no shame or be less proud of their service to their God, Country and Corps. The fact that you/they earned the right and honor to wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor are all that matter. You, as all our us, should feel proud to stand at attention and be recognized at the playing of our Marine Corps Hymn and to have worn the uniform of our beloved Corps.

MGYSGT R.M. Neumann
Retired 1962 - 1984

"Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry."
Thomas Paine

I am the Deputy Administrator of the Marine Corps Musicians Association. We will be holding our reunion April 21 through 24 at Parris Island.
We sure could use some help passing the word on this. This is a rather unique group of individuals with some very special members. We have 384 members world wide and go from World War II to current active duty. We cover all field bands, Drum & Bugle Corps and the Presidents own.
For more information call 920-676-1260 which is my cell and I will try and answer any question which would help you help us pass the word about this organization which has been around since 1985.
Thanks for your time and keep up the good moral. Semper Fi! Bright Day To You - God Bless
Semper Fidelis - Semper Paratus!
Matt Stevenson

In response to the Cpl who was taken for $50.00, my drill instructor said there was always that 10%. That's better than the civilian 80/20 rule. A distinct minority of Marines have a missing gene but my experience has, by far, been to the contrary. My first episode of an ethical lapse was at the main gate of El Toro in 1967 as a wet behind the ears L/Cpl. I had forgotten to pull the .22 rifle from the back of my 57 Chevy and the gate guard took it, put it in the trunk of his car and asked who I was going to complain to. It was a cheap rifle worth virtually nothing but it was a lesson learned. At Phu Bai in 1968, we had a Sgt who worked the black market. We even installed a PRC-25 so we could call him if someone was looking for him. But at the other end of the scales you have Cpl Linsmeyer who loaned me $400.00 when I forgot to pull money for R & R, Sgt Fortes, the first person I knew I could take a bullet for and Sgt Willis who, in 30 days, prevented me from becoming an overly confident, possibly dangerous Marine and taught me to be competent, ready to take responsibility. Every Marine can supply a long list of those who inspired and a couple who disappointed.

Wayne Stafford
USMC 66-70
RVN 68-69

"There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial."

Sgt Grit

Just a heart warming story about Marines looking after Marines... I never go anywhere without my USMC, or 2ndMarDiv cap or some article of USMC clothing and I meet a lot of wonderful folks that way.

I NEVER eat indoors with my cap or hat on and don't know many Marines who forget to remove their covers. Men eating indoors with their baseball caps on is my pet peeve about bad manners, but that is another story ... I place it on the table or chair and it usually gets seen by others.

My Wife is a double amputee having lost both legs and is in a wheelchair. We were going into a Red Lobster restaurant here in Lynchburg, Virginia one day several months ago for dinner. There is a double door at the entrance and as we approached there was a couple behind us; the gentleman said, let me get that for you. We thanked him and his Wife for their kindness and when we were all seated, I noticed they were seated in a booth near ours but we had no further conversation. As they finished first and were leaving, I nodded to him and said, "thanks again". He just nodded and smiled.

Later when I asked for our check, the waiter said, "your check's been paid sir" ..
He said that the couple sitting in the booth over there, paid your check and said just to tell you they said "Semper Fi, Marine" ...

Needless to say we were shocked but delighted. I had this happen before several years ago with a young Marine and his family in St. Louis when I was living there.

I sat in an adjacent booth and carried on a conversation with he, his wife and two small children. They left before I did and also picked up my check, leaving the message, "Semper Fi" again. I guess I am just one lucky Marine to have had this happen twice. I did not know either Marine and so if you are reading this we thank you so much. I was so touched by this that I fully intend to "pass it forward" one day when I am out dining and see another Marine or Marine Veteran.

Dale Wilson
Sgt 1955 - 1963

What a great day. An article from today's newsletter helped me find out what happened to 1st Sgt Ronald J Linehan. I served at Cherry Point with Top Linehan in 1965. In August of 1965 we went to Viet Nam on the same orders. We were part of Bravo Battery, 3rd LAAM Bn and became Alpha Battery, 1st LAAM Bn in Viet Nam. 1st Sgt Linehan was one h&ll of a Marine and saved the bacon of many a young Marine who did something childish and stupid (me included). I sent an email to the Sr. Vice Commandant of the Sgt Maj Linehan Detachment of Marine Corps League Detachment 1034 and he verified it was named after our very own 1st Sgt Ronald J Linehan (guarding heavens gates since 18Dec1991 - RIP Marine). Thanks for the newsletter Don and all the service's you provide Marines, past and present.

The Few. The Proud.
Jerry D.

"It seems to be a law of nature inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win."
John Paul Jones

I just want to make this short; I read these personal stories and some make me laugh and some make me tear up big time. Only if American's new the personal sacrifices and the Marines and other branches have done acting in the highest traditions of the Corps in rooting out evil, preserving our freedom and those around the world who can sleep safe at night because of them...But most of all those who gave their lives and would do it again without question do it again and make that ultimate sacrifice of themselves for others...I say May God bless you all who have lived through it all and sometimes still deal with the horrible dreams...For those families who lost their love ones:

I'm sorry for you lost, I thank you for your gift and support in letting them go and server their country and from my heart and soul...again I say thank you and my God Bless All Of You...

I may not know them or their faces, but as long as I take every breath I will NEVER FORGET THEM...I love the new letters please keep them coming

John J. Martinotti

My husband of 60 years passed away in 2007 at age 87. He, Sgt. James A. Sargent, was also a Pioneer on Iwo Jima with the 4th division as well as battles on islands of Roi-Namur, Saipan, and Tinian. He was a true Marine all his life. He suffered post- traumatic stress most of his life but he would have gone to Iraq in a heartbeat if the Marine Corps would have him. I enjoyed the stories in this newsletter.
Sincerely, Pat Sargent

"If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character; if there is beauty in the ;character, there will be harmony in the home; if there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation; if there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."
Benjamin Franklin

Semper Fi,
I enjoy reading your newsletter. I am a widow of a former Marine and have kept it in my email box when I feel I need to have my spirits lifted I was deeply moved by your article on a new widow and pray for her and her family the honor and legacy of her husband must carry her through in the years ahead.

I noticed one submission also by Cpl David Gayton 74-78 in particular, the fact he was Vietnam era as well as my husband, the fact he did not go to Vietnam reminded me of my husband who often felt the same way, but he was one of the few veterans in our church. His rank and name was Sergeant William B. Nostdahl 72-76 he was in the airwing, stationed stateside also for his tour of duty I never felt the way he did, mainly because of the way the Vietnam war was treated by the public I felt that any man who contributed to the war effort during that time was well worthy of respect, I was one of the fortunate wives who although he almost went twice both times he was allowed to stay instead due to circumstances more than likely in God's hands.

He went on to serve his country well as a former Marine, becoming a US Postal Carrier, and fulfilled it like a Marine including after 15 years becoming the only Postal Carrier for our town, after a no hire policy He was told the numbers proved out not to hire, and was told he had to do all 3 routes by himself after many months of delivering mail and trying to fight the situation he succumbed to a heart attack.

He was buried in a Marine Coffin and his former uniform, I even had them play Semper fi my love at the end of the service, knowing my Marine never forgot who and what he was.

In reply to Cpl David Gayton could you please notify him of what both my daughters received because of my husbands service, I too was searching the internet to help first my oldest daughter with college costs, and then my 2nd, they both applied and received the Marine Corps Fellowship Scholarship, to help both of them through their 4 years of college, and we felt doubly blessed to have the Marines back us for our daughter's futures. We were surprised to have them both successfully receive the Scholarship, after reapplying every year, in fact my youngest became the only girl in our state to be so honored. Please pass on the information so that Cpl David Gayton and others may know of this worthy Scholarship thank you

Mrs. William Nostdahl

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Do you know a better one?"
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