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Sgt Grit American Courage Newsletter #32

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." --Gen. George S. Patton


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WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2002 -- U.S. Marines have taken the war on terrorism to the Horn of Africa, a top military official said here today.

Army Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., said 700 to 800 Marines have set up in the African nation of Djibouti to help rout possible terrorist forces in the region.

U.S. CENTCOM is responsible for military operations in an area including the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. He noted during a Pentagon media briefing today that the Marines are in Djibouti as an extension of America's war on terrorism.

He said American leaders never planned to limit the war on terrorism to Afghanistan.

"We said a long time ago (that) first of all, we're going to rout the terrorists out of Afghanistan, get rid of the Taliban. We also said that there are going to be some friendly nations, and we're going to want to work with them in order to help them help themselves get over the terrorist problem," Franks said. "And we also said it may be necessary from time to time to coerce others to get rid of their terrorist problem."

He said the U.S. military has "security arrangements or engagement opportunities" with many countries in the region, including Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen.

Note: Yes, we are at war, and there are Marines on the ground. As I have said before, this newsletter (AmericanCourage.com) is to help us all have the COURAGE to do what's best for our country and support our Marines.
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Dear Sgt. Grit,
All we seem to hear about today is the Barbara Streisand's and the Alex Baldwin's of Hollywood. However, every now and then we find a "star" that appreciates the serviceman. I was privy to be one of about 10,000 Marines at the Christmas show Bob Hope put on in Danang in 1967. Surely, Bob Hope was the most famous of the movie crowd that supported the troops, for most of his life. And, at great personal sacrifice to him. About 18 or so years ago, when Bob Hope was in Washington to receive the American Freedom Medal from the President, I happened to be at a company meeting in Washington. My boss and I took a client to a restaurant for dinner on the river, near where the Presidential yacht used to be before they sold it. After being seated in the restaurant, my client leaned over and whispered...."Look who's at the next table." At the next table was Bob Hope, talking and drinking coffee with another person whom I did not recognize. That prompted a story from me about the Christmas show he put on in Danang in 1967, with Racquel Welch (I can still remember the dress she "almost" wore - whew!) Anyhow, I told my boss and my client I had to go thank him for all that the brief respite from the war had meant to me, and I'm sure 9,999 other Marines as well. They told me not to bother him, but I insisted I at least give him a note to tell him of my appreciation for all he had done for the servicemen all over the world...to ease the pain of war a bit and let them laugh....if just for a little while. So, I penned a quick note, telling him I was a little dot at that show, and wrote that I didn't want to disturb him, but I had to tell him thanks. I walked over to the table, excused myself and slipped the note into his hand and walked away, feeling much better, and thankful that he had taken it. Later, during our dinner, Mr. Hope got up to leave and walked over to my table, stuck out his hand, and said something to this effect...."Every time a serviceman tells me he appreciated our shows, it just makes my day. Thank you for making my day today." ....and shook my hand. I walked on air that evening. So to anyone that hears the "Bab's and Janes and Alex's" of the world, just remember....the real class, the "real" humans in Hollywood, still support us. I told this because I just received a copy of an e-mail that got passed around about a wife telling of her husband having taken a picture of Ann Margaret in Vietnam and waited in line for 7 1/2 hours at a book signing to have it autographed, only to be told that she would only sign books...no memorabilia. When the vet got to her, he had her autograph the book and then pulled out the picture to just show her. Apparently the personnel at the store got all worked up, blustering that he couldn't have her sign that. When she saw the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she pulled the vet across the table, kissed him, and had more pictures taken with him. She also made a little speech about "her gentlemen", the bravery of the men she had met over the years, and how much she appreciated them. Apparently there were no dry eyes on anyone who was within earshot. I always had a little "thing" for Ann Margaret and would personally go to Iraq and "smoke" Saddam if she would give me a kiss! That lady has one s**tload of CLASS!
Jim Bowden Sgt, USMC 1966-69 Vietnam 67-68
Note: Do to the kindness of my good friend Sgt "Dirty D*ck" Leyden I got to go to the Bob Hope show in Dec.'69 near DaNang. Great show, OUTSTANDING man.
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Sgt. Grit,
I attended an awards ceremony at my daughter's school yesterday. At the start of the ceremony the three students led all of us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The couple next to my wife and I just sort of stood there without putting their hand over there heart or saying anything. I could feel my blood rising but I did not want to make a scene in front of the kids. I tend to be a bit hot tempered at times like this. Anyway, it got me thinking about what I would do if my daughter's school followed the lead of some others and stopped saying the Pledge. I am not a religious man and I am not so sure that all of us are equal in our receipt of justice in this great country, but I cannot understand how citizens or voluntary residents of this country can find fault with the simple words of our Pledge of Allegiance. Why do we continue to allow the voice of the few have such a profound effect on how the rest of us live our lives? It is outrageous to me that we allow the leaders who support such legislation to remain in office. Please remember this at the polls. Thanks for giving us a forum to vent. Rick Rios Sgt. 1987-1991 1st & 3rd FSSG
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my god- i cant believe i let it pass...has time erased from me as well as my Marine brothers the sacrifice that was made OCT 23, 1983....Neither me or any other Marine made mention in this newsletter of the brothers lost that terrible day . with the ongoing war on terrorism, we are worthless Marines to forget our brothers who died as a direct result of a terrorist strike...lest we forget? ( if we could only remember......) yup, was there.... Duane
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"There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only hundred per cent Americanism." --Theodore Roosevelt
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Sgt Grit,
My Mother passed away in 1993, but one day back in 1968, during my Marine Corp recruit training in Paris Island, I made my way to a phone booth at H.Q.. I called my mother, and I said " MOM, GET ME THE H*LL OUT OF HERE!", and here is what my mother said, " Let me tell you something you sons a ----- , no son of mine will ever quit. If you can't run you'll walk, if you cant walk you crawl, but you will never let those boys (MARINES) DOWN. CLICK. After a few brief moments of silence I made my way back to the platoon, I graduated with one stripe and made Corporal in less than two years, my oldest brother was a corporal, bay of pigs, his son was a gunnery sgt, Beirut. Thank you for your time. THANK GOD FOR THE MARINE CORP, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES, ALL MARINES EVERY WHERE. SENIOR DETECTIVE DOUGLAS B. TUNNO / USMC 1968 1970
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"So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants." --Tacitus
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SSgt John Pierce,
I haven't written too many Marines, in fact you are the first. When I read your post to Sgt Grit, I had the overwhelming desire to write and thank you for your service to our Corps and country. You put your finger on emotions I hadn't felt in years. I caught an underlying of excitement, sorrow, and dread. It is at once exciting, to know you are going to put in to practice, what you are capable of doing to your enemy. And at the same time feel sorrow for the poor helpless civilians, who are going to reap the whirlwind, that a despot has brought to them. And dread for the men in your Plt, Company, and Bn, who may be lost or seriously wounded. So SSgt Pierce, I salute you and yours, and pray for your safe and swift return. God Bless the men of your company, and keep them safe from harm. And God Bless our Country, and our Corps. Semper Fidelis Sgt. Eddie Ash USMC Retired
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SEMPER FI Brother Pierce !
This nation does not know how lucky it is to have men like you on active duty. It amazes me to think that after we were attacked on 911, that more young men have not enlisted to do the job that MUST be done. I don't know how any young man of military age can maintain his self esteem by remaining a civilian while other men such as yourself defend his life, freedom and family. I only wish I was young again so I could serve on active duty and defend this great country. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOU SERVE! SavageCitizen
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I was in Korea 1952-53 during the outpost battles. I am not "ex or former" or retired or inactive or any other of those d*mn terms. I am a Marine! Always will be! When people ask what I think of a war on Iraq I say I'm only sorry I'm too d*mn old to help. The Marines will take care of it if the, politicians, and protesters will just get the h*ll out of the way. Gung Ho! Joe Bell (Buck Sergeant)
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"Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." --John Quincy Adams
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Dear Sgt. Grit,
My son will be leaving for MCRD San Diego on 18 Nov, and I could not be more proud of him. When I was 18 I nearly joined the Air Force (following my Dad), but changed my mind at literally the last minute. I have regretted that change of heart, however if I had not done so, I would not now have this wonderful "future" Marine. Mere words cannot express my gratitude towards those who have so selflessly given of themselves for my freedom. I was only a child during Viet Nam & did not understand the significance of the freedom of those POW's. Now I say, "Gentlemen (& Ladies if appropriate), thank you for giving yourselves, for your sacrifices, and for staying true to your country." While I am understandably nervous about the possibility of my son being sent into harm's way, I am even more proud to send him. I've read the comments about protesters, draft dodgers, etc, and all I can say to that particular portion of our population is that I'm glad I am not related to you! I am proud of my son's accomplishments, and the honors we already know he will be receiving in the future as a US Marine. Thank you to all US servicemen & servicewomen, past, present & future! Proud (Future) Marine Mom Becky M in Oregon
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Dear Sgt Grit:
I would also like to enter the fray with Cpl. Gugliotta. I fully support him and his willingness to question authority and especially this President. I would fully support this President or any other President to proceed with war against any nation that would jeopardize our national security.
The problem is this President has yet to establish with any hard evidence that Iraq is a threat to our National Security. Where is this evidence? When John Kennedy came before the American people during the Cuban missile crisis, which was a time when the threat to our national security was much more real and imminent, he produced on television pictures of the missile sites in Cuba then under construction. He also brought these pictures and other irrefutable evidence before the United Nations, and challenged the Russians with it.
Today all we hear is "could be", "may be".... and other innuendo. President Bush even went so far as to declare on national television that he had in his possession a report that proved Iraq would have nuclear capability within the next year. He then added, "What more proof do we need?" Later it was discovered that this same "report" was over 12 years old (prior to the Gulf War), and later still, the White House admitted that the "report" never really existed.. I remind you all that this was a blunder made by the President of the United States.
Is this kind of "evidence" sufficient for us to send our children off to war. We need to do much better than this before I feel assured about sending any one of my three son's off to fight another undeclared war.
I am also a Marine who served in Vietnam, along with two of my brothers. At that time, the President was my Commander in Chief, and whether I agreed with him or not I followed his orders and did my duty to the best of my ability like the rest of us. Today I am fifty-one years old, and while George Bush is our President, he is no longer my Commander in Chief and I believe like the rest of us, that I have earned the right to question his position.
I question the constitutionality of us going to war with a sovereign nation without a declaration of war from Congress, simply because that country could be a threat in the future. After all, could not the same be said about North Korea? We recently discovered they have nuclear weapons. They are an enemy of the United States as well. Why aren't we threatening them?
My brother Marines, we all served in Vietnam and all have paid a price . Do we really wish the same thing upon our children that happened to us? We fought a country not so long ago, without a declaration of war from Congress, and for some reasons that remain vague even to this day. We all lost friends and comrades in that war. I say what I say not out of disrespect for our fallen and our wounded brothers that still languish in our hospitals or at home; but I say it because of them.
I stand by Cpl. Gugliotta and all Marines whether I agree with them or not. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and position with you all and to have served my country as a U.S. Marine. Semper Fi Barry DeLong RVN 69-70 3/1
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"Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it." --George Bernard Shaw
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....At first when he came to me and told me that he wanted to go, I cried. I cried for weeks, but I knew that I couldn't change his mind. And then, I realized, I didn't want to change his mind. He wanted to make a difference...he wanted to do something that truly mattered...And he has. He is a United States Marine...need I say more?
Semper Fi....Marine Mom Pattie
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"If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack." --Winston Churchill
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Dear Sgt. Grit,
It's funny reading the letters about the "Feuding" between the military branches. You see, I am a 17 year old female in my 4th year of Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC). And as a Marine Corps unit we have learned a few cadences that make fun of the other branches and we have heard more than a few Jar Head calls, and especially taunts of the girls in our program. But these cadets are where our country looks to for the next generation of the military. And even though we all are in a Marine Corps unit, there has always been a gentle teasing about what choices the Seniors are making that year. Even our Lt. Col., a retired tanker with the Marine Corps, joins in on the joking. But he always speaks with so much pride at the end of the year Bar-B-Que to know that many of our cadets are going in any branch to serve the country. Our program had 2 army choice graduates, 1 air force choice and one Army ROTC scholarship recipient for the 2001 graduating class. Last year we had 3 Marine Corps enlistees, one graduating as his platoon honor man at MCRD San Diego, and 2 Army choice. This coming year we have 2 cadets trying for Marine Corps scholarships. We look up to these, and other, people who are going to fight a war that most of us are too young to go to and others of us too scared. I thank all the branches and my unit joins me. Good Luck, Cadet Staff Sergeant Michelle Whisenand California
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"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." --Samuel Adams
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....My oldest son just left a lucrative career in the computer industry to also serve his country in the USMC. He leaves for Parris Island on Nov. 4, and will then be going onto SOI probably in February if I've calculated correctly. Both of my son's have had instilled in them since they were young a strong sense of patriotism and honor and I'm proud to say that they are both Marines (as of 2003 upon the completion of MCRD!) Neither wants to shirk from their responsibilities to keep our country free and get upset when others scoff at military service. Our families have had many soldiers from many branches of the Armed Services in the past and have even been able to trace back a relative on my husband's side that fought with William the Conqueror. Our boys knew that they couldn't turn their backs on such a strong tradition! My husband passed away last year (Sgt in USAF during Nam, but I'm sure he'd be proud of his boys as they peruse this new phase in their lives. Semper Fi! Proud Mom of 2 Marines! Kristin Miller
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"Free people must voluntarily through open debate and democratic means, meet the challenge that totalitarians pose by compulsion. It's up to us, in our time, to choose and choose wisely between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day." --Ronald Reagan (1983)
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Sgt. Grit : I have read many articles in your news letter about opinions on should we or shouldn't we be involved in Iraq. I believe that these words should cover anyone's thoughts active or inactive. I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God. God bless America, your staff and all of your loyal readers. William A.Munson Sgt. 1965-1969 Semper - Fi
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"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." -- George Washington ++ "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." --John F. Kennedy
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"I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives." --Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
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Thanks Here is something interesting that recently happened to me. Of course I am a former Marine, but still a full time one in my heart. I lost most of my platoon and best friends in Beirut back in 83. I was in contact with my best friends parents directly afterwards. I haven't spoken to them in about 15 years. Just recently I moved to a new apartment and I found a bag full of papers in the back of my truck I forgot to take out, so I opened the bag up to see if it was junk and I found a memorial card from my best friends funeral service back in 83. I haven't seen this in 20 years! I began to read it and I saw his birth date and then I saw the day he passed on from the terrorist attack on Oct, 23 1983 then while I was at my desk I got a strange feeling and turned around to look at the calendar and seen it was the anniversary that day! how ironic, as I looked trough the paper I saw his parents phone number. Now what's the chance after 20 years that it was still good? well I called to find out and Lo and behold they were still at the number. First they were surprised to hear from me after so long, and they remembered me too. They were about to go to a church service to honor the memory of there son, I just happened to catch them before the left. I spoke to his father to wish him well and they said I made there day. They were feeling kinda down and the call cheered them up. It felt good to here from them again and I promised them I would keep in touch. Say you think someone was reaching out to have me check on them and reassure them? Feels strange, well everything happens for a reason. He was a great person. His name was Lcpl Bill Sanpedro, jr. Thanks for your time, Mark
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Sgt. Grit, I was just reading American Courage newsletter #30 written by Soul Vike regarding the so-called "Bashing" of other branches of the Armed Forces and finally had to say something. I work with another officer in my department and he was a "Doggie". We joke about it all the time. He calls me names like "Jar head" and thinks it's an insult of some sort. I just say "Thanks". We are close friends. I also work with two teachers at my school who were in the Navy. We ALWAYS joke around with each other like that (Jarhead and Squid) and we are the best of friends. In one of my past submissions to your newsletter, I referred to a former Chief of another department as an Air Force "Zoomie". While he and I never really got along, he did tell me that he had absolute respect for the Marines when he was in Viet Nam. To put it in a nut shell, rivalry has always existed between the branches of our military and always will. And to those who disagree, that's your choice! I have three words for you "GET OVER IT!" Daniel Miller 0311 '74-'76 Not as lean, Just as mean, Still a MARINE!
Note: I have never started any inter-service jabs. Seems to me the other branches always see the need to start it. I hope it never stops. I take it as back door complement. Sgt Grit
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"It's easy to talk about honoring veterans and their sacrifices on a national holiday. ...We honor our veterans by ensuring that their service to the nation is never in vain. " --Ron Paul
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Just because the Air Force knows how to treat its deployed people doesn't make us a bunch of whiners. If the other services didn't think they had to be "tough" and live in squalor, they'd be better off. I'd much rather leave my family and home and live in some sort of comfort than have to deal with overcrowded tents and sh*tty food. A country that can drop a bomb in a trashcan from half a planet a way can certainly spend a couple of dollars to take care of its troops. MAJ Brian Monahan USAF Pilot
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"A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society." --Thomas Jefferson
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"When politicians promise to give you something, just remember that the only money they have is what they take from the people. If you want someone to pick your pockets and then give you a handout, there are plenty of politicians around who will do that for you. In fact, a lot of politicians have been around a long time just by using such tactics. Above all, never assume that political phrases actually mean what they say or imply. Rent control does not control rents, gun control does not control guns, and the Indian Child Welfare Act disregards the welfare of Indian children with unbelievable callousness." --Thomas Sowell
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Sgt Grit,
I greatly appreciate your newsletter. Know my prayers go not only for my nephew who is stationed in Okinawa [Pfc. McConnell], but to all who are Marines. In looking through numerous photographs and memos in my father's footlocker [SSgt. Allan Deaton, Jr, US Army VII Corps, WWII, deceased] I came across the following words that were scribbled on a small note pad the following Monday afternoon of December 8, 1941, at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. "At 11:30 this morning Maj. Ford asked our two stenogs, Miss Horton, and Mrs. Lovall, along with Bill Knoll and myself, to go downstairs and listen to the President as he addressed a specially convened meeting of Congress. We all knew he would ask Congress to declare war. He described Japan's action as 'a dastardly act, which will long live in infamy.' Having summed up the attacks of the past 24 hours by Japan on the U.S. and giving actions taken by other countries already - countries like Canada, Gr. Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba and many others who had already declared a state of war in existence between themselves and Japan, the Pres then reached the climax of his address in which he asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Never before has a crowd been so unified, rendered such an ovation of cheers, as did that Congress of the U.S.A. this day. After the cheering had calmed the National Anthem was played, and as we stood at rigid attention, some 9 or 10 officers, 2 ladies and we 2 pvts. I felt that being a soldier in the army of such a great and beloved nation, a nation whose trust in God and God only, was the greatest honor that mortal man could ever want. I am highly emotional. Tears came freely from my eyes, but I wasn't alone in that respect - I saw more than one of those officers go for his handkerchief. Likewise did our 2 stenogs." My father, who went on to be a radio staff sergeant with the 7th Corps field artillery, knew how to communicate. Those words cause me to remember - to remember the lives of men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Men and women who died on foreign soil with names like Omaha Beach, Corregidor, Burma, Iwo Jima, Paris, Antwerp and Berlin. Men and women who paid with the price of their blood so that you and I might remain free. We remember them this day. We thank God for their courage, determination, and resolve that we might remain free. We thank God for the men & women of our armed forces, such as the USMC, that protect our shores & permit us restful sleep at night. Semper Fi! Damon Deaton, Amarillo, TX
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Not only are "they" slowly taking away veteran benefits, now they want to use a computer chip to play Taps at vet burials, what an insult!! My father was a Marine during WWII, was in the third wave at Tarawa and was injured in Saipan. My son is currently a Marine recruiter, and my daughter was a Marine and recalled during the Gulf War. My husband proudly served in Vietnam in the Army and I have cousin whose name is one of the 50,000 on the Vietnam Wall in Washington. They best not have a computer chip playing when any one of them starts that last great march!! They deserve only the best for their service and sacrifices! Thank you and I love your web site! Phyllis Ezit
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Please "sign" this online Petition to Congress for a Beirut Commemorative Stamp. http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/petition-sign.cgi?10231983 ...and Please, Pass this on... Thank you so much...
LCpl Paul A. Peirce USMC Veteran February 1, 1983 - October 22, 1987 "Never Retired - Always a Marine"
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My oldest grandson (Michael Richard Zabivnik of Jacksonville, FL) was Marine Corps Recon in Desert Storm and Mogadishu. When he graduated from PI in March 1990 we went to see it. The base C.O. had arranged a special presentation for us. Just prior to the ceremony my husband and I, our daughter (Mike's mom) and Mike's two sisters were escorted out onto the parade field and Mike was called forward so I could present him with a walnut plaque with a brass plate that gave his name platoon and company number and graduation date. a message from me, and the personal information about me. The message read "Ever revere this emblem and the country it stands for. I wore it with pride and honor. Now, 39 years later, I pass it on to you. With love, your Gram". Above the plate was my cap device from 39 years earlier. Other than the day I graduated, that was the proudest day of my life. (Later that day we were all eating lunch at a restaurant in Beaufort and I asked Mike if any of his buddies said anything about it. He said just one, and his comment was, "Hey look, Zabivnik's gonna cry!) I just turned 70 on Nov. 5th, and I am active with my American Legion post (#31, Tuscumbia, AL) and am the only woman on the Drill Team/Color Guard. (You should see me do the manual of arms with a rifle!) I wear Marine Corps earrings, and the cross I wear on a chain has a Marine Corps emblem on it. When people ask me about it I tell them that it is because I know that "between the good Lord and the Marine Corps we can take care of anything". Nobody will ever take the Corps out of me! (former) Cpl. Barbara Jean (Horton) Judd, (born and raised in California but love Alabama) Sheffield, AL Semper Fi!
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Sgt. Grit:
Once again, another great news letter. While reading the 07 November issue, and the birthday message from the Commandant, I caught the NFL commercial featuring the young Marine of Afgan descent now serving in Afghanistan as an interpreter. What a great country we live in that leads people from all over the world to come here and build new lives, as proud to be called Americans as we are to be called Marines.
Earlier today, I exchanged birthday greetings with a fellow Marine at church, who is also celebrating his 57th wedding anniversary (he told me once that by being married on the Marine Corps Birthday, he would never forget his anniversary). He still speaks of his W.W.II service with such emotion that it is hard for him to get the words out, but is confident that I share his pride and dedication.
Today is a day that brings back many memories for all of us who have served proudly. While many of those memories are bittersweet, I am reminded by the quote from Ronald Reagan, that has been repeated many times:
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
To my brothers and sisters worldwide who are proud to claim the title, "Happy Birthday, Marine." Marty Monnat SGT 1stRadio


God Bless America!!
Semper fi!!
Sgt Grit

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