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Dress Blues Marine Monument

Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
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Dress Blues Marine Monument in Harry's front lawn

Dear Sgt Grit,

My name is Harry J. Daigle. I joined the Marine Corps in 1953 at the age of 17.  Feb 28 1954, was when I graduated from MCRD.  I stayed in the Corps 8 years, 8 days, and 8 hours.  I got out as Cpl. E-4 like you did.  I would have enlisted for another 6 years if they have given Sgt. E-5 I left the corps Dec 8, 1961, and after 58 years I still love the corps. As you see by the monument in my front yard, next to my American flag and the Marine Corps flag I bought from you.  I just want to share my monument with all other Marines, celebrating the Fourth of July.

Happy fourth to all,

Semper Fi


  1. Ray Thomasson January 28 2013, 3:15 am

    So where exactly did you get the Dress Blues Monument? I would love to have one of those, but I have no idea where to start looking for one.

  2. Robert Padgett January 28 2013, 5:51 am

    Now thats is really cool. You are a real marine.

  3. RAMIRO SEPULVEDA January 28 2013, 8:24 am

    Semper fi, once a Marine always a Marine

  4. Larry Edwards January 28 2013, 9:34 am

    That statue is so sharp! May I ask where you got it? I enlisted in 1964 and retired in 1985 as a GySgt. One of these would look sharp on my front porch beside the colors i display.

    Semper Fi. Cpl !

  5. Bruce Thear January 28 2013, 5:41 pm

    I think you, Marine in the front of your house is priceless! Being the number two Marine in the three generation Marine family I would like to get one for my house. Could you please tell me where I can get one and roughly how much it will cost. Again it is Priceless. you are very fortunate for sure.

    1st Mar Div Recon 72

  6. Gregory Nelis January 28 2013, 6:10 pm

    Is there any other Marines out there that have been belittled or made to feel like a second class citizen because they never were sent into a combat zone. My own Nephew, an Army lifer, told me I am not a Vietnam Vet because I never was sent “In Country.” I enlisted in ‘71 and even though I volunteered for Nam Duty I was sent to Cherry Point, N.C. Ground Support Elect. in The 2nd MAW.
    In ‘81, I joined the CA Army Nat. Guard, 40th MP Co. until ‘86 when I got Leukemia. I was to get my Corporal stripe at the next formation, but they rescheduled it three times. Then I went in the hospital, so it was all forgotten about. I worked hard for years to earn a promotion. As a new Fire Team Leader and Honor Guard member It was due.
    I’ve been in remission now for Twenty-Seven Years and still waiting for my Stripes. When I was reamed a new ass hole by my nephew for calling myself a Vietnam Vet, in an informal FB posting, I felt like taking my dress blues and burning them. I felt like whale shit.

    But I didn’t, because I am still a Marine and I soon will be buried in them. I replied “I am sorry for not stating Vietnam ERA Vet, I didn’t mean to offend anyone. After living with the ghosts of
    so many friends and relatives who lives were lost as a result of that war, I may have blurred the line. We are still at war in a way, my daughter, a nurse, just told me about a Dr. she works with was just shot nine times and killed in his office, next to her hospital, in Newport Beach, CA. I am now watching it on the news as I write this.

    Semper Fi
    Gregory T. Nelis

  7. mike thomason January 28 2013, 8:25 pm

    My brother Marine, hope you are doing well. Just wanted to say what a great monument you have. How can I get one of these? Welcome home and Semper Fi.

    Mike Thomason
    Retired Marine

  8. William Yevich Sr. January 28 2013, 9:30 pm

    I would like to know who made that statue for Mr. Daigle.  I would like to get one made for myself too.  Do you think you could find out for me.

    Thanks much,
    William Yevich
    MSgt USMC

  9. Charles Snetsinger February 13 2013, 6:35 pm

    I would also like to know how to get one. I retired from the Marines in 1980 after 22 years.

  10. RAMIRO SEPULVEDA February 15 2013, 7:48 am

    This comment is for Gregory Neils. For your question about burning your uniform. I dont think so. Just for you to volunteer back then when all this was going on, was rough enough. JUST BECAUSE THEY DIDNT SEND YOU WAS NOT YOUR FAULT!!! You know these guys that act like that are ignorant as far as I am concerned. I too, volunteered and I am proud to claim the title as US MARINE. SOME PEOPLE DONT REALIZE THE THINGS YOU WENT THRU TO BECOME A MARINE. And I am sorry if I hurt some Army peoples feelings but the ARMY is just not the same as the MARINE CORPS. I ran into one situation while I was in Camp Lejuene. Just an example, this 18 yr old Soldier came up to me in the commissary and ask me to buy him beer, A SFC IN THE ARMY!!!!  He told me that he had to take test to get his rank. A MARINE HAS TO EARN IT THE HARD WAY!!! Need to say, I told him no and to go talk to his buddy. These little kids with that much responsibility are asking for trouble when you get out there in combat. Enough said , HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH, BE PROUD AND DONT EVER FEEL BAD BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW THAT MADE IT IN THE MARINE CORPS. THAT BY ITSELF IS A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT. SEMPER FI

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