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PFC Poochie

PFC Poochie

PFC Poochie and John Hi Sgt. Grit,

While reading your AmericanCourage Newsletter #195, for 05 Mar 2009, I saw the picture of PFC Bonehead submitted by Bart Baldwin, of Brackettville, Tx. I thought it was so cute that I sent it to my Daughter, because she is always dressing her dog up in ‘His Marine Blues’ for different Marine occasions. I’m a Life Member in the Marine Corps League, John Basilone Detachment # 190, here in New Jersey and a couple years ago after marching in the John Basilone Annual Parade, which is held in Raritan, NJ, I stopped by her house on my way home and she took this picture of me and Pablo, her dog. I know we were both a little ‘Out of Uniform’ , but please understand, I had just marched a couple miles in the heat and was hot and tired and on my way home. (no excuse, I know !) Now, PFC Poochie (Pablo) had no excuse, he was at home all day guarding his Mother’s perimeter, in the air conditioning, while I was carrying a flag for our Honor Guard in the parade.

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Commissioning Ceremony Aboard USS Midway

Commissioning Ceremony Aboard USS Midway

Clay Anderson and Mother prior to Commissioning Ceremony On December 20, 2008, my family and I was fortunate enough to witness the commissioning of our son SSgt. Clayton Anderson to Second Lieutenant, aboard the USS Midway, San Diego, CA. (Pictured above is our son and his mother prior to the commissioning ceremony.) Second Lieutenant Anderson’s Marine Corps service started on Jan. 14, 2002 at Parris Island, SC and soon after on to the School of Infantry (SOI). He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton California. During his first 4 year enlistment his Unit was deployed 3 separate times to Iraq. In March of 2003, 1/5 was spearheading the initial invasion of Iraq and later into Baghdad. In Dec. of 03 and into 04, Cpl. Anderson served as squad leader during the battle of Fallujah, and in 2005, Sgt. Anderson became part of the 1/5 Scout/Snipers and deployed to the city of Ramadi. 2nd Lt. Anderson was then accepted into the MECEP program, and graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications in Dec. of 2008. Following commissioning, 2nd Lt. Anderson will be attending The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. His personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat ‘V’, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Iraqi Campain Medal. The newly commissioned officers who were pinned at this cememony included five other prior service Marines, and eleven others, made up of ensigns in the Navy and Second Lieutenants in the Army and Air Force. It was truly a joyous occassion for the hundreds of parents, friends, and guest who attended.

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CPL Rader

CPL Rader

I have been searching through your web site a few years before I even went into the Marine Corps. I must say that your web site truly does build morale through the unit with your jokes, stories and everything else you have on that site. My personal favorite story was about the boy who did a research on the Marine Corps and the entire history of the greatest group of people ever created.

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Bringing Heroes Home, With Honor and Respect

CH Stuart MGuns McMillian KCIA Mortuary and Honor Guard 2009

Bringing Heroes Home, With Honor and Respect

In February 2009, I left my family and our new tropical island paradise home of Okinawa for the sand-swept landscape of Kuwait. My assignment was to serve as the mortuary and patient affairs chaplain for Marine Forces Central Command (MARCENT) in Kuwait. This 6 month Individual Augment (IA) assignment was unlike any other I had served during my 24 years in the military and a genuine learning experience. As always, amid the challenges of life, a Higher Power was at work.

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Daddy and Son

Daddy and Son

Jeremy and Alex running to each other.

Dear Sgt. Grit,
I wanted to send these GREAT pictures to you. The first one is where on Feb. 25,2008 me and my grand-son Alexzander was sitting, waiting for that very important bus to arrive with my Alex’s daddy on it. Alex had not seen his daddy for several months. My son had came home a few days before, but that was not good enough in my grandsons eyes, he wanted Daddy. Alex and his dad man’s life is like. Missing daddy and fighting Pirates. Alex As we sat, Alex kept his eyes peeled (Texas talk) for that very important Pirate Fighter Sgt. Osborn. Then I said to the little guy, “Alex there is your daddy” Alex jumped up and ran towards his daddy as Jeremy did the same and I got the very best picture I could have captured. Both running towards each other with arms reaching for each other. It brought tears to my eyes to see such the very best Home Coming ever. But the home coming was cut short. SIL had to return 6 weeks later. That’s the second picture of a very sad day. Alex thinks his daddy is off fighting Pirates as he did for months before. Alex called me on Mother’s Day, “LaLa, my daddy is at work, fighting Pirates, and I miss him” I replied with tears in my eyes, “I know Alex, but daddy will be home soon ok.” As you can see in the last photo Alex wearing one of his daddy’s Boonie covers, no telling what this little guy is think, probably about fighting Pirates maybe. One day about 3 weeks ago my daughter called and told me that on base where Alex is in daycare there was a group of Marines at the daycare wanting the little ones to send a messages to OUR TROOPS over seas. Well the Marines walked over to Alex who had paint on his face and asked him if his daddy was over seas. Alex told them “No, my daddy is at work fighting pirates.” So they asked him to say hello to him well Alex took this golden opportunity and took the mic and went on to say “Hi daddy, I love you and I want to fight pirates with you some day ok.” If that isn’t a future Marine…fighting pirates with daddy”. I just hope my daughter got a copy of that little speech. Well that’s about it, I just wanted to share with you what this little

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Cherry Point

Cherry Point

They were still issuing those in the summer of ’62 at MCRD San Diego. I don’t recall ever being instructed on the appropriate time and/or way to wear the scarf.

It stayed folded up in my sea bag for four years, two months and twelve days, only coming out for a junk on the bunk. I still had it up until last year but never knew what to do with it.

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