Joke - The Marine Way

As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a five-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, a man in a U.S. Marine Corps uniform is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the courtly, soft-spoken Marine leans down and motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy’s ear. Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt.

All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.

As the Marine slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. “Excuse me, sir,” she ask quietly, “but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?”

The Marine smiles serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my pilot’s wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door, on any flight I choose, and that I was just about to make my selection for this flight.”

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7 comments


  • Dennis Flanagan

    Nicely done newsletter thank you


  • Cpl. R. Camp/USMC

    Love it! And I assume that person would be the child, what about the mother after you throw the child out cause she will be a screaming lunatic after you throw her child out of the plane it looks like it’s all or nothing so it look like you’ll have to go for all or nothing to win this one. Mother and child out.


  • John Wissinger

    Whatever Works.


  • Bob C. Hookham Cpl ’81-’85

    LMOWMAO – Laughing My Old Wrinkled Marine A$$ Off. While my wife is asking me “What is your problem?”


  • Ronald Moore

    Yes we Marines emprevice, adapt and over come…. Semper Fi. ALL Marines


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