Observations from After Boot Camp

Observations from After Boot Camp

Why did I join the Marines- Honor? Integrity? Feelings? We all enlisted for different reasons. I was in the thick of things during high school – living in Florida- the Cuban Missile Crises- some adults feared this time as they lived through World War 11- and saw ships torpedoed of Miami Beach – planes overhead day and night. Also, we as kids grew up with a lot of war movies on TV and the Movies as well. After my time in high school – was undecided as what I wanted to do = or where I was headed? Decided to join the Marines – one of my friends had a brother who was a Marine and came to visit his family. He was a little guy- but very confident and carried himself with a head held high- and approached a bully among us- and the guy was a big guy- and got in his face and told him to back off and stop pushing others around. The guy backed off as with all bullies – they do not want someone to challenge them. The Marines gave me confidence- and integrity- and taught me to work with others- and be compassionate too. Help those who need help- and be there for your comrades. Teamwork or Gung Ho! was important- and pick up the slack in a joint effort to overcome an obstacle. You are one out of many- but if one or two take the lead the others will follow- and you accomplish the mission or job at hand. I realize that as an athlete you are faced with a huge payday- but I would not take a knee- so to speak- I think it is disrespecting the FLAG and what it stands for!!! I understand that some take a knee to protest the police and in some instances racial inequality- but I feel this is the wrong forum to express your discontent this way in this manner. I also think our President is not correct in his manner of addressing this issue. We follow our leaders, but at what cost. Everything is not black and white either. I am a Marine from 1963- old timer and times change – weapons change- theaters of operations change- the enemy changes his way of fighting too! We are Marines and we adjust as always. Never thought of who I am or what I would be without being a Marine- Semper Fi! and God bless Our Marine Corps and our Country.
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    Bobby Yarbrough your words says it all!!!! SEMPER FI Vietnam Vet 69-71 MCRDSD

  • John Mason Sgt ’67-69 Echo 2/27 and Delta 1/9 April of 68 to May 69

    Amen brothers, I didn’t watch my team last year and if I see them kneeling again this year, I won’t watch then even if they win every game. They are a bunch of whining over paid prima donnas. Passed through high school and college just because the could play foot ball!

  • Cpl CR Perry of the Marine Corps 5/27/1967 to 7/26/1971.

    Meant to say their big boy underwear.

  • Cpl CR Perry of the Marine Corps 5/27/1967 to 7/26/1971.

    These high dollar athletes who kneel when the national anthem is played are a disgrace to this great nation. I agree with our President on this issue. The NFL is losing in this battle and will continue to see revenues drop. The. Owners should put on their big underwear and deal head on with the problem children. Vietnam Veteran 1/14/1968 to 9/19/1969. SEMPER Fi!!!!

  • Harold Allie

    I think our president deserves respect , and i heard it direct from the growl of Chesty Puller “respect the office” not the person .. Semper Fi.

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