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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  • S/sgt G.L.Dodds 67-76

    Semper Fi my brothers I for one am tired of seeing a bunch overpaid bozo’s who disrespect the flag that a lot of good men and women have given their lives to protect, if these people don’t respect our values and traditions they need to go somewhere else,and I would be happy to help them pack and take them to the airport.

  • Bobby Yarbrough, GySgt USMC (ret) 1969-1994

    Must add that I am only 5’7″ and at that time a saoking wet 135 lb.

  • Bobby Yarbrough, GySgt USMC (ret) 1969-1994

    I joint the Marines because, well I was that 90 lb weakling afraid of his own shadow. I had an older brother that continually beat me when we were growing up. I remember watching all the War movies about the Marines. and said that’s what I wanted to be. So I enlisted while in high school and went to boot Camp when I graduated. Best damn decision I ever made. Beat the hell out of my 6’4″ Squid brother after I got out of boot camp. Not once but twice, one in front of his girlfriend and once in front of our sister and grandmother. My WWII Navy dad asked why I joined the Corps, I told him because I was better than he and my brother, he knocked me out and when I came too he said prove it. I think after 24 years and being a Vietnam Vet and Desert Storm Vet that should of proved it, but no he was still angry that I joined the Marines and not the Navy. and never said once that he was proud of me nor that I proved it even to his dying day. Well my brothers and sisters do what you think is right and follow your dreams and not of those who think you should do something different. I spent 24 years active and now have been retired 24 years and never have regretted a day of it. Am I that macho SOB that I wanted to be,? NO!, But I am aUnited States Marine. SEMPER FI.

  • Jim Connor

    I would like to see a platoon of Marines from Iwo Jima who watched the flag go up stand by and watch the football players take their knee while the National Anthem is being played and honoring the flag. The football players will never understand what the flag meant to those guys. There was a love football does not teach. Every citizen should have that same love for our flag.

  • S/Sgt KR Thomas 61-80

    Football is entertainment not a political platform, do it on your own time. Our current president is at least three times the man of his predecessor.

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