This is Juan A. Bee

This is Juan A. Bee

He goes on the road for booths and exhibits. He’s a real ladies man. (Fifty Shades of Gray, Bert and Ernie version, in the right pocket.) That rifle has an authentic Star Wars laser sight. We do guns shows, so all weapon chambers are empty, nytied for safety. Bayonet is strapped to the left leg. His DD214 shows Medal of Honor (authentic, real case.) It’s backed by not one, but TWO police badges. He does carry a few extras in the helmet bag… “Purple Heart” cap and another, “USN, Black Shoe soldier.” Some peanut butter MRE’s and a Sheriff’s badge too. His 12 USMC sleeve chevrons will go on before his next trip. Air Force Mini Medals topped by a Trident opposite that gorgeous ribbon rack.

My thanks to good friend Britt Taylor Collins, bootsonthegroundart.com, the crew at SGT GRIT, grunt.com, and Barb Riggle for contributions to his spring wardrobe. A big thank you to Scott Pritchett for the original concept… now our FWP logo.

Must say – last booth set-up in Jacksonville, AR a few weeks ago – a wife looked at her (alleged Vietnam Veteran) husband (she and I had been talking, he walked up) and asked him, “What’s wrong with him?”

He said, “I don’t see anything wrong.”

Draw your own conclusions.

Mary Schantag, Chairman

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15 comments


  • Mattcpe

    This is a joke. Just look at the name; Juan a Bee means “wanna be” get it? He is slamming posers. He is disrespecting the clowns that disrespect the real military veterans.


  • Mattcpe

    It is a slam on posers. Look at this name: Juan a bee = wanna be.


  • BRENDAN MCCARRON

    EVERY ASS HOLE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE HIS DREAM. THIS ONE IS A NIGHTMARE. ALL YOU GUYS HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH YOUR COMMENTS. NOW I NEED TO GO PUKE. SEMPER FI. REAL MARINES. SGT GRIT WHY DID YOU PUT THIS CRAP IN THE NEWS LETTER???


  • Michael Martyna

    I was called a Juan a Bee by an elderly gentleman. I was walking into a store and we met at the entrance and I had a USMC hat on and had both 1st and 2nd Marine division pins on, one on each side. He asked me which one, and I said both. He said “wanna a bee” and turned and walked out the door. I was actually hurt by the statement. I’m proud to claim I was in Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and CONUS during my short 4 year tour. Thus 1st and 2nd Division. Even while in Nam I had 2 permanent duty stations and 1 TDY. Asia 1ST Anti-Tanks was started to be disbanded after being with them 7 mos and I was one of the first to be transferred to 3rd BN 7th Marines. I was a radio operator. I was sent to 2nd ANGLICO and earned Army and MC jump wings when returned to CONUS. I was on a NATO cruise, 4 months in Cuba (as well as other times in the Carib.) I was a body sent to Marine Hq at Henderson Hall and also worked in the Pentagon for schooling for Embassy Duty. I know that that was an honor but I asked to be relieved because I wanted to get married and the duty required single Marines. Will be 50 yrs in another couple of month of marriage. i presently have a VA card as well as a Military ID card to get onto bases because I am 100% disabled because of Agent Orange. I am proud of my service and I see a need for Juan A Bee; even though maybe most of the population doesn’t get it. Fact is, even here you see it exposes raw feelings from military personal when you see one, even a dummy. That to me is the very reason to keep it. Trying to hide feelings is not the way to handle them or even a Juan A Bee.


  • Harry

    Got it LOL! Knee jerk reaction on my part. Harry


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