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Wish-I-Were's

It’s interesting to read the stories about how different wanna- be’s suggest or pretend to desire the name Marine. When I was a young 2nd Lt in flight training in Pensacola in the 70’s, I still remember several Navy Ensigns (even one or two Annapolis Grads) quietly murmuring how they wish they were Marines. It was evident to them that with only a few months of military service under our belts and not much experience at anything, Marines are something different and special.

Bob Foley
USMC 1974-1981

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Cpl Paul J McCarty Jr - June 1, 2020

I’ve got two ex-wives that will testify to that!Cpl Paul McCarty K3/7 Vietnam 1967.two purple hearts

Jim Kanavy, Cpl, 0311/0231 - June 1, 2020

I might add that in addition to being “different and special”, we are NOT easy to live with.

Donald Key [68-72] - June 1, 2020

I was attending the Auburn, Wa Veterans Parade and I have never shaking so many hands in my life, I was on the curb watching the parade go by and i would have people step out of the parade just to shake my hand then go back to what they was doing. I came home all stroke up from being there. Semper Fi Marines

Dave Kennedy - June 1, 2020

It’s always great to have someone thank you for your service or chat with Marine who was in. But if I had a dime for every person that comes up to me and says I wanted to be a Marine, I d be rich.

Sgt T. K. Shimono - June 1, 2020

Yes, I get looks and am asked questions by young kids and teenagers about the Marine Corps, because I wear the logo of the Marine Corps Globe and Anchor and USMC on all of my different types of shirts. Other former Marines that I met in the course of my company business, will stop and chat about our time in the Corps. When I was in Cheyenne, WY, my son and I were leaving the diner when a lady came running up to me at the cashier and said loudly, ‘”thank you for serving our country”. I told her “Thank you” but remember, there are thousands of us that served and are serving. She shook my hand and had tears in her eyes. Remember Marines, “We are a very proud member of a highly dedicated military branch” and people know it!!. Semper Fi to all Marines, past, present and into the future. Sgt Ted K. Shimono 1959-1968.

Sgt Klein - June 1, 2020

I too wear a usmc veterans hat and jacket I get thank you and glances all the time.I even get my meals paid for sometimes . I am proud to wear them Semper Fi Marines. 69-72

L/cpl T.J.Davis - June 1, 2020

I was in the mall yesterday birthday shopping with my granddaughter Veterans Day I was wearing a Marine Corp baseball cover and a hooded sweat shirt with USMC and the Globe and Anchor on the front in gold color I could see the side glances of other service men from different branches looking and I know they were thinking I wish I was were wearing that USMC Globe and Anchor I did get a lot of thank you for your service and hand shakes Semper Fi wear it proud as we are one of the few the proud the MARINES. 1st Mar Div. Vietnam 69-70

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