2004 Newsletter story

Sgt. Grit,
Concerning the Mom that was upset because her son couldn't be home for Christmas made me think about my own Mom. She had three boys and from 1965 to 1974 she left her Mothers Flag hanging in the window. All those years at Christmas that one of us were not at home. My oldest brother spent 2 tours in Nam with the Corps and my middle brother was with the Army. I was also in the Corps. Never once did I hear her complain about one of us not being home. All she would ever say is it would be nice to have us all home for Christmas again. I guess what it boils down to is the generation. She was brought up during the depression, worked in the steel mills when all the men were gone fighting in WWII and knew what sacrifice was. I never heard her complain about the Vietnam War or that we were enlisting. All I remember her ever saying is be safe and return home.
Butch Wahley
Cpl 1971-1974

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Marines kill Afghan tribal leader after thrown rock breaks nose of U.S. commander Col. Paul Kennedy

WASHINGTON – An Afghan tribal elder brought a rock to a gun fight – and it cost him his life.

Pashtun tribal leader Mamour Merajuddin Khan recently hurled a stone at Marine Col. Paul Kennedy in the Sangin district of the restless Helmand River Valley, a source said.

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The Old Man


           As I came out  the supermarket that sunny  day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his  up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open .The  man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty feet away.

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How to obtain your records and photos

How do I obtain Platoon Photos?

    To purchase Platoon Grad photos over the phone please call (619) 524-4426 or you may choose to purchase online, please visit the MCRD Museum Historical Society website.

How do I obtain Graduation Books?

    The Yearbook Office keeps records for two years. For more information they can be contacted at (619) 296-3840.  For books older than two years, you can contact the MCRD Museum Historical Society at (619) 524-4426.

How do I obtain Graduation Videos?

    To receive a video of graduation, please call (619) 725-6294 and place the order over the phone. You will need to have a credit card ready to purchase by phone.  The customer service representative assisting you can help you with price, shipping charges, etc.

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From 2004 Newsletter

Sgt. Grit;
I received the first newsletter from your site; While I was intrigued and spellbound by the stories of the seasoned Marines; there were two submissions that struck me; One from a New Marine Mom ( which I am one of ) and the other from a new recruit waiting to go to PI; I would like to share how I became a Marine Mom.. It was the summer of 2001 July ; a beautiful day; a family BBQ ; aunts & uncles & cousins that grew up more like brothers and sisters; And now the next generation was there; the cousins children – which included my son. And there was the one cousin that drew all the attention; (he always did )My cousin Sgt. John G. Scharf..USMC He was a wonder; with a smile that could light up a night; a sense of humor that was endless; a 29 yr old man; engaged to be married that year; the father of a beautiful daughter that was his life. He was my sons favorite. Then came another beautiful day; the skies were bright ; the air crisp.. September 11th 2001. My son was at school ; they locked down; my 13 yr. old son was sick & home with me; I remember his words” Mom you hate war movies; why are you watching this?” To explain to him it was real was what I thought would be the hardest thing I had to do; I was wrong; the hardest thing to do came on Sept. 12. with one phone call ; My uncle on the phone (also USMC) ; with one word .. “John”.. his son.. Sgt. John G. Scharf; lost in the World Trade Center. But we had hope; if anyone could.. John could; he could make it even from the 103rd floor; I told my children that night; that terror has struck at our family; our hearts; our home; My son joined the DEP of the USMC on 17th of Sept 02 when he turned 17; He never wavered; he never faltered; the question that asked why you want to become a marine stated 'For my country; for Myself and for My cousin Sgt. John Scharf” he left on Aug 4 03; and the Recruiter that drove him to where he needed to go..Staff Sgt. David Scharf my sons cousin; brother of John. Those 3 months he was away were the toughest of my life; as I am sure his; while he was at PI; Sept. 11 2003 came; I finally felt able to go to the family site “the pit”.. I brought home bedrock from that site; I sent a piece to my son at PI..”remember why you did what you did..when things are tough; remember real strength; like that of John” My son became a Marine Oct. 31 2003; It was the proudest moment of my life ; and I brought a piece of that rock with me to PI we never found John.. but if someone looks close enough; In that Iwo Jima Statue; In front of the parade deck; there is a rock; and it is one of your own ; It is the spirit and dust of one Sgt. John G. Scharf.. and he's home.
(Johns profile can be found in Portraits of 9/11 by Time Magazine)

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From 2008 Newsletter

Semper FI, Sgt Grit:

I just finished reading your May 28 news. While reading it. I remembered something my father told me ( he has past on).

When WW ll was declared. He was working on the railroad. Everyone was telling him, you have no worries, you exempt from the draft. The second week in January 1942. On arriving home from work there was a letter for him. It started out, Greeting from the President of the United States. He was drafted.

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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. 
Thomas Jefferson

“Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.”    — Thomas Jefferson

“This gave me occasion to observe, that when Men are employ'd they are best contented. For on the Days they work'd they were good-natur'd and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour.”  

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