Religious Responses to Combat

It is a distinct honor to speak with fellow Marines, especially because in this group there is a breadth of experience in the Corps which spans the sweep of contemporary Marine Corps history. Here in this room are men and women whose service exemplifies the globe- spanning image of our Corps, much of our experience coming deployed under arms and in harms way. It is because of this breadth of actual combat experience, I intend to speak with yourather than to youabout the religious nature of our experiences. Because we speak as fellow Marines and combat veterans, I will try to avoid the technical language of professional preachers. Rather, my hope is to provide all of us with helpful patterns to organize our responses to combat within a religious framework

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Newsletter Story from 2004


August 28, 2004

  Dear Sergeant Grit

So where do I begin? 

First, let me compliment you on your website and newsletter.  It is a fine thing that you do for the Marine Corp family.  I’m guessing that when you started this effort you never imagined the input that you get today.  What a task you have in editing it on a weekly basis.  I admire your efforts to present a variety of opinions on a multitude of subjects.  I appreciate your newsletter (online) so much that enclosed you will find a completed application for the published Monthly Newsletter. 

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T2 Virtual PTSD

The T2 Virtual PTSD Experience, based in Second Life, is an immersive, interactive learning experience designed to educate visitors about combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It includes a simulation demonstrating how PTSD may be acquired during a combat-related traumatic event, including an explanation of the connections between danger cues and triggers, the role of avoidance in the development of PTSD, and how PTSD is a normal human response to traumatic events. Additionally, this environment includes simulations of PTSD symptoms, helping the visitor learn through interactive activities how PTSD symptoms may show up in a person's life. Finally, the environment includes information to help visitors determine whether they or a loved one is in need of care, and how to access that care whether a DoD or VA beneficiary.

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Marine Grandpa

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Grandmothers and Marine Grandfathers? Well, here it is: 


There was this loving Marine grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son's family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 7-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time — just him and his granddaughter.

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War troops to undergo ‘don’t ask’ repeal classes

CAMP PENDLETON, California (AP) — Marines fighting in Afghanistan will begin undergoing training to prepare for the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay troops, and most will have participated in the mandatory classes before they return home, a senior U.S. Marine general in the country said Thursday.

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Doberman’s in WW II

Sgt Grit,

I think a USMC Tee-Shirt with Doberman's recognized as the real USMC War Dog/ “Devildogs” would be appropriate.  Admittedly the English Bulldog is the USMC Mascot but the Doberman was the real hero in many WW II campaigns, he was a fighter. I have had eight Doberman's and my current Marine, Baron, is 32.5″ to the withers and 112 pounds of protection and companionship.

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Marine Corps Operating Concepts; 3d Edition

Background. The third edition of the Marine Corps Operating Concepts (MOC) provides a conceptual guide for current and future force development and operations. Today’s complex security environment is marked by hybrid threats and a myriad of possible futures that requires an adaptable and forward deployed, multi-capable force like the Corps. You can download the full MOC text at

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The Skin Gun–a must see!!!!


My tank's driver in Vietnam ended up taking over my flame-thrower tank after my tour was over and I returned to “The World.”  About two years later, he was hitchhiking across the US and he came by my home in Denver.  He had been medically retired from the USMC the previous six month after suffering a horrendous & fiery explosion where his tank had exploded and left him horribly burned over the right side of his body…and where his arm was burned to the bone in places. This new discovery would have saved him most of the year that he spent in the burn ward in US Navy hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

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