George Medal

George Medal
Submitted by R.A. Wulff

In the early morning hours of August 7, 1942, elements of the First Marine Division made their way into the landing boats and began the assault on the Japanese held island of Guadalcanal. As in any conflict, there were to be many acts of heroism, untold fear and the seeds of legends. After an unopposed landing and the initial advance into the interior of the island by the Marines, the Japanese decided that it was time to drive the Americans away from Henderson Airfield and back to the beaches where the Japanese Army would annihilate them. The Marines saw it differently and the battle went from a sparing match to a brawl. It was the birth place of major offensive action and the thousands of telegrams that were to be sent to the front doors of American homes from the Pacific for the next three years.

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Howard “Pappy” Young

Howard "Pappy" Young
In memory of…

Howard "Pappy" Young
Pappy Young
September 15, 1907 -June 22, 2005 TAPS
In memory of Howard L. "Pappy" Young

Pappy was born in the small Washington State town of Rockford on September 15, 1907 to Ida M. Buster and Coey A. Young. The family, which included in addition to Pappy a daughter Effie and another son named Harold, moved from Rockford to Spokane when Pappy was still a baby. Pappy resided in Spokane until he was called to active duty from the Marine Corps Reserves in 1940.Howard's Son

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Justified Use of the A-bomb

Sorry We Won The War?

(Reprinted with permission of Military magazine, 2122 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818. A sample copy of Military may be obtained by writing to the above address)

The apologists, revisionists and the “America is always wrong” crowd have been busy as hell this summer. It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV without being told -America was wrong and inhumane for using the A-Bomb on Japan. . . not just by the Japanese, who have yet to even admit they started the war, or did anything wrong. . . but by the bleeding hearts those elitist media snobs have decided are the spokesmen for our conscience.

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Facts about the End of WWII in Japan

A History Lesson
By: Ed Fulwider

A few months back you published letters from Janice Miller of San Mateo and Charlie Leonard of Danville regarding V-E Day, V-J Day and the question of when WWII ended. The upcoming ceremonies at golden Gate National Cemetery on 17 February, 2001, to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Marine’s landing on Iwo Jima started me thinking about some very little known facts about the war’s end.

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World War II: 2nd Mar Div in South Pacific

WWII Veteran from Ponchatoula
Submitted by: Mark Griggs 3/10 2ndMarDiv

Second Marine Division: Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Tanambogo, Gavutu, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa

Part One: Guadalcanal August 7, 1942-February 10, 1943
Part Two: Tarawa: November 20, 1943-November 23, 1943
Part Three: Saipan “War in the Canebrakes” June 15, 1944July 9, 1944

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Story of Rat Revenge in Guadalcanal

“‘Rats!’ said McBane”
By: Charles L. Fontenay

Guadalcanal, at the time I was there, was a tropical paradise of sticky heat, coconuts, and mud, land crabs and Japanese bombers that drove us to the fox holes every night or so…and rats. Our contingent of military novices was housed in tents at Lunga Beach, and the rats looked in our tents as the nightly equivalent of Disney Land.

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Dear John

Dear John
Marty/Mary Koepp

The ultimate response to a Dear John letter…

You gotta love a man like this, Humor in the face of defeat.
A Marine was deployed to Afghanistan. While he was there he received a letter from his girlfriend. In the letter she explained that she had slept with two guys while he had been gone and she wanted to break up with him. AND, she wanted pictures of herself back.
So the Marine did what any squared-away Marine would do. He went around to his buddies and collected all the unwanted photos of women he could find. He then mailed about 25 pictures of women (with clothes and without) to his girlfriend with the following note:
"I don't remember which one you are. Please remove your picture and send the rest back."

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Dirty Ernie

Dirty Ernie
Robert Heitman Sgt. USMC 1978-1982

Dirty Ernie was playing in some shit, when a Marine Corps PFC. saw him and said "Dirty Ernie what are you doing with that shit? Dirty Ernie replied "I'm making a Marine Corps PFC." The PFC. ran off and got his Corporal. The corporal said "Dirty Ernie what are you doing? Dirty Ernie looked at him, grabbed some more shit and said "I'm making a Marine corps Corporal." The Corporal ran off and got his Sergeant … the Sergeant said "Dirty Ernie what are you doing? Dirty Ernie looked at him, grabbed some more shit, and said "I'm making a Marine corps Sergeant." The Sergeant ran off to get his Lieutenant. The Lieutenant said "Dirty Ernie what are you doing? Ernie looked up at him and said I'm making a Marine Corps Sergeant" The Lieutenant looked at him with pride and said "I thought you were going to say you were making a Marine corps Lieutenant" Dirty Ernie looked at him and said "No Sir, I don't have enough shit!

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Recruit Gone AWOL

Recruit gone AWOL

As the sun rose over Paris Island, the senior drill instructor realized that one of his recruits had gone AWOL. A search party was dispatched immediately. After a few hours the recruit was discovered hiding in some bushes. He was sent back to the base and promptly escorted to the drill instructor's office. The instructor asked the young recruit, "Why did you go AWOL?"

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To Prevent Media Bias

…to prevent media bias…
Robert Heitman Sgt. USMC 1978-1982

News Anchor Dan Rather, NPR Reporter Cokie Roberts and a U.S. Marine were hiking through the desert one day when they were captured by Iraqis. They were tied up, led to the village and brought before the leader. The leader said, "I am familiar with your western custom of granting the condemned a last wish. Before we kill and dismember you, do you have any last requests?" Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowl full of hot, spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chili. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die content." Cokie Roberts said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe someday someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end." The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Roberts dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die happy." The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?" "Kick me in the ass," said the Marine." "What?" asked the leader. "Will you mock us in your last hour?" "No, I'm not kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass," insisted the Marine. So the leader shoved him into the open, and kicked him in the ass. The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9mm pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he leapt to his knapsack, pulled out his M4 carbine, and sprayed the Iraqis with gunfire. In a flash, the Iraqis were dead or fleeing for their lives. As the Marine was untying Rather and Roberts, they asked him, "Why didn't you just shoot them? Why did you ask them to kick you in the ass?" "What!?" said the Marine, "And have you assholes call ME the aggressor?"

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