In The Head

You may have heard this before.  However, a couple of decades later while in the San Diego airport, waiting for my flight, I can’t believe I actually had the presence of mind to remember it when a young, just graduated from Navy Boot Camp, seaman saw me leaving the urinal straighaway to the exit, I’m sure, noticing my 3rd Marine Division ball cap, and made the remark… it was priceless, and I still wonder at my ability to recall and use it.

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Sgt (5) Marine Corp [disabled]

We will keep those 13 honorable soldiers who have sacrificed their life in Afghanistan for the extraction of both United States people in those Afghann’s. With an incompetence of a president (Joe Biden) who needs to be court-martialed. Or Biden should step down as president to avoid the negativity of his presidency. Everything he has touched that Donald Trump has put inplace. down on our southern boarders everything that was set-up so we can get more illegal aliens into this country.to increase the chances for democrats that would increase the chance for Democrats to win in the election. This loss of our Marines could have been avoided Biden botched that up by letting hundreds upon hundreds Of American citizens as well as those people from Afghanistan who stood with us and helped us during the war of 20 years of fighting. Leaving them there to be murdered by the Terrorist and took over Kabobol in Afghanistan!

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Nam Vet 68-69

I’m an o331 USMC from nam…Tet offensive ,PH recipient now 74 and doing well…Married 50 years next month…I’ve been riding a Motorcycle since 1971 when I got out…I was a state rep for the CVMA motorcycle association…Today there are around 15,000 countrywide… A great org. and not an MC …Everyone in our group is a combat veteran from all theaters…Nam, Korea , Afghanistan at one time we had WWII vets in our group…I started riding for all that never made it back…It was and is my therapy…Even my Vet shrink thinks so…So this fiasco that just cost 13 military lives makes me sick…Leave the NCO’s in charge and get civilians and politicians out of it …That was the case in Nam and it’s the same now…History does repeat…This ,in my opinion is the worst high command we have ever had…God bless our troops and they’re families….

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder Does Not Belong in US Military

First and foremost I don’t have the honor of being a U.S. Marine, but I had the honor of working beside them being a worker for the DOD. We have to stop letting the U.S. politicians control our military. There was a meeting that took place in the Pentagon in the late 60’s with a certain General and Four Star fleet admirals of the US Navy and five star generals of the US Airforce. They stated in the meeting in exactly 18 months we could be done with the war in southeast Asia, Vietnam. The stupid arrogant men of congress insisted on taking the wheel and driving the bus hence the disaster of the fall of Saigon in 1975. The same thing has taken place again in this disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. We as a nation are better than this and if we continue in this line of thought and practice we will be carrying the caskets and remains of our comrades for years to come. In the words of General George S. Patton “Military leaders lead, follow, or move the hell out of the way.”. May the souls and bodies of 13 Marines and one Navy corpsmen rest in peace. May their families find true closure.

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NEVER FORGET 26.08.2021

NEVER FORGET 26.08.2021

The Department of Defense announced the names of the 13 service members who were killed in action while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the Marine Corps, the deceased are: Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California. Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California. Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana. Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas. Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri. Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming. Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California. The Marine Corps mourns the deaths of our 11 Marines, and joins together in grief with the Navy and Army over the loss of our teammates: Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corrytown, Tennessee. “These fallen heroes answered the call to go into harm’s way to do the honorable work of helping others. We are proud of their service and deeply saddened by their loss,” said Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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NEW YORK TIMES CALLED IT “DUMKIRK”

Gen. Mark Milley was ordered by President Biden to protect the Kabul embassy “at all costs” but wouldn’t allow more troops to be brought in. The general initially stated he was left no choice but to abandon Bagram airbase in order to have a large enough force to do that. Now, the embassy is operating out of the international airport and Biden allowed more troops to be brought in for protecting the evacuation.
One might wonder why the American embassy, which was to be closed with the departure of our troops anyhow, wasn’t simply moved to Bagram where it was infinitely more defensible had the decision to remove all air support not been made. High value Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS prisoners held at Bagram could have been flown to Guantanamo, to be exchanged for Americans and Afghan ally hostages as needed. A deep perimeter around the base could have been maintained with sufficient forces to facilitate the removal of friends and allies.
I disagree with the goals of this conflict for the last eighteen and a half years – to remake a 13th century society to mirror our own. As for this “withdrawal”, I was a young Marine Lance Corporal grunt 60 years ago who, not even being a tactical genius, could have foreseen the results of which we would have used two words to describe – the first being “Cluster.”

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The Few and The Proud 2/26

Great story old Marine. I too was with 2/26 in 1967-68, I was a squad leader in 81mm, and often had line company commanders request me and my 81 team. I was still in country during the siege of Khe Sahn, and we controlled the mountain range north of the base, so the NVA had to come thru us before they could get to the base. Before we went to Khe Sahn we spent some time in Phu Bei rebuilding our Bn. after having been in a major battle close to the DMZ. I mention those places to you so you will have a reference point to help determine if we might have been with 2/26 at the same time.
I agree with you, the way things are going it looks like the country may need us old farts again, and as long as I can squeeze a trigger, I will be there. Semper Fi Brother.

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Retired Navy Corpsman (8404)

As a Retired Navy Corpsman (8404) also Independ Duty Corpsman, I would like to say how Proud we Americans are or servicemen and women who give of their time and even some of their blood for this country by being members of the Armed Forces. When we join we take an oath to serve and to protect America against all Enemies Foreign and Domestic and this oath is never taken away from us. As a Veteran of Viet Nam, the Cuban Crisis, and the blockage of Haiti. Our Military should always hold our heads high as we have nothing to be sorry for.

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Semper Fi original poem by Jim Barger

Semper Fi

We’ve lost part of America today
As soldiers answered their call
Afghanistan field crosses stand
Brave warriors until they fall

A message now delivered
Dress blues at the door
A gold star family now weeps
Men and women of the corps

Twenty years they sacrificed
For freedom they fought and died
Americans are so proud of you
You fill our hearts with pride

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