Another Proud Grandma!

Another Proud Grandma!

Just had to send in a couple pictures of my Grandson because I am so proud of him along with all the other Marine Grandma?s. Once your Grandson is in the Marines your life completely changes and you are part of a wonderful family of Marines. It is wonderful to be able to proudly wave the American Flag and also have a banner on my porch telling everyone he is a Marine and it will stay there until he comes home. The flag will be there forever and I am so proud of him and all the other fine young men and women who are courageous enough to stand for what our Country was founded upon. He is a tribute to the Marine Corp and once you are part of this wonderful Marine family you will also share in the great heritage of our country. He was stationed in San Diego for Boot Camp. He is a part of 3/1 India Company, Wpns. Plt.

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One proud Dad

One proud Dad

Dear Sgt Grit-

After reading your newsletters for the last 7 months I had to write & share some of “my pride & joy”. In mid February 2006 I had the pleasure to be part of my first “Marine Homecoming” at Camp Lejeune, NC. My son is a LCpl in E Company, 2/2 Warlords & was deployed in Iraq since July 2005. Your Sgt Grit newsletters have been great & I read them all during his deployment. It is truly amazing how diverse, proud & devoted the Marine Corps Family is and I too now understand the pride at being a Marine parent. As the 5 buses full of Marines arrived, the 300 crowd went wild & erupted in cheers. While it took nearly 30 minutes for me to be reunited with my son among the hundreds of family members & Marines that “all look alike” , the 7 month & 30 minute wait was worth it. By sharing the many stories & experiences in your newsletters from other parents & Marines, my wait was OK as many others had or were doing the same. Attached is a picture of what Marine Corps Family pride & joy truly look like. Keep the great newsletters & catalogs coming.

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Umm Qasr March 21, 2003

Umm Qasr March 21, 2003

A U.S. Marine raises the American and Marine flag at the entrance to Iraq’s main port of Umm Qasr March 21, 2003.

Marines briefly raised the Stars and Stripes after facing tougher than expected resistance in and around the southern Iraq port. Some time later, the flag was removed. No reason was given for the decision, but Washington has consistently stressed that invading U.S. forces want to liberate Iraq, not occupy it

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Iraq Story – Another Bridge

Another Bridge
A Personal Account during the War with Iraq

The water came to a rolling boil in the aluminum canteen cup as the sergeant began pouring coffee, sugar, powered cream and cocoa beverage powder into it. The sergeant snickered through the shadow of a three-day beard. 115 degrees and I’m drinking fucking coffee. After much practice he had mastered the balance of instant coffee and the other ingredients to make the perfect caf?-mocha. He removed the drink from a small camp stove that had been rigged to run on diesel fuel and took a sip. A smile graced his lips. Damn, it was good.

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Squad Tactics in Fallujah

Squad Tactics in Fallujah
NCO’s combat journal offers look inside squad tactics in Fallujah.
April 25, 2005

Grunt gouge
NCO’s combat journal offers look inside squad tactics in Fallujah

By Laura Bailey
Times staff writer

Perhaps no one was in a better position to see what was going on in the streets and houses of Fallujah last fall than Sgt. Earl Catagnus Jr. and his team of snipers.

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Snakes in the Attack

CALLSIGN “DEADLY”SNAKES IN THE ATTACK
A Personal Account of an AH-1W Pilot During the War with Iraq

Author’s NoteThis personal account of the war in Iraq was written to convey to my family and friends just what I went through during the war. Therefore, it is not an official history of what my unit accomplished or participated in, but rather a “Rated PG-13” and unclassified version of what I experienced. My concern is that this journal is forwarded in e-mails to others outside of my circle… and I want to ensure that when this falls into a stranger’s hands, that what I’ve written is taken in context with the how and why I composed this piece. These observations and opinions are mine alone. They don’t represent my command, or the United States Marine Corps. JLC

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