Happy 230th Birthday To The Corps

Happy 230th Birthday To The Corps
B. Howard

The birthday ball is coming soon.
Devil Dogs will smile and dance under the moon.
As they sway gently holding loved ones in their arms,
Their thoughts steal away to their brothers who face harm.

Just for a moment, they want to be over there,
Just to make sure the perimeter is clear.
The love and regard these men have for each other
Is a bond common to all Marine Corps brothers.

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Meaning Behind Folding the Flag

Why The American Flag Is Folded 13 Times

Have you ever wondered why the flag of the United States of America is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is folded and handed to the widow at the burial of a veteran? Here is the meaning of each of those folds and what it means to you.

The ‘first fold’ of our flag is a symbol of life.

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27th Marines on Iwo Jima Story

BLOOD PROMOTIONS: 27th Marines on Iwo Jima
Submitted by Chuck Tatum

Major Justin G. Duryea was the original commander of the 1st Bn 27th Marines. When he came aboard, he brought his staff from the parachute training school located at Camp Gillispie, California.

When Lt. Col Butler came aboard, the major moved up to regimental headquarters and became the 27th Marines operations officer. He received a promotion to Lt. Col. As an operation officer, he was in charge of plans and training. That chore included devising operational plans for all the battalions of the 27th Marine Regiment.

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Semper Fi: Marine at the OKC Federal Building Bombing

“Semper Fi In Oklahoma City”

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS, Washington, D.C. — In the American heartland a stunned nation stood paralyzed by the face of domestic terror. For rescuers who clawed at crumbled concrete, time lacked importance. The search for hope slipped quietly beyond reach as efforts there shifted to the recovery of bombing victims.

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What Did We Do To Deserve This?

What Did We Do To Deserve This?
submitted by MGySgt Ralph Hoffman (Retired)

Below the Manchurian boarder, Korea is the spot
We are doomed to spend our lives in a place God forgot
Through the paddies with our weapons, digging foxholes with a pick
Doing the work of a gosh darn Mule, to damm tried to kick
We sweat, we swear, we freeze, it is more than we can stand
We are really not convicts, we are defenders of our land
We are the troops of The Corps, earning our measly pay
Guarding our Country’s millions, for a lousy $ 4 a day
Living with our memories, wanting to see our best girl
Hoping to see her, before she marries our best pal
Nobody knows we are living, nobody gives a damm
Back home we are soon forgotten, as the nephews of Uncle Sam
When we climb that final mountain, right up to that Golden Bell,
St. Peter will say, “Welcome MARINES you served your time in hell!”

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Untitled Poem – Smiley

Untitled Poem
by Jim Smiley

Hey Sgt. Grit,
I am sending you this poem in hopes that it will be passed on to others that do not understand why we are Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. I was in the Corps in the early 80's stationed at MCAGCC 29 Palms. I never was in any conflict but still I will defend my fellow military troops that have been there. I think that maybe the poem says it all.

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Our Country

Our Country
by Belinda L McCormick

Our flag gracefully sways in the breeze at half mast,
The Eagle symbol of America freedom weeps,
Terrorist have stormed our gates giving us reflections of fear,
We stand at attention strong one union steadfast.

We will mourn our dead who gave their life for freedom,
And tend to our wounded but we will never surrender!
The stars and stripes will long wave overhead in proud glory,
Our soldiers brave and fearless, will fight and never be tiresome.

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