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I'd like to say first off that I love Sgt. Grit magazine. I recently purchased a whole bunch of scrap booking stuff (because I can only find it here!) to make a "Marine Corps Career" scrapbook for my fiancé, Cpl. Adam Cohick, who is currently serving in Afghanistan with the 1/3 Lava Dogs. When he left for Afghanistan, I was very upset. He said when he first got there that he didn't know why they were there. After a few months of him being there, he said to me on the phone the other day, "I know why we're here now. Little kids can go to school without being afraid of the Taliban." At that moment, I was more proud of him, and the rest of the Marines serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, for the job that they're doing than I've ever been before. It really is important, and I'm still missing him like crazy, but I couldn't possibly be more proud of him than I am right now, and he's never been more proud of being in the United States Marine Corps than he is right now.

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1/3 C. Co "Lava Dogs"

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I would like to convey an experience I had late last year concerning our current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Peter Pace, USMC.

Each November 11th there is a Veterans Day observance at the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington D.C.. Each year the observance is attended by various political, military and other guest speakers. They place all the speakers on a raised platform stage set in front of the memorial. The rest of us stand in the surrounding grassy area.

Each year I attend with a number of my Harley riding buddies who happen also to be veterans. Many are Marine vets, of Viet Nam, Beirut and Desert Storm.

This past Veterans Day General Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was the featured speaker. Prior to the commencement of the formal proceedings several hundred veterans of the Ia Drang Valley battle in November 1965 in Viet Nam had a wreath laying ceremony in front of the Wall. As these men marched along the front of the Wall and then entered the reserved seating area, General Pace came down from the stage area and shook the hand of each and every one of the Ia Drang veterans. In doing so, you could see him saying a few personal words to each man. General Pace was the only dignitary to come down and personally greet each these men.

Later, he gave a speech which was primarily about the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, he started his speech by telling about his service as a young 2nd Lt. platoon leader in 1968 in Hue City. Not so much his service, but the service of the men with whom he served. He especially wanted us to know the names of those men in his platoon that he lost in Hue. As he started naming those names, a commercial jet leaving nearby Reagan airport started to fly over drowning out the General, he stopped and waited for the aircraft to pass, then a second aircraft came overhead, he stopped again, seemingly for a very long time. When it had finally quieted, in a choking voice he started yet again for a third time, first by apologizing for the delay and second by again naming the names and adding, it was important that he share with us all the names of the men in his command that were lost in Hue long ago in 1968.

Observing General Pace that day made me proud to be a Marine and gave me comfort to know that our military has as its Chief such a noble and humble Marine.

Semper Fi

Goog, CPL. 11th Marines, RVN 1969

As I was walking into a McDonald's with my granddaughter Emily, I notice a "USMC" yellow magnetic ribbon on the back of a car puling up to park in the handicap space. Waiting in line with our order, in she walks with what looks to be her son next to her. He has a brace and halo around his head.

I turn her way and say "I noticed in the parking lot a USMC ribbon on the back of your car, do you have a Marine in the family?" She points to her young man beside her, and tells me her son is a Marine. I tell him that I have a Marine son and I thanked him for his service to our country. He smiles and tells me thank you.

That is all that is said and Emily is eating her "Happy" meal. They finish before us and come by to ask where is my son. I let them know he is at Camp Pendleton. The Marine then informs me he had done two tours in Iraq and was home on leave, when a drunk driver hit him and broke his neck. He has been in the Marines for six years, a Sergeant hoping to get back to Twenty- nine Palms with his tank unit.

His Mom standing next to him has a tear running down her cheek as I proceed to stand up and give him the best "Marine Mom" hug I could.


"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me...That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave"
- Stonewall Jackson

Are our troops fighting for our ignorant bliss? My husband is on active duty, and we moved back to Ohio recently because he was deployed yet again to Iraq. I am used to living on military bases, so it as been a little rough readjusting to civilian life.

I am approached occasionally with questions that amaze me. You see, I fly a Blue Star flag at home and have a sticker of it on my car. I've actually had people ask me what it meant. One moron even asked what state the Blue Star represented. I've also encountered really dumb responses. I told someone my husband was in Fallujah, and was asked where that was. I had someone say, ''Oh, your husband is a Navy FMF Corpsman -- what is that?'' And: ''Oh, he's Navy. That's good -- at least he is not seeing action over there!'' I was in a Home Depot and asked the cashier whether the store offered a military discount (we always ask because around military bases, lots of places do). I was told, not every day -- only on special occasions like Veterans Day. I thought, ''Wow, good thing the troops don't serve only on special occasions.'' When asked for identification, out of habit I pull out my dependent military ID. More times than I care to count, I've been asked: ''Uh, don't you have an Ohio driver's license?'' I've been told a license is better to use and more prevalent than a military ID. I once even was asked whether I had a state ID, since I had no driver's license. A military ID has a photo and SS number, and is required to enter bigger and better places than the local grocery store. I have had at least four addresses since the one showing on my Ohio license, so it does no good unless someone is looking for my parents. I wonder whether the Beacon Journal could educate people a little with an article about duties performed in combat by troops of all branches and informing them of several other things:

. Fallujah is in Iraq. . There are not special days the military serves our country, so there shouldn't be special days for a small discount.
. A military ID is just as good as an Ohio driver's license.
. When the National Anthem is played, you don't talk and laugh.
. Unless you're in the military, it's not cool but actually disrespectful to wear military clothing -- especially with rank
on it that you didn't earn. . A Blue Star flag means someone in the family is dodging bullets so you can be an American idiot.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Thomas Paine

Good Day,
This is in reply to Recruit Paul Mc Crory. What happened to you will always happen it is something to get use to. You just have to remember that there are people who can not be number one in the world. There will always be those who come in second and so on. Remind them if they are afraid to protect what they have. That they have the freedom to leave and move to Mexico or Canada!
I am currently a Marine on active duty who is pending orders to Camp LeJeune North Carolina. Once you get that title, you will have the ability to do as my Brethren did and save some other Depper who has made that same outstanding decision to be a MARINE Above ALL ELSE. If you are ever in Camp Lejeune look me up.
SSGT Warren Kidder
3537 MTC

Greetings Sgt Grit
A few years ago when I wrote about the Illinois license plates that were available to active Illinois Marines and veteran Illinois Marines,- I assumed that the "DD" designation on the plates stood for Department of Defense. Upon checking with the Secretary of the State of Illinois,- they have informed me that the "DD" stands for Devil Dogs. That stands to good reason. By the way,- the license plates are still available to any active or veteran Illinois Marines. Check with the Secretary of State. Part of the fee goes to a scholarship fund for Marines' children. All you Illinois Marines better get your old plates "surveyed" for new Marine Corps plates.

Semper Fi,
Wallace G Pfeifer
Joliet Illinois

I receive your newsletter and read it faithfully. My son enlisted in the Marines in June of 05, he went to San Diego for training and then to Camp Lejeune in July of 2005, (he was born at Camp Lejeune in 1985). My son's dream was to be a Marine and he achieved this dream then. Being a mom is a very difficult yet fulfilling job, but this has been the hardest thing I have ever done as a Mom. My son left for Iraq in October, you can tell by our house that he has been deployed. Yellow ribbons adorn all our trees and bushes, as well as our porch light and we have a sign on our garage. I have signs in my car window, yellow bows on my license plate and a Mom of a Marine front plate. I am so very proud of my son, he was a "problem" teenager, although he never really got into serious trouble. The Marines have turned him around, he calls me as often as he can and always wants to know if I need anything. We are hopeful he will return in early May. I get so angry at the protesters against war, have they forgotten 9/11? Apparently they have. I live in Edmond OK and when they had that young soldiers funeral and that church protested it, I was so angry! Why can't people just support our men and women who are giving up a lot to keep our lives safe and us free?

If it were not for people like my son who believe in America, where would we be???

Proud Mom of a US MARINE!

Welcome Back 3/6, Job WELL DONE....We Missed You

Sgt Grit, Greetings from Oregon!
WOOOHOOOO, we love our US Troops regardless of what the media puts out to the world!
I just would like to invite anyone who will be in Portland Oregon on May 24 - 28 2006, The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall is coming our way and will be at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland OR 97266, what about protestors you may be telling yourself.... no problem! Our committed 5,000 bikers will take care of that! See ya all there!

Also Sgt Grit, when you get a minute, please check out my elders website www.Marshalltalleagle.com he honors veterans that are Indian and non Indian with a Warriors Medal, we all fight under the same flag and all our warriors are HEROES!

Also keep my son in your prayers, he is now in Iraq with the 1st Marine Div Bravo Company.
Lorena Navarez
Proud military mom!

Yesterday while out running errands, I stopped into a local Jason's Deli to grab a bite to eat. As I was waiting for my order, I saw from the corner of my eye two in uniform. Well of course all of you knowing me, I can not miss the opportunity.

I walk over to these two and say, "Hello, I want to tell you, when I see someone dressed in Military uniform I always let that person know how much I appreciate their service for our country. I know your uniform is not Military, but I do want to tell you thank you for keeping our streets safe." They both looked up and from their eyes I could tell they were genuinely surprised and let me know they appreciated what I had just said. I hope it helped their day as much as it helped mine!

Karen Marks
Marine Mom

It was not George Bush. It was not George Orwell. It was Jesus who first said "He that is not for us is against us" as some of his followers saw another fellow casting out demons and they admonished Jesus saying he was not one of us.

Lady Leatherneck

This is for Mike who wrote in American Courage Newsletter #119, about his flag being vandalized. Mike, Please do not falter. Once you stop doing what you truly believe in they win. I know it's costly to replace these items but it is more of a cost to lose heart in what you stand for? It is absolutely appalling the behavior of these scumbags. In this country we have the right to be a smart or as stupid as we want to be. If they want to desecrate the Star & Stripes let them buy their own and do with it what they will. We all know what fools they are. But how DARE THEY take your personal property and consistently violate YOUR right as a citizen of the United States to express your love of this country. I can only hope and pray you catch these freaks in the act. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Don't argue with them they'll never see your point. Remember don't get into a battle of wits with someone who's unarmed. Keep the faith! Semper Fi!
HJ Cooper
Commandant, MCL Det 296 & Commander VFW Post 13
Allentown, PA

"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."
-- John Adams

I recently received a scrapbook from my grandparents that my great-grandmother had made. It was made during WWII, A war in which my grandfather fought in the Army. It chronicles all aspects of the war, from having samples of the rationing stamps they had to use, newspaper articles of all sorts, to telegrams sent to my grandfather from his parents. It even has numerous articles about actions my grandfather took that resulted in him being awarded the Bronze Star.

While reading through, I found a small poem that tugged at my emotions. It is so relevant, yet to most, the message these days would get lost in the apathy of today's society or labeled as political rhetoric by those whose total view of current events is fueled by CNN, FOX, or any other news outlet.

Am I Worth Dying For?

Dear Lord, lest I continue
My complacent way,
Help me to remember
Somewhere out there
A man died for me today.
As long as there be war,
I then must
Ask and answer -
"Am I worth dying for?"

Howell M. Forgy

It's hard to think about the difference in the attitudes of our grandparents compared to ours. You look at a generation that believed in America, where, irregardless of what conspiracy theories are out there regarding the war, people found a way to beat the military system...to get IN the service. Where the media not only reported the bad, but the GOOD as well, and even more of that than the bad! A generation where, even though the loss of life was as catastrophic as now, the war wasn't fruitless at 1000 dead, let alone 2000 or more. This generation knew what FREEDOM meant and what a high human cost it's preservation can have. This generation was willing to stand their ground to ensure that what was right was done.

Leap forward to today. Join the military? That's for people who can neither make it into college nor ever be successful. What good has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan? Who knows, good news doesn't fuel the political train or sell newspapers. How many Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen have died in the war on terror? 2323 as of 3/29/06, according to www.antiwar.com/casualties, and an estimated 100,000 civilian casualties. According to http://users.cybercity.dk/~dko12530/ww2.htm the death toll of Americans alone during WWII was just under 300,000, and WWI was 115,000. This doesn't count civilian deaths. The total death toll for WWII is estimated to be around 50 million. This generation has been sheltered to the point of looking at freedom as a guaranteed right, protected by lawyers. They look at their 1st Amendment right to free speech as forum to speak freely, but forget that others have that same right to speak freely against them. They fail to see that the military strives to keep combat confined to militaries or militants, to limit "collateral damage", even while this allows others to use this goal to mask themselves and inflict greater harm on us. This allows them to use the "human shield" tactic, since they know our goal is to limit civilian casualties. Why stick out and fight when you can hide in the shadows and kill American soldiers a handful at a time.

Irregardless of how you stand on the issue, war is ugly. There's no "Extreme Makeover" that can change that. In war, people die. They may be combatants, they may be innocent civilians, but death still pays a visit. Our enemies don't see a need to fight fair, to fight in ways that try to limit the battle to us. You don't hear of anyone complaining about their methods and tactics, but if one Marine, just one, shoots someone who is unarmed, but showing a threatening and frequently used gorilla warfare tactic, then the US is the world's evil.

Remember one fact. No matter if you are or are not for this war or any other wars, past, present, or future, that the freedoms that allow you to live the live that you do are kept that way by selfless individuals in the military. These people are willing to give up everything, from families to their life, to ensure that you are safe. They do this without the thought of thanks. Sometimes they get a pat on the back, sometimes spat on in disgust, but they still do their job, and they do it without thought.

Brannon S. Osborne
Sgt 92 -00 USMC

I cannot help but be suspicious of one side of an argument that won't allow the other side to talk.
--Ben Stein

Sgt. Grit,

I have been reading your newsletter for a while now and I look forward to receiving it each week. Some of the stories make me laugh till I cry and some just make me cry. (Yes, Marines do cry. But only in pride. Uhh Rah.)

I, like so many of my brother (and Sister) Marines, wear my Marine Corps emblem with pride. Hats, Shirts, pins and my Leather Jacket with the large Eagle-Globe-Anchor on the back, while riding my Marine Corps decorated Harley. As we share our stories of glory and pain and laughter and lust, let us not forget that their are others out there who dedicate their life's as well, to the very freedoms each of us have either fought for or served for.

I received a phone call just yesterday from Corporal Bennett stationed in Northern Iraq. Corporal Bennett is my Son, whom I am extremely proud of. He has a Wife and three Sons sitting at home waiting on his safe return from the Sandbox. He is courageous and proud to serve his Country. Upon graduating from High School, he goofed off for a while, went from job to job and then realized that he needed to do something more important with his life, so he went down to the local Marine Corps recruiter and wanted to enlist. The recruiter, like all recruiters, welcomed him with gleam. He went through the testing and processing only to be rejected for having a tattoo on each arm below the sleeve line. He was so down hearted, he had finally realized that he too wanted to be a Marine, as his Father was. (Marine Corps tradition) He tried one more time and I even went to the recruiter and practically begged him to find a way. He said the new Commandant of the Corps would not allow anyone in with tattoos below the sleeve line and had to have a waiver if they had tattoos on their body. Much to my surprise, because I know I got mine.

My Son went next door to the Army recruiter and they welcomed in as well and he is now in Northern Iraq providing security for civilian contractors traveling through the region. He carries himself in much the same manner that his Marine Father did as a young Marine and has much of the same mannerisms, being raised in a Marine home. My grandson, at 9 years old is now in the Young Marines program, keeping the tradition alive. UhhRah!

Let us not forget all who serve and may our prayers be as strong and meaningful for all who serve this great nation in pride.

If you get to read this Son, (because he does enjoy it), I Love you dearly and I am proud of you.

Semper Fi and Hoowah!
J.D. Bennett
Sergeant (79-85)

"We have got but one life here. It pays, no matter what comes after it, to try and do things, to accomplish things in this life and not merely to have a soft and pleasant time."
-Theodore Roosevelt

Dear Sgt. Grit,

I am the editor of a regional magazine in New Jersey called The Black River Journal (and I am also the son of an old salt of the Korean War who served as a rifleman and BAR man with Fox 2/5, and who really enjoyed the products I purchased from your website this Christmas).

We run a section in our magazine entitled "I Once Heard..." where readers write in to find out about local legends, myths, tall tales, and etc. We recently ran the following piece in our March/April 2006 issue. Please feel free to share it with your customers and readers.

Respectfully yours,
C.G. Wolfe
The Black River Journal
Pottersville, NJ

A Few Good Marines

I once heard that the late Major General John Winston (USMC), formerly of "Winston Farm" in Gladstone, NJ, was the man who killed King Kong...

For anyone who has seen the original 1933, RKO version of King Kong the final scenes are unforgettable... As King Kong, clutching Ann (Fay Wray) in one hand, reaches the domed top of the Empire State Building, a squadron of Navy biplanes with machine guns mounted fore and aft approach with the rising sun. Kong places Ann on a ledge and roars in defiance at the attacking planes. He swats at the fighters like mosquitoes and one pilot is sent to a fiery death but the aerial attack is relentless. Almost as if in disbelief, Kong examines the blood on his fingers from one of the wounds on his chest. He then wipes his brow with the back of his hand and, knowing that he is doomed, he gently picks Ann up for one last loving gaze. Returning her to the ledge he is riddled by another volley from the swooping biplanes. Weakened, Kong sways atop the towering edifice, loses his grip and plunges to his death on the street below.

The epic scene was shot using real planes, miniatures, and a full-scale mock up, which was employed for the close-up shots of the pilots, who weren't really pilots at all but cameo appearances by the film's directors and producers, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The pilots who did the real flying were actually three Marines from Floyd Bennet Field. Included among the group was the late Major General John Winston (USMC), formerly of Winston Farm, in Gladstone, New Jersey.

According to a 1976 interview for an article in Islander magazine, in the spring of 1932, Major General Winston, then just a young lieutenant, was ordered along with two other pilots from his Marine Corps Reserve Squadron, to take a three-plane section on a special assignment to "jazz the Empire State Building." "Man, that was a dream order to the ears of a trio of hot young Marine pilots," Winston told Islander magazine. "Can you imagine being told to fly h&ll out of Manhattan - with legal sanctions? We pasted it up pretty good."

The pilots were told that "some jokers" were making a movie, and they were ordered to simulate an attack on the spire of the Empire State Building. "At the time we didn't even know where the cameramen were, much less the fact that there was an ape involved," Winston said in the interview with Islander. So that morning, the pilots climbed into their yellow, swept wing, Curtis O-2-C "H&lldivers" and flew off in formation for the Manhattan skyline. A few minutes later they spotted their target and swooped in for the attack and made three or four passes at the top of the epic skyscraper. "You couldn't miss the Empire State Building," Winston joked, "and we barely did!"

For the use of the planes and pilots, Schoedsack donated $100 dollars to the officers mess fund at Floyd Bennet Field and slipped each of the pilots $10.00.

So, contrary to the final line of the movie, which has become a classic in filmdom history, it wasn't "beauty that killed the beast" - it was a few good Marines.

Copyright The Black River Journal LLC 2006

You accidentally ran the 3/8 Beirut Reunion together with the Nam Phong "Rose Garden Reunion" in your March 30th issue. It should read as follows

Nam Phong "Rose Garden Marines" Reunion
May 26-29, 2006
Parrish Ranch
Berthoud, CO

To view more information about location:

To view more information about Nam Phong Group

For more information or questions contact reunion coordinator David "Rock" White (MCAW 533)

Ruthdave @ ix.netcom.com
Dave White

Thank you for correcting this.
Semper Fi
Dave White

Recently I was on a "Tiger Cruise" with my youngest son and Marine just returning from his second tour of Iraq. The 2/1 with 13th MEU had just finished with Operation Steel Curtain on the Syrian border and Iron Hammer in the northwest. Last year they took on Fallujah. To ride the Tarawa, LHA-1, back with these boys was one of the proudest times in my life. They knew that what they had done was not only right, they had done it well - they did what the Corps expected of them! The motto of the school where I'm an administrator could be said of not only the boys of the 2/1 but of the Corps "Where we Expect and Experience Excellence!" Carry on Marines and do it with Excellence! Your families and country are proud of you!

Proud Dad, J. Craig Wagner (Semper Fi)

"In the end, it all comes down to leadership. That is what this country is looking for now. It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile because they might just wind up lowering our flag."
-Ronald Reagan

I noticed that in this month's newsletter the book called "A Table in the Presence" was mentioned. My husband and I have a 21 year old son who will be going back to Iraq for his third tour in September and this book has been just an unbelievable book about how God took care of our Marines when the war first started. I would encourage anyone to read it but especially the parents who have sons and daughters going to war. Chaplain Carey Cash is a wonderful chaplain and men like that certainly deserve our highest honor.....men who encouraged our soldiers in time of danger. God did great miracles and He still does. This war is not in vain and as we will be praying as our son returns to Iraq and we pray for all of the brave men and women who are there now. Semper Fi is the Marine motto, but I believe it was first God's motto....He is always faithful. THANK YOU to all who have served our country in the past and those now who are protecting our country, and those who have only known oppression.

Sharon Burns...proud Marine mom

Sgt Grit:
A note your readers; I attended the Gritogether last year while my son; CPL Mark Edgar was in Al Anbar Province making us all proud. I was in great need of experiencing the Marine Corps Family and it was a great time (after party was real cooooool) to be with so many of our country's best! My son is home now and I am hoping he joins me this year. We have a crew of folks coming from Kansas of over ten and we can hardly wait! I urge any family members of Marines to attend if at all possible as it is the best group of people and Marines you will ever meet. Thanks Sgt. Grit for all you do and God Bless our Corps and America.


Note: 3rd Annual GriTogether - Coming Up May 13, 2006 Meet up with Buddies! Free food, prizes, tattoo contest and more...

We hope to see you there!
Sgt Grit

How are things running Sgt. Grit?? If you remember me, I'm future Marine Raymon L. Johnson who interviewed you on your Vietnam experience. Well its been a long time since then, and I'm pretty sure Mrs. Burt has contacted you on receiving the book that our school made for this project. Well today I'm proud to report that its finally over, we had one big last roll call for our heroes, our Vietnam veterans. While it was you and one SgtMaj were the only Marines in the book. ( I believe), our school put on a awesome performance with having a play showing the honor and courage of our lovable nurses, and most important of all is the divine respect we give to a vet, he gives a little more back all just for honoring him and his services. I'm proud to tell one experience I had today. After the play was over, the vets alone we escorted by my twin brother (becoming an Army Ranger) and myself, had the honor to have conversations with such great men, being twins its always good to be thanked by a man who you yourself wants to be just like him. Anyway back to the story, I was leading the first group of vets to the reception and I said "okay ladies and gentleman Follow me!". One vet said. " Well sh!t son, you sound like an infantryman." my reply. "Sir, Marine infantryman!" With the glaze in his eyes he started to tear up but held it back and gave me one huge hand shake and gave me the best advice about joining the Marines. "Son, if your going to be doing something crazy, do it all the way! Don't half-*ss yourself into the Marines, God d*mnit be the Marine that sets the examples, and I promise you son, it will be my honor to escort you as your doing me." After this, we all had a great time, met many Air Cav vets, even met a Vietnamese orphan. By bringing these veterans together today, taught me one thing. It doesn't matter if your in the Army, or Air force, and if I'm in the Navy or Marines, of course there's competition between them but there all the same, they are fighting for not just you and me, but for my little nephew, someone's grand-child, and most importantly they're fighting for our rights. As an young-American man, I felt proud to know that these men risked their lives, to uphold the freedoms I have today. I hope you receive your book sometime soon, its pretty big and know you will enjoy it.

Semper Fi' to all Vietnam soldiers, airman, sailors, and Marines

Jarhead, not about the Gulf War A quick reply to Lee Turner's letter. You are right Jarhead is not about the Gulf War, just like Deer Hunter and Platoon are not about Vietnam. They are Hollywood anti-war movies. You won't read in the press all the good work the Marines are doing over there. BUT WE KNOW, so rest with the knowledge your fellow Marines know what's up. Just a personal note that I had the screaming awake nightmares for 2 years after Nam. It slowly goes away.

Tom Fearns
3/7 69'-70' Nam
LZ Baldy & FSB Ross

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."
-Thomas Jefferson

My son has been recently deployed (March 2006) to Iraq after an intense training at 29 Palms for three months. When his training was complete, their leave time had changed and he only had 48 hours to come home and say his farewells. On his flight were two other Marines also flying home to New England. Two other Marines, same 48 hr.leave, caught the stand by because of the leave change. When the airline heard of their short leave time they made an appeal to the passengers on the flight to give up their seat for them, to be sent on the next flight out, plus a compensation of $200.00 for their troubles. My son said no one spoke up. Time was running out, still no one would take the airlines up on their offer. My son and the other two Marines fished in their pockets, combined their money and upped the ante to $1000. At first no one stood, then finally one retired military man gave up his seat. The other Marine was sent out on the very next flight arriving home shortly after the first flight.

When he told me the story I was horrified. He was disillusioned, these were the people he was representing, putting his life on the line for; I assured him that this was a small select few that just happened to be congregated on one flight. There isn't a soul that I can think of in my circle of friends and family that wouldn't have jumped up at the first request and tried to cajole the person next to them to do the right thing. I understand about some having true emergencies etc. that needed to get home asap, but a whole plane full, not likely. What kind of message are we sending these boys. If the fight was on the home front, I bet the whole plane would have stood at the first request, well these Marines are keeping it from the homefront.This is their job, and no matter what your politics or theirs, they go where and when they are sent. We owe them our gratitude and respect.

1st Bn 25th Marines Charlie Co.

"The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil from the spirit of man."
-Albert Einstein

My son was in 5th Marines RECON. My youngest is in HMLA 169 and deployed this week to TQ, Iraq. Last weekend, my oldest was married. During the wedding dance, the dj asked people to sing a song that had the word love in it. As each person, in turn, sang their song, the bride and groom were expected to kiss. After several songs, one older gentleman on the brides side, stood up and started singing the Marine Hymn. Every Marine stood up and started singing. After they had completed the song, the dj stated that he hadn't heard the word love in the song. My son stood and thanked his fellow Marines and corrected the dj, stating "That song is all about love for the Marines, your fellow Marines and the history of the Marines, Thank you."

Rod Getting, Lincoln, NE

"We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

I read your newsletter all the time, but have never written. After reading the article from USMCMAMASHARON about her love & pride for her Marine son (Issue #119). I felt the urge to share my Marine's experience. My son (although over weight) wanted to be a Marine with all his heart & soul. He joined the delayed entry program & worked overtime with his recruiter. He had trouble with it all-running, pull-ups, sit-ups. We even installed a pull-up bar in his bedroom doorway. Fortunately, he had all the courage, commitment, honor & respect to finally make it to boot camp. In September 2003 he went to Parris Island. The very first words he was met with from a DI was "Boy, I have seen many a man come through here & you will never make it".

Of course he got set back because of his still constant trouble with his PFT's but he wouldn't give up. Finally, he got to his Crucible and as if he hadn't been through enough, he broke his foot towards the end-So again he got set back to be recycled to the next Crucible. Whether he knew his foot was broken or not-he wasn't going to say, he wanted to make it through his Crucible. However, the DI he was next assigned to noticed the limping and pain that my son was trying to hide. So, after several x-rays-it was confirmed. This time he was assigned to Medical Recruit Platoon with a cast for the next 4 weeks, but still he wouldn't give up. Obviously the USMC saw something in him that would make him a good Marine.

Finally, in April of 2004 (8 months after entering boot camp) and dropping 50 pounds, my son graduated from Parris Island and got that proud respect of becoming a United States Marine. This was of course the proudest day of my (and his family's) life and I don't think anything will ever top it. He is now a riflemen in 3/3 "American's Battalion"

I thought those 8 months of boot camp would forever be the longest days in my life, but then he was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2004 to June 2005 and now he is in his second deployment in Iraq (these are the longest days).

My son is also my hero and will remain so forever. I too would just like to say to all our brave men and women serving our country-THANK YOU! Thank you for all the courage, commitment and honor you have for this country's freedom.

A Very Proud Marine Mom in VA

America, Home of the Free Because of the Brave.
America, Home of the Free
Because of the Brave.

Sleep Well America My Marine Has Your Back!
Sleep Well America
My Marine Has Your Back!

Welcome Home, Job Well Done!
God Bless America
Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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