"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it."
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I just want to say thank you for your time and effort keeping this newsletter going. I too am a Gold Star Mother and I found myself searching for anything Marine to help me stay connected in some way. I came across this newsletter and lo and behold on Christmas Eve of 2005 I was reading your newsletter and the tears were coming when suddenly I noticed an article written about my son by one of his fellow comrades! I was so excited. Ever since then I have been reading your column and thoroughly enjoy it. Thanks again.

Millie Williams
Mother of
Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis,
KIA 3/30/03
Camp Pendleton, CA

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1 year ago, when my son, LCPL Carl was shipping out, his unit did a stop over in Baltimore, in route to Iraq. It was before 0600 and Carl and his buddies were allowed to disembark their flight and stretch their legs. Carl and 2 of his buddies went in search of food. They're walking around a deserted terminal and rounded a corner and found a large group of people waiting for a flight to arrive, and off to the side a few tables loaded with food! When a lady noticed the Marines in their cammies she rushed over and asked them for a favor. She told them about a flight that was arriving at the gate that was carrying WWII vets, from Iwo Jima. Iwo Veterans. Carl and his buddies turned to alert his unit to who was arriving, and that's when he noticed that all of his unit was behind him. They let their unit know what was going on and they all lined up to salute the Corps as they disembarked their plane. As Carl related to me, the Vets were overwhelmed to see a welcoming committee of family and active duty Marines. All of Carl's unit were saluting their brothers, and as Carl said, "There wasn't a dry eye to be found!", on both sides. Carl told me that it is the most profound moment in his life to be there, in History! That was when Carl realized exactly what 'The Brotherhood' meant. After shaking hand with every one of the returning Vets and swapping stories it was chow time. And the boy's of Carl's unit waited till the end of the line, or as Carl said, "There was nothing left!" LOL. 10 minutes later they had to board their flight to the sand box.
Proud Dad of 2 US Marines;
PFC Craig

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"You will Defend these Colors with us or die fighting us."
-General George S. Patton

Good Day Sgt Grit

I am a former Marine from the 1st Mar Div, I have been out of the Corps since February of 02 and have since moved to Norman Ok. I got bored and missed the camaraderie of having brothers in arms so I tried to re enter my beloved Corps but due to service limitations I was not allowed to but I was able to join the National Guard. I felt like a lower life form for going Guard but since I joined I have found out that there are many Marines in the National Guard. What I really wanted to tell you is that after re enlisting in June I am being mobilized October 2 of this year, which is next Monday, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I volunteered for this deployment due to the fact that I feel it is my duty to deploy. Others in my unit wonder why I have volunteered to be deployed and I have explained it to them but they just don't understand my reasons. I guess it is because I am in a Maintenance unit as a welder and they just do not know what a warrior spirit is or maybe it is just that they are your typical guardsmen I don't know. When I leave in October I will be out of country for 18 months maybe more who knows. I know you and all my brothers and sisters who read your newsletter will understand why I do this and that is all that matters to me. I may be in the National Guard but I am still a Marine and always will be. Just thought I would let you know about my up coming deployment and maybe later on once I get my internet up and running over there I will drop another line with an e-mail update just in case anyone would like to keep me up to date with news from stateside. Oh by the way I have a young friend who is in 2nd phase of boot camp at MCRD San Diego. I have informed him that upon graduation he will be part of the greatest brotherhood on the planet. One last thing I bought a bumper sticker from your store and have pasted it on my welding hood which is olive drab in color of course. It says "Guns Don't Kill People, I Kill People."
Guns don't kill people
Wooohooo you should see the looks I get when I am welding with my hood on they are priceless and that is one of the greatest things I have gotten from your store. Keep the great stuff rolling in and I will keep buying.

John Hardin

I know exactly what you are feeling and have been struggling with this myself but am between you and your buddy in age. However I think I have an idea what we can do to relieve this feeling and still feel like we are doing our part for our country and our the Corp.

I to would like to go and "get some" as you said but I am way out of shape and would never make it to even try and make the PFT let alone carry all that gear into combat. So I have finally resigned myself to letting the our younger brothers do the fighting. However, with all of these young troops away in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever they are these days. This leaves a LOT of families of those Marines here at home alone and struggling. As big brothers of these young fire eaters why not find out if you have any families of Marines in your neck of the woods.

All of us older Marines could take one family and help them deal with the rigors of life without their Marine. We could help with the kids or financially if possible or if nothing else just someone to talk to and cry on our shoulders. As Marines we are the only ones who could support our Marine families here at home.

We could also find a Marine that has returned home and may not have someone to talk to that can relate to their experiences in combat. Although I was not in combat during my tour I certainly can relate to much of the emotion that they have experienced. And could serve as a listening post and support system for a young Marine. There unfortunate are also those that were wounded that may have lost limbs. They need support and help learning to deal with life after this kind of injury.

This would server 2 fold. First it would relive the feeling that we are not doing enough or that we haven’t done our jobs. It would also help the families or those Marines in the field and strengthen the Marine Corp as a whole. Old and New. We need to do our part here as a support team for our Marines in the field.

I am sure you would be able to find out where a local Marine family might be or a Marine that has returned from the field from your local recruiter or Marine Reserve unit.

Semper Fi
David McKay, CPL
USMC 81-85
New River NC

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Dale Haines, (and all others who feel this way). I served in our Beloved Corps from 1981 to 1985. I wanted to "go". I volunteered for everything that came along. From remaining on Air Alert (at Camp LeJeune) to any deployment that was offered. When someone was needed to go to Honduras I was one of the first in my platoon to raise my hand. And while we were training for the cruise, guess what happened? You guessed it, October 23rd. Air Alert was called out. I was awakened that morning and advised of the sad news. So here I am, trying to do everything in my power to "go", and I miss it. So I go to Central America thinking/hoping to get involved in something. NOTHING. You can hear it in the background but that is as close as it gets.

I also marry. And decide to get out after my hitch to be with my Bride. A wonderful woman of 23 years now. BUT THE HOLE STILL IS NOT FILLED. I pursued the need to serve by being employed at a Nuclear Facility in Security. This patched the "hole" for a while. But not any more. Oh I have made decent money, but no fulfillment.

I truly regret getting out of the Corps. I am finding out that the longer I live, the stronger the feeling. My wife sees this. Being 45 years old, I know I'm out of the "reenlistment" stage.

And like you and many others, I know time is not stopping. So what do you do?

Sure we can say (and rightfully so) that we did our part. But that just doesn't get it, does it? So again, what to do?

I do not have a "catch all" answer. But I do some things to help ease the pain. I STAY MOTIVATED! I fly my flags daily. I encourage others to join the Corps. I tell others that are in to STAY IN! I stay in shape and advertise the Corps on my vehicles and clothing and everything else. My wife calls it a disease. Others call it being "brain washed". I call it a "stirring". I blame my Drill Instructors for this "disease". I caught it from them!

I still have to scratch the itch. So yesterday I talked with my wife about changing jobs. Not a easy topic due to the fact I have been at this one for over 20 years. But as she put it, "You are not getting any younger. You are not happy where you are at. You have a burning inside from the Marines to fill. If we can swing it financially, go for it. I dare you!" What a support system!

So to help with your "itch" Dale, have you considered working for Homeland Security?? I will give it a look.

CPL. Russell, 2nd MAR. DIV.

"These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
—Thomas Paine

Cpl Haines,
I was "Doc" from 1975 to 1997. I went through Beirut, Desert Shield, Storm and the follow on cease fire. I was part of the group that landed in Somalia in 1992 and then went back to the sandbox in 1993. Like you I have done my time but also like you I also have the feeling that I should be back over there. I have continued my medical training since my retirement so I am at least as well qualified (mentally and job skill wise) as when I left.

Physically I would have some work to do to get back to PFT shape. does that stop the dreams at night of being back on active duty - not only NO but H&ll NO! Just like you I have a wonderful wife that has been with me now for 18 years, but she has threatened me with bodily harm if I even think about going back in. There is a story about a horse that pulled the old fire trucks. A call came out for a bad fire and this horse pulled the wagon all the way to the scene. When they got there the firemen found that the horse had ripped off it's hoof in pulling the wagon to the scene. That horse is you and I and just about every other combat vet that I know. We would all gladly put the uniform back on and continue to serve our country, Not because we think we are better than the current force but just because we feel such great love for this nation of ours.

Doc Higgins
Clark Fork VFW 10320

Dear Corporal Dale Haines:
In response to your letter in Sgt Grit:

when my son was a young boy he wrote you a letter while you were serving on the Wisconsin. You had written him back and presently the letter you wrote him was sent to be archived in the USS Wisconsin museum. You see you have to rest now because my son Bryan is presently serving in Iraq as a US Marine. Be confident in knowing that you have done your duty and now it is time for you to rest Marine. We are proud and I am sure Bryan is proud to have known you. Please rest, relax and allow Bryan to carry on. Carry one Marine.

Joe Hawkins Marine Dad

To all those Marines who have already served our Country - Semper Fidelis! I salute you Men and Women. Our Son is a Marine now and he grad, from G-Company on 09-08-2006. After attending grad. As a parent and a patriot, I could see you working as recruiters across our nation. You can tell it like it is and most of you want to continue to serve in the USMC. I believe most Americans see the need for a skilled military machine and none do it better than our USMC. We truly are a blessed nation and having seen 1st hand at grad. there are at least 13 other countries serving in our Marine Corps. The world recognizes that we are a nation under God!
Thank you again for your service!

Reply to Dale Haines, CPL c/o Sgt Grit"

Dear fellow Cpl: I share your sentiments about returning to active duty, but I'm 67 now. That dream, even with our beloved country under attack, has to be forgotten now. I served from '56 to '63, a Cold War Marine. Went to Cuba in Oct 1962 but we never landed. Made 2 stripe Corporal then just when I thought I was finally going to be a Sgt of Marines (E-4)I was told to sew on crossed rifles and stay a Corporal. Seven years and I'm still a Corporal. My son served 6 years and made Sgt of Marines (E-5). To this day he refers to me as "Corporal" in good fun. I remind him my full rank is "Corporal DAD" and that is that.

So what do we do about those Marine things that haunt us? All I can tell you is what I am doing which seems to help some. I am a founding supporter of our new Marine Corps Museum being built at Quantico. I fly Old Glory and the USMC colors in front of my home everyday. My truck is duly decorated with USMC and Old Glory stickers. I framed several pictures of my Marine Corps time and hang them in my office. I never wear a T-shirt unless it has something Marine on it. I never wear a baseball cap unless it has Marine on it. Several of these items I have purchased from Sgt Grit. I never go to church or attend a men's group meeting without a USMC pin over my heart. When I hear some men talk about regrets of never having done anything "manly" in their life I just smile politely.

I am a member of a Marine Corps League Detachment, "Big D" in Dallas Texas. I help with Toys for Tots when I can. I attend a Marine Corps luncheon once a month. Once sat next to an old Marine who was on the Bataan Death March and was a POW all during WWII. What a story he told. These opportunities allow me to interact with other Marines, old and new. I play USMC music when I need it. I own an M1 Garand and have US govt. surplus .30-06 ammo which I use when I need some Marine time going down range. I have a Springfield .45 cal pistol and yes, US govt surplus .45 cal ammo (some dating back to 1943). I work as a technical writer at home so sometimes I practice the manual of arms with my M1 with fixed bayonet for exercise. It just feels good. Sometimes I strap on my .45 pistol belt with full magazines while I work quietly alone in my office. It just feels good too. Each weapon has official USMC holsters and cartridge or pistol belt. I don't wear the canteen as it doesn't fit in my office chair. The K-bar I can live with on my left hip. It feels good too.

Forgot one day when a door-to-door salesman came to sell me some fruit off his truck. When I opened the door his eyes went directly to the USMC .45 holster on my right hip. I thought he was going to have a heart attack and stain my front porch. In his rapid departure from my front door he never made eye contact with me. I never got a chance to buy any fruit. Haven't seen him since.

My sons and I swap emails about the Marines. My lovely wife wonders about it all but watching the news and hearing about our Marines in harm's way she has become a Big USMC supporter. She sees the difference it makes in being Marine. By the way, she has become quite a shooter with the .45. And last of all, I pray for our troops in harms way and our President. This all seems to fulfill my need "to serve again" because I am serving again in a small way. If you're ever in Garland, Texas, look me up and we'll send some rounds down range. It just feels good too.

Semper Fi,
Vince Fischelli (Sr.)
Cpl E-4 '56-'63

This article is sobering in it's simplicity and directness.
By Thomas Sowell, USMC

Point Of No Return

Sgt Grit to host private screening of "Flags of Our Fathers"

Flag of our Fathers Movie

Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 2:00pm
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6001 N Martin Luther King Blvd., Oklahoma City
Price is $6.00, includes ticket, small drink, Bag of popcorn & bag of candy.
Must call 1-888-NOV-1775 (888-668-1775) to purchase tickets in advance. Limited to 260 people.
Sgt Grit staff will be at theater 1 hour prior to movie to pass out tickets.
Must have confirmation # available when you arrive.

This war was a revolution against the moral basis of civilization. It was conceived by the Nazis in conscious contempt for the life, dignity and freedom of individual man and deliberately prosecuted by means of slavery, starvation and the mass destruction of noncombatants' lives. It was a revolution against the human soul.
-Time, May 14, 194513

I felt the words of your letter more than I wish I did and I think you will get a lot of responses from others feeling like you. I served 8 years in the Marines and was discharged in 1997. I spent a few years in Somalia and Saudi, some on ship and some on the ground. It took me years before I could watch Blackhawk Down, and I still don't watch war movies. Besides having to fight the nightmares they cause, it makes the urge to go back in even stronger.

I have discussed this same topic with another Marine who has been a friend of mine for 16 years now. We served together and we both have these same feelings. We went back to Camp Pendleton last year. I'm sorry to tell you, but the Corps has moved on without us. You heard it the whole time you were in from the older Marines, and now I find myself saying the same thing. It's not like it was in the "Old Corps".

To all the Marines today, please don't take offense. I'm just an old dog admitting that my time has passed and a new breed has taken their rightful place. In the end, I don't think it's the bullets flying that I miss or the hard Corps training and discipline. It was the friends I made. The bonds formed with other Marines under conditions that no one else can understand except another Marine who's been there done that.

To this day I have a hard time making friends with civilians, but yet I can bond with a Marine immediately. We have shared things other Americans will never know. Watching it on television or movies is not the same as hearing the snap of a bullet go by your head or feeling the fear instilled by the scream of a drill instructor. Our bond is the strength of the Corps. It's what makes our enemies fear us and the other services wish they were us. Marines fight for our brothers because they have your back, your trust, and your respect.

My advice is to look at your life not as a retreat from the Corps, but fighting in another direction. Now you must be the Marine for your family. Fight for them and their happiness. The new Marines will carry on and make us proud. You must now do the same for your family and for yourself. We are all haunted by our ghosts, but it is your duty to be the father and husband your family deserves. If you need more, find a way to help the Marines today. Organize care packages, or volunteer at a base or for a support group. I work for a company that rebuilds the areas I once worked so hard to destroy. The travel helps lessen the urge, and the ugly places I go help to remind me how blessed my life has been.

Semper Fi
Jeremy Hertel

Sgt grit ... I have being reading this news letter since before 00...I am currently in Austin, TX and Daphine's letter set me at laughing but not at a bad or degrading thing as I am a DAV and served fro 69 to 72 and got out early on a disability (had people toss stuff at me at san fransico international and had a railroad tracks in the USMC tell me to stand down)... but if Daphine would like to see her dad with a smile and a reflection that no Marine forgets is have someone cut out a set of yellow footprint at a 45 degree angle and present them to him...........Daphine watch him stare into space and then laugh his ass off-SEMPER FI__yell it to him.
Charlie--alias HOTROD

This is to Dale Haines, CPL USMC '88-'92, MarDet USS Wisconsin. First let me say..Thank You & God Bless!

From talking to my friends who have been active duty..they all say the same..the feeling never goes away.

Let the young "firebrands" do what they have been trained to do (not to say that you still can't!)..but..there is another "war" going on over here that us "pogs" can't do alone. The war I speak of is with another "brand" of terrorists, the Cindy Sheehans..Martin Sheens..Danny Glovers etc. And we need your voice in this battle..you've seen what we haven't..you've walked the walk and can talk the talk, we can't! So please think of serving our country in this manner. These "terrorist" can be just as dangerous! Help us battle the so called politicians in getting better pay..for out troops..better treatment of Viet Vets..P.O.W.s ...getting our Southern borders closed..the list goes on and on!

Your "hitch" isn't up..just a change in the battlefield! My thanks and prayers go out to all our troops..both active and inactive..(and I hope I've said it correctly! If not please forgive me..) Hopefully some day we meet face to face so I can shake your hand and say thank you in person...just as I do for every Vet I meet. We civilians owe you more than we can ever repay!

So again..(from an old man of 53) Thanks & God Bless you and everyone who's served and presently serving!


The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.
-Paul Johnson

My son was having trouble adjusting to becoming an adult. As so many young men do at the age of 17-19 years old. He signed up for the dep program in high school sr. year. Then before he left in the summer of 2005, he changed his mind. After his friends left and a few family members passed away, he changed his mind and he contacted his recruiter to renew his previous contract. He left on January 30, 2006. He couldn't wait, and I had mixed emotions at his leaving home.

When the letters began rolling in from Boot Camp, I watched as he changed and grew. Then when we went to his graduation on April 28,2006, I saw how much he really changed. I could never have been more proud of the Man he became.

Now he is at MOS school at Camp Johnson and I wait anxiously for his new orders as to where his PDS will be. I know that wherever he goes and whatever he does he will be successful because the Marines have prepared him for all that comes.

Thank you for the newsletter, I wait and read it and cry with all the other mothers weekly.

There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.
--Edmund Burke

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.
--Will and Ariel Durant

Certainly, it is a world of scarcity. But the scarcity is not confined to iron ore and arable land. The most constricting scarcities are those of character and personality.
--William R. Allen

For your wise, yet brief word of encouragement to a young female Marine, I am deeply touched.
For the legacy you leave as an example to the present and future generations, I am grateful.
Thank you for your years of service and the tremendous impact you have had on your children and your children's children.

A Marine Mom X 2!
JK Martinez

From John Alstad, U.S. Marine:

The Pope says that jihad violence is against God's nature, and officials fear that in response, Muslims enraged by this insult will commit... jihad violence.

  • Muslims murder 3,000 innocents in New York and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 202 tourists in Bali and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 333 schoolchildren and their teachers in Beslan and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 292 innocents, mainly Kenyans and Tanzanians at two US Embassies and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 241 US and 58 French peacekeepers in Beirut and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims fire 4,000 Katyusha rockets into Northern Israel killing over 50 innocent civilians and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 52 in London and 191 in Madrid and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 200 in Mumbai and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims behead Western hostages in Iraq, Buddhist monks in Thailand and Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims murder 500,000 in Darfur and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims regard Jews as 'sons of pigs and monkeys', and vow to nuke Israel and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims force women to wear hideous sacks, stone to death women for getting r*ped and for leaving the home unescorted, engage in honor killings of sisters and daughters for unapproved dating, and expect no criticism.
  • Muslims danced in the streets and handed out sweets to their kids to celebrate the 9/11 atrocity, and still expected no criticism.
  • Since 9/11 Muslims have killed over 26,000 and wounded over 50,000 in terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11 and expect no criticism.

Since 9/11 Muslims have committed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad, Chechnya, Dagestan, Denmark, East Timor, Egypt, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Jordan-Iraq, Kabardino-Balkans, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Gaza-Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, United States, Uzbekistan and Yemen, and still expect no criticism.

Muslims have carried out over 5,800 fatal terrorist atrocities since 9/11, and countless thousands since Islamic conquest began in 623 AD and expect no criticism. But if a Pope dares to tell the truth about Islam or Danes publish cartoons about Mohammed, then let the outpourings of Islamic hate and outrage begin.

And, by some twisted reach of logic, the arrogant bastards demand the Pope issue an apology.

Forwarded by John Wear

"The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and... the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression and obedience."
—Justice William O. Douglas

Dear Corporal Haines:

In re: your unfinished business. Yes, I and I'm sure other Marines who are no longer on active duty feel a sense of unfinished business. In 1993 I was in Manhattan when the ragheads tried to blow up the World Trade Center. In 2001 I was across the river in New Jersey, watching, when the ragheads did handle the World Trade Center. At the time I was probably less than one click from "Combat Override" however there was no one to inflict any grievous harm upon. I have had a sense of unfinished business since Vietnam, and Yes, It came back very strong on 9-11-01, and has NOT backed off very much since.
James W.

Thank God that I'm not alone!

I just read Dale Haines, CPL letter regarding the inner struggles of a discharged Marine longing to contribute to my Nation and Corp in a time of need!

I have been personally, and silently, struggling with this inner turmoil since that horrible day in Sept 2001 brought my need to defend and contribute to the surface in full force. I like apparently many rushed to the recruiter to jump back into the mix, but was turned away due to the medical discharge I received after fracturing my ankle and foot in 1996, which effectively ended my "Ooh-Ra! Days". I remember feeling utterly depressed and left out in a way I simply have not been able to get over. It felt like the team was going to the big game, and I was left behind. All that training and anticipation of following the footsteps of earlier generations that have stepped up to the plate and answered the call when needed.

Last month, I went back to the recruiter and met with the local recruiters at RSS Greensboro. These guys were great, and actually got me approved to proceed onto MEPS station in Charlotte. Now the absolute dilemma comes into focus. Do I leave my wonderfully supportive wife of seven years and three beautiful children? Half of me says, "H&ll yes!", while the rational side cautions against rash action. I have a wonderful life, excellent job and opportunity to provide my kids with a life that I could only dream about when growing up. Give all of this up to re-enlist as an E-3? Everyone my age has made up to E-6 or higher it seems. It has been 9 years since I last put on the uniform and much has changed. My wife, God love her, as affirmed that she would follow me anywhere without complaint. However this has compounded my turmoil, as I feel such heavy responsibility for them.

I have kept this issue closely guarded within my immediate family and best friends who are also Marines in the 1st CIV DIV. I was surprised to find one night over beers that he has had the same feelings/ thoughts. We assumed that we all were both suffering from various degrees of insanity. Still Do I act? I know I would pickup NCO again quickly, but would be running around in my 30's doing things that were challenging in my 20's. My ankle is no longer an issue, but I have many of the same feelings as apparently Dale has experienced.

Honestly, I am still pondering. I have less than two years before I am deemed too old to come back into the mix of things. Until reading Dale's letter, I have often thought that I was alone in my thoughts, experiencing some measure of insanity for even considering such a move.

All I have at this point is my love for the Corps, pride for my service and unending respect for anyone who answers up for service to this country. Dale, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.


Chad Crouch, LCPL
1994-1997 USMC

"The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount of responsibility which he must assume for his own welfare and security."
—Robert Welch

Hi, Please lets not Forget Our Marines who died in Beirut, on Oct 23, 1983, at 6:22 am est. Their will be from what I have read from the website a service and get together.. But the website is Beirut Marines Memorial. These 241 Marines and 58 French soldiers that were massacred on that day and were the victims of terrorism. The Beirut Veterans Association is trying to get a stamp to commemorate the brave men. A stamp has been drawn up and presented to the U.S. Post office officials but they have declined it. They said they want some more encouraging stamps. I guess Mickey Mouse, Goofy is a better stamp. Then these Brave men. I am not asking for much write to your Senator. Representative, and ask why this stamp has not been approved and get the USPS to start printing. I am sorry for the misspelling. BUT LETS NOT FORGET these MARINES and their FAMILIES, WIVES and CHILDREN. Thanks to all that served and to all that still fell the pain and to the ones that came home but took their lives. I WILL NEVER FORGET, SEMPER FI
Jeff Burnett
1980 to 1984
2nd and 3rd Medical Bn

"The dustbin of history is littered with remains of those countries that relied on diplomacy to secure their freedom. We must never forget... in the final analysis... that it is our military, industrial and economic strength that offers the best guarantee of peace for America in times of danger."
—Ronald Reagan

Sgt. Grit,

After I got my new baby suv I ordered a Marine Corps tire cover from you. One day while cruising down the road I noticed a car approaching me on the left and it had a Marine Corps plate on the front. As it was passing the Marine inside gave me a salute. I was a little surprised by that and waved back. I'm just the wife of a retired Marine, what do I know about saluting? LOL

I recognized the gesture for what it was, especially seeing as how this is an Air Force town. Not a lot of us Marine folk floating around.

Semper Fi

Patricia Bell
Wife of GySgt. Bell (Ret)

"There is already evidence from Guantanamo that the prisoners there are abusing the guards far worse than any guards have abused these prisoners. Yet our media have no interest in that and have been willing to believe every allegation by these professional terrorists, including the physical absurdity of trying to flush the Koran—or any other book—down a toilet."
—Thomas Sowell

On 2/26/1961, I was standing on yellow footprints at MCRD in San Diego and was thinking What a dumb thing I had done.

On 5/27/1965 I was standing on the big grinder and was thinking that enlisting in the CORPS was the best thing that I had ever done in my life.

Today at 62 yrs old I still feel that joining the Marine Corps was the best thing I ever did. The Corps changed a 17yr old kid and open his eyes the real world.

God bless the Corps and all who have served and to all out there that are serving now. SEMPER FI

Cpl Earl R. Davis 1961/1967 G/2/5, C/1/3, MP co 3rdMar Div and Hq, Hq Quantico, Va

Sgt. William Pratt 1958-1967

What a Marine is. After the security of childhood and the insecurity of a second childhood, you will find a good Joe called a Marine. Mothers tolerate them, girls love them, and the United States supports them. Marines are found everywhere, where they do and don't belong, on leave, in bars, in jail, in love, and even in debt. Marines come in different sizes, weights and states of sobriety. He has the energy of a turtle, the slyness of a fox , the brain of an idiot, the stores of an eighty year old man, the appetite of a elephant, and the inspiration of a Casanova. When he is into something it's usually a weekend pass. He likes girls, dislikes getting up in the morning, writing, superior officers, walking to chow, swabbies, and wearing his uniform. No one can get as munch in one pocket, a little black book, a pair of dice, a letter from his girl, and the rest of last weeks pay. No one can write so seldom, yet think of you so often, can get so munch out of civilian clothes, reading letters and one cigarette. A Marine is a magic creature. You can cross him out of your mind, but you might as well give up, his your long distance lover, your bundle of joy. All your shattered dreams seem insignificant when he comes home and says those two magic words, HI HONEY.

"Security is like oxygen. You tend not to notice it until you begin to loose it, but once that occurs there is nothing else you will think about."
(Joseph Nye)

Part of the answer for a dilemma as you find your self in now. You have 5 and 8 years to prepare your sons to become Marines. Its like getting the enemy to roll the USA double or nothing....either way they lose. That is your unfinished business. Please, by all means, live the rest of your life through your Marine kids!
That hound dog feeling of unfinished business will carry you till the day you die. You don’t carry it-it carries you.
Then after your boys will come grandsons......you got your job cut out for you.
Semper Fi Brothers.
Krusty the Doorgunner

A lie, no matter how many times told, no matter how many people believe it, no matter how many people back it up, is still a lie.

People are always saying "You have to be tolerant of other peoples ways." If that were true Hitler would rule the world today. BE NOT TOLERANT OF EVIL!

Submitted by: Christopher E Cherrone Sr

Sgt. Grit,

My name is Brian Morris. I "accidentally" discovered your site after looking up Clint Eastwood's new movie," Flags of our Fathers". Though not a Marine, I was a Corpsman. And though I fought in no campaigns and was awarded no medals, I do have a story to tell and I was wondering if I might do so here.

I enlisted in the Navy in 1995.I went to boot at Great Lakes, then proceeded to Hospital Corpsman "A" school. Upon graduation, I got orders to USNH Portsmouth (VA). Ironically, with the intent of joining and seeing the world, I spent my entire tour there. However, I would not trade those four years in that small town for all the riches in the world. While other HA's and HN's got stuck in P.S.D or handing out towels in the gym-my first department was the same day surgery suite.

During my two years there, I received two LOA's-one for the dedication of the Fisher House and one from my department head for the smooth transition of the entire suite from the 9th floor to the 6th floor over the course of a weekend. I then transferred to the Anesthesia Department, where I continued to excel. I finally transferred to Emergency Medicine, where I culminated my tour of duty.

Long story short, I messed up my leg and began to have trouble maintaining physical fitness. I got out in 1999, and have missed it ever since. To say my life would be different is an under-statement. I no longer do what I spent four years learning and cultivating, and now, with our country at war, I am stuck doing something I don't want to do and am unable to do that which I so desire to do. I am in no way, shape or form a war monger nor do I desire any kind of hero status. I merely want to continue to take care of America's real heroes'-our fighting forces.

I've read some letters from your site, and that is what has prompted me to write. Some past (and present) heroes' have wondered if wanting to do more, wanting to be "back in", is normal. Someone asked if he should leave his lucrative job and take his battered body and try to get back in. Could he make it?-I don't know. Is it normal to want to do more?-Yes. Because even though I may not be able to run a mile and a half in under 12 minutes any more, I know I could still do my job.

I still figure out dosages in my head, I still look at people's veins when I shake hands, and my heart still races when an ambulance roars by. But most importantly, because deep down in my soul-in the very essence of who I am, lies the heart and passion of a Corpsman.

Thank you for your time.
Semper Fidelis, Sgt. Grit-
Brian Morris, HM3 (Former)

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!"
—Isaiah 5:20-23

First of 133,000 Disabled Retirees Get 'VA Retro Pay'

A small group of disabled military retirees this month will be the first of 133,000 to receive lump-sum back payments, which are tied to start-up challenges for two "concurrent receipt" programs enacted since 2003, say officials with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The trickle of back payments in September will become a small geyser at the end of October. By then, officials say, another 40,000 retirees will see their catch-up payments deposited electronically in their bank accounts by either the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), DFAS or by both. Back payments will vary in size from several hundred dollars upwards of $10,000. The average payment, by one estimate, will be $3700. Almost all retirees in line for the back pay served 20 or more years and all have disabilities that made them eligible for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) or Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC).

"We carry a vision of Islam in our bosoms---a vision of world domination where Islam will cover the entire world because of its power."
(Saudi General)

"On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."
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"Wearing your gear puts a glimmer in my eye that no young girl in a miniskirt can! Keep up the great work! SEMPER FI!"

He Who Shed Blood With Me Shall Forever Be My BROTHER
He Who Shed Blood With Me Shall Forever Be My BROTHER

Another MARINE for Peace...One Terrorist at a Time.
Another MARINE for Peace...One Terrorist at a Time.

God Bless America!
Semper fi
Sgt Grit

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