WWII Marines Don’t Get Old… They Get Gritty

Post from 4 years ago;

The Greatest Generation just keeps amazing…

I have an update for you and your readers about my Uncle Marvin, the WWII Pacific grunt. He celebrated his 90th birthday in June… his son and sister-in-law planned a surprise party for him. Had to make it 3 days after his actual birthday though, it was the first opening in his social calendar! He still works full time too… has to have “play money” for all that socializing!

I have included a couple pics from two of the occasions. He is always accompanied by “his Lovely Lady Sophia”, his friend and companion.

Uncle Marvin asked me a favor for his 100th birthday, “sure, anything you want”… he wants to go skydiving… HUH?! He is the only person on the face of the planet that could get me to step out of a perfectly good airplane, but if he wants to do it, I’ll go! Well..3 weeks ago he decided he better practice and went for a test dive! His evaluation… “It was a rush!” He was quick to tell me it was a “real dive too… 14,000 feet with 2000 feet free fall”… Grinning all the way!

WWII Marines don’t get old… They get Gritty!

Who knows what he’ll do for 95!

Love the newsletter! Thanks for your continued service!

Charlita (Proud Marine wife / niece)

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10 thoughts on “WWII Marines Don’t Get Old… They Get Gritty”

  1. They are the ‘GREATEST GENERATION’. We owe the good we have in this country to the men and woman of that generation. The grunts who stormed the beaches of Guam, Tarawa, Iwo, and the rest have been and always will be my heroes. They are the reason I joined the Corps and I will always be grateful for the time I spent.
    I only hope I have the same guts as Marvin when I’m 90.
    Semper Fi ‘young man’

  2. I joined the Corps in ’53. My brothers were also in the Corps, our kid brother served in Vietnam. My son served with the Green Berets, we gave him a hard time (not really). My wife to this days thinks we are a cult!
    I served in the air wing, sometimes people forget about the Air Wing, and I’m damn proud of my service – Next to getting married I feel joining the United States Marine Corps was the best thing I’ve done yes I’m still Gung Ho. Semper Fi!

  3. I can relate to Uncle Marvin’s rush. I’m 71, did my first two jumps this summer, 15,000 feet and 18,000 feet, ” What an awesome feeling.” I plan to do more. SEMPER FI

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