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What I love about the Marine Corps

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This was sent to me by a friend and I wanted to share it with you Marines.


 


 


What I love about the Marine Corps:

 

I like the fact that if you are a self-declared enemy of America, that running into a Marine outfit in combat is your worst nightmare... and that your health record is about to get a lot thicker or be closed out entirely!

 

I like the fact that Marines are steadfast and consistent in everything they do...regardless if you agree with them or not.

 

I like the fact that Marines hold the term "politically correct" with nothing but pure disdain.

 

I like the fact that Marines stand tall and rigid in their actions, thoughts, and deeds when others bend with the direction of the wind and are as confused as a dog looking at a ceiling fan!

 

I like the fact that each and every Marine considers the honor and legacy of the Corps as his personal and sacred trust to protect and defend.

 

I like the fact that most civilians don't have a clue what makes us tick!  And that's not a bad thing.  Because if they did, it would probably scare the hell out of them!

 

I like the fact that others say they want to be like us, but don't have what it takes in the "PAIN-GAIN-PRIDE" department to make it happen.

 

I like the fact that the Marines came into being in a bar, Tun Tavern, and that Marines still gather in pubs, bars and slop chutes to share sea stories and hot scoop!

 

I like the fact that Marines do not consider it a coincidence that there are 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case.  Because Marines know there is a reason for everything that happens!

 

I like our motto...SEMPER FIDELIS...and the fact that we don't shed it when the going gets tough, the battlefield gets deadly, or when we hang up our uniform for the last time.

 

I like the fact that Marines take care of each other...in combat and time of peace.

 

I like the fact that Marines know the difference between "Chicken Salad" and "Chicken Shit" and aren't afraid to call either for what it is!

 

I like the fact that the people of America hold Marines in the highest esteem and that they know that they can count on us to locate, close with, and destroy those who would harm them!

 

I like the fact that people think we are cocky....yet we know that we have confidence in everything we do and the fact that they don't know the taste of that makes them look at us as if we are arrogant!

 

I like that fact that we know the taste of freedom and would give our very lives for it!  And that it is a taste that the protected will never know!

 

I like the fact that Ronald Regan said..."Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference...Marines don't have that problem!"

 

I like the fact that we are brothers to the end...and that no matter what happens in life we know we have one another's "six"!

 

I like the fact that a couple of years ago an elected member of congress felt compelled to publicly accuse the Marine Corps of being "radical and extreme".  And, I also like the fact that our Commandant informed that member of Congress that she was absolutely correct and that he passed on his thanks for the compliment!

 

I like the fact that Marine leaders --- of every rank --- know that issuing every man and woman a black beret --- or polka-dotted boxer shorts for that matter does absolutely nothing to promote morale, fighting spirit or combat effectiveness.

 

I like the fact that Marines are Marines first...regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, and national origin or how long they served or what goals they achieve in life!

 

I like Marines... and I love the fact that I am able to be humbled to walk along the ranks of other Marines!

 

I like the fact that you always know where you stand with a Marine! With Marines, there is no middle ground or gray area.  There are only missions, objectives, and facts.

 

And what I like the very most is that if you’re not a Marine… then the next best thing is to have a Marine for a friend.


 


Semper Fidelis


 


"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, do nothing." Dante

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Wonderful post!  If I may add to this...


 


"There is no military body in our country of higher efficiency than the Marine Corps.

They take great pride in their profession. They never let things slack a bit."
Rear Admiral C.M. Wilslow, U.S. Navy


 


"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" Eleanor Roosevelt


 


The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.

General Mark Clark, U.S. Army


 


My daddy was a Marine pilot and we girls still call him The Colonel. 


"Courage is endurance for one moment more."

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Sure I like em, glad to have them...on our side!


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USAFE7 says ...



Sure I like em, glad to have them...on our side!



Nothing wrong with the Airforce but ya gotta admit the Corp has it. That certain something.


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They do, and I said that with all respect in the world. I did want to join the Corps when I was 17 but ended up in the AF office with a friend. Any US service is better than any one elses in the world....


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OOH RAH!!! Semper Fi to all you DevilDogs out there.


 


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Nikk, I knew you would be here sooner or later.


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My kid brother joined the Marines out of high school. Unfortunately for him he was just too undisciplined to make it through all of Marine Boot Camp {that's another story for another time}. He did however just send me this...dunno if it is true...it certainly SOUNDS like many of the marines I have known...


Mike


Subject: Letter from a Marine Recon on Stakeout in Afghanistan 


It's freezing here.  I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush mountains along the Dar'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave.  Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.
 
I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting.  I've actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but them scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod.  Hurts like a bastard.
 
The antidote tastes like transmission fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.
 
The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.  I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand-held, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.
 
It's all about intelligence.  We haven't even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.
 
I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit a bloody ear into his face and plunge my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me.  I'm a  romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again:  This country blows, man.  It's not even a country.  There are no roads, there's no infrastructure, there's no government.  This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.
Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family; join the opium trade or join the army.  That's it.  Those are your options.  Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu if that's your idea of a party.  But the smell alone of those 'tent cities of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.
 
I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of em, are Huns.  Actual, living Huns. They LIVE to fight.  Its what they do.  Its ALL they do.
 
They have no respect for anything, not for their families or for each other or for themselves.  They claw at one another as a way of life.  They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor.  Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each others barbarism.  Cavemen with AK47's.  Then again, maybe I'm just cranky.
 
I'm freezing my a.. off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.
 
Oh yeah!  You like to write letters, right?  Do me a favor. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban 'smart.'  They are not smart.  I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is 'cunning.'  The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines.  They are sneaky and ruthless and, when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else.  Smart.  Pfft.  Yeah, they're real smart.
 
They've spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil.  They're still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.
 
OK, enough.  Snuffle will be up soon so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice but I'm good at it. Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives.
 
The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We've got this one under control.  The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know.  We are your military and we are doing what you sent us here to do. You wanna help?  Buy Bonds America ..


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What do I love about the Marines????  I am instantly a sister for life to anyone who has claimed the title.  Age, gender, geographical location, job........ none of those matter.  We are bonded for life by an invisible tie that cannot be broken.  Semper Fi Marines...


 


Oh yea love this too  S/F  Pup


LETTER FROM A FARM KID, NOW AT SAN DIEGO MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT.


 Dear Ma and Pa:
I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine

 


Corps beats working for old man Mitchel by a mile.

 


Tell them to join up quick before maybe all of the places are filled.

 


I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m.,

 


but am getting so I like to sleep late. 

 


Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot and

 


shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to

 


split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.  
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. 
 Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon,
etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie
and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the
two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till
noon when you get fed again. 
It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on "route marches",
which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks
so, it's not my place to tell him different. 
A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city
guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.   The country is nice
but awful flat. 

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Capt. is like the
school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't
bother you none. 
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for
shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head
and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.
All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even
load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to hand combat training. You get to
wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break
real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the
best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver
Lake.   I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6"
and 130 pounds, and he's 6'8" and weighs near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get
onto this set up and come stampeding in. 


Your loving daughter, Gail.


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What I love about the Marine Corps?


That you Men and Women are there for all of us - PERIOD!  You ask nothing, and give everything - Thank you.


Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.

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"If the Army and Navy ever look on heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines."  If you're not dead, you're not a "former" Marine."


The Marines is the only branch of the military that the President trusts to  guard him, his embassy, legations, and consulates.  We are all proud of our Veterans, regardless of service.  I just a Marine with a lot of pride issued to me by the Corps. 


I joined the Corps much like the farmer's daughter below.  I was raised on a rice/cattle farm in Texas.  I joined the Corps so I wouldn't have to work for a living! ;-).


 


Semper Fi, do or die.


Lead, follow, or get out of my way!! Unless you're dead, you're not a "former" Marine. Semper Fi!

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Allow me to submit this to all yee Marines who witness these words,


Although a day in the Corps, I have never spent


In the Air Force Reserves I serve.


I challenge yee Marines to thy mighty air force!


We soar above you in our mighty planes!


our brains and braun puts yours to shame!


I'm here in Iraq now honoring my orders,


I serve with you, but please


a shower you all must take!


you stink the BX, Chow hall and all where you go!


but I love the work you do,


that make you that stinky so!


aaahhhgggggrrrrrr maties!