Military stories from past to present, both wars.

A Picture is worth a thousand words…

November 1st, 2006 Posted in The SandGram v1.0

I’m not sure where these guys are, but they are Studs!!!! All I can say is I wish this was me and my guys in the photo!!

Funny story about DC and the attitude there sometimes… as a young 2ndLt stationed at the basic school in Quantico, we would go up to Georgetown to hit the bars. Mind you, we are all 22 years old, in nice dress slacks, button down shirts and driving those bitch’n brand new Lieutenant mobiles. The one thing we had going against us was the fact that we had super “High and Tight” haircuts. I tried to explain to the guys as a local boy from the area, why the girls were the way they were up there and looked down onto Marines, but it didn’t matter, they all wanted to go.
I sat back and watched as my buddies were shot down one by one by these local Georgetown gals. Jim, my roommate, found a gal who came over with her friend in tow. They sat down and I was stuck chatting with this little prim and proper preppy gal. She looked at me and said, “So you guys are Marines huh?” I nodded my head as I said yes. She then proceeded to blow me away with “So that’s all you could do with your life??”
I was floored by her comment and answered, “I’m sorry, what college did you say you go to??” She said Long Wood College which is down in Southern Virginia. I then asked her if she had applied to my University… James Madison University. She said yes… I then said well it appears that you didn’t get into my school, so when you are up for debating who is smarter, first get accepted to my University and then we’ll talk. Needless to say, I didn’t jump on that hand grenade for my buddy as I would rather drink acid then kiss her.
There will always be folks like her and Sen. Kerry, who will assume that we couldn’t do anything with our lives but join the Military, I can accept that, but when it comes time to pulling their butt out of a burning Embassy, you know that they will be the first ones to call the 911 force of the world… The U.S. Military!! Funny how that works.
As the English Novelist, George Orwell,once said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night, only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” We are those men and women…
Semper Fi,
P.S. He has angered me enough to post this too…

This is a letter written by a U.S. Marine in response to Senator Kerry’s recent “slip of the tongue.”

Yesterday John Kerry said, “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well, and if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq”

So I wrote him a letter:

I am a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. I am currently on my second tour in Iraq, a tour which I volunteered for. I speak Arabic and Spanish and I plan to tackle Persian Farsi soon. I have a Bachelor’s and an Associate’s Degree and between deployments I am pursuing an M.B.A. In college I was a member of several academic honor societies, including the Golden Key Honor Society. I am not unique among the enlisted troops. Many of my enlisted colleagues include lawyers, teachers, mechanics, engineers, musicians and artists just to name a few. You say that your comments were directed towards the President and not us. If we were stupid, Senator Kerry, we might have believed you.

I am not a victim of President Bush. I proudly serve him because he is my Commander in Chief. If it was you who was President, I would serve you just as faithfully. I serve America, Senator Kerry, and I am also providing a service to the good people of Iraq. I have not terrorized them in the middle of the night, raped them or murdered them as you have accused me of before. I am doing my part to help them rebuild. My role is a simple one, but important. You see Senator Kerry, like it or not, we came here and removed a tyrant (who terrorized Iraqis in the middle of the night, and raped them and murdered them). And we have a responsibility to see to it that another one doesn’t take his place. The people of Iraq are recovering from an abusive relationship with a terrible government and it’s going to take some time to help them recover from that. We can’t treat this conflict like a microwave dinner and throw a temper tantrum because we feel like it’s taking too long.

Senator Kerry, you don’t have to agree with this war. You don’t have to say nice things about those of us who choose to make sacrifices for the rights of every American rather than sit back and simply feel entitled to it. But please Senator Kerry, if you’re going to call me a stupid murdering rapist, stick by what you say. Don’t tell me that I misunderstood you or that you would never insult a veteran because you’re one too. Having been there and done that does not give you a free pass to insult me.

My suggestion for you, Senator Kerry, is to remember that your speeches are recorded and broadcast to us simpletons over here. You may want to write down what you want to say before you say it, maybe have somebody look at it before you say it and tell you what others might hear. Remember that we can’t read your mind, if there are any misinterpretations in what you say, it’s because you didn’t communicate clearly.

Good luck to you Senator Kerry, if nothing else it’s always entertaining to watch you try and climb out of the holes that you constantly dig for yourself.

Somebody who is watching his daughter grow up in photographs so that you can have the right to say whatever you want about him.

A Blast From Kerry’s Past
During a Vietnam-era run for Congress in ’72, Kerry said “he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable, and be more prone to ‘the perpetuation of war crimes.'”
Kerry, in answers to a ’72 candidate questionnaire from a MA peace group: “I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown. We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.'”
More Kerry: “Equally as important, a volunteer army with our present constitutional crisis takes accountability away from the president and put the people further from control over military activities.”
After Kerry “caused a firestorm this week,” the AP “was alerted to the historical comments by a former law enforcement official who monitored” ’70s anti-war activities. In ’72, as he ran for the House, Kerry “was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army, and said in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft, but considered a volunteer army “a greater anathema.”
Kerry spokesperson David Wade said 11/1 that the historical document “needed to be viewed in the era in which it was written,” but that it nonetheless raised a “bedrock question in a time of war when sacrifice should be shared by all Americans.” Wade: “These are the words 34 years ago of a 28-year-old veteran home from a war gone wrong, wondering who in America will bear the cost of battle and shoulder the responsibility of military service” (Solomon, AP, 11/2).