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Thanks to all my VETS

November 13th, 2006 Posted in The SandGram v1.0

Humble is for those who can’t, we CAN. When the world comes down on our nations military for doing their job, protecting American interest around the world and following our leaders orders, I just close my eyes and see that quote in my minds eye. Being a part of the Marine Corps is not only a job but part of a legacy that brands an invisible “Marine” tattoo across your soul.
Whenever you read about a person who served in the Marine Corps, you always hear them say, “Ex-Marine”, that is a misnomer, see once a Marine, Always a Marine!! So feel free to correct the next person who in conversion says “Oh he was an Ex Marine.” Tell them that he is a Former Marine. This can be misconstrued as a form of brain washing by some who don’t understand what being a part of such an outstanding company means.
I will give you an example of what it means to be a Marine. On September 11th 2001, a twenty year veteran of the Marine Corps, retired Staff Sergeant David Karnes, watched in horror like the rest of us as we were brutally attacked by a bunch of Crazy, Maniacal, Islam radicals. But what makes this man and another former Marine Sergeant Thomas special is that while thousands were running away from lower Manhattan, these two donned their Marine Corps Uniforms and raced to the scene of mayhem. They were allowed to pass all the check points, a respect for the uniform by the police and made their way to ground zero. What is remarkable is the fact that they found some of the last survivors from the collapse of the twin towers. These two unsung hero’s had the guts face tragedy with a level mind and sort out the details that ultimately saved the lives of two Port Authority Police Officers.
Were they called upon to do this selfless act? No!! Did the U.N. get together and figure out that the Marines needed to be called in? NO!! These two individuals took it upon themselves to use their leadership skills, training and bravado, saving two lives when others had missed them. How do you put a price on that? What kind of man does this?
These are the results of the Marine Corps, a professional organization whose byproduct is allowing these guys to work under pressure and make rational life or death decisions. They are my hero’s right now because they both showed the world that the Marines make things happen whether on Active Duty or out in the world as a Civilian. To Sgt David Karnes and the rest of the Marines out there, I say “Thank you” and Happy Birthday and Veterans day!!
Semper Fi,