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Happy Birthday Marines!

2010-11-10T12:49:57.678-05:00

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Mothers that make Marines

2010-11-10T12:41:08.092-05:00

November 10, 1775 is a date that many Americans do not recognize as an important date in our history. On this date, a committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. Without this branch of our military, our history would be significantly different. The Marine Corps has fought in every corner of the world and in every major war since its inception. It is an organization steeped in heritage and the traditions of those Marines that have fought and died throughout the decades. From the age of 17 to the age of 22, I was lucky enough to be an active part of this excellent organization. It was only a wonder that I ended up in the Marine Corps. I grew up in the home of a wonderful woman who openly displayed her patriotism for all to see. My mother loved America so much that her favorite colors were Red, White, and Blue. She had Americana throughout our entire house, and strongly cherished the freedoms that we enjoy in America. Although I was lucky enough to be a “peacetime” Marine, I had the same training as “wartime” Marines. All Marines undergo the same 13 week boot camp where they are trained in weapons, drill, regulations, martial arts, PT, Marine Corps History, and Marine Corps values. The Marines boil down all of their history and tradition into their core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These are the foundation of a life spent protecting those that are too weak to defend themselves. As the Ned Dolan quote states, “Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.” Honor describes the levels of personal integrity a Marine must adhere to. Courage is at the core of a Marines’ willingness to do the right thing, even though it isn’t the easy thing, and of course, their courage in battle. Commitment to country and Corps drives Marines to achieve their best. Almost 4 weeks before the Marine Corps 235th Birthday, on October 14th, my Mom passed away. On that day, the person who helped shape the direction of my life more than anyone else was taken from those she loved. Honor, Courage, and Commitment are values that I learned to define in boot camp, but after the loss of my Mom this year, I realize that these are values that she has lived by my entire life. My Mom set the example for me where honor is concerned. She took responsibility for everything that happened in her life and expected others to do the same. She always strived to do the right thing, and there were consequences if I didn’t choose to do the same. Courage was something she was known for. It didn’t matter if you were the president of the United States, if you did something wrong in front of my Mom, you were going to hear about it. She faced uncountable difficult times, and persevered, which set an example for me to live by.Commitment is a trait of my Mom’s that I am very proud of. She was completely dedicated to making me a successful person. She worked whenever she needed to, and as many jobs as she needed to, in order to make ends meet. She ensured that I took on many responsibilities at a young age, that I always knew the difference between right and wrong, and what was expected of me. On November 10th of this year, I would not only like to thank my fellow Marines, but also my Mother, and all of those parents like her, who make young men that are strong enough to earn the title of Marine. Without them, the Marine Corps would be a very different organization, just as America would be different without the Corps.Happy Birthday Marines Thank you,Rob Gibson, Sgt USMC[...]



Achmed the Dead Terrorist Joins the Marines

2010-02-10T00:13:34.936-05:00

Just found this and thought it would be a good follow up to my first Achmed post. Enjoy
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The Gift of Valor

2010-01-18T20:02:07.583-05:00

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It has been a long time since I posted anything, so I thought now would be a good time.

I just finished reading, The Gift of Valor by Michael M. Phillips. It is such a powerful book about the life and death of a true American hero, Jason Dunham.

I was told of this book by a friend of mine. He was a close friend of Jason's, and after reading the book, I can see why. Jason was an extraordinary person who cared deeply for the Marines around him. Jason's final selfless act was to jump on a grenade during an altercation with an Iraqi insurgent. The book covers many aspects of Jason's life in great detail, including the journey he took after the grenade attack.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even if they never served in the military. It is not only the story of Jason's life, but also of the lives he touched. Michael M. Phillips expands the circle of lives that Jason touched with this book.



Happy Thanksgiving

2008-11-26T12:28:36.750-05:00

Just ran across this at Blackfive.net (haven't been there or updated my milblog in a looooong time).
I thoroughly enjoyed this post and wanted to share it with you all.
Happy Thanksgiving
Posted By Laughing_Wolf
Given that I may be offline for a few days, I wanted to take this chance to say, and to wish to you and yours a, Happy Thanksgiving.

There is much to be thankful for in my life, and in the world. For all that is bad, there is so much more good. Jenny and I have a roof over our head, a warm place to lay those heads, good friends, a huge number of people we know and enjoy, and we live in a country that is probably the most free -- and in my not so humble opinion -- the best in the world. Perfect, no. Best, yes.

We've just had a major regime change without violence or permanent consequences for the loser. Think on that a few minutes, and reflect on how rare that is in the world. Think on the freedoms we enjoy, and, yes, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and the blood of patriots. For now, I simply give thanks for the freedoms we have, and that we have people who are vigilant and who are willing to pay the price for us all.

Think of the blessings and bounty we have Thanksgiving Day, and give thanks. There will be time enough later to naysay and worry about the future. For the day, live in the present and give thanks for all that is good and right in our lives.

May you and yours enjoy the bounty and blessings of the day, and have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
LW
Link:
Happy Thanksgiving
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2008/11/happy-thanksgiv.html



Marines Prosecuted in Civilian Court

2008-09-02T08:14:04.416-04:00

Browsing Foxnews this morning I came across this article about a Marine (Jose Luis Nazario Jr.) being tried in civilian court for a war crime. Sgt. Gibby has a real issue with this. This can not continue. Most civilians have no idea what it is like in a war zone situation. We have an entire department in the military to prosecute this type of thing. If this is allowed, it will explode into many other cases being thrown into civilian court for political purposes; not to prosecute this in civilian court, but to further political gain.

As it was stated in the parent story:

"This boils down to one thing in my mind: Are we going to allow civilian juries to Monday-morning-quarterback military decisions?" said Nazario's attorney, Kevin McDermott.


This is the history of the law:

The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act law was written in 2000 and amended in 2004 primarily to prosecute civilian contractors who commit crimes while working for the U.S. overseas. One of the authors contends prosecuting former military personnel was "not the motivation."

Nazario is the first military service member who has completed his duty to be brought to trial under a law that allows the government to prosecute defense contractors, military dependents and those no longer in the military who commit crimes outside the United States.


I understand amending laws if we need to bridge a gap, but put the war crimes trials where they belong which is back into Military courts.
Check out the Full story here.

*****Update, there is a much more detailed account of what happened with this case at WSJ.com. *****

*****Update 2, Yet another update about the acquittal of Jose Nazario from the WSJ:
WSJ

Ex-Marine Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges
By Nicholas Casey

A former Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqis was acquitted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter charges in a closely watched test of recent law that broadened the powers of federal courts.
Jose Luis Nazario, 28 years old, had been charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, a law passed in 2000 that extended the jurisdiction of federal courts ...



More About the Military and Drinking

2008-08-13T07:30:46.336-04:00

I came across this article about troops being prone to drink, and I thought, "Oh great, here we go." I am tired of hearing about people in the military drinking more than their civilian counterparts. My totally unfounded belief is that this excessive drinking is attributed more to the mindset of those that served in the military being more geared towards taking risks.
But wait there is a twist.
I actually read through the story and was surprised that it was based on a study of National Guard and Reserve troops only, and that those NG and Reserve troops that had been deployed had a 60 percent higher occurrence of developing binge drinking problems than their counterparts who had not been deployed.
Well now, that sounds like good info to know. I am glad that someone is doing these studies so we can get these troops help.
I do, however get a bit frustrated at seeing only these negative stories about military service, and it's effects, in the news. The studies need to be done to help those that need mental counseling to reconcile the issues they have, no doubt about it. However, when was the last time we picked up a paper and saw an article about how the military turned someone's life around. You have to look at special news sources for these kinds of stories, (i.e. Stars and Stripes, Milblogs).
I realize that have been guilty of this a bit as well. After my last couple of posts, I got an e-mail from former squid Mario asking if I could post a more upbeat article or two. He was right, and trust me I have been looking, but they are hard to find. I will try to get a couple of more "positive" articles up with the others when I come across them. Don't be shy in sending me some that you come across. Until then, read the article mentioned above. Semper Fi



George Carlin

2008-06-23T16:36:06.326-04:00

One of my favorite people of all time died yesterday. George Carlin was called a "comedian", but he was more of a philosopher using comedy to make people re-evaluate their thought processes and outlook on society. If you spend 15 minutes today on the internet, make sure it is over at you tube watching some George Carlin clips. One of my favorites is his outlook on
saving the planet.



Man Beats 2 Year Old Son to Death and Bystanders Don't Intervene

2008-06-20T12:02:07.938-04:00

I cannot explain my feelings on this issue any better than Uncle Jimbo does over at Blackfive.net in his post, so I will just add this link for you to follow. WTF is right!
Wolves, Sheep & ?



Haditha Marine prepares to sue Murtha over smear

2008-06-19T13:29:03.373-04:00

I just saw an article that makes me very happy over at World Net Daily. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani , who was recently acquitted of charges against him for the Haditha incident (Haditha Massacre to some) might be suing John Murtha for the statements he made about the Marines involved. Good for him! For those of you that have forgotten our beloved Congressman's statements let me refresh your memory:

(During) a May 17, 2006, news conference by Murtha. The congressman announced he had been told by the highest levels of the Marine Corps there was no firefight and Marines "killed innocent civilians in cold blood."


None of the cases against these accused Marines had even stared yet, and here is Murtha, a former Marine himself, throwing them under the bus. Of course this was during election time, and as stated in the WND story by Brian Rooney, Chessani's lawyer, "He was vying for a leadership position, and if he had to throw some Marines under the bus to do so, that was the cost of power for him."

Murtha had no business saying what he did before the investigations started and deserves to be sued for libel and defamation.

Another point to note is what Rooney said about the reporting of this story.

He noted the New York Times featured the case on the front page when it was being compared by war critics to the infamous My Lai massacre in Vietnam. But now, with evidence the Haditha accusations were a smear, the story has been relegated to the back pages.


There are several media outlets who headlined the originalstory, and are now side-noting the acquittals.

I will close this with another of Rooney's statements:
He hopes soon politicians will weigh in on the case in support of Chessani and the others.

"I would think all politicians, especially politicians that have military records, should say something about this case," he said.

"In a horrible and very complex environment, when you have an enemy that's using women and children as shields, you should always give the benefit of the doubt to the Marine or soldier," said Rooney. "You should never bring him back and put him in front of a court martial."


Absolutely correct. We have to support our service members, especially in a volunteer military. They signed up to help, at least let the investigations and trials take place before throwing them under the bus.

Write your politicians who are prior service members and urge them to speak out.



Marine's Narrow Escape From Death

2008-05-19T22:33:09.432-04:00

Dramatic photos show a Marine's narrow escape from death Sunday while facing insurgent gunfire in Afghanistan. Go check em out here. All I can say is WOW!



WARRIORS... in their own words

2008-05-08T08:10:53.604-04:00

I just saw a trailer for what appears to be an amazing movie. This is a military movie that is told by those who served. Who better to tell the stories than those that lived it.

Their mission, according to their website is:
Our Mission is to Honor Our Warriors

and to raise funding through our documentary, portrait book and exhibit --


to aid wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fatally wounded.

The creators are working with freedomisnotfree.com to help wounded service members and their families, as well as the families of the fatally wounded. Let's support them in this mission.



2nd woman to receive Silver Star since WWII

2008-03-11T09:23:41.190-04:00

There is a great story on Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown over at the Daily Herald's (Chicago) website. Click here.

After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said.

"I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there," Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.



She is a true American hero.



There are no WMD's in Iraq, Chuck Norris lives in Oklahoma

2008-03-11T09:06:30.217-04:00

More support from one of the great ones. Click here to read more about Chuck Norris' recent visit to our troops.



Jeff Dunham and Achmed the Dead Terrorist

2007-12-23T11:18:27.491-05:00

Just saw this over at Blackfive.net, too funny.

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Celebrities Thank Troops as USO Tour Ends

2007-12-23T10:58:07.937-05:00

A very nice change of pace from the normal war bashing efforts of celebrities.

Celebrities Thank Troops as USO Tour Ends



General Peter Pace

2007-12-21T14:15:08.987-05:00

I just recieved this from a friend and thought it would be great to share these inspirational words this close to Christmas, enjoy.Pace Details Lessons He Learned From Young MarinesBy Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press ServiceMINEOLA, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2007 – The reason the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Chaminade High School here was on the wall as he entered the building today: a simple plaque with the names of graduates killed in combat. Midway down the list of 55 Chaminade graduates killed in combat was the name Guido Farinaro, Class of 1967, killed in Vietnam in 1968. Marine Gen. Peter Pace came to this Catholic school to honor Lance Corporal Farinaro, the first Marine to die following 2nd Lt. Peter Pace’s orders. The four-star general keeps a picture of the young lance corporal under the glass on his desk in the Pentagon to remind him of the sacrifices young servicemembers make. Rev. James C. Williams, the president of the school, invited Pace to address the 1,700 students of the all-male school. “This is selfish on my part to want to come here to Chaminade,” Pace told the students. “I’ve been invited to several Gold Star Masses and have not been able to attend. I did not want to leave active duty without coming to the place from which the single most influential military person in my life graduated.” During Pace’s talk, the normal restlessness of young men disappeared. You could hear a pin drop when the general told the student body that he wanted to come to the school “to have a chance to look you in the eye and tell you of just one of Chaminade’s incredible graduates.” Pace wanted the students to know that their lives will make a difference. “I want you to know about one Chaminade graduate whose life made a difference,” Pace said. Guido Farinaro was a 1967 graduate of the high school, Pace said. “As with all classes in Chaminade, the vast majority went on to college, but Guido joined the Marine Corps,” he said. “When asked why, he said he was born in Italy, raised in the United States and had the opportunity to attend this incredible school and felt the need to pay back the country before he did any more schooling.” Pace met the young lance corporal in February 1968 during the Tet Offensive in Hue City, Vietnam. Pace was the third leader of the 2nd Platoon, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in as many weeks. The platoon was a skeleton, with only 14 Marines left. “Guido was one of them,” Pace said to the assembly. “He and I served together until July 1968, and I came to know Guido as a great young man.” The lance corporal’s death also had a profound impact on the young lieutenant. “We were on patrol one day outside Da Nang, and Guido was killed by a sniper,” Pace said. “As I stayed with him, a sense of rage came through me, and as the platoon leader, I started calling an artillery strike on the village where the round had been fired. “My platoon sergeant, who was my age – 21 or 22 -- didn’t say anything at all,” Pace said. “He just looked at me. And I knew in the look that he gave me that what I was doing was wrong.” Pace called off the strike and led the platoon to do what he should have done in the first place – a dismounted sweep of the village. “We found nothing but women and children,” he said. “Had that artillery strike been conducted, I do not know how I could have possibly lived with myself.” The lesson for Pace was immediate. “Regardless what you do in your life, hold on to your moral compass,” he said. “When you are emotionally least capable of defendi[...]



To the Fallen Records

2007-12-06T06:00:23.298-05:00

You guys have to go check out the website of To The Fallen Records. This is the first military only record label. Looking at the homepage they have already picked up some great artists. I almost guarantee you have heard the music of Mike Corrado and Citizen Reign in some of the military videos on You Tube. You can go to their Myspace page to hear some of the music. It seems that they have more R&B and Hip Hop artists than anything else, but there are Country and Rock compilations available. Click on the Title of this blog to go to thier website.



Sacrifice

2008-12-13T01:03:20.163-05:00

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Medal Of Honor-Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

2007-10-23T12:55:57.057-04:00

Sorry that I haven't had any time to use this thing lately. I know it only takes 2-3 minutes to post something, but it hasn't been on my priority list. I recieved an e-mail from a friend today that I thought I should post regardless of my workload. It is from the Wall Street Journal. Sorry, I don't have a link:

A Medal of Honor
October 23, 2007
Yesterday President Bush presented the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor for valor in combat, to the family of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. It is the third Medal of Honor bestowed in the war on terror, and all have been awarded posthumously.
Lt. Murphy, of Patchogue on Long Island in New York, was the 29-year-old officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team tasked with capturing or killing a high-ranking Taliban leader in the Hindu Kush mountains, east of Asadabad behind enemy lines. A group of goat herders betrayed their position to the Taliban, and the team came under a heavy coordinated assault by dozens of insurgents, perhaps as many as 100.
The SEALs were at a tactical disadvantage and became pinned down in a ravine. Lt. Murphy, already wounded, moved out from behind cover, seeking open air for a radio signal to place a rescue call. He was shot several more times in the back. He dropped the transmitter, picked it back up and completed the call, and then rejoined the fight.
The battle, the last stage of Operation Redwing, was the worst single day of casualties for Naval Special Warfare since World War II. Only one man from the SEAL team would survive. A Chinook helicopter, carrying 16 soldiers for the rescue mission, was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military is almost spoiled for choice when it comes to such instances of heroism and sacrifice. It is regrettable that these volunteers are too often rewarded with indifference by the U.S. political culture, where "supporting the troops" becomes nothing more than a slogan when there is a score to settle. The representative men in this war are soldiers like Lt. Murphy.



Please take a moment today to think about our fallen guardians.

UPDATE:
Quick update from another Jarhead I work with (thanks Jon):

Check out this link… http://www.navy.mil/moh/mpmurphy/

The accounts are recorded in a book called “Lone Survivor,”
written by Corpsman Luttrell, the lone survivor of the 4 man seal team Murphy
was a part of.

This ended up being a bad day gone worse as this was
the day that the Chinook enroute for the extraction op was shot down killing all
aboard (8 Seals and 8 Night Stalkers). It’s especially wrenching as the
Chinook went down partly because it raced ahead of the gunship escorts to try
and get there as fast as they could to save their brothers.

Navy
calls it accurate…Luttrell submitted it to the Navy prior to publishing for
security and accuracy review.



Interservice Bickering at the Highest Level

2007-08-20T09:25:07.923-04:00

It looks like the old salty vets aren't the only ones guilty of some interservice bickering. Our senior boys in the Pentagon seem to be doing some class A scrapping over UAV's. Read more here:
US military in dogfight over drones



New Robot Warrior Deployed in Iraq

2007-08-03T14:59:33.668-04:00

Just saw this link. This thing is too cool!The system is called "SWORDS"-"special weapons observation remote reconnaissance direct action system"
First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq
I added a video for your review.

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Man Posed as Marine Hero Sentenced

2007-07-31T09:39:54.371-04:00

No time to comment...just a quick link...
Fake vet sentenced to tend military graves at Tahoma



New Speech From General Patton

2007-07-25T13:06:50.998-04:00

You guys will love this one.

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