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Old 04-09-2007, 11:13 PM
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My MARINE is now overseas

The wife & i got back home late Easter Sunday afternoon from a long trip home from Camp Leguene, N.C.

We got there Wednesday afternoon and Joe got us a room on base. Great room w/everything you could want or need, heck we could of cooked in it because it even had a stove.

Got to hang out w/the kid & some of his friends alot throughout the day. Was introduced to all of his buddies, what a great bunch of guys. Thursday night the wife I was invited to come back to the barracks & party w/them but I ended up going alone. Denise told me to go hang out w/the "GUYS"

Well let me say I had a REALLY GREAT time, drank more beer then I should of(yes I had a designated driver), played Beer Pong w/the son & his buddies. Got to meet more guys then I can remember, but they seemed to remember me. Got to see pics of my son & his friends doing God knows "EVERYTHING". Joe did tell me the worst thing he ever ate was a live frogg but then the pic of him walking around the barracks in nothing but paper plates took the cake on everything .

His buddies did tell me they wondered what kinda guy he was when he came to thier group, but over time they learned that there's is bascily nothing he would do at least once. Could have something to do w/his nick name he's had since high school, Steve-O. For those of you who don't know who Stevo-O is just google him w/the word Jackas$ & you'll understand then.


Sadly the fun came to an end early Saturday morning. At about 1am friends & family gathered to say their fairwells & good wishes to the Marines before they left. As we waited around for the busses to arrive I got to talk to a couple of guys who were on their 4th tour. They both agreed that if they could choose any group they had been with to stay with permanently it would be this one. They said this was the closest knit group of guys they had ever seen. They said everyone truely treated everyone else as though they were family.

John (Joe's group leader)also told me that Joe was the only mechanic he'd let touch his track. He told me Joe had a special touch w/every piece of equipment he works on & that Joe has yet to pull the diagnostic books out to figure out what the problem may be. He said Joe just seems to know exactly what is wrong & can fix it. I guess having him grease bearings at 3yrs old must of got him hooked.

At about 4am it time for them to leave, I guess it was thier commanding officer that told them to fall in for a head count. He told us all we should be proud of they Marines(damn how could you not be). They were the largest group to ever be sent over at one time. That they had had more training then any other group in thier field & that they were the best of the best. He also agreed w/John that this was the closest knit group of Marines he had ever seen & that they truely acted like "Brothers".

It was time to say thier finally good byes. Not a fun site for anyone including those men. I would have to say there wasn't a dry eye in the place. It was the most love I have ever felt in one spot. We were told over & over by all of the guys not to worry because they were all coming home safe & sooner then we think(God I hope so)

The wife & I hugged all of Joes friends one at a time & then they all gathered around us & gave the wife & I one huge group hug & told us they loved us both. Then they all ran to the bus & got on. Like myself I'm sure everyone there wanted to stop those young men from getting on those busses so badly, but they all knew that there was a job to do & these were the guys who had to do it. The place was so quite.

I know the Good Lord was watching over us all that night. It was a little cold but the sky was crystal clear that night, weatherman said rain/snow. As the busses pulled away the wind picked up & the place became a dust bowl & every one hurried to thier cars.

In my heart I know it's a good sign that Joe & the group of guys arrived overseas on Easter Sunday. To me Easter has had a "New Beginning" meaning to me & I believe thats what going to happen..........joe


If any of you would like Joe's or any of his group of guy's name & address to send them a note or a care package, please PM me & I'd be happy to share the list I have....

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Good luck to your son over there. He sounds like the kind of Marine I would like to take with me when I go next year.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:05 PM
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May God bless them all. Semper Fi.
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:06 AM
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From a Viet Nam vet to the new vets.....Gods speed to all branches of the military, we are very proud of you.
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:46 AM
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Doc here,

First, Your son, and all the brave young Men and women serving in harms way to defend our way of life, have the VERY highest regard of ALL Americans!!

Even though I don't support this war (from the Government standpoint ONLY) I support Every Service person Doing his/Her Duty as ordered in the highest tradition..something I'm not unfamiliar with..(College, Kansas , Canada or Cambodia...not much of a choice)



A Marines Mother's tribute to Her Fallen Son...Who loved Rodding!



My Youngest Son, now 4 th Generation Marine, was There in a Covert unit for almost 4 years (by choice)..their function was (almost like a Sniper) to find , observe long range, and program the location of the Bad Guys into the GPSS satellite so the Air force could blow them back to Allah with "Smart Bombs"..

During that period, Because of their effectiveness, had 1 million Dollar "Hits" for every Marine from that unit killed and confirmed..THERE or in the states..He and other members were NOT allowed communications with home (or anywhere else) unless the unit as a whole was on the move..(ship or Aircraft) and then 5 minutes on a cell phone..NO direct mail..

He went in (and signed up in High school for weekend training..until graduation) with the intention of becoming a Career Marine 30 years..This was before 911..

I told him..go to college first, get a degree then go to OCS..Cuz the minute you get into Boot Camp, they are sure to start a war..

Damn if I wasn't right..911 happened about half way through Boot camp for him..AND they KEPT that a secret until Graduation..None of the recruits Knew the state of the world..no papers, no radio, no TV, monitored mail. So they had no idea what was up until they were headed for ITR..

He went from there to ITR, then Schools, then to Iraq..Was in the First battle launched, and as luck would have it..was proceeding forward toward the bad guys when they blew the base camp off the face of the desert..(luckily it was abandoned no causality's, old intelligence!) We Kicked Butt in that skirmish if you remember..

Because of his Com Skills and computer training, he was offered the chance to volunteer for this unit..Which he did..(he wanted to be Recon, but didn't make the cut..) During that almost 4 year period, I got to see him twice..Once when he was an Escort for a Fellow Marine's Body back to Tracy California, (got 48 hours together) and once just before he got out..(yes, I said got out!)

After a Full tour, he decided that from what he'd seen, from what he was ordered to do, the acquisition of a 1000 yard stare, sleepless nights, It was time to move on..30 years WAS not the plan..

HE is safe and sound, doing Hot Rod upholstery in the LA area now..Part time Competition Kickboxer, (for Anger Control..and Kickboxed Pro for the Marines) , He married a girl he met from Brazil, with 1 , now 2 year old Daughter (I didn't know that until after separations either..new daughter in law and Grand Daughter) .

Things I do remember , from the "early days" that may still apply today..If he has a base camp, he should have access to email..Post that if it is so..the guys loved to get email!!

Also, nothing interesting to read there..I set up a deal with the local birdcage liner to mail a couple of bundles of local newspapers to them every week..from what I understand, everybody loved reading them..Even if it was from Jeff's hometown..

I sent them care packages of "Word Puzzles" and other book "brain teasers" for something to do, when there was nothing to do..

I also sent 3 laptop computers and a ton of battery's.. for use by all..

Even though it took forever to catch up to them from the "stealth Mail route" it had to travel..was much appreciated when received! Kept their mind active in a bad smell situation..

If it hasn't changed since the "Early" days of the war, you might look into these types of support for Our fine young men and women..as well as things like streaming Video with family members..It was a real boost for them back then.

Let them know, They are the Finest examples of the American Way of life, their States, Towns and Family's..and are fully supported by the American people ....

Semper Fi!

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glad your boy made it back docvette and hope you are doing better too.
hope this too manytocount marine gets home in one piece as well. bless all of our troops. i keep a running toll of dead and injured painted on the back of my truck till this one's over.
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:50 PM
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The men of men

On behalf of the true Americans let me say thank you for raising such a stand up man and your son for his patriotism and bravery. If only there were more like him.
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:30 PM
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my best friend.. which is actually my cousin and didnt know it.. is leaving for iraq weekend after next..

may 9th..

and hes ready for it.. he said hes going to bring down the insurgents of bagdad with the bible.. i dont know how.. but he said he is. he is in the Army and is going to East of Baghdad to rebuild part of the city i beleive he said..

keep him in your prayers

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