I want to thank Big Dog for the awesome poem he wrote to Cao and I. WoW!
And I would also like to thank Cao for her kindness to me and all the hard work she has done, I mean to tell you she is doing tremendous work on keeping the facts all together about Jack Idema. And a big ole thank you to Jack Idema too and like Big Dog all the other Marines! OOHRAH! Thank you Marines!
This is the Poem that Big Dog wrote…….
Don’t Go Off Half Cocked
Guns don’t kill, people do what is all the strife?
If they took away all the guns out there, there’d still be loss of life
Criminals don’t obey the law, that’s how they got that name
As long as we let them on the streets, the outcome will be the same
Will a million laws against a thing make criminals refrain?
With all the laws against it, they still use cocaine
Twenty-thousand, that’s the number, of gun laws on the books
To let honest people have the guns and to keep them from the crooks
But now they’ll take guns from everyone, they say it keeps law and order
That’s like throwing out the baby, along with its bath water
No matter what happens we’ll always have our precious Second Amendment
And as long as liberals have their way, we’ll need to stand up and defend it
A man’s home is his castle, but it’s getting out of reach
Because of all the social problems, he’s always under seige
So let’s thank God our founding fathers, had the common sense
To allow the average citizen, a means of self defense
It might not be the answer, but it’s a start that will not fail
At least until all the criminals, are tucked away in jail
– author Big Dog
“Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference in the world, Marines don’t have that problem.” ~ President Ronald Regan
Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army” ~ Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War; shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings to keep the enemy from immediately fleeing.
“Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They’ll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest SOB’s I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man’s normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and , generally speaking, of the United States Marines I’ve come in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet.”
~ An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
“The man who will go where his colors will go, without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in a jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to Democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. His pride is his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionary, he held the gates of civilization for the classical world…he has been called United States Marine.” ~ Lieutenant Colonel T.R. Fehrenbach, US Army in “This Kind of War”
“Retreat, hell we just got here!” ~ Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC at the Battle of Belleau Wood WWI
“Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on the defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.” ~ RAdm. “Jay’ R. Stark, U.S. Navy
“We’re surrounded? Good, now we can kill the bastards in any direction.”
~ Colonel Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller; Korean War
Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in H*ll can overrun you!
– Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC rallying his First
Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
We’re not retreating, Hell! We’re just attacking in a different direction! -(GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC)
I can’t say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. . .Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it’ll be studied for many, many years to come as the way to do it. -(General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.)
I think the discipline I got in the Marine Corps made me discipline myself when I was training for fights. A lot of guys want to do things, but they don’t want to pay the price for it. I was able to, and the Marine Corps had a lot to do with it. -(Carmen Basiho, former World Welterweight and Middleweight boxing champion.)
The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle! -(GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY)
I liked being in the Marines. They gave me discipline I could live with. By the time I got out, I was able to cope with things on a more realistic level. -(Steve McQueen, Hollywood movie star.)
I was a model Marine.. My rifle was always clean, uniform always starched, and the shoes always shined. I guess that’s how I became so neat-sort of the Felix Unger of baseball roomates. Blame it on the Marines. -(Jay Johnstone, author, broadcaster and former major league outfielder.)
I’ve always been proud of being a Marine. I won’t hesitate to defend the Corps. -(Jonathan Winters, Comic Television star.)
It’s TIME to show our true character as a nation.One nation…under God…fighting for the “right stuff”. And it is our military who are going to pay the bill. Hey all you warriors “over there” …KILL ONE FOR THIS OLD JARHEAD!
Major Bill Donahue USMC Ret
ATTENTION ON DECK!
NOW HEAR THIS! NOW HEAR THIS!
The count is in. Those Marines responding to the American
Courage Newsletter who are in favor of kicking the a** of
“So-d*mn” (credit to Wayne “Road” Halstead), Al-Qaeda, Bin-Laden,
France, etc, etc.: One Billion, Seven Hundred and Ninety Five
Million, Four Hundred and Ten Thousand, Six Hundred and Ninety
Five. Those opposed: Eight. Troops it is time to lock and
load! You eight who don’t have the heart for it thank you
for your input. Now step to the rear of the formation and
report for Mess Duty. The Gunny has some items he wants to
discuss with you. I am too old to go and if I had to go I’d
be just as excited, apprehensive, keyed up, quiet, talkative
and sad as I was when I went to Viet Nam. But I’d go at the
drop of a hat. I’m not trying to cause someone else’s loved
one go into harm’s way. However, the time for talk is recorded
as having been ten years. The time is up. This time we have
a leader who is serious. Those who don’t think he is are in
serious hurt. The threat is real. My fear for my family,
friends, countrymen and Nation is real and growing. It is
time to eliminate this threat to our National existence. I’m
requesting transfer to Major Bill Donahue’s unit. I read his
comments in Newsletter #36 and I am with him! Major you tell
me the rally point and I’ll be standing tall with you. I’m
not as lean but I am still as mean and that will count for
something. Semper-Fi. God Bless all of our troops and
Heaven have mercy on our enemies. The Marines won’t.
Mike Koontz, USMC, 1963 – 1967
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