For those of us that remember SOS -Ed Creamer 1 – 1/2 Lb. (24 oz) of lean ground beef (80/20) 2 Tbsp. butter 1 cup chopped onion 3 Tbsp. flour 2 Tbsp. granulated garlic (or garlic powder) 4 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 cups milk Salt and pepper to taste Brown meat,…

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MEN IN BLACK: What it’s like to get ambushed


Men in Black is a true story as told by soldier and writer Colby Buzzell ( @colbybuzzell ) about his experience in Iraq MEN IN BLACK (Excerpt from ‘Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience’) from Evan Parsons on Vimeo. Link to this post!

One Marine’s Story


By Richard W. Williams I was a grunt in India Company 3/5 in 1969. But, this is not war story. This is a story about the Espirit de Corps of the 1st Marine Division. I lived in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to joining the Marines in 1968, I learned that there was a Marine who…

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Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner


OUTSTANDING! Turn it up! Lead singer Dave Bray served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an 8404 FMF Corpsman for 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines! Link to this post!

Toward The Sounds of Chaos


“America — Home of the Free, Because of the Brave” Link to this post!

Touch A Name On The Wall


During the USMC Vietnam Helicopter Association’s event at “The Wall South” in Pensacola (1998), we had several flyovers by helicopters. I was in the H-34 as it flew over (2:04 into the video, piloted by Larry Turner and Ben Cascio) and it sure got a warm reception from the crowd, most of who hadn’t seen…

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Rules for Dating a Marine’s Daughter


If you pull into my driveway and honk you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re sure not picking anything up. Remove your hat when entering my humble abode. I may think you have something terrible under it and will do my best to exterminate it quickly, efficiently, and fatally. You do not touch my…

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Cpl. Kent Cagle, USMC


Today America lost a warrior, the Marine Corps lost a Brother, a family lost a loved one, and I lost one of my best friends. In the early 1980’s, Cpl. Kent Cagle honorably served his country as a United States Marine. I was proud to have served with him and call him a brother. In…

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USMC Patches


Cpl. Beddoe’s USMC Patch Collection: Patches collected (over 600) during the past 14 years while webmaster of POPASMOKE.COM or click here Link to this post!



ALPHAMIKEFOXTROT! Semper Fi! Link to this post!

CASEVAC Corpsman Shannon Dittlinger


Bruce Williams-Burden, former Navy Corpsman (RVN), wrote a book earlier this year year titled “Luminous Base”. The book is a well-researched collection of respectful and caring stories of Corpsmen killed in action. In April, I posted a review of the book here on my blog. With Bruce’s permission, I am posting a chapter from his…

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Merry Christmas From Afghanistan


“Merry Christmas From Afghanistan” Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, oh man, it’s that time of year, and the birth of Jesus doesn’t seem to please the terrorists down here; I’d like to take a moment for you folks at home to make it clear; Merry Christmas from the Eastern Hemisphere. Merry Christmas from Afghanistan, way back…

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Trace Adkins – Arlington


Great song, video, & tribute! Trace Adkins, OOH-RAH! Link to this post!

Add daily USMC quote to your Blog or Website


If you’d like to add a feed with a daily USMC Marine Corps quote to your blog, here’s the RSS feed to add: Link to this post!


Whisper Semper Fi


He was sitting on a park bench, hunched and looking low. It was hard to imagine how he’d looked so long ago. His beard was long and shaggy now; his sparse hair white as snow but his steel gray eyes were piercing and I turned away to go. He looked lonely and forgotten and maybe…

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One Ride With YP-13


You should be hearing Martin Sheen and Jim Farley talk about the March 31, 1965 mission which made the cover of TIME magazine. As the webmaster for the USMC/Combat Helicopter Association (POPASMOKE), I get to meet some awesome Marines and Corpsmen. In the summer of 2000, during one of the reunions in San Diego, I…

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Marine Corps Quotes


This is the BEST resource for USMC Marine Corps quotes online. Feel free to share these “Twitter-sized” quotes but kindly link to this post or give proper credit if you copy them for duplication. Source: Follow @TX1963 on Twitter “Many quotes are from ‘Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines’, by my good buddy Marion…

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These Good Men


I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their…

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USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART


I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Mike Leahy ( to draw the EGA for me, which he did. I took Mike’s hand-drawn EGA and had it made into a tattoo. I think it came out really awesome! If you use Mike’s EGA for…

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Paul Melvin Beddoe, KIA Vietnam


PFC Paul Melvin Beddoe was a member of Company B, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. PFC Beddoe died Jan. 21, 1968 in a Da Nang hospital, one day after he received fragment wounds from an explosive device while on patrol in the vicinity of Quang Tri (Hill 881S). He was my Dad’s 1st cousin. As long as…

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