Bury me next to a Marine

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Bury me next to a Marine, When my time comes to an end, So I can spend eternity Beside my brother and friend. I’ve served beside them for years, And they inspired me every day, They’ve never ask for anything’ So a debt I can never repay. None of them served for money, None for […]

Old Jarhead Poems

Old Jarhead Poems

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I recently read “Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine” by Robert A. Hall. In all my years of reading Marine Corps literature, never I have come across such a meaningful and reflective book of Marine poems. One or two I recognized from past editions of Leatherneck Magazine but most of the poems […]

My friend Jim Farley with his M-60

The Man in the Doorway

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Written by Marine Michael Ryerson They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best you could […]

Recon Team Little Gull

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by Tom Shainline When I arrived in country, you were in the bush. I was assigned to your team, call sign “LITTLE GULL”. You were on patrol; I was in your tent. I did not know you. I saw your pictures, your Mother and Father, your wife, your children, your sweetheart, your friends, Miss January. […]

AND ALL THE TIME, I HAVE LOVED THEM

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I HAVE GROWN TO LOOK UPON MARINES AS SOMETHING SACRED; I HAVE LAUGHED WITH THEM AND CRIED WITH THEM; CURSED THEM AND PRAYED FOR THEM; SHIVERED AND SWELTERED WITH THEM; SUFFERED WITH THEM; FOUGHT WITH THEM, BLED WITH THEM, AND HELD THEM IN MY ARMS WHILE THEY DIED. I HAVE BURIED THEM. AND ALL THE […]

STRANGE BREED

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WE ARE A STRANGE BREED…… WE RESPECT COURAGE, HONOR, COMMITMENT, AND EACH OTHER. WE ARE TOUGH, AND THRIVE ON ADVERSITY AND CHALLENGE. YET TEARS FILL OUR EYES, WHEN WE SEE THE STARS & STRIPES, READ NAMES ON THE WALL, OR HEAR THE MARINE HYMN. WE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN BE UNFAITHFUL. SEMPER FI IS EMBEDDED […]

I am a Marine

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I am a Marine, Born in 1775. Through two centuries, I’ve fought the best; And through two centuries, survived. I’ve fought the British twice, And two times I have won. Because of me, there was a setting of the Empire’s sun. I am a Marine. And I’ve fought in many nations, From Mexico’s Chapultepec, to […]

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Whisper Semper Fi

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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 […]

A Marine Toast

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There once was the love of a beautiful maidAnd the love of a staunch, true manAnd the love of a baby, unafraidAll have existed since time began. But the eternal loveThe love of all lovesEven greater than love for motherIs the infinite, passionate, tender loveOf one drunken Marine for another. http://www.usmc81.com Link to this post!