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Marine and Navy Corpsmen Memorial
Marine and Navy Corpsmen Memorial
Dedicated November 10th 2004
When the Marines associated with the Jacksonville Semper Fidelis Society wanted to establish a tribute to Marines from the community, it was understood that the special breed of sailor, the Corpsman, would equally share this tribute. Marines without Navy Corpsmen are like kites without strings. It has been the Navy Corpsmen who has kept Marines together in more ways than one. They are beacons of strength and pillars of compassion, unselfish and courageous. Corpsmen are and have always been held in the highest esteem amongst all Marines and we did not want this Marine emblem or the title Marine on this monument to be displayed without a reference to our brothers in blue.
Where do these Veterans with the attitude, “that Vet thing doesn’t cut it with me” get off! That’s right Veterans who don’t give a damn about their fellow Veterans. Yes, we have them and I am sure you have run into this strange breed. I had my experience with a few and unfortunately some that I helped because they were Vets. The aforementioned quote rolled off the lips of a retired senior SNCO, a Sgt Major in fact, and was directed towards another Marine SNCO Veteran. I have also seen it in retired officers who have ignored fellow Marines and Veterans in need. They understand the brotherhood only when it is convenient to them; they certainly give new meaning to the phrase Semper Fi, Mac!
The Forgotten Heroes amongst us…
I’ve talked about Veteran’s Preference before in a few articles and alluded to the fact that we have too many folks that don’t know what Veteran’s Preference is or enforce it. So, I decided to pass on “Veterans Preference: The joy of being a Vet”, forwarded to me by my Representative, so everyone could familiarize themselves with this law.
I got this from my Representative after sending him a complaint about the lack of enforcement and interest in Vet Preference by local, state and federal government agencies. This is what he sent me; he is not a Veteran. I have discovered most local government agencies DO NOT know what Veterans Preference is despite the fact they include the statements on Veterans Preference and equal opportunity information along with their job listings. State agencies do the same with there listings, but in both cases, local and state, you usually never get a response back as to whether you were qualified or not as a Vet; it is hard to determine if Vet Preference was considered...
Enough with the BS!
I was a young Lieutenant going through TBS in the early seventies. The instructors where all Viet Nam Veterans and most of them where highly decorated. Navy Crosses and Silver Stars adorned the chests of many of the instructors and especially those in the tactics instructor pool. These instructors where serious, dedicated and highly motivated. Their instructional techniques included attention gainers and methods of instruction that have become legendary in the Corps. They often used examples from there own experience in Viet Nam or from the stories of extraordinary exploits that remain with units forever. This is about one of those exploits and its impact almost three decades later. The story starts in the year 1966 on Hill 488 northwest of Chulai overlooking the infamous Hiep Duc Valley where 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Recon Bn’s 16 Marines and 2 Navy Corpsmen are inserted and ends in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997.
Reminiscing…Looking back with a smile
Study: Vets not getting enough help, Associated Press Health Briefs Article buried on page 5 of local newspaper in military community.
When is the BS going to stop! When are the silent majority going to say they finally had enough and shut down the extreme elements of both parties that are exploiting the system, fighting over issues that are more self serving than public serving…When are we really going to start taking care of those that are willing to serve and sacrifice for this country….ENOUGH of the BS!
HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT…Is the change really for life…when it comes to the core values?
Our character as Marines is forged by our training, history and adherence to our core values. From time to time as Marines, we come across situations where taking care of a Marine and adhering to our values takes on a special meaning; this is one of those times...
I was the S4 at the Basic School (TBS) and was tasked with overseeing the dedication of the new Infantry Officer’s Course building (IOC) in honor of a Korean War Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt Frank Mitchell. Up to this point, I didn’t know anything about Lt Mitchell or the process of getting a government building named in honor of a war hero. I was just informed that Lt Mitchell’s name was selected and I was to take charge of the dedication ceremony; I was handed a file with Lt Mitchell’s picture and the documents authorizing that the Infantry Officer’ building be named in honor of him.
Are these values just another PR marketing tool being used for recruiting or are they values we honestly believe in and abide by… for life?
I remember when there was a big push in the early 90’s to get these Core Values out to all Marines and ensure they all understand them. Instructors were assigned at all commands to present the Core Values and explain what they meant to us as Marines. We were very successful in doing this and subsequently have made them a major part of everything seen and “done” by Marines from basic training to career level assignments. But do we actually practice what we preach; do all measure up to this standard…is the change really for life?
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