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thedrifter
11-14-02, 09:19 AM
LADIES, GENTLEMEN, HONORED GUESTS, MARINES; FIRST OF ALL, I MUST
TELL YOU
> THAT I AM DEEPLY MOVED AND HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK TO
THE
> MARINES AND SAILORS OF EWTGPac TONIGHT. IT IS ALSO FITTING THAT WE
> CELEBRATE WITH OUR NAVY BRETHREN, AFTER ALL, WE ARE THE BOAT PEOPLE.
THE
> STEEL OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS TEAM HAS BEEN HONED IN COUNTLESS
FIGHTS IN
> EVERY CLIME AND PLACE. IN A WORLD OF UNPRECEDENTED POLITICAL
INSTABILITY,
> THE POTENTIAL FOR EMPLOYMENT OF THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS TEAM IS
EVER
> PRESENT. WHEREVER SALT WATER CAN REACH, IN ANY OCEAN OF THE WORLD -
MARINES
> AND SAILORS ARE ON-WATCH AND READY. THERE WILL BE NO QUESTION THAT
THEY
ARE
> READY TO DO WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL
INTERESTS,
> WHEREVER THEY ARE THREATENED.
>
> I ALSO REALLY ENVY THIS OUTFIT WORKING FOR THE LIKES OF HIMSELF: COL
RIC
> WEST and COL JEFF POWERS : TWO MEN ABANDONED BY WOLVES AND RAISED BY
> THEIR PARENTS...I KNOW THAT HE'S THE TYPE OF LEADER WHO I WOULD
FOLLOW
INTO
> HELL ITSELF JUST TO WATCH HIM MAKE THE DEVIL DANCE!!!
>
> YOU KNOW, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHERE WE CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY. IN
A
GRAND
> BALLROOM WITH A CLOSE COMPANION BY OUR SIDE OR IN A DARK, MUDDY
FOXHOLE IN
> SOME 3RD WORLD ****HOLE WITH A MATCH STUCK IN AN MRE CHOCOLATE DEATH
CAKE,
> THE SENTIMENT IS THE SAME. OF COURSE , YOU WILL AGREE IT'S ALWAYS A
NICER
> EVENT WITH APPROPRIATE LIBATIONS.
>
> OUR GATHERING THIS EVENING REPRESENTS THAT ELITE FRATERNITY OF
CITIZENS
WHO
> HAS PUT OUR NATION FIRST. YOU HAVE EACH GIVEN UP YOUR MOST PRECIOUS
COMMODITY-YOUR TIME. NO
> ONE CAN EVER GIVE THAT BACK. [24 hrs x day//24
> beers x case//coincidence< I think not] YOU EACH REALIZE THAT OUR
NATION
MAY PERISH BECAUSE
> TOO FEW OF ITS PEOPLE HAVE FOUND WHAT FREEDOM REALLY COSTS. IT
DOESN'T
COME WITHOUT SACRIFICE
> OFTEN ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE. IN OUR HISTORY AS A NATION ONLY 4
MILLION
AMERICANS HAVE EARNED
> THE RIGHT TO BE CALLED "MARINE". IN EACH GENERATION THE MARINES HAVE
FOUND
THE FEW, THE PROUD,
> THE BRAVE. IT IS THIS BROTHERHOOD OF MARINES THAT HAS STOOD TOGETHER
NOT
ONLY IN THE PRIDE OF
> OUR NATIONS AND CORPS GREAT VICTORIES, BUT ALSO IN THE PAIN OF
DEATH. THE
MARINE CORPS HAS BEEN
> BETTING ITS HONOR,- ITS MISSION AND THE COLLECTIVE AND
> INDIVIDUAL HIDES OF ITS MEMBERS FOR MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES ON THE
PREMISE
THAT TEENAGED MARINE
> PRIVATES WHO ARE AS GREEN AS THEIR FIELD UNIFORMS CAN BE TRUSTED
ABSOLUTELY TO RISE TO THE
> DEMANDS OF THEIR DUTY. AT THE COST, IF NECESSARY, OF OUR LIVES.
THINK FOR
A MINUTE ABOUT THE IWO
> MEMORIAL IN WASH,
> D.C. THE MOST FAMOUS MONUMENT OF THE 20TH CENTURY. THE WORDS
INSCRIBED IN
STONE ARE 'UNCOMMON
> VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE" IT DOESN'T SAY, IT WAS EASY.... AS I LOOK
BACK
I THINK OF HOW LUCKY
> WE ALL ARE TO BE HERE TONIGHT. MANY OF OUR CONTEMPORARIES WERE NOT.
THEY
NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO
> FULFILL THEIR DREAMS,
> AND IT IS IN THEIR MEMORY AND THAT OF COUNTLESS OTHER MARINES THAT
WE
HONOR THIS EVENING.
>
> DESPITE A LOT OF HOLLYWOOD HOORAH AND HYPE TO THE CONTRARY, THE
MARINE
CORPS DOES NOT RECRUIT
> ROCKET SCIENTISTS OR IN MONASTERIES, SO WHY ARE WE SURPRISED THAT A
YOUNG
MARINE LIKES TO FIGHT,
> RAISE HELL AND CHASE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX. OUR SECRET IS THAT
WE
CAN TAKE ORDINARY YOUNG
> AMERICANS AND TEACH THEM THAT IF THEY WILL WORK TOGETHER AND DEPEND
UPON
EACH OTHER TOTALLY,
> THEY CAN WORK MIRACLES. THAT TRUST, THAT CONFIDENCE IN OTHERS
DEPENDABILITY, THAT SURE KNOWLEDGE
> THAT OTHER MARINES WILL NOT LET HIM
> DOWN IN THE CRUNCH, IS THE INDIVIDUAL MARINES' SWORD AND SHIELD.
>
> MARINE DRILL INSTRUCTORS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MASTERS OF AN UNFAILING
ALCHEMY
> WHICH CONVERTS DISORIENTED YOUTHS INTO PROUD, LEAN, SELF-RELIANT
CITIZENS -
> INTO WHOSE HANDS OUR NATION'S MOST SENSITIVE AND CRITICAL AFFAIRS
CAN BE
> ENTRUSTED. EVERY ONE OF US SHED THE VESTIGES OF CIVILIAN LIFE AND
STOOD
> BEWILDERED ON THE YELLOW FOOTPRINTS AND WONDERED WHAT THE HELL WE
WERE
DOING WHILE SOME MANIAC
> BERATED OUR FAMILY LINEAGE, UNLESS YOU WENT TO S.D., WHERE THEY
NEVER
RAISE THEIR VOICE. YOU
> KNOW AT PISC, WHEN WE MEMORIZED THE GENERAL ORDERS, YA HAD TO SAY
'EM
BEFORE A MATCH BURNED
> DOWN, BUT I HEAR TELL THAT IN SD THEY USE A FLASHLIGHT AND WAIT FOR
THE
BATTERIES TO RUN OUT!!!
>
> EACH GENERATION OF MARINES SINCE 1775 HAS FACED CHALLENGES. YOUR
GENERATION
> IS NO EXCEPTION. WE MARINES KNOW WHEN WE TAKE THE OATH OF ENLISTMENT
THAT
> THE TASK THAT AWAITS US WILL NOT BE EASY. THIS IS INDEED A DIFFICULT
TIME FOR OUR NATION AND OUR CORPS. MAKE NO MISTAKE; WE ARE AT WAR WITH AN
ELUSIVE
> AND DETERMINED ENEMY. I SPENT MY ENTIRE CAREER FIGHTING THE EVIL
EMPIRE
A.K.A.
> COMMUNISM, AND WAS VERY PROUD TO DO SO. AMERICA WON THAT FIGHT
AGAINST A
> VERY TOUGH OPPONENT. IT TOOK GREAT EFFORT AND MANY YEARS OF
SUSTAINED
> VIGILANCE AND SACRIFICE BY SO MANY WHOSE NAMES WE WILL NEVER KNOW.
YOUR
> NATION NEEDS YOUR SKILLS NOW MORE THAN EVER. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE
LONG
AND
> ARDUOUS, AND I KNOW YOU WILL MORE THAN RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. OLD
OSAMA,
> SADAAM AND THEIR PECKER-HEAD RUNNING MATES ARE GONNA BE IN A WORLD
OF HURT
> THAT'S FOR SURE.
>
> BELIEVE IT OR NOT YOU ARE ALL JOINED TOGETHER ON AN EXTRAORDINARY
JOURNEY,
> THE MEMORY OF WHICH WILL LAST FOREVER. THERE WILL BE AS MANY
WONDERFUL
> MOMENTS AND GREAT SEA STORIES OF WHO YOU WERE AND WHAT YOU DID, THE
RULES
> YOU BROKE, AND THE SCAMS YOU PULLED, AS THERE ARE MARINES ON THE
MORNING
> REPORT. HELL, LETS ADMIT IT, SOME OF US ARE JUST INCIDENT REPORTS
WAITING
> FOR A DATE TIME GROUP. REMEMBER:
> * TELLING MOM AND DAD AND FAMILY THAT YOU ARE ENLISTING AND
SEEING DADS
> EYES WELL UP WITH UNABASHED PRIDE AND THE LOOK OF WORRY COME OVER
MOMS
FACE
> BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHAT MARINES DO.... AND WHERE HER BABY WILL BE
GOING
> * THE INITIAL SILENCE AND UNEASY JOKES AS THE BUS ENTERS THE MCRD
GATE IN
> THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
> * THE FIRST SHATTERING LOOK AT WHAT USED TO BE YOU AFTER THE FIRST
RECRUIT
> HAIRCUT
> * OPEN SQUAD-BAYS, LINED UP ROWS OF LOCKER BOXES AND DOUBLE-DECK
STEEL COTS, AND
> SIDE-BY-SIDE CRAPPERS, BECAUSE MODESTY IS A THING OF THE PAST
> * THE QUICK FLICKER OF TIME BETWEEN TAPS AND THAT AWFUL SOUND OF A
****CAN
> ROLLING DOWN THE CENTER OF THE SQUAD BAY ACCOMPANIED BY THAT AWFUL
BRAYING
OF GET UP, GET UP AN
> LOCK YOUR BODY
> * FEET ACHING FROM HOURS ON THE GRINDER, LICKIN' AND STICKING AND
MAGGIES
> DRAWERS
> * COUNTLESS PUSHUPS AND A STRANGE NEW SOUND AS REAL BULLETS PASS
CLOSE
> OVERHEAD
> * THE DOWNRIGHT HAUNTING BEAUTY OF CADENCE SUNG BY UNSEEN MARINES
IN
> FORMATION IN THE EARLY MORNING FOG,
> * CORFAMS ON LIBERTY IN A STRANGE NEW TOWN - HOW DID JA' KNOW I WAS
A MARINE
> * LONG WEARY HOURS OF FIELD DAYS, FORMATIONS, AND WAITING FOR THE
WORD THAT
> ALWAYS CHANGES
> * THE SMELL OF THE INSIDE OF A GP MEDIUM ON A HOT AFTERNOON
> * LISTER BAGS AND CHOW LINES, AND "...SPREAD OUT ******* IT..."
> * LONG HUMPS AT NIGHT AND SLEEPING ON COLD, ROCKY GROUND, FOOT
POWDER,
> MOLESKIN, ACHING BLISTERED FEET, THE SOFT GREY LIGHT OF DAWN MIXED
WITH
CLEARED THROATS, LOUD
> FARTS AND WRY COMMENTARY: COME ON YOU SCROUNGY RAT BASTARDS, TIME TO
RISE
AND SHINE AND BEHOLD

thedrifter
11-14-02, 09:21 AM
THE BEAUTY OF ANOTHER GRAND AND <br />
&gt; GLORIOUS DAY IN OUR BELOVED CORPS, <br />
&gt; * BOOT LIEUTENANTS WHO AIN'T EVEN SHAVING YET AND COMPANY GUNNIES <br />
OLDER THAN DIRT AND <br />
&gt; HARDER THAN...

thedrifter
11-14-02, 09:22 AM
AND
> BAYONET. THE MERE ASSOCIATION OF THE WORD "MARINE" WITH A CRISIS IS
AN
> AUTOMATIC SOURCE OF CONFIDENCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL. WE MARINES
KNOW
> THAT WE MUST NOT ONLY BE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE, BUT DIFFERENT AS
> WELL.... AND WE ARE!!!
>
> MARINES WALK DOWN THE STREET WITH THAT SALTY AUDACIOUS SWAGGER THAT
TELLS
> THE WORLD WE ARE A ROGUISHLY HANDSOME, COCKY, CONCEITED,
SELF-CENTERED,
> OVERBEARING, MEAN, AMPHIBIOUS, SOB'S WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IN LIFE IS
TO
> PERPETRATE HELLACIOUS, ROMPING, STOMPING, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION UPON
THE
> FESTERING SORES OF ANTI-AMERICANISM AROUND THE GLOBE . . . . WE NOW
OWN
THISS I
> SIDE OF THE STREET AND MAYBE WE'LL COME OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE KICK
YOUR
ASS
> AND TAKE OVER THAT ONE TOO. ARE YA LISTENING BIN LADEN!!!! !!!! AND
YOU
TOO SADAAM INSANE. WE
> ARE COMING AND WE ARE VERY ****ED, AND INTEND TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE
OUT
YOUR HEALTH RECORD!! OOH
> RAH!!!
>
> WE EACH FOUGHT LONG AND HARD TO GAIN THE COVETED TITLE - U.S.
MARINE. ON
THE
> DAY WHEN WE FINALLY BECAME MARINES, IN OUR HEARTS, A FLAME OF
DEVOTION AND
> FIERCE PRIDE BURNED BRIGHTLY. WE SHOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO
EXTINGUISH
> THAT FLAME IN OUR OR ANY OTHER MARINE'S HEART. I URGE YOU TO KEEP
THAT
> FLAME BURNING BRIGHTLY. THAT FLAME WILL KEEP YOU WARM WHEN TIMES ARE
HARD,
> AND YOUR MOTIVATION MIGHT FALTER. IT WILL PROVIDE LIGHT IN THE
DARKEST OF
> NIGHTS. USE IT, DRAW STRENGTH FROM IT, KEEP IT SHINING ON YOUR
MARINES.
> KEEP THE FEELING OF BEING A MARINE ALIVE:
>
> THE FEELING OF YOUR FIRST COMMAND;
> THE SOUND OF A UNIT HUMPING ALONG TO THE ETERNAL RHYTHM THAT ONLY
THOSE
> BOOTS CAN MAKE;
> THE FEELING OF REBIRTH AS THE SUN CREEPS UP OVER THE HORIZON AND YOU
AWAIT
> THE ORDER TO MOVE OUT.
> IT'S WAITING IN THE DARKNESS AND SOLITUDE OF NIGHT BEFORE JUMPING
OFF IN
THE
> ATTACK;
> BEING PACKED IN THE THROBBING BELLY OF A HELICOPTER OR AMTRAK NOT
KNOWING
> WHERE YOU ARE GOING OR IF IT WILL FLY OR FLOAT;
> OR GAZING FROM THE DECK OF A GATOR AT NIGHT ON AN EMPTY SEA.
> IT'S THE BEAUTY OF A CRIMSON DAWN ON A LONELY HILLTOP AT THE FAR
FLUNG
> REACHES OF THE EMPIRE;
> THE LONELINESS OF A LONG DEPLOYMENT AND THE JOY OF HOMECOMING.
> IT'S THE FEELING YOU HAVE WHEN A MARINE TELLS YOU THAT YOU HAVE MADE
A
> DIFFERENCE IN HIS OR HER LIFE.
>
> I MAY NO LONGER BE ON ACTIVE DUTY, BUT BY GOD, I STILL FEEL THAT
WAY. AND
IF YOU DON'T, TURN IN
> YOUR ID CARD TO SGTMAJ JONES AND GO ON HOME.
>
> I'D LIKE TO SHARE SOME THINGS I KNOW, FOR WHAT ITS WORTH. THEY'RE
JUST
> STATEMENTS THAT NEED NO EXPLANATION:
> * FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT, ALWAYS TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND DO
THE
> THING RIGHT!
> * DON'T POLE VAULT OVER MOUSE TURDS.
> * TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
> * IF YOU SAY YOU WILL DELIVER...YOU HAD BETTER BE THE WORLDS BEST
MAILMAN.
> * WHAT SCARES ME:
> A 2NDLT WHO SAYS - IT'S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE
> A MAJOR WHO SAYS, I'VE BEEN THINKING
> A SERGEANT WHO SAYS; HEY SIR, WATCH THIS ****
> * LEARN HOW TO LISTEN.
> * ACCEPT THAT SOME DAYS YOU ARE THE PIGEON; SOME DAYS YOU ARE THE
STATUE.
> * BE FOR THINGS, NOT AGAINST THEM.
> * REMEMBER, THE MIND OF THE AVG LCPL IS NOT ONLY CRAZY; IT IS
CRAZIER
THAN WE CAN IMAGINE.
> * AND, FINALLY, EVERY DAY WE MAKE DEPOSITS IN OUR SUBORDINATES
MEMORY
BANKS.
> WOULD YOUR CHECK CLEAR OR BE RETURNED FOR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS?
>
> THROUGH IT ALL, I URGE YOU NEVER FORGET HOW TO LAUGH AND ENJOY LIFE.
I
DON'T TRUST ANYONE WHO
> CAN'T LAUGH. THAT'S ONE OF MY BASIC RULES. AFTER ALL, BEING A MARINE
IS
ABOUT AS MUCH FUN AS
> YOU CAN HAVE WITH YOUR CLOTHES ON!! SEE. LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR THE
SOUL!!!
>
> WHILE MY JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE AS AN ACTIVE DUTY MARINE, IS OVER --
FOR
MANY
> OF YOU -- IT'S JUST BEGINNING. I AM NOT SURE THAT I COULD SURVIVE AS
A
YOUNG
> MARINE TODAY. MY P12 CERTAINLY WOULDN'T SUPPORT RE-ENL THAT'S FOR
DAMN
SURE,
> I'D HAVE BEEN 6105'd AND GONE. AND FOR SOME OF THE STUNTS I HAVE
PULLED
AND
> LIVED TO TELL THE TALE, YOU NOW GET YOU A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL AND
DUCK
> DINNER!! GUESS THAT'S WHY I NEVER GOT A GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL!! WHEN I
WAS
> YOUNG, NOT THAT I AM OLD, ALL I WORRIED ABOUT WAS STAYING ALIVE TO
SEE ONE
> MORE SUNRISE. YOU HAVE A LOT TOUGHER CHALLENGES: A SMALLER MARINE
CORPS,
> ITS TOUGHER TO STAY, SLOWER PROMOTIONS. HELL, IN MY DAY, IF YOU
COULD
FOG
> A MIRROR, AND HADN'T MURDERED ANYONE SAY IN THE LAST WEEK, YOU COULD
RE-ENL.
> THERE AIN'T NOTHING LIKE BEING ON THE VARSITY. IN THE PARADE OF
YEARS,
SURELY ADJUTANTS CALL
> SOUNDED ONLY YESTERDAY. AND YET, SEEMINGLY AT THE DOUBLE-TIME, AN
ENTIRE
GENERATION OF MARINES
> HAVE PASSED IN REVIEW. I, LIKE YOU, ONCE SAT OUT IN THE AUDIENCE AND
LISTENED TO AN OLD FART
> COLONEL PHILOSOPHIZE ON WHAT BEING A MARINE IS ALL ABOUT (OF COURSE,
NOW
THAT I ARE ONE,
> COLONEL'S ARE A LOT YOUNGER AND BETTER LOOKING). BUT THE MESSAGE IS
THE
SAME.
>
> NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE ASSIGNED OR WHAT MOS YOU CARRY-DATADINK,
> SPARKCHASER, STEWBURNER, WIREDOG, BUTTPLATE, REMINGTON RAIDER,
GRUNT,
> GUNBUNNY, ROTORHEAD, BRIG RAT, LEGAL BEAGLE, , SKIVVIE STACKER, MP,
BOX
KICKER-WHAT YOU DO AND
> HOW WELL YOU DO IT IS IMPORTANT. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE DESTINY OF
OUR
CORPS DEPENDS ON EACH
> OF YOU. FOR, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, ARE THE CORPS. LET US THEN
REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO
> THOSE VALUES AND VIRTUES WHICH DISTINGUISH US AS MARINES.
>
> I AM VERY ANGRY THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS NATION WHO FEEL IT IS
INAPPROPRIATE TO WEAR A
> FLAG ON THEIR LAPEL BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE NEWS, OR
> IN A PUBLIC JOB OR PUBLIC SCHOOL, AND DON'T WANT TO OFFEND FOREIGN
STUDENTS.
> WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP. I PITY THE PERSON WHO TRIES TO REMOVE THE FLAG
FROM
MY
> LAPEL OR THAT OF ANYONE ELSE HERE TONIGHT!! THE STARS AND STRIPES IS
A
SYMBOL OF ALL THAT WE
> HOLD DEAR AS AMERICANS. IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ABROAD, OR IN HARMS
WAY,
AND SEEN THAT FLAG
> FLYING UPON YOUR RETURN. THEN YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE DEEP PRIDE AND
HONOR
ONE FEELS TO SEE IT
> WAVE.
>
> HISTORY WILL JUDGE US. OUR ENEMIES DO NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND WHO WE
ARE. WE
> ARE THE NATION OF MICKEY MOUSE, MICKEY MANTLE, MICROSOFT, MONDAY
NIGHT
> FOOTBALL AND THE MARINES. THE STEEL OF OUR RESOLVE HAS BEEN FORGED
IN
HEAT
> OF COUNTLESS BATTLES IN EVERY CLIME AND PLACE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE
ARE
COMING... AND WE WILL
> DESTROY YOU AND ALL THAT YOU STAND FOR.
>
> IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A QUOTE FROM MAJOR GENE
DUNCAN
> THAT BEST EXPRESSES WHAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SAY:
>
> 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 TIME, I HAVE LOVED THEM.
> THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA, SEMPER FI AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY
MARINES.

Sempers,

Roger

wrbones
11-14-02, 09:28 AM
They used small flashlights! I swear!

...and they did yell....if you didn't get them their lattes to them just the way they liked it......