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    Welcome to my friends list Marine, Semper Fidelis.
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    Joe, Thanks for the info. I think I'll Google the area to see what it looks like these days. That was a long time ago. By the way, I read your story about the activity on Mindoro Island. You have a way with words, Joe. I felt like I was right there with you; 4.0!
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About jpetito
First Name:
Joe
Last Name:
Petito
Rank:
E-5
Do you own a business?:
No
Where did you attend bootcamp?:
MCRD San Diego
What date did you graduate bootcamp?:
October 1975
What was your bootcamp platoon number?:
1087
Duty Stations:
Terminal Island, CA., ANGLICO 4th Mar Div
HQ 3/11 Las Pulgas
H&S 3/4 Hanson
Comm. C0. 2nd FSSG
31 MAU, Spring, 1979
Year Entered Marine corps:
1975
Year Exited Marine Corps:
1979
Favorite Duty Station:
None
Favorite Marine:
Captain Ferguson
Combat History:
None
Military Biography:
None
Current City:
Torrance
Current State:
California
Hometown:
Torrance
Home State:
California
High School:
Carson High School, Carson, CA.
Occupation:
Middle School Teacher
Colleges Attended:
Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA.
California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA.
Interests:
Teaching
Favorite Quote:
Who is in charge of your affect?
Favorite Movie:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Favorite Book:
The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck

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Marines as Intellectuals

by jpetito on 08-15-09 at 01:03 AM
Someone somewhere once said (I think it was some left coast think tank) that Marines are the "Intellectuals of ground combat," and went on to describe the innovations the Marine Corps have made in the art and science of breaking things and dismantling people to further the political ends of our government.

But the term "intellectual" doesn't jive with the image of a bunch of Marines standing around in a circle after coming out of the field and some Lance Corporal

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Up Front

by jpetito on 05-23-09 at 01:44 PM
Occasionally you run across things said or written by others who condense what you think and feel far better than yourself:

When you lose a friend you have an overpowering desire to go back home and yell in everybody's ear, "This guy was killed fighting for you. Don't forget him-- ever. Keep him in your mind when you wake up in the morning and when you go to bed at night. Don't think of him as the statistic which changes 38,788 to 38,789. Think of him as a guy who wanted to live

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Interservice Rivalry

by jpetito on 05-11-09 at 04:05 AM
Interservice Rivalry
Joseph Petito

As you well know, the four (five really) military services have their own separate and distinct cultures, and tend to, how shall we say, squabble, amongst themselves about allocation of funding, tasking, status, political connections, etc., etc.

One day, a recent civilian appointee at the Pentagon who had dealings with the representatives of the various military branches got fed up with the different jargon, terminology,

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Updated 05-11-09 at 04:26 AM by jpetito (Modify syntax & language)

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Pestilential Pirates

by jpetito on 04-18-09 at 12:48 AM
See this link to a Michael Ramirez cartoon that sums up my thinking about pirates:

http://www.cagle.com/politicalcartoo...ction=GetImage

As you may know, two hundred years ago we had to deal with the same issues (as the Marine Corps Hymn spells out) and put them to rest by all manner of remorseless bits of metal.

Joe.
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Mindoro Island

by jpetito on 01-02-09 at 03:56 AM
The attached short story, written for an audience of middle school students, is based on my experiences in the fall of 1977 on Mindoro Island, Philippines.

Please excuse omissions and incomplete or just plain wrong recollections of names and facts, modified by the lapse of time.

I will appreciate corrections with concern taken to redact personal details.

If anyone knows the exact location, please send me a GoogleEarth link.

Respecftully,

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