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04-03-08, 10:50 PM #1
A Quakers letter to the Marines
A Quaker's Letter to Marines and Marine Snipers
> Below is a letter written by a Quaker lady familiar with Marines. It
> very touching letter that makes me proud to be a Marine. The letter
> forwarded to me by Andy Tucker. Semper Fi, Bill
> Dear Marines,
> I worked nights as a waitress, paying my way through college, in
> during the early 80s. Between work and school, I didn't have much
> meet other people, and my family was thousands of miles away. Several
> Marines frequented the bar, and one GySgt. of a Marine sniper
> Hatfield, sensed my shyness and invited me to participate in a lot of
> recreational events. We became close friends, but I could never
> how a person could look through a scope and willingly kill another
> being. As a Quaker, the very concept of a sniper troubled me. I was
> that killing is always wrong - period. I often told him, and the
> in the sniper platoon, my opinion on this. They usually remained
> the subject.
> As time went by, I lost contact with the Marines I knew from that
> platoon, but I was privileged, later on, to be invited to produce
tours as a
> volunteer (USO/AFE) for Marines on various bases overseas. Those of
> have met USO/AFE entertainers know that we are nowhere near the
> zones, and are in fact well-insulated from the horrors of war. We
> entertaining you; we love eating with you at the mess halls or
> in the dirt and hearing your crazy jokes; we do our handshake tours
> hospitals and PR tents and feel good and then are lucky enough to go
> while you stay behind.
> But Iraq was different. For the first time I found myself weeping at
> after I came back from doing handshake tours. I couldn't adopt the
> of looking the Marines in the eyes and shaking hands on the hospital
> because there were teenage Marines with no hands and no eyes. A bomb
> well while I was there on my last tour left 200 women and children
> injured at the hands of their own countrymen. The image of a Marine,
> wounded, struggling to carry a small 3 yr old girl to safety is
> seared in my mind.
> I wondered - a lot - about the kind of sacrifice that it takes for a
> to volunteer in the Corps and experience this kind of tragedy on a
> Iraqi women refugees would tell me, through translators, about how
> Kurdish women would throw their infants from trucks on their way to
> executed by Saddam Hussein in the hope that strangers would raise the
> soon-to-be-orphaned children, and how often it was only the U.S.
> military units who would help them get medical care if they did
> terrors inflicted upon them.
> This is what I have learned about war and the Marines: that I have
> seen a U.S. senator cry while telling me about holding a dying friend
> arms, and there's precious few senators who come home from work
> leg or two.
> That I have never heard a U.S. congressman tell me what it's like to
> out soccer balls and writing paper to children who have been denied
> education since birth.
> That I have never heard any politician or corporate leader describe
> as one Marine did after a show, that she wanted a better life for her
> back home but wanted better lives for the children of Iraq, too.
> Marines are living - and sometimes dying - for democracy, not just
> about it for the CNN cameras. They do their jobs, and come home,
> go back to farming in Iowa or driving trucks in Kentucky, and, for
> part, don't talk about it. And God knows we civilians don't get an
> picture back home of what is going on.
> I still think killing is wrong, but I have come to understand that
> it is necessary and that lack of intervention, especially in
> missions in oppressed nations, is tantamount to pulling the trigger
> innocent civilians who only want what we want: a safe home for their
> children and food on the table and the right to be who they are.
> I'm not naive enough to think that most of our political leaders go
> for compassion (I think most of them want to protect corporate
> but I do believe, from knowing the Marines I have been lucky enough
> that Marines act from compassion, decency, and with hearts bigger
> people will ever experience.
> I understand now that a sniper - or any Marine, in any job supporting
> ideals of the Corps - does what he or she does because the
> the United States is not some remote piece of paper; the idea of
> real to a Marine.
> As one young lance corporal told me, as he guarded us during a show
> in a particularly volatile area (after our show had been cancelled
> before because terrorists had blown up another 27 children nearby),
> worry - we got your back."
> It shames me to think that I had to leave my country on these tours
> to understand what precious gifts I have as an American, that every
> somewhere in the world, a Marine is watching my back. I never
> that a sniper, or any Marine, may be asked to kill in order to save
> lives but now I understand.
> So to all of you Marines out there, please accept this heartfelt
> what you do. To the guys from the sniper platoon in Kaneohe - this is
> apology for questioning you, and a thank you for what you have taught
> but I hope some of you read this. In our American culture, we don't
> much about being noble, decent, loyal and honorable. I have yet to
> Marine who did not possess all of those qualities. You are the big
> high school who didn't let the bullies hurt the little kids. If you
> reading this from Afghanistan or Iraq or Camp Lejeune; if you are
> this from a V.A. facility; if you are reading this from your home,
> this: that what you do is important. When you are feeling weary and
> discouraged, remember that there are people in the world living in
> because of you. Not only the refugees from war - but me, too.
> Sincerely, Laura Minor
04-08-08, 04:08 PM #2
This is an awsome letter Sgt. Tony. How do I get the link so I can mail it to my freinds, and family? I can give you my email add. if you can email it to me. Thanks!
04-08-08, 05:03 PM #3
wow, Got something in my eye while reading that.To bad we will never see anything even close to this in the papers.
04-08-08, 05:05 PM #4
Twitchell.... Just copy and paste...
04-08-08, 05:24 PM #5
Thank's Mytcbra96. I'm kind of computer illiterate. KIND OF? Never mind, I am computer illiterate. Hehehe...
04-08-08, 07:03 PM #6
That's great stuff.
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