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    John Gray aka Flatfoot Changed Duty Stations

    Yesterday John passed through the Pearly join the other Marines who have gone before him....

    He now stands guard and waits for us to join him.....

    He will be surely be missed by all who knew him......

    He is in Our Thoughts and Prayers....




    The Marine stood and faced God
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes wew shining
    Just as brightly as his brass.
    "Step forward now, you Marine,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other check?
    To My Church have you been true?"
    The Marine squared his shoulders said,
    "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
    Because those of us who carry guns
    Can't always be a saint.
    I've had to work most Sundays
    And at times, my talk was tough,
    And sometimes I"ve been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.
    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn't mine to keep...
    Through, I worked a lot of overtime
    When the bills got just too steep,
    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though, at times I shook with fear,
    And sometimes, God forgive me,
    I've wept unmanly tears.
    I know I don't deserve a place
    Among the people here,
    They never wanted around
    Except to calm their fears.
    If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn't be so grand,
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don't, I'll understand."
    There was silence all around the throne
    Where the saints had often trod
    As the Marine waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God,
    "Step forward now, you Marine,
    You've borne your burdens well,
    Walk peacefully on Heaven's street,
    You've done your time in Hell."



    TO ST. PETER HE WILL TELL, ........



    Last edited by thedrifter; 08-24-03 at 07:20 PM.
    Vietnam 1968/69
    Once a Marine...Always a Marine

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    My prayers are with John's family and friends. He was a true friend here and will be sadly missed.

    Semper Fi

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    Rest in Peace, John.
    My condolescences to John's family.

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    Outside of Nashville, TN. Work in FOB Louisville
    Head bowed,
    Eyes closed,,,
    Rest in Peace John
    And enjoy the Bob Hope shows. Save me a seat !!

    I never met John, but spoke with him a few times on the phone. I know he is through fighting a battle he fought, and won before.

    Semper Fidelis

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    Rest In Peace John

    To his friends and family. John was a great person to talk with. He was there when you needed someone to listen and joke around with. He will be missed.
    God Bless ya John

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    Later John----

    Your wit and humor is already missed but not forgotten---

    You have joined the Marines that preceded you---

    Now you are there welcoming the Marines that follow you---

    See you at the gate my friend----

    Semper Fi

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    John was a very special person - and he served his country, his Corps and those of us on the site with honor, courage, comitment and an amazing sense of humor.

    He cared about people and he especially cared about Marines - always asked how my son was and what he was doing. His was interested in what went on - how the new members of his beloved Corps were doing their duty.

    John, you will be sincerely missed. I am sure that Chesty welcomed you home with full honors.

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    To John and his family,
    I never met John in person, but felt I knew him well,
    We did a lot of talking on the computer and I will as others surely miss him. He was "ONE OF THE MARINE CORPS FINEST" and I'm sure he's on guard duty now, all the newbe's get guard duty.
    So to John I say " Keep the Gates guarded well, and save me a place with you Brother"
    Semper Fie my Brother,
    Mike Walton (FREEBIRD)
    USMC 69-76

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    John will surely be missed by all of us Marines and our friends who knew him. John has now reported to Chesty for duty and I know that he will carry on in the Marine Corps Traditions and bring his wit to those who are on duty with the big 6.
    Semper Fi John you will be missed by all of us whom you have touched.
    Semper Fi
    Ray Lancaster
    GySgt USMC (ret)

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    0May God bless our brother John aka "Flatfoot".
    Our condolescences to John family.
    He has join MGunz and Nomad and many more Marines.
    I never met John but he had the same manners as MGunz and Nomad.
    They would listen to your problem and offer a bit of advice.

    Semper Fidelis

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    John, I always enjoyed chatting with you, you was always good at making me smile and was always so nice and sweet to me. Thank You John, you will be sadly missed. Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Ya Friend.


    Whatever Your Cross, Whatever Your Pain,
    There Will Always Be Sunshine After The Rain.

    Perhaps You May Stumble, Perhaps You May Fall,
    But God's Always Ready To Answer Your Call.

    He Knows Every Heartache, Sees Every Tear,
    A Word From His Lips Can Calm Every Fear.

    Your Sorrows May Linger Throughout The Night,
    But Suddenly Vanish At Dawn's Early Light.

    The Savior Is Waiting Somewhere Above,
    To Give You His Grace And Send You His Love.

    Whatever Your Cross, Whatever Your Pain,
    God Always Sends Rainbows After The Rain.

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    All I can say is thank you John. You took the time to listen to me because you were there also and you knew what it takes and what it takes out of you. You had the trump card though John and I think you knew it.
    And thank you Freebird, Roger and Jerry for remembering our friend and comrade in arms in a respectful way. Just remember me at the gates when I say, reportin for duty sir, because I know you will be standing duty because they only allow the best to stand it.
    SF Ol salt, once again SF

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    John I'm going to miss you. You were always willing to share your wisdom with me in the chat here and always had a great attitude about yourself. You always had a joke up your sleeve too.

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    John...You were a beacon of sunshine here. My only regret is that I never had the chance to meet you face to face. You were a true friend to so many and you'll be sadly missed. Semper Fi my friend!

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    A police officer and Vietnam warrior

    He will be missed.

    God rest Bro


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