Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day May 27, 2013

Remembering our grandparents, parents, and friends who served their country.


by Melissa Thompson

This Memorial Day, let's focus on its true meaning: remembering the men and women who died serving our nation's armed forces. It's about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Whether it was 100 years ago or last week, we remember them. They are the few who willingly step into harm's way for the majority of us and pay the ultimate sacrifice for doing so.
From the entire team at The Patterson Foundation and on behalf of our community, know that while these courageous men and women are gone, they are never forgotten.
Click here for a list of local Memorial Day remembrance events and here for local parades. Our Legacy of Valor team members will be on hand at several events in the Sarasota and Venice areas to share more information about our campaign to honor veterans and their families.
On May 26Legacy of Valor partners the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band and The First Brass will host a Memorial Day concert and will be collecting cellphones to benefit 
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery on May 26 at 1:00 pm, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 or call (941) 922-7200 for more details.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8th and I

Iwo Under the Moon 

Check out this 8th & I Reunion site.

I know you will find this interesting.

James Homan Col USMC (ret)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I fought The Enormous Green Amphibious Monster Today and Won

Enormous Gator on my sidewalk in Sarasota, Florida. He was at least 9 feet long and 300 lbs. 

I wrestled him. It was a tough and fierce battle, but I finally got him back to the swamp where he belonged.

Eat your heart out, Jim Nesci

OK, OK, so maybe he was not quite 9 feet long. But I still bravely confronted him and drove him back to the swamp.

From One Green Amphibious Marine Monster to Another.

Semper Gator

Craig Hullinger, Marine

Saturday, May 18, 2013

LtGen Chesty Puller Retirement Filmed by John Ford

Just ran across an old video you should see if you have not as yet. The youtube address is below. In 1970, I was a Captain assigned to HQMC. There were some tickets available to what I thought was a normal D.C. Marine Barracks Sunset Parade. I grabbed them because my folks were in town and we ended up observing the retirement ceremony for LtGen Chesty Puller. 

What I didn't realize at the time was that movie director John Ford was there filming it with cameras all around the reviewing stand. Our seats were centered and not too far behind the stand and as I recall, just before the ceremonies were to begin, a one-eyed elderly gentleman whom I'm now sure was John Ford was yelling at Chesty to straighten his cover for the shoot. Chesty, standing next to Gen Chapman, then CMC, turned and pointed his finger at John Ford and loudly responded for all to hear, "John, go fuck yourself! This is what you get!" My mother got every word.

Enjoy watching this tribute to Chesty by John Wayne (host) and John Ford (good friend of Chesty and director). I guessed at the time something was up but never new this clip existed until I accidentally ran into it on youtube today. 

Semper Fi, Larry Woods

Some of you may get a message from Youtube that states "This video is unavailable." If so, use "Google" to search the term, "Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend by John Ford." Scroll down and it should be the first video resulting from your search. Enjoy.

  • "They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!"
  • "Great. Now we can shoot at those bastards from every direction."
  • "We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them." – November 1950, during Chosin Reservoir campaign
  • "Remember, you are the 1st Marines! Not all the Communists in Hell can overrun you!" (at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir)
  • "Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines."
  • "Alright you bastards, try and shoot me!" (to North Korean forces)
  • "Where do you put the bayonet?" (upon seeing a flamethrower for the first time)
  • "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Vietnam Thank You

Vietnam Thank You

A nice presentation of young people of the College of the Ozarks thanking Vietnam Veterans. 

Thank you

And thanks to John Wilkes for sharing.