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Wednesday, June 3. 2009
A fellow former Marine who knows the family forwarded this to me. For those, few, who don't know what Semper Fi means, it's the shortened version of Semper Fidelis - always faithful. (I've removed the name of the recruiter; any Marine would do this for another.)
My dad Angelo was in the hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A former Marine and veteran of the Korean War, he was having his third knee replacement surgery. A long and very painful operation was going to be made even worse because dad was going through it alone. There was no one to hold his hand, no familiar soft voices to reassure him. His wife was ill and unable to accompany him or even visit during his weeklong stay. My sisters and brother lived in California, and I lived even farther away, in Indiana. There wasn't even anyone to drive him to the hospital, so he had arrived that morning by cab.
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Your best friend – your worst enemy.
The finest people – the US Marines!
Makes my eyes water & chokes me up. The corps is indeed the best of the best.
My uncle died this year at the age of 82. He had retired from the Marines some 32 years earlier after serving for 32 years in the Army (Okinawa) and Marines (Korea and Nam).
The Marines at Camp Pendleton sent a burial detail: bugler, 7-member firing party, pallbearer detail and escort for my aunt. Most of the Marines taking part had been born after Gunny had retired. The ceremony was a fitting honor for my uncle and his decades of service. After the funeral, the firing party leader gathered the spent casings (21, but it's NOT a 21-gun salute, it's three volleys) and distributed them to the family. Now I need to have that casing mounted with Gunny's medals for my own son.
I think this bond is common for many military and veterans, not unique to Marines.
I don't often comment on blogs, but to my brother who I have never met - Get Well Angelo - Semper Fi.
As so much of the rest of our society fragments into little self-concerned corners, it's important that the rest of us keep the faith. I'm a former dogface but I respect my bros who served in the mean green machine. Semper fi indeed. If the rest of us keep the faith you boys and girls just might be our high priests.
Those are not manly tears. Allergies - I've got allergies.
There were good times in the Corps and bad times. I was not the best Marine I could have been. I did not always like my fellow Marines.
But that bond ... it's there. Oh yes it is.
Great story. And it was not allergies on this end. The Marines make me proud to be American. Tun Tavern in Philly.
Get Well Angelo,
Foreign body in my eye. Ditto's to Brian. My last promotion comment by my CAPT stated "CPL H would make a fine Sailor not recommended.
Semper Fi Devil Dogs
I was a Mrine long before joining the militia (National Guard). As a sat with my father-in-law by his death-bed, he told me stories of his days in the Marines at the end of WWII.
Like me, his days in the Corps were among the best of his life. Or maybe they were the days of his life in which he was the best. Either way, seeing a young squared away Marine always makes me smile with pride and a little envy - damn time.
He would have done it for anyone of us. Hope he's doing well, our prayers are with him.
Age and history have taught me... enjoy your time in the Marines, Recruiters. It may be the highlight of your life, perhaps. Thank you for your service.
Salute - Good job you proud Marines - It is a honor to know and serve with you.
LTC C C Bobb, USAF RET
Wonderful story. Having served in the Marines during Korea, I still treasure my time and memories of the Corps. Its the most honorable thing I've ever done.