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My son is going to Marine Corps OCS (Proud Pappa Vanity!!)
Little House on Unaka | January 22, 2012 | don-o

Posted on 01/23/2012 9:06:56 AM PST by don-o

And I share the news with Free Republic because this is a good thing for America.

I have heard a lot of folks talking about abandoning the military in light of the DADT Obama fiasco.

I, for one, am proud that my son well understands and lives the Core Values and that he will be there to uphold them in the Corps in a position of authority, with God's help.


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1 posted on 01/23/2012 9:07:05 AM PST by don-o
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To: don-o

Congrats to your son.....AND you!


2 posted on 01/23/2012 9:09:02 AM PST by Roccus
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To: don-o

Oh, and the Mrs. too.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 9:09:52 AM PST by Roccus
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To: don-o

Congrats - Sounds like you raised a fine young man. You should be proud!!


4 posted on 01/23/2012 9:10:25 AM PST by mouse1
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To: don-o

Praying for his safety.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 9:10:31 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: don-o
Give your son a hand-salute from an old TSgt.

/johnny

6 posted on 01/23/2012 9:11:12 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: don-o

Congrats to you and your son. Tell him not to worry about Obama. Presidents come and go. I served when Jimmy Carter was President and we replaced him with Ronald Reagan. Things have a way of working out and mistakes corrected.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 9:13:06 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: don-o

Express our gratitude and prayers for your son.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 9:13:41 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: don-o

Nice. Thank you for your families service.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 9:14:12 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A most amazing (and humbling) experience from his short time in the Corps (Reserve) is something an old Gunny I work with told me when he enlisted. He told me, “You are a part of the family. You will find out what that means.”

I’ve gotten little glimpses of that and my heart swells up every time.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 9:14:49 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Congratulations all around and please thank him for his service.


11 posted on 01/23/2012 9:15:24 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: don-o
Congratulations Papa.

Even though envy is a deadly sin I must admit that I envy you.

12 posted on 01/23/2012 9:18:13 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: don-o

Congrats to you and your son.

He is “da Man”!


13 posted on 01/23/2012 9:22:01 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: don-o

congrats to you and Mrs Don-o.....


14 posted on 01/23/2012 9:22:39 AM PST by advertising guy (piss on the media like a Marine !)
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To: don-o
When my number three son joined the Corps out of High School, I was very, very impressed by the family oriented values that seemed so predominant in communications that I received from those responsible for his training.

Moreover, his six year stint proved very constructive, in helping him to focus, when he later proved a straight A student in his four year undergraduate work in College. It was not that he did not have sound family & patriotic values before--had he not such values he would never have enlisted;--but he was not always so well focused to long term purpose.

I hope that your son finds the Corps experience as worthwhile, and returns to you safe & sound, with the satisfaction of having served to a higher purpose than many of his classmates, who never felt tbe call.

William Flax.

15 posted on 01/23/2012 9:23:47 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: don-o

Oooorah!

The Few

The Proud

The Marines!

Semper Fi!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RoXotWG30

America’s Marines: a Life of Honor, Courage and Commitment


16 posted on 01/23/2012 9:30:47 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Ohioan

My son also joined the Reserves out of high school, which followed nine grades of home school. When he told me he wanted to join the Corps, I asked him, “Why not the Navy, Air Force....?”

His answer silenced me, “I want to be the best.” He also realized his own need for discipline, direction and purpose. That he has found in the Corps. I sent a good boy to Parris Island three years ago. They sent back a good man.


17 posted on 01/23/2012 9:31:30 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

Most excellent news! You and Mrs. Don-o have done well to raise a new Marine. I am as proud as you both are!


18 posted on 01/23/2012 9:31:30 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: don-o

Tell him this former active duty juggie wants to be the first to salute him....even though he isn’t a officer...yet!!! I salute you too dad...is that your chest sticking through my computer?


19 posted on 01/23/2012 9:32:40 AM PST by ontap
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You damn right. Good thing there’s no buttons on this shirt.


20 posted on 01/23/2012 9:34:23 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o
Not a problem...let's see if I can get this attaboy medal pinned on!!!
21 posted on 01/23/2012 9:36:39 AM PST by ontap
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To: don-o

Congratulations! And may God’s hand of protection be on him as he serves.


22 posted on 01/23/2012 9:39:21 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: don-o

You should be proud! When my son went into the Marines as a recruit, I was really scared because we were hip deep in Iraq and Afhanistan. He joined the Infantry, which really had me frightened. But when I went to his graduation at Parris Island, I was so proud of him! I had Marine Corps flags and Christmas ornaments and car decals everywhere. Not to mention a very large picture of him in his uniform on my desk at work. I have a special place in my heart for the Marines. BTW, he is now safely home.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 9:39:44 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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God bless you. Thank him and your whole family. I know his heart loves your pride. All men want their dad to be proud of them. My son will be retiring in a year or so as Master Seargant USAF. My husband was a marine in Viet Nam.


24 posted on 01/23/2012 9:41:31 AM PST by maranatha
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To: don-o

May God bless and protect your son as well as you and your family who also sacrifice to serve our country.


25 posted on 01/23/2012 9:44:49 AM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: don-o
Oo-rah! God Bless and thank you for raising a good, responsible boy! Tell your son, "Thank you for your service!"

OORAH    

26 posted on 01/23/2012 9:46:41 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: liberalh8ter

Semper fi, Don-o, Mrs. Don-o, and Don-o jr.
And Thank You ALL for your Service!!


27 posted on 01/23/2012 9:50:29 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: don-o

Good for him. Tell him the 5thGenTexan clan is proud of him and thanks him for his service.


28 posted on 01/23/2012 9:51:43 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: don-o

OOH RAH! tell him to kill some terrorists for me.
God bless and prayers to all of you.


29 posted on 01/23/2012 9:52:28 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: don-o

Congratulations to your son!

Now, OCS isn’t easy, of course. If he ever writes that the going is tough, you may want to send him this joke:

Q: What do the call the guy who graduates last from OCS?
A: “Sir”.


30 posted on 01/23/2012 9:54:58 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: don-o

Congratulations to your son, you and his mother. I never wore the uniform but was extremely gratified and proud when my oldest son decided to quit spinning his wheels in college and join “the best”: the U.S. ‘freaking’ M.C. Ooo-rah! They really do make everyone feel like family. I’ve always sensed my son has felt like he’s never quite lived up to my expectations - I continually attempted to disspell those notions - but now when I tell him he is my absolute hero for what he did in electing to serve our great country, I think he finally knows that he’s MORE than “good enough” for me and every U.S. citizen. I pray that he’ll also elect to pursue OCS or some other pathway to being an officer, but he’s very happy serving with his grunt-friends and that’s all I want, his happiness.

Semper Fi!


31 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:35 AM PST by Bulldaddy
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Excellent! Congratulations! I look forward to future threads at his milestones. Completing boot camp, promotions,etc. And I want photos too.


32 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:41 AM PST by amom
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Hear you, loud & clear. God Bless all!


33 posted on 01/23/2012 9:59:46 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: don-o
Congrats!
My grandson gradulated 12/16/11. He came home for 17 days and now is in combat training.
Boot camp seemed to last forever. I wrote to him everyday. So did my daughter. The whole family is so Proud of our Marine.
34 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:06 AM PST by mickie (My grandson made it, he's now a Marine.)
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To: don-o; Mrs. Don-o

I’m happy for all of you!


35 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:36 AM PST by Tax-chick (Be the one who gets it done (instead of a useless drone)!)
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To: Bulldaddy
but now when I tell him he is my absolute hero for what he did in electing to serve our great country, I think he finally knows that he’s MORE than “good enough” for me and every U.S. citizen.

Could not be said better! Thank you.

And I want to insert a testimony for the value of home school. One of the major benefits is that we had his total attention for the first 16 years to instill values and attitudes and to enable him to learn to think for himself.

He has not had to "unlearn" a bunch of junk that the educational establishment pusses in the public schools.

36 posted on 01/23/2012 10:16:38 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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I washed out of Quantico after the first month on a cardiac medical discharge but the first month of OCS boot camp made a distinct impression on me.

Waking up before dawn with the Sargent Instructor banging a trashcan lid with a baton yelling “Drop your cocks and grab your socks! It's another Marine Corps day!”

Problematic sleep due to the positioning of our OCS barracks BETWEEN the major AMTRAC north-south line that passes through Quantico on the one side and the runway of the Quantico Marine Corps Air Station on the other side!

It is best to be in the absolute peak of physical conditioning possible BEFORE arriving at Quantico.

Best of luck to your son. They will apply maximum sustained stress to try to get him to resign or fail physically for his own good and the good of the Corps, if he can't take it.

37 posted on 01/23/2012 10:16:54 AM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: don-o
Also, the Sargent Instructors are the cream of the Marine Corps DIs and they do their best NOT to graduate anyone they will not be honored to salute and call “Sir” immediately on graduation.
38 posted on 01/23/2012 10:19:23 AM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

Appreciate that -He is already a Marine. And, he is completely dedicated to staying in top physical shape.


39 posted on 01/23/2012 10:19:33 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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“Why not the Navy, Air Force....?”

His answer silenced me, “I want to be the best.”

They do make the best gate guards we've ever had. They haven't lost a gate since World War II.

Seriously, congratulations to you and your son (and please excuse the intra service rivalry).

SKCM(SS), USN Retired

40 posted on 01/23/2012 10:21:14 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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Congrats to your son, Mrs Don-o and you. How proud you all have to be.

(is your son’s name Ben? seems to recall not too long ago your son leaving for basic training - with apologies if ‘basic training’ is an Army term not used by USMC)


41 posted on 01/23/2012 10:26:04 AM PST by EDINVA
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Yes. And that “not too long ago” departure for PI was three years ago.


42 posted on 01/23/2012 10:31:05 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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Speaks volumes about you and the Mrs. Good job!

Please tell you son this old vet said, "Thanks for your service."

43 posted on 01/23/2012 10:40:25 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: don-o

Kick ass!
Congratulations!


44 posted on 01/23/2012 10:49:49 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: don-o
     Congrats!!
45 posted on 01/23/2012 10:57:53 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: don-o

Semper Fi


46 posted on 01/23/2012 11:01:54 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: don-o

Here’s to your son: congratulations, every success and best wishes.


47 posted on 01/23/2012 11:01:57 AM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: humblegunner

How’s your son doing?


48 posted on 01/23/2012 11:03:55 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Retired COB

It is true, the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy......

THE MEN’S DEPARTMENT!

Thanks for your service, Chief!
USMC 1971-1981


49 posted on 01/23/2012 11:14:03 AM PST by Tahoe3002
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How’s your son doing?

He's doing good and is happy, thanks!

He gave OCS a shot but it didn't work out. The testing, however,
opened up some new avenues to him. He's liking the Army just fine. ;-)

50 posted on 01/23/2012 11:19:00 AM PST by humblegunner
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