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My Son the Marine (Vanity)
04-07-2013 | self

Posted on 04/07/2013 8:21:20 PM PDT by ottbmare

Yesterday morning my son received his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor as a US Marine. The young man who has given me an abundance of laughter, grief, delight, worry, aggravation, frustration, excitement, and exhaustion for nineteen years now fills me with pride and joy.

I could not be more proud or more happy that he has overcome all the setbacks and disappointments that held him back. Just talking to him on the phone today, for the first time since he went to boot camp 13 weeks ago, it was easy to hear that he was now a man, a very different person than the boy he was when he left. As I hoped, the Marines changed him into a different person.

I know that this forum full of patriots will share my patriotic pride. But in these difficult times, my pride is mixed with justifiable fear. So I ask you all to agree with me in prayer, and pray that our Father in Heaven will protect this young American as he seeks to protect our country. Please ask that God's will be done in his life.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: military; usmc

1 posted on 04/07/2013 8:21:20 PM PDT by ottbmare
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To: ottbmare
Congrats re: your son...and may God bless you and him.

Our country is at war...and the enemy is in the building (to paraphrase Eric Nordstrom) .

2 posted on 04/07/2013 8:26:02 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: ottbmare

Will do.

May God pour out His richest blessings to you both.


3 posted on 04/07/2013 8:26:11 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: RoosterRedux

More like “and the enemy is on the golf course..again.”


4 posted on 04/07/2013 8:30:41 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ottbmare

Congratulations. Your pride is justified. God keep him safe and well .


5 posted on 04/07/2013 8:30:53 PM PDT by Floribama
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To: Secret Agent Man

Obama is just a front man...


6 posted on 04/07/2013 8:35:08 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: ottbmare

Prayers for my Brother, and we welcome him into his new family.


7 posted on 04/07/2013 8:35:11 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: ottbmare

Prayers always

And Semper Fi

God bless you all


8 posted on 04/07/2013 8:38:58 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: RoosterRedux

Front man, puppet, whatever. He’s a willing participant. And he likes what he’s doing.


9 posted on 04/07/2013 8:42:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: ottbmare

I know the pride you are feeling. I felt the same exact feeling when my son became a Marine. He was 18 and so young looking back. The day of his graduation was one of the happiest days of my life. Did he graduate from Pendelton or Parris Island?


10 posted on 04/07/2013 8:44:08 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: ottbmare

Congratulations and best wishes — to him AND to you! And prayers for well-being and good leadership.


11 posted on 04/07/2013 8:45:58 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: ottbmare

I cannot even pretend to know the feeling of pride you as a parent must have knowing that your child has achieved the lofty goal of becoming a United States Marine. Congratulations to him and to you, and may God Bless you both.


12 posted on 04/07/2013 8:49:57 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: ottbmare

Tell your son “Thank you”!


13 posted on 04/07/2013 8:58:08 PM PDT by informavoracious (God help us.)
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To: murron

He will graduate from Parris Island on Friday. I can hardly wait! But he’s already a Marine, as of yesterday (Saturday) morning, when he finished the Crucible.

He had to overcome a lot of personal disasters, heartbreaks, humiliations, and naysayers to do this. It took real guts to force himself through it when people around him were trying to break him down. Funny to say that you admire your own kid, but I do—even if I were a man and in good health, I couldn’t do what he has done.

Now if he can just avoid getting killed, that would be swell.


14 posted on 04/07/2013 9:02:04 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

Will keep him in my prayers. Thank you for giving us a fine American!!! :)


15 posted on 04/07/2013 9:07:52 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: ottbmare
The Title

It Can Not be Inherited
Nor Can it Ever be Purchased
You or No One Alive
can Buy It for Any Price
It is Impossible to Rent
and It Can Not be Lent
You Alone and Our Own
have Earned It
with Your Sweat, Blood and Lives.
You Own It Forever
The Title
“United States Marine”
In Honor of Our Fallen
and Disabled Brothers

Semper Fi to your son and to a Marine’s family.

16 posted on 04/07/2013 9:09:34 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: ottbmare

Congrats! My brother just retired from the Marines. Oo-rah!


17 posted on 04/07/2013 9:09:46 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: ottbmare

Congrats to both of you - and please thank him for his service and our freedom!


18 posted on 04/07/2013 9:17:05 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: ottbmare
Congratulations and prayers for your son.

I was in 6th grade when we went and watched my brother graduate from Parris Island. He was a much nicer brother when he came home! More respectful and mature but still a lot of fun. And he didn't treat me like his lame little sister anymore!

19 posted on 04/07/2013 9:17:29 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: ottbmare

I too am a proud Marine father. My son served 8 years in the Corp on active duty. I consider him a Marine...yesterday, today and forever. My blessings to you...Be Proud. He deserves it!


20 posted on 04/07/2013 9:22:14 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: ottbmare
Congrats to you dad for raising a son who was willing to go through the rigors of Marine Corps. training.
As a close uncle to a nephew years back. The eyes did get a bit wet, standing in the bleachers at Parris Island.
Now your son is a member of the Few, the Proud, the United States Marines.
God's Almighty hands be upon him in the years to come.
21 posted on 04/07/2013 9:25:45 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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I hope your proud US Marine son reads your wonderful tribute to him!

God bless you and keep you, dearest ottbmare.

I will keep him in my prayers. I promise. My eldest grandson remarkably changed on the day he became a US Marine! I pray for him too.

Semper Fi.

God bless and keep your magnificent son.


22 posted on 04/07/2013 9:33:22 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: ottbmare

Bless you and your Marine son and thank you for rearing the next generation of heroes,
Semper Fi.


23 posted on 04/07/2013 9:35:55 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: ottbmare

My late father was a Marine. He was proud of that from 1943 go the day he died. May your son carry the same pride for the rest of his life.


24 posted on 04/07/2013 9:39:05 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: ottbmare

Congratulation to you all!

I have always admired and respected our Great Military.

God Bless!


25 posted on 04/07/2013 10:18:56 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ottbmare

Prayers said!


26 posted on 04/07/2013 10:20:09 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: ottbmare

Welcome aboard Marine!

Semper Fi MAC......

The Army has it’s “Joes.”

The Marines have their “MACs.” Marine Amphibious Corp. MAC


27 posted on 04/07/2013 11:33:24 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare berry bear formerly known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: ottbmare

Semper Fi!
Congratulations to you and your son.
It is pointless to fear God’s will... Embrace what he has done with your son’s life! OO-RA!
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT


28 posted on 04/08/2013 12:05:47 AM PDT by golux
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To: ottbmare

Outstanding. May God with him and your family.


29 posted on 04/08/2013 1:44:15 AM PDT by BamaAndy
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To: ottbmare

You must be so Proud, Thank you for giving us an American HERO! Good job!


30 posted on 04/08/2013 3:47:21 AM PDT by satan69
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To: ottbmare

God Bless you and your family. Here’s a book you would enjoy. The dad was pretty much a pinko and his son became a Marine.

http://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Faith-Father-Son-United-States/dp/0786710977/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

You can get from Amazon new for $3 plus shipping (unless you have Prime then no shipping charges).


31 posted on 04/08/2013 4:07:11 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: ottbmare
Way cool indeed.

From one who was there give him a Semper Fi from me!

May God bless him and his family for recognizes there is something bigger than himself.

For God, Country & Corps!

32 posted on 04/08/2013 4:33:42 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: ottbmare

God bless your son.


33 posted on 04/08/2013 5:58:35 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: ottbmare
My graduating platoon from PISC will celebrate its 50 year anniversary in 2014. Plans are being drawn up for a reunion.
Once a Marine ...

Semper Fi

34 posted on 04/08/2013 6:10:28 AM PDT by BluH2o
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Congratulations to your son. Kudos to you for raising him right.

My daughter's boyfriend joined the Marines and goes to Parris Island in a few weeks. He almost seems like a son to me. A great kid and I hope he does as well as your son.

Prayers for your son's continued success.

35 posted on 04/08/2013 6:19:23 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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My son starts Marine boot camp in September. He’s been working with his recruiter for the better part of a year. He talks about getting his EGA at the end of boot camp like finding treasure at the end of a treasure hunt. I know how much it means to your son, and I know the pride/fear you feel.
I promised my son I’d get him an album to trace his journey through the Marine Corp. Here is the link:
http://www.marineshop.net/browse.cfm/usmc-scrapbook/4,6030.html


36 posted on 04/08/2013 6:50:04 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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Semper Fi, son of Ottbmare. :)


37 posted on 04/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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Oh, yes. I remember the Crucible. I know of your concerns. That was on my mind the whole 4 years he was in. What is your son’s MOS?(I think that’s what it’s called). My son was in Infantry. He was stationed at Camp LeJeune, in what was called the 2, 2. I forget what it stood for. Please check your private mail.


38 posted on 04/08/2013 9:34:45 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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One more thing. You are in for a real treat. The graduation ceremony will leave you with tears and goosebumps, as well as extreme pride. Bring a camcorder with you. It’s a memory you will want to keep. Bring a lot of money or credit cards with you. They have magnificent gift shops that you will want to patronize. Will you be staying on the grounds? We did, and we loved it. You could hear the Marine recruits doing their morning exercises and drills early in the morning. Great experience.


39 posted on 04/08/2013 9:40:52 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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LOL, as if I had “a lot of money or credit cards” to bring with me, Murron! I wish, but I’m just barely able to afford to go down there at all. It’s going to be a challenge as well as a once-in-a-lifetime joy.


40 posted on 04/08/2013 1:24:55 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Congrats to you dad for raising a son who was willing to go through the rigors of Marine Corps. training.

I am a proud Marine Mom, not a dad. My boy's father thinks this is all a little uncool and non-intellectual, and he is disappointed. That is one of the problems I mentioned in the original posting that our son had to overcome.

41 posted on 04/08/2013 1:34:54 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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Whoops. Forgive me mom for that over site. Was late, eyes where shot after some 15 hours on the computer screens.
Perhaps I should not respond so quickly to postings, when my brain is in half fried mode.
But the same wishes for HIS best for you all remain in tack.

42 posted on 04/08/2013 2:05:09 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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And you WILL enjoy it.


43 posted on 04/09/2013 8:45:43 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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