Skip to comments.My Son the Marine (Vanity)
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.
Our country is at war...and the enemy is in the building (to paraphrase Eric Nordstrom) .
May God pour out His richest blessings to you both.
More like “and the enemy is on the golf course..again.”
Congratulations. Your pride is justified. God keep him safe and well .
Obama is just a front man...
Prayers for my Brother, and we welcome him into his new family.
And Semper Fi
God bless you all
Front man, puppet, whatever. He’s a willing participant. And he likes what he’s doing.
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?
Congratulations and best wishes — to him AND to you! And prayers for well-being and good leadership.
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.
Tell your son “Thank you”!
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.
Will keep him in my prayers. Thank you for giving us a fine American!!! :)
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
“United States Marine”
In Honor of Our Fallen
and Disabled Brothers
Semper Fi to your son and to a Marine’s family.
Congrats! My brother just retired from the Marines. Oo-rah!
Congrats to both of you - and please thank him for his service and our freedom!
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!
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!
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.
God bless and keep your magnificent son.
Bless you and your Marine son and thank you for rearing the next generation of heroes,
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.
Congratulation to you all!
I have always admired and respected our Great Military.
Welcome aboard Marine!
Semper Fi MAC......
The Army has it’s “Joes.”
The Marines have their “MACs.” Marine Amphibious Corp. MAC
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
Outstanding. May God with him and your family.
You must be so Proud, Thank you for giving us an American HERO! Good job!
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.
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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!
God bless your son.
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.
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:
Semper Fi, son of Ottbmare. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
And you WILL enjoy it.