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My Night At The Marine Corps Ball (Justin Timberlake)
JustinTimberlake.com ^ | 11/13/11 | Justin Timberlake

Posted on 11/15/2011 4:02:39 PM PST by NohSpinZone

To all my family, friends and fans - I'm writing this out to all of you after attending an event that turned out to be one of the most moving evenings I've ever had...

I had the honor and privilege last night of attending The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with Corporal Kelsey DeSantis...

I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn't forget... Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn't know was how moved I would be by the whole experience.

(Excerpt) Read more at justintimberlake.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: ball; justintimberlake; letter; marines
Finally, someone else in Hollywood besides Gary Sinise that seems to have his head screwed on straight about our military and its heroes and heroines. Good for you, Mr. Timberlake and thank you for writing.
1 posted on 11/15/2011 4:02:48 PM PST by NohSpinZone
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To: NohSpinZone
I read this the other day.

Very impressive.

2 posted on 11/15/2011 4:03:32 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: OddLane

Leon Uris painted a vivid picture of this ball in my head I’ll never forget.


3 posted on 11/15/2011 4:05:27 PM PST by txhurl
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To: NohSpinZone

It was very good. Yes, more in show business need to acknowledge these fine men and women. I’m glad to see Timberlake accepted the youtube invite. It sounds like he got much more out of it than he ever expected. Nice to see his article today.

There was a time...in the days of Bob Hope and the USO tours, the entertainment of the troops and the vistis to the front lines by celebrities was enthusaistically supported and expected. It still means as much to them as it ever did.


4 posted on 11/15/2011 4:08:44 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: SueRae

So true and sad how anti-military Hollywood has gotten since Vietnam.


5 posted on 11/15/2011 4:11:16 PM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: txhurl

he was/is a great scifi writer.


6 posted on 11/15/2011 4:12:07 PM PST by brivette (lol!)
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To: txhurl

Battle Cry? Its been so long I can’t remember.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 4:13:34 PM PST by skeeter
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To: brivette

He was one of the best, and devoted to our Marines.

He seemed kinda lefty in a lot of stuff after The Haj... but he was a storyteller non-pareil.


8 posted on 11/15/2011 4:15:05 PM PST by txhurl
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To: skeeter

It was his last book. Hell, I could look it up, I guess brb.


9 posted on 11/15/2011 4:16:01 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
Still my fave...


10 posted on 11/15/2011 4:16:45 PM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: skeeter

O’Hara’s Choice! ‘03


11 posted on 11/15/2011 4:21:37 PM PST by txhurl
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To: NohSpinZone

12 posted on 11/15/2011 4:23:24 PM PST by Mr.Unique (Very generic, non-offensive, tagline.)
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To: txhurl

Thx. I didn’t know he was still alive that recently.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 4:24:04 PM PST by skeeter
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To: NohSpinZone

My son is a Marine in Oki. I asked him how the Marine Ball went. He said it was like the High School prom all over again.

He was never one for many words. LOL.


14 posted on 11/15/2011 4:24:11 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: NohSpinZone

Say what you will about his music, but JT is one talented guy. What a good guy...


15 posted on 11/15/2011 4:25:26 PM PST by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: NohSpinZone
Kudos to Timberlake!

Seems a Marine made an excellent choice.

16 posted on 11/15/2011 4:29:28 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: NohSpinZone

His date, winning an MMA fight: http://bcove.me/cl9143p9


17 posted on 11/15/2011 4:30:32 PM PST by Mr.Unique (Very generic, non-offensive, tagline.)
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To: NohSpinZone

Justin may turn out alright after all.

Those who have never spent a day in the uniform of their country will NEVER begin to comprehend the special lifetime bond that exists between servicemen and women for each other and for this country. It can’t be explained in words, songs, movies or anything else.

Even though, as a Vietname veteran, I was treated like crap by my country when I came back, the bond with those in my squadron is as close as it ever was. And, for me, I’m glad that I did it. It’s an experience that I will never forget.

NOTE - PLEASE!! Before you thank me for my service - DON’T. It means nothing to me. I am just too emotionally scarred by the treatment I got afterward to care. I don’t speak for any other Vietnam vet but myself. Others appreciate your thanks and I appreciate you thanking them.


18 posted on 11/15/2011 4:33:29 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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19 posted on 11/15/2011 4:40:32 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: DustyMoment
NOTE - PLEASE!! Before you thank me for my service - DON’T. It means nothing to me. I am just too emotionally scarred by the treatment I got afterward to care. I don’t speak for any other Vietnam vet but myself. Others appreciate your thanks and I appreciate you thanking them.

I am not as averse to the praise as you are but I don't feel particularly worthy. My 20 years were across a window where most of us were not particularly at risk. I almost feel I got a free ride since world events and domestic politics greatly limited my personal exposure. I won't thank you for your service but I am deeply grateful for your comment - you add a perspective that is not often enough present in the discussion. I thank you for your understanding a viewpoint that is missing from too many conversations.

20 posted on 11/15/2011 5:00:32 PM PST by jimfree (I)
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To: DustyMoment

My uncle is also a Vietnam Vet. He told me that the correct thing to say (because it wasn’t done at the right time) is “Welcome home.”

Welcome home.


21 posted on 11/15/2011 5:06:15 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: guido911

TImberlake 2012? lol.


22 posted on 11/15/2011 5:10:51 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: NohSpinZone
Timberlake is also a leading spokesman and fundraiser for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

I believe he has matured over the last 5 years and is actually starting to show signs of being a conservative.

23 posted on 11/15/2011 5:27:06 PM PST by libertymaker
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To: NohSpinZone

Its worth going to his site to read the whole thing. It’s a very well written and heartfelt piece.

Justin is a class act. Who’da thunk it?


24 posted on 11/15/2011 5:45:56 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: NohSpinZone
I don't know who the hell the guy is but good on him..
25 posted on 11/15/2011 6:06:22 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Mr.Unique

Is that his date?

Wow, she wouldn’t have to ask me twice...


26 posted on 11/16/2011 4:37:13 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Winstons Julia
Welcome home.

Your uncle is a wise man. Please thank him for me. Your "Welcome home" means more to me than you can ever know.

I have to sign out now, my eyes are blurry.

27 posted on 11/16/2011 6:21:57 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: NohSpinZone

Great post - thanks.


28 posted on 11/16/2011 6:39:12 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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