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To: oh8eleven

Your ignorance of Marine history is astounding.

“The finest soldier any captain could wish to have,” said of Dan Daly by BGen W.P. Upshur

Marines have always been called soldiers, Soldiers of the sea and stuff like that. The dictionary says that the word Marine means soldiers affiliated with the Navy. This stuff about Marines are Marines, Not soldiers is a pretty new thing.
“Soldiers trained in the ways of the sea,” -CMC, BGen Benjamin H. Fuller

“He turned down the gold bars of a second lieutenant. ‘I’m a plain soldier,’ he said, ‘and I want to stay one.’”
-GySgt John Basilone

Just to quote a few Marines that have gone before.


33 posted on 03/28/2011 9:48:15 AM PDT by sigzero
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To: sigzero
Your ignorance of Marine history is astounding. This stuff about Marines are Marines, Not soldiers is a pretty new thing.
Dropping a dime on me? Bwwaaaaa ....... you're feckin' clueless 'prive.
If this crap is new, it's only because of boot MFers like you. You gotta' be a ten percenter or a BAM. Real FMF Marines know they're not soldiers.
(BTW, Manilla John was a doggie before the MC.)
40 posted on 03/28/2011 10:02:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: sigzero
I'm an old Air Force guy, but I spent 22 years hanging around with Marine Security Guards in Embassies around the world. For almost all of those years, I was a guest of the Marines at the Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Prior to the commencement of festivities, the Detachment Commander read the letter from the Commandant. I can't remember exactly what the words were, but the Commandant quoted General LeJeune and I believe the phrase "soldierly virtues" was included in that letter.

I retired before 9/11 so I suppose things have changed greatly as regards the Marine Corps Ball. I'm wondering if all the detachment members still wear their dress blues, or even if members of the embassy community still look forward to and are invited to attend these Balls.

45 posted on 03/28/2011 10:34:01 AM PDT by Ax
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