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FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S Carolina ~ 23 JULY 2013
Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 07/22/2013 5:59:45 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe

 
 

~The FReeper Canteen Presents~

Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,095 acre military installation near Beaufort, South Carolina tasked with the training of enlisted Marines. Male recruits living east of the Mississippi River and female recruits from all over the United States report here to receive their initial training. Male recruits living west of the Mississippi River receive their training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, but may train at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island by special request.

Parris Island is located in the southeastern corner of South Carolina’s Low Country within Beaufort County, 70 miles south of Charleston and 45 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. Its 8,095 acres (of which 3,263 are habitable) are picturesque.

The island is named after Alexander Parris, a descendant of English colonists who purchased the island and eight small surrounding islands in 1715. Marines were first stationed here in 1891 in the form of a small security detachment that guarded a U.S. Navy coaling station. Parris Island was established as a Recruit Depot on 1 November 1915 and has continued to train recruits ever since.

Initial training for those enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, also referred to as boot camp, includes a thirteen week process during which the recruit becomes cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle. During training, the drill instructors train recruits in a wide variety of subjects including weapons training, Marine Corps Martial Arts, formation drilling, and Marine Corps history.

The training emphasizes physical fitness and recruits must attain a minimum standard of fitness to graduate. This standard includes a PFT (Physical Fitness Test) that consists of a three-mile (5 km) run, pull-ups and crunches. Recruits must also meet minimum combat-oriented swimming qualifications, qualify in rifle marksmanship with the M16A2 service rifle, and pass a 54-hour simulated combat exercise known as "The Crucible".

In addition to the enlisted recruiting mission, the Eastern Recruiting Region is responsible for the accession of over 1,200 new officers through the Platoon Leadership Course, Officer Candidate Class and the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program. Furthermore, the ERR is responsible to MCRC for maintaining all Marine Corps quality standards as they pertain to new accessions. In October 2003, the ERR received the additional mission of conducting Prior Service Recruiting in the eastern United States. The Prior Service Recruiters are responsible for joining over 1,900 former Marines to selected Marine Corps Reserve Units each year.

The recruiting mission mirrors the mission of Marines everywhere - to locate, close with and enlist young men and women of character to fill the ranks of the 21st Century Marine Corps. Recruiting qualified young men and women of character is the lifeblood of the Corps. It is the foundation for all the Marine Corps does to “Make Marines, Win Battles, and Return Quality Citizens to Society.”

In 2007, ERR enlisted and shipped 19,500 new recruits to Parris Island. This was over 1,300 more recruits than were shipped the previous year. This trend of increasing the annual ship mission will continue for the next few years as the Marine Corps
continues to grow the force to 202,000 in order to support the Commandant’s guidance. In addition to the increasing missions, ERR is also growing the size of its recruiting force.

Forming the bedrock of any Marine’s character are the Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These values are incorporated into every aspect of Recruit Training and result in basically-trained Marines who will be better citizens when they return to their local communities upon the completion of their service to this country.

Learn More About MCRD Parris Island Here!

The Depot is home to the Marine Corps' first Command Museum, the Parris Island Museum. Thanks to the efforts of then Commanding General Robert H. Barrow, under the authority of the Marine Corps History and Museum Division, the museum was dedicated on 8 January 1975 by Commandant of the Marine Corps, Robert E. Cushman, Jr.

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Today, the museum's over 8,000 square feet of exhibit galleries serves as a focal point for assisting in the training of recruits about the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. Marine families, veterans, and the general public will also find inspiration from the stories told through artifacts and images of Marines who served our nation during some of our most challenging times.

Learn More About The Parris Island Museum Here!

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We pray for your safety, that you will return to your families and friends soon.

We pray that your hope, courage, and dignity remain unbroken, so that you may show others the way.

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1 posted on 07/22/2013 5:59:45 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Sergei Rachmaninov plays “The Star Spangled Banner”
2 posted on 07/22/2013 6:00:03 PM PDT by Publius
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To: laurenmarlowe








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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (Jan. 14, 2008) The first major snowfall of the New Year blankets the USS Constitution. Despite the weather "Old Ironsides," remained open for free public tours. At 210 years-old, USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, manned by 67 active-duty United States Sailors and visited by nearly half a million visitors annually. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown (Released)

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND OUR BELOVED NATION!!!





Boston, Oct. 21, 2009 - Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Philip Gagnon pipes as USS Constitution performs an underway demonstration in honor of the three-masted wooden frigate's 212th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Airman Mark Alexander/Released).
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USS Constitution's 1812 Marine Guard fire vintage Springfield flintlock muskets during the ship's underway. "Old Ironsides" was underway for the "Constitution Day Cruise," which is conducted to thank the family and supporters of Constitution. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Nick Lyman (Released)

OUR TROOPS ROCK!!!!!!!








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

3 posted on 07/22/2013 6:00:20 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: All

4 posted on 07/22/2013 6:00:35 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Road Construction

July 23, 2013

Here in Michigan we joke that we have two seasons: winter and road construction. Harsh winters damage road surfaces, so repair crews begin their work as soon as the ice melts and the ground thaws. Although we call this work “construction,” much of what they do looks like “destruction.” In some cases, simply patching holes is not an option. Workers have to replace the old road with a new one.

That’s what it can feel like when God is at work in our lives. Throughout the Old Testament, God told His people to expect some major renovation on the road between Him and them (Isa. 62:10-11; Jer. 31:31). When God sent Jesus, it seemed to the Jews as if their way to God was being destroyed. But Jesus wasn’t destroying anything. He was completing it (Matt. 5:17). The old way paved with laws became a new way paved with the sacrificial love of Jesus.

God is still at work replacing old ways of sin and legalism with the way of love that Jesus completed. When He removes our old ways of thinking and behaving, it may feel as if everything familiar is being destroyed. But God is not destroying anything; He is building a better way. And we can be confident that the end result will be smoother relationships with others and a closer relationship with Him.

Free from the law—O happy condition!
Jesus has bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace has redeemed us once for all. —Bliss
Upheaval often precedes spiritual progress.

Read: Jeremiah 31:31-34

We have been delivered from the law, . . . so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit. —Romans 7:6
Bible in a Year:
Psalms 33-34; Acts 24


5 posted on 07/22/2013 6:00:36 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Publius
Good evening to you Publius!

FIRST!!

6 posted on 07/22/2013 6:02:38 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

I live only about 90 minutes away from the Island. Nice to feature that location at the Canteen.


7 posted on 07/22/2013 6:03:42 PM PDT by Publius
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To: ConorMacNessa
Permission granted ConorMacNessa!

SECOND!!

8 posted on 07/22/2013 6:04:31 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Thanks, lauren, for today's Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S Carolina!


9 posted on 07/22/2013 6:05:43 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe

Spent the summer of 1989 on beautiful, sunny Parris Island. Almost had to go through Hurricane Hugo there too.


10 posted on 07/22/2013 6:05:48 PM PDT by real saxophonist (If something is TRULY 'common sense', then a law about it is unnecessary.)
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To: The Mayor
Howdy Mayor!

THIRD!!

11 posted on 07/22/2013 6:06:29 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Lived there (as a dependent) from the middle of 1964 to the middle of 1965. My father’s last duty station. He started there, served as a DI before taking a commission, and ended there as a Major. We have a commemorative brick with his name on it by the parade ground.

He served honorably in 3 wars. Which was, he said, less difficult than surviving 3 teenage sons. RIP dad, they don’t make them like you anymore.


12 posted on 07/22/2013 6:07:03 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: AZamericonnie; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; MS.BEHAVIN; LUV W; left that other site
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

MONDAY, JULY 22

8 PM Pacific (11 PM Eastern)

Listen live on-line here at KING-FM/98.1 website.

Bernstein: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello

Adam Neiman, piano
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Amit Peled, cello

Amit is an Israeli who entertained us one night at an open rehearsal by playing klesmer music with a clarinettist and pianist. He had the place rocking.

Ives: Largo for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Erin Keefe, violin
Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Anna Polonsky, piano

Ricardo is First Chair Clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Anna is married to Orion Weiss, who plays later in the concert. Anna is really, really tiny, but when she plays, she gets this monstrous sound out of the piano. She’s amazing!

Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat, K. 498

Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Richard O’Neill, viola
Orion Weiss, piano

Orion is an amazing pianist, and I love talking fingering with him.

Carter: Elegy

Anna Polonsky, piano
Richard O’Neill, viola

Schumann: Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat, Op. 44

Anna Polonsky, piano
Amy Schwarz Moretti, violin
Erin Keefe, violin
David Harding, viola
Robert deMaine, cello

13 posted on 07/22/2013 6:07:10 PM PDT by Publius
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To: laurenmarlowe; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...

~ Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina ~

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and the family members of the above.
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To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
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Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
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The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
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We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



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14 posted on 07/22/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Publius

An honor and pleasure Publius, Beaufort is a very nice place, and I got to visit the Depot a couple of years ago.

Actually spending this Summer and Fall in Charleston with family, I love it here!


15 posted on 07/22/2013 6:09:56 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

I was born there 15 July 94. My niece was born there 7 June 13. She is still in MS for MOS school carrying on the family tradition.


16 posted on 07/22/2013 6:10:55 PM PDT by DirtyPigpen (Semper Fi)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi MA!

*HUGS*


17 posted on 07/22/2013 6:11:47 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe




Good evening, Lauren!

***HUGS***



Great to see you this evening! Thanks very much for tonight’s Road Trip to MCRD Parris Island, SC!



I expect that my youngest son, John-Man, will step onto the Yellow Footprints soon.








"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

18 posted on 07/22/2013 6:13:27 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: real saxophonist

Good evening to you real saxophonist, thanks for joining us this evening!


19 posted on 07/22/2013 6:13:34 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: Publius; The Mayor; SandRat; ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; laplata; mountainlion; HiJinx; Jet Jaguar; ...

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


20 posted on 07/22/2013 6:13:56 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe
There is a chamber music series at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, and I attend many of the Sunday afternoon concerts. It's a reasonable drive for me.

During my Tea Party days, I moderated a debate among office seekers for a county position. One lady running was a black lady who had raised her son as a single mother, and he was now at Parris Island at boot camp. She was a formidable figure and had boned up on the issues. I told her I suspected her son had told the DI that boot camp was a vacation compared to life with Mama. She laughed uproariously and told me the DI had spent some time with her asking for training tips.

21 posted on 07/22/2013 6:15:24 PM PDT by Publius
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Hi there ChildOfThe60s, thanks for joining us this evening, and thanks to your Dad for his service to our Country!


22 posted on 07/22/2013 6:15:43 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Hey, Lauren! (((hugs)))

Good to “see” you if but for a little while! Hope things are
going well for you on the East Coast! :)

Wish I was there. LOL!


23 posted on 07/22/2013 6:16:29 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the heads-up! :)


24 posted on 07/22/2013 6:18:11 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: LUV W

If you didn’t get a chance to waller in the Schumann piece last Sunday you can do it tonight.


25 posted on 07/22/2013 6:19:55 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

Great! I didn’t. I took a long nap! LOL!


26 posted on 07/22/2013 6:20:25 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: DirtyPigpen

Howdy DirtyPigpen, thanks for being here with us this evening!


27 posted on 07/22/2013 6:21:15 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: ConorMacNessa

Thank ya ConorMacNessa for the lovely lovely bluebonnets, such a dreamy picture.

And WOO HOO for John-Man!

*HUGS*


28 posted on 07/22/2013 6:23:24 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

I have a son there as we speak. I will be going down in September to watch another graduation(God willing). This will be my 2nd trip in 3 years.


29 posted on 07/22/2013 6:25:38 PM PDT by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter)
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Thanks, lauren, for our National Anthem...humming along.
*HUGS*

Have you been sailing yet?


30 posted on 07/22/2013 6:26:09 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Publius

Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, should make that drive to experience a concert. Thanks for the info!

And what a great story, appreciate you sharing it!


31 posted on 07/22/2013 6:26:24 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
University of South Carolina at Beaufort Chamber Music Series
32 posted on 07/22/2013 6:28:11 PM PDT by Publius
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To: LUV W

Hey you!

Been thinking about you alot, wish you were here too (wish everybody was here), we would have a blast.

Also, have 2 lbs of coffee to ship to you soon per our conversation, it’s sitting in the living room. Have got to get to FedEx to ship some other stuff very soon, so I will keep you posted.

*HUGS*


33 posted on 07/22/2013 6:29:42 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Its 8,095 acres (of which 3,263 are habitable)

That is debateable.

The first time I saw an actual DI we had come out of
receiving, while waiting for a platoon to be formed.
They took us to the mess hall for breakfast.
There were all these guys that looked like prisoners
sitting there eating “square” meals, when a DI jumped
up on the mess table and began kicking the trays into
their faces and screaming obscenities at them.
I knew then, it was not a good sign.

Ah, the memories...


34 posted on 07/22/2013 6:31:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Wouldn’t that be a great TARD trip? :) I’d love it...and a
chance to sail on the “Welcome”.

Awesome that you have the coffee! My son is going to be thrilled. I hope you included the story of how it came about. :)

I’m happy to read that you are enjoying your stay there with the kids! I’ll bet your grandkids are having so much fun with their Grandma (what do you call yourself? LOL) so close!


35 posted on 07/22/2013 6:34:51 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: luv2ndamend

Good evening to you luv2ndamend, thanks for joining us this evening, and thanks to your family for their service to our Country!


36 posted on 07/22/2013 6:35:24 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thank you for today’s sustenance for body and soul.


37 posted on 07/22/2013 6:38:29 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; LUV W
Been sailing frequently as I now work for the Boat. I am the Booking Manager, at least until November, LOL!

In November, I will travel back to Asheville for the other new grandbaby, which we found out last week is a boy. 4 girls and one boy. Good luck to him!

Just call me Sugar!

38 posted on 07/22/2013 6:41:17 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Someone seems to have tripped over a cord here. The email just quite working, and now the whole system is slower than a snail. ARGHHH!!!


39 posted on 07/22/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Publius

Thank ya!


40 posted on 07/22/2013 6:43:43 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: tet68

Howdy tet68, thanks for your service to our Country.

Simply cannot imagine the depth of the feelings a recruit and soldier goes through, you all are true heroes.


41 posted on 07/22/2013 6:47:56 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Gee, I wonder how you got that job. LOL!

Any qualifications? *snicker*

I am so jealous looking at that wonderful sailing ship.


42 posted on 07/22/2013 6:49:34 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe

Thank you.
I’ll admit there were times when I thought I’d made a mistake but those were in the beginning and once you
get the hang of things it gets easier....somewhat.
They do it on purpose, they take everything away
then they give you back bit by bit, the Marine Corps.

Oooorah!


43 posted on 07/22/2013 6:53:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; All

No qualifications whatsoever, just a very generous son, and really darned lucky. :o)

Sailing at 1:00 pm EDT tomorrow, will think about y’all dearly.

Take care, and have an awesome week!

*HUGS*


44 posted on 07/22/2013 6:54:23 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Lauren - are you on the Right Coast now?


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

45 posted on 07/22/2013 6:55:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

I’ll never forget my drill sergeant in Officer Candidate School at Quantico who promptly put the fear of God into us newly arrived recruit misfits by threatening us with the pronouncement that there were only three ways we were going to leave OCS: In a pine box, direct flight to PI for failing OCS, or graduating and being commissioned. Two classmates left in pine boxes, one swallowed a can of Brasso and the other stood on the railway tracks and got run over. One guy cheated by stuffing newspapers in his backpack instead of packing his 782 gear for a 10 miler and got caught. He was shipped directly to PI. As OCS candidates, we believed, whether it was true or not, that PI was the most demanding of all places for Marine training./p>


46 posted on 07/22/2013 6:55:59 PM PDT by iontheball
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To: laurenmarlowe; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; Kathy in Alaska; AZamericonnie; HiJinx; Colonel_Flagg; ...

There Is A Beautiful
Full Moon Out There Tonight!



Suzanne Ciani~Full Moon Sonata

Barry Manilow~Moonlight Serenade.wma

Paul Hardcastle~Midnight Moon

Mannheim Steamroller~Midnight On A Full Moon

Michael Buble~Moondance.wma

Frank Sinatra~Fly Me To The Moon

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!

47 posted on 07/22/2013 6:57:29 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Good evening, ChildOfThe60s. We thank your father for his service to our country.


48 posted on 07/22/2013 6:59:30 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe

Drooling....have a wonderful sail.

I’m going home....maybe to sulk. LOL!

Really I have homework.


49 posted on 07/22/2013 7:06:32 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: laurenmarlowe

A boy!! How happy is that...and he is definitely gonna be rotten! LOL!

One of these days, I’m gonna be on that schooner! It would be soooo fun! I hope you have had good weather for sailing. :)


50 posted on 07/22/2013 7:06:57 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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