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The Lone Ex-marine
4/8/03 | self

Posted on 04/08/2003 8:34:38 PM PDT by whipitgood

I spotted the guy last Sunday, standing on the corner near the Johnson County Courthouse. At first, I didn't know what he was doing there. Then I saw the sign board, and the patriotic shirt, and the small American flags he was holding. The sign said, "EX-MARINE-I SUPPORT THE TROOPS" and gave a list of the places he had served as a Marine. I honked, waved, and gave him a salute as well as I could from the front seat of my car. He returned the salute, and waved. I drove on when the light turned green. I returned a few minutes later, parked my car, and walked over to him to thank him for his service. Turns out he has a 19-year old son serving in Iraq. He said, "With all the coverage the anti-war protesters are getting, I had to do SOMETHING!" He said he was going to be there every Sunday at noon until the war is over. I will be joining him this Sunday the 13th at the Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Cleburne, Texas. Any FReepers who would like to support the troops at an unofficial rally are welcome to join.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: april13rallies; cleburne; exmarine; rally; semperfi; supportourtroops

1 posted on 04/08/2003 8:34:38 PM PDT by whipitgood
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To: whipitgood
Jeez, some good Marine please explain to this guy that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. (but maybe his sign just wasn't big enough)
2 posted on 04/08/2003 8:36:35 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: whipitgood
Bumping. I hope a lot of people join you and the Marine!
3 posted on 04/08/2003 8:39:52 PM PDT by ToriJasmine
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To: whipitgood
I thought you were never an ex-marine.........with the exception of scott ritter
4 posted on 04/08/2003 8:42:17 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Blood of Tyrants; ANTI-LEFT; anymouse; Birdiegirl
That's how he referred to himself. He certainly seemed ready for anything. I will be there at noon Sunday.
5 posted on 04/08/2003 8:42:48 PM PDT by whipitgood (There is no such thing as quiet patriotism.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Even Scott ridder is still a Marine...he may have lost his way, but it doens't change the fact that he served with the best.
6 posted on 04/08/2003 8:46:10 PM PDT by Nagilum
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To: whipitgood
BTW that title should be "The Lone ex-Marine".
7 posted on 04/08/2003 8:46:17 PM PDT by whipitgood (There is no such thing as quiet patriotism.)
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8 posted on 04/08/2003 9:05:54 PM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: whipitgood
Big bump for Cleburne!
9 posted on 04/09/2003 6:50:57 AM PDT by Birdiegirl
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To: MeeknMing
A Texas-sized ping for a new FReeper trying to get another support the troops rally going in Johnson County, TX.
10 posted on 04/09/2003 12:29:35 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: *SemperFi
Marine ping
11 posted on 04/09/2003 12:30:01 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: whipitgood; Squantos; Clinger; GeronL; Billie; Slyfox; San Jacinto; SpookBrat; FITZ; DainBramage; ..
Cleburne, Texas Support the Troops rally this Sunday, April 13th !



Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Texas ping list!. . .don't be shy.
No, you don't HAVE to be a Texan to get on this list!


12 posted on 04/09/2003 1:11:47 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: anymouse
Thanks ! My uncle lived in Cleburne up until his death last year. He was an old Army guy !
13 posted on 04/09/2003 1:12:56 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: whipitgood
Here's a story of a rally last Friday in Cleburn..... Good luck on your efforts this Sunday


14 posted on 04/09/2003 1:35:58 PM PDT by deport
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To: whipitgood
I'm a former Cleburne inhabitant, from back in the days when the now-closed ATSF Railroad shops were still active. But I do miss the place, having chased work up to the Memphis, TN area for the last 5 years or so.

It's about a 600-mile drive, and I'll have to be back in Memphis by Monday. But if I can make it there, I will.

-archy-/-

15 posted on 04/09/2003 1:49:02 PM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: archy
Travel safely, friend. As the saying goes, don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
16 posted on 04/09/2003 6:12:25 PM PDT by Texagirl4W
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To: whipitgood; TEXASPROUD; Eaker; TexasCowboy; Shooter 2.5
BTTT
18 posted on 04/09/2003 10:47:37 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Squantos
Well, heck!
Now I gotta find out how far it is to Cleburn!
Then there'll be two inactive duty Marines standing on that corner!
19 posted on 04/09/2003 11:10:24 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: TexasCowboy
Thank You Friend...........Thanks for being there when I can not ..........this time. Tell that Marine that I'm proud of him and his son as I am of all those who have served their country , past present and future......including the owner of that new .50 caliber Barrett !!

Stay Safe !

20 posted on 04/09/2003 11:51:52 PM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
No EX-Marines?

OK, show me THAT in the Marine Corps Manual; otherwise that's just another unfounded opinion!!!

Dick Gaines

21 posted on 04/10/2003 3:08:24 AM PDT by gunnyg
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To: whipitgood
bump
22 posted on 04/10/2003 3:12:39 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: gunnyg
No EX-Marines?

OK, show me THAT in the Marine Corps Manual; otherwise that's just another unfounded opinion!!!

Dick Gaines

I am neither a Marine nor a Former Marine, and would not presume to speak authoritatively to either regarding the customs and traditions of their service. But I recall the topic as being covered by the Guidebook for Marines with which every boot should be very familiar, as well as at least one other source.

When I was a syndicated newspaper columnist covering the 1991 Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations then ongoing in Kuwait and Iraq, I was additionally tasked with providing a short style guide for the 15 or so papers my boss operated, covering everything from preferred style and spellings, capsule descriptions of military rank structure, unit size, heirarchy and functions, and equipment descriptions and designations. Among those was the custom if not regulation that Marine is always capitalized when referring to the U.S. Marine Corps, and that those who served in that rganization in the past are better described as Former Marines- our custom was to use the upper case with both words- than as ex-Marines, as even the dead are still recognized by their Marine brothers as still being a part of their Corps.

My boss, the editor and publisher who had never served in the military questioned that, and like a good newspaperman, checked it out with an authoritative source: our flagship paper's religion editor, who had himself served as a Marine in Lebanon during an earlier visit there in 1958. He not only confirmed the preferred Marine viewpoint on the subject, but offered an example to illustrate the point, which I heard about later.

When in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas and a Former Marine was charged but not convicted of that murder, Lee Harvey Oswald was himself shot to death the following day, and at his funeral there were no close friends or family members to serve as his pallbearers. A Dallas newspaperman immediately volunteered to perform that service for Oswald and was asked by one of his fellow newsies why he would do so. *Whatever else Oswald was, he was a Marine once. So was I. We take care of our own.*

And following that lead, other reporters and photogs also volunteered to carry Oswald to his grave. As in other things, Marines, and Former Marines, lead the way. That too is more a matter of Marine custom and tradition than regulation.

-archy-/-

23 posted on 04/10/2003 7:45:26 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Texagirl4W
Travel safely, friend. As the saying goes, don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.

I'll shake free for the weekend around 10 Friday night, and the drive down should take me around 12 hours, arriving around lunchtime Saturday, which should give me a little cushion should I encounter bad weather anywhere along the way. I'll be travelling via motorbike [Red Honda VF500] so if you should see a frazzled and windburned guardian angel, somewhat the worse for wear and overworked, she's with me.

Reckon I'll see y'all at the Courthouse around Non Sunday, unless anyone cares to arrange any earlier meeting to discuss the activities for that day's appearance.

Thanks for the kind thought. Y'all take care as well.

-archy-/-

24 posted on 04/10/2003 7:54:56 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: ANTI-LEFT
I am blown away by your act. Only you know what your heart desires to fulfill. I will be there in Cleburne on Sunday with Whippet and our Lone Marine Archy. It is a long drive for you and we would love to have you, but the torch will burn none the less. Make sure this trip is right for you friend. Send me a private message if there is anything I can do for you.

Well, don't count chickens 'fore they hatch, and bad weather could either cause me to cancel or mess up my schedule. But I should hit town around Noonish Saturday. And if rain or other unpleasantness interferes, there'll be other weekends to follow as well. Indeed, somebody oughta be making plans for a welcom home parade for the troops, though they're not home yet. But Memorial Day may be truly memorial thios year, or if not, the 4th of July would be a swell time for a homecoming parade for the victors, even if they do secretly hate parades.

Of course, if Austin's Barbecue in Dallas was still in business, I might arrive in Cleburne a little later. I do miss that place.

I shouldn't need a thing once I arrive, other than a time and place to hook up with anyone wanting to make plans in advance of Sunday. But that's no big deal, and if not, I hope to see y'all at the Courthouse around Noon Sunday.

-archy-/-

25 posted on 04/10/2003 8:03:42 AM PDT by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: whipitgood
To Lone Ex-Marine~ You are always going to be a Marine. We owe you so very much. And your son as well. All I can do is thank you so much for keeping our country safe, our people safe. You put your life on the line for us and for that we can never repay you. You should stand proud and your son and all the troops. God bless all of you! Thank you for our freedom!! I do hope this gets to you as I have never done this before.
26 posted on 08/17/2003 9:39:28 PM PDT by proud_american6
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To: proud_american6
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27 posted on 08/18/2003 5:00:42 AM PDT by whipitgood (influence the children=influence the next society)
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