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GERTZ: Marine Gunfight Rules
The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2003 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 02/07/2003 8:04:07 AM PST by RicocheT

With U.S. military forces ready for war with Iraq, troops around the nation are preparing to ship out for the Middle East. The Marines have taken a lighter look at some rules of ground combat, and we obtained a copy of them.

Among the 24 rules are such gems as, No. 1: "Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns," and, No. 2, "Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive."

Rule No. 7 is: "In 10 years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived." And No. 8: "If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading and running."

Rule No. 10 addresses a worst-case scenario: "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty." And No. 11: "Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose."

As for prisoners, the rule is: Be careful. No 18: "Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them)."

And advice for warriors in combat, Nos. 21 and 22: "Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one."

In a dig at other services, the Marines offer this: "U.S. Navy rules: 1. Adopt an aggressive offshore posture. 2. Send the Marines. 3. Drink Coffee."

Army rules: "Show up after fight to provide security and help hand out food to all of the displaced civilians."

Air Force rules: "Watch this all on cable in a BOQ [Bachelor Officers´ Quarters] while drinking a beer."

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


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Good rules to LIVE by.
1 posted on 02/07/2003 8:04:08 AM PST by RicocheT
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To: RicocheT
I'd like to see someone post the entire list, in numerical order.
2 posted on 02/07/2003 8:05:53 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Petronski
I'll second that! They sound like rules to live (or survive at least) by.
3 posted on 02/07/2003 8:09:37 AM PST by zeugma (If you use microsoft produts, you are feeding the beast.)
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To: Petronski
USMC Rules For Gun Fighting

1-Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

2-Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

3-Only hits count. A close miss is still a miss.

4-If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

5-Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movements are preferred.)

6-If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7-In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics.

8-They will only remember who lived.

9-If you are not shooting, you should be communic- ating, reloading, and running.

10-Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

11-Use a gun that works EVERY TIME.

12-Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

13-Always cheat = always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

14-Have a plan.

15-Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

16-Use cover and concealment as much as possible.

17-Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

18-Don't drop your guard.

19-Always tactically reload and threat scan 360 degrees.

20-Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them).

21-Decide to be AGGRESSIVE enough, QUICKLY enough.

22-The faster you finish the fight, the less shot up you will get.

23-Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

24-Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

25-Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4".

Navy Rules for Gun Fighting

1-Go to Sea

2-Send the Marines

3-Drink Coffee

4 posted on 02/07/2003 8:12:34 AM PST by SJackson
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To: Petronski
USMC Rules OF Engagement

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)

6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

9.5. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. "All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket."

10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

12. Have a plan.

13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. The visible target should be in FRONT of your gun.

15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

16. Don't drop your guard.

17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them).

19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

21. Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

23. Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."

5 posted on 02/07/2003 8:16:05 AM PST by leadpencil1
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To: Petronski
Found it!

USMC Rules For Gunfighting

  1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

  2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

  3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

  4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

  5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)

  6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

  7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

  8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

  9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
    9.5 Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. "All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket."

  10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

  11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

  12. Have a plan.

  13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

  14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

  15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

  16. Don't drop your guard.

  17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

  18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them).

  19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

  20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

  21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

  22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

  23. Your number one Option for Personal Security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

  24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."


6 posted on 02/07/2003 8:18:46 AM PST by zeugma (If you use microsoft produts, you are feeding the beast.)
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To: SJackson
you beat me to it.....
7 posted on 02/07/2003 8:19:25 AM PST by leadpencil1
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To: RicocheT
Semper fi!
8 posted on 02/07/2003 8:22:58 AM PST by clintonh8r (Guten tag.)
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To: zeugma
Rule 24 should pretty much settle the argument as to whether Marines prefer the 1911 Colt over the Beretta 9mm
9 posted on 02/07/2003 8:27:26 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: RicocheT
#26 when your ammo is low and your about to get overrun call in the US Airforce for air support.
10 posted on 02/07/2003 8:36:39 AM PST by arly
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To: RicocheT
No. 1: "Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns

Things have definately changed from the OLD days. Back when, no self-respecting Marine (or combat soldier) would ever use the term Gun. Rifle, weapon, and maybe Piece were acceptable terms.

I remember the old saying, usually being hollered by a running troop with one arm raised holding his rifle, and his other hand holding something else:

This is my Rifle
This is my Gun
One is for killing
The other's for fun.

11 posted on 02/07/2003 8:40:08 AM PST by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: arly
We prefer to rely on our own air but the air force will do if all else fails.
12 posted on 02/07/2003 8:43:17 AM PST by flyer182
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bfl
13 posted on 02/07/2003 8:45:06 AM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: arly
#27 When it's raining, foggy, hazy, or you need fire support right now, call in the Artillery.
14 posted on 02/07/2003 8:47:40 AM PST by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: RicocheT
I hope our Marines know how much much pride and confidence we have in them. Stateside, we will help their waiting families any chance we get.

The American response to Pan-Islam's axis of terror's declaration of war on 9/11 is in our hearts.

Our enemy will look like civilians as they fight and hide that way. Allah, god of this death cult, will have to sort out his own.

15 posted on 02/07/2003 8:58:31 AM PST by SevenDaysInMay
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To: SevenDaysInMay
Thank God when trouble is on the horizon, America has such fine young warriors as the Marines, the 101st Airborne and the 10th Mountain Division. If I left out some other fine units, sorry, feel free to add them to my list.
16 posted on 02/07/2003 9:08:58 AM PST by RicocheT
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
Amen ... a good dose of artilery sure comes in handy too!

God Bless the Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines!

17 posted on 02/07/2003 9:09:20 AM PST by arly
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To: Mr. Lucky
Rule 24 should pretty much settle the argument as to whether Marines prefer the 1911 Colt over the Beretta 9mm

Yes indeed! When it gets hot at "rock chuckin'" distance, it is a decided advantage to have the bigger rocks.

18 posted on 02/07/2003 9:17:36 AM PST by eskimo
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
That's because these rules were taken from Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch. There's also a sprinkling of Robert Heinlein.
19 posted on 02/07/2003 9:19:53 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: RicocheT; *bang_list
Cool gun stuff belongs on the *Bang_List. Don't forget the *.
20 posted on 02/07/2003 9:26:44 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: arly
And to add to it as I understand the Department of Transportation is sending assets to the Middle East:

God Bless the Coast Guard

21 posted on 02/07/2003 9:27:11 AM PST by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: Shooter 2.5
Yup. I'd add a version of 21 that I first read in Donald Hamilton: "always call them 'sir.' It greases the social skids and it doesn't make them one bit more bulletproof."
22 posted on 02/07/2003 9:27:14 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
I read a lot of quotes and one that fits is from my memory so I don't know who said it first or the exact quotation:

"When you're leading someone to the gallows, it doesn't hurt to be polite."
23 posted on 02/07/2003 9:34:04 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: Billthedrill

Murphy's Rules for Combat

 


24 posted on 02/07/2003 9:35:04 AM PST by dts32041 (What no Murphy's Rules of Combat yet.)
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To: dts32041
29. Friendly fire isn't.
25 posted on 02/07/2003 10:00:46 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: Shooter 2.5
You forgot HG Stine, but these things have been floating around since at least 2000 BC, different weapons though.
26 posted on 02/07/2003 10:14:06 AM PST by dts32041
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To: Pilsner
30. Tracers work both ways.
27 posted on 02/07/2003 11:03:05 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: dts32041
I don't know who HG Stine is but you are correct. There have been variations of the same quotes down through the ages.
28 posted on 02/07/2003 11:05:10 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: Shooter 2.5
31. If the enemy is in range, so are you.
29 posted on 02/07/2003 11:09:32 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: RicocheT; Petronski; zeugma; SJackson; leadpencil1; Mr. Lucky; clintonh8r; arly; SevenDaysInMay; ...
Incoming rounds always have Right-of-Way.
Tracers work both ways.
Murphy was an optimist.
30 posted on 02/07/2003 11:14:43 AM PST by packrat01
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
I think the Coasties just got transferred to the Homeland Security department.
31 posted on 02/07/2003 11:29:34 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: packrat01; Squantos; spatzie
Archy's Rule: Once you pull the pin, Mr. Grenade is no longer your friend.
32 posted on 02/07/2003 11:32:29 AM PST 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: RicocheT
Considering the historical Marine aversion to wasted ammo, I'm a bit surprised to see rule #2.
33 posted on 02/07/2003 11:38:28 AM PST by steveegg (The Surgeon General has determined that siding with Al-Qaeda is hazardous to your continued rule.)
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To: RicocheT
No. 11: "Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose."

"We hardly need the strength of thirty
When we can win by fighting dirty
Cha-cha-cha."

34 posted on 02/07/2003 11:42:49 AM PST by steve-b
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To: dts32041
These seemed a little out of place in their tone and message:

15. Peace is our profession, mass murder's just a hobby.
16. Killing for peace is like whoring for virginity.
35 posted on 02/07/2003 11:47:38 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Pilsner
31. If the enemy is in range, so are you.

Unless the enemy is armed with an M16, G36, or the like (.223), and you have an old fashioned Garand, M14, G3, or the like (.308).
36 posted on 02/07/2003 11:49:25 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: archy
Still a friend, but one you want to introduce to your enemies. You want them to be bosom buddies.
37 posted on 02/07/2003 11:52:44 AM PST by packrat01
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To: where's_the_Outrage?
http://usmilitary.about.com/library/miljokes/blmarinesalute.htm

Marines Farewell Salute

I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as our government underwent a peaceful transition of power. I was proud as Mr. Bush took his oath of office.

I was sad as I watched Mr. Clinton board Air Force One for the final time. It may surprise you that this made me sad, but watching this part of the days festivities, I saw 21 United States Marines in full dress, with M-16s, fire a 21 gun salute to the outgoing President.

It was then that I realized how far America's military had deteriorated....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Every last one of them missed.

38 posted on 02/07/2003 1:18:54 PM PST by jdege
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To: RicocheT
bump
39 posted on 02/07/2003 1:35:06 PM PST by VOA
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To: archy
MHG's rule for fire fights: Crush the enemy, then disarm any survivors.
40 posted on 02/07/2003 1:40:13 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: SJackson
Bump
41 posted on 02/07/2003 2:14:02 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator; SJackson
I am quite upset with these entirely gratuitous slurs against the USAF.

The US Marines have simply no idea of exactly how hard it is to find decent, reasonable dry cleaners, co-ed gyms, good restaurants, and quaint bars near our overseas bases. When I was stationed in Germany, very often the best vintages at the weinstube were sold out, and once a German girl said a very mean thing to me.

It once took me 4 days to get my tennis racquet restrung in Thailand. 4 whole days! What do the Marines know of war? War is Hell in the USAF. Sometimes, they even made us fly in aeroplanes, a couple of times while people on the ground actually shot at us. I couldn't see who they were. Probably Marines.

42 posted on 02/07/2003 2:28:57 PM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: Kenny Bunk
Exactly! The marines have no idea that on some long deployments many chiefs lose a shade on their savage tan because they are working so hard. Furthermore, that coffee we make is an art - it puts lead in your pencil, I swear!
43 posted on 02/07/2003 2:52:00 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Kenny Bunk
The US Marines have simply no idea of exactly how hard it is to find decent, reasonable dry cleaners, co-ed gyms, good restaurants, and quaint bars near our overseas bases. When I was stationed in Germany, very often the best vintages at the weinstube were sold out, and once a German girl said a very mean thing to me.

It once took me 4 days to get my tennis racquet restrung in Thailand. 4 whole days! What do the Marines know of war? War is Hell in the USAF. Sometimes, they even made us fly in aeroplanes, a couple of times while people on the ground actually shot at us. I couldn't see who they were. Probably Marines.

Yes well try telling someone you were a dog handler in Air Force in the '60s, they laugh for a while until you tell them you used to get dropped at dusk about 1000 meters from camp and were expected to patrol the jungle all night so the jarheads could get some sleep.

45 posted on 02/07/2003 6:21:05 PM PST by eskimo
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To: archy
Further, I would remind everyone the old UDT rule. Almost every human relations problem can be solved by the proper application of high explosives.
46 posted on 02/07/2003 8:32:18 PM PST by harpseal (Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown)
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To: jdege
lol
47 posted on 02/07/2003 8:42:27 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: A tall man in a cowboy hat
Who's Next?

One of the big news items of the past year concerned the fact that China, which we called "Red China," exploded a nuclear bomb, which we called a device. Then Indonesia announced that it was going to have one soon, and proliferation became the word of the day. Here's a song about that:


              First we got the bomb, and that was good,
              'Cause we love peace and motherhood.
              Then Russia got the bomb, but that's okay,
              'Cause the balance of power's maintained that way.
              Who's next?

              France got the bomb, but don't you grieve,
              'Cause they're on our side (I believe).
              China got the bomb, but have no fears,
              They can't wipe us out for at least five years.
              Who's next?

              Then Indonesia claimed that they
              Were gonna get one any day.
              South Africa wants two, that's right:
              One for the black and one for the white.
              Who's next?

              Egypt's gonna get one too,
              Just to use on you know who.
              So Israel's getting tense.
              Wants one in self defense.
              "The Lord's our shepherd," says the psalm,
              But just in case, we better get a bomb.
              Who's next?

              Luxembourg is next to go,
              And (who knows?) maybe Monaco.
              We'll try to stay serene and calm
              When Alabama gets the bomb.
              Who's next?
              Who's next?
              Who's next?
              Who's next? 

48 posted on 02/07/2003 9:06:00 PM PST by jdege
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To: jdege
While we're at it:

It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier

I have only comparatively recently emerged from the United States army so that I am now of course in the radio-active reserve and, the usual jokes about the army aside, one of the many fine things one has to admit is the way that the army has carried the American democratic ideal to its logical conclusion in the sense that not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, and color, but also on the grounds of ability. Be that as it may some of you may recall the publicity a few years ago about the army's search for an official army song to be the counterpart of the navy's Anchors Away and the airforce's Up In The Air Junior Birdman songs. I was in basic training at the time and I recall our platoon sergeant, who was an unfrocked marine.

Actually, the change of service had come as quite a blow to him because it meant that he had to memorize a new serial number which took up most of his time. At any rate I recall this sergeant's informing me and my "room-mates" of this rather deplorable fact the army didn't have any official, excuse me, didn't have no official song and suggested that we work on this in our copious free time. Well, I submitted the following song which is called It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier which, I think, demonstrates the proper spirit you'll agree. However, the fact that it did not win the contest, I can ascribe only to blatant favoratism on the part of the judges.


              The heart of every man in our platoon must swell with pride,
              For the nation's youth, the cream of which is marching at his side.
              For the fascinating rules and regulations that we share,
              And the quaint and curious costumes that we're called upon to wear.

              Now Al joined up to do his part defending you and me.
              He wants to fight and bleed and kill and die for liberty.
              With the hell of war he's come to grips,
              Policing up the filter tips,
              It makes a fella proud to be a soldier!

              When Pete was only in the seventh grade, he stabbed a cop.
              He's real R.A. material and he was glad to swap
              His switchblade and his old zip gun
              For a bayonet and a new M-1.
              It makes a fella proud to be a soldier!

              After Johnny got through basic training, he
              Was a soldier through and through when he was done.
              It's effects were so well rooted,
              That the next day he saluted
              A Good Humor man, an usher, and a nun.

              Now Fred's an intellectual, brings a book to every meal.
              He likes the deep philosophers, like Norman Vincent Peale.
              He thinks the army's just the thing,
              Because he finds it broadening.
              It makes a fella proud to be a soldier!

              Now Ed flunked out of second grade, and never finished school.
              He doesn't know a shelter half from an entrenching tool.
              But he's going to be a big success.
              He heads his class at OCS.
              It makes a fella proud to be a soldier!

              Our old mess sergeant's taste buds had been shot off in the war.
              But his savory collations add to our esprit de corps.
              To think of all the marvelous ways
              They're using plastics nowadays.
              It makes a fella proud to be a soldier!

              Our lieutenant is the up-and-coming type.
              Played with soldiers as a boy you just can bet.
              It is written in the stars
              He will get his captain's bars,
              But he hasn't got enough box tops yet.

              Our captain has a handicap to cope with, sad to tell.
              He's from Georgia, and he doesn't speak the language very well.
              He used to be, so rumor has, the Dean of Men at Alcatraz.
              It makes a fella proud to be,
              When as a kid I vowed to be,
              One ought to be allowed to be
              A soldier. (At ease!) 



49 posted on 02/07/2003 9:09:23 PM PST by jdege
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To: eskimo
Oh, I think there was a lot more cooperation between the Air Force and the Marine Corps than anyone likes to admit.

Take for instance the night the driver assigned to our section decided to spend his lunch hour smoking a little weed down by the river. This was about the time there was a major battle going on in the neighborhood and he said he wanted to watch.

It must have been an enthralling sight to the young L/Cpl from MT because as he told the story, 'suddenly the 6 by was shook hard and it scared hell out of me. I didn't know what the *@%! happened.'

He was still confused when the truck was rocked again but then a voice called out of the darkness, 'alright, your loaded... get out of here.'

There's nothing like the voice of Authority, especially coming out of the Darkness, to bring a L/Cpl to his senses. He jammed that truck into gear and di-di'd back to the area. It was there that he discovered his new found, albeit short lived, good fortune. Two pallets of c-rations.

Now, I know you know the negativities about c-rations but the fact of the matter is if you knew the right people, c-rations in bulk was a valuable commodity. And our L/Cpl thought he just landed a seat on the Exchange.

The only problem he had was finding a temporary stash. His lunch hour was up and he didn't have time to take it back to his area. So he put them all in an empty conex box. Which was a mistake.

Not that he had any good alternatives but you just can't get away with something like that in a small Marine Corps headquarters organization with an Old Corps Gunnery Sargent watching the shop. And we had two of them. It didn't take the #1 Gunny long to sniff out the contraband. Rumor had it, he rose from his rack went right to the box and declared the c-rations a war trophy.

He split the loot with the other Gunny and the Gunner who was the OIC.

Here's where the Air Force comes in.

The Gunny was known to complain about the walk to the vill when he wanted his ashes hauled. So it was natural that the first thing he thought of was transportation for himself. I don't know what the other two ended up doing with their share but it couldn't have been as audacious as Gunny #1.

You have to agree that after a number years in the military a person develops a sense of expediency and I'm convinced the Marine Corps' history of going the furthest with the leastest hones the Marine Corps E-7's, 8's and 9's to an edge of expediency very few members of the Army, Navy, or Air Force senior enlisted ranks ever achieve. It wasn't long before Gunny #1 was heading down the road towards the Air Force area. Maybe half an hour.

The full story didn't play out for a couple of days, in fact, the c-ration story was all but forgotten when this tumultous brouhaha erupted from what was previously an empty field tent. There was screaming and hollaring going on that most of us hadn't heard since PI. And it was the Gunner that was sounding off.

After the noise abated somewhat and we saw the Gunner leave the tent, a couple of us headed over there to see what set off the commotion.

And there it was. An Army jeep. It was in the middle of being transformed into a Marine Corps jeep by a PFC with a can of yellow paint under the watchful guidance of Gunny #1 when they were busted.

As the Gunny was cursing his Fate, the story came out. He went to a couple of Air Force guys he knew who were always on the lookout for a hustle. They could do a lot with the c-rats so they agreed they would get the Gunny a jeep. Two days later the jeep was flown up from Danang, they got their c-rations, the Gunny got his jeep and an hour later the Gunny got busted. Not seriously busted. He was ordered to get rid of the jeep so it was assumed he returned it to the Air Force. And the Air Force did keep the c-rats.

Say, you don't think those Air Force guys tipped off the Warrant Officer, do you?

50 posted on 02/07/2003 10:58:27 PM PST by ohmage
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