Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Where do they get young men like this?
Lt. Smash ^ | 04/01/03 | Lt. Smash

Posted on 04/01/2003 8:58:10 PM PST by FreeperinRATcage

Martin Savidge of CNN, embedded with the 1st Marine battalion, was talking with 4 young Marines near his foxhole this morning live on CNN. He had been telling the story of how well the Marines had been looking out for and taking care of him since the war started. He went on to tell about the many hardships the Marines had endured since the war began and how they all look after one another. He turned to the four and said he had cleared it with their commanders and they could use his video phone to call home. The 19 year old Marine next to him asked Martin if he would allow his platoon sergeant to use his call to call his pregnant wife back home whom he had not been able to talk to in three months. A stunned Savidge who was visibly moved by the request shook his head and the young Marine ran off to get the sergeant. Savidge recovered after a few seconds and turned back to the three young Marines still sitting with him and asked which one of them would like to call home first, the Marine closest to him responded with out a moments hesitation “ Sir, if is all the same to you we would like to call the parents of a buddy of ours, Lance Cpl Brian Buesing of Cedar Key, Florida who was killed on 3-23-03 near Nasiriya to see how they are doing”. At that Martin Savidge totally broke down and was unable to speak. All he could get out before signing off was “Where do they get young men like this?”.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: embeddedreport; iraqifreedom; ltsmash; marines; weblog
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-119 next last
To: FreeperinRATcage; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I am teary eyed. Tex, you have a Marine, I thought you might like this story.
51 posted on 04/02/2003 5:19:14 AM PST by SeeRushToldU_So ( Something witty, etc, etc....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Thank you for posting this very moving story.

V for Victory bttt

V_for_Victory

52 posted on 04/02/2003 5:25:54 AM PST by GirlShortstop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Not in the damn peace protests
53 posted on 04/02/2003 5:26:06 AM PST by wattsmag2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sonofatpatcher2
The Shaw Chorale - Battle Hymn Of The Republic (1.25 MB MP3)
54 posted on 04/02/2003 6:01:23 AM PST by Eagle9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: 7thson
A minor correction if you don't mind: "As long as there is a United States of America there will be men like these?" I say "As long as there are men like these there will be a United States of America."
55 posted on 04/02/2003 6:33:12 AM PST by Terry Mross
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross
"As long as there are men like these there will be a United States of America."

HOW VERY APTLY PUT! And as long as we have "cowboys" like President Bush our nation will remain strong, resolute and united for the betterment of all.

56 posted on 04/02/2003 6:49:49 AM PST by yoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Where do they get young men like this?

Flyover country.

57 posted on 04/02/2003 6:56:30 AM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, Zoolander)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stopislamnow
Does that make heaven a Naval Base and God an Admiral?

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

58 posted on 04/02/2003 6:59:07 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross
I stand corrected. You are correct. Thank you.
59 posted on 04/02/2003 7:06:12 AM PST by 7thson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: amom
Amen! Praise God!!!
60 posted on 04/02/2003 7:26:43 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
What a wonderful story. Thanks for posting it!

GOD BLESS
OUR MILITARY
MEMBERS!


61 posted on 04/02/2003 7:30:45 AM PST by Johnny Gage (We will not tire, We will not falter, We will not fail. - President George W. Bush)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Thump
62 posted on 04/02/2003 8:57:51 AM PST by CHICAGOFARMER (Citizen Carry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
The good news is that our young people in uniform have this sense of goodness while maintaining a fierce fighting spirit. The scary news is that most in the media and at least some in our society find their behavior incredible and hard to comprehend.
63 posted on 04/02/2003 9:10:29 AM PST by TADSLOS (Sua Sponte)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
"Where do they get young men like this?"

Wasn't that the last line (or nearly so) in the Korean War novel "The Bridges of Toko Ri"? 50+ years and we are still getting them. If that isn't God's blessing on the USA, I do not know what is.
64 posted on 04/02/2003 9:13:23 AM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: submarinerswife
Now those Marines...That deserter...the one who said they never told him that Marines kill people...he's right...he could never be a Marine.
65 posted on 04/02/2003 9:15:17 AM PST by Hildy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
God bless our troops!
66 posted on 04/02/2003 9:28:02 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sonofatpatcher2
Beautiful post. That is one of my favorite hymns, too. Taught all the verses to my fifth graders when I taught in CA a long time ago!
67 posted on 04/02/2003 9:29:29 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: 7thson
What a wonderful tribute.My humble gratitude to our fighting men and women.God has blessed America.
68 posted on 04/02/2003 9:33:47 AM PST by MEG33
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: MEG33
Wonderful Bump.
69 posted on 04/02/2003 9:47:50 AM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: Eagle9
Thank you Eagle. There is only one song from popular culture that has the same effect on me and that is "Proud to be an American".

See you tonight at the Patriots Room.
70 posted on 04/02/2003 11:28:58 AM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 54 | View Replies]

To: Hildy
...and what did he think would happen when he went to war?
71 posted on 04/02/2003 11:31:26 AM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: eddie willers
How proud it makes one to know that the sons and daughters we raised turned into these wonderful patriotic Ladies and Gentlemen.

As the ex-wife of a ex-marine, as well as niece and cousin, Semper Fi.

Thank GOD for all Marines, past and present. Thank GOD for all of the military personnel who have loved their Country so well.
72 posted on 04/02/2003 11:47:42 AM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Taxman
Must read.
73 posted on 04/02/2003 11:49:03 AM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 72 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
These men are made not "gotten." These are the few, the proud...United States Marines! Semper Fi
74 posted on 04/02/2003 2:58:59 PM PST by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div '69-'70 Viet Nam)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Young men like that are MADE.....made in the United States Marine Corps!
75 posted on 04/02/2003 3:08:45 PM PST by tuckrdout
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dixie sass
Ahem..........there is no such thing as an EX- Marine! Once a Marine, always a Marine!
76 posted on 04/02/2003 3:11:28 PM PST by tuckrdout
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 72 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
bump
77 posted on 04/02/2003 3:17:34 PM PST by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: .45MAN; FreedomPoster; LBGA; RobFromGa; backhoe; lodwick
A beautiful testimonial to the selfless men and women fighting to ensure our freedom.

May God bless them all abundantly.
78 posted on 04/02/2003 3:40:46 PM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
Watery eyed bump. Our country is in good hands.
79 posted on 04/02/2003 3:47:03 PM PST by appalachian_dweller (Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dansangel
Wow, thanks for the pings.

America is truly blessed to have men and women like this willing to defend her.

Hope any protesters watching CNN felt totally inadequate in the presence of such human decency.
80 posted on 04/02/2003 3:54:43 PM PST by RobFromGa (Real Americans Support our Troops 100%)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]

To: RobFromGa
Hope any protesters watching CNN felt totally inadequate in the presence of such human decency.

My feelings exactly. I can only hope this story was actually run on CNN.

81 posted on 04/02/2003 3:56:30 PM PST by dansangel (America - love it, support it, or LEAVE IT!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 80 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
From the Halls of Montezuma (The Marine's Hymn)

From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles in the air on land and sea
First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun
We have fought in every clime and place where we could take a gun
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes
you will always find us on the job, The United States Marines

Here's health to you and to our Corps which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life, and never lost our nerve
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes
They will find the streets are guarded by The United States Marines
82 posted on 04/02/2003 4:05:11 PM PST by tuckrdout
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GirlShortstop
Is there any video of this on the internet yet?
83 posted on 04/02/2003 5:19:59 PM PST by Delta 21 (Gunner...SABOT... Tank.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 52 | View Replies]

To: txradioguy
"We come from every corner of the nation ........."


Bless you Marine.
84 posted on 04/02/2003 5:31:43 PM PST by Bulldogs22
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: SeeRushToldU_So
Thank you for the ping....... what an amazing comment......... I am teary eyed now too.......
85 posted on 04/02/2003 6:06:16 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: tuckrdout
Please forgive the lapse - I know that as well as I know my name! When you marry a Marine you marry the Corps and you never become detached from it whether by honorable discharge or divorce!
86 posted on 04/02/2003 6:47:48 PM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 76 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
The young men are obviously found in the United States of America. I read articles like this and hear heroic tales like that of the rescue of the POW, Jessica Lynch, and it makes me so proud of all of the men and women who are risking their lives fighting for the freedom of an oppressed people. I am a Canadian. Unfortunately we are not assisting in this cause, but this does not mean that some of us cannot be proud of all of those who are serving their country. You are all amazing people.
87 posted on 04/02/2003 7:49:52 PM PST by Proud of the heroes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross
Amen. And without men/women like this there would have been no United States of America.


People lost their lives in order to save Jessica Lynch. It is truly awe inspiring to even get a glimpse through the embedded reporters of what these men and women do in the name of freedom.
88 posted on 04/02/2003 8:25:34 PM PST by RummyChick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
"Where do they get young men like this?!"

I thank God for our Country, for the many, many good and kind people living here, and for those brave men and women who are our soldiers, fighting for our freedom and protection. God bless our military!

89 posted on 04/03/2003 3:38:48 AM PST by nicmarlo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KneelBeforeZod
How about sharing the reference?
90 posted on 04/03/2003 3:47:31 AM PST by A Simple Soldier
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: 7thson
Whenever anyone asks "Whats the big deal about being a Marine?" I was never able to put it into words. Thats it.
91 posted on 04/03/2003 7:49:50 AM PST by jkauper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: A Simple Soldier; All
The reference is from an episode of The Simpsons. Here's a synopsis from the official Simpson's website at

http://www.thesimpsons.com/episode_guide/1214.htm

"After cheating in the Springfield Marathon, Bart becomes the target of an angry mob. He is rescued by L.T. Smash, a boy band creator that wants Bart to be the rebel persona in his newest group. Bart, ready for stardom, joins Milhouse, Ralph and Nelson to form "The Party Posse". After getting some tips from the band 'N Sync, their first single and video debuts. Lisa soon discovers that the song contains hidden recruitment messages for the U.S. Navy. Things become chaotic when the Navy pulls the plug on "Project Boy Band", sending L.T. on a mission of vengeance. The Party Posse must team up with 'N Sync to help capture L.T. and restore order to Springfield."

Since the LT Smash is a Navy reservist, it's great social and political satire.

I've been reading his blog for about 2 months now. If you haven't checked out the archives, I urge you to read them. They're witty, touching, insightful, and inspiring. I never know if I'm going to laugh or cry, but I always feel lucky to be an American after reading it.
92 posted on 04/03/2003 7:50:28 AM PST by kittycroft
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 90 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
"If the GERMANS and the FRENCHMEN ever look on BAGHDAD's scenes,

They will find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines."

God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps!

Semper Fi,
Bill Smith
Former Sergeant of Marines
93 posted on 04/03/2003 10:04:47 AM PST by Gungadeen (USMC - Viet Vet)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gungadeen
In 1996, an Air Force Col. passed away. Ordinarily not a big deal, except at his funeral there were more Marines than Zoomies and at the internment a Marine, a decorated warrior, stepped forward and placed the globe and anchor on his grave. Col. John Boyd hadn't done much in his career other than teach the AF how to fight aerial combat, how to design fighters (he was the driving force behind the f-16 and F-18) and finally he taught the Marines how to fight ground wars.

We find these men and women in all walks of life, some are polished by the Marines and other are polished by other abrasives, but they are Americans.
94 posted on 04/03/2003 10:35:36 AM PST by Dragon42
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 93 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
You don't "get" young men like this, you "make" young men like this. This is why Marine boot camp is about transformation from an identity of self to one of being a Marine. It's where you learn the meaning of "Esprit de Corps" and "Semper Fidelis". It's why we're proud to be called "Marine".
95 posted on 04/03/2003 11:35:03 AM PST by rarowlet1 (A Retired Marine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rarowlet1
I've given this topic a LOT of thought, because variations on it have been rolling through my head for the past 6 months. LT's post finally helped me find the missing link and put it all together, especially when it was juxtaposed with the "transmission from Dad" that mentioned "My Ivy League Son."

LT, plus "My Ivy League Son" and "My Heart on the Line," plus Victor Davis Hanson's "Long Riders," plus my own experiences reading Roman history and hearing from military families as I covered the Maine Educators Incident... at last, the picture began to make sense.

"Where They Get Young Men Like This" brings all of those sources together to reveal an important pattern, one that matters a great deal to the future of America. Parts of it will make for disturbing reading - but in the end, there is hope. I'd be interested in your thoughts.
96 posted on 04/03/2003 12:10:01 PM PST by katman (Liberty. Discovery. Humanity. Victory!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 95 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
I think the training standards and techniques that the Marines use should be extended to all branches of the Military....not that each branch's military focus should change. I'm talking about the military ethos of the Marines. Instead of the "the few, the proud...", it should become the "The Many, the Proud, the US Military!
97 posted on 04/03/2003 12:41:05 PM PST by mdmathis6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Proud of the heroes
Thanks for your post, and welcome to FR!
98 posted on 04/03/2003 12:48:49 PM PST by stands2reason
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 87 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage
It would be nice to think that Martin Savidge was asking a rhetorical question. Unfortunately, I don't think he was. He, like most of the left-wing media elite, doesn't have a clue!

They are not at all in touch with what it means to be an American, and that the majority of American families raise children, men and women, just like these. Almost all Americans, and I'd like to think All military personnel, are similarly concerned about others.

Like another post indicated...this type of young man is Made In the USA.

When I heard Rush read the story on his program today, I teared up big time. I could not be more proud. I am just thankful that the original story was broadcast on CNN so that it went right to the heart of the anti-American crowd.

99 posted on 04/03/2003 1:09:27 PM PST by rundy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreeperinRATcage


Rush talked about this today.
Here's a
link to the audio from Rush's site.


He starts out talking about Jessica Lynch

MEGA-

Stay Strong
Fuzzy

100 posted on 04/03/2003 7:25:01 PM PST by fuzzy122
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-119 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson