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    Since we old Marines hijacked a thread I figure we should start our own, so here we go. Just a little place to talk about Marine stuff or patriotism or gripe (something we know all too well how to do. I know that there are a about a half a dozen or so of us that frequesnt the boards, so we ought to hold out pretty well against a couple regiments of Army dogs. If you were an FMF Corpsman, come on in, we'll treat you like gold. I'll even start it off with a joke.....

    Gentlemen, a bit of history for our Birthday.
    Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, November 10th 1775

    Captains Nicholas and Mullens, having been tasked by the 2nd Continental Congress to form 2 battalions of Marines, set up the Corps' first recruiting station.

    The first likely prospect was, in typical recruiters fashion, promised a "life of high adventure in service to country and corps", as an extra bonus if he enlisted now he would receive a free tankard of ale. The recruit gladly accepted the challenge and, receiving the free tankard of ale, was told to wait at the corner table for orders.

    The first Marine sat quietly at the table sipping the ale when he was joined by another young man, who had two tankards of ale. The first Marine looked at the lad and asked where he had gotten the two tankards of ale. The lad replied that he had just joined this new outfit called the Continental Marines, and as an enlistment bonus was given two tankards of ale.

    The first Marine took a long hard look at the second Marine and said, "it wasn't like that in the old Corps."

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    Well I never was a Marine, but I have the utmost respect for them.

    I was recrutied for the United States Marine Corps at PCS Thomasville, GA, RSS Tallahassee. I was sent to RS Jacksonville, FL on September 27, 2001. I signed the contract, and was welcomed aboard as a United States Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP) member.

    I was given up to a year to get my fat *** in shape for boot camp, but never did. I didn't have the motivation it takes to be a US Marine. I was supposed to leave for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island, South Carolina on July 22, 2002. As you can tell it never happened.

    I would still like to be a US Marine, but I have other plans now.

    Thanks to all of you who have served.

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    Aye!...Great Idea Sharkie...good joke too...My old SgtMaj used to tell that........

    What are you plannng for the 229th Birthday Ball?....I plan on attending the ball that my old unit will hold...I plan to be sloppy, staggering, stinking drunk for about a week...it tend to be a tradition.. I am also getting myself a "gift" for me 229th birthday...its a copy of the original recruiting poster...the one you mentioned above....it will be framed in Mahogany (as it should be) and it will be placed on my "I Love Me Wall".
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    What are you plannng for the 229th Birthday Ball?....
    Well, since I am in school, my schedule says that I will be studying hand and elbow disorders, EKGs and 12-leads (again), and hematology.

    For Veteran's Day (my 3rd wedding anniversary by the way) I will be studying cardiology genetics, more EKG stuff, more hematology, and health cares systems.

    Not far from my mind will be the millions of veterans who haved served before me, the thousands deployed away from us, and on the 10th alone I shall remember my brother's in arms especially.
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    Originally posted by DaSharkie


    Well, since I am in school, my schedule says that I will be studying hand and elbow disorders, EKGs and 12-leads (again), and hematology.
    I'll be studying something similar....Hand/Elbow flexation, with 12 oz weights....
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    It is times like these that I see how truly blessed we Marines are. I find my self saying when I was in the Marines a lot these past few months. I have joined the American Legion and find myself in the company of Marines quite often at the bar. I too will be studying ALS Stuff on NOV 10th but I will be going to a Bash thrown by a Local Golf course “Owned by a Vietnam Area Marine” and drinking myself silly. There will be Marines of all ages some will be speaking of the stories that only Marines share among Brethren. I can’t wait.
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    Yeah likewise...I fly my colors everyday, weather permiting....I too find myself holding up the Mahogeny at the local slopshoot...I have yet to join the VFW or Legion...still contemplating that......
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    Do not forget about the Marine Corps League. Nice get togethers and you get that great Marine comraderie. Great times with Marines from guys who just graduated, Korea, Vietnam, our WWII guys, the first romp in the sandbox. A great way to really see that the bond crosses all generations.
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    I don't know about the MCL....they only let Corpsman in as associate members....That doesn't sit well with me. Corpsman may have not walked across the grinder like we did, but they keep our butts alive...and eat the same mud we do(did)...
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    Actually Vin, either that just recently changed or is being voted on to change because most Marines feel the same about the issue.

    Same thing went for the switch to the new utilities, lots of guys didn't want corpsmen wearing them because of the EGA & USMC printed into the pattern and then, of course, the EGS on the breast pocket.

    I'll never say a disparaging word about an 8404 corpsman or clergy member that served with the Marines. The list of decorated corpsmen (especially) and clergy on the battlefield is long. A Medal of Honor was even awarded to a Navy chaplain in Vietnam:

    *CAPODANNO, VINCENT R.

    Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Chaplain Corps, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 4 September 1967. Entered service at: Staten Island, N.Y. Born: 13 February 1929, Staten Island, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the 3d Battalion, in connection with operations against enemy forces. In response to reports that the 2d Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lt. Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When an exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsmen to help their wounded comrades and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately 15 yards away, Lt. Capodanno rushed a daring attempt to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
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    My father was with Capadano when he was killed. He would assist him during his masses and that sort.....I have only heard the story from him once....and I never plan on asking him about it ever again.....he still gets bent up about it...and rightly so..
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    VinnieB,

    http://www.father-capodanno.org/

    While I am not Catholic, I did a hotbot search and found this site. It has a bit about him and his life and some blurbs about what happened and his actions. There is even a book written about him. I may have to buy that in a couple of years when school is done adn I can actually read it.

    Your father is like most combat Grunts. THey'll talk all day long abotu the great guys that they served with, friends that were lost, the old "war" stories, but you rarely, if ever hear them talk about actual combat. I was blessed by God to not hit combat, but I sympathize with every grunt who ever has. Those ghosts just haunt your soul.

    http://www.combatwife.net/memcapodanno.htm

    This site has a few stories from some grunts there the day teh battle occurred.

    In all of my life, I have never seen two groups of people show a keen interest in their fellow men and warriors as I have seen from Navy corpsmen or the Chaplain corps. They truly love serving with Marines and taking care of our needs. Many (especially corpsmen) get flack from those not in the Gator Navy for serving with us.

    One of my chaplains at Parris Island, he was a Navy Lieutenant at the time, was a former Marine. He made every effort to get out and meet with us, pray with us, and be out at BWT (at that time) to give sermons and make sure we had those small Bibles the Navy prints up for us as well as a little motivational booklet that I still have - just can't totally find them right now.

    Oh well, off to study abdominal anatomy.
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    DaSharkie,
    I feel your pain on the studying effort. I came back from a 7 month reserve activation last year to get dumped into a 22 week paramedic academy. Sitting behind a desk in New River did not prepare me well for that. That good old Marine determination came through though. One of my Sgts was in the class too, we were #2 and #3 in class standing out of 16 in class-the guy who beat us was previosly a medic who had let his license lapse. That Sgt recently got hired by a nearby dept.


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    Chaplains, RP's, and Corpsmen, can be Honorary Members, in my book, but unless they have prior service in the Corps, they still have not earned the Eagle Globe and Anchor, it is just that simple. We love them, sometimes like we love our own mothers, but that does not mean she can be a Full Member either.

    Is a Paramedic or Flight Nurse who has not been through Fire School a fireman? No. We love'em and depend on them, but they still only fall in the Honorary catigory.

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    I may be going to Flint next year as part of my PA program. I have an optional trauma surgery rotation in Flint that I am HEAVILY considering taking.

    As for the Corpsmen, they eat with us, sleep in the same places we do, get shot right with us. You may not have ever been awarded an EGA but you aren't far from it. Just that little formatility of going through The Island or Diego. OK, a big formality.
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    Originally posted by DennisTheMenace

    Is a Paramedic or Flight Nurse who has not been through Fire School a fireman? No. We love'em and depend on them, but they still only fall in the Honorary catigory.
    I am talking about FMF personnel....And if said Paramedic or Flight nurse went through a "type" of fire school (ie Field Medic Course) and went in shoulder to shoudler with us into fires...then yes to me they are firefighters....Even if they do not participate in putting the fire out..heck we call Truckies firefighters do we?

    They way I see it is...the US Navy's Corpsman have been with us since 1900 and something...they were there with us at every defining moment in the 20th century...they put us together and even fought beside us in every war in the 20th century....they may have not walked across the grinder but the definatley helped shape our history and reputation as Marines.

    I do believe that Navy Corpsman are authorized to were the new MARPAT with the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.....I don't think the has been any solid talk, or a plan to make MARPATs with the Buzzard and Shield, and Anchor....I must say though....I had a set of MARPATs last last 7 months I was in and I thought they were great...no more hot rock...wash ans wear....no more "Stay Flow" starch hours of prep for inspections ............
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    As described in the excerpts of the MCO below, Naval personnel are entitled to wear the new utility uniform w/ the embroidered emblem. The garrison covers (8 point) are to be w/o the emblem, so they can wear their naval emblem on it.

    MCO P10120.28.

    1. Special Initial Utility Uniform Allowance (SIUUA)

    a. The SIUUA is intended for specific Navy enlisted personnel who routinely wear the utility uniform during the performance of their work while assigned to Marine Corps units.

    b. Navy officers may purchase and wear the utility
    uniform at their option and expense.

    c. The SIUUA is authorized for Regular Navy enlisted personnel and Reserve Navy enlisted personnel on extended active duty, permanently assigned or assigned on a TAD basis for augmentation purposes due to contingency operational commitments to Marine Corps forces, in the following Navy ratings:

    Navy Counselor (NC)
    Dental Technician (DT)
    Disbursing Clerk (DK)
    Hospital Corpsman (HM)
    Personnelman (PN)
    Religious Program Specialist (RP)
    Yeoman (YN)

    Drilling Selected Naval Reserve HMs, DTs, and RPs on inactive duty assigned to Selected Marine Corps Reserve support (Program Nine/Five) units are also authorized the special initial utility uniform allowance.

    Qty Article Notes
    1 BELT, TROUSERS: web, khaki
    1 BOOTS, MARINE CORPS COMBAT: hot weather (HW), pr
    1 BOOTS, MARINE CORPS COMBAT: temperate weather (TW), pr
    1 BUCKLE: f/belt, web, khaki, gold plated
    1 CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: field, desert MARPAT w/embroidered emblem
    1 CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: field, woodland MARPAT w/embroidered emblem
    1 CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: garrison, desert MARPAT w/out embroidered emblem
    1 CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: garrison, woodland MARPAT w/out embroidered emblem
    2 COAT, COMBAT UTILITY: desert MARPAT camouflage w/embroidered emblem 1
    2 COAT, COMBAT UTILITY: woodland MARPAT w/embroidered emblem 1


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    Qty Article Notes
    2 INSIGNIA, SPECIALTY DEVICE: metal (medical, dental, or religious) 2
    2 NAME AND SERVICE TAPES: embroidered desert MARPAT f/combat utility coat and trousers (set of 3) 1
    2 NAME AND SERVICE TAPES: embroidered woodland MARPAT f/combat utility coat and trousers (set of 3) 1
    6 SOCKS: boot, coyote brown, pr 3
    1 SWEAT PANTS: green w/insignia
    1 SWEAT SHIRT: green w/insignia
    1 SWEATER: pullover, olive green, w/epaulettes
    2 TROUSERS, COMBAT UTILITY: desert MARPAT 1
    2 TROUSERS, COMBAT UTILITY: woodland MARPAT 1
    1 TRUNKS, GENERAL PURPOSE: nylon, olive green, pr
    6 UNDERSHIRT: cotton, green 4

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    Navy Corpsmen Medal of Honor Recipients (well a few anyway). The asterisk indicates posthumous award:

    CLAUSEN, RAYMOND M.

    Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, Marine Aircraft Croup 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 31 January 1970. Entered service at: New Orleans, La. Born: 14 October 1947, New Orleans, La. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 during operations against enemy forces. Participating in a helicopter rescue mission to extract elements of a platoon which had inadvertently entered a minefield while attacking enemy positions, Pfc. Clausen skillfully guided the helicopter pilot to a landing in an area cleared by 1 of several mine explosions. With 11 marines wounded, 1 dead, and the remaining 8 marines holding their positions for fear of detonating other mines, Pfc. Clausen quickly leaped from the helicopter and, in the face of enemy fire, moved across the extremely hazardous mine laden area to assist in carrying casualties to the waiting helicopter and in placing them aboard. Despite the ever-present threat of further mine explosions, he continued his valiant efforts, leaving the comparatively safe area of the helicopter on 6 separate occasions to carry out his rescue efforts. On 1 occasion while he was carrying 1 of the wounded, another mine detonated, killing a corpsman and wounding 3 other men. Only when he was certain that all marines were safely aboard did he signal the pilot to lift the helicopter. By the courageous, determined and inspiring efforts in the face of the utmost danger, Pfc. Clausen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.

    For the Corpsmen:

    *CARON, WAYNE MAURICE

    Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy, Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 July 1968. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 2 November 1946, Middleboro, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon corpsman with Company K, during combat operations against enemy forces. While on a sweep through an open rice field HC3c. Caron's unit started receiving enemy small arms fire. Upon seeing 2 marine casualties fall, he immediately ran forward to render first aid, but found that they were dead. At this time, the platoon was taken under intense small-arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining additional casualties. As he moved to the aid of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Caron was hit in the arm by enemy fire. Although knocked to the ground, he regained his feet and continued to the injured marines. He rendered medical assistance to the first marine he reached, who was grievously wounded, and undoubtedly was instrumental in saving the man's life. HC3c. Caron then ran toward the second wounded marine, but was again hit by enemy fire, this time in the leg. Nonetheless, he crawled the remaining distance and provided medical aid for this severely wounded man. HC3c. Caron started to make his way to yet another injured comrade, when he was again struck by enemy small-arms fire. Courageously and with unbelievable determination, HC3c. Caron continued his attempt to reach the third marine until he was killed by an enemy rocket round. His inspiring valor, steadfast determination and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

    INGRAM, ROBERT R.

    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines against elements of a North Vietnam Aggressor (NVA) battalion in Quang Ngai Province Republic of Vietnam on 28 March 1966. Petty Officer Ingram accompanied the point platoon as it aggressively dispatched an outpost of an NVA battalion. The momentum of the attack rolled off a ridge line down a tree covered slope to a small paddy and a village beyond. Suddenly, the village tree line exploded with an intense hail of automatic rifle fire from approximately 100 North Vietnamese regulars. In mere moments, the platoon ranks were decimated. Oblivious to the danger, Petty Officer Ingram crawled across the bullet spattered terrain to reach a downed Marine. As he administered aid, a bullet went through the palm of his hand. Calls for "CORPSMAN" echoed across the ridge. Bleeding, he edged across the fire swept landscape, collecting ammunition from the dead and administering aid to the wounded. Receiving two more wounds before realizing the third wound was life-threatening, he looked for a way off the face of the ridge, but again he heard the call for corpsman and again, he resolutely answered. Though severely wounded three times, he rendered aid to those incapable until he finally reached the right flank of the platoon. While dressing the head wound of another corpsman, he sustained his fourth bullet wound. From sixteen hundred hours until just prior to sunset, Petty Officer Ingram pushed, pulled, cajoled, and doctored his Marines. Enduring the pain from his many wounds and disregarding the probability of his demise, Petty Officer Ingram's intrepid actions saved many lives that day. By his indomitable fighting spirit, daring initiative, and unfaltering dedications to duty, Petty Officer Ingram reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    BUSH, ROBERT EUGENE

    Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Entered service at: Washington. Born: 4 October 1926, Tacoma, Wash. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Fearlessly braving the fury of artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire from strongly entrenched hostile positions, Bush constantly and unhesitatingly moved from 1 casualty to another to attend the wounded falling under the enemy's murderous barrages. As the attack passed over a ridge top, Bush was advancing to administer blood plasma to a marine officer Iying wounded on the skyline when the Japanese launched a savage counterattack. In this perilously exposed position, he resolutely maintained the flow of life-giving plasma. With the bottle held high in 1 hand, Bush drew his pistol with the other and fired into the enemy's ranks until his ammunition was expended. Quickly seizing a discarded carbine, he trained his fire on the Japanese charging pointblank over the hill, accounting for 6 of the enemy despite his own serious wounds and the loss of 1 eye suffered during his desperate battle in defense of the helpless man. With the hostile force finally routed, he calmly disregarded his own critical condition to complete his mission, valiantly refusing medical treatment for himself until his officer patient had been evacuated, and collapsing only after attempting to walk to the battle aid station. His daring initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in service of others reflect great credit upon Bush and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

    *BENFOLD, EDWARD C.

    Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy, attached to a company in the 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Korea, 5 September 1952. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Born: 15 January 1931, Staten Island, N.Y. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in operations against enemy aggressor forces. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, HC3c. Benfold resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed 2 marines in a large crater. As he approached the 2 men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw 2 grenades into the crater while 2 other enemy charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, HC3c Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, HC3c. Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his 2 comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others.

    CHARETTE, WILLIAM R.

    Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman serving with a marine rifle company. Place and date: Korea, 27 March 1953. Entered service at: Ludington, Michigan. Birth: Ludington, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

    CHARETTE, WILLIAM R.

    Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman serving with a marine rifle company. Place and date: Korea, 27 March 1953. Entered service at: Ludington, Michigan. Birth: Ludington, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

    The commitment of a Corpsman to his Marines astonishes me every time.

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    Greetings to all,

    Over this past week I have heard a song and seen a video on CMT from SHeDaisy called "Come Home Soon." Quite a nice little song about the spouses and families here at home that are alone and what they go through. Thought many of you might be interested.

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    Ya gotta love the Country Music Scene....Nice Song......Much better than listening to "American Idiot" from green day...
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    "American Idiot" from green day
    You know I saw part of that flipping through TV last week. Amazing how a rock group can insult those very people that buy their "music" and people bite off into it. I couldn't understand much of what they sang either since it was drowned out by such loud "music."

    I will continue to listen to country over rock anyway. My ears can't handle much of it. I also don't want political statements in my music, I just want music.
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    Ladies and Gelntlemen,

    As our Marine borthers and Corpsmen are preparing to step into the breech of battle in Fallujah, I ask that you stop for a moment and think of them. If you choose please say a quick prayer for them. They are aboutto step into close quarters combat the likes of which haven't been seen since the battle of Hue. Amongst them are the men of the 3rd Marines, with whom I worked closely with when at Kaneohe Bay. For some reason this truly strikes me a bit closer to the heart today. Perhaps it is that another storied chapter of our history will be added as our 229th birthday approaches.

    Semper Fidelis. All Marines, past and present are with them, if not in body.


    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.

    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say, "Tomorrow is Saint Crispian":
    Then will strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he today that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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    Fallujah and Ramadi are about to be a two more etches in the halls of Marine Corps victories.
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    Let us hope that the rules of engagement have been changed to give the Marines the advantage to end the insurgency in these hellholes.
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