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One of those cute little things that goes around the Internet that has some truth to it but is mostly sentimental blubbery stuff. Anyway, I thought I'd share.





When God created a United States Marine, it was into the sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, "You're having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?" And the Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order?"

It has to be able to think independently, yet be able to take orders; have the qualities of both a military mind and a compassionate heart; be a leader of junior Marines and learn from seniors; run on black coffee; handle critical ops without a Military Procedure Manual; be able to manage a difficult subordinate, an irate supervisor and a demanding OIC; have the patience of a saint and six pairs of hands, not to mention the strength of
three its size."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands - no way!" And the Lord answered, "Don't worry, we'll make other Marines to help. Besides, it's not the hands which are causing the problem. It's the heart. It must swell with pride when other Marines do well, sustain the incredible hardship of combat, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so, and be strong enough to continue to carry on when he's given all he's had."

"Lord," said the angel touching the Lord's sleeve gently, "Come to bed!"
"I can't," said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique. Already I have one who can complete a 26-mile forced march with full pack, handle a 9mm and an M16 with astounding accuracy, conduct land navigation in the dark, and operate field communications."

The angel circled the model of the Marine very slowly. "It's too serious," she sighed. "But tough," said the Lord excitedly, "You cannot imagine what this Marine can do or endure." "Can it feel?" asked the angel. "Can it feel!" replied the Lord. "It loves the Corps and country like no other!"

Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the Marine's cheek. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you you're trying to put too much into this model." "That's not a leak," said the Lord. "That's a tear."
"What's it for?" asked the angel. "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, frustration, pain, loneliness and pride." "You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked at her somberly and replied, "I didn't put it there."

ANOTHER DAY TO SERVE THE CORPS.
 

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An appropriate time to express thanks and love to all our servicemen and veterans...for all you did that noone else would....for all you saw that most folks can't imagine......and for all you know that you'd just as soon not have known....the rest of us are ever grateful and thankful that you were there and went through what you did for all of us........
 

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bunzo, here's a faded old pic of my Dad in 1944 just before heading for the South Pacific to Saipan and other islands, then on to Japan. (I was five years old:))

 

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The Us service folks are like no other in the world! No one can do what they are doing now or have ver done in the past. The Marines are some of the finest folks I have had the pleasure to serve with. BTW, thanks for sharing the picture of your dad with us btrumanj. Proud of him I bet and dang right ya should be.
 

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Thank You, it's great. OOOHRAH!

Semper Fi!
 
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