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From:   BENGEMIKE@aol.com    (American POW from the Vietnam War)
 
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke
 
 
A Marine's Last Will and Testament

I, an old Mud Marine, being of sound mind, do hereby create this Marine Codicil to my Last Will and Testament, through which I Bequeathed all my worldly goods and possessions to those beloved of me in Life. This Marine Codicil is to pass on the intangible gifts I received as a Marine, which were beyond the price men put upon worldly possessions.

I have attested to being of "Sound Mind." That may be challenged by Those who think that all Marines are crazy. We have enjoyed and magnified That reputation, of course, to bemuse our friends and intimidate our Enemies. As a Navy Psychologist once told me, "The trouble with treating Marines is that if you cure them, they can't be Marines!" But ours are Really the soundest of minds, for the life of our free society depends on Warriors. If you do away with us, our civilization commits suicide, surely The ultimate mark of insanity. If there comes a day when there is no longer a Marine Corps, the American Idea will die soon after.

To all my Marine brothers and sisters, now and in generations to Come, I leave the legacy of our Corps, stretching back to November 10, 1775. It was bequeathed to me by generations of Marines who served before me, who "grew gray in war," and who gave me those priceless traditions "such as Regiments hand down forever." I have tried in my small way to add to its Strength and burnish its luster. Go you and do the same.

To those Marines I served with, I leave my rich stock of Sea Stories, a few of which are even true, that you may embellish them and pass Them on to other Marines, to awed members of our sister services and, Sanitized for language, to civilians. I also leave you the gratitude of a Brother, for you stood by me, cared for me in trouble, and inspired me with Your deeds. The poet Alan Seegar, who was KIA in France on July 4, 1916, Said it well, "Comrades, you cannot think how thin and blue, look the Leftovers of mankind that rest, now that the cream has been skimmed off in You."

To my Marine DIs, I leave a debt unpaid. The discipline and pride You instilled in me guided me long after I had to shed the uniform for the Last time. Thanks to what you did in a few short months, I have had a great Life. I've tried to make you proud of me every day and to pay a bit on that Debt through my service to my country and my fellow Marines, both in the Corps and in civilian life afterwards.

To my family I leave a few old photos, a few mementos and a service To country in which I hope you take pride as I have. However they serve, I Hope future generations of our family find something larger than self to Serve, worthy of their time and commitment. There is no happiness in serving The ever-greedy god of self, the root of our world's troubles.

To our nation's elected leaders, I leave the Core Values of our Corps; Honor, Courage, Commitment. Imagine if candidates for public office Adopted our values as a campaign platform. Imagine candidates with the Honor To tell people the truth and to not trade their support on issues for Campaign contributions or personal perks. Imagine elected officials with the Courage to do what was right for the next generation, rather than what was Popular to win cheap votes for the next election? Imagine office holders With the Commitment to serve selflessly, live austerely, and do the right Regardless of personal cost?

And to the Republic, the country I love, I leave my service. It was Little enough payment on the debt every American owes her for the freedoms We have, for the life we live and for the opportunities we and our loved Ones have received in this land. When people thank me for my service, I say, "It was a privilege to wear the uniform of the Republic and to earn the Title Marine."

I must go now, but I leave my country a new generation of Marines, Standing watch out on the lines, putting their bone and blood between the Barbarians and our free people, the few guarding the many with their lives. God grant it may ever be so.

Author Unknown

USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance At Pearl Harbor
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UPDATE:    We saved the Marine Corps Rememberance Memorial in Pearl Harbor From The National Park Service.

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From:    Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)     jrbatesusmc@aol.com
 
UPDATE:   A couple of years ago, I was the Operations Officer for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, on the waterfront between the USS ARIZONA and the USS BOWFIN. The Commandant of the Marine Corps was the featured speaker at the dedication of the USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance, 10 November 2006. The National Park Service, which administers the USS ARIZONA Memorial is renovating all of Halawa Landing, the site of the Marine Remembrance. The Regional Director of the Natl Park Service Western Region, Jon Jarvis, stated on the local TV news that the Marine Remembrance would be removed. I challenged him on that statement and convinced him that would not happen without a fight. I passed the word to (disabled Marine vet) Jack Cunningham (Americans Working Together), who in turn asked his readership to email Jarvis that the entire USMC would make every effort to have him relieved of his duties if he moved that monument. I was copied on many of the emails to him from Marines, their friends and their families that it nearly fried my computer. And...it worked. In order to save his job, Jarvis backed down. The Remembrance now belongs to the USMC and has its' rightful place in direct view of the USS ARIZONA.

 

COLONEL JOHN BATES

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Now, Jack Cunningham can use our help himself, as he fights for his due process against a corrupt law firm and state officials who are protecting them.
 
 
From: John R. Bates [mailto: jrbatesusmc@aol.com ]
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:55 PM
To:
SENOROHO@NJLEG.ORG
Subject: John "Jack" Cunningham

SECOND REQUEST:


Dear Senator Oroho,

I'm writing this request (again) on behalf of Jack Cunningham, a former active duty Marine and Vietnam veteran.  Although I've never actually met him in person, simply the fact that he is a fellow Marine in need of justice, I offer to help him in any way I can.  As you may know, Marines are like that.  Marines take care of Marines.

Although I probably don't know all of the facts pertaining to his case against the State of New Jersey, I know enough to firmly believe that he should be heard in a public forum.  His charges are serious.  There are claims of abuse of power and cover-up at the highest level of the State government.  When such accusations are made, I believe the leadership has no other option than to investigate.  Until that is done, all that know of him and his charges will assume that there is indeed a cover-up.  Perception is a powerful thing.  Hopefully it won't be counter to the truth, whatever that may be.

If this is allowed to continue to fester, the results will be devastating on all involved.

If this issue is not addressed soon, my only other option is to forward this to every Marine website and public forum I can find.  That option is not a good one for any of us.

Please do the right thing and give Jack his "day in court."

Very Respectfully,   John R. Bates  


Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)     jrbatesusmc@aol.com
 

EVIDENCE  AND  DETAILS  AT:     http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id73.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
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From:   JGTHINGS@aol.com
Subject:             OORAH Marine Salute to Rolling Thunder

 
THIS PHOTO SENT TO ME BY Marnie Mowles..   This US Marine on Constitution Ave near the NAM Wall, Held a SALUTE for over 45 minutes to Rolling Thunder on Memerial Day Weekend..   (Photo taken by Dalelanham, Gathering of Eagles  (GOE)...
HOW COME NONE OF THE NEW'S PAPERS OR TV NEWS PUT THIS ON THE AIR...
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