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GUNNY G: MY old GyG post to FR from back in 2001 on Gunny Dan Daly !!!!!

October 25, 2013 1 comment
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GOP vs. the generals all over again

February 12, 2013 3 comments

GOP vs. the generals all over again

Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Kevin Baron

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:19:02 PM by SkyPilot

The nation’s top military officers formed a solid front in the Senate on Tuesday and called on members of Congress to stop passing temporary spending measures and avert the automatic budget cut known as sequester.

“We should resist kicking this can further down the road,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a rare hearing featuring nearly all of the Joint Chiefs, who lined up before the Senate Armed Service Committee and demanded budget clarity in the name of national security and military readiness.

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Invasion! DHS Source Tells Why Military Train in U.S. Cities…

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Invasion! DHS Source Tells Why Military Train in U.S. Cities

 

The Allegiant ^ | February 6, 2013. | David BardPosted on Monday, February 11, 2013 2:57:07 PM by Nachum

 

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A news article was sent to me earlier this week. It appeared in the Beaufort Gazette. The article stated that later this week about 150 Marines and Navy personnel will hold realistic urban training in Jasper County, South Carolina.

 

This was one of many joint military-local law enforcement exercises that had come to my attention in less than one month. Held in cities across the U.S., they were becoming more common and more intense. But why? Why train in populated towns and cities where accidents could produce unnecessary casualties?

 

 

 

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The Gazette further reported that the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will train within Ridgeland town limits. The times and exact locations for the training are not being announced, according to 2nd Lt. Gerard R. Farao.A little background on the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit 26th MEU. It is one of seven Marine Expeditionary Units. A MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force with a strength of about 2,200 personnel.

 

The MEU consists of four major parts: a command element, a ground combat element, an aviation combat element, and a logistics element. The 26th MEU was establishment in the early 1970s and has deployed extensively, and participated in numerous combat and contingency operations. The 26th MEU is based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

 

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Gunny G: Once UPON A Time There Were Generals…And Now…???

February 8, 2013 26 comments

Gunny G: Once UPON A Time There Were Generals…And Now…???

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It is often lamented that the Chesty Pullers, George Pattons, Curtis LeMays, Evans Carlsons, etc. are now long since systematically (pc) weeded from the ranks…
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Well, there were GENERALS…and there are now…well, generals…
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Mrs. Puller protested to her husband citing previous trouble and controversy in Puller’s career. Puller told her, “…The important thing is the Marine Corps. If we let ‘em, they’ll tear it to pieces. Headquarters won’t speak up. It’s my duty to do it.”

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Neo-Confederate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

October 21, 2012 7 comments

Neo-Confederate views and the Republican Party

 

Historian Nancy MacLean writes that “since the 1960s the party of Lincoln has become the haven of neo-Confederacy. Having long priding itself on saving the Union, the Republican Party has become home to those who lionize the slaveholding South and romanticize the Jim CrowSouth.”

 

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This embrace of neo-Confederate views is not exclusively about race, but is related to a pragmatic political realization that the “retrospective romanticization of the Old South” and secession presented many possible themes that could be used as conservatives attempted to reverse the national changes initiated by the New Deal.[33]

 

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After the defeat of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election and the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, national conservative leaders distanced themselves from racial issues, but continued to support a “color blind” version of neo-Confederatism. MacLean writes that “even into the twenty-first century mainstream conservative Republican politicians continued to associate themselves with issues, symbols, and organizations inspired by the neo-Confederate Right.”[34]

 

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Cooking the military voting books

October 29, 2011 1 comment

It’s become a common tactic for President Obama and his appointees: When the data shows how inept you are or how dangerous your policies are, cook the books and create new data.

They did it with the stimulus package, Obamacare and the debt ceiling. Now they’re doing it with our military voters.

After being criticized repeatedly for its failure to protect military voters in 2010, the administration can’t stand another election cycle where pesky military members ask for their right to vote to be enforced. So it must be time to cook the books.

That’s what appears to be happening in a report recently released by the Department of Defense and its Federal Voting Assistance Program office.

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Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender?/A Controversial Topic… (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender? A controversial subject. Now and then this question comes up, but usually Marines seem to have little in the way of facts for their assumptions, etc. Nor is there a complete summing up of the subject in any one place under one title; but the info is out there, though somewhat piecemeal. George Smith's book, "Carlson's Raid," devotes an entire chapter, for instance, to the surrender note controversy re Carlson's atte … Read More

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Gunny G: “Don’t Send That Outraged E-Mail” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Gunny G: "Don't Send That Outraged E-Mail" Don't Send That Outraged E-Mail by Gary North by Gary North Recently by Gary North: Dear Unpublished Author: Blog it instead, I'm going to show you how. It's free. It's fast. It's the way to go. Ask Matt Drudge. He didn't send an email to Newsweek deploring the spiking of an article. He posted his report – without objections – on his blog in 1998. This eventually got a President impeached. His site gets 6 million visits a day. Meanwhile, Newsweek … Read More

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First Flag On Suribachi – The THREE Flag Raisers!: Boyoboy, you hit the nail on the head on that one… (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Bob–you are absolutely Right! I did miss the mark thinking the public gives a damn about any of this–except for a few individuals, and they know who they are, and they are the ones who make it all worthwhile. The fact is John Q. Public is so steeped, at this point, in their socialism, brainwashing, etc.–that the founding father's would better watch their arses if they were around today. But, these sites are browsed mostly by Marines, and it wa … Read More

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First Flag On Suribachi – The THREE Flag Raisers!: Boyoboy, you hit the nail on the head on that one…

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Bob–you are absolutely Right!

I did miss the mark thinking the public gives a damn about any of this–except for a few individuals, and they know who they are, and they are the ones who make it all worthwhile.

The fact is John Q. Public is so steeped, at this point, in their socialism, brainwashing, etc.–that the founding father’s would better watch their arses if they were around today.

But, these sites are browsed mostly by Marines, and it was primarily to these younger Marines I was addressing my post. And these younger Marines, as always, are reflective of not only the Corps, but the particular society they sprang from–likely much unlike yours and to a lesser extent even mine. Likewise, when I referred to my “heroes” I was meaning all of our WW II heroes! Although I was at that point referring directly to those of the 40-man (so-called) patrol!

I have always expected too much, not necessarily in what I expected from others in what I thought they should do and don’t do, but frustrated, as you mention, over the things that others do and shouldn’t do.

I am referring to the coverup (there’s no other word for it, let’s not half-step here). The exigencies of the combat situation would have, in short time, corrected themselves left to those on the scene, e.g. that there were two flags, the correct identification of just who was where, when, etc. The fly in the ointment was when people knew they better watch out for what they say so’s not to step on somebody’s toes

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Please excuse my rant, I have been stepping on toes for years, not that it ever got me anywhere, but al least I know why I am the way I am. There’s just something in me that will never bend in principle for what I see as so wrong that all of us must see it.

Again, I have mentioned the story many times of General Puller at S/Sgt McKeon’s court-martial in 1956 at PISC. In response to questions, he pointed out that espirit de corps means LOYALTY, and, he said that loyalty works both up and DOWN!

Thanks for responding, I do appreciate that.

Best

Dick

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Chicago–Communist Paradise of the Midwest ~ By Al Benson Jr. (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a new and slightly longer article up on… http://www.CakewalkBlogs.com/antiestablishmenthistory/ *** http://www.cakewalkblogs.com/antiestablishmenthistory/chicagocommunist-paradise-midwestby-al-benson-jr.aspx dealing with the history of communism in the fair city of Chicago. Guess what, communism in this country started in Chicago. So what else is new?Al ***** Chicago–Communist Paradise of the Midwest Posted Today at 4:20 PM By Al Bens … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)) (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)) (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 19, 2011 3 comments

“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/Read More

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Gunny G: About Those New Army Blue Uniforms and The Hand-Me-Down “Marines” Blues…. (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

August 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Gunny G: About Those New Army Blue Uniforms and The Hand-Me-Down "Marines" Blues.... Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Dress greens out, dress blues in for Army By Lisa Burgess, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Friday, August 22, 2008 S&S file photo The Army's dress blue Army Service Uniform, which just replaced the dress green and white versions, will look subtly different from the existing dress blue uniform, shown here, which soldiers will be allowed to wear from now until 2014, the blue ASU's mandated wear date. ARLINGTON, Va. … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

July 29, 2011 Leave a comment

“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+ ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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Ray Jacobs: ".That's when I discovered Dick Gaines's Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery's classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture." Ray Jacobs: ".That's when I discovered Dick Gaines's Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery's classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture." ***** Excerpts "D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._" "Suddenly something extraordinary happened.W … Read More

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Huge Marine Drill Confirms Ground Invasion of Libya

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Huge Marine Drill Confirms Ground Invasion of Libya

Huge Marine Drill Confirms Ground Invasion of Libya: “Huge Marine Drill Confirms Ground Invasion of Libya

06-22-2011 • InfoWars

On Sunday, CNN reported on a huge Marine war exercise dubbed Exercise Mailed Fist.

“The exercise is designed to test the capability of every type of Marine Corps aircraft, including MV-22 Ospreys and F/A 18 Hornets, as well as some Navy ships and Air Force planes,” CNN reported.

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

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“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” (via ~ BLOGGER.1984.GUNNY.G ~ (BLOG & EMAIL))

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

“I agree with Clyde Wilson that America can’t be saved or returned to its roots until the Republican Party is destroyed.” –Thomas DiLorenzo Re The Real DiLorenzo http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/the-real-dilorenzo-a-%E2%80%98southern-partisan%E2%80%99-interview/ — ********** POSTS ADDED 24/7… JUST CLICK LINK BELOW''' http://www.GunnyG.wordpress.com ***** R. W. "Dick" Gaines (Gunny G) http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/ ********** FACEBOOK-Gunny … Read More

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Just talked to a Marine in Afghanistan about Bin Laden…

May 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Just talked to a Marine in Afghanistan about Bin Laden

Just talked to a Marine in Afghanistan about Bin Laden

Personal Communication | 5-5-11 | self

Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011 1:19:21 PM by AlmaKing

I just talked to my nephew who is deployed in Afghanistan in the Marines.

He stated they were informed of the raid on Bin Laden a day or two after it happened.

They were told these details:

- 30 members of Seal Team 6 were used. – ‘mini choppers’ were used. – Bin Laden was taken to the US for DNA testing.

He disputed the notion of Blackhawks or Chinooks being used; wouldn’t elaborate on the type(s) of helicopter used. He is also suspicious of the story that Bin Laden is dead; thinks he’s alive in US custody.

Doesn’t believe he was dumped in the ocean because it doesn’t agree with the version of events he was told.

He is just relaying what he was told, not claiming any inside information.

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Tun Tavern, Birthplace Of The Corps–Fact or Fiction?

March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

And, from the book, The United States Marines AHistory, by Edwin Howard Simmons. 1998, NavalInstitute Press”…According to legend, the recruiting redezvouswas Tun Tavern, but it is more likely that it wasthe Conestoga Wagon, a tavern owned by theNicholas family on Market Street between Fourthand Fifth Streets.”

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Gunny G: STORY OF A MARINE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE FRENCH! (Sent to me by Ben Frank)

March 1, 2011 3 comments

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

STORY OF A MARINE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE FRENCH

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STORY OF A MARINE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE FRENCH!
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Dick, here is the article I wrote about Ortiz. Ben
COLONEL PETER JULIEN ORTIZ, OSS MARINE

Written by Benis Frank, a now retired Marine Corps historian

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Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: “Hash-Mark”

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I find it interesting that the adoption of the hash-mark as an item of uniform made its entry into the Marine Corps in 1833, not as a service stripe, as it was later, but as an insigne of rank on the fatigue uniform–sergeants and corporals wore two stripes and one stripe respectively below the elbow.

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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.” « ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~

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Ray Jacobs:

“.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”

Excerpts“D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._”“Suddenly something extraordinary happened.We could clearly hear cheering from the Marines in combat on the plain of Iwo below us.They had spotted the flag and as the word spread more Marines joined in cheering our flag crowning Suribachi some 500 feet above.Soon the boats along the landing beaches and the ships at sea joined in blowing horns and whistles.It was a remarkable moment in Marine battle history but unfortunately soon to be forgotten.”

“I was PFC Raymond Jacobs,the radioman with F Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.About 40 minutes earlier I had been assigned to accompany an E Company combat patrol for the climb up Suribachi …………..

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Gunny G: The Old Corps, A Breed Apart – Between The Wars!

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

“Nothing sounds worse than an old salt blowing his bugle….before that war we had men among us who never knew that life existed outside the Corps. Leather lunged and ramrod straight, hard drinkers and fighters and spit-and-polish career men.”

The above words were spoken by “Mac,” an old salt Marine, the Master Technical Sergeant in the book (later, the movie), Battle Cry, by Leon Uris, 1953. And he was reflecting on the great changes that had taken place affecting his chosen way of life in the Corps with the advent of WW II.

Although many of us likely have differing opinions as to just what constitutes the “Old Corps,” I think that most of us here reading this would accept that period between the two world wars as such. Also, I believe it is true that we all initially see all of those Marines who came before us as old corps; but later, after a few, or many, years our perception of that tends to narrow somewhat and we all decide to some degree just what the old corps means to us individually. Our opinions are founded and shaped according to when we entered the Corps, our experiences, etc. And so our own perception of the Old Corps may become both similar and /or dissimilar to one another’s.

But it is that period of time between the world wars that I would choose for myself as that which best falls into the category of Old Corps–for me, anyway–and it is that period that I would prefer to write about. That era was a time when the Marine Corps was very small (less than 20,000), and career Marines are said to have known most other career Marines, either by sight or reputation.

Regretably, I think there is too little specific information available regarding the routine everyday life of Marines during that period, although, we can find numerous bits and pieces regarding this in some books on this general era. But these are few and far between, as most books are written with a specific focus toward its main theme, not allowing for too many other details……………..

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‘Darkhorse’ Marines Fighting it out in Afghanistan ~ PRAY

December 2, 2010 1 comment

‘Darkhorse’ Marines Fighting it out in Afghanistan ~ PRAYActive Military | December 12th, 2010 | DWZPosted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 12:06:06 AM by shieldWe are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan and have lost 9 Marines in 4 days. Come on……people show your support.

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Today is the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps: May God bless the best of the best

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Today we celebrate the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Happy birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis and May God bless you all.

On November 10, 1775 the fledgling Continental Congress passed a resolution that two Battalions of Marines be raised and maintained for purposes for fighting our British oppressors as a seagoing army. Since the times of Col. Samuel Nicholas the first Commandant of the Corps, Marines have always fought above and beyond expectation on the high seas, on land and more recently in the air.

Because we Americans are a peace loving people, the Marine Corps and the United States Navy were actually allowed to go out of existences at the close of the Revolutionary War.

This state of unpreparedness existed until July 11, 1798 when the Corps was reestablished in preparation for a potential war with France. Soon the Marines were sailing off the foreign shores.The Corps’s first large scale assignment came at the dawn of the 19th century when President Thomas Jefferson sent them to smash the “Barbary pirates” who were kidnapping and terrorizing American merchant sailors.These “pirates” were actually Islamist thugs who had to be given a clear message about America’s willingness to fight back and the Marines were just the fighting force to send that message.

The Corps distinguished itself throughout the rest of the 19th century in the Mexican War, the Civil War on both sides and the Spanish American War.During World War I the ferocious fighting Marines earned the grudging respect of German troops who named them “Devil Dogs” a name still treasured by Marines today.During World War II from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, and finally on to Okinawa the United States Marine Corps fought won battle after battle until Japanese…

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Marines’ leader: Keep policy on gays in military

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

SAN DIEGO AP — The new commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps said Saturday that now is the wrong time to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from openly serving in the military, as U.S. troops remain in the thick of war in Afghanistan.

“There’s risk involved; I’m trying to determine how to measure that risk,” Gen. James Amos said. “This is not a social thing. This is combat effectiveness. That’s what the country pays its Marines to do.”

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Gunny G: Do Marines Surrender?/A Controversial Topic…

September 18, 2010 2 comments

Gunny G:

Do Marines Surrender? A controversial subject.

Now and then this question comes up, but usually Marines seem to have little in the way of facts for their assumptions, etc. Nor is there a complete summing up of the subject in any one place under one title; but the info is out there, though somewhat piecemeal. George Smith’s book, “Carlson’s Raid,” devotes an entire chapter, for instance, to the surrender note controversy re Carlson’s attempted surrender during the Makin Raid of 17-18 August 1942.

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Yes, Marines have surrendered. It’s just one more aspect of the profession of arms.

Most notably, there have been occurances of such for the Marine Corps, in the opening days of World War Two at Guam, the Phillipines, Wake Island, and China. And then there was the little-known, for many years, surrender attempt during the Makin Island Raid.

Later, in Korea, 1950 there was a surrender that occurred at Hell Fire Valley during the Chosin Reservoir operation.

There were also Marine surrenders that occurred even further back through Marine Corps history during the 1700s and civil wartimes. (See Nofi’s Book of Lists.)

Most Marines prefer not to discuss Marine surrenders nor to admit that there has ever been such.

Here is one remark from Evans F. Carlson himself, as found in Gen. Peatross’s book, “Bless ‘Em All,”

“…While discussing the various aspects of the raid,the only critique of the operation there would ever be Carlson suddenly had paused and, almost self critically and apropos of nothing, interjected: No commander ever expects to fail in an operation, but he should have a plan ready, ….”

Is it dishonorable for a Marine to surrender under such conditions?

In addition, there are various aspects of accepted Marine Corps history that people are either entirely ignorant of, and/or prefer to disregard/deny. For instance, the phony red stripe story regarding Chapultapec; Tun Tavern vs. Conestoga Wagon as the birthplace of the Corps, etc. Gen Simmons goes so far as to write that July 11, 1798 is the true birthday of the Corps.

Marine Corps historians, including BGen Edwin Simmons, have brought examples of these things out in their published writings, yet erroneous teachings continue. Why? As I’ve now come to mention often, I, not too long ago received an e-mail from a Marine colonel (retired) suggesting he didn’t give a rat’s ass about facts, tradition was all that counted w/him. People just don’t want to hear it.

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“PULLER”

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

“PULLER”

Amid a nationwide public outcry regarding the whole matter of the drownings in particular and Marine Corps training practices in general, LtGen Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller was recalled to active duty to testify at the trial regarding Marine training and tradition.”

“Mrs. Puller protested to her husband citing previous trouble and controversy in Puller’s career. Puller told her, “…The important thing is the Marine Corps. If we let ‘em, they’ll tear it to pieces. Headquarters won’t speak up. It’s my duty to do it.”
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Tun Tavern, Birthplace Of The Corps–Fact or Fiction?

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

byR.W. “Dick” Gaines

GySgt USMC Ret.1952-72

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Legends and Myths Of The Corps

BIRTHPLACE OF THE CORPS, 1775–

TUN TAVERN OR CONESTOGA WAGON?

From the book, The Marine Corps Story, by J.Robert Moskin, 1992, Little, Brown and Company

“…The two battalions were never raised; but onNovember 28, the Congress commissioned thirty-twoyear old Capt. Samuel Nicholas, a PhiladelphiaQuaker, and innkeeper and a blacksmith’s son, asthe first Marine officer.

A hundred volunteers,recruited in Rhode Island, arrived atPhiladelphia by December 5…probably signed upin Robert Mullan’s Tun Tavern.”

And, from the book, The United States Marines AHistory, by Edwin Howard Simmons. 1998, NavalInstitute Press

“…According to legend, the recruiting redezvouswas Tun Tavern, but it is more likely that it was the Conestoga Wagon, a tavern owned by theNicholas family on Market Street between Fourthand Fifth Streets.”

And, from the book, Marine Corps Book Of Lists,Albert A. Nofi, 1999, Combined Publishing

“…Eight Hoary Old Marine Corps Legends That AreNot True.

1. The first Marine recruiting stationwas established in Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia,the proprietor of which was so adept at securingrecruits, by liberally plying them with drink,that he was made a captain in the Corps.

Alas for”romance,” the story is untrue.

It probably gotits start from the fact that Samuel Nicholas,effectively the first Marine Commandant, actually did own a tavern in Philadelphia, the ConestogaWagon, which apparently served as hisheadquarters for a time.

However the owner of theTun Tavern did become a Marine officer, about ayear after the creation of the Corps, whichprobably gave rise to the legend.

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Gunny G: Former CMC David M. Shoup…On Berets…

August 28, 2010 3 comments

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Butler, Carlson, Puller—not yer run-of-the-mill PC Marines!
Neither was CMC Dave Shoup…

#160 CMC Dave Shoup On Berets
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Former CMC General Shoup On Berets
I think it is a sign of the times…the so called leadership is so far out of touch, they think that a beret will make a difference. The USAF tried to improve pilot retention by issuing WW2 type leather jackets to all pilots…didn’t work, this won`t either. About 40 years ago it was suggested to USMC Commandant David Shoup, that perhaps the Marines should adopt beret. General Shoup`s reply was “ Why would anyone want to look like a faggot or a Frenchman?”

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Marine Rips Into Congressman!

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a clip that will have you standing and applauding if you are a lover of liberty and freedom for all!

This Marine stands up and unashamedly rips into his congressman to the cheers and standing ovations of his fellow constituents.

He says, “Now I’ve heard recently you and other people on the national political stage call us Brownshirts because we oppose you…But I will remind you a little history lesson.

The Nazi’s were the National Socialist Party. They were leftist. They took over the finance, they took over the car industry, they took over the healthcare in that country.

If Nancy Pelosi wants to find a swastika maybe the first place she should look is the sleeve of her own arm! Now what I want to know is, you’ve done a lot of things to violate your constitutional oath. What I want to know is, as a marine, as a disabled veteran that served this country, I’ve kept my oath. Do you EVER intend to keep yours?!”This is 2 minutes of pure patriotic passion! Enjoy!

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Gunny G: MARINES ARE SOLDIERS! — SOLDIERS OF THE SEA

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

DON’T YOU DARE CALL ME A SOLDIER!!!

Marines’ sites and bulletin boards on the Internet are nothing short of amazing regarding what many do not know about Marine Corps history and traditions.

There are numerous cases where Marines–some of them even senior enlisted Marines and officers–post and respond to downright erroneous information demonstrating a definite lack of knowledge on various topics of Marine Corps interest. I have addressed several of these individual topics elsewhere on Gunny G’s.

Perhaps, some independent study would be in order–better start at the top.One random example, among many I have noticed, are several items lately where Marines are lambasting someone or other on the subject of one’s having dared to refer to a Marine, or Marines, using the term “soldier.”

With righteous indignation they scream that they are Marines, not soldiers, and they decry those who call them such! And rightfully so, in some cases, where the media or an individual, whatever, is using that term within an inappropriate context.Of course, they both the writer and the Marine are acting out of their own lack of knowlege. The user of the term “soldier” is not aware that he should generally refer to all Marines as “Marines”; and the Marine is very likely ignorant of the fact that the word “soldier” is also correct, in some cases.Members of our sister-service, for example, the U.S. Army, are soldiers, that is their name, but Marines are not soldiers in that sense at all.

I am referring to Marines as soldiers in a much broader, higher sense, as a class of soldier that goes to the root of what a Marine is and does.

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The Sayonara Marines-Japan 1950s!: She Ain’t Got No YoYo….

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

She Ain’t Got No YoYo….

May 22 2000 at 12:56 AM

Dick Gaines

Anybody have the correct name/spelling of the above song?

If so, please let me know.With the correct spelling/name, I can likely find it on a midi– web search for downloading to this site, and/or at least link it here.

Thanx

Dick

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Gunny G: Chesty Puller On Loyalty Down

August 16, 2010 1 comment

…I think, from what I read in the papers yesterday of the testimony of General Pate before this court, that he agrees and regrets that this man was ever ordered tried by general court-martial.”

“Puller went into the noncom’s club that night with Berman, two Marine generals and other officers; the big crowd stood, shouting until he spoke:

‘I’ve talked enough for today. This will be my last request. Do your duty and the Marine Corps will be as great as it has always been for another thousand years.

‘The applause was deafening.”

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WorldNetDaily Exclusive U.S. Marines boot recruits with Confederate tattoos You won’t believe what military thinks of historic Southern symbol (via ~ The GUNNY “G” BLOG & E-MAIL ~)

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

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Gunny G: That Old Slouch Hat — Campaign Hat USMC

August 12, 2010 1 comment

I like the book, Soldiers Of The Sea, by Robert Debs Heinl, Jr., Colonel, USMC, for many reasons.

I personally consider it to be the most thorough and detailed account of the Marine Corps as it was. And, I also like it, if for no other reason, the opening pages contain the photograph by Lou Lowery of the actual flag raising at Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945–not, mind you, the photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the “replacement” flag raising which occurred later that same morning.

And, the scope of Heinl’s book is from 1775 thru 1962–just as well, after 1962…well, things began to change in many ways for the old Corps soon after that. In any case, this author presents a most thorough and detailed account of Corps history with information on topics of interest that I’ve seen in no other writings.I was surprised to read that Colonel Heinl referred to the service hat, or campaign hat as it is more popularly known, as the “old slouch hat.” Prior to my reading of that I had thought of that term soley as a reference to the Australian campaign-type hat; and this caused me to look into the matter a bit further.

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Gunny G: HEY, WHAT’S THAT SOUND I HEAR? ….THAT’S AARUGHA, NOT OOHRAH!!!!!

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

HEY, WHAT’S THAT SOUND I HEAR? ….THAT’S AARUGHA, NOT OOHRAH!!!!!

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Ever wonder where some of the most common items of our Marine Corps history came from? Things like the term “Jarhead,” etc.? Most of these things are pretty well known by all Marines. But, then, there are also numerous cases where our accepted history is just plain inaccurate. For instance, Major Devereaux’s last message from the besieged Wake Island in early World War Two–”Send Us More Japs”–or that the red stripe on the blue uniform trousers of officers and NCOs (sometimes referred to as bloodstripes) commemorates the Marine blood spilled at the battle of Chapultapec in 1847. These two items are not true, and there are many more things like this that I have addressed elsewhere on my websites.

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The Military Pays the Price for Obama’s Agenda Stimulus for everyone but the Military

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to the Obama recovery.While the bailouts proceed apace, next year’s defense budget barely holds pace with inflation. Obama admitted in Washingtonese that he targeted the DoD for reduction….

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Gunny G: Myself, I would simply refer to these “multitude of fools” as simply… AINO ~ American In Name Only!

August 9, 2010 4 comments
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The following has been widely circulated for some time now by email, etc.
Said to have been a letter to the editor found in a European newspaper.
Sorta hits the old nail on the head, doesn’t it!

 

Myself, I would simply refer to these “multitude of fools” as simply… AINO  ~ American In Name Only!
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Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

 

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.”

 

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Return to Makin Island

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Return to Makin Island

YouTube ^ | 7 August 2010 | MePosted on Saturday, August 07, 2010 4:22:47 PM by paterfamilias

I have seen this before, but it is well-worth watching again.I find it both sad and inspirational, as we fight a pitched battle, starting on November 2, to preserve and restore the Constitution that they died defending.

In the early days of WW II the Marine raiders attacked Makin Island and left behind 19 dead Marines after asking the islanders to make sure that they received a proper burial.In 1999 the remains were discovered.

This is a touching tribute.

Semper Fidelis.

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Gunny G: George Clark Looking For Marine “Mustangs”

July 31, 2010 Leave a comment
George B. Clark to me…
Dick
I’m presently engaged in writing a book about the Marine enlisted who became officers. I have plenty of background about those I’ve included BUT I believe that if I can communicate with some that were, it would be very helpful. Personal info that can’t come from regular sources.
Would you be willing to inculde in your postings that fact and give them my email address?
I certainly would appreciate it.
George Clark
brasshat@kingcon.com
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To All:
I have known Marine George Clark for many years, and I have many of his books on Marine History including “Devil Dogs…”
the best book about Marines in The Great War (WWI).
Likely many of you have some of his books too.

George Clark
Please use George’s Email addy above to contact him…
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Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Ray Jacobs: “.That’s when I discovered Dick Gaines’s Gunny G  web site.Dick uses Lowery’s classic picture of the first flag raising on his home page.I e mailed him that I was the radioman in that picture.”
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“D + 4 on Iwo Jima was Friday,February 23,1945.At about 10:30 hours I was standing on the broad rim of the crater on top of Suribachi looking up at our colors snapping in the breeze._”

“Suddenly something extraordinary happened.We could clearly hear cheering from the Marines in combat on the plain of Iwo below us.They had spotted the flag and as the word spread more Marines joined in cheering our flag crowning Suribachi some 500 feet above.Soon the boats along the landing beaches and the ships at sea joined in blowing horns and whistles.It was a remarkable moment in Marine battle history but unfortunately soon to be forgotten.”

“I was PFC Raymond Jacobs,the radioman with F Company 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.About 40 minutes earlier I had been assigned to accompany an E Company combat patrol for the climb up Suribachi to supply communications between the patrol and battalion.”

“The patrol was led by Lt.Harold Shrier,E Company XO. At the top I watched as Lt.Shrier,Sgts.Henry Hansen and Ernest Thomas,Cpl.Charles Lindberg and Pvt Phil Ward secured the flag to a piece of Japanese water pipe.”

“Joined by PhM2c John Bradley they walked the flag and pipe over to the high ground,jammed it into the ground and raised the flag. Leatherneck cameraman Sgt.Lou Lowery had been with the patrol since it was formed.He faithfully followed the patrol taking pictures of the people and our movements every step of the way.In particular,he shot about a dozen pictures of the group of eight people most associated with the flag raising.Lowery’s pictures clearly show the faces of those people.”

“Yet for decades the official Marine Corps record of that event has failed to identify or misidentified five of the people pictured in Lowery’s photos? Obviously,given the time and place,no one was interested in gathering names for the record…but there were other forces at work.”

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The Swagger Stick: Origin, History, Evolution, Military, USMC, etc.

July 28, 2010 1 comment

THE SWAGGER STICK:INFORMATION AS TO ITS ORIGIN, HISTORY,EVOLUTION, USE, RELATION TO THE MILITARY,THE U. S. MARINE CORPS, ETC.by R. W. “Dick” GainesGnySgt USMC Ret.1952 Plt #437–1972ALL RIGHTS RESERVED!

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