June 02, 2004
Overheard on a Marine Base
I visited the Marine Base at 29 Palms over the Memorial Day weekend and met several young 1/7 Marines, all friends of my own son. At one point, they were discussing the current lottery jackpot and what they would do if they won. One Marine noted that such a bonanza would mean a "material change in lifestyle" and that an enlisted winner could probably get out of deployment. I asked if any of them would do that and, to a man, they all said no. They have lived together, trained together, bonded as brothers, and none of them would let their buddies go back to the sandbox without them.
Posted by Deb at June 2, 2004 09:27 AM
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If you stop and think, Marines have loyalty to UNIT ,God, Corps and Country. If you are part of a Unit, you know that there is no one more trustwothy than you to go anywhere.
Money can not buy loyalty.
Posted by: Dave H. at June 2, 2004 12:00 PM
You must remember that you are taught to have loyalty to Unit,Corps, God , and Country.
Money can not buy Loyalty.
And you KNOW that there is no one more trustworthy than you to go anywhere with your unit.
Posted by: Dave H. at June 2, 2004 12:07 PM
Dave H. is most certainly correct in what he says about the values taught our Marines. But most of them first acquire the virtues through what they are taught at home.
It is strengthened in their training. It begins with their parents. It is based on what they learn from their moms.
Moms of Marines aren't perfect. They just come closer than most other categories in this world.
Posted by: Steve at June 3, 2004 12:15 AM
Steve, your comments were right on the money. As Marine Moms we agree that moms are responsible for the virtues taught at home, but we have realized that Marines,who are known for their philosophy of "work hard and play hard", received their "play skills" from their moms! Thank you for your insight and wisdom to the root of Marine values.
Connie & Janise
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