Merry Christmas devils

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  1. Smile Merry Christmas devils


    TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
    PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A MARINE,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
    THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
    THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
    THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE MARINES
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE MARINES,
    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
    HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT
    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
    AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE MARINE AWAKENED
    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    "SANTA DON'T CRY,
    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
    I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
    MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

    THE MARINE ROLLED OVER
    AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
    SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

    I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE MARINE ROLLED OVER,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
    AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."


    This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan.
    The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

    PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of relaying this to as many
    ! people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due
    to our U.S.service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
    festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we
    owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who
    sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this
    small seed.
    _________________


  2. YUT!

    Sorry, flashback!

  3. Good one Beelzebub. I got out of the Corp in 76, but there really are no ex-Marines, just active and inactive.......
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  4. as the saying goes "once a marine, always a marine". i figured some of those tats came from service

  5. Quote Originally Posted by delta314
    Good one Beelzebub. I got out of the Corp in 76, but there really are no ex-Marines, just active and inactive.......
    Man, you got out when I was, 3 years from getting shot into the meat dorito

  6. Im pretty sure those are some cammie bottems in the pic as well!

  7. touchee. unlike you though, i wasn't looking below the waist, lol.

  8. UUHHHH! Im not gay, I swear!!!! Just very observant!!!!

  9. Quote Originally Posted by revodrew
    UUHHHH! Im not gay, I swear!!!! Just very observant!!!!
    That's good to know..... (not that race, creed, religous or sexual preference makes a difference......)
    We didn't even have camo's when I got in the Corp. Our fatigues were solid green back then. I get to wear camos on the PD when we go out on special deployments. (I also wear em in the woods during deer season)

  10. damn delta, you're pre-oldschool, lol.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    damn delta, you're pre-oldschool, lol.
    But I'm still goodlookin!!!!!!!

  12. Quote Originally Posted by delta314
    But I'm still goodlookin!!!!!!!
    Says who???????

    Just playing!

    Hey beez, did you ever come to camp lejeune?

  13. i was in camp johnson for a couple months for MOS training.

  14. Errrr!

  15. Just wondering if you ever went main side to the "health shop" or so called fat ass who has no idea except that he can rip you off supplement store. Super huge dude who claimed he never juiced. Oh'well, guess not.

  16. I just got back from my second tour of Iraq.....currently at home in sunny MCAS Miramar.....stupid POG

  17. what unit brudda? miramar was my last station, vmfa-225

  18. was out there with hmh-466 and now I'm with hmh-462....ch-53 squadrons....

  19. cool deal, is the barn still up and running? i loved that place.

  20. Without a doubt....they have three gyms on base now....but the barn is still the shiznit.....although i sold out recently and have a membership for those weekend days when i dont want to go on base

  21. yeah, they had just opened the new one when i got out, over by the swim tank. then, there's the main one by the barracks, but that one blows donkey nuts. the barn is most definately the shiz. i miss those 150lbs dumbbells.

  22. I hear you on that....the one by the pool sucks too...way too small.....the barn is the most hardcore on base...if there are any "hardcore" gyms on base.....what shop were you in?

  23. OOORAH!!!

  24. logistics, aka S-4. we're hated, lol.

  25. lmao.....ummm...welll......no comment...I'm an airframer by trade.....so you were a POM...person other than maintenance..lol....good **** man....but I'm defienetly counting the days to my EAS

  26. Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    logistics, aka S-4. we're hated, lol.
    Pretty much!lol Dude, I was an airwinger (MALS-31)- all my buddies were grunts so I caught tons of ****.

  27. yeah, S-shops are despised by the maint shops, and vice versa. it's a give and take relationship. we give you a pencil, you take your ass out of our office, lol. i hear ya on the EAS deal bro. i started counting at the 425 day mark. everyday, i marked off another day with a big fat X.

    i figured it'd be better in miramar as a logistics guy versus my former as an artilleryman in pendleton, i was wrong. both of them suck in different ways. 8 years was enough of that ****.

  28. Quote Originally Posted by jarhead
    Pretty much!lol Dude, I was an airwinger (MALS-31)- all my buddies were grunts so I caught tons of ****.
    awesome brudda. i think we dealt with mals 31 a little while during our station in kuwait/iraq. we were under mals 11 at the time.

  29. there ya go, take some rep points marines

  30. I 've got like 730 days left....wow...thats sux...5 years will be more than enough for me....we deal with mals-16 but I was dealing with Mals-11 in Iraq this past time...pretty good guys.

  31. Beezlze...your

  32. the man...sorry for the delay

  33. BTW.....OOHRAH.....i know i know....airwing...but you got ....at least a little motivation...I just gave you all I had in my reserve

  34. 730, jeeez, lol. that's a little early to be counting. i was told a good rule by a corporal when i first arrived in pendleton, he said "when it stops being fun, get the **** out." so i did.

    and another good one by a buddy of mine the day he got out, "it was the best time i ever had, but i'd never do it again."

  35. lol, reserve ooh rah is a dangerous thing

  36. yeah I know....sometimes movies boost the reserve, sometime stories...but never ever everyday marine corps life

  37. It seems like civilians are the only thing that can boost the reserve....sad as it sounds.....but most days at work make me hate being a Marine

  38. But then again I don't regret it so....OOHRAH

  39. It's funny how great it was in retrospect. At the time it sucked though. I couldn't wait to get out.

  40. Kinda of like bootcamp I guess...really really sucked when you were there...but almost fun when it was all over....kinda like life I guess.....what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger....corny yes...but the most true statement I've ever heard.
  

  
 

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