“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

34 Years ago today.









This former Marine sums the whole thing up pretty well.  I've said about all I've got to say about it over the years in previous posts.







Beirut, Lebanon  1982- 1983










Today's Memorial Service at 8th and I.

This ceremony took place today, at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps, 8th &I, Washington, D.C.

I was taken aback at how Colonel Gerlach looked.  You always remember people in your mind the way they looked when you last saw them, even if you know they aren't that way anymore.

 I liked the Vice Presidents speech, but I got more and more anxious as it went on.  Those Marines standing out there were probably going through burning feet and hurting leg muscles. People who make speeches with troops behind them should remember how hard it is to stand there like that for long periods. 

Nobody from Barrack Hussein's entourage ever attended a memorial service on this anniversary.  Those wretches gave the Iranians airplanes full of cash, when what they should have done is make Iran glow in the dark.  I live in hope that someday, the Israelis will  turn Iran into radioactive slag.

That would be some small measure of justice.


22 comments:

  1. Once again, thanks for your service.

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  2. Semper Fi, Harry. --Troy

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  3. So, just curious, is there such a thing as a "former" Marine?

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    1. No, I don't think so. It gets in the blood. I used to see fat old guys in their Marine Corps ball caps coming to Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station, just to see the place again. When I was in my twenties, I wondered why. Not now .

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    One day there will be payback. Maybe SMOD (Sweet Meteor of Death) a Volkswagen sized rock impacting central Iran at 300,000 miles per hour will bring payback from the heavens.

    Karma can be real bitch. The trick is waiting around long enough to watch Karma bite the bad guys in the ass. Harry, you may be long gone before something happens to Iran. 'Rest assured that the Marines will have their payback one day.
    I may be an old man when that does happen decades from now and Harry and I will remember you. I will raise a beer in toast to you and everyone else that was there in Beirut in 1983.

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    1. It's always made me feel very bitter that the Iranians and Hezbollah got away with that, and we never got revenge for it. Only the Israelis have the stones to do what has to be done and not worry about the rest of the world whining about it.

      Hey, I hope I didn't aggravate you by mentioning the Washington sank a battleship and not a cruiser. I don't know why I have to be such a damned nitpicker. I drive my poor wife crazy doing that.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      'No you did not aggravate me. I did not see that reply. I have been busy dealing with insurance companies, roofing companies etc, etc. That's one reason why I have not been on here for a spell. I stood down a Cat 4 hurricane so you know I am not 'a special snowflake' that gets butt hurt easily. Maybe I had my information wrong on that Jap ship that was blasted by the Washington? Its ok to be a 'Nitpicker' Nitpickers keep nuclear reactors from melting down and keep planes from falling out of the sky. If the Japs had Nitpickers working at the Fukashima reactor site. The disaster would be much, much less destructive. 'Hell the bastards were storing spent fuel rods above a containment vessel and when the containment vessel blew up. The fuel rods flew everywhere all over the site.
      I was just thinking that every military command needs to have a designated 'Nitpicker Officer' to keep major disasters from happening. Tell that to your wife:)

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    3. Nobody likes a know it all, though. I usually don't even think about it when I do something like that, it just pops out and later on, I realize it was tactless.

      I hope the insurance guys aren't giving you too hard a time. I know they try to screw people out of as much money as they think they can. I have USAA insurance and they have always been pretty good to me.

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  5. Are we or have we made a difference in the Mid East? I don't think so we are just wasting our good people and flushing money down the toilet.

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    1. I agree. I was all for kicking Saddam's ass when I thought he was building nukes. Then it turns out that was bullshit, and all we did was knock over the first domino that started the whole ride into hell . I don't mind a bit if the Moslems want to kill each other wholesale , the idea of the Iranians and their dogs and ponies, killing off ISIS and their dogs and ponies, is sweet to me. But we spent a lot of blood and treasure there, and for what? I don't give a tinkers damn for "Iraqi freedom" and neither do they. With the exception of Israel, there aren't any countries in the middle east who want democracy. They want order, safety, and a strong man at the helm. I can't for the life of me think why so many Americans think that our system will work everywhere. I guess the stupid bastards that think that have never been outside the U.S.

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    2. Tim, you got a blast from some mentally deficient moon bat, but I didn't publish it. It was all just obscenity, unthinking trash mouth. I got a kick out of it though.

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  6. I love seeing old pictures of you.

    I couldn't imagine just standing there through a whole speech. It would be great if they stood in the beginning and at the end when everyone claps. They should get to sit in the middle - my opinion.

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    1. Alissa, I wish I had more. Back when I was moving all over the place, there were no digital cameras. You had photos and negatives. When I moved from Italy back to the states my last time overseas, some of my boxes got lost. A lot of my good pictures were in there, and they never found the boxes.

      People don't realize how hard it is to stand still, even at modified parade rest. Your feet and ankles begin to hurt after half an hour, and the muscles in your legs start to cramp. If you force people to stand like that longer than about an hour, people lock their knees, and they start passing out and falling face first , especially if it's hot. I know it looks good to have troops all fallen in for ceremonies, and you notice the Marines who spoke were brief, they know what it's like. But the Vice President, though it was a good speech, just wasn't thinking about the poor grunts behind him standing there stock still.

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  7. Harry,
    Thank you for your service dear friend. Agreed when speeches are presented our military shouldn't have to stand for long periods of time. People who haven't been injured or served in the military just don't understand how difficult it is when long speeches are given.

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    1. Sandy, that's true. It isn't that they are being inconsiderate on purpose, but if you have never stood absolutely still, at the attention position, or even modified parade rest like some of the troops in the ceremony were doing, you don't know how soon it becomes painful.

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  8. Nice commemorative post Harry. :)

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    1. I always observe October 23 as a special day. Even if it was a long time ago, and is largely forgotten , it deserves to be remembered.

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    2. I agree :)

      By the way, I LOVED your comment about the scary democrats, that had me howling! :)

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    3. I do a lot of sitting by the fire and remembering the past. Must be inherent in old age.

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  9. I was talking to my boys about this. sorry for the lose of your friends.

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