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Old 11-10-12, 10:46 AM   #1
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USMC, 237 years of courage, Integrity and commitment, And we are bicyclist too.

A very Happy 237 birthday to all my fellow Marines, active duty, veterans, retired, all Marines for life. Without the service of all veterans we wouldn't enjoy the freedoms we have. Thanks to all those who served, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINE CORPS, Hope the various USMC birthday rides and Veteran's Day rides around the country go off well and all the riders have beautiful weather and a tailwind the entire route.

Also, please keep my brother, Eddie, in your thoughts and prayers, he deployed yesterday to Afghanistan as a D.O.D adviser, to a brigade C.O., on crime scene preservation, evidence collection and legal requirements after completing combat infantry and urban combat training. He is an expert pistol shot and can handle an M-16/M-4 rifle well. He is 50 and will be starting bicycling on his return next October, as he retired as a LT from our Sheriff's department last month and had time to start along with his new wife. Recommendations for good road bikes for them will be appreciated.

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Old 11-10-12, 12:20 PM   #2
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A deep heart felt thanks to you and your fellow Marines.
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He is 50 and will be starting bicycling on his return next October, as he retired as a LT from our Sheriff's department last month and had time to start along with his new wife. Recommendations for good road bikes for them will be appreciated.
No need to wait upon his return from AFG. Attached is a picture of me this March in Kandahar with bike I used for getting around. Also another bike I used in the housing area. Left 'em both there. Maybe Eddie might find one or something similar.
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Attached are pictures of a similar bike I used to get around in Balad, Iraq in 2010. Left that one there too.
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I met this 55 y/o Marine riding 2200 mi from NM to FL, camping the whole way on a Next.

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Happy birthday younger cousins.

Remembrance Sunday tomorrow and I shall be down at the war memorial in the town.

And for all Ex US Marines


Somewhere towards the end at around 9 mins 40 is Semper Fidelus Played by the "Best Marine Band"- or one of them-In the world.
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Happy Birthday to my brothers and sisters in the USMC, from a retired Army CW3!
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Tip o' the hat to all who served, past and present. Tomorrow we remember those who have fallen preserving our freedom.
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Speaking of which, my daughter and I went out to the new Beckley Springs Park (grand opening today). We had stopped at the bottom of a rather nasty but short little hill, at a parking lot.

Out of a car steps a guy who looks 70+, wearing a red Marines ball cap. He owns a utility bicycle with every order of mirror on it. He's wearing work boots. He heads off toward the hill.

"I'll bet you anything this guy's going to make it", I told my daughter.

He charges on his bike like it was San Juan Hill. He makes it 2/3s up the hill, then stalls and dismounts.

It was a noble effort and I thought he could do it. It was pretty cool.

BTW, I didn't try that hill. I was tuckered out after checking out the new MTB trail. It was pretty cool, too, but you can't ride a bent for a year and expect to do well on a MTB on kind of slippery single track.
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Happy Birthday, and Semper Fi!
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I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic in '96 when we were being evacuated. Who'd they send in? You bet your @$$, it was the U.S. Marines.

"F*** the Peace Corps! I want the Marine Corps!" - Charles Plager - 1996

Once we were evacuated, the peace corps volunteers and the marines stayed at the same hotels. What great parties we all had.

A very heartfelt happy birthday to the Corps!

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Thanks to all for your service Both my sons served in the Marines between the Gulf wars. Both as Spanish linguists (go figure) so we were well prepared for an invasion over our southern border.
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Happy birthday brothers! Served with Marines in SEA.

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This civillian wishes to thank everyone who wears the uniform today, and has worn the uniform in the past, for your service.
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On the last day of World War One my uncle died when his artillery piece blew up firing at the Germans in Flanders fields.
BTW he was n the Belgian Army and served from 1914 til his death in the front lines.
Sadly his luck ran out at the last hour of the war.
His brother (my dad) served in the Canadian Army from 1915-18 and also fought in Flanders and France in WW I. Wounded 3 times and buried alive once.
They dug him up but his buddy next to him died in the trench collapse.
I worked with the underground (as a kid) in WW II in Belgium. Served with the US Air Force in the Korean debacle.
With all due respect to the Marine Corps, we all served.
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On the last day of World War One my uncle died when his artillery piece blew up firing at the Germans in Flanders fields.
BTW he was n the Belgian Army and served from 1914 til his death in the front lines.
Sadly his luck ran out at the last hour of the war.
His brother (my dad) served in the Canadian Army from 1915-18 and also fought in Flanders and France in WW I. Wounded 3 times and buried alive once.
They dug him up but his buddy next to him died in the trench collapse.
I worked with the underground (as a kid) in WW II in Belgium. Served with the US Air Force in the Korean debacle.
With all due respect to the Marine Corps, we all served.
No one would dispute that, I think.
I've been fascinated by the mass murder they call the Ypres salient, and specifically the Battle of Passchendaele. I've seen the dramatization and the documentary versions. Literal Hell on earth. I had nine years service in the Mean Green Machine, and it wasn't one tenth the sacrifice it was to spend one night in a muddy trench where you didn't have to worry about the enemy. If you slipped off the duckwalk you drowned at the bottom of the trench.
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My dad fought in Ypres and Passchendaele. Survived several bayonet charges and gas attacks. He spent time behind German lines eliminating long range artillery with the Canadian Red Devils brigade.
Ended up getting most of his intestines and stomach removed due to severe injuries.
Korea, for me, was almost a picnic compared to what he went through.
War tends to be glorified, it is anything but that.
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With all due respect to the Marine Corps, we all served.
Words of wisdom from someone that has seen the worst that can be thrown at a human being and still lives his life to the fullest. Thanks for everything Rudy. You are one of my heroes. And, yes, war is all too glorified by too many. I pray that we never again have to fight another war. But history tells me much different.

It is Veteran's Day or for our English and Canadian brethren Remembrance Day NOW. Please pause to say a prayer of thanks for everyone that fought to preserve the freedoms we take for granted every day. Thanks to the veterans of all our allies.

Cplager, that line deserves to be quoted and printed out for posting, thanks. I have relatives that were Peace Corps, a very noble calling and service.

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Bill, thank you for serving. My wife and I usually ride our bikes through the marine base at Camp Pendleton a few times per year. I am always impressed with the quality of the personnel. The guards are friendly and always vigilant. We are passed by marine vehicles and the marines always wave to us. I got off the side of the road to let a tank go by and the visible men all waved and we always wave back. Usually, we hear gunfire from the practice range and there is a lot of it. I am really glad these guys are on our team because as courteous and friendly as they are to us, I would not want to be on the other side in combat against the USA marines.
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