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Nov 10, 2015

The 240th Marine Corps Birthday

The 240th Marine Corps Birthday



The 240th Marine Corps birthday is November 10, 2015.
Just some insight on what makes up our young Marines, past, present and future.


Happy Birthday Marines and friends!
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When God created a United States Marine, it was into the sixth day of overtime. An angel appeared and said, "You're having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?" And the Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order?"

"It has to be able to think independently, yet be able to take orders; have the qualities of both a military mind and a compassionate heart; be a leader of junior Marines and learn from seniors; run on black coffee; handle critical ops without a Military Procedure Manual; be able to manage a difficult subordinate, an irate supervisor and a demanding OIC; have the patience of a saint and six pairs of hands, not to mention the strength of three its size."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands - no way!" And the Lord answered, "Don't worry; we'll make other Marines to help. Besides, it's not the hands which are causing the problem. It's the heart. It must swell with pride when other Marines do well, sustain the incredible hardship of combat, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so, and be strong enough to continue to carry on when he's given all he's had."

"Lord," said the angel touching the Lord's sleeve gently, "Come to bed!" "I can't," said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique. Already I have one who can complete a 26-mile forced march with full pack, handle a 9mm and an M16 with astounding accuracy, conduct land navigation in the dark, and operate field communications."

The angel circled the model of the Marine very slowly. "It's too serious," she sighed. "But tough," said the Lord excitedly, "You cannot imagine what this Marine can do or endure." "Can it feel?" asked the angel. "Can it feel!" replied the Lord. "It loves the Corps and country like no other!"

Finally the angel bent over and ran her finger across the Marine's cheek. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you you're trying to put too much into this model." "That's not a leak," said the Lord. "That's a tear." "What's it for?" asked the angel. "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, frustration, pain, loneliness and pride." "You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked at her somberly and replied, "I didn't put it there."



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Happy Birthday, Marines!!  Semper Fi



Nov 1, 2015

Marine Infantry Changing From M-16 to M-4


"In the Marine Corps, every man is a rifleman, but it seems the days of the full-length rifle with the USMC may be coming to a close. The M4 Carbine, pending approval by the commandant, will likely become the general issue weapon of the Corps, replacing the M16A4 for the infantry, Marine Corps Times reports:"

The M-4 is shorter and lighter. It is slightly less accurate at distance because the barrel is shorter.

Click to see a video comparing the two weapons.

youtube.com/watch?v=qJWJZNzmhs8


I carried a weapon similar to the M-4 in Vietnam. The Marine Corps did not have this weapon.  The rifle had been kicked off a shot up helicopter that had recovered an Army unit.  My boss had gotten the weapon and he gave it to me when he left Vietnam.  I carried it while in Vietnam and got a lot of attention from Marines who had not seen a weapon like this.

Our unit was the last Marine ground unit to leave Vietnam in June 1971.  They told us to turn in all of our weapons 36 hours before we were scheduled to leave.  "Screw that", I thought, and kept the rifle just in case the bad guys decided to attack. I gave the weapon to an Army truck driver as I left to get on the freedom bird back to the world, thus returning the weapon to the Army.  Wish I still had it. Wish I had a photo of the rifle - never occurred to me to take a picture.





I think this was the rifle - it looks like it - U.S. ASSAULT RIFLE SMG GAU - 5A/A 5.56MM S XM177 (Colt model 649) without the forward assist. Complete with 20-round detachable box magazine. 


Oct 26, 2015

Marine Corps Museum




We went through the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia last week.  Very nice.

usmcmuseum.com

Click to see the virtual Museum   virtualusmcmuseum.com


We were returning from an around the world trip, part of it by Space Available military hops.

aroundtheworldspacea.blogspot.com

spacea.us

Photos:   ruhu12.com



Sep 11, 2015

WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash


WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash
What a courageous young man. No weapons, no bullet-resistant windshields, no escort and he was flying over Germany to take photos.
Just watch the expression on his face as he watches himself. We owe a BIG thank you to men like him.
18 years old, all alone, behind enemy lines, no guns, no escort... and he gladly did it.

It was truly the greatest generation...We owe them so much...

Click below for video -----

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ie3SrjLlcUY


Thanks to MOAA Member Ray Day for sharing.





Sep 3, 2015

Sun Tzu, author of "The Art of War"

Art of War

1. “Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” [Chapter I.19]
2. “Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.” [Chapter I.26]
3. “…In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.” [Chapter III.1]
4. “Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem.” [Chapter III.6-7]
5. “…If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” [Chapter III.18]
6. “Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.” [Chapter IV.15]
7. “Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy’s will to be imposed on him.” [Chapter VI.2]
8. “By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord; or, by inflicting damage, he can make it impossible for the enemy to draw near.” [Chapter VI.3]
9. “You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked. Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.” [Chapter VII.7-8]
10. “The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points; and his forces being thus distributed in many directions, the numbers we shall have to face at any given point will be proportionately few.” [Chapter VI.16]
11. “Though the enemy be stronger in numbers, we may prevent him from fighting. Scheme so as to discover his plans and the likelihood of their success. Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots. Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.” [Chapter VI.22-24]
12. “In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; conceal your dispositions, and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies, from the machinations of the wisest brains. How victory may be produced for them out of the enemy’s own tactics—that is what the multitude cannot comprehend. All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances. Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.” [Chapter VI.25-30]
Unidentified gunmen guard the gate of an infantry base in Privolnoye, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of unidentified gunmen arrived outside Ukraine's infantry base in Privolnoye in its Crimea region. The convoy includes at least 13 troop vehicles each containing 30 soldiers and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The vehicles — which have Russian license plates — have surrounded the base and are blocking Ukrainian soldiers from entering or leaving it. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Unidentified gunmen guard the gate of an infantry base in Privolnoye, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of unidentified gunmen arrived outside Ukraine’s infantry base in Privolnoye in its Crimea region. The convoy includes at least 13 troop vehicles each containing 30 soldiers and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The vehicles — which have Russian license plates — have surrounded the base and are blocking Ukrainian soldiers from entering or leaving it. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) 
13. “When the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position. When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle, he is anxious for the other side to advance.” [Chapter IX.18-19]
14. “Those who were called skillful leaders of old knew how to drive a wedge between the enemy’s front and rear; to prevent co-operation between his large and small divisions; to hinder the good troops from rescuing the bad, the officers from rallying their men. When the enemy’s men were united, they managed to keep them in disorder. When it was to their advantage, they made a forward move; when otherwise, they stopped still.” [Chapter XI.15-17]
15. “Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.” [Chapter XI.19]
16. “Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy’s purpose. By persistently hanging on the enemy’s flank, we shall succeed in the long run in killing the commander-in-chief. This is called ability to accomplish a thing by sheer cunning. On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, and stop the passage of all emissaries. Be stern in the council-chamber, so that you may control the situation. If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground. Walk in the path defined by rule, and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can fight a decisive battle. At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity of a running hare, and it will be too late for the enemy to oppose you.” [Chapter XI.60-68]



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