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We are Marines

I was going to update on the high temps, sand flea bites and tics but below is a much more simpler post. All is good-Semper


We are Marines. Many people don’t understand what we do as Marines nor do they really want to know. Many people are just thankful that we are out there. The force between them and evil. They are quick to chastise us or point out the rare occasions when we drift, however, they beg for us to go stand between them and fear.  In the very recent past, we have lost two Marines from our unit, the first of this deployment, many of the last few deployments.  They are warriors, school teachers and sons. They wanted to make a difference and they did. Now that we have grieve and have held a memorial, we put our helmets back on, push outside the wire and continue to keep the wolf at bay.  Why you ask? Because we are Marines.

God Bless them both and their families-Semper Fi



Thank you for telling us.
Please stay safe. You are all thought of.


Do what Marines do best. Make those scumbags pay tenfold for what they did to you. We know you are going to do it.

MissBirdlegs in AL

Thank God for Marines! God bless all of you and keep you safe and taking care of business! Prayers for the fallen, their families, friends and their Marine brothers and sisters. We love and appreciate Y'all!


You all are true heroes and warriors and we are blessed and honored to have you as part of our extended family.

Many blessings, always.


I crossposted this Major.

Traveling mercies. God keep all of you. We're proud of you and yours here and keep you in constant prayer.

Sammy D

MP - we share our prayers and gratitude with the families and buddies of our fallen Marines. We are very proud of all who serve.
You're The Best.

Miss Emu

Warriors standing tall
Warriors to guard the walls
Warriors who hear the first cries of pain
Warriors who battle fear their worst bane
Warriors who know what it is to grieve
Warriors for whom battle calls and now must leave

Our Pride
Our Honor
Our Protectors

Warriors standing Tall
Thank you for being there for us all.
Care, Concern, Prayers to all who are Warriors.

anthony j verrecchio

Semper Fi Marine we join for many reasons but we all end up fighting for one thing each other


Keeping all of you in pray, as well as the families of the fallen warrior heroes.

Courage is being scared to death-but saddling up anyways. John Wayne


I am so sorry for the loss of your two brother Marines. May God grant them peace and may you feel comfort in knowing they were doing good while serving there. Stay safe and know that we're praying for you daily!


Major Pain, haven't commented in a while but wanted to say I keep you all in my prayers. RIP to your fallen Brothers, my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Stay safe!! Semper Gratus.

donna, Los Osos, CA

GOD BLESS OUR MARINES! No one does it better.Our prayers are with the families of our heroes now riding on the wings of eagles. 


America is blessed...because y'all ARE Marines.

Thank you. My thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with you and your/our Warriors.


Mrs G

Semper Fi!

BTW, just a little fyi, during my blog crawls in the morning, I always leave your blog open. LOVE your playlist. My teenage kids always know when I'm working on the Dawn Patrol, because the speakers are cranked.;)

Stay Safe.


Marines rock! and so do Greyhawks :)


I've said it often, Marines were my first heroes. Still are.

Thank the good Lord above for each and every one. Between us and evil. Truer words are rarely spoken...

CT "Ace" Troop Supporter


Marine Dad

From the timing and location I have suspected that you were serving with the same unit as my son but I think this incident confirms it. My son is one of your Texas marines. I spoke with my son this weekend, he was friends with one the fallen marines from your time in California. He denied it by I could tell it has affected him, as it has affected me. We are all heart broken and my deepest sympathies go out to their families.

Get the job done, keep them safe and bring our boys back. You are in our prayers.

David M

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 04/22/2008 - News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.


Semper Fi MP. God Bless America. I wish I could help. The sidelines suck, even knowing that being in the thick of things would suck worse.


OO-RAH Major!
Marines know it best. I'm born and raised Navy, with Navy being my career of choice, but Forever and Always you guys are at the top of my list for heroes and down-right rough n' ready greatness. Thanks for your service, and may the Lord God keep you and your guys safe! Semper Gratus, MP.

Barbara from Ca

Thank you Marines for all that you do. Keep fighting the fight and please know that you have my unwavering support in anything that you do. And in answer to the question in the song, no, I haven't forgotten. Prayers going out for the two fallen brothers and their families and all of you guys. S/F


May God Bless our Fallen,God Bless those still in the fight and God Bless America.Sir.You guys are in our prayers.You all are doing outstanding work!I had told you my nephew was a marine in fallujah back in 04.He graduates from engineering college and has gotten married.Last week he received his recall papers.They recalled the whole co.I'm stuck on the side lines,to freaking old,who figured,Dam war..Be safe sir.SemperFi

liza c

This is a very brief explanation and strucks to the heart. God Bless the Marines and all the soldiers!


It's been a long time since I've commented here probably since your last deployment.

So very saddened by the loss of the two Marines. My deepest sympathies to their families and fellow Marines.

Still flying my flag here in So Cal.

Take care Maj. Pain



A 5000 word post could not have said it better or more poignantly. Thank you to you and your Marines. Because of you, and the others that willingly serve, my children sleep safely.


Get some, Marine

You guys are the greatest

Nothing can stop you


Ooh Rah! Having served during the "Cold War" (9/85 ~ 7/93) I can tell you first hand that this esprit de corps does not wain.

In the corporate world, 2 kids and there is not a day that I don't reflect on my time in the Corps. Every now and then I let a bit of those memories out into my own Blog and it feels good.

It feels good to see the blogs of those who followed my father and myself upholding the values and tradition of the Marines.



SEMPER FI!!! GO MARINES!! My daughters Father is a marine on his first deployment to Iraq. I pray for him and all the other marines/ military that are out there fighting for our country. The land of the Free and home of the BRAVE!!! SEMPER FI. MY thoughts and prayers are with you always!

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