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fnord

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Folks:
One of my twin sons, Ben, is currently going through the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. He's been gone for three weeks and, aside from a hurried and required written paragraph home to his parents, we haven't heard from him since the USMC commandeered his smartphone two days before the course started.
Ben is the square jawed, blue eyed young man on the right of this pix and we miss him very much. At 12:45 in the morning, Central Time, he's either racked out, studying in the head or standing fire watch. (If you're so inclined please remember him and his brothers in your prayers.)

These young men are your future front line of defense and they'll stand the wall gladly.
Fnord

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Thank your son for me for his service. You are a lucky father. I will certainly keep him in my prayers.

 

conlejm

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You must be so proud of your son. I wish him great success, that he serve proudly, and may God bless him and all our service men and women.

 

tbradsim1

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As a Navy man I salute all the Marines , peopl who know their shit, shoot great, almost can cuss like a Navy man, their only fault is shining their Brass in the Passageway of a ship, They all do it so it must be trained in em. On a serious note their is nothing more honorable than serving your country. Squared away young man, I"m proud of him like you are Jim. Semper Fi.

 

cynyr

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“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”

― Ronald Reagan

 

irish

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Outstanding looking young man. Congrats to you Jim and thank your son for me. :puffpipe:

 

mso489

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The Corps stands up for its song into their old age. Once a Marine, always a Marine. I got out of the Navy, mostly,

but you never get out of the Corps. Safe passage to your son, and his dad.

 

andystewart

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Congratulations Jim and well done to your boy. He will always be a man apart and a son to be proud of.
Andy

 

teufelhund

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It's not unusual to not hear from anyone in training for a while. It took about a month for my letters to be received at home and 6 weeks for me to receive mail at MCRD San Diego when I was there. Mail isn't very efficient when it's just chasing you. It's alittle different there though since training back then was between MCRD and Camp Pendleton. I'm sure he'll write when he has some square away time that isn't devoted to polishing something. God bless!.

 

carlomarx

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Looking good, Jim! I was thinking about Ben the other day, wondering if he was in the first increment. He looks great. OCS is tough, but I'm sure he'll make it. Don't expect many letters from Ben but write to him as often as you can, it'll mean the world to him.
Are you going to the graduation? I know how proud you are, you've raised a fine man. Ben will be in my prayers tonight for sure.
Bill

 

mso489

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I think I misspoke in my earlier post. I can still sing all the words to the Navy Hymn, at least the first verse,

and my wife marvels at how I fold clothes like I'm packing a seabag, and is annoyed because I still wear

flop sandals in the shower. So I guess you don't ever really get out of the Navy either.

 

dread

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Our greatest asset as a nation. You should be proud, but I also know it's hard. He looks like one squared away Marine!

 

dhizzy

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Fnord, I was in from 00-04 and miss it sorely. He is going to be taken to the limit but that's the Corps. I also like the Marine Corps philosophy on forging commissioned officers. It's done at the hands of enlisted men; people you will hear about from him called Sergeant Instructors. I know you are a proud papa as you should be! Do you know what field he wants to go to?

 
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