Who THEY Are

They fight to Win.

Not for glory.

But for honor.

It’s what they do.

It’s Who They Are.

You so do not want to mess with a United States Marine.


He Came Up With This Simple Idea to Support Law Enforcement


A Washington man has come up with a simple idea to show support for law enforcement.

Alan Audette of Maple Valley, WA decided he needed to do something to show his support for police officers following attacks and deadly shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge (add Kansas City, KS to the list as of Tuesday). So he grabbed a roll of blue painter’s tape and added a blue stripe to the back window of his vehicle.

Explained Audette:

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D-Day at 72

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“Why is America lucky enough to have such men? They leave this tiny ship and fly against the enemy.  Then they must seek the ship, lost somewhere on the sea.  And when they find it, they have to land upon its pitching deck.  Where did we get such men?”

– RAdm. George Tarrant, The Bridges at Toko Ri

Written before words were mean and safe spaces were needed, James Michener’s The Bridges At Toko-Ri details the heroism of U.S. Navy fliers during the Korean War. The admiral’s last lines (above) describe those who serve(d) both before and after Korea. Like D-Day veterans.

June 06, 2016 marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day and the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II.

Rather than tuning in to Mr. Empty Suit on this solemn anniversary, how ‘bout listening to someone who loved freedom and knew how to honor those who protect and defend it? A Real American president. One who represented and led his country with pride, dignity, and class. Like President Ronald Reagan.

Here’s President Reagan’s 1984 Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion at Point-du-Hoc (it’s longish, but worth the listen):

No, Mr. Michener. America isn’t “lucky” to have such men and women. We are blessed.

Semper Fi.

From Wikipedia:

The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II, the largest amphibious invasion to ever take place.

D-Day, the date of the initial assaults, was Tuesday 6 June 1944 and Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on that day came from Canada, the Free French Forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands.[4] Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force,[nb 1] and the Royal Norwegian Navy.[1]

Can We Lose The “Happy Memorial Day” Thing? (Frankly, That’s Just Stupid)

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Before you break out the barbecue or grab your baseball glove this Memorial Day, take a moment to consider what’s behind this “most solemn of American holidays” – and the cost. Like:

A lot of people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They are not the same.

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. The November holiday largely focuses on thanking living veterans for their service, and underscoring the fact that all who’ve served have sacrificed and done their duty. It is a day for thanks and appreciation.

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. It is “the most solemn” of American holidays.

While we’re at it, can we please lose the “Happy Memorial Day” thing? There are plenty of events or occasions wherein “happy” is a perfectly acceptable adjective: Happy Easter. Happy Independence Day. Happy birthday. But “Happy” Memorial Day? That’s like saying “happy funeral.” Frankly, that’s just stupid*. Not to mention galactically insensitive, especially to families whose loved one(s) made the ultimate sacrifice. (*If you’re a DemoLib and I just offended thy tender sensibilities such that you require *counseling* to recover, I am so sorry. Not.)

So fire up that grill. Grab that glove, kite, or second ice cream cone. Take in a concert. Hug your kids. Welcome summer. When you do, be sure to take a few moments to reflect on the high cost that’s been paid to secure your freedom and liberty. While you’re at it, find a veteran and thank him or her for his/her service. Do both with respect.

Semper Fi.




U.S.S. Arizona. Public Domain.

December 7, 1941.

The U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked shortly before 8:00 a.m. Hawaii time, 74 years ago today. It was a Sunday.

It’s easy to forget the Date Which Will Live in Infamy with 70+ years in the rear view mirror.  Hollywood tried to remember with that God-awful 2001 Ben Affleck flick, Pearl Harbor. (Sorry, Ben.)

We’re old school. When it comes to December 7, 1941, there’s one and only one film that does it right:

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Happy Birthday You ‘Band of Brothers’

Honor. Courage. Commitment.

The Few. The Proud.

First to fight.


Devil dogs.

Uncommon valor was a common virtue.

Semper Fidelis.

Eagle, globe and anchor.

Once Marine, always a Marine.

Retreat, hell! We just got here.

No matter the nickname or slogan, they all mean  United States Marine Corps.

We have this thing about The Few, The Proud around here. We love them.

After a person successfully completes their basic training, they have earned the title of United States Marine forever. Even after discharge or retirement they are still a Marine – part of the Band of Brothers.

The Corps turns 240 on November 10.

To those who have served and are serving:

Happy Birthday to The Few. The Proud.

Semper Fi.

View the USMC Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller’s 240th birthday message here. (One guy in our house served with Gen. Neller when the general was a captain.) The vid takes a few. But it’s worth it.

God may come second. Country can come third.

You fight for the Corps first.



Montesano Bulldogs Hit The Streets With THIS

20151102_113955So I’m at the county admin building during a break in commish – ish action when the strains of a well-familiar tune reach my pricked ears. It sounds a whole lot like the Marine Corps hymn. You know: “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…”

By a marching band.

Thinking I’m teetering on the rim edge of a serious Ghirardelli deficiency, I dash outside.

Lo and behold, it’s part of the Montesano High School Marching Band. They’re chugging down W. Spruce Avenue near N. Main Street. Belting out the proudest service hymn in existence. Catchiest, too.

I asked the nice lady with the band what’s up. She says the band is practicing for its upcoming appearance in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade in Auburn.

How cool is that?

They’re good, too. Almost better than my last raspberry chocolate Ghirardelli’s. Almost.

Semper Fi.