Happy Birthday to the USMC

Today is the birthday of the United States Marines. As some of you know, some of my favorite people in the world were Marines.

My mother:

(Read here eulogy here.)

My father (he was born on November 10; his fate was cast for him).

My brother (the recruiter promised to get him into Recon if he signed up right away for six years; who knew recruiters made promises they couldn’t keep?).

(Me, I’m the one who went to college.)

My grandfather (wounded on Okinawa; the Japanese got him right in the bulldog tattoo).

Also, my great uncle Henry, whom I never knew but whose discharge papers I inherited.

The Sniper, whose highest aspiration in life was The Army (says the guy who served without distinction for years amongst Jesuits and coeds), recognizes the occasion.

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