A Liberal Marines Progressive Perspective

Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

23 February 1945: A Pivotal Moment Posted by Hello
This is THE day, the day when the flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi by members of the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy. Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press took the legendary photograph (as seen above) that forever memorialized the kind of uncommon bravery and valor that was, as Admiral Nimitz later declared, "...a common virtue...". The Marines (and one Navy corpsman) that did the actual flag raising were: Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, Michael Strank, Rene Gagnon and "Doc" John Bradley (Navy corpsman). Strank, Block and Sousley would later be killed in action on Iwo. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon (who would survive the battle) became national heroes shortly after the flag raising. Strategically, the raising of the American flag over Mt. Suribachi (which is on the southern tip of the island) signified that the Marines had neutralized enemy activity on the southern portion of Iwo Jima. Thus, the only enemy fire left to deal with was on the north end of the island. Of course, the worst part of the fighting was AFTER the flag raising, not before. Again, this is a day to be remembered. Take care. Semper Fidelis


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