Friday, November 10, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES!!
231 years ago, today



Not to be outdone by my beloved Corps, the other branches of the Armed Forces have their very own specialized precision teams....

1. The Army Silent Wake Me Up When The Trucks Arrive... I'm Not Marching Anywhere Team.
2. The Air Force Silent You Mean We're Suppose To Call Officers "Sir"? Team
3. The Navy Silent At Least I'm Not A Deck Ape Team
4. The Coast Guard Silent Walking To Shore After Our Boat Sank Team

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOO-RAH!

Dr. Eric

2:14 PM  
Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

I saw them once cavey! In a rare instance the Sarge threw the rifle and it was caught by the rifleman's face. No bayonet of course.

2:31 PM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

GOD BLESS OUR BELOVED CORPS! THE FINEST FIGHTING FORCE MANKIND HAS EVER KNOWN.
SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Semper Fi!

(My oldest served with the 1/8th Bravo Co from 2002 to 2005. They went through Fallujah two years ago. My next in line is finishing up PI within the next two weeks.)

Fr. Capodanno pray for all the Marines!

-Bill H

2:34 PM  
Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

Happy Vets Day, and I'll forgive any slights against the USAF, which bombs the snot out of folks BEFORE the Marines get there. ;-)

2:36 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Just remember, Jimbob... it's not American until an 18-year-old Marine fights his way to the top of the hill and plants the American Flag.

No matter how much the Air Force bombs the place!

Happy Birthday, Marines

Happy Veterans Day to all fellow Vets

2:50 PM  
Blogger 4HisChurch said...

Happy Birthday Marines! My grandfather was a Marine in WWI and 2 of my cousin's 3 sons have served in the marine's.

I still remember how my grandfather would constantly remind us to "stick that chest out" and stand up straight. Unfortunately, I get my (poor)posture from the other side of my family.

3:04 PM  
Blogger hooligan said...

Truly inspiring! Happy Veterans' Day wishes from Canada.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous airborne infantry vet said...

Not too shabby, for a bunch of jarheads.

Happy Vets Day.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

AIV,
And they managed to do it without wearing those silly sunglasses and taps on their shoes like those Army Doggies do.

Amazing, huh?

Happy Marine Corps Birthday
Happy Veterans Day

7:17 PM  
Blogger IR said...

Vir,

I must take exception--the army does not have a silent wake me up when the trucks get here team--we always use formalized vocal commands!

Paratroopers, however, do have a drink-the-brits-and-bickers under-the-table-team at Fort Bragg, but it's no silent either.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

drink-the-brits-and-bickers under-the-table-team at Fort Bragg

LOL!!! I think we Marines outta Lejeune cross-trained with you guys a couple times!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Cave Man but it looks like even the Navy squids can outdo the jarheads on this deal. Check out the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8eXO-NGM7A

After all the jarheads are really just geneticall deformed members of the USN.

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY

9:35 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Anon,
That really means a lot coming from someone who can't even spell correctly... and didn't have the guts to join the Marine Corps to begin with.

Oh well, I guess chicken-shit and being part of the B-Team appeals to some.

By the way, how does it feel knowing that the Marine Corps had to bail you clowns out in Iraq? After all, occupation duty is the Army's job, not The Corps.

As usual, we've rescued you non-hackers.... again.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Oh my gosh I misspelled a word! Quite the over reaction! A little sensitive I'd say!
The fact remains that the squid drill team is certainly more impressive in the video.
As a retired serviceman I have seen the Rangers and the Marines both in combat action. I've been with both in Vietnam and later. Marines are good, better than regular army, but really not quite the expertise of the Rangers or Special Forces.

Keep up the good work!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Actually, you misspelled two, but that's neither here nor there.

If you want to whine about "over reaction", I suggest you take a peek at your first post. Typical army. Can't stand on their own merits, so they make a sorry attempt to degrade others. No problem, I'll respond in kind.

If you think that the Navy drill team was better... that's your call. Just notice that The Marines don't need an Officer to take charge (that's another example of the better Enlisted leadership the Corps has over all other Branches), nor do we need verbal commands (unlike the Navy). You missed that, didn't you? I will say that I'm impressed with the keen sense of observation that the army instilled in you. Don't let the obvious slip by.

And as far as Marines not having "expertise of the Rangers or Special Forces", well... let's just take a look at what some of your own Officers say about that, shall we?

"Why the hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can; they are all the same kind of men... why can't the Army be like the Marines?" - Commander in Chief, AEF, General John Pershing, U.S. Army. 1917

We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on? - Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff; during the assault on Grenada, 1983

The Corps, which has never lost sight that its primary mission is to fight, remains superbly trained and disciplined -- true to its time-honored slogan "We don't promise a rose garden." When, under Clinton, the Army lowered its standards to Boy Scout summer-camp level in order to increase enlistment, the Corps responded by making boot training longer and tougher -Col David Hackworth, US Army. 1997

I've done a Joint Service Tour with my high-water comrades-in-arms. For that I'm sure The Almighty will subtract 3 years off of my time in purgatory. And I've seen the Army in action in a hot zone.

I've seen what an absolute joke army "leadership" is. What you have a Staff Sergeant do, we have Corporals do, etc, etc.

I'll take a squad of Marine Infantry over a whole platoon of army special farces.

But I see that you failed to have a witticism for my painfully simple question;

By the way, how does it feel knowing that the Marine Corps had to bail you clowns out in Iraq? After all, occupation duty is the Army's job, not The Corps.

5:33 PM  

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