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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Legacy
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So I’m sitting here watching Navy trounce Army in the 108th game of the most intense rivalry in college football (Go Navy! Beat Army!), getting my yearly football fix. One of the things I love about the game (besides it being the hardest fought game you will ever watch), is the tradition and history behind it.

Then I come across this on Blackfive, an even more powerful reminder of tradition and history. Each year at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball any Marine who has ever served may once again put on the uniform. This is the story of a WWII Marine who had never worn the Dress Blues until this year.

As a proud Second Lieutenant, wearing his Dress Blues with a bold strut and a confidence that could be seen by a blind man, I just stood there, humbled and crushed, feeling unworthy to wear the same uniform as this former Private First Class. I failed to remember that the only reason this uniform that I was wearing is distinguished is because of men like PFC Uncle Al. I just casually put it on and thought to myself, “Wow, this is the best looking uniform in the world!” I was definitely proud to put it on, yet I neglected to acknowledge its blood-stained legacy. I got a glimpse that night of what it really means to bear the title of a United States Marine.

Go read the whole thing. It’s worth your time.

13 Responses to “Legacy”
  1. LC MoMinuteMan Comment by LC MoMinuteMan

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    Sometimes I wonder how many people join The Corp just because they have the BEST looking Blues.

    Nothing but the best for America’s Best.

    Semper Fi !! :em69:

  2. LC MoMinuteMan Comment by LC MoMinuteMan

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    Oh yeah, almost forgot…

    GO NAVY!!!

    :em03:

  3. LC Old Dog Comment by LC Old Dog

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    Dammit Crunchie,

    Have you not figured it out. Army NCO’s pull for Navy. Marine and Navy NCO’s are supposed to pull for Army. Do you really want to pull for a Third Lieutenant, Temporary and Supernumerary, which is the actual Rank of a Cadet or Midshipman?

    Thought so! Have a nice Day. :em95:

  4. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Mo
    The Blues are definitely a great recruiting tool (and one helluva pussy magnet too). But it’s not until you earn the EGA that you really understand what the uniform means. Almost every component of it has a historical meaning. For example, the seven belt loops represent the seven seas, the emblem on the tunic buttons and hat posts is the original USMC emblem and is the oldest still in use emblem in the US Military, the high necked collar dates to the 19th century when Marines wore leather collars to protect against saber cuts (The original “Leathernecks”), and the red stripe on the trousers of NCO’s and officers is called a “blood stripe” and represents the high casualty rate of NCO’s and officers at the Battle of Chapultapec in the War with Mexico.

    Even more so though it represents the blood of the generations of Marines who have gone before, as the 2nd Lieutenant that wrote this letter learned.

  5. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Old Dog
    :em01:

  6. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    OK, games over and that was just pathetic. Poor Army. 38-3, Navy. :em99: :em01: :em03:

  7. LC MoMinuteMan Comment by LC MoMinuteMan

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    Enemies of America, take note…

    This is the ONLY time you will see The U.S. Army defeated.

    And only by another branch of The U.S. Armed Forces.

  8. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

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    Uncommon valor is the common virtue.

    Just another reason that I, Joe Regular Citizen,, can walk abroad with my own little strut, and that big, confident American smile.

    Eye contact comes automatic and warm.

    ‘Coz I KNOW these ain’t the last of ‘em.

    They earned it all for me, us, untold millions more.

    The best way to honor their sacrifice is to take their dreams beyond them, into the future, intact.

    *Klink!*

  9. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    OT: but this here’s MY type of boys night out!

    *Crank audio*

  10. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Now thats some good wholesome fun right there Rad! I hope to make it to Knob Creek one of these years. I’ll just have to be sure to bring plenty of tissue with me.

  11. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    I’ll just have to be sure to bring plenty of tissue with me.

    To plug your ears with right? :lol: :twisted: :em69:

    It’s safe to say that the spirit of every good redneck who’s passed on hovers around Knob Creek. Don’t let ANYONE tell you there’s no heaven! :em69:

  12. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    To plug your ears with right?

    Um, yeah, that’s right, what else would they be for, ahem, …hey look over there, a puppy!

  13. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I read that piece and thanks to all marines-and all vets.