Bury me next to a Marine

Bury me next to a Marine, When my time comes to an end, So I can spend eternity Beside my brother and friend. I’ve served beside them for years, And they inspired me every day, They’ve never ask for anything’ So a debt I can never repay. None of them served for money, None for … Read more…

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Old Jarhead Poems

I recently read “Old Jarhead Poems – The Heart of a Marine” by Robert A. Hall. In all my years of reading Marine Corps literature, never I have come across such a meaningful and reflective book of Marine poems. One or two I recognized from past editions of Leatherneck Magazine but most of the poems … Read more…

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The Man in the Doorway

Written by Marine Michael Ryerson They came in low and hot, close to the trees and dropped their tail in a flare, rocked forward and we raced for the open doorways. This was always the worst for us, we couldn’t hear anything and our backs were turned to the tree line. The best you could … Read more…

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Recon Team Little Gull

by Tom Shainline When I arrived in country, you were in the bush. I was assigned to your team, call sign “LITTLE GULL”. You were on patrol; I was in your tent. I did not know you. I saw your pictures, your Mother and Father, your wife, your children, your sweetheart, your friends, Miss January. … Read more…

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STRANGE BREED

WE ARE A STRANGE BREED…… WE RESPECT COURAGE, HONOR, COMMITMENT, AND EACH OTHER. WE ARE TOUGH, AND THRIVE ON ADVERSITY AND CHALLENGE. YET TEARS FILL OUR EYES, WHEN WE SEE THE STARS & STRIPES, READ NAMES ON THE WALL, OR HEAR THE MARINE HYMN. WE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN BE UNFAITHFUL. SEMPER FI IS EMBEDDED … Read more…

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I am a Marine

I am a Marine, Born in 1775. Through two centuries, I’ve fought the best; And through two centuries, survived. I’ve fought the British twice, And two times I have won. Because of me, there was a setting of the Empire’s sun. I am a Marine. And I’ve fought in many nations, From Mexico’s Chapultepec, to … Read more…

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Whisper Semper Fi

He was sitting on a park bench, hunched and looking low. It was hard to imagine how he’d looked so long ago. His beard was long and shaggy now; his sparse hair white as snow but his steel gray eyes were piercing and I turned away to go. He looked lonely and forgotten and maybe … Read more…

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A Marine Toast

There once was the love of a beautiful maid And the love of a staunch, true man And the love of a baby, unafraid All have existed since time began But the eternal love The love of all loves Even greater than love for mother Is the infinite, passionate, tender love Of one drunken Marine … Read more…

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