An Amazing Pool of Talent at an Employer’s Fingertips

In combat, a sniper’s goal is to become a needle in a haystack. Marksmanship is only a piece of the puzzle. Whether I was in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, stealth was not just a tool — it was the objective. Before I became a Marine sniper, I spent months learning to tread softly and blend in to my environment, skills that have saved my life more than once.

Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer
When I transitioned out of the military, however, it didn’t take long to see that my objective needed to change. To be successful as a civilian, I had to go in the opposite direction of my training — I needed to make myself standout.

With less than eight percent of Americans having served in the armed forces, your military service already makes your resume unique. Now you have to make sure it gets in front of the right people. Standing out — not stealth — should be the new strategy of every veteran and transitioning service member searching for a career after the military. How can an employer hire you if they can’t find you?

Employers are looking for men and women who have proven skills like leadership, discipline, and problem-solving. Who better than the men and women who have served in uniform? I’ve spent over a year now working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota to get my fellow veterans hired through job fairs and online efforts. This means that over the course of that year, I’ve been in numerous rooms with countless people whose only job is to recruit veterans.

With this in mind, our team launched the Personal Branding Resume Engine, an online tool that helps veterans market all of the skills they gained in the military to civilian employers. But helping veterans brand themselves for employers was only the first part of our effort. The endgame is to connect these men and women with the recruiters that are searching for them. Well, I am proud to report that this week we’ve taken the next step forward by introducing a first-of-its-kind, free employer search feature as part of the Resume Engine. This new option allows veteran users to add their completed resumes to a searchable database. Companies looking to fill open positions can then search that resume bank for candidates that fit their job qualifications, at absolutely no cost.

As a veteran, I know that the talent of my fellow servicemembers is without question. But as a business owner, I have found that it can be not just challenging, but also expensive, to find good candidates. One of the primary reasons I started my own business — Dakota Meyer Enterprises — was to put veterans back to work. Through my advocacy and experience though, I’ve found that it’s not always an option for a small business owner to close up shop and attend a hiring fair or to put critical cash into purchasing access to job banks. By making the Resume Engine’s new search feature free-of-charge, we’re hoping to level the playing field and create opportunity for businesses of every size to have access to this incredible pool of talent.

When President Obama presented me with the Medal of Honor in 2011, I felt like my Commander-in-Chief was giving me a new charge. I firmly believe I have a responsibility to help as many of my fellow veterans and their families succeed after their years of sacrifice. I’ve said time and time again — if you want to help a veteran, hire one. But now I find myself saying something equally true, if not more so — if you want to help your business, hire a veteran. I encourage veterans and employers to check out the latest version of the Resume Engine and let’s keep working together to make a difference in the employment issues facing our military families and our great country.

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Beyond The Bumper Sticker: 10 Ways Americans Can Support the Military Family

by Erin Whitehead, Marine Corps spouse

Yesterday, many Americans paused to honor those who have served and continue serving in our nation’s military. Flags were flown and prayers were said in civilian homes and backyards around the country.

But because of the nature of our lives, the military spouse community has a special understanding of the meaning behind Memorial Day. For us, it is not simply another day off work, a chance to BBQ, or the opportunity to save big bucks on a mattress or new car. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country… a sacrifice that can keep us awake at night with worry.

Sometimes, it feels as though the “civilian” community just does not get what the holiday is really about, which can feel frustrating and make us feel like we are in this alone. But the reality is that many Americans do understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. They do want to support our troops and understand, on some level, the hardships that they and their families have endured over the past 10 years of war.

But unless they’ve actually served or been a member of a military family, it’s really hard to truly “get it.” They want to do something to make sure our troops and families know how much they are appreciated… but how do they help when they don’t know what is needed?

It’s a two-way street. We have to be willing to share in what areas we can use support. We asked our social media community to share what things they think Americans could do to help out or simply show their appreciation for the sacrifices of service members and their families. We hope you will share this list with those civilians who want to show their support…because there really are a lot of them out there.

10 Ways Americans Can Support the Military Family

10) Take the time to learn what our life is really like.

There are many misconceptions about our lifestyle. The list is a mile long. Some of the most frustrating are that our spouses can return home for important events (holidays, births, all family emergencies), that once they return from deployment everything goes back to normal, and that we make a lot of money. But unless you know a family and can ask for their perspective, how do you learn more? There is no shortage of blogs written by military spouses, and they’re easy to find with a simple Google search. There are also many organizations that service military families—again, very easy to find online. And of course, you can visit to read our articles, follow us on social media, or subscribe to the magazine.


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Taliban Suicide Attack

What our troops are up against.

This video was filmed by the Taliban and shows just how sophisticated the Taliban is getting day by day. They now have and use all kinds of modern day technologies. While the Taliban claimed credit for the attack on FOB Salerno, it was likely executed by the Haqqani Network, a Taliban subgroup that is linked to al Qaeda and which operates extensively in Khost province. The Haqqani Network rarely produces propaganda tapes and allows Voice of Jihad to highlight the group’s attacks. The Haqqani Network has launched multiple complex attacks on US and Afghan bases in Khost and neighboring Paktia and Paktika provinces.


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Reveille! Get out of the rack!

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Band of Brothers Day

Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don’t, just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands – those of you who served in Viet Nam know this. If it changes your life, let it. Take a few minutes to think before you act when you’re mad. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy, he just promised it would be worth it.

Today is Band of Brothers’ Day; send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Happy Brothers’ Day!

To the cool men that have touched my life: Here’s to you!! I was never a hero, but I am thankful I served among them.

A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you.

~Author Unknown

And Sisters!

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Military Service Provides Solid Career Foundation

The lessons you learn in the military don’t stop being relevant when you leave the service. To my fellow patriots contemplating a changeover from military life to the civilian world and to the many veterans struggling to compete in the competitive workplace, I offer the following from my personal experience.

Wally Beddoe
Your military service provided you with a set of transferable skills which are in high demand by hiring executives today. Members of the military are strong in character, competence, confidence, courage, emotional maturity, integrity, responsibility, and humility. Employers want individuals with these skills. These are all attributes that not only make you an attractive hire, but will benefit you in the workplace – so long as you use them.

Don’t forget the things you learned in the military. You must highlight these strengths on your resume.

Col. Kolditz [Why the military produces great leaders, 2009] is absolutely right when he says: “The best leadership—whether in peacetime or war—is borne as a conscientious obligation to serve. In many business environs it is difficult to inculcate a value set that makes leaders servants to their followers. In contrast, leaders who have operated in the crucibles common to military and other dangerous public service occupations tend to hold such values.

During my hitch in the Marine Corps in the early 80’s, Uncle Sam assigned me to computer school where I was fortunate to learn a technical skill which would eventually catapult me into a great career following my end of active service.

In the 25 years since I last wore my Woodland cammies, I have climbed the corporate ladder quite successfully, and without [yet] having attained my undergraduate degree. Why is that? [Update, I completed by Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, December 2012]

Military service transforms young people into responsible, mature, and respectful contributors. The challenging environment of the military provides life and leadership situations which most civilians in your peer group simply are not exposed to. As a result, servicemen and servicewomen are, overall, more experienced followers and most importantly – leaders.

As a hiring executive, I place more weight on character and ‘soft’ skills, such as communication, teamwork, willingness to contribute, critical thinking, and the will to win, than I do on technical capabilities or experience. Of course, technical experience is important in my field, but so is your military experience! Veterans know a thing or two about sacrifice, initiative and teamwork and once they realize those things will help them excel in civilian business, they can become an organization’s most valuable employees.

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, “…academic and cognitive skills, as essential as they are, are not all that is necessary for a successful life. In our global technological age, young people also need to work with and learn from diverse groups, be flexible in a variety of work and social settings, and be adaptable to changing times. They need to demonstrate leadership and take responsibility for results, show initiative and resourcefulness, and be productive and accountable for their actions.

A great read is Maneuver Management from The Warriors Guide, a framework for business management based on military and war-fighting principles. It will help you see how the things you were taught in the military transfer to civilian business. If you’re not familiar with the OODA Loop Decision Cycle, you need to be.

This month, the Department of Defense launched an online career decision toolkit “…customized to a service member’s own transition needs and assists them in cataloging their military skills and experience in a way that helps them effectively communicate their skills to prospective employers,” said John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for wounded warrior care and transition policy.”

Education is important and one should always take classes (college or professional) in order to improve and maintain an edge.

There are people and tools out there to help – use them. Be proud of your military background, look back at the intangibles you gained from your service and highlight them in your resume or put them to use in your business or career. Promote the leader that you are!

Wally Beddoe, CPL USMC, 1981-1985

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You can leave the military, but it never really leaves you

Substitute the branch, base, rank, etc. in Ken’s story as you see fit but the story holds true for all military veterans. Good piece.
~Cpl. Beddoe

Forwarded by Greg Lee,
Article by Ken Burger, Thursday, March 4, 2010

Occasionally, I venture back out to the air base where I’m greeted by an imposing security guard who looks carefully at my identification card, hands it back and says, “Have a good day, tech sergeant.”

Every time I go back onto Charleston Air Force Base it feels good to be called by my previous rank, but odd to be in civilian clothes, walking among the servicemen and servicewomen going about their duties as I once did, years ago.

The military, for all its flaws, is a comfort zone for anyone who has ever worn the uniform.

It’s a place where you know the rules and know they are enforced. A place where everybody is busy but not too busy to take care of business.

Because there exists behind the gates of every military facility an institutional understanding of respect, order, uniformity, accountability and dedication that becomes part of your marrow and never, ever leaves you.

Reading uniforms

Personally, I miss the fact that you always knew where you stood in the military, and who you were dealing with. That’s because you could read somebody’s uniform from 20 feet away and know the score.

Service personnel wear their careers on their sleeves, so to speak. When you approach each other, you can read their name tag, examine their rank and, if they are in dress uniform, read their ribbons and know where they’ve served.

I miss all those little things you take for granted when you’re in the ranks, like breaking starch on a set of fatigues fresh from the laundry and standing in a perfectly straight line that looks like a mirror as it stretches to the endless horizon.

I miss the sight of troops marching in the early morning mist, the sound of boot heels thumping in unison on the sidewalks, the bark of sergeants and the sing-song answers from the squads as they pass by in review.

Hurry up and wait

To romanticize military service is to be far removed from its reality, because it’s very serious business, especially in times of war.

But I miss the salutes I’d throw at officers and the crisp returns as we crisscrossed on the flight line.

I miss the smell of jet fuel hanging heavily on the night air and the sound of engines roaring down runways and disappearing into the clouds.

I even miss the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that enlisted men gripe about constantly, a masterful invention that bonded people more than they’ll ever know or admit.

I miss people taking off their hats when they enter a building, speaking directly and clearly to others and never showing disrespect for rank, race, religion or gender.

Mostly I miss being a small cog in a machine so complex it constantly circumnavigates the Earth and so simple it feeds everyone on time, three times a day, on the ground, in the air or at sea.

Mostly, I don’t know anyone who has served who regrets it, and doesn’t feel a sense of pride when they pass through those gates and re-enter the world they left behind with their youth.

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A Tribute To Our Armed Forces

From SaviFilms:
PLEASE check out my tribute to our troops. I know this video is important to me, and I would love to hear your feedback on it. Let me know what you think. Semper Fi.

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A couple months ago, I was contacted by Bruce Williams-Burden, a former Navy Corpsman.

Bruce was wrapping up his book “LUMINOUS BASE”, which is a magnificent story of the fifty-seven Hospital Corpsmen who died in the course of their duty over a 45-year period (1962-2007).

Bruce asked me if I wouldn’t mind giving it a read in short order and provide my feedback. I agreed to help him out.

In the book’s introduction, Bruce writes “From the perilous time of George Washington there have been American patriots, average men and women, who stood up against the enemy and put others or their country before themselves. These heroes are often forgotten with time and with each new conflict in which our country becomes embroiled. It is for both political and non-political reasons that we tend to focus on the new breed of heroes instead. This book was written to shine a light of recognition on a select group of U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen whose military role put them on or around helicopters. Of these men there were fifty-seven who died in the line of duty.”

Further summary: Since the last century, in war and in peace, in good weather and bad, the helicopter has proven itself over and over again when it has been used for military medical evacuations, for search and rescue missions, as well as for simple transportation. Among the thousands who have flown on one of these aircraft have been U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsmen who did so as aircrew members, as patients, or as passengers. And between 1962 and 2007 there were fifty-seven of these men who lost their lives. All of these corpsmen were killed far from their homes in places that include Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. The contents of Luminous Base tells the individual story of each man, with some of these accompanied by comments from family or friends.

My feedback to Bruce after reading the book included the following:

What a fantastic job you did! As I read through the pages, I kept thinking “It can’t get any better than this”, but it did! It kept getting better and better… You really have a talent Sir! YOU NAILED IT! What you did for those Corpsmen is nothing short of heroic in itself… Semper Fi Doc!

LUMINOUS BASE is dedicated to every man and woman who has worn the caduceus of the Navy Hospital Corpsman in the past, to those who wear it now, to those who will wear it in the future, and to all of their families.

For all who have flown Medevac from Vietnam to Iraq, I recommend you add LUMINOUS BASE to your library. In addition to telling loving stories of the Corpsmen who were killed in action, Bruce’s book also reviews related history and aircraft. A must have for POPASMOKE Marines and Corpsmen as well as history buffs and all other proud American Patriots.

LUMINOUS BASE can be found on

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Wally Beddoe, December 2009
University of Bridgeport, Psychology

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after someone has experienced a life-threatening situation. People with PTSD often can’t stop thinking about what happened to them. They may try to avoid people and places that remind them of the trauma and may work hard to push thoughts of the event out of their head. Feeling numb is another common reaction. Finally, people find that they have trouble relaxing. They startle easily and are often on guard. (NCPTSD, 2007)

My paper will reflect the symptoms, causes, treatment, and experiences of PTSD as shared by a few Marine friends diagnosed with the disorder; Marines who served one or more tours of duty in combat. Some veterans come out of the battlefield relatively unscathed. Others are so severely traumatized, it takes decades to manage. Earlier generations may have called the condition “Shell Shock”, “Soldier’s Heart”, or “Combat Fatigue”.

Writing a paper about PTSD when one has never experienced it is a tough assignment. I can only imagine the miserable environment of one suffering from this psychological disease.

According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 17% of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD. In 1984, the National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study (NVVRS) found similar rates for Vietnam Veterans. But only about 40% of veterans with PTSD seek treatment. There’s still a stigma attached to PTSD, and veterans with PTSD just can’t get any respect. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of the most debilitating injuries a soldier can suffer in war time. It is life-long condition that can be treated but can never be cured. It’s an ailment that destroys lives.

A 2007 study of combat-exposed Vietnam War veterans shows that those with injuries to certain parts of the brain were less likely to develop PTSD. PTSD involves the persistent reliving of a traumatic experience through nightmares and flashbacks that may seem real. Twenty percent to 30 percent of Vietnam vets (more than 1 million) have been diagnosed with PTSD, and a similar rate has been reported among Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans. Public health officials are currently tracking the disorder among soldiers returning from Iraq. Yet, while war and natural disasters tend to call the greatest attention to PTSD, it’s estimated that millions of Americans suffer from it as a result of assault, rape, child abuse, car accidents, and other traumatic events. (NIH Press, 2007)

When we study the brain, we learn about the Limbic System, which refers to parts of the brain (forebrain) that are closely associated with fear and response.

The Limbic System has a major role in producing emotion and motivated behavior. The amygdala, in particular, is strongly related to fear. In situations where true danger exists, such as in military combat, the amygdala’s rapid response may aid survival. However, disorder of the brain’s fear system can be very disruptive. An example is the war veteran who involuntarily dives into the bushes when he hears a car backfire. Another important part of the brain and Limbic System is the hippocampus. The hippocampus is important for forming lasting memories and lies inside the temporal lobes, which is why stimulating the temporal lobes can produce memory-like or dream-like experiences. (Coon, & Mitterer, 2007)

As defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM)-Fourth Edition-Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR), PTSD is an anxiety disorder comprising four major criteria:
1. Exposure to or witnessing an event that is threatening to one’s well-being and responding with intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
2. Symptoms of re experiencing, such as recurrent and intrusive memories, nightmares, a sense of reliving the trauma, or psychological and physiological distress when reminded of aspects of the trauma.
3. Avoidance of thoughts, feelings, or reminders of the trauma, and the inability to recall parts of the trauma, withdrawal, and emotional numbing.
4. Arousal increases, as manifested in sleep disturbance, irritability, difficulty concentrating, hyper vigilance, or exaggerated startle response.

The cause of PTSD is unknown, but psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved. PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves (neurotransmitters). Having been exposed to trauma in the past may increase the risk of PTSD. (A.D.A.M., Inc., 2009)

In order to present meaningful information about PTSD, I interviewed some of my good friends; Vietnam Veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and asked them about their experiences.

My first phone call was to a very good friend, Gordon “Bos” Boswell. Bos was a Force Reconnaissance Marine who served 23 months in Vietnam. He was shot on three separate occasions and medically evacuated by helicopter each time. Once, while in a very bad place called the Bo Bans, walking point with his best friend Christopher Six, Christoper stepped on a ‘Bouncing Betty’ mine. When triggered, these mines launch into the air and then detonate at about waist height. The explosion projects a lethal shower of steel balls and steel fragments in all directions. No words can describe the scene. Bos was yelling at his friend “Don’t die on me!” but there was nothing he could do. Christopher died in Bos’ arms. He then applied a tourniquet on another friend who lost his arm in the same explosion. “At this point, I completely lost it” said Bos. Four Marines died. Bos and two others were also shot or wounded. Continuous exposure to this type of environment challenges a human’s psychological tolerance.

When Bos was discharged from the Marines in 1971, he said he had no emotions [left] whatsoever. He was numb, like a rock. He attended LSU where there was protesting going on. He was embarrassed to tell anyone that he was a Vietnam Veteran. Even his girlfriend and future wife Cheryl did not know. The years following Vietnam were very hard for Bos. He suffered from rage, screaming nightmares of never-ending fights, and sweating terribly. “The slightest thing would just set me off” explained Bos. There were countless scuffles and fist fights. For six years he went to a mental health counselor. “He was no good and he had no clue” Bos told me.

Around 1995, Bos received some direction from friend and fellow veteran Michael Rodriguez. Michael suggested that either he ends up in a vet hospital or he gets help in an outpatient clinic that he could recommend. Bos followed the advice of his good friend and went to the outpatient clinic where he met Dr. Simpson. Bos was tested for PTSD and in 1996 was diagnosed with 70% disability due to PTSD and Agent Orange. Bos says he was shocked when Dr. Simpson told him “I hate to tell you, PTSD is a progressive disease, it doesn’t get better and there’s no cure for it”. Dr. Simpson treated the PTSD by prescribing Xanax, a medicine used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. “It definitely helps, makes me much more laid back” said Bos.

Bos wrapped up my interview by reiterating “PTSD is the real deal.” He added, “My wife has PTSD from putting up with my [antics] for the first 15 years of our marriage. She’s a good woman! These days I keep a level head, stay away from bad places because I can snap in a heartbeat. I take my Xanax with the morning cup of coffee and it definitely helps.” (G. Boswell, personal communication, November 20, 2009)

On Bos’ personal website, he writes “Sometimes, I awake in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat, and I know I’ve been walking through the Bo Bans again; the place continues to haunt me. I wonder if some present-day Vietnamese ever sees the ghost of the young man I once was, wandering through the Bo Bans”.

In response to a PTSD posting on a veteran website I maintain, a few friends responded:
“Hi Wally, I was diagnosed with PTSD about 5 years ago. I didn’t know what it was all about and didn’t know I had it until I was asked some very emotional questions from a shrink at the VA. The biggest obstacle is admitting to yourself that you have PTSD. Once you understand what its’ all about you can start to manage the symptoms. There is no cure but you can function. I wear rubber band on my wrist and whenever PTSD interrupts rational thinking I snap the band. Most times that is all you need to break the thought pattern. The VA tries to drug you up but it doesn’t work for me. Only makes it worse. NO DRUGS FOR ME. PTSD not only affects the person but everyone that is close to you. I wonder how my wife and family were able to put up with me all those years.”
(Jardo Opocensky, personal communication, November 9, 2009)

“Wally, you will get lots of opinions but no answers except an acknowledgment that it exists in some form. I have one axe to grind: For compensation, the VA seems to seek one incident. Hell, we all can probably site 365 or more! That is my issue in a nutshell. Imagine driving the roads daily in Iraq and then coming home to drive on our highways, hit by an IED or not. PTSD? You betcha! I submit that constant stress, especially under threat of death or injury, can cause problems even more than just one incident. You have a secondary problem in that if the VA is going to pay for PTSD then everyone will put in for it, real, imagined, or fake. Let me share a personal experience. Last May, while out for a run, I was hit from the rear by a bicyclist. The fall broke my right shoulder and my arm. After six months of rehab I am back to running. Now, if anyone comes up behind me while running, I jump in fear. Am I suffering from PTSD or am I reacting as any normal person would? So, it is an issue that merits your study. Thank you. SF, /s/ Ray.”
(Raymond J. Norton, personal communication, November 9, 2009)

“Good luck Wally, I don’t know that the VA really understands it! The shrink I see at the VA has commented that the condition seems to be surfacing at a faster rate now among Vietnam vets than in the past. His theory is that the majority of us came back, threw ourselves into whatever we did the rest of our lives and functioned well as long as we stayed busy and were working ourselves to a point of exhaustion. Now that we are starting to slow down, more of us have problems. Mine is a mild case manifested by bouts of depression. Of course, many of my old Corps friends thought I was crazy anyway, so it might be hard to tell the difference.”
(Bob Quinter, personal communication, November 9, 2009)

“Wally, I was diagnosed in the 70s and went to some VA outreach programs that showed me that there were a lot of really messed up people that made me feel like I was OK… Realized that half the battle has just understanding why I felt and behaved the way I did, I wanted to be away from people especially crowds; did not want to stay in one place too long; felt like I was tuned in to a different world than most other people. After flying as a Gunner on the Huey gunships, it is very hard to go back to the States and be able to replicate the adrenaline rushes. Closest you can come is Police work which I did for four years. Alcohol allowed me to get to sleep at night. Once I had some spare time on my hands the PTSD started to get me freaky and so I went to the VA and after 2 years of meds and meetings my wife told me I’m almost able to get along well with others. Two weeks ago I started bleeding internally and when I went to the VA my doctor said the Citalopran that I was taking could in some cases cause life threatening internal bleeding and she took me off all my meds pending the results of an upcoming colostomy; Back to the beer. Semper Fi, Phillip D. Moss, VMO-2, 1968-1970.”
(Phillip D. Moss, personal communication, November 9, 2009)

A publication by the Psychopharmacology Unit, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, reflects best what I found repeatedly in my interaction with my veteran friends, which are the parts of the brain affected by PTSD.

The publication states “PTSD is a highly disabling condition that is associated with intrusive recollections of a traumatic event, hyperarousal, avoidance of clues associated with the trauma, and psychological numbing. The field of neuroimaging has made tremendous advances in the past decade and has contributed greatly to our understanding of the physiology of fear and the pathophysiology of PTSD. There appear to be 3 areas of the brain that are different in patients with PTSD compared with those in control subjects: the hippocampus, the amygdala, and the medial frontal cortex. The amygdala appears to be hyper reactive to trauma-related stimuli. The hallmark symptoms of PTSD, including exaggerated startle response and flashbacks, may be related to a failure of higher brain regions (i.e., the hippocampus and the medial frontal cortex) to dampen the exaggerated symptoms of arousal and distress that are mediated through the amygdala in response to reminders of the traumatic event.” Further, the analysis read in addition to the high rate of PTSD exposure to combat exposure, risk for PTSD is also higher when a physical injury has been received. For example, two to three times higher rates of PTSD have been found among injured Vietnam veterans compared with non-injured veterans. (JRRD, 2007)

Kolb (1987) proposed a neuropsychological explanation of intrusive memories and associated psychophysiological arousal in PTSD. He has supplemented a two-factor learning theory that PTSD results from both classical conditioning of extreme emotional responses to traumatic stimuli (i.e., fear, terror, anger, rage, sadness, guilt, and indignation) and operant conditioning of emotional numbing, withdrawal, and avoidance of traumatic stimuli (Kolb, 1987). He proposed that PTSD results from excessive traumatic stimulation that overwhelms the capacity to process information efficiently. Such stimulus overload occurs when the … capacity to process information signaling threat to life overwhelms the cortical … processes concerned with perceptual discrimination and effective adaptive responses for survival (Kolb, 1987).

Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Exposure to memories and reminders of the original trauma
-In the 1980’s, Dr. Terence M. Keane and his colleagues found that exposure therapy was effective in treating the PTSD symptoms of Vietnam War veterans. Exposure therapy, previously known as imaginal flooding therapy, involves carefully exposing the patient to prolonged and repeated imagined images of the trauma until the images no longer cause severe anxiety. In Keane’s randomized clinical trial involving 24 Vietnam veterans, Keane found that exposure therapy was effective in reducing many of the veteran’s PTSD symptoms, including nightmares, flashbacks, memory and concentration problems, and irritability.

Other treatments include:
Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is very controversial.

Critical Incidents Stress Debriefing (CISD), which is immediate treatment of trauma; and also very controversial.
Exposure; Facing the situation or object that triggers anxiety (memory and cue dependency).
In flooding, feared stimuli are presented to the patient at full intensity, not gradually.
Medications such as Anxiolytics and drugs that reduce anxiety like Valium and Xanax
Antidepressants (Tricyclics and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)


My research indicates that while there may not be a solution to PTSD, approaches to controlling the effects of PTSD include communication, education, research & development, medical, and therapeutic efforts. Most important is that veterans or PTSD sufferers communicate with others if they feel they may have PTSD. Understanding PTSD and knowing what the options are for treating it is very important. Active-duty troops must be educated and made aware of PTSD and can recognize the signs in themselves or their comrades. Continued research and development is vital to learning more about the brain and how it processes fear and stress. Medical research and drug testing must continue. Research available therapy opportunities for dealing with PTSD are also critical. Dr. Keane suggests cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to access emotions associated with the traumatic event and promote emotional processing. It is this emotional processing that is viewed by many experts as the essential ingredient for treating PTSD.

I’m grateful to my Marine Brothers who supplied information pertaining to their PTSD. I believe communication is a large part of the dealing and healing process. The more we know about PTSD, the more we can help those who suffer from the symptoms that cripple lives of veterans and their families, co-workers, and friends.

Work Cited:

Coon, D, & Mitterer, J. (2007). Introduction to psychology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.

NCPTSD. (2007, May 22). P common reactions after trauma. Retrieved from

JRRD. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder-like symptoms and mild traumatic brain injury. Retrieved from

Kolb, L. (1987). A neuropsychological hypothesis explaining posttraumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 144: 989-995.

A.D.A.M., Inc. (2009). Post-traumatic stress disorder. Retrieved from

NIH Press. (2007, December 26). Study suggests some brain injuries reduce the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder . Retrieved from

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Marine Corps Quotes

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“Many quotes are from ‘Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines’, by my good buddy Marion Sturkey.

“Mess With One MARINE You Mess With Them All!”

“A Marine on duty has no friends.”

“Do not fear the enemy, they can only take your life. It is better to fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR.”

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and a lot of bitching. ”

“The insurgent leader is a stallion standing on his hind legs. You don’t win his heart and mind. You kill him.”

“Combat Breakfast: two aspirin, two cups of coffee, a quick prayer, a quick puke”

“Corpsman: In combat, a good man to buddy-up with.”

“Sweat dries, blood clots, bones heal.. Suck it up!”

“Retrieving wounded comrades from the field of fire is a Marine Corps tradition more sacred than life. ~Pisor”

“You have to put grunts on the ground, double tap the survivors, and feed the kids chocolate bars! ~1stSgt”

“USMC: The spineless need not apply. ~Cpl. Beddoe”

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. ~Sgt. Stryker”

“When a Marine is wounded, surrounded, hungry, or low on ammo, he looks to the sky. He knows the choppers are coming.”

“Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one ”

“USMC: No better friend — no worse enemy ”

“I watched Marines die face down in the mud protecting freedom ~Col. Oliver North, 2001”

“In a firefight, if you see two colonels conferring, you have likely fallen back a little too far”

“On the seventh day God rested — Marines filled sand bags”

“The Marine Grunt: A gung-ho, hard-charging U.S. Marine Corps Infantryman”

“The Marine Grunt: A professional assassin”

“The Marine Grunt: An indispensible element of the United States’ Foreign Policy”

“The Marine Grunt: The sole reason for the existence of Marine Air”

“Marine Recon: The stealth version of the Marine Grunt”

“Those who ‘live by the sword’ will die — when they fight those who use automatic weapons”

“REMF: spoken ‘re-miff’, Rear-Echelon Mother F*cker, term used by Marine infantrymen to describe those far from the fighting”

“Dan Daly (2 Medals of Honor) was a New York City newsboy with a reputation of being handy with his dukes”

“Marine Corporal (Civil War) John Mackie, first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.”

“The Professionals — 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines”

“Thundering Third — 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines”

“Infantry Rifleman — Don.t call 911, call 0311!”

“Women Marines — Fewer and Prouder”

“Beginning in 1798, ‘one stock of black leather and clasp’ was issued to each Marine annually. #Leatherneck”

“Swift-Silent-Deadly — 1st Recon Battalion”

“Drill Instructor: A maniacal, sadistic, extremist psychopath.”

“Major Alfred A. Cunningham, the 1st Marine aviator, shot down 12 German planes in WWI.”

“Daily Ration Allowance in 1775, 1 pd bread, 1 pd meat, 1 pd potatoes, turnips, pease, .5 pt rum”

“If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines”

“The Marine Band has played at every Presidential Inauguration since 1801, and is known as The President’s Own.”

“The Marine Band is the oldest musical organization in the United States.”

“The Marine Band, dubbed the President’s Own by Thomas Jefferson, provides music for White House functions”

“In 1861, Battalion of 365 Marines led by Brevet Maj. John G. Reynolds fought in Battle of Bull Run.”

“During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, the temperature plunged to as low as -35 F”

“In the Battle of New Orleans, 300 Marines fought beside Andrew Jackson”

“Cover your Buddy, so he can be around to cover for you.”

“ESPRIT DE CORPS simply means that no Marine ever lets another Marine down.”

“July 1930, Chesty Puller won 1st of 5 Navy Crosses chasing Sandino guerrillas in Nicaragua.”

“Good Night Chesty, Wherever You Are!”

“In 1915, Commandant George Barnett authorized the creation of an aviation company consisting of 10 officers and 40 enlisted men.”

“The Marine Corps Birthday, November 10th, is a very important day for all Marines”

“the Marine Corps War Memorial adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated in 1954”

“The Marine Corps builds Men – Body – Mind – Spirit”

“The Marine Corps has no ambition beyond the performance of its duty to its country. ~Gen Cates”

“The Marine Corps makes no promises. It simply offers recruits and officer candidates the challenge to ‘be one of us'”

“The Marine Corps motto until 1871 was ‘First to Fight’.”

“The Marine Corps often receives criticism from those who could never qualify as Marines.”

“The Marine Corps’ first action of the War of 1812 was the establishment of a base at Sackets Harbor, New York by 63 Marines.”


“Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daily, only enlisted Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor twice.”

“Arm of Decision — 10th Marine Regiment”

“Only the Deity can forgive the enemies of our great nation. The U.S. Marines can not.”

“Death Before Dishonor: The most popular tattoo among Marines”

“More Than Duty — 8th Marine Regiment”

“The Fighting Fifth — 5th Marine Regiment”

“Ready to Fight — 1st Battalion, 1st Marines”

“Seven-six-two millimeter. Full. Metal. Jacket.”

“Whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the shit out of the Japs before the Goddam Marines get all the credit. ~Patton”

“USMC: One Good Deal After Another”

“October 1820, Henderson appointed Commandant, held position for 38 years, until his death.”

“Gen. Archibal Henderson, The Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps, served as Commandant for 38 years”

“Hit quickly, Hit hard, and keep on hitting! ~LGen Smith, 1949”

“The Marine Hymn is the oldest official anthem of any U.S. military service. ”

“‘8th and I’ Marine Barracks, the oldest post in the Corps.”

“On 1 January each year the Marine Band serenades the Commandant of the Marine Corps.”

“Ham and Lima Beans. The rations we loved to hate!”

“April, 1805, Lt. Presley O’Bannon and seven Marines led attack against Derna, Tripoli.”

“November 1915, Maj. Butler led Marines in attack on Fort Riviere in Haiti, awarded his second Medal of Honor.”

“Prepare to March — 7th Marine Regiment”

“In 1925, Marine Corps Order No. 4 designated gold and scarlet its official colors.”

“For the Marine Corps there is no peace. ~Maj. Demby, later Sec’y of the Navy”

“Being a Marine is as much a matter of the heart and mind as it is the body.”

“Being a Marine is not simply a job. It is a calling”

“WW1 female Marine reservists were called Marinettes.”

“Once a Marine, always a Marine. ~MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine”

“Ask any Marine. He will tell you that the Marine Corps was born in Tun Tavern on 10 November 1775”

“1Bn 9th Marines – The Walking Dead”

“If the Marines are abolished, half the efficiency of the Navy will be destroyed. ~RAdm. Porter 1863”

“The American Marines are terribly reckless fellows… they would make very good storm troopers. ~German officer”

“A million Marines can not take Tarawa in a hundred years. ~Japanese Admiral speaking before Marines took island in 3 bloody days”

“The 1st Marines is the oldest permanently organized regiment of the Marine Corps”

“Of the Marines on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue ~Admiral Nimitz, Iwo Jima WWII”

“Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it.s the Marine breed. ~Chesty Puller”

“The Striking Ninth — 9th Marine Regiment”

“U.S. Marines. No short cuts, no promises, no compromises.”

“Medals are OK, but having your body and all your friends in one piece at the end of the day is better.”

“USMC — Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever”

“in 1813, On board the Essex, 1st Lt. John Marshall Gamble commanded the first Marines in the Pacific.”

“Marine Air. On-Time. On Target.”

“Until 1917, Parris Island was known to the Marines as ‘Port Royal’.”

“To the Shores of Tripoli!”

“We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem! ~Puller”

“The Oldest, The Proudest — 4th Marine Regiment”

“Tun Tavern: The original home of the world’s warrior elite (and the best beer).”

“The D.I.; They will admire him. And they will fear him. And when it’s all over, they will remember him for the rest of their lives”

“One Nation Under God and His Marines Standing Guard!”

“Leathernecks: Revolutionary War Marines wore leather bands around their throats to protect necks from injury”

“The Korean War was a series of cold, bloody, battles that claimed over 33,000 American lives.”

“Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., holds the official Battle Color of the Marine Corps.”

“U.S. Marines: We fight for each other, honor, and our Corps.”

“We’re Marines, We took Iwo Jima – Baghdad ain’t shit, ~Gen. Kelly, USMC”

“Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body”

“FREE FIRE ZONE: A battle area or combat zone in which no restrictions are placed on the use of arms or explosives.”

“To observe a Marine is inspirational, to be a Marine is exceptional. ~GySgt Wolf”

“I am a United States Marine, I am the measure against which all others fall short”

“I’d give a million dollars to be a Marine ~Reddick Bowe, who only completed 11 days of boot camp”

“In combat, a thorough mission briefing is a good idea, but no plan has ever survived enemy contact, intact!”

“We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale. ~LGen Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945”

“Semper Fi, adopted in 1883, the Marine Corps motto, short for Semper Fidelis, latin for Always Faithful.”

“Their fiery advance and great tenacity were well recognized by their opponents. ~LtCol Otto”

“There is always payback!”

“Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.”

“Honor, Courage, and Commitment form the bedrock of the character of each individual Marine.”

“Forget Smith and Wesson . This Property Protected By A US Marine”

“Friends Come and go, but enemies accumulate”

“My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy.”

“Although proud and patriotic, Marines are stubborn as Mules!”

“Believe in, and sacrifice for, a cause greater than self”


“Making Marines and winning battles since 1775”

“In combat, any Marine who does not consider himself the best in the game, is in the wrong game”

“If there’s anything more arrogant than a Marine on a horse, it’s one in a plane.”

“If you are allergic to lead, it is best to avoid a war zone.”

“If you are convinced you will lose, you are probably right”

“The Marines are looking for a few good men.”

“If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.”

“If you are short of everything except the enemy, you are in combat.”

“You Marines at Khe Sanh will be remembered in the American history books! ~Col. Lownds, 1968”

“Do not attack the 1st Marine Division. They fight like devils. ~Chinese directive, 1951”

“120 Marine aviators earned ‘ACE’ during WWII”

“The newest battle streamers to be added to the Battle Color are the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Streamers.”

“Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH. Hesitation kills.”

“Dare to be different. If all think alike, none are really thinking”

“Marine aviation began in 1912, when LT Alfred Austell Cunningham reported to the Naval Aviation Camp in Annapolis, Maryland.”

“At the beginning of the Civil War, the Marines numbered 93 officers and 3,074 men.”

“Marines are built through the ethos of struggle and sacrifice. ~Gen James Jones”

“Speak softly but forget the big stick. Carry a belt-fed weapon”

“And once by God, I was a Marine! ~Actor Lee Marvin, 1967, about serving in WW II”

“No one can say that the Marines have ever failed to do their work in handsome fashion. ~MajGen Johnson Hagood, USA”

“Marines everywhere can take pride in their contributions to our great nation. ~Gen Jones, 10 November 2001”

“If you can’t carry it, eat it or shoot it, don’t bring it.”

“A sucking chest wound is bad. But on the other hand, all wounds are bad, and all wounds suck.”

“When hot chow is flown into the field, it will rain”

“the Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.”

“Thousands of combat veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few were even awarded.”

“Camp Pendleton contains the largest undeveloped portion of coastline in Southern California”

“Boxes of cookies from home must be shared.”

“If everybody could get in the Marines, it wouldn’t be the Marines!”

“Never allow cruelty, it undermines the natural courage and manliness of the perpetrator.”

“USMC: every day a holiday and every meal a feast! OOORAH!”

“No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”

“If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home; pin my medals upon my chest, tell my momma I’ve done my best”

“Marines never die! They just go to hell and regroup.”

“Artillery lends dignity to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl”

“Nobody ever drowned in sweat.”

“82 Marines earned the Medal of Honor in WWII”

“A DEAD enemy is a PEACEFUL enemy – Blessed be the Peacemakers”

“If the enemy is in range, so are you. ”

“Although the enemy might surrender, his mines won’t”

“Always show enthusiasm – it is infectious.”

“The central fact of life in the Corps is still that the Marine Rifleman is the key to winning battles. ~Col. Miller, 1998”

“The prime factor in a successful fighting unit is ESPRIT DE CORPS. This needs no explanation.”

“Cover your fellow Marines, so they will be around to cover you.”

“The Marine’s first amphibious landing was at New Providence in the Bahamas in 1776”

“Yes, fortunately for America, the U.S. Marines ARE extremists”

“The Toys for Tots program was established by the United State Marine Corps in 1947”

“Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you! ~Chesty Puller, USMC”

“Fortitudine (With fortitude) -The first motto of the Corps”

“The Marines fought almost solely on espirit de corps, I was certain. ~Sherrod 1943”

“It is friendship, and something beyond friendship, that binds the Marine Corps together. ~Sec. of State Regen”

“We come from a depot, A motivated depot, They call that depot, San Diego”

“We come from an island, A motivated island, They call that island, Parris Island”

“Incoming fire, from anywhere, always has the right-of-way”

“You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me! ~Capt. Henry P. Crowe, USMC Guadalcanal”

“I must give the very best I have for my Marines, my Corps and my Country”

“As America grew as a world power, president after president has ordered ‘Send in the Marines'”

“Bring a gun. Preferably two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.”

“Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad. ~Thomas Paine”

“The Marines have a way of making you afraid — not of dying, but of not doing your job. ~1LT Little, Tarawa, 1943”

“The Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning. ~MacArthur 1950”

“And when he gets to Heaven, St. Peter he will tell, One more Marine reporting, sir, I’ve spent my time in Hell”

“God was here before the Marine Corps! So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps!”

“Marines landed in Buenos Aires in 1852 to help protect American lives and property from rioters”

“Any stone in a boot migrates to maximum pressure”

“Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you!!”

“From its inception, the Corps has been an elite fighting force with extensive ceremonial duties”

“Remember: vision, initiative, commitment, tenacity”

“Payback: An inspirational experience, if you survive it.”

“Combat pay is a flawed concept.”

“Chosin Reservoir is a man-made lake located in the northeast of the Korean peninsula”

“Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!”

“To ERR is human, to FORGIVE divine. HOWEVER, neither is Marine Corps Policy.”

“The Corps is living proof that a few good men can make the difference!”

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans. ~Drucker”

“My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.”

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. ~Emerson”

“Combat flying is not dangerous. Crashing is dangerous.”

“Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there. ~LGen Krulak, 1965”

“A Marine is proud of his Corps and believes it to be second to none.”

“For such is the heritage I have received from those who have worn the bloodstripe so proudly before me”

“Combat experience is usually what we call our combat mistakes”

“Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary”

“Semper Fi’, it is a bond of respectful recognition between and among Marines.”

“Legend has it that in 1847 a Marine stationed in Mexico during the war, wrote the original first verse of the Marine Hymn”

“Scuttle-but has it there is buried treasure at ‘8th and I'”

“Fortes Fortuna juvat (Fortunes Favors the Brave) — 3d Marine Regiment”

“The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. ~Vandergrift”

“Marines are know for their bravery, stubbornness, aggressive spirit, sacrifice, love of country, and loyalty to one another.”

“The dead know only one thing: it is better to be alive. ~Joker”

“Sooner or later, everyone has to die. The trick is to die young as late as possible”

“A Marine leader makes sure his men are comfortably clothed, housed, and justly treated.”

“God grants liberty to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it. ~Webster”

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson ”

“Fortunately, God loves the Marines. ~Morrison, 1951”

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. ~Julius Ceasar”

“Only the most elite make it through, and those who qualify have earned the right to wear the uniform.”

“Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the American Marines. ~Captured North Korean Major”

“I don’t need reinforcements. I’ve got Marines! Col. Lownds, Khe Sanh”

“There has never been another soldier as lethal as a Marine and his rifle.”

“It was never easy to guess the ages of Marines at Khe Sanh since nothing like youth lasted in their faces for very long”

“1890’s Panama newspaper: ‘The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand'”

“Ensure that no Marine who honorably wore the eagle, globe and anchor is lost to the Marine Corps family. Gen. Jones.”

“There is no better friend… and no worse enemy than a United States Marine.”

“Guadalcanal is no longer merely the name of an Island. It is the name of the graveyard of the Japanese Army. ~MGen Kawaguchi 1943”

“You are not asked to believe the legends, but if you don’t, try ‘telling it to the Marines'”

“I should not deem a man-of-war complete without a body of Marines. ~Commodore Sands, USN 1852”

“Marines do not fight for flag or country or Corps; they fight for each other!”

“Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima. ~Maj Howard Conner”

“All who now wear, or have ever worn, the eagle, globe, and anchor share a common bond. ~Senator Robb, 2000”

“Boot Camp objectives: prepare recruits for (1) the Brotherhood of Marines (2) the hardships of combat”

“The Americans of 1776 had the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World!”

“Each generation of Marines has walked in the footsteps of earlier Marines, earlier battles and heroes too numerous to mention.”

“The rank of Sergeant Major was made by congress in 1798”

“The concept of a Corps of Marines was established when the colonies in America rebelled against Great Britain in 1775”

“After years of fitting in, maybe it’s time to stand out. Join the Marines!”

“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years. ~Forrestal 1945”

“As part of the world’s most elite fighting force, a Marine is a warrior, skilled in the art of warfare.”

“If any of you get hernias in this tug-of-war against the Army, I’ll pay to get them fixed. ~MajGen Haebel, PI 1982”

“blood stripe on dress blue trousers represents blood shed by Marines at Battle of Chapaultepec, Mexico in 1846”

“Smedely Butler, only Marine Officer to be awarded the Medal of Honor twice.”

“There is only one rule in war: When you win, you get to make up the rules.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anais Nin”

“We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It’s that simple. Are we clear? ~Col Jessep”

“Service to our beloved nation is a God-given opportunity, not a burden.”

“The most outstanding custom in the Marine Corps is simply ‘being a Marine’ and all that it implies.”

“A warrior’s pack, however heavy, is lighter than a P.O.W.’s chains!”

“Today, you people are no longer maggots! Today, you are MARINES!”

“USMC: Be polite. Be professional. And have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”

“All Marine posts have a bell, usually from a decommissioned ship of the Navy.”

“The U.S. presidential salute is 21 guns. The Vice President receives a salute of 19 guns.”

“We didn’t promise you a rose garden. ~USMC Recruiting poster”

“They are quite brave. ~Japanese officer 1942”

“Paperwork will ruin any military force. ~LtGen Chesty Puller”

“I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years. ~Lee Trevino”

“I can’t see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines. ~Dan Dailey”

“Every Marine should look like a Marine. But a Marine looks like a Marine when he’s got a bayonet stuck in the enemy’s chest. -Gen Magnus”

“Archibald Henderson’s son was one of 26 Marine casualties defending Chapultepec Castle in 1846”

“C’mon you sons-of-bitches, do you want to live forever! ~GySgt Dan Daley, Belleau Wood WWI”

“Because they stand upon a wall and say, Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch. ~A Few Good Men”

“Heaven won’t take us and Hell is afraid we’ll take over.”

“You can tell a Marine, but you can’t tell him much.”

“Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.”

“Elite of the Elite — 2nd Force Recon”

“First of the First — 1st Marine Regiment”

“Send in the Marines!”

“I am the backbone of the United States Marine Corps, I am a Marine Non-Commissioned Officer.”

“Since 1921 the birthday of the Marine Corps has been officially celebrated each year on 10 November”

“Marines guarded the conspirators accused in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln”

“Discipline is the difference between a ‘mob’ and a ‘unit’.”

“Blood Chit: the document you never want to use.”

“First in the fight. Always Faithful. Be a U.S. Marine!”

“God bless the man that will run toward the sound of guns”

“You’re making the wrong assumption that a Marine by himself is outnumbered. -Gen Peter Pace”

“Marines love their past. They revel in it, sometimes to the point of obsession.”

“In combat there is no such thing as a secure LZ. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell something”

“If someone thinks they are too good for the military, trust me, they don’t have what it takes. ”

“Nothing on this earth is so uplifting to a human being as victory in battle.”

“It is time to kick ass! Whatever it takes! ~2LT John Fales, 12 September 2001”

“Take your time. Stay away from the easy going. Never go the same way twice. ~GySgt Arndt”

“It’s great to be great. It’s greater to be human”

“Always endeavor to confront your enemy with a superior volume of accurate fire.”

“‘Tell that to the Marines!’ ~President Roosevelt after the attacks on Pearl Harbor”

“Be respectful to the dead–even the enemy dead. Bury the dead quickly.”

“You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall.. ~Col Jessep”

“If you want to fight, join the Marines!”

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

“Retreat, hell we just got here! ~Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC at the Battle of Belleau Wood WWI”

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle! ~Gen Pershing, USA”

“If you wear body armor, the enemy will probably miss that part.”

“It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we would grow too fond of it. ~Robert E. Lee”

“If it weren’t for flashbacks, I’d have no memories at all.”

“Losers quit when they feel pain. Marines quit when the mission is accomplished.”

“Oh Lord, where do we get such men? ~Gen Kelley referring to an injured Beirut Marine, 1983”

“Every Marine who ever lived is living still, in the Marines who claim the title today.”

“For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know ”

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. ~Woodrow Wilson”

“‘Doc’-the corpsman who wear our uniform, joins with and cares for us in combat”

“The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language.”

“The Marines will be needed as long as America needs defending. ~Moskin 1992”

“Dan Daly will live forever as a hero, a legend, a two-time Medal of Honor winner, and as a United States Marine.”

“The hostages will pray, but they will pray for the arrival of dangerous military extremists! #usmc #army #seals”

“If you’re with a Marine, raise your glass; if you are not- raise your standards!”

“Tough as woodpecker’s lips! ~Marine officer describing his Marines in Beirut in 1983 ”

“Today, the world looks to America for leadership. And, America looks to its Corps of Marines. ~Reagan”

“Between the world wars, the Marine Corps was headed by Major General John A. Lejeune”

“In 150 years they (U.S. Marines) have never been beaten. They will hold. ~Col. Brown USA, 1918”

“Eat when you can. Sleep when you can. Sh*t when you can. The next opportunity may not come around for a long time. If ever.”

“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”

“Having all your body parts intact and functioning at the end of the day, beats the alternative.”

“‘Get off your butt and join the Marines!’ ~John Wayne”


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USMC Tattoo – EGA STENCIL: Eagle Globe & Anchor LINE ART

I always wanted a nice Eagle Globe & Anchor tattoo. I asked a good friend of mine, Marine Mike Leahy ( to draw the EGA for me, which he did. I took Mike’s hand-drawn EGA and had it made into a tattoo. I think it came out really awesome! If you use Mike’s EGA for YOUR tattoo, let me know.

Here’s the 1st stage EGA “LINE ART” version, before the shading.

Here it is, 2nd stage, after shading:

Here’s what the tattoo looked like once completed.

Inked by Tony @ Tony’s Tattooing, Stamford, Connecticut [March 30, 2006]

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