I am a God fearing man. I believe in God as do many Marines. I did before I joined the Marines, ever fought in Afghanistan or Iraq. There aren’t any atheists in combat. At least not when things get interesting, then people become real religious all of a sudden when people begin to get dead! I’m a firm believer of when its your time to go, Its your time. I don’t try to understand it and it doesn’t bother me. I am right with God and I’m not afraid to die. However, I am allergic to AK 47 bullets, IEDs and mortars though. I respect them but they won’t keep me from fighting. God is first as I have learned and you have to keep it that way.
I’ve had some seriously scary and challenging experiences and one of many things that keep me strong and undeterred is my faith and the comfort it brings me. This is one thing the enemy would love to destroy. Do you know God?
America is the greatest country in the world. Land of the free, home of the brave. Bring us your poor, your tired. No where else can someone come here with nothing and become what ever they desire. Land of opportunities and opportunities are endless. Everyone turns to the U.S. in time of emergency. We are fortunate to be able to help and have the resources to do so. We as a country try to do what’s right. We are not perfect. “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Declaration of Independence)
These gentlemen were risking everything to succeed from the British because of what they believed. To risk everything you have, everything because of what you believe in is a unique character and is characteristic to the United States. To protect it and defend it whenever needed, “so help us God”. That is American. That is what we are.
To defend our great country during the American Revolutionary war, Congress developed the Continental Marines on Nov 10th 1775. Utilized throughout history they became the United States Marines. Since its creation in 1775, the Corps’ role has expanded significantly. The Marines have a unique mission statement, and, alone among the branches of the U.S. armed forces, “shall, at any time, be liable to do duty in the forts and garrisons of the United States, on the seacoast, or any other duty on shore, as the President, at his discretion, shall direct.” In this special capacity, charged with carrying out duties given to them directly by the President of the United States, the Marine Corps serves as an all-purpose, fast-response task force, capable of quick action in areas requiring emergency intervention. Evil can never disappear by word and requests. The best way to rid the area of a bully is to stand up to it. Regardless if its in a school yard or a sick dictator of a foreign country or a group of malcontents. Doing so may bring pain, sorrow or even death. But I believe there are some things worth fighting and if needed dying for. Marines understand that and are ready to give their life in the finest spirit of America
These are listed in order of priority for me. A priority that builds upon one another in a building block fashion for everyone. Priorities must be in order so you know how to plan and what direction to take and pursue. We as Americans live in the greatest country under a foundation of God, Country and for Marines, Corps. All of these have worked together through history to make our country and people stronger. They are set as far as priority but are interchanged to assist the other. They work as one. As our nation is at war we must have our priorities in line, we must fight as one country, under God.
Fighting around central Iraq has been moderate as Ramadan continues through to Nov 4th. With the usual IEDs hitting convoys in the area we received 2 rockets yesterday on base and returned with 8, 105 arty shells. Another 4 mortars hit near us but no injuries on our part but a few storage containers aren’t too happy. Now, as I type more counter arty departs in support of Soldiers in contact. Last night brought fighting as both side suffered losses in the area. Aggressive ambushes, sniper operations, patrols in conjunction with larger operations are tearing apart the insurgency. Everywhere they move we are waiting for them, they can run but they only die tired.
May God continue to Bless the United States-Semper Fi