Happy Birthday, Marines! 

Have a great day! Thank you for all you’ve done and sacrificed for this great nation of ours. 

Semper Fi, Grandpa 

Watch “Camp Pendleton’s Annual Evening Colors Ceremony Part 2” 

The Sound of Freedom!

Camp pendleton impact area

Living 15 minutes from the back gate of Camp Pendleton MCB, I’m given  a front row seat during their munitions exercises.

Well, I can’t actually “see” the exercises but I can sure hear and feel them! Sometimes the entire house shakes,  and On a good days they can be heard up to 50 miles away. Here’s some info from their website. Read more

Casualty of War

“In war, truth is the first casualty.”
― Aeschylus


Gary Knight, April 7, 2003
This photograph was taken moments after this position in the unfinished Baghdad suburb of Dyala came under artillery barrage. I had watched the shells ‘walk’ in and was lying in a depression in the ground on the other side of the wall on the right as the shells crashed in. It was like an earthquake – so loud and so terrifying waiting for them to hit. I have been shelled in many places over the years and it’s the most terrifying thing. I always imagine I can outwit a man who can see me and is trying to kill me with something as small as a bullet, but with artillery, it’s all a question of luck. I saw the turret of the APC fly into the air. Read more

Retired Marine Master Sergeant dies saving the lives of drowning teens

A retired Marine Master Sergeant died Wednesday in the process of saving the lives of two drowning teens.

Retired Marine Master Sergeant and two time purple heart recipient, Rodney Buentello was at the Bandera City Park in Texas with his family when he witnessed two teens drowning in the river.
According to the Bandera Marshals office, a teenage girl was walking along the edge of the nearby park damn, when she fell into the Medina River and was swept away by the harsh flow of water. A teenage boy jumped in to save the girl, but he too had trouble with the current. Read more

How To Survive The First 4 Weeks Of Marine Boot Camp

A drill instructor walks us through the first four weeks of Marine Corps boot camp.

Get off my bus right now!

This is how Marine Corps recruit training, or boot camp, begins. Some guy you’ve never met, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, screams at you to get off the bus. You file out and stand on the yellow footprints, a right of passage for all future Marines, and a reminder that every one of the Corps’ heroes and legends stood where you’re standing. (be sure to watch the video below)!  Read more

Passing the Time in a War Zone

Baseball in Afghanistan

Nothin’ says “Merica” like Marines playin’ baseball in Afghanistan.
Thank you to the brave military men & women who serve & sacrifice. Not all heroes wear capes #NationalSuperheroDay

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A Message from General Mattis:

US Soldiers

Our country gives hope to millions around the world, and you—who knew that at one time your job was to fight well—kept that hope alive. By your service you made clear your choice about what kind of world we want for our children: The world of violent jihadist terrorists, or one defined by Abraham Lincoln when he advised us to listen to our better angels?….

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They stand on a Wall

A Marine with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment take cover behind a berm after recieving accurate small-arms fire, Feb. 13, in the city of Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Marines with Bravo and Alpha Co., 1/6 inserted into the city at night by helicopters as part of a large-scale offensive aimed at routing the Taliban from their last-known stronghold in Helmand province.


Rest Easy

They called off the search for the 12 Marines involved in a helicopter crash in Hawaii earlier this week. Thoughts and prayers to their families. 

Rest easy, warriors. Semper Fi

Image of the Day: 30 December

“A wiry, stooped U. S. Infantryman smoking an old pipe carries a heavy container filled with supplies up over the hills to the front on Guadalcanal.” 1943 #WWII #History @U.S. Army

A new exhibit celebrates the work of John Florea, a LIFE photographer whose shock at the horrors of World War II translated into some of the most haunting images ever made of war.

Image found at time.com

A Marines Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas...

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Happy Birthday US Marines!


Happy Birthday Marines! Semper Fi…

Watch this Marines rendition of Star Spangled Banner

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This Marine gives the best ‘motivational’ speech ever

After winding down their day at Mojave Viper, these bored Marines did what they do best (besides shooting things): Make fun of their leaders. Read more