I was 20 years old. arrived in Danang joined up with motor-T c-co. First marine division up at Phu-bi
about 50 miles north in late July 1968. After about a month our outfit joined up with 10th motors in Danang. I went temp. assigned duty to HIll 1/90.
I was attached with alpha, bravo, and delta co.
They came in from the bush and remained on the hillfor about one month at a time to regroup
rest a little, guard the hill pull night ambushes,
and get any medical attention and then rotate
back into the bush. I was the truck driver for 1/26 marines until I hit a land mine shortly after
leaving the hill on a resupply run for a couple pallets of sea rations in Da nang. My shotgun rider and myself got messed up really bad.
we flew into the windshield upon impact and
caved in the split window frames. I was blown out of the duece and 1/2. The entire multi-fuel engine was blown to bits, and MIke ? rode in the truck until it came to a sudden stop. My truck 347706 was destroyed. the mine left a giant crater where the road used to be. I later saw
MIke ? on the U.S.S. Repose. He had a very serious head injury. I never saw him again.
HE was a guamaniam marine 1/26 marines.
I think delta co. I was sent home with two broken legs and head and back and neck injuries
I had the floorboards sand bagged and that is
probably what saved mike's legs. I was called
plain old (truck driver by the men on the hill.
We all had nick names at the time. Any one
remember the mining innsodent Dec.19, 1968
at 2:30 p.m. Radio man, Doc, search light?
any grunts remember me or the mine? I would like to hear from anyone there. email@example.com
Michael J. Ardito on Dec 11 2009, 02:23pm
Thanks you so much for your service brother, but most of all Welcome Home.
bob parsons on Dec 12 2009, 09:33am
I have only read a few paragraphs. It's really good to know that a few of us are still around. I did the Holiday tour in Iraq, 04-05. An old fart like me. Enjoyed the desert storms, quite a site. Semper Fi. Fred
Sgt. Rock (
) on May 14 2009, 08:20am
the link you gave in your reply does not appear to be working.
) on May 16 2009, 10:11pm
Great blog Bob...
I was a fellow hill 190 occupant... I was with the amtrac down by the gate... I have a few pictures of the hill... some are mine and some are from Kent Hughes who was the tank platoon commander for most of 69.
Doug Elfving on Oct 31 2008, 10:07am
Once again, the time is drawing near for the U.S.M.C. Birthday. As a 8404 Doc (Green Corpsman, for those who have no idea what I am talking about), I would like to take the time to say THANK YOU to each and every Marine out there. Thank you for your service to our country but also, thank you for keeping me safe in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait (90-91) and Somalia (92-93).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES! (of which, I also consider myself). SEMPER FI! I know that our country has always been and will continue to be in safe hands!
Alton Mickle on Sep 24 2008, 09:21am
I have enjoyed your video blogs tremendously, and began reading your previous written blogs just recently.
While the video blogs are often funny, amusing and are certainly better marketing avenues, the written blogs seem to reveal more about you and what you stand for.
I don't know if I am related to the Pavlovich who was with you in Vietnam or notIt would have been the era of my father's generation.
I enjoy your organization a greatly and am happy to do business with you.
Glen Pavlovich (
) on Sep 23 2008, 08:53am
Bob, rick savard here, fellow b-morean and member of 3rd platoon on Hill 190. Just dropping in to say hi once again. Could say your story brings it all back but then-in a lotta ways i'm still on 190. I know Doc Whitman feels the same way.......Semper...31 all secure
rick savard on Aug 6 2008, 01:03pm
Good to hear from you Rick. I was on 190 for about 6 weeks or maybe less. Like you and Doc I find myself back there often. I can only imagine how it must be for those of you who were there so much longer.
Stay in touch and be well brother.
bob parsons on Aug 6 2008, 11:34pm
Great article, thanks for your service and welcome home!
I served with India 3/1, 1970/71 as a platoon commander and most of that was on or working off of Hill 190. I read this aricle some time ago and it inspired me to do something I had thought about for years.
I just returned yesterday from going back to Vietnam with my son, a current Marine pilot about to deploy for his second mideast tour. Two other children are also current military pilots. It was the right thing to do at the right time. Thanks for your encourgement through the article.
The Hill has been abandoned and untouched for years but we got some tremendous quality photos of the hill itself and current pan shots of the country side from the hill top. If you would like copies, please email me an address to forward these high resolution shots.
My best and Semper Fi
Tom McElheny April 2008
Dr. Thomas McElheny (
) on Apr 30 2008, 12:43am
Welcome home and Thanks from a Marine grunt with Lima 3/3 from 67 to 69. There will always be a lot of great stories told and
not so told.
William Shepard (http://cooopons.com -- diamondsbridal.us) on Mar 26 2008, 09:58am
Welcome home brother.
bob parsons on Mar 26 2008, 11:04am
My last job before I retired was for Marine Welfare and Recreation on Okinawa. They are the greatest in the world. It was an honor to work for them. By the way, what high school did you go to? As I mentioned before, I also received my B.S. in Accounting from the U of B.
LEN LAZOFF on Feb 23 2008, 02:35pm
I graduated from Patterson HS (featured in Hair Spray although back then it didn't quite seem that way. Very little singing in the halls
bob parsons on Mar 3 2008, 08:01am
I saw your article today on the cover of the NaVOBA magazine. Way to go...you are an inspiration for us Veteran business owners! If there is anything you can use a service-disabled veteran-owned business for, please don't hesitate to call on your Air Force vet-brethren.
Ken Sharp (
) on Feb 21 2008, 05:39pm
Great video Bob. Then you get jerks like the Berkely city council talking about the marines like this...
Certainly they have the freedom to express themselves but haven't they learned from the past?
Joe A on Feb 8 2008, 09:46pm
Just a small tribute to the 10,000 US Marines that gave their lives on the first day of fighting during the battle for Amiens in France during World War One.
I am fortunately too young to have been involved in any of the world wars but never cease to remember the sacrifices that all of our allied troops and their families made so that I could be here living in the Democractic and free society which I hold so dear.
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you.
Anthony Costin on Jan 23 2008, 02:01am
The War remains among us in the form of Agent Orange. If you were there, get to the VA and get checked. Google
and find out about it!
1st Cavalry Division
Iron Triangle, 1969
Howie Adams (
) on Jan 1 2008, 07:53pm
Hey there, Bob! Rick Savard here from 3rd Plt.. Hill190 same as you. You may remember i'm also from Bmore(too bad about the Ravens, hunh?). Say, did this firefight happen in the little work ville next to the river or in that big, bada ville? I frequently time-trip back to the 190 area and found out here recently at a couple reunions that so does everybody else. Anyway, God Bless All Marines and may you and Go-Daddy have a great year! P.S. can't wait to see your Super Bowl commercial.
rick savard on Dec 30 2007, 11:33am
Not sure which village it was. I should know but I don't. I think it was the village that wasn't too far from 190, but it's all a blur now.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Dec 30 2007, 10:51pm
i was corpsman aboard U.S.S. Sanctuary,working triage and intensive care unit. we did a lot of good but it affected me very much. I cant forget Rusty Sizemore ,Charlie Rose,John Milchamp and many others. I try to celebrate for thesemy boys.
jorge lovato (
) on Dec 21 2007, 09:17am
Happy Holidays to all Veterans (and it doesn't matter which war you were in).
My father served in the Korean War and was a member of the Greek Expeditionary Force Sparta Battalion (see www.outpostharry.org). He fought on Outpost Harry (see www.ophsa.org) as part of the United Nations force and fought side-by-side with American soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division of the 15th Infantry Regiment
I persuaded my father to formally publish his originally diary (that he kept during the Korean War) and then I commissioned a documentary film about one event (see www.outpostharry.org/documentary.html). This one event is comparable to "The 300 Spartans" ("300"
but with American and Greek soldiers defending a hill instead of a pass.
I think Bob should make a film about his experiences. The detail in your memory is excellent.
The support that we've had for the documentary has been incredible. The leading supplier of military uniforms, props and weapons to Hollywood is an Outpost Harry Survivor and he's providing everything at cost for the recreation in northern California. Other American Korean War Veterans are loaning us original jeeps, personnel carriers, an ambulance and three Bell helicopters (just like the ones in M
S*H). A Greek-American has donated 100,000 dollars of fast-food vouchers so that we can feed the cast and the crew during the recreation.
I know that the film company, Archangel Films, are going to do a great job. Their last documentary film was about the Resistance in Crete during the Second World War (see www.the11thday.com) and it includes interviews of American, British, German and Greek Veterans.
Best Wishes and Happy Holidays,
Executive Producer Outpost Harry
Mike Pagomenos (
) on Dec 20 2007, 08:04pm
Love your USMC birthday cards - how can I access all of them?
Paul on Dec 20 2007, 10:30am
I appreciate the tribute that you do for the Marines each year. My son is a fairly new Marine and just returned home from Iraq. Please look at the blog that I made for him.
Bob Willoughby (
) on Dec 17 2007, 05:02pm
Thank you for your service. As a young man who was 1 year too young for the Vietnam draft, and one who did not sign up, my contribution to our great country can be nothing more than trying to serve those who did serve is some small way.
I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and most of all I am a father to 3 of the bravest, toughest young Marines serving our country today.
I have 3 sons currently serving active duty in the Corps. One at Camp Pendleton who just finished 2 years on the Silent Drill Platoon, one currently deployed to SE Asia, and one, my oldest at 23 who will be graduating basic training at MCRD on January 18. His mother and I will be there, our 3rd wonderful trip to MCRD for such a occasion.
These boys are such much better than myself and others in my general age bracket (50) who did not serve in the military. In retrospect, I wish I had had the stones to join up regardless of the draft and world political climate at that time. My father (RIP) landed at Normandy on D Day, and those old guys were some tough brave men. If I had had a few more brain cells at a younger age, I would have understood the neccessity of serving our great country in some form or another.
Even with out serving, the Marine Corps has embraced our family, and when a child joins the Corps, you get the whole family.
Outside of that, I again thank you for your selfless service, and I thank all veterans for their service and God Bless America.
Dale Wiley (
) on Dec 16 2007, 10:33am
Just an up date here on some Marines..but first off another thank you and welcome home to the Marines who served .. and from those of us who did not serve and should have.... you carried our jocks when we should have ourselves..
My oldest son Greg graduates Basic at MCRD San Diego this Friday. We are leaving tomorrow to attend this great event for him and the other Marines.
Second son Ryan ( Sergant, USMC, Camp Pendleton )will attend the graduation, his company officer giving him the day off for that purpose.
Youngest son Adam, on board the USS Tarawa off the coast of Baharain, was involved in those idiots in the speed boat incident last week.
Dale Wiley (
) on Jan 14 2008, 09:03am
Today I am working on a newsletter for Marine Corps League Table Rock Detachment 1197. The newsletter includes a story on our detachment's birthday ball.
My brother and uncle are former Marines. My birthday is Nov 10, so the detachment has made me their mascot. (No, I don't look like a bulldog!
I will include a link to your birthday card so that my Marines can enjoy this tribute. Thank you for your service and the service of all those since 1775.
Joyce on Dec 16 2007, 09:44am
Hi ! Was in the army 1970-1973. Love GoDaddy. The elephant poops. Those who helped groom and feed him for 30 years can clean up the poop. And stop whining about it. It's YOUR elephant.
Donna Barr (
) on Dec 13 2007, 04:31pm
Just read your article and was very moved. I am a music publisher and adjunct professor of commercial music and songwriting at Southern Methodist University. My longtime songwriting partner, Sal Anthony, is a Marine Viet Nam Veteran.
This fall we wrote a moving Christmas tribute in song that is now on YouTube at
Or you can just go to YouTube.com and put "Veterans Christmas Song" in the search bar. The song is called "From Another Time and Place" and expresses many of the emotions you have expressed as well as the veterans who have commented on your article.
We are makig no money from this song this Christmas. It is our gift to the troops. If any monies are generated, they will go to the Fisher House Foundation that supplies housing for the families of injured soldiers.
If you enjoy the song, please forward it to others.
Blessings and Thanks to All Who Served and are Serving:
CQK Music Group http://www.cqkmusic.com
Mary Dawson (
) on Dec 10 2007, 11:47am
I'm proud that I could serve 33 months in Vietnam. I have fought the war over and over in my head for years. I only filed for my disability (diabetes and PTSD) last year at the age of 59. I didn't want people to think I was weak or looking for a handout. Now I see our kids coming back from the middle east carrying the same baggage some what as we did. From one who doesn't sleep well at night.... God bless our country and the men and women who have served...is serving and will serve. Yes proud to be a "Leatherneck" and "Jarhead."
Edward Keen Jr (http://http:www.keenacresfarm.com) on Dec 7 2007, 05:13pm
Great Tribute to the Marine Corps.
I served with Delta Company 1/26 as an 81's F.O. until the end of September 68 (when they left Hill 180 in Elephant Valley).
I missed meeting/knowing you by a few months as I was with Charlie Company in Hai Van Pass and then moved down to take over the "Claw" from Delta.
I do sincerely hope to meet you one day, perhaps at one of the Delta Company Reunions (hopefully the 2008 "get-together"
Take Care and Semper Fi
Parris Curry on Dec 7 2007, 05:07pm
bob parsons on Dec 8 2007, 05:01am
Semper Fi.....That was great reading if you get a chance
www.youtube.som From another time and place is the name of a Christmas song and video that was posted for every man and woman who has ever served. Thanks Bob for serving our great nation. MERRY CHRISTMAS
sal anthony (
) on Dec 10 2007, 01:43pm
Greetings from Camp Pendelton
Semper Fi Bob
SSgt Joe Calderon on Nov 29 2007, 08:56pm
I came to your site looking for domain pricing and ran into your story. It is great to read all the responses and patriotism that often gets cast aside sadly by certain groups. I am proud of all who served for this country. I recently came across a group selling this shirt that I thought was very cool. Even though it is for POW's the image made me think of all those who have served for our country!
) on Nov 29 2007, 12:54am
Great blog article. My Dad, Col. James A. Brinson, passed away last year and I miss him terribly. He served two tours in Vietnam around Da Nang but I don't know much more. He was badly wounded but luckily both his arms were saved and he ended up serving 30 years in the Corps. Anyway, my Dad didn't talk too much about his experiences with me but I am proud of him and other Marines that served then and now. Also proud to be a GoDaddy customer for many years.
Chris Brinson (
) on Nov 28 2007, 01:41pm
I worked for your father in 1982-1983 at Camp Lejeune and he re-enlisted me. This is in response to Chris Brinson regarding the late COL James Brinson. Please contact me.
Todd Lamb on Dec 30 2007, 06:30am
Can't thank you enough for that tribute Bob. Not nearly enough of that out there these days. Beautifully done.
I'm an old Navy Corpsman. (1969 - 1974) Never made it to Nam, but I was at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland from '70 to '73 and a lot of you guys came through our wards on your way home. If you did, maybe we ran into each other. It was a privilege to take care of everyone we touched!
God Bless and thanks again.
USN (HM2) '69 - '74
Dave Brown on Nov 27 2007, 09:11am
Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your Viet Nam story.
Also, I want you to know, that as a former U.S. Navy Corpsman, (yes, a green, 8404, "Devil Doc"
who served in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait and Somalia, I too, wish you a very Happy USMC Birthday.
, to you and to everyone who has ever had the courage to don the uniform, grab a weapon, stand a post, and put their lives on the line, may God bless you, God Bless America, and SEMPER FI! And for those who have not served, if you don't have something nice to say,
keep your mouth shut
and know that your opinion is protected BY the very ones who you want to bad mouth.
All gave some....Some gave all!
Thanks for your story and for bringing to light once again, it is the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform that allow us to sit in the greatest country in the world, work in the occupations that we do, and have the freedoms that we have. I appreciate you and all of our brothers and sisters-in-arms.
Alton on Nov 26 2007, 04:04pm
Semper Fi! Do or Die!
CPL Thronson 1371 USMC
Ray Thronson (
) on Nov 26 2007, 02:33pm
"Semper Fi Bob"
I too was with Delta Company 1/26 back in 1967 and 1968.
Platoon Commander of First Platoon. XO for a while and then Company Commander after our CO was killed near Dong Ha. At Khe Sanh - Tet 68 - and around Dong Ha and An Hoa area south of Danang before I left the company and went to flying as an AO in the O-1 Birdogs and OV-10's. Probably worked some of your close air support when you were a grunt. Amazing how many Delta Company grunts I have found online.
My dad was also a Marine in WWII on Okinawa, Saipan, Guam. We had it easy compared to them.
Las Vegas, NV
Robert Simpson on Nov 26 2007, 11:32am
This is the first time I've logged on to your website. I read your article on your time in Vietnam and it struck a chord with me. You see, my dad was a Marine with the 1st Div, 3/27, K Co. He was in Vietnam in Feb. 1968 and KIA in Quang Nam Province in June 68. I have spoke to many Marines but have yet to find anyone that remembers my dad. I have many pictures but have no idea who these guys are. Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm glad you made it home and "Thank you" for your service. Semper Fi.
Debbie Jaronik Saegert on Nov 25 2007, 09:00pm
So what every happened to the cook and the grenade? And I'm pretty sure I would've needed to change my drawers. Thanks for your service and for everyone else who's donned a uniform to protect and fight for this country.
Kevin on Nov 25 2007, 07:40am
He wasn't a cook, his name was Cook. And he walked the unexploded M79 grenade back to our command post where it was handled by EOD (explosive ordinance disposal).
He was there with the squad when I was wounded and med evaced. I've had no contact with him since. For all I know he might now be the governor of your state.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 25 2007, 08:13am
Thanks for your service.
John Scaliatine (
) on Nov 27 2007, 08:08am
(reference: Marine Corps Birthday)
I served in the Corps from 1971-1975. My first duty station out of bootcamp was Camp Lejeune - we were leaving for the coast of Vietnam to help with troop removal (the war was nearing its end, but there was still fighting - and, casualties). Fortunately for me, my C.O. found out that I could type, so he wanted me to stay stateside. I spent most of my time in Puerto Rico (Vieques Island) and Camp Lejeune. [Note: I had three older brothers who were, also, Marines. One of them, Lee, served two stints in Vietnam]. It used to be, whenever I was in a place where they wanted to honor Vietnam Vets, I would refuse to stand because I did not feel that I played a part worthy of the men and women who served "overseas." However, I did begin to stand when I realized that, by my standing, I was honoring my comrades who either could not stand for themsleves, or are not around to stand. Thank you, fellow Marine, for your duty! I stand and salute you.
Eugene H. Maze (
) on Nov 25 2007, 11:44am
As I picked up my fall 2007 issue of the UofB Alumni Magazine, the first thing that caught my eye was the jerk on a bike without a helmet and I thought why is he on the cover of the magazine? It reminded me of an issue several years ago that had an article about an alumnus that was teaching bike safety and HE wasn't wearing a helmet. I wrote to the UofB about that and I got no reply. Then I noticed that the guy on this cover was Bob Parsons of godaddy.com. Since I live in Arizona, the name of the company, not the man, was somewhat familiar to me. I also noticed he was a grad of the UofB. When I read the article, I was amazed that he had a B.S. in Accounting, as did I. The major difference was he was a roaring success and I'm a retired Government employee. Go godaddy.com. LEN LAZOFF
LEONARD LAZOFF on Nov 23 2007, 07:19pm
Just so you know, that photo was taken on a stationary bike in the parking lot, set up just for the photo shoot, with me staring into the blazing sun. Hence the bleary eyed espesson on my face.
When I actually ride, which is mostly everyday, I
wear a full face helmet, heavy leather jacket and pants with full armor and heavy boots. Hell, I'd also wear two or three condoms when I ride, if I thought they'd help.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 24 2007, 09:45am
Thank you for serving. I can't say that enough. The sacrifice you made is part of why America is still here. We may not always agree with government policy but there are times when duty calls and we answer. I was in the Corps during Dessert Storm and served proudly as a patriot and for the country I believe in.
) on Nov 24 2007, 03:14pm
MR.PARSONS....I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I WAS WITH DELTA CO. 1/26 3RD PLATOON FROM DEC/1968 TO DEC/1969. I MIGHT HAVE MET YOU. SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON HILL 190. I ALSO DONT REMEMBER ALOT. ANYWAY WELCOME HOME AND SEMPER FI DAVE
dave thorn on Nov 23 2007, 11:41am
I certainly understand. It's all a blur to me as well.
Welcome home brother.
bob parsons on Nov 24 2007, 09:40am
For those who didn't serve, and for those who did, the easiest and yet most meaningful thing you can do from this day forward is make it a habit to walk up to any person you see in military uniform, offer a firm handshake, and say:
"Thank you for your service."
Or build a Web site or two to honor those you served with and give them a place to reconnect and share, like:
If you can't build a site like this, then offer to mirror it. Old vets who build sites like these are dying everyday, sometimes with nobody to keep the sites - and all the memories they contain - alive.
20th Engineer Battalion
Engineer Hill, Camp Wilson, and Weigt-Davis FSB
Ed Gregory (
) on Nov 23 2007, 08:47am
just wanted to say i was in the 20th down at cam ranh bay then duong ba thanh then ninh ho above nha trang then by the way of ban me thuot we went to engineer hill,pleiku,1966-1967/ good deal eee got-r-done
ed baker on Feb 11 2008, 07:18pm
Dear Mr. Bob, God blessed you in Quang Nam, my home province, the other day! And I also had a lucky day in Quang Nam, near The Black Hill, Ai Nghia Town in 1982. I will check whether it's the Hill 190 or not.
On April the 20th, 1982, I was at the first year in high school, in Viet Nam we call it class 10. My high school is near to the old military camp called "Don Den" or "Black Hill" in English, located near Vu Gia river.
After the war, there were many landmines, bombs, rocket heads, etc. somewhere on the farms, the hills. And on that April the 20h, I and 7 of my classmates, boys and girls walked to school as usual. We saw a bunch of grenades and many "Bom Bi" (in Vietnamese) that the farmers collected and left on the road heading my school. Actually, we saw them some day before but we didn't come so close as we did that day. All of us were curious about the small Bom Bi that were still new and looked beautiful with some blue and red spots on the head. After a while, we left, one by one. The soonest leaving went about 20 meters away, I was the last, just turned my back and walked a few steps. He took one stone and threw back to the Bom Bi bundle. There were a big explosion that awaked all the nearby villages at noon time. Four of us wounded. One lost the bundle of the left leg, another got 3 pieces on the back, one got one pieces in the eye and some injuries, but fortunately, he is not blind. I got 3 injuries, one on the head, one on the shoulder and one on my face that still remain till now. But because I was the closest, the air pressure pushed me meters away down to a nearby hole, to the lower side of the road, and let me unconscious. The villagers and my Dad, came and collected us under the trees. But there were no car, no telephone in my village those days. The district hospital was around 10 km away, they had an old ambulance but it gone to Da Nang, 30 km away. At first, the villagers decided to bring 4 of us and walked to the hospital, but in the end, they managed a truck to take us. Fortunately, none of us died. I got back to school after one week. But one of them took over 2 months to leave the hospital. It's funny that the doctor took two pieces of bomb from my head and shoulder out, but he didn't take a small piece on my face that still remain till now. When you come back, I will show you.
Mr. Bob, why don't you, my Dad, and other villagers who were communists or soldiers for the Sai Gon government or not, seat together to make a party here in Viet Nam to heal you all. Your generation, the one that engaged directly in that war, are now most over 60s, the end period road of a life . Make it back just to say hello, then we will visit the hill 190 together!
I was 8 when that war ended, but I witnessed dozens of people died after that war, one of them was my friend. He took the head of the M-79 to play as a toy, and died of explosion.
I wish peace, wisdom and bravery to heal you all and lead our two countries and our two people!
Duong Van Trung (
) on Nov 23 2007, 08:45am
That was one of the nicest offers for healing and friendship I've read, it brought tears to my eyes. I am 46 this year and although I was much too young for service in Vietnam, I later joined the US Navy and served from 1979-1982 on the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) http://www.peleliu.navy.mil/
However, Vietnam was a huge part of my life growing up as both my Father and Uncle (his brother) were in the war for 3 tours, they both came back alive thank god. But that war impacted me more than anything elese during my childhood, from the nightly news stories, Letters from my dad and uncle, video and pictures from my dad and uncle and the POW bracelet I wore for many years afterwards. I would give my life for any man in uniform and call it an honour, I thank every military person I meet personally with a hand shake and a heart felt thank you.
As a result of my childhood being forged in vietnam, I've read every soldiers story, every book ever written (practically) regarding the unbelievable heroism and selflessness, bravery and commitment and am continually astounded. I still read almost every new true military story which comes out, such as the story of the SAS squad who had a running battle with over 500 Iraqi soldiers over 200 miles on foot which, was the longest E & E in SAS history, and unfortunately not all survived. Actually 4 died. You can read about it in Andy McNab's book "Bravo Two Zero". Or the amazing story of Carlos Hathcock, pretty much acclaimed as the best sniper in Vietnam and some say the best in history, you can read about him in the book "Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills" and also "White Feather".
I guess what I am saying is there are many, stories of heroism that should be required reading in high-school. It sickens me that United States History does NOT EVEN MENTION VIETNAM, KOREA, or many other battles where men gave their lives for the freedom we have. Instead they are banning military recruiters and are attmpting to turn our children into little socialists. The most recent of which I read was of the first Navy Seal to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor since vietnam and this recently happened during the initial phase of the Afghanistan invasion, where 5 Navy Seals fought over 200 Taliban on the side of a mountain until there were less than 50 Taliban left. I won't tell more as you should buy the book and read it yourself "Lone Survivor".
All of these so called "liberal" anti-military people are only liberal if you believe the way they demand you to believe and have no clue as to the amount of blood shed to allow them their misguided freedom of speach and protest that would never be allowed in almost 95% of the rest of the planet. They disgust me.
Although I was not there and am not a Marine, I hope you will allow me to say "Semper Fi"! and I mean that literally Brother.
As a parting thought, I can imagine there are just as many amazing stories of heroism from the NVA soldiers, not all of the...
Neil Ridlinghafer (
) on Nov 27 2007, 02:32am
Dear Neil Ridlinghafer,
Thank god that our Dads all alive the war and come back. That war has a very big impact on our father generation and then us. I didn't read much books about that war, but because we are here, so we know all the awesome of the war and the awesome of the after war.
It's just like yesterday when the war ended, and my mother going around to find my Dad after Da Nang fall, she though that he might be dead, so she checked every dead bodies in the army hospital in Da Nang. We did't know where my Dad was those days, And then, after some months, my Dad suddenly went across my village to the reformation camp, with many former Sai Gon soldiers, accompanied by the North Vietnamese soldiers. They were nice to let the familes of the Sai Gon soldiers to meet each others. I still remember that day, when I accompanied my Dad as far as I could, he asked me whether I had come back to school, then to ask me to come back.
My Dad came back from the reformation camp 18 months later. We have a better life now but, as many of the US Vets, we some time feel not easy to those memories. It takes some time, efforts and actions to recorvering for the US Vets, but I know that It will take much much more time for Vietnam Vets from both sides to recovering.
Neil, if you accationally come, please bring me some of the books you mentioned, because I can not buy from here.
Duong Van Trung (
) on Dec 1 2007, 06:10pm
Sir, thank you for the annual USMC Birthday tribute.
And thank you for your service. My son and the other young Marines have big boots to fill.
Karla (Mom of LCPL "JC" 2MARDIV, deployed)
Threadbndr on Nov 22 2007, 11:23am
I bet ya wouldn't make a pimple on a good grunt's ... butt...
H2/7 M3/5 Class of '70, SEA High!
Ed Shoe on Nov 22 2007, 08:51am
Psychologists have long known about "projection." This is when one criticizes others for characteristics they find troubling about themselves.
More than likely you were better than you give yourself credit for.
bob parsons on Nov 23 2007, 07:56am
Thanks to you and to every other member of our armed forces and those of our allies for your service. We live in freedom because you chose to put your lives on the line for all of us.
We all owe you a great deal and too often forget to thank you for your sacrifice, as well as for those families whose sons and daughters paid the ultimate sacrifice for all our freedom.
It is just about Thanksgiving day out here. As we sit down to our meals and thank God for all our blessings, we should also remember to include thanks for those who gave and continue to give so much of themselves in the service of our nation.
May God richly bless you all.
Alan Maitland on Nov 21 2007, 09:02pm
Thank you for Go Daddy.com's excellent birthday salute to our U.S. Marines.
In a time when most companies are so limp-wristed P.C. they're even afraid to mention the word "Christmas" it is refreshing to see a company and its leader have the guts to take a stand and salute America's fighting forces.
Bravo!...or rather, "uu-rah"!!!
I always register and renew my URLs through Go Daddy (excellent pricing and service). Now you've got a customer for life.
Have a great Thanksgiving,
Newport Beach, CA
P.S. - I saw you at the Andretti Green team party at this year's Indy 500 and wanted to say "hi" but you were doing pretty well entertaining a couple of lovely ladies so I thought I should stay out of the way!
Jim Hall on Nov 21 2007, 06:22pm
How are you? Have not seen you since your days in CR. I have also moved on and was just surfing the net and came across your blog so I thought I would say hello. My son in law just returned from Iraq about 4 weeks ago and just got out of the Corps last week. He is home and we will see him tonight here in DSM. Hope all is well with you, I am still in the golf business and send me an email back sometime.
Rick Tegtmeier (
) on Nov 21 2007, 01:54pm
Happy Birthday Marines! from denmark
) on Nov 21 2007, 12:25pm
Semper Fi, Devil Dog. Mike Co. BLT 3/1 and later Mike 3/1, Mar 68-Mar 69, All over northern I Corps. I finally retired in 1995 with a lot of broken time. Thanks for the tribute, I used it on myspace and it was a hit. I also have a Godaddy blog at http://blog.wardog6.com.
War Dog 6 "out"
GySgt. DD Barton, Ret. (
) on Nov 21 2007, 11:25am
Semper Fi Bob,
So you were my relief man, hey, I was there in 67 and 68. Happy Valley, Hill 55, An Hoa, Tam Ke, Dodge City and all those other happy places in Quang Nam. I even spent some time up North near the Z along Hwy 9.
Meeting the Elephants seems to be a timeless experiance that only wartime vets can really understand, when it's up close and personal. Thanks for bring that out and sharing it with the others. My whole experiance in the Nam seems to be surreal now, but when I flash, I can smell it, taste it and feel it. I still have a on again, off again love affair with rain. Hell, I done everything you can imagine in it. But, it still flashs me once in a while.
Happy Birthday my brother.
Yeh I hear ya, when I arrived in Da Nang in Jan. 67 I felt like I had just landed on another planet. Nothing prepared me for this. Hell, I turned 21 there in Sept. of 67. I was short during the 68 TET and I was lucky enough to have survived the experiance.
I remember some of the replacements would gather around and hear the Gunny telling them. According to statistics 3% of you will survive this entire experiance and never get a scatch. The way I looked at it, some percentage is better then no percentage all, good work Gunny.
Thanks for what you have done for the Marine Corps brother.
I coming in from Calif. and would like to invite you to the big 3 day Gun show at the Phoenix fairgrounds Fri. Nov 30th thru Sun come on down and ask for me at the front desk, they'll tell you were I'm located. I have a gift for you and if you want I'll buy you a drink later. I'm coming in on the 26th.
Once again Semper Fi and Happy Birthday Bob and thanks for all the flash backs. If it weren't for Flash backs, I wouldn't have any memory at all. Welcome Home.
Bob Le Beau (Rc)
USMC 66 - 69
Bob Le Beau (Rc) on Nov 21 2007, 03:10am
I have read many books, fact and fiction, about the Vietnam war, but two of the best ever were written by retired Marine Charles Henderson about the top Marine sniper, Carlos N. Hathcock II. In two tours of duty over there he racked up 93 confirmed kills and probably many more than that unconfirmed.
Mr. Henderson's books, Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills and Silent Warrior were both tributes about a true Marine hero. Gunnery Sergeant Hathcock was a career Marine at heart. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam he was severely burned while saving a number of fellow Marines by standing in the flames of a burning halftrack and pulling his wounded and burning
from the flames set off when a booby trap blew and ignited the vehicle's fuel tank.
Years later after fighting like only a Marine knows how, Carlos overcame most of his severe wounds only to develop MS, from which he passed away on February 23, 1999 with over 600 of his friends in attendance at his service.
Those of us who have read the facts, the accounts, of this extraordinary man's life and accomplishments, many in difficult situations, can only praise, celebrate and learn from his life.
I'm sure that his wonderful wife, Jo, and their son, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock III, take pride in his life and the wonderful person he was. There are literally hundreds of individuals that have been touched, in one way or another, by the man and his achievements.
As the code of the sniper so appropriately states, "One shot, one kill"! There are many U.S. servicemen and women that served in Vietnam that owe their lives to the man that killed a VC or NVA, with one shot, that would have eventually taken the lives of those Americans.
If you ever have the opportunity to read Charles Henderson's books about Carlos N. Hathcock II, or any of his other interesting accounts of the U.S.M.C. do not pass up the chance. Hathcock's story, as told by Mr. Henderson, is a wonderful work from which we can all learn something positive. It makes me very proud to be an American.
Our son, Preston "Dax" Wilkinson, returned from active duty in Iraq a couple of months ago and we, all of his family, are very proud of him and his willingness to serve his country.
Preston Dean Wilkinson on Nov 20 2007, 10:22pm
As a former Airman, I would like to think at the end of the day we are all fighting for the same reasons protect the country we love and our way of life.
Hats off to anyone who has served their country
Happy B-Day to all my Devildog brothers and sisters
Lance, Washington DC
) on Nov 20 2007, 02:12pm
All I can say is…thank you.
) on Nov 20 2007, 02:20am
From one Jarhead to another, welcome home Mr. Parsons. I was in country for 18 months, 0311, 1-1, 66-68, Phu Bai, Chu Lai, Dong Ha, Hoi An, all over the I Corp. Was there when they passed out the "new M-16's", first operation we took them on, we were hit by the NVA and sure enough, ALL of the M-16's jammed and we lost 25 KIA, all caught with no weapon to use, M-60's were taken out, Corp Men, and we could not get enough support fire quick enough so each man was picked off one at a time. I had some laws plus the only working radio, called in air strikes, medivacs, and took out one bunker with a direct hit because I saw a body fly in the air. F-14's flew right over us and torched that village alone with ground artillery and shipt to shore support, all of which drove the VC/NVA out of our area for that afternoon. At night we were "probed" and I had every grenade I could get at my disposal and threw them whenever our "listening post" pointed out the direction they heard activity. I hated those who did that to us, KNOWING full well that the ammo was flawed and that the M-16 would not function in a dusty dirty combat zone. Hundreds if not more GOOD MARINES died in vain and no one NO ONE was ever held accountable for this "domestic war crime" against United States Marines. Just another story of how we were "sacrificed to the god's of THEIR war" under the diabolical and evil leadership of EVERYONE calling the shots from Kissinger, to Nixon, McNamara, Dulles, Kennedy, Johnson...all of them have the blood of not only our troops, but all those who suffered and died far a "war" that was illegal and corrupt and fabricated direct from the throne of hell itself.
It was a simple matter of survival and taking care of your buddies no matter what, realizing at any moment your life would be over and you would enter into the spirit world.
My best friend and I joined together, he 18 and me 17 and he was assigned to 1st Recon. Saw him one time on a operation in Cambodia, saw some action together and then I got an article about his chopper was shot down and "body not recovered". I met one of his buddies and he said he was captured, lived 2 years and they killed him.
And then we have the POW's...lost fover and who cares except US?
Thank you for your service and for GO DADDY!
richard boyden (
) on Nov 19 2007, 09:45pm
Your experience to me .. someone from Canada, white boy from the safe suburbs, is so extraordinary that it left me feeling short of breath. You've made me realize that I know NOTHING about the Vietnam experience. I don't think any movie or book I've read has taken me there like this story. Maybe because to me your a real person and I have no actual connections in my life to that war other than personal trauma as a small child listening to war reports and watching tv broadcasts of it and thinking it was only blocks away. I remember being 4 years old and believing I was going to be killed by that war. Scary for me maybe but not the same as walking around in it.
I just wanted to tell you that although I believe in peace first at any cost ..and I do believe that takes strength and courage. Despite my beliefs I have an incredible respect for what soldiers do and for your experiences in Vietnam. I've seen your face on this website for years now and had no idea.
It just shows you that you just can't know the person in front of you without taking time to learn about them and without doing some walking in their footsteps.
Thank you for stepping up and being willing to protect your home which in turn protects the home of myself and my loved ones here. I believe in peace and I believe in peaceful conflict resolution completely but it is not always an option sadly in the world we live in. There will always be a need for soldiers ( I hope that I'm mistaken in saying that ) and it really struck home to me that while I was laying in bed as a four year old child full of fear you were fighting aware or not to make sure that there was nothing real about those fears. Thank you for that.
Michael Kerr (
) on Nov 19 2007, 05:11pm
Bob, I'm a thankful red-blooded, dyed-in-the-wool American from my head to my toes. I love being an American. I think we have the best country in the world. I suppose that's why I feel like I let my country down. I never served in the military as my father and grandfather's did. I chose college and career. Looking back I could have served, done my schooling and entered the career track and been the better man for it. I think I always knew I was afraid of going to battle and let fear keep me from serving in the tradition of my father and so many other brave men. Now that I'm older, and well past the age to enlist. I don't know any tangible ways of "paying my dues" as an american. I don't feel I deserve the ground I walk on. So many have payed the ultimate price for me; a chicken.
Tom on Nov 19 2007, 11:26am
I guarantee you every Marine, Army, Sailor, Airman, & Coast Guardsman in battle knows fear, if they say they do no, they are either lying or insane. There are many men who made the same choice you did but would never openly admit it, Bill Clinton for one. I applaud your honesty and your conscience.
If you want to "redeem" the mistake of the past, and I believe all can be redeemed if the remorse is sincere, then maybe try volunteering, there are a ton of groups who serve the active and retired military personell who could use your help.
Here is a small list:
1. Adopt a Soldier/Rush Limbaugh's effort
2. Soldiers Angels - Adopt a Soldier
3. Support the troops
4. USO Holiday Care Packages
5. Support Wounded Service Men and Women at
6. ATT and "Adopt a Soldier Now" team up and you can help
7. Another great service with many programs to choose from:
8. Send an Active Combat Serviceman or woman a message with:
9. America Supports You!
10. A Million Thanks! "Literally"
Anyway, I hope this helps give you some ideas.
Neil Ridlinghafer (
) on Nov 27 2007, 03:11am
Happy Birthday Devil Dog. If you ever get a chance, please join us in Philadelphia, near the birthplace of the Marine Corps with around 2,000 of our brothers for an all day celebration of everything Marine Corps. The city of Philadelphia is gracious enough to close down Oregon Street for us to speak to friends, some of which we see every year, others we have not spoken to for what seems like forever.
Semper Fi Brothers, and a Happy Veteran's Day to all.
Eric D. Sollenberger (
) on Nov 19 2007, 09:51am
Semper Fi, Bob! Ex-CH 46 helicopter pilot, West-Pac 1971-72. The veterans I hung with had a catch phrase: If you ain't been there...... you don't know shit! Ain't it the truth. Loved your USMC birthday tribute!
Larry rush on Nov 19 2007, 09:36am
I miss Camp Pendleton and 29 stumps.
Tom Romero (
) on Nov 18 2007, 08:19pm
As someone who served in the Marines (MAG-46 and MAG-13), and after 16 years of civilian life joined the Kansas Air National Guard I appreciate your service and continued dedication to service men and women.
I would have rejoined the Marines in 2002 but they told me I was "too old" missed the maximum reenlistment age by two years. My next contact was the Guard, and thanks to the skills the Corps taught me (with reinforcement by working for a commercial airline in the interim) I was able to jump right in and become a useful aircraft maintenance technician. You usually don't quite realize just how much you miss being a part of something until you leave it, for me it took a bit longer
, but once I was back the realization came quickly!
People ask me now how long I intend to stay in I tell them "until they drag me kicking and screaming through the gates and tell me not to come back!" My only regret is I stayed out so long.
SSgt Ken Snyder
SSgt Ken Snyder (
) on Nov 18 2007, 06:52pm
Its a pleasure doing business with you, its also reasssuring knowing that you are a former Marine. I am not a Marine but enjoyed the beautiful card and will share it with others. Thanks for your service and continued contributions to our great nation.
Hawaii Army National Guard
) on Nov 18 2007, 06:43pm
Happy Birthday Marine. uurah!
Rob Jackson on Nov 18 2007, 04:41pm
Semper Fi and belated Happy Birthday. Knowing you're a Marine makes me glad I chose GoDaddy for my domain
My Devildog and I arrived in the world after Vietnam, but we appreciate everything those before us have done on our behalf.
DevilDogWyfe in service 94-01
Once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine.
Once a Marine's wyfe, ALWAYS a Marine Corps Queen.
Trish a devildogwyfe (
) on Nov 18 2007, 12:03pm
An old Navy Seabee salutes you for the stirring USMC Birthday piece. I forwarded it to to all my Marine friends. I arrived about Six weeks after you, and I'll bet you were exposed to Seabees (or their work) in your time in country. Hard to believe it has been 38 years! I would also like to comment about your "other" life before Go Daddy. I can't tell you how sad I was when Parsons Software closed its doors. I used nearly every program that came out of Iowa with your name on it. I owned every version of Money Counts and still use to date. Yes, I still run a DOS 6.22 machine for our accounting and word processing. This old 74-year dinosaur has been drug reluctantly into the Windows era. Billy"s Bandit (Gates) have taken control of my newer computers and I'm not in charge any more. I've wanted to thank you ever since I found out you were the driving force behind Go Daddy. Of my 27 years in the Navy-nearly 12 of them were attached to Marine commands, I'll always be a "jar-Head" admirer. Having worked for three that eventually became Commandant, I was one Navy "squid" that was welcomed into that wonderful band of brothers. Looking over my left shoulder, my "HONORARY DI" Smokey the Bear Hat still hangs proudly on the wall. SEMPER FI. and best wishes for continued success. How about next year something for 27 October and the Navy's birthday?? Looking forward to it! Jim
JAMES L. RILEY, CDR., CEC, USN (rET) on Nov 18 2007, 10:17am
Great tribute and story! Like several responders, I was Air Force, and never saw combat. For most of "Rolling Thunder", I was pulling 12-hr. shifts in the Comm Center at Anderson AFB, Guam and "volunteering" to load BUFFs in my spare time. I was never officially "in country", as my security clearances were too high, and guys with guns were needed up to the "troop limit" numbers; but, you know, planes still fly at night...
Bless you and all your brother Marines for your service!
I moved all my domains from another ISP due to your GREAT tech support. Keep up the great work.
Rich Taylor (
) on Nov 18 2007, 09:17am
Thank you for your service to our country. I was in high school during the Vietnam War. Like many, I don't like wars, but it is necessary in order to keep the peace.
There is nothing greater a civilian can do but support our troops.
Each Friday the girls from my office go out to lunch. Whenever we see service men or women in uniform in the restaurant we pick up their check. When they ask for their check they are told that "It has been taken care of by people who care for what they are doing and are Proud of them". We don't identify ourselves. We are not out for the thank you's - we want to thank them.
It doesn't cost much to add an extra $5 or $10 to my share of the bill. It's not much for what they do for us. If a large group shows up, we purchase a gift card to have it applied to their meal.
My father was Army 22 years, I remember how tough it was financially. My little gift may not be much, but I know it is appreciated when I see their faces.
So, buy a soldier lunch and see how good it makes you feel.
So, Thank you to ALL service men and women.
You make me proud to by an American.
Proud Citizen of the USA and still an Army BRAT
Doris Williamson on Nov 18 2007, 05:29am
Attention: It's Marine Parsons:
Thanks for sharing this message. I've passed on to several vets who network with our Christian ministry. We've ministered to the homeless in Los Angeles, and stats show too many Nam vets are homeless, and still having mental and physical problems. Some wounded from Iraq have joined together in tents, and are homeless as well.
We continue to pray for America to understand the Vietnam Vets were dishonored by most in America. We stand in the gap in prayer for them and their families.
Lord forgive us for not supporting the military who fought in Vietnam. Heal all their wounds, both physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Welcome home, Bob Parsons. I remember you from my early computer learning days and Parsons programs. Blessings on your house, and may you continue to be covered in the shadow of His wings.
I sent a copy of you email to Dean Jones. If I hear from him, I'll let you know. We don't hear enough about the bravery and sacrifice we only hear Jane Fonda's days. In her own way she has repented, but we need to have a reconciliation between vets and uneducated Americans who didn't understand about USA Freedom.
Thank you to all our military and their families "Be strong and courageous", Joshua 1:6. You've kept America free!
Sue Sabas (
) on Nov 18 2007, 03:40am
Tonight, I'm having fun! Go Daddy, Go Daddy, Go Daddy, Go! Being new here, I'm enjoying the challenge! After
many years on AOL, things are slower! I'm even learning to blog, thanks to GoDaddy's-Daddy Bob.
We sent your link and posting to many vets for Vets Day. They were most grateful to have a voice on the net many felt they were forgotten and alone.
I would like to post your link on some of my domain names.
Do I have your blessings? I may start a separate page for Vets to post and blog! I'm 73, so I'd old enough to respect our military and remember some of the conflicts, and
many of the attacks against our brave soldiers. I was 9 during WW2 and we respected our returning Vets, and held them in honor! Different time, different world!
Got some new software from the "Old days of Parsons" I enjoyed using the Bible searches. Not as fast as Go Daddy, but at their price, they will certainly serve my needs as I minister on the net.
Tell us, one day if you have time about the days of working in the software development. It is good teaching to many of our younger children, who think the "old tech
heads" had it very easy not true!
Night for now.
Sue Sabas (
) on Dec 1 2007, 10:46pm
Feel free to link to anything on this blog on any of your websites.
I've been in this business since it started. I read once where four programmers (we call them engineers now) were talking about how long ago they started in the business. The first one said, when I started coding we had to write in "C" code (for x=1 to 10; next x). The second one said, when I started we had to code in assembly language (ie POP, JMP). The third one said, when I started coding all we had was binary language (ie. writing in 1's and 0's). The fourth guy said you three are lucky, when I started all we had was zeros.
I've been in this business as long as the fourth guy.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Dec 2 2007, 08:13am
I am amazed how Americans feel they "serve" their country. The Vietnam war was useless and bloody stupid, so is the war in Irak. I believe you should better focus on improving the life of your own people (there are a lot of poor and helpless people in the US) instead of invading countries that do not need you. How many lifes and families have been destroyed for the sake of feeling the pockets of your leaders ?
And you call that a democracy - shame on you !
Brad on Nov 18 2007, 02:55am
Please. Before you bad mouth someone who protects and ensures the very freedom that you are standing behind (Freedom of Speech and the Press), think about it.
Also, if you are going to call someone stupid, please make sure you proof-read and edit your comments. Nothing shouts the word stupid, like the noun
May God bless you.
Alton on Nov 26 2007, 04:12pm
We Americans have had our share of blunders, that is true. But we have also been the kindest and most generous nation in the history of this world. I take from your dialect you are from Great Britain. If so, allow me to lend/lease a bit of histrical truth.......you would be speaking German if it wasn't for us....the U.S. This thread of comments is about thanking the Veterans for their service. I thank all my brothers in arms, and I am proud to be a Veteran of the US Navy. (We're the guys who drive the Marines to the show. lol)
Murf on Nov 20 2007, 06:49pm
looks like you need to go to spelling class son. You are so ignorant, that to justify your remarks with a response would give them some kind of credibility, as if it were worth responding to them. Next time you see a vet thank him for putting his life on the line so you didn't have to go to school, do your best, or learn how to spell.
jack on Nov 19 2007, 11:41am
From one vet to another thank you for everything. I was a former squid and spent many months with the jarheads. Thank you for all of the above comments from all of the great Americans. You really are a dying breed.
) on Nov 18 2007, 01:04am
Korean era 51-52 Marine B-1-5 thaks for the great birthday celebration. It's been a while since hearing the corps anthem.. Thank you . Sgt.joe chensky from long ago.
joe chensky (http://joe chensky.om) on Nov 17 2007, 09:34pm
Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 0311 1967 to Jan-1968
I had chills reading your VN experience. Brought back many similar memories, long periods of boredom, punctuated by minutes (if you were lucky) or hours of pure hell.
As your article so clearly described, the Marines was a life changing experience and continues to live on in each of us.
Enduring thanks to all that served!
Ken Forbes (USMC 1966-1968, CPL.) on Nov 17 2007, 09:21pm
Hi Bob, Page 2 of 7 Comments Continued: November 17, 2007 Happy 232nd Birthday Marines!
Please first read my Page 7 of 7 Comments Continued: November 17, 2007 Happy 232 Birthday Marines! for background on remaining 4 Comments pages regarding need for support for our brave men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I recently came in contact through emails from my daughter married to a Captain in the US Army stationed in Germany and Pary Smith at Stars and Stripes Europe SmithP@estripes.osd.mil with a Marine Staff Sgt Robert Sparkman firstname.lastname@example.org stationed at Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq who is trying to help one of his Marines obtain a State of California Flag. Staff Sgt Sparkman wrote to the State of California and was told he could buy one at the Capital gift shop...so much for support of our service men and women serving in combat zones. I contacted the Governor's Office in California and the California Capital Museum to see if they will send a flag at no cost. My family and I are not holding our breath waiting for a positive reply and we plan to purchase a State of California Flag online and will be sending it to Corporal Brown.
What concerns me most when reading Staff Sgt Sparkman's email comments below about obtaining a state flag for one of his men is the feeling that some American's (not all) do not care what our military serving in combat zones like Iraq and Afghanistan are doing and what they face each day.
Staff Sgt Sparkman mentioned the following in his email reply:
"Times have changed and the sour taste the people are getting in their mouths over this war are starting to show. People are bitter because they don't completely understand why we are still here."
"If people could only see how hard they work and what they go through out here I'm sure they'd understand."
This is why I believe if we can reach a few more of these brave men and women serving in combat zones through modern electronic communications (email/internet) to let them know we're here and we appreciate what they are doing, that more will come home with the understanding that what they do does count and it is an important part of the foundation to our Nations Freedom.
Thanks again for serving our country!
Gary L. Koupal
Sergeant USMC 1965 - 1969
Viet Nam Veteran 1966-1967
1st Force Service Regiment/Force Logistic Command, Da Nang, Viet Nam
Gary Koupal on Nov 17 2007, 06:44pm
First thanks for your post. However blog policy prohibits long posts that occupy several entries. Please understand that allowing discourses of this nature would detract from the readability of the blog. Because of this the first 6 comments of your post do not appear.
If you could boil the salient points of your post down to one comment, it will most likely be posted.
Do know that I very much appreciate your service and as a brother extend to you the very warmest welcome home.
bob parsons on Nov 19 2007, 11:02am
My name is Art Basehart...Highlantown bred and U of Baltimore 1981....Brother in Law to Bob Stastny...Brother of Kathy Basehart. I have just read the article on your remarkable life in the the UB Alumni publication and I just had to log on to your web site.
Well after making my first natural progession and checking out the Amanda Beard video
I read and was moved with your tribute to the Marine Corp Birthday. I forwarded your personal story and Marine Birthday tribute to one of my mentors, a Former Marine Helo pilot as well as my sister in law, a Naval Academy grad and currently active Colonel in the Marine Corp assigned to the Pentagon. She is about to take over command of the 1st MEF in Iraq July 2008 and will hopefully safely return to command at Pendleton after her tour.
Although just a youngster at the time, I can picture you and you brother Alan shooting some hoops or playing ball at Ellwood Park. What a cast of characters graced good old Ellwood Park.
Congrats on all of your achievements and all that you do and have done for your Country. What an amazing life. Your "Keys to Success" are dead nuts on.
If you are ever over in Southern California (Orange County) or I do get to Phoenix area occasionally for business...if you have the time lets get together over a cold beer. Cheers ! .....Art
Art Basehart (Highlandtown) on Nov 23 2007, 03:11pm
Wow....Ellwood Park. Those were indeed the days. Hard to think we were ever that young.
Do you remember Fergie?
Please give my regards to Bob and Kathy.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 24 2007, 09:42am
Thanks kindly for the reply. It's cool that you actually take the time to read & reply to most of these folks.
Of course I remember FERGIE. As I recall he was missing a few fingers and always seemed to me to be loaded.
I can see him now (I was pretty scared of him) trying his best to care take for our small piece of ground. The constant attention to the seemingly always broken water fountain. Cleaning up the broken glass that idiots would leave behind. Without fail he would raise and lower the flag every day. I would sometimes watch him do this from my bedroom window on Potomac street.
We would always be all over him because we would only get one set of new basketball rim nets per year and they would wear out in a few weeks. Good old Fergie...God Bless him...He did his best.
OK...a bit of trivia for you...Do you recall the name of the guy that would bring the little carnival to "the lot" on Jefferson street next to the park before they paved it through ?
Art Basehart on Nov 26 2007, 11:31pm
I don't remember the guy. Not at all.
bob parsons on Nov 27 2007, 12:33pm
Thank you Bob for bringing back some old memories. I too joined the service-the US Air Force- immediately after high school at the age of 17 in July 1973 in order to serve my country. We were lucky in many ways since the war was just winding down and we didn't have to experience the horrors of war.
I take my hat out to all those that came before me, as well as after me, who gave and served and/or lost their lives, not because of some ideology but strictly out of patriotism and a sense of duty.
Our country needed us and we stepped up to the plate. It was not our job to decide whether the war was just or not. All we knew is that we wanted to be side by side with our brothers and sisters in battle.
Now that I know your background, I am glad to be in good company even though when I first became one of your customers in 1995 I had no idea.
I look forward to collaborating with you someday.
Keep up the good work!
Founder & Professor
Virtual Organization Management Institute
Pierre Coupet (
) on Nov 17 2007, 05:59pm
God Bless, Protect & Watch Over our Marines!
This is my thank you to our Marines.
Dear U.S Marines,
I have great appreciation, thankfulness & gratefulness for the excellent service you provide for our great country!
God Bless, Protect & Watch over you all,
BlazeEagle on Nov 17 2007, 03:59pm
As a Brit Cousin let me say your efforts and those efforts of your boys out in the field never goes unnoticed. Their are evil foes who wish to destroy our way of life and democracy but as long as we stand firm and fight the b***
ds justice will prevail. God bless America and Britain! Two united countries in battle with the enemy.
Ed Austin on Nov 17 2007, 11:47am
"Before the United States, we were."
I've been a customer for several years now, and I look forword each year to your tribute.
Thank you. The men and women of the Corps will never be forgotten.
Merrie Foerster, USMC (pre-Vietnam) (
) on Nov 17 2007, 10:44am
Thank you for the rousing tribute to our dearly beloved Corps. I was with the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division and I felt a chill go down my spine when I watched the birthday card that you'd created!!!!!!!
To all that have served and those that are currently serving, remember that you are in our prayers and that you are not forgotten, because
knows your name.
Bob, thank you
Min. J. Elliot Williams (
) on Nov 17 2007, 10:17am
As a Viet Nam Era vet (68-72) USAF, I never made it out of the states expect for TDY to Kunsan Korean. I supported the guys that flew F4's in SEA.
Thanks for your remembrance for our service.
I am forwarding your video on to Matthew Liptak that has set up a number Yahoo Groups on Linkedin, (www.linkedin.com focused on employment for Veterans. I know as I would, we welcome your joinng the group. I noticed that some of your folks are members.
Bob Garrett on Nov 17 2007, 09:54am
My fellow Americans,
Happy Birthday Marines!
) on Nov 17 2007, 08:24am
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf!"
Rick Goforth, LTC, Ret, USAF on Nov 17 2007, 05:50am
I sure do thank each and every Marine past and present. I spent 5 years aboard the John F. Kennedy and we had quite a few Marines onboard.
Today I just look at every service men/women in awe. Police will always impress me, but our soldiers and sailors take my breath away imagining what they're enduring so we can do "this".
Thank You, Very Very Much,
) on Nov 16 2007, 09:54pm
Bob, thanks for the remind.
Deep in your heart, somewhere deep that only Freud could find in an abstract sense...I'm sure you wanted to be a tanker in the Army. Hell, ride in style! We'll forgive ya, hehe.
From one vet to another, our 35 years difference just means that many more memories to chew over. Here's a drink to those that never came back.
And to you, who did. Salute!
JD Hill (
) on Nov 16 2007, 07:01pm
Happy 232nd belated
Thanks for your service Marine!
I have to tell you that you have been a big help to me over the years. Both with my taxes and with domains. I should have realized that you were a DevilDog! LOL
Semper Fi Brother
John USMC Cpl 66-67-68
John V on Nov 16 2007, 01:11pm
When I am asked who is my hero? I always respond "soldiers" I had no idea that the founder of Go Daddy was my hero......I'm speachless and so proud I am here!
Bridgett Lee on Nov 17 2007, 12:09am
Bear with me here!.....Watching your commercials I always thought how uncreative yet effective they were and laughed. As an executive I have a propensity to do business with those corporations who exhibit a solution over sex marketing strategy in the b2c marketplace......not that they werent visually appealing and had the desired effect for branding!
I had made up my mind to stay with hostdepot.com who has had my business for 10 years.
Then, your UI got me when searching for a url (as well as Danica Patrick whom I respect as an athlete, so much for me being above your marketing strategy
)....and I noticed you were a Marine.
I too am a veteran of the Corps and was very pleased to read about a day in the grunts... brought back memories. The fact you are a Marine has driven my decision for doing business with you to "keep it in the squad bay".
It is good to see a veteran that doesnt live their life where the single greatest contribution you have made to your country was in the past (although it is certainly enough) but continue to press on as a great citizen and contribute to the strength of our great nation economically.
Without a strong economy our grunts dont have budget for air support and nightvision and the latest mission critical technology so I take my role seriously as a private citizen as we all should.
Proud to be your brother and Semper Fi,
C Dean Cpl USMC A 1/5, B 1/7 88-92
CDean on Nov 16 2007, 07:49am
As a former Army paratrooper who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan I would like you to know that I have the utmost respect for not only you, but all of our brothers and sisters. You are a role model that Americans should try their best to emulate. Service and success are, in my mind, the perfect pair for a perfectly worthwhile life.
Ryan K (
) on Nov 15 2007, 09:09pm
SEMPER FI. WELCOME HOME, MARINE
Thank you. Thank you.
I'm a Vietnam ERA Marine (1961-1966). Never made it to "In-Country" status. My brother, Jim, however did 2 tours in Nam. He volunteered for the second tour on the condition that the Corps would not send our other brother, Bill. Bill was stationed at Quantico for his 2 year hitch. None of us knew Jim did this until he was back in Nam. I did my "combat" in Manhattan in the NYPD, 9th Pct. No further explanation will be given.
Jim & I joined the
Sunrise Detachment of the Marine Corps League
last year & have met some
Marines there. (Massapequa, Long Island, NY)
I found your link on the
web site. I will also add a link on my web site. (www.ediraci.com).
Thanks for the "Day I Got Lucky" story. As you might imagine, my brother Jim doesn't talk much about Nam & I don't encourage it. It took him a long time to "recover" when he got out.
Speaking of Marine CEO's, check out
Jarhead Red Wine
at Firestone Vinyards. com
Thanks to ALL the Veterans out there.
Happy Birthday Marines
L/Cpl Ed Iraci, USMC 1961-1966
1st Bn, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade
Kaneohe Bay, HI MCAS '62-'64
Ed Iraci (
) on Nov 15 2007, 11:48am
My guess is that all of us are still recovering.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 15 2007, 12:35pm
g w jones on Nov 19 2007, 08:19pm
Post-Vietnam Ooooorah Sir!
) on Nov 15 2007, 10:03am
Happy Birthday, Brother.
My daughter-in-law is one of your customer and she sent me your Birthday card and I was so grateful. There is no greater joy than to be a Warrior in the Corp. And better yet, nothing better than to serve our Country. I love the Corp and all my brothers and sisters that served and the one serving now.
Thank you for giving a tribute to our Corp.
Nick Biangel on Nov 14 2007, 01:47pm
THAT WAS OUTSTANDING!!
Thanks for the story and the tribute, my only wish is
that I would have found it sooner. I would have loved to been able to pass it along to my fellow and former Marines I still keep in touch with on our 232 Birthday.
I did however put something together to send to the old
gang of 2nd Tk.. Bn. 1970-1972, but not nearly as good as the one I just viewed.
Robert Laquerre on Nov 14 2007, 12:31pm
HEY BOB, JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS FOR THE BIRTHDAY GREETING'S.
HERE IS A BIG THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO ARE COUNTRY.
SEMPER FI, DAVE DEVAUGHN - DELTA CO 1/26 - 2ND PLT - 67/68
DAVE DE VAUGHN on Nov 14 2007, 12:22pm
I served with Marines (and others) in Africa as a civilian intelligence officer in the 90s. Great guys, great times, lifelong friends....
Chris on Nov 14 2007, 11:29am
It's amazing how many Marines have gone on to become CEOs and such... Not only is it good combat training, but good training for the rest of life as well!!!
Cpl D. - USMC
Scott D. on Nov 13 2007, 11:19pm
SEMPER FIDELIS Bob. Proud to know you served as a Marine. Thank YOU for YOUR Service SIR! You've put together a great tribute to all of us here on your page and I'll share it with all Marines that I know.
To take from a shirt I saw recently...not as lean, not as mean, but still green and a former Marine!
Peace be with you and your whole crew!
Happy Birthday Marines!! OOOh RAh
Brian C. Tagg SSGT of Marines 1976 - 1985
Brian C. Tagg on Nov 13 2007, 08:37pm
Thank you for your tribute to the USMC birthday. I was an early Vietnam Marine in 1964 with HMM-364. Most of that time supporting the Army Special Forces outposts performing assaults, resupplies, and medevacs with them and the South Vietnamese Army remains etched in my memory bank. Your presentation of visuals and supporting music tuged at my heart and sat me straighter in my chair.
Thank you again,
Warren R. Smith
Former Cpl. USMC
Warren R. Smith on Nov 13 2007, 07:32pm
Just had to tell you, Bob, how very outstanding your USMC birthday tribute is!
Terry USMC 1976-1982
Terry on Nov 13 2007, 06:11pm
Semper Fi, my Brother and Welcome Home!!!
Happy Birthday and thank-you for your Service to our Country and your continued Service as a Veteran-Owned Business as you continue to show Corporate America that over 3 million of our Patriots like you, now fuel our economy as
in businesses they own. The ones still in Uniform represent tomorrow's vetrepreneurs.
I would like to formally welcome you and the many other Veteran-Owned Businesses to NaVOBA - the National Veteran-Owned Business Association. I've met hundreds of Veterans like you who own successful businesses, but didn't know the opportunities out there identifying themselves as Vetrepreneurs.
Collectively, as a well oiled Unit . . . we can change how corporate America does business with you and the other over 3 million VOBs.
God-Speed, and thank-you ALL . . . for your Service as Brothers and Sisters in Arms.
The "Chief", USN 21yrs
Joe Grossi (
) on Nov 13 2007, 04:20pm
Great articale Bob. I'll have even more respect for GoDaddy from now on. (I've been a customer for a long time).
In today's war, the lefties would make a case that Pres Bush was not giving our men adequate equipment because the grenade was faulty. Go figure.
Ed Stevenson, Maj, USMC Ret.
Ed Stevenson on Nov 13 2007, 03:55pm
I loved the tribute to the Marines, very touching! I was surprised to see it in my inbox from the godaddy website. I am a new customer to godaddy and have been pleasantly overwhelmed with not only the service and opportunity for help and advice but the "above and beyond" actions such as this birthday wish to the U.S. Marine Core.
My husband serves in the U.S. Air Force, and I appreciate the respect and honor given to any of our military men and women! They work extremely hard (and I know this watching first hand) dedicating their lives to serving our country. Thank you so much for your support!
Happy Birthday Marines!
Melissa M. (
) on Nov 13 2007, 02:36pm
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking at them.
A Vet is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel. A Vet is the bar room loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. A Vet is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.
A Vet is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning those slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
A Vet is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. A Vet is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by, or the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
A Vet is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
A Vet is a Soldier and a Savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "THANK YOU". That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, LtCol, USMC
Robert on Nov 13 2007, 12:52pm
I hope you don't mind if I incorporate your post into my web site as a portion of the tribute we have for veterans. It says it much better than anything I could have ever come up with. Semper Fi.
1/1, 2/1 RVN 70-71
Bob Horan on Nov 18 2007, 02:35am
Please - be my guest.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 19 2007, 10:55am
I hope you don't mind But your letter was too good not to pass on to a couple friends. One of who will probably have it all over the net before too long. It said what I feel in words I could not find. Two tours in Nam plus desrt Storm to cap it off. U.S Army but I knew and worked with marines on a couple assignments and my Grandson is a Marine now deplying next summer.
Hugh Diehl on Nov 15 2007, 01:35pm
I first came across your tributes to our birthday and had waited for the release of this years. I'll be sure to pass this to our fellow Marines in the website I administer. Stop by sometime, grab a beer, and share your stories with our brethren when you get a chance.
What many don't know is that there are quite a few executives that contribute what they have learned to the Marine Corps. Much of it being instilled in us the moment we stepped onto the yellow footprints. It makes me that much prouder to know that what has been learned during their short time has not been forgotten.
As Henry V said, "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
Semper Fidelis and Happy Birthday brother.
) on Nov 13 2007, 12:29pm
Thanks for your moving tribute and to all the other contributors.
I was a Navy Corpsman HM3 1963-1967. In August of 1966 many Corpsmen were sent to Viet Nam to serve with the Marines...I had less than a year remaining on my enlistment so I was one of the lucky ones...no interesting stories to tell. For those interested...a minimum of one year remaining enlistment was needed to be sent over. If I had joined the Navy a month later I know I wouldn't be here today.
I think about this so often...feeling guilty that someone or fate saved me.
Those that have never served will never know the sense of pride that walks with a vet till his or her last step.
Alan Bennington (
) on Nov 13 2007, 09:15am
Thanks Bob. I really look forward to the tribute you do on our birthday each year. Until I did a little digging I had no idea why you did it.
I, like you, did a lot of growing up in the Corps. I got in a bunch of trouble in my youth, and Mother Green was a BIG part of getting me on the right track. While I did not have the honor to serve during a conflict (The Yellowstone fires in '88 was the closest I got to any action), I am ever thankful for the discipline and leadership I gained during my tour.
I look forward to reading more of your enties in the future.
Cpl USMC 84-88
Rob Davis (
) on Nov 13 2007, 12:07am
Thank you for your service Bob, what a pleasant surprise when I was really just looking for a site host. Happy belated Veteran's Day from the 1st Cav 2/12, 1969, Tay Ninh. Glad to see another brother make it good back in the world. Talk about innocence lost . . .
Welcome home everyone!
Jerry Fuchs (http://none) on Nov 12 2007, 10:39pm
I have been thinking of doing buisness with godaddy.com. Now I know I will. I love seeing so many people reply to a post like this. It really makes me proud to have served such a great country, before, after and with men and women of such outstanding character. Most people wouldn't put anything like this out there for the world to see. That makes me damn proud to be a member of the greatest fighting force ever! Thank you.
Cpl Jake Hogan (0311)
E 2/3 '93-'97
Jake Hogan on Nov 12 2007, 09:58pm
Semper Fi Bob, thanks too.
I spent 67-68 in Phu Bai in VMO-3.
ted elkins on Nov 12 2007, 08:03pm
Thanks for your tribute to the Marines you served with in Delta, 1/26. I was fortunate to be CO of Delta during 1968. What an experience, and I forever am grateful to those Marines and Corpmen who truly were Semper Fidelis in every fire fight we were in together.
Jack Daniel on Nov 12 2007, 07:57pm
to all my veteran brothers and sisters . . .
may the pain of the loss of your shipmates,
be overshadowed by the joy of having known them . . .
<Lots Of Love>
Barry J Johnson
PO1, USN, RET
VietNam Service Medal 3X
Navy Good Conduct 5X
Barry J Johnson on Nov 12 2007, 07:19pm
Happy Birthday from another Marine and Vietnam Vet.
Ray Sanford (
) on Nov 12 2007, 04:56pm
Welcome home, Bob (non-Nam vets won't get that, I guess). I was in RVN from 3/67 to 3/68 with various Army ASA units supporting the 199th LIB and 9th ID, among others. Years ago, I had a sweatshirt that procliamed, "Viet Nam. It Was Always Right." I thank you for your service, and for your comments, and wish a fervent "Happy Birthday" to the USMC.
Paul Gleeson on Nov 12 2007, 04:51pm
My fellow Americans,
As we take a momentas we shouldto reflect, to say a prayerwe should include a heart-filled "thank you" for those who have served and are serving in our military. Although I was not fortunate to have served in our fine military, I believe our soldiers are herosregardless of what Jane Fonda or any other country-hater says.
God bless you and God bless America,
Robert Williams, Owner
Williams Web Solutions
Robwert Williams, Owner (
) on Nov 12 2007, 04:47pm
Well I got your USMC Birthday message, I was shocked that a CEO would be so . . .
bold . . .
but then you are a
Tried to Join the Corps twice -
once under the PLC program to fly1967,
then just the PLC program 1968 - failed Physical both times.
DAMN,I WANTED TO ME A JARHEAD!!!
Army took this Reject Feb 71, ended up working for
"Stars and Stripes" so I got to take Pictures of Marines ever now and then - I was my PROUD DUTY to do so.
Bob, I have some questions about Go Daddy, have bought seveal sites from you - who do I call?
John Bennett SP5 USA
John Bennett (
) on Nov 12 2007, 04:11pm
Call 480-505-8877. Currently there is no wait (as a matter of fact quite often there is no wait).
Appreciate your service and your post,
bob parsons on Nov 13 2007, 07:20am
Having been in both sides of the Corps ( Active and Reserve) I have felt somewhat at a prouder than most because I was able to enjoy both worlds. 1968 seems so far away and when I retired in 2000 as a Master Gunz I felt that itch was finally scratched. Still miss it but I am glad to see your company down here in the valley.
I still meet with my old cronies once a year back in Chicago, but the stories seem to be better or the memory less accurate.
Anyway, Thanks for your service and your company. Our Young Marine unit has your domain for the next five years. Great work!!!!
John Urban (http://ChandlerMustangYoungMarines) on Dec 16 2007, 03:09pm
Yes this is just another great reason to do business with GoDaddy (been a loyal customer for 4 great years).
I always knew with the respect and promptness I get when dealing with GoDaddy there had to me some military leadership behind it.
To all my fellow Vets my hat and heart is off to you thank you for all your service to our great nation.
And to all those fellow Devil Dogs....Semper Fi!
Cpl. Jay Van Voast USMCR
Jay Van Voast (
) on Nov 12 2007, 12:03pm
Thank you for the email linking to the video; happy birthday to you!
Tim on Nov 12 2007, 11:55am
Viet Nam has not only soldiers but we have alot things you can not forget. One day, if you want come back to see Viet Nam's beauties, let contact to me. I just want to say "Welcome back Viet Nam!".
Nguyen Dat (
) on Nov 12 2007, 10:10am
I have never seen your countryin person but all of my mentors are Vietnam War Veterans and all the pictures I have seen gave me the immediate impression of how in the world could such a beautiful place contain so much death at that time.
I grew up on the farm in Texas and everywhere I went in the Marines I headed straight to the countryside because I knew thats where the people were truly represented, not in the red light districts.
It is my hope I can take my mentors from the Corps back to Vietnam someday to visit.
C Dean on Nov 16 2007, 07:52am
Welcome home my brother from the US Cavalary. I was privledged to serve with several marines during my time 69/70 from hill 29. We resupplied several Marine CAP teams that operated in our area.
While I will be "Cavalry until I die" I heard a great one for you the other day. As we all know the Marines are part of the US Navy. We in the Army call it the "Mens" department.
HQ & C trp 1/1 Cav
3-69 to 10-70
Russ Appleton on Nov 12 2007, 10:09am
Now we all have another reason to do business with you. I enjoy spending my money and knowing it goes to a MARINE Owned Business.
MOST Favorite Charity: http://www.SemperFiFund.ORG - Helping wounded Marines and their Families...
) on Nov 12 2007, 08:14am
Sir, just to add Marine Corps related causes, check out the Young Marines Program. http://www.youngmarines.com/
) on Nov 15 2007, 10:05am
Perhaps one way we manage to forget the 'elephant' is when something triggers the image of a friend. Bob, we never crossed paths in Vietnam because although I enlisted in the Marine Corps flight program (MARCAD)in 1969, I got traded to the Army to fly helicopters. I lost hearing in my left ear under exactly the same circumstances as you. Before I was discharged in Oakland,CA in 1975 we were told not to go out in public in our uniforms. A dozen years later a business client pushed all the right buttons about elephants and friends and got me back in the Army, this time as an intelligence warrant officer. 26 years later, including tours in Desert Storm, Bosnia and two in Iraq (one at Abu Ghraib) I was retired at age 60. After a stint at post-graduate school in England to finish a degree that was started back during Vietnam (MA Refugee Care) I am trying to re-start my business and after recon of several other companies, Go Daddy emerged as the most responsive and supportive. Your customer service squad - many of whom are vets - reflect well on your leadership and values. Thanks and Semper Fi.
Chief Warrant Officer (CW3)
Robert D. Burgener (
) on Nov 12 2007, 06:11am
I do not care what anyone's politics are. I do not care if you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or if you're going to vote for Daffy Duck come November 2008.
I went through Army Basic and was most of the way through AIT (I was going to be an EOD specialist of all things) when the Army found a medical condition that merited my discharge (this was shortly after the first Gulf War).
Although I am a VERY patriotic person, being in the military was obviously not for me. I do not begrudge the time I spent there; the Army taught me a lot about character, integrity, self-reliance, and overall, I grew as a person as a result.
My hat is off to ALL service members around the world, as they are doing what most of CANNOT do. They are doing what many of us are not WILLING to do. They stand on a wall and say, "Sleep well; nothing is going to hurt you tonight". They do what they do, so that the rest of us have the freedom to complain about taxes, corruption, or whatever it is we want to complain about.
My hat is off to ALL service people, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Marines. They are the first to go into battle. They are the ones who can be sent anywhere at a moment's notice WITHOUT an act of Congress declaring war.
They do the dirty work that needs to be done. The dirty work that we all acknowledge needs to be done, but none of us want to own up to WANTING it done.
They will do what needs to be done, accept no praise for it, and sit there while the rest of us criticize them for doing their jobs.
It is a thankless job, so here I am, getting involved, saying,
(and Happy Birthday, Marines!)
I am not a Marine, and therefore will not say the motto, as I have not earned the right, but hopefully you know where I'm coming from and where my heart is.
It is not my intention to "plug" anything, but my webmaster is very involved with www.ForgottenSoldiers.org, and as this is a related blog, I hope Mr. Parsons will not mind putting in a link.
If you drop them a line, please tell them that Dawn the Basket Lady sent you.
Don't just see your blessings; BE a blessing.
(there I go again; thinking "outside the basket"
) on Nov 11 2007, 10:20pm
... dirty work that we all acknowledge needs to be done, but none of us want to own up to WANTING it done
Please don't say that "we all acknowledge" this. Thats utter BS. Speak for yourself.
My hat is off to ALL service members around the world, as they are doing what most of CANNOT do. They are doing what many of us are not WILLING to do. They stand on a wall and say, "Sleep well; nothing is going to hurt you tonight". They do what they do, so that the rest of us have the freedom to complain about taxes, corruption, or whatever it is we want to complain about.
What a blind-eyed world view! My hat is off too but in sorrow and shame. What honor and glory is there in propping up an American empire by coersion and lethal force? After WWII we hung fascists for what our servicemen are compelled to do now. What a terrible situation for a human to find himself in - ordered to commit atrocities and crimes against humanity. And to top it all off with a dose of flag-waving and call it "Freedom" truly makes it an Orwellian nitemare. Please THINK more and regurgitate Fox News and ClearChannel country music station songs less.
Looking back its easy to see what a tragedy Vietnam was. Just imagine what the world would look like if Truman had, instead of demanding that everything in SE Asia return to the colonial situation it was in before WWII, allowed the Vietnamese people to determine their own fate and wrest themselves from French domination.
Certainly there are times when force is unavoidable. But how often is that compared to how often we've used force?
By turning our backs to real freedom we opened the door to the destruction of our own. This didn't begin with Nam or Iraq but actually over 100 years ago when the Marines were used to take over the peaceful island kingdom of Hawai'i.
Now we're poising to invade Iran. It's not really the 1st time though. Do you suppose the Persian people can ever forget how in the 50's we toppled their government and installed the Shah? And yet most Americans today have no clue about this. Perhaps its just easier to believe that "they all just hate us because of our freedom and affluent lifestyle" than it is to get a real history education.
If we're so free how come every veteran that wants to can't stand up during the speeches and parades, just the one's that walk the party line. "Peace Veterans" get denied the stage and actually get arrested for peaceful protests. How f'n free is that?
) on Nov 13 2007, 03:27pm
Couldn't help yourself could you Fin? I would suggest a history lesson rather than self righteous diatribe for you. Apparently you have no understanding of world politics or the human condition. Everything isn't our fault - where would YOU find freedom? North Korea? Stalin? How do you suppose it is you're able to write your mind in a Blog without being shot? Newsflash: there's evil in the world. Nothing can be done about that except kill the cancer and the body survives. Fact of life: no amount of convincing would have changed Hitler or Stalin. You would have been labeled a subversive and shot if you tried.
And as a matter of fact if you know anything about what happened in Iran, it was the Brits who had their interests threatened there when we decided to step in and help. Look what that got us now... Hey, ever wonder why there's no gays in Iran? Mogadishu or Darfur? That our fault too? Or China, Tiennenman Square - ring a bell? Sure - everyone else has real freedom except us right? Except when they try and exercise that God given, soldier defended right where there are no soldiers and no God - and they die trying to be "individuals" "expressing" themselves.
Fact of the matter is America does more good for more people around the world than anyone else - we actually stand up for what we believe rather than folding like a cheap camera. If you're not proud of the Vets here who defended and even died for your right to speak your mind than maybe you should avail yourself of the right to be buried in China in one of those unmarked graves that Mao provided for free. You're right other countries do have free things.
And of course I suppose we got what was coming to us with the World Trade Center tragedy. Or was that even a tragedy in your eyes? I was there when over 3,000 people - we thought 50,000 at the time - lost their lives. They weren't even in a war. Yes, it happened - not like the walk on the moon that was prerecorded - or so you say. And I'm sure while you're reading this, instead of focusing on the horror of the reality, you're saying to yourself, "Gee - he's such an idiot starting his sentences with 'and' ". Ooo - did I break a rule? Whose the conformist now? Do you really have to feel like you're intellectually superior - at the cost of actually understanding something, somebody, or some cause? I guess you're still 'stuck on stupid' with the whole 'Bush is evil' mantra? Ever read 'Animal Farm'? Did you ever wonder why Orwell had to use animals to tell the story?
And anyway, have you watched Fox News? Cause if you have you'd stop the 'insanity' of eating at the trough of what's fed to you... wake up - the country is being overrun, and all the while dumbed down into thinking that the women-beating people-stoning 15th century is civilization... think about it...
"Land of the free, home of the brave" should read: "Land of the free BECAUSE of the brave."
John on Nov 17 2007, 08:58pm
No, I couldn't help myself. Not when I see some of the BS you airheads are spoutin out your pieholes.
First off - you want to make this personal, call me names? Fine, lets get it on, baby. I'm not just talking out my "superintellectuala**" as you put it. I'll rightously rip you a new one if you ever have the balls to come sniffin near my neck of the woods. I've never claimed to be a pacifist although I do belive that we all would be better off if we would seek to work out things peacefully.
Yeah, I appreciate that we here still enjoy a great measure of personal liberty, including the right to speak pretty freely. But that right only goes so far. Just try to push it and see what happens. The fact is that today YOU or any other AMERICAN CITIZEN could upon a presidential declaration be labled "ENEMY COMBATANT" and then spend the next 1100 days of your life detained in a 8x10 with NO human contact.
No, it hasn't happend yet (except for Jose Padilla)
but it could. Real quick. WHY DO WE HAVE OR NEED SUCH A LAW??? Why would congress pass such a law if they didn't think that it would be used? What will you so-called defenders of liberty do if it does start happening that masses of people are rounded up into camps? I would hope that you would be ready to lay down your lives in the real defense of freedom and not just follow orders from the ones who'll be snuffing it out.
Would your empty and insubstantial claim that we've "done more good for more people around the world" even if true make up for all the really nasty crap we pulled? Is it ok to kill the people of one nation because you once gave another a crate of bananas? For the record, America has propped up numerous dictatorships over the years. We have toppled democratically elected governments. Do you dispute this? I'll post a list if you do and you can post your list and we'll see which ones bigger.
Sure, I could stand to know world history better. Couldn't we all? They say history is written by the victors so we also need to take care to examine what we read and question the intentions and motives behind those who claim to know?
What I have heard is that Ho Chi Mihh wrote a letter to Truman soon after the Japanese had been defeated and asked that his nation be allowed to become self-governing and not be turned back over to the French colonialists. That they only later turned to communist support because our stance was actively anti-independence.
If this is true then what does that make all you brave sob's who fought in 'Nam. Just WTF are you all really? I say mostly you were a bunch of scared dumb drafted kids that like it or not accepted the stripping of their freedom and followed the orders of a killing machine and today need to cover their shame. You sure aint the first ones thats ever happened to. I have more respect for those who fled to Canada, those were really brave men.
Final question: How many more times is it going to have to happen before we all get wise?
) on Dec 5 2007, 09:02pm
Thanks for the outstanding tributes you do each year for our birthday. Marines have a special bond that only they can share. Thanks again.
GySgt Don Rhoney, USMC Retired
Don Rhoney on Nov 11 2007, 08:16am
Thanks, both my dad's served and would be proud of what you've written.
Matt on Nov 11 2007, 06:59am
I enjoyed your Marine Corps tribute.
I wanted to pass along info on a Marine Corps song of Valor.
My friend, Chad Van Rys, has cut our song,
"And They All Came Home But Me(Once A Marine)".
I met Chad in 2006 while he was serving his third and final tour in Ramadi, Iraq as a U.S. Marine.
To make the long story short,
"To The Fallen Records" has picked up the song,
and it is on their new country cd release due out on
Their website is www.tothefallenrecords.com.
We put the song up on My Space as well, so folks
can listen to the song.
And we have it on our label.
Also thanks to Go Daddy, without you and your staff,
we could not have had this song picked up.
Without the PR we received from our Go Daddy websites,
the song would still be in the drawer.
Please pass along my thanks to your staff.
I'm not a computer guy, but they have always held my hand,
and we worked through my shortcomings anyway.
Kirk Wesley Boland
Full Metal Jacket Music
P.O. Box 10
Kirk Wesley Boland (
) on Nov 10 2007, 11:16pm
TOTALLY AWESOME WE WOULD NOT BE DOING WHAT WE ARE WERE IT NOT FOR THE USMC. I RESPECT YOU FOR KNOWING THAT. I AM A CIVILIAN , HOWEVER YOU WILL HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING ANYONE THAT LOVES OUR VETERANS MORE THAN ME. AS A MATTER OF FACT MY DEAR MOM WORKS FOR THE V.A.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SERVE THIS U.S.A.
DARBY VAUGHN (
) on Nov 10 2007, 10:15pm
Your sharing about the Corps and VietNam hits HOME.
I was born and raised in the Corps and consider it to be a GREAT part of my life.
A USMC Brat looks at VietNam:
Growing up USMC Brat:
Happ y Birthday Corps!
Tom Guidry (
) on Nov 10 2007, 09:35pm
Seeing the Elephant.......and understanding it......
Like Bob Parsons, There is a Marine/VietNam connection in my life. Only mine is as the son of a Master/Gunny Sargent in the U.S. Marine Corps. I GREW UP Marine.
For my money - there was NO better life.
I have shared my reflections regarding the time during Viet Nam - see below:
Here are my reflections on growing up MARINE Brat:
Tom Guidry (
) on Nov 10 2007, 09:28pm
Thank you for that wonderful tribute to the USMC on their 232nd Birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL MARINES!! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOU'RE THE BEST. THE FEW, THE PROUD...
I forwarded it to my Grandson who is currently at his MOS in Missouri. He just graduated on Sept.21st and is just so proud to be a Marine.
VPMgM of Pvt Michael JA Jensen
Marine Grandmother on Nov 10 2007, 08:48pm
I guess I'll be the only Post that's not a Marine. I was in the Air Force during Vietnam. We humped 1100 bombs a day to give the NVA a serious wake up call every morning. We did two missions without fail everyday bomb the hell out of the Ho Chi min trail at the DMZ then interdict as many SAM missile sites as we could find.
Needless to say we were at the top of the NVA hit list. They never got close enough.... We use to listen to the radio from the pilots flying over the battlefield, listening to the FAC telling the pilots where to drop next. I have no idea how many of the enemy we killed, I do know this there are many a Marine that cheered at the sight of our birds, we did our best to give'm hell Bob. Proud to have served with your buddies in a place no one wanted to remember.
474 Tac Fighter wing
(The Road runners)
Art Knapp on Nov 10 2007, 05:13pm
Truly one of the more oustanding tributes to the Marine Corps, and Welcome Home too! served @ at
with Fox Co 2/26
tom ford on Nov 10 2007, 03:57pm
Alex USMC '79-'99
) on Nov 10 2007, 03:00pm
Bob, thanks for yet another outstanding tribute to our Marine Corps. Happy Birthday and Semper fi.
Kurt Michaelson (
) on Nov 10 2007, 02:06pm
Just had to tell you, Bob, how very outstanding your USMC birthday tribute is! My husband, Jim, also a Marine sent it to me this morning and it is so very moving... your choice of music was just great and brought tears, remembering all those guys I served with who ended up in Nam and not making it home.
I had an uncle, Lt. Col W.J. Sullivan (ret. 1976) who did 3 tours in Nam and was my hero in childhood and so I joined the Marines right out of high school in 1967. I went to boot at Parris Island then was stationed at Millington NAS, TN for Avionics training which I had to take twice as I was ordered to work for the Navy Relief Drive first; representing our Corps (all the other contestants were civilians!) I next went to Cherry Point, NC from where I was discharged after having married a Marine from the Drum & Bugle Corps.
While this may be TMI, I just want to say to you, Bob and to all my fellow brothers and sisters, Happy Birthday Marines!
Emilie M. (Gamache) Leming, Cpl, USMC 1967-1969
Emilie M. (Gamache) Leming on Nov 10 2007, 01:36pm
Thanks for recognizing the Corps. I just became a customer last week and now I know one of the reasons Go Daddy.com is so successful! In these days, it's refreshing to see companies and CEOs proud of their service to our country and happy to voice it!
Happy 232nd from a former cannon cocker!
Todd Slingsby on Nov 10 2007, 01:02pm
Semper FI! Happy Birthday to All MARINES!!!
Find a Marine that you don't know, reach out to those Marines around us, make a new life time friend.
steve hosie (
) on Nov 10 2007, 12:55pm
Wow, this is an awesome tribute. I had several slightly older cousins, most of whom served in Nam, all of who were Marines. Out of my cousins who served there, they all made it home safely.
When I was in first grade, we had to write to someone in Viet Nam, and ask them their perspective on the war and I wrote to my cousin Bruce who was in Da Nang at the time..it was 1965. He wrote me back a letter that I still have today. It is an amazing letter. Some how the press found out about it and it was in all the local Northern New Jersey newspapers at the time...but he was able to explain in such a gentle way what we were doing there. Obviously, Viet Nam was not a gentle place at the time.
Anyway, when I see something nice for those who serve us (like your tribute), it reminds me of that letter. I fowarded this to my friend who was in the Corp in the mid 90's, I'm sure he will enjoy it too.
Thank you for serving us, Bob (and others too.)
) on Nov 10 2007, 12:36pm
Thanks Bob. I just returned from Fallujah Iraq in June. As a former Marine, I love the hell out of November 10th. Last November, they gave us each two beers while in Country! Good times. Semper Fi to all of my brothers!
Philip Parker CO
) on Nov 10 2007, 12:35pm
As a corpsman in the 70's, I was proud to know some great Marines (and sometimes patch them up after their "birthday festivities"
Now I sometimes help patch them up mentally from the memories of combat.
Happy Birthday, USMC!!
David Kenward (
) on Nov 10 2007, 11:58am
Welcome Home and Happy Birthday!!
Iraqi Freedom Vet here (3 Times So Far). Thank your for your service to our great nation and the Marine Corps.
Semper Fi Marine!!
Operation Al Fajr (Fallujah Nov 03 - 04)
Joshua Baeza on Nov 10 2007, 10:20am
Thanks for the MC Birthday message. It was sent to me though POPASMOKE.com.
Dave Frank on Nov 10 2007, 10:14am
Semper Fidelis! Wonderful and fitting tribute to the finest fighting force the world has ever known. Thanks for it, and from one Marine to another - Happy Birthday brother. For we are all a Band of Brothers...
2007 - Honorably Discharged Captain of Marines...
Future Marine Reservist...
Cory Shackelton on Nov 10 2007, 09:48am
Happy Birthday Marines !
Bob, many of us in the audience still remember the heartfelt speech you delivered at last year's Marine Birthday Luncheon at the Phoenix Country Club.
Thank you for your service.
Elizabeth on Nov 10 2007, 09:28am
I did 8 years in the Corps during a more peaceful time.
I got out 3 months early so I could finish University, and that date ended up being days before Operation Just Cause (my unit parachuted in). Everyone who visited Panama had an involuntary 6 month extension of their enlistment. I would have had an exit date of 15 September - and Saddam did his thing in August, which would have given me another an involuntary extension (my unit parachuted in there, too). I suppose this goes to show that education is a very important thing!
Semper Fi to those serving today and those that came before us.
) on Nov 10 2007, 08:32am
I AM SO PROUD OF MY HUSBAND AND ALL THE MARINE'S
THAT SERVIED IN THE CORE FROM THE START. HE IS A
VN VET SERVIED 2 TOURS. THANK GOD HE IS HOME
AND NEVER GOT WOUNDED. WE ARE PROUD TO BE APART
OF THE MARINE CORE FAMILY.
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL OF THE OTHER MARINE'S AND
THERE FAMILY'S. OUR DAUGHTER SENT THIS TO HER DAD.
WE ARE THE PROUD MARINE FAMILY.
MRS. NANCY WORKMAN
JOHN THERON WORKMAN on Nov 10 2007, 09:32am
Welcome Home Bob,,, "Once a Marine,, Always a Marine" I was in country 1965/66/67/68, a Tet survivor, was with HMM-261 at Danang & Marble Mt, 65/66 up in Phu Bai in 67/68 just loads of fun from both sides, Charlie and Crazy's,,
Outstanding Birthday message to our brothers,, would love to post it to my site???
Sgt. Mike Halley (
) on Nov 10 2007, 08:21am
Feel free to post it to your site. Just give a brief mention of where you got it.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 10 2007, 09:18am
I, too was there and served in a CAP unit in Quang Tri Provence. I wrote this several years ago and thought you would appreciate it.
Your life was given and mine was spared
We fought together for freedom we cared
No matter the pain, the memory, the burden to bear,
You will live on through me, by G-d I swear!
For you my friend, I take the time to pray
G-d give me strength to honor you this day
Your soul is remembered with this very thought:
Though you are gone, you are not forgot!
Thanks for remembering.
Michael Elterman (http://www.osaat.net (not ready yet)) on Nov 12 2007, 03:33pm
Semper Fi Bob,
The Tribute was awesome. I am the Founder of Running For The Troops Foundation and will be sharing your tribute at the Ronald Reagan Library Nov 17th 2007 at the Marine Corps League Detachment 597 Marine Corps Birthday Ball and Memorial Fund Raiser. We will be raising monies for the Wounded Warrior Blt. West Camp Pendleton and college scholarships for the children of our falling brothers. We would be more than happy if you can join us.
Gunnery Sergeant USMC
Mobilization Training Command
School of Infantry
AKA. Entrepreneur/Real Estate Broker and heavy Go Daddy user........Great Company!!!!Congrats on your success
Rafael Dagnesses aka. Gy Dag (
) on Nov 11 2007, 11:46am
I appreciate the invite but won't be able to make it.
bob parsons on Nov 11 2007, 12:41pm
Thank you for your response, the ball at the Air Force One Pavilion was awesome. Marines from Wounded Warrior West Camp Pendleton were in attendance along with over 600 local community and business leaders. We would love to extend and invite to you for the next one in 2009. No worries if you cannot accept our invite, I know you are very busy.
GY R.A. Dagnesses
Rafael Dagnesses on Mar 1 2008, 09:03am
Semper Fi Marine! I sent the link of your annual tribute to several Marines, some who are serving in Iraq (one who is a classmate and company mate from the Naval Academy).
Thank you for your continued support of the Corps.
CIO, Blood Systems, Inc.
Jonathan Harber, USMC on Nov 10 2007, 09:30am
Every day should be Veteran's Day in our hearts; thanking those who served to preserve the way of life we hold dear. Thanks Bob, for the Marine video. Thanks for your service, and thanks to all our soldiers!
) on Nov 10 2007, 07:17am
Very moving and appropriate tribute! I already pased the link to brother Marines. Semper Fi
D Parsons (
) on Nov 10 2007, 07:12am
Great job Marine.
Been with your company about a month.
Glad I did.
What a great E Mail from you.
Went to the Birthday Celebration in Philadelphia.
Must have been two thousand very proud Marines in attendance.
Sgt. (E4) Denis Horgan
1952 - 1957
Denis Horgan (
) on Nov 11 2007, 06:22pm
For those who haven't already seen it, there is a website called www.togetherweserved.com . I equate it to myspace for Marines. My husband has been able to connect with past and present Marines that he thought he'd never hear from again. A great way to keep in touch.
OOHRAH Marines, and Happy Birthday!
From Parris Island, SC
Grateful Anoymous on Nov 10 2007, 07:00am
Btry. "G" 3rd. btn. 11 th. Marines 1st. Mar Div.
Thanks fo the memories
Michael Hill on Nov 10 2007, 06:43am
Happy birthday. Not to be picky, but are those two left handed men carrying the rare left ejecting M-16s? Or is the background image flipped?
Ken Henkel (
) on Nov 10 2007, 06:02am
More than likely an image that was flipped. Good catch.
Appreciate your post,
bob parsons on Nov 10 2007, 09:17am
Happy Birthday Marine... I can only say I have spent many birthdays with the members of the Corps. I have flown and dived with many fine marines in my lifetime. Also served with some of the best, I was an instructor at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center... "Pickle Meadows", very interesting tour... Also served with SeaBees as well.
HM1(AC/DV) USN, Ret
Steve Todd on Nov 25 2007, 12:17am
Thanks for sharing with us Bob.
The history of the United States Marine Corps ensures that the Marine Corps will remain the world's premier fighting force for years to come. Our traditions and pride maintain us as Marines long after we have stopped wearing the uniform.
Happy 232nd Birthday to all of our brothers and sisters, past and present.
Bernie Ball on Nov 10 2007, 05:44am
Very nice tribute to our 232 Marine Corps Birthday.
1995 MCRD San Diego
95 Supply BN 1st FSSG, Camp Pendleton, CA
1998 Supply BN 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan
98 Foal Eagle Pohang, South Korea
1999 Honorably Discharged, SEPS, Camp Pendleton, CA
I use and sell GoDaddy's products.
To those that are currently serving... The Corps is still producing nothing but the BEST. Thank You for your SERVICE.
Marcus Sherpell (
) on Nov 10 2007, 03:42am
I just want to say thank you for this clip and article, it makes me feel good to see it, I just returned from Iraq last month.
Morris Holliday (Avtive Duty GySgt) (
) on Nov 10 2007, 01:32am
Welcome home, well done!
I had just come back from a Veteran's Day salute our Junior High School had done in honor of those who had and are serving, and I thought my day couldn't get any higher - then I received your email. Still brings a moist eye even after 25+ years. I served with 1st Marines, 1 Bn/2Bn under Col. P.X. Kelly, RVN 70-71, when things were 'winding down' - right. I too remember the 'crazies' - seemed like they were the only ones who were really sane.
My favorite memory though was of the day I joined, the recruiter said just after I signed that there was something that he should tell me, but I probably would find out in boot. When I arrived at PI, it didn't take but a few minutes for Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sgt. Patterson to look at my record jacket and say 'You HAVE GOT to be S*****
ME! - seems my birthdate was the same as the Corps 11/10. After that I always had to be better, faster, and always give 10 more for the Corp! Would I change anything - H
Thank you for the tribute, and to my fellow Marines, Happy Birthday!
L/Cpl Bob 'Horny' Horan
Bob Horan on Nov 9 2007, 10:27pm
Welcome Home. If you are not already a member of the VFW I would like to extend an invitation to you to join. If you do not like the Post near you, you can join mine in the Ozarks Hills of Mo at Mtn Grove. To see what we (Post 3770) accomplish please visit our web log at www.vfwwebcom.org/mo/post3770
Thank you for your tribute to the USMC.
Iris Joe Kelley
Iris Joe Kelley (
) on Nov 9 2007, 08:35pm
Just when my day was going bad I recieved your email. "From the halls...." . I nearly snapped to attention. Goose bumps and watery eyes followed. I miss the daily brotherhood and this reminded me of what it is to give the ultimate sacrifice. Life is so confusing sometimes with keeping up with this and that. The Marines brings you back to black and white. God, Country, Core. Family becomes more important than who pissed you off at work. Apple pie is Apple Pie and not a McDonalds item. Economy-Smonomy. Lets get together and celebrate the things that matter the most and the brothers we have lost!
96-04 MP Co A
Cpl Denton (
) on Nov 9 2007, 08:09pm
Thank you for sharing that story. Happy Birthday to all Marines. Happy Veterans Day to all. Your story brought back memories my Grandfather shared with me. He was in the Merchant Marines. His boat was torpedoed and sunk by the Germans in WWII. Rather than board the enemy vessel as a POW, he took his chances in the water. Initially, thinking he was a lone survivor, but then in the water he met up with others marines and they found a life raft. He is still alive today at age 91 to share with us his wisdom and courage. Thank you, Bob. And, thank you Lawrence Dinsmore.
David Morrow (
) on Nov 9 2007, 07:56pm
Outstanding Bob! Semper Fi Bro. Happy Birthday and welcome Home. Thank You.
A Co 3rd Combat Engineers
Con Thien '67
Khe Sanh Seige '68
Duke Upton on Nov 9 2007, 07:47pm
Happy Birthday Marine
The Marine Corps Birthday Tribute is Awesome, just effin Awesome.
Loved reading the grenade story, that was your lucky day, not so good on March 30, '69.
Delta had many "crazies" like Cook, strange guys indeed, had to keep one eye out for the NVA and the other on the "crazies".
The February ambush was a bad one indeed, "Mr Charles" got one on Delta that night.
Pfc. Adams, Woodrow William
L/Cpl. Cruse, Michael Lee
Cpl. Gum, Edward Sheridan
Cpl. Topham, Robert W. Jr.
Rest in Peace Marines and Happy Birthday.
Bob Thanks for all you do.
Sid "Fish" Patricio on Nov 9 2007, 06:05pm
God Bless all who serve our geat counrty!
The blog was fantastic and insightful.
As a tribute to the fighting Marines & military
Trout Haven Resort has set up a non profit foundation
that it kicks off this weekend to help support
the dependent military kids back home
with a free summer camp in
the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
Heaven on Earth!
check for the website soon.
I think with this war the country has not made
the personal sacrifices of the past generations and
forget that our military soldiers are dying daily.
The familes back home are living it daily.
Many NCO's are not bringing in the extra cash
for their families. We still do not pay them enough!
Why is it that a young adult at 18 can die for this country
and handle million dollar weapons but not drink a beer on post or off without getting into trouble?
What have you done for your soldiers and their families lately? Pay it forward!
God Bless America & the US Military
Todd Mastrorilli (
) on Nov 9 2007, 05:20pm