Marine's coming together
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April 30th, 2009 01:51 PM
Marine's coming together
I found this story posted on another forum. I can't validate it, but I'd like to think that it did in fact happen. Funny thing, my monitor got blurry for some reason, damn thing
As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of
groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up
and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open.
The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car
and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet
I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm,
walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too and
took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open
hood and say something.
The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new
Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yell
at the old gentleman saying, "You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a
car at your age." And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car
and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.
I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he
went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his
wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I
had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood
straight and as I got near him I said, "Looks like you're having a
He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the
hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me.
Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old man that
I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw
three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related
the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they
could follow me back down and help him.
The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and
appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up
and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem
(overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman.
When I shook hands with him earlier he had noticed my Marine Corps ring
and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I
nodded and asked the usual question, "What outfit did you serve with?"
He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at
Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal . He had hit all the big ones
and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard
the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came
over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me
and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.
He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had
his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook
hands all round again and I said my goodbye's to his wife.
I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the
station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted
their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I
wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of them
pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old
man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine
Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was
leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had
given to me. I said I would and drove off.
For some reason I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took
the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The
name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his
name........ "Congressional Medal of Honor Society."
I sat there motionless looking at the card and reading it over and over.
I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled
that on this day, four Marines had all come together, because one of us
needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have
stood next to greatness and courage and an honor to have been in his
" Remember, old men like him gave you FREEDOM for America "
The US Marine's aren't a branch of the US Military, they're a Religion unto themselves
April 30th, 2009 02:02 PM
True or not that was a great story.
That story reminds me that I didn't call my Mom yesterday, I'm going to do that today. She was married to Dad during WWII and he may have crossed paths with the Marine in the story at some of those places.
April 30th, 2009 02:04 PM
Semper Fi as my brother would say
April 30th, 2009 02:39 PM
I've seen this before. I loved it. Retired Air Force here, but it brings a smile to my face.
"I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger" Mencius"
April 30th, 2009 02:48 PM
Moving story. Their is a true brotherhood amongst fellow Marines. We have each others back. Semper Fi.
While people are saying "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, ... and they will not escape. 1Th 5:3
April 30th, 2009 04:08 PM
Originally Posted by BikerRN
Speaking of Moms, mine always said it was harder to be a Marines mom than to be a Marine. So to all those families with someone serving their nation, THANK YOU.
April 30th, 2009 04:45 PM
As we used to say after an especially good story was told at the Club, "If it isn't true, it should be."
21 years and 21 days, United States Marine Corps & NRA Life Member since 1972
"The trouble is with the increasingly widespread problem of idiots prancing around out there confusing their opinions with actual facts." peckman28
April 30th, 2009 10:26 PM
One of my favorite quotes...
I like the fact that Marines are Marines first…regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin or how long they served or what goals they achieve in life.
Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.
May 1st, 2009 02:44 PM
My second son is a marine of whom I am very proud. My oldest is in the army.
A few quotes for those Marines:
"Retreat, hell. We just got here."
- WWI Marine Captain Lloyd Williams of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, in reply to the retreating French forces bleeting that he should turn back.
"Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?"
- Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918
"We're surrounded? Good, now we can kill the ******** in any direction!"
- Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller; Battle of Chos
"The Army and the Navy are run like traditional military services. The Air Force is run like a corporation. But the Marine Corps is a religion." — Navy Admiral
For freedom is never free someone else just picks up tab.
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Remember there are only two types of Ships in the Navy, SUBMARINES and Targets!
May 1st, 2009 03:14 PM
Reminder to self...do not read these threads while at work, it blurs the monitor.
May 8th, 2009 11:23 AM
May 8th, 2009 11:39 AM
God Bless all that have served and all that serve us now. "Always a rifleman first"...
If you can read this thank a teacher. If it is written in English thank a Marine.
May 24th, 2009 04:25 PM
The Marine Corps is not a branch of service, it is a state of mind.
Master Gunnery Sergeant of Marines
Retired Marine, Retired School Teacher, Independent voter, Goldwater Conservative.
May 26th, 2009 10:10 PM
"Once A Marine Always A Marine"
MSGT of Marines
May 28th, 2009 02:05 AM
"Remember recruits, we are all green on the inside!" My Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego said this to us upon our Eagle, Golbe, and Anchor cermony. He didnt have to say it, we all knew it. POG's, Grunts, Army,... we are all the same.
That was a good story and the younger man in it reaps his freedom and will probably never know what its like to "belong." But the CMH winner, fought for his freedom of speach. Thats the messed up part!
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