Livin’ the dream, Sir!

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The U.S. Marines are flooding in, and you might think that every Marine helicopter in our arsenal is here. I’ll not give numbers and types other than to say the line of aircraft is long and formidable.

The U.S. Marines are a spectacle for the U.S. Army and also the British Army. The Marines will come in and live like pure animals, and build a base around themselves, whereas the British and American Armies will tend to build at least part of the base before coming in. One Marine commander told me that during the early part of this war, his men didn’t even shower for three months. We talked for a couple of hours and he was proud that his Marines didn’t need a shower for three months, and that his Marines killed a lot of Taliban and managed to lose only one good man. That’s the Marines. They’ll show up in force with no warning, and their reputation with U.S. Army and Brits who have fought alongside them is stellar. A NPR photographer who just spent more than three weeks with the Marines could not praise them enough, saying he’d been with them in Iraq, too, and that when Marines take casualties, their reaction is to continue to attack. They try to stay in contact until they finish the enemy, no matter how long it takes.

Truly they are animals when it comes to the fight. Other than that, great guys.

Tonight at dinner, a young Marine Lance Corporal sat in front of me at the crowded dining facility.
“Good evening, Sir,” he said.
I asked, “Are you living like animals out there?”
“Livin’ the dream, Sir!”

They are fantastic.

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Author: Cpl. Beddoe
Cpl, USMC 1981-1985 MCRDSD Plt 3042, Aug 28, 1981 Work hard. Be kind. Pay it forward. Twitter: @txdevildog
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2009/10/10 13:57

>What an incredible image. No matter what stance you take on the efforts over seas, an image like this garners nothing but respect for the men and women fighting for our freedom.

2009/08/12 05:42

>Canadian troops have been in Afghanistan for some time now.In fact at one point They cleared the way for a group of Marines that could not get through an area that was holding them back.Canadian troops are known also for being set apart from other units.They are,like Marines also known for exhausting themselves with lenghthy periods of combat operations with no showers,&little sleep,for weeks at a time.Up untill recently,Canadians held one of the most dangerous zones in Afghanistan,and were begging for relief.It came in the form of a flood of US Marines.Since then Canadians have been placed……..
and deaths have still been high,but the relief is appreciated.
(ewww my word verification is "VOMIT"!GROSS!!!)haha!