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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Balog, Dec 15, 2004.

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  1. cookhj

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    congratulations marine. i can't believe that it's already been 4 months since you told us you were going. i can only hope that my deployment goes this fast!

    s/f

    sgt cook
     
  2. STW

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    Congratulations.

    (As an aside, I have some access on Sundays to the recruits going through training at MCRD and Edson Range, or the Marines at SOI. That could prove useful to someone someday, I imagine. Of course it hasn't yet.)

    (On occasion I've taken a retired 1st Sgt. with me to talk to some recruits. He was at the Choisen Res. under Chesty Puller and retired with 5 purple hearts earned the hard way. Recruits give him their undivided attention. ;) )
     
  3. Lt. G

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    Congrats on being born again!
    Lt.G
     
  4. VietVet 67-68

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    Balog.
    Glad you made it home of the holidays with the family. Have a great time and enjoy.

    Thank you for your service and God speed. Keep your head down.

    Keith victory.gif
     
  5. 45 Carry

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    Way to go Balog
    Congrats Marine

    Sgt. E-5 USMC '67-70
     
  6. echo3mike

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    Welcome to the brotherhood.

    Had somethign similar happen to me during Qual week at P.I.... huge windage values all week (like 40R at 500y for Tower wind). Friday...friggin' dead calm. Me and the Cpl. spotting (I.E. coaching) for us pups were twisting knobs all over Helen Gone. Didn't drop too many points...ended up high SS score, musta done something right.

    Congratulations. Us formers are pretty envious... your adventure's just begining. Love to go back...


    S.
     
  7. 45 Carry

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    After a week of getting trained in sight picture, dry firing and a week of practice we've got our M-14's sighted in. Qualification day arrives, first shot at the 500 yard line, it was calm until then, nine o'clock just outside the black. Windage adjustment, 9 x-ring shots. Qualified as expert, asked to go to sniper school. Think about it, Uh No I'd like to live to see 21. Glade Dad mad me shoot all those flashbulbs when I was little.
     
  8. DRZinn

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    Uh - just realized I may have made 0331 sound bad - not at all. In a traditional assault, you carry a lot more weight and run up a hill to lay down fire. The 11's, meanwhile, run aaaalllll the waaaaayyy to the objective......

    And in today's warfare, you'll be doing a lot of the same things anyway. Patrols..endless patrols....

    For a good time, try to go to a Weapons Company and get assigned to a CAAT team. trust me on this. The infantry doesn't get any better.
     
  9. SemperFi83

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    Welcome to the Brotherhood!

    Welcome and Semper Fi!

    Its a beautiful thing isn't it, when you finally get to wear the Eagle Globe and Anchor?

    Wear it proudly and continue the traditions of the brotherhood.

    Ooh Rah!

    Semper Fi!
     
  10. Kor

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    John,

    Big-time congrats for making it through!

    If you happen to be coming down this way on a weekend, please let me know - I'd love to put bullets into backstops with you, and maybe take you to dinner.

    Best wishes and always check-six,

    Phil
     
  11. 8guage

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    congratulations
     
  12. tankertom

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    Hooah,

    Glad to see you made it. If you are in the DC area drop me a line.

    tt
     
  13. Wags

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    Congratulations, and welcome to the brotherhood that will shape you for the rest of your life, like it or not.... My top five words of wisdom to you while your in is:

    1. If your going to drink alcohol and gamble, don't do both. One or the other.
    2. Choose your friends wisely.
    3. If you get stuck on a ship, don't let the sailors convince you the only reason your their is so they can have somone to dance with.
    4. If the Marines wanted you to have a wife, they'd issue you one!
    5. Pay close attention to the veterans if you end up in the sand box.

    Welcome aboard, the journey is about to begin.......

    Wags
     
  14. Balog

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    Wow, sorry about the delay. I've been busy the last couple days. My leave ended and I'm doing recruiters assistance. :eek:

    It reminds me of that week when I was a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. Worst job I ever had. I can't wait to goto SoI and start training. :)

    Anyway, on to the replies.

    Phil! So great to hear from you again. I always found your letter very encouraging. I'm gonna try very hard to get down that way; I'd love to meet you and introduce you to my lovely wife. It's hard to get waway, I've a lot of friends and family who want to spend time with me. But they rarely offer to take me shooting ;)

    It's amazing the level of support I've received both here and IRL. Thank you all for the kind words, esp from prior (or current) servicemembers. I'm still a bit awkward when random strangers come up to me and thank me for serving. I feel like saying "I haven't done anything yet! Go find a veteran and thank them; they're the ones who really deserve our gratitude." but I know that would be ungrateful and foolish. It's a humbling experience, let me tell you. Happy, but humbling. Like receiving the EGA and realizing you were stepping into the shoes of Daly, Butler, Basilone and thousands of others. It just makes me pray I'll live up to their legacy.
     
  15. BerettaNut92

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    You are a better man than I! Congratulations
     
  16. smokemaker

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    Congrats, and thanks for serving. I'd say Semper Fi, but I was a cheesy AF guy.

    Shoot straight,
    Jeff
     
  17. Snaps

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    LOL..... SD = hollywood, actors playing Marines. Marines are made on PI:)























    For real man just kiddin', I've gotta do it. Congrats.
     
  18. RAY WOODROW 3RD

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    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Welcome from a fellow 2nd batallion type.

    Platoon 2090 of 89' - Paris Island.

    I scored 223 on the range and enjoyed that part of the training more than any other.
    You have a lot of people depending on you to uphold that tradition you learned all about at boot.

    Remember:

    Marines walk like soldiers, talk like sailors and slap the hell out of the both of them!

    ....and my favorite:

    The history of the "Eagle Globe and Anchor" of the USMC

    We stole the rope from the Army....
    the anchor from the Navy....
    the eagle from the Air Force and on the seventh day when GOD rested we over-ran his perimiter and have been running the world ever since!!

    "Semper Fi" my brother.

    RW3
     
  19. Snaps

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    Dude I've got a tshirt with an entire long assed version of that.. It's awsome
     
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