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Marines urged to join league

Editor:

I recently received the following from a friend and fellow Marine.

"As anyone who has successfully passed through Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, San Diego, Montford Point or Quantico knows, there is no such thing as an "ex-Marine." There is a reason for the phrase, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine." The sense of pride in having served as a member of this elite group stays with a person forever.

I have a friend in middle Tennessee who joined the Marine Corps during the final days of World War II and was discharged in 1948, yet when I attended a meeting at which he was present several months ago, he was wearing a Marine Corps baseball cap! There is a grandmother I know who has a Marine Corps bumper sticker on her car — she, too, served in World War II. In fact, I know very few formerly active Marines who don't at least have a bumper sticker on their car or several items of USMC clothing!

I have a T-shirt which reads, "Not as lean, not so mean, but still a Marine." My wife says it should read, "Not nearly as lean, never was all that mean, and only thinks he's still a Marine." She, like all non-Marines, can never understand. The change really is forever, as the ad says.

His words are humorous but very true. Now, an opportunity is coming to the Bulloch County area that affords Marines — active duty, reserve, retired and those who received an Honorable Discharge, (as well as Navy Corpsmen who served with the Fleet Marine Force — a lot of Marines wouldn't be alive if it weren't for these great sailors!) to serve once again with their fellow Leathernecks. There is currently a core of Marines (as opposed to a Corps of Marines) who are forming a Marine Corps League Detachment in the Bulloch County area. I am the chairman of the committee that has volunteered to head up the effort and a meeting is planned to brief the core on what the League is and what it does, identify potential members and how to reach them, and determine the course of action. A meeting to learn about the Marine Corps League and to become a Charter Member of the new Detachment will be held in your area in the near future.

We are definitely filling a need. We will strive to provide service to our local Marine population, as well as the community in general. The Marine Corps League has an array of ongoing programs designed to help Marines and their communities, including: Marines Helping Marines, Young Marines, Youth Physical Fitness Program, Flag Etiquette Instruction, Scholarship Programs, Legislative Programs, VA Voluntary Service Program (VAVS), Toys-For-Tots and the Marine for Life Program. The League also participates in various patriotic functions, locally and at a national level.

Those who do understand — those who have served as Marines — should contact me, Jim Daughtry, at (770) 309-0141 or by email at jim.daughtry@comcast.net The Marines are coming! Oorah and Semper Fi!

Jim Daughtry

 

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