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Posted: 5/23/2001 8:50:24 AM EST
Just what the hell do Semper fi, and all those other Marine sayings mean? Not a slam, I'm just a stupid army infantryman!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 8:51:57 AM EST
Semper Fi is a shortened version of Semper Fidelis latin for Always Faithfull.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 8:56:46 AM EST
Ya know why naval vessels have Marine detachments? Marines are less conspicuous than sheep.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 8:59:08 AM EST
I guess gunmonkey would know.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:00:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/23/2001 8:59:23 AM EST by Sukebe]
The motto of the USMC. What other sayings are you refering to? Leatherneck - Derived from the leather stock worn around the necks of 18th/19th century Marines used more for keeping military posture than protection. Devil Dog - english translation of the German "Tuffel Hunden"(spelling?). A name given to Marines by German infantry of WWI. Jar Head - Refers to the high and tight hair cut common to Marines(looks like a lid on a jar.) Grunt - The sound we make as we squeeze another Army doggie out of our asses. [;)]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:00:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Ya know why naval vessels have Marine detachments? Marines are less conspicuous than sheep.
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Oh Yeah, this has potential to be better then the LEO bashing. I think I will sit back and watch the fireworks. Hunter out...
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:02:28 AM EST
Get some![%(]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:12:52 AM EST
Before all the jarheads get mad at me, I just wanna say I have great respesct for them and all servicemen. I live near the MWTC and some of my favorite customers are jarheads. You can always tell a marine, you just can't tell him much.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:16:21 AM EST
No offense to anyone in the Navy, but... A guy asks his friend who is joining the Marines: "Aren't the Marine's a department of the Navy?" "Yes," replies the friend, "the men's department."
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:36:37 AM EST
Ya well, it takes brains to get in the Navy. We have all the [i]smart people[/i] [X] [0j]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:40:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/23/2001 9:38:45 AM EST by raven]
[b]M[/b]uscles [b]A[/b]re [b]R[/b]equired [b]I[/b]ntelligence [b]N[/b]ot [b]E[/b]ssential
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:50:59 AM EST
Originally Posted By HKer: Just what the hell do Semper fi, and all those other Marine sayings mean? Not a slam, I'm just a stupid army infantryman!
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Link Posted: 5/23/2001 9:53:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/23/2001 9:52:16 AM EST by CrimsonGhost]
You think smart people...you sure as hell don't think of marines or navy. If it's brains you want, look to the Air Force. There's a reason we install air conditioning everywhere we travel... I won't even mention the army. It's usually not worth it.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:07:40 AM EST
You can talk about your soldiers and the fighting mud Marines, Even talk about the Coast Guard and the Seabees, oh, so green, But you've never met a fighting man, a seaman oh so true Until you've met a sailor from an ammunition crew. His nerves of steel are legend and his eyes, they always gleam, He's always working cargo, sometimes even in his dreams. He's looking for some break time, and any scheme will do, Talkin''bout a sailor from an ammo ship's deck crew. Going into battles and invasions with the rest, Or hours and hours of unreps, you face the rugged test. Hoping that you're lucky and that the ship don't take a hit, Cause you simply can't afford that on an ammunition ship ! And when the battle's over and the others take a rest Even though you're awf'ly tired from giving all your best, There's a cruiser on the radar- more rearming to be done ! And you're the poor unfortunate, you pitiful son of a gun ! Sometimes other sailors get some liberty in town Have a chance to meet a lady, or chug a coupl'a rounds. But- Ammo ship crews rarely ever hear that happy news There's work to do and ships to serve ! The poor forgotten crews! When the world war was over and we dreamed of going home We weren't allowed to go there, for these islands we must roam For we had on board six thousand tons of deadly TNT And we weren't allowed to dump it in the briny deep blue sea. From the South Pacific isles to Korea's rocky coast, From dusty Port Chicago to a Yankee Station post, AE's are primed to serve your needs at any given hour With rockets, bombs and blood and sweat- American sea power. So- now you've heard my story and here's a little tip: If you want your praise and glory, stay off an ammo ship. Yet, years and years thereafter, when the kid asks "Dad, What'd YOU do ? You can tell him with some well-earned pride- I was on an ammo crew ! {Apologies to Archie for some editing to update the poem a bit. It's still a classic. I believe most of it was written during WW2.} Poem was found on the USS Mount Ranier (AE-5) Web Site.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:07:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By HKer: Just what the hell do Semper fi, and all those other Marine sayings mean? Not a slam, I'm just a stupid army infantryman!
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Leatherneck - leather stocks (collars) were used to protect the neck area from saber and bayonet slashes. Gung Ho - Chinese for "work together" - Teamwork and Training - that's why General Douglas McArthur (bugout Doug) said "the safest place in Korea is behind a Marine rifle squad". Unlike the doggies, swabs, and bus drivers (Air Force)-- Army special forces & Navy seals excepted -- Marines don't desert our wounded buddies
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:11:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:22:25 AM EST
I know all about the Air Force BOHICA. We also know you got your nickname (BOHICA) in the Air Force. LOL
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:33:28 AM EST
I wanted to be a Marine but I failed the physical, cause my head wouldn't thread in the jar. I was able to get a medical waiver for that, but when they found out my parents were married they said they couldn't have that. [pyro] Just kiddin' dudes, USMC is OK by this Army grunt!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 10:54:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By satcong: Ya well, it takes brains to get in the Navy. We have all the [i]smart people[/i] [X] [0j]
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[img]http://home.earthlink.net/~thegardenweasel/_uimages/byebye.jpg[/img] And we salute you for it!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 11:20:32 AM EST
A bucket of rust was gathering dust in her bay at Seawolf Park, A noisy crowd with voices loud was there for a Sunday lark. The gathering horde soon came aboard with expectations high But the tarnished brass and the broken glass soon caused their dreams to die. They tittered and grinned to the chagrin of an old salt standing near, As he rose to leave, he used his sleeve to wipe away a tear. But ere he went, he heard a gent talk with a sneering lip Of the profits lost and the sky-high costs to care for this old ship. Then he spoke aloud to the festive crowd and the guy concerned with cost, “You speak to me of cost?,” says he, “Do you know of the boats that were lost?” “And the brave, young men all trapped within who went down to a watery grave All ask of you and the Park Board too, to consider the price they gave.” “Down through the years, those buccaneers gave all that a man can give, And our Nation’s pride, the ones who died, paid the price for those who live, “So don’t tell me of cost”, said he, “the costs have all been paid With blood and sweat and tears, you bet, in the sacrifices made.” Cavalla’s done, her race is run, she fought her own good fight Now History demands that we must do for her what’s right. Protect her now, we must avow, as she protected us, One and all, we must stand tall to guard our Sacred Trust. Bob Harrison
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 11:24:18 AM EST
There is a Dept. of the Air Force, Army and Navy. Hmmmm no Dept of the Marine Corp. Oh yeah that's right.....Dept. of the Navy pays the checks for the USMC. Now go guard the base while the Navy guy go out drinking and womanize. HEHEHEHEHE
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 11:25:54 AM EST
Semper Paratus....Always Ready The Coast Guard motto, I think I'm the only one here so I had to share some info.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 11:29:20 AM EST
You Know You Are In The Navy If... You get really excited about a 2% pay raise. Your biggest loss from a system crash is you lose your best jokes. Your supervisor doesn't have the ability to do your job. You sit in a cubicle smaller than your bedroom closet. It no longer amazes you that computer security is more important than having computers. Your office computer was just upgraded to a 200 MHz Pentium this year. Computer specialists know less about computers than your teenager. Lunch is like another scheduled meeting, only shorter. You and your coequals always consume the free food left over from VIP meetings. It's dark when you drive to and from work. You're forced to park you car a mile from the shop because of all the commander's, military, customers, designated contractor, VIP's, sailors of the month/quarter/year and visitor, parking spaces by the main entrance. Fun is when issues are assigned to someone else. "One f**k up" wipes out years of Atta Boys" are words to live by. You see a good looking person and know they are a visitor. Appearance is always more important than substance. Weekends are .......what the hell are weekends ? There is never enough time to do your job, but always enough time to prepare a briefing on it. Art involves a white board and dry markers. The project you were just assigned was late when you received it and you are required to justify why. Management thinks a 6 month cruise is a perk. Although you have a telephone, pager, e-mail, FAX, company distribution, Fed-X, US mail and co-equals sitting right on the other side of the partition...communication is a continuing problem. You know and everyone that works with you knows your performance is superior, but "promotable" is the highest level on the documented performance rating. You work 100 hours per week with only the hope of liberty somewhere down the line and when it comes you jubilantly say "Oh wow, thanks!" You and your co-workers all have Lexus, Mercedes', and BMWs. (On their screen savers) When workers screw up they are transferred to another office to be someone else's problem; when management screws up they are promoted. Your boss' favorite lines are "when you get a few minutes," "in your spare time," "when you're freed up" and "I have an opportunity for you." Training is something spoken about but never seen. Leave is something you roll over to next year. No travel money to do the mission, but always enough money for another useless conference. Change is the norm. Organizational direction changes every 2 or 3 years. The worst possible reputation comes from being the initiator of a complaint. You can name 5 times as many people that used to work with you than the ones you work directly with in your current position. Your dream is to make 75% of what your civilian counterparts make before you get out
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 11:48:02 AM EST
Uncle Sams Misguided Children The 2 most dangerous things on earth. A Marine and his rifle.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 12:04:57 PM EST
RipMeyer's old post on "How to simulate life in the Navy" was hilarious. Still got it around? It was on the old board, probably lost forever.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 12:06:44 PM EST
However you manage to do it, if you SERVE your country, we salute you. (But we'll still poke crap at you . . . )
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 12:07:26 PM EST
The Unknown Soldier There's a graveyard near the White House Where the Unknown Soldier lies, And the flowers there are sprinkled With the tears from mother's eyes. I stood there not so long ago With roses for the brave, And suddenly I heard a voice Speak from out the grave: "I am the Unknown Soldier," The spirit voice began, "And I think I have the right To ask some questions man to man. "Are my buddies taken care of Was their victory so sweet Is that big reward you offered Selling pencils on the street "Did they really win the freedom They battled to achieve Do you still respect that Croix de Guerre Above that empty sleeve "Does a gold star in the window Now mean anything at all I wonder how my old girl feels When she hears a bugle call? "And that baby who sang 'Hello, Central, give me no man's land' Can they replace her daddy With a military band? "I wonder if the profiteers Have satisfied their greed I wonder if a soldier's mother Ever is in need "I wonder if the kings, who planned it all Are really satisfied They played their game of checkers And eleven million died. (Unknown)
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 12:08:20 PM EST
Message: How to Simulate Shipboard Life (a.k.a., Suggestions for the ex-sailor who misses the "good old days") 1.Sleep on the shelf in your closet. 2.Replace the closet door with a curtain. 3.Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble "Sorry, wrong rack." 4.Renovate your bathroom. Build a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level. 5.When you take showers, make sure you shut off the water while soaping. 6.Every time there is a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and rock as hard as you can until you're nauseous. 7.Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to "High." (for that shipboard smell) 8.Don't watch TV except movies in the middle of the night. Have your family vote on which movie to watch, then show a different one. 9.(Mandatory for ex-engineering types) Leave lawnmower running in your living room 24 hours a day for proper noise level. 10.Have the paper boy give you a haircut. 11.Once a week blow compressed air up through your chimney making sure the wind carries the soot across and on to your neighbor's house. Laugh at him when he curses you. 12.Buy a trash compactor and only use it once a week. Store up garbage in the other side of your bathtub. 13.Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread, if anything. (Optional: Canned ravioli or cold soup) 14.Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator. 15.Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get dressed as fast as you can, then run out into your yard and break out the garden hose. 16.Once a month take every major appliance completely apart and then put them back together. 17.Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking (note: a Department of Defense, not Naval, specialty RM.) 18.Invite at least 85 people you don't really like to come and visit for a couple of months. 19.Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books. 20.Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills on your front and back doors to that you either trip of the threshold or hit your head on the sill every time you pass though one of them. 21.Lockwire the lug nuts on your car. 22.When making cakes, prop up one side of the pan while it is baking. Then spread icing really thick on one side to level off the top. 23.Every so often, throw your cat into the swimming pool, shout "Man Overboard, ship recovery!" , run into the kitchen and sweep all the pots/pans/dishes off the counter onto the floor, then yell at your wife for not having the place "stowed for sea." 24.Put on the headphone from your stereo (don't plug them in). Go and stand in front of your stove. Say (to nobody in particular) "Stove manned and ready." Stand there for 3 or 4 hours. Say (once again to nobody in particular) "Stove secured." Roll up the headphone cord and put them away.
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 12:24:58 PM EST
Y'all knew it was just a matter of time before I chimed in. A woman and her young son were taking a bus trip cross-country, and were waiting in the Greyhound station when the little boy announced that he had to pee. His mom tells him to right to the men's room, and then come right back. He goes in, steps up to the row of urinals and is doing his business when someone steps up to the urinal on his left. He looks up to see a sailor in his white Cracker Jack uniform unbuttoning so he can pee. The boy says, "Wow, are you a real sailor?" The sailor says, "Sure kid, would you like to wear my hat?" The kid nods, and the sailor puts his Dixie Cup on the kid's head. Just then the kid notices someone step up to the urinal on his right. He turns and sees a Marine in his service Alphas. The little boy says, "Wow, are you a real Marine?" The Marine answers, "Yeah kid, what do you wanna suck my d!ck?" The boy says, "Oh no, I'm not a real sailor. I'm just wearing his hat!" A Marine Gunnery Sergeant and a Navy Chief were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves - the barbers were reaching for some after-shave to slap on their faces. The Chief shouted, "Hey, don't put mess on me! My wife will think I've been in a whorehouse!" The Gunny turned to his barber and said, "Go ahead and put it on. My wife doesn't know what a whorehouse smells like." I have to say though, that the Corpsmen I ran into while I was in the Corps were some of the best guys I have ever known. Doc Clark at 29 Palms held my two IV bags in the stall with me while I puked and shat out a wicked stomach flu. Air Force types? Don't get me started... FMCDH Semper Fidelis Jarhead out. --------------------- "The Marine Corps does more to promote world peace than all the Ben&Jerry's ice cream ever made." --P. J. O'Rourke
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 2:03:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 2:08:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Manetheren: Sounds like we need a war, because we are turning on ourselves? The Greek army NEVER leaves their buddies behind...
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Actually, the Greek army never leaves their buddies behinds.[}:D]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 2:22:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/23/2001 2:20:56 PM EST by MindHunter]
Originally Posted By uncle buck: Actually, the Greek army never leaves their buddies behinds.[}:D]
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[b]ROTFLMMFAO[/b] Hunter coughing...
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 2:26:44 PM EST
Hker, you know why most marines write "Semper Fi"? Because they can't spell "Fidelis" HAHAHA! [:D] Sorry, guys, I couldn't resist. [:D]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 3:46:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/23/2001 6:38:32 PM EST by HANGFIRE]
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Ya know why naval vessels have Marine detachments? Marines are less conspicuous than sheep.
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I fear for your safety!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 4:18:46 PM EST
A Marine and a Sailor goes to the head together and started to piss. After getting done, the Marine proceeds to wash his hands. The Sailor just proceeds to walk out. The Marine turns to the Sailor and says, "Hey don't they teach you how to wash up after using the head" Sailor turns to him and says, " No in the Navy we now not to piss on our hands"
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 4:46:23 PM EST
Q: Why do marines have their nametapes sewn on the back pocket of their trousers???? A: So they know who to thank! --------- --BH Essayons!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 5:47:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Coastie: Semper Paratus....Always Ready The Coast Guard motto, I think I'm the only one here so I had to share some info.
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Aren't they part of the Department of Transportation. Are you the guys responsible for all those orange barrels? Well, Are you?
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 6:11:07 PM EST
When I was enlisting into the Marine Corps, an Air Force recruiter asked had I thought about the Air Force. I promptly told him that I had and that I wanted to join a service where I could fulfill my military obligation!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 6:34:11 PM EST
Who is tasked with baby sitting the Navy while they are out to sea? Yeah who takes care of keeping things buttoned up on the carriers and keeps a lid on the "boys in white" when they don't behave? [b]The Outstading - United States Marines! That's who![/b] While I appreciate and respect any and all of our military - I will always be true to the Corps! And if you really want it done right and real certain - call on a Recon Marine! Semper Fidelis! [sniper] [b]The Sniper
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 6:55:20 PM EST
Not trying to be condescending (wow that's big word for a Marine - huh?) but... The pride and excellence that a Marine learns is second to none in many opinions world wide. Each branch of the military of these United States has their own traditions and pride. We may poke fun at each other but we need each other to cover all the bases when it comes to protecting America and it's citizenry. I salute all members past and present of the United States Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard as Memorial Day approaches. May we all give proper respect and reverence to those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms and liberty of America! I will honor the memory of my fallen buddies this Memorial day as it has become my custom to do by taking my AR-15 out to the range at 0800 and burning some powder with others in a good time military rifle match..... another good tradition - no? You may want to do the same - we still have this freedom because they gave it all.... Semper Fi! [sniper] [b]The Sniper
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 6:59:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/24/2001 1:33:45 AM EST by GI_Brat]
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 7:04:23 PM EST
Amen well said The Sniper..
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 7:42:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By HANGFIRE:
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Ya know why naval vessels have Marine detachments? Marines are less conspicuous than sheep.
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I fear for your safety!
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When I heard that joke I was with a retired Master Sargeant who also happens to be Basque. Talk about offended! VERY FUNNY!
Link Posted: 5/23/2001 7:53:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By gunmonkey:
Originally Posted By HANGFIRE:
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Ya know why naval vessels have Marine detachments? Marines are less conspicuous than sheep.
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I fear for your safety!
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When I heard that joke I was with a retired Master Sargeant who also happens to be Basque. Talk about offended! VERY FUNNY!
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Shepherds are sooo sensitive. "You can take the shepherds out of the country but you can't take them out of the sheep".
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 1:22:28 PM EST
------------------------------------------------ I was told by a wing-nut that this symbol was actually an Seagull sitting on a basketball yelling go NAVY GOOOO........ ------------------------------------------------ Actually its a chicken sitting on a beachball with an anchor shoved up its ass. ----BH Essayons!
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 1:48:59 PM EST
The Eagle symbolizes the nation, so if it now a chicken, than it only represents the cowardice of the American populace. The US Marines preceding Marine service, The Royal Marines uses the lion. The globe represents world wide service, the Marines where the first service to raise the American flag on foreign soil, assault on Derna Tripoli in early 1805. Our emblem has the "New World"-Western hemisphere on ours, while the Royal Marines have the old world on there emblem. The Anchor is for our naval traditions, we are after all combined with the USN the US Naval services.
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 3:37:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By uncle buck: Aren't they part of the Department of Transportation. Are you the guys responsible for all those orange barrels? Well, Are you?
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Sorry Uncle Buck, the orange barrels aren't my department, although we are part of the DOT, and the all to forgotten fifth branch of the military. We ARE responsible for the red and green buoys, and every other aid to navigation in all waterways that are navigable by commercial traffic. Not to mention the thousands of SAR cases, drug busts, national defense, Loran-C and GPS sites, and every other mission congress can come up with, without additional funding, for the entire United States and it's territories. Did I mention we also have fewer personnel than the NYPD. Semper Paratus (and proud of it)
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 6:42:36 PM EST
No need to get all chesty on me. You guys are the sh*t. "Small service, big job". [B)]
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 9:26:01 PM EST
I have a buddy who was on the Nimitz(sp?). He was a jet powerplant mechanic (or whatever they called them). He told me the Marines that provided security on the ship were called trees and bushes because they were the only guys who wore cammies.I thought that was pretty funny. He also told me during security alerts, the Marines would come charging down the corridors and you were required to hit the deck lying down on your stomach, arms out, palms up. My buddy says, "For some reason, they always seemed to step on your hands".
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 10:19:22 PM EST
Tell a sailor to secure a building and he'll turn out the light and shut the door. Tell a soldier to secure a building and he'll post a guard. Tell a marine to secure a building and he'll defend it at all costs with interlocking fields of fire. Tell an airman to secure a building and he'll take out a three year lease with an option to buy.
Link Posted: 5/24/2001 10:49:26 PM EST
Oh man, inter-service bashing at it's best!
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