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Posted: 3/2/2006 8:24:09 PM EDT
You are at, say a McDonalds on post. An old guy on a cane asks you where the closest head is. You tell him and point.

He says "Thanks, Mac."



Who is this old guy?


(Based on something I saw once at Quantico)
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:27:05 PM EDT
An old guy with a cane. Next question.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:30:39 PM EDT
WWII vet .
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:31:49 PM EDT
about 87 years old
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:27:26 PM EDT
A hero?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:29:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
about 87 years old



+1
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:30:08 PM EDT
The plumber?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:35:28 PM EDT
You show respect
For Many reasons
He is older then you
And with that question worded that way
WWII Navy or Marine
He is part of why we are what we are, make sure he gets there and back and buy him a cup of coffee.
You can learn from him, and make his eyes light up to pass things he learned.
You may find a new friend
Their family has moved across the country, and they try to get along and are lonely. Many of these men have lost their spouses to time as we will them.
Make a new friend and invest a few minutes of time.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:37:45 PM EDT
The narrator of the novel Battle Cry.

Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:52:24 PM EDT
A guy that wants to take a shit...... . R rated not due to violent content......
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 3:53:09 AM EDT
Former Marine or Corpsman, circa 1940-1960
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 6:57:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By snarfbatt:
You show respect
For Many reasons
He is older then you
And with that question worded that way
WWII Navy or Marine
He is part of why we are what we are, make sure he gets there and back and buy him a cup of coffee.
You can learn from him, and make his eyes light up to pass things he learned.
You may find a new friend
Their family has moved across the country, and they try to get along and are lonely. Many of these men have lost their spouses to time as we will them.
Make a new friend and invest a few minutes of time.




Yeah. You got it.

Quantico a while back. The old guy asked the question to a Corporal, USMC. The corporal was polite, answered him and turned to me. "He called me Mac." he said. "What's that all about?"

"He's probably an old Marine," I replied.

"Nah,"

"Hey, once, always," I said. "Betcha $10 if you want to wait till he comes out of the head."

"Oh, yeah. Semper Fi, Mac, right?"

You got it, Corporal. My guess is WW2, but maybe Korea."

The corporal looked at his watch. I could see he was a bit curious. He grinned at me and said "No bet, but let's wait. He might have something interesting to say."

I didn't let the corporal off the hook, though.

"It's a damned shame a former dogface has to give a Marine NCO a history lesson about such a fine organization as the Marine Corps," I said.

He blushed.

The old guy emerged. I looked at the old guy.

"Hey, Marine! What years did you serve?"

His face lit up.

"Middle of '42 to Jan '46," he said.

"Pacific?"

"Yeah."

"Whadda you think of today's Marines?"

"Hell, I don't know. I'll bet they sure train them better, though.I only did about 8 weeks of basic and shipped straight out!"

I let the young corporal take over, and left the two of them together. As I started to leave, the old guy looked at me. So did the corporal.

'Catch you later, Mac," said the corporal.

I winked and left.

Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:07:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By piccolo:

'Catch you later, Mac," said the corporal.

I winked and left.






I don't get the "Mac", part???????????????
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:57:11 PM EDT
everybody called another unknown americans Mac in WW2
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:47:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mushoot:
everybody called another unknown americans Mac in WW2




I knew that, but I was reading it as something as a Marine thing??????????
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:52:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:58:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By piccolo:
'Catch you later, Mac," said the corporal.

I winked and left.


Excellent story.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:10:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:12:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:

Originally Posted By mushoot:
everybody called another unknown americans Mac in WW2




I knew that, but I was reading it as something as a Marine thing??????????



I was never in the Marines but I've heard statements like "Semper Fi Mac" several times. I figured it was just a nickname for a Marine from back in the day.
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