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Old December 1st, 2005, 04:26 AM
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Marine and Navy,

An old Navy Chief and an old Marine Gunny were sitting at the VFW arguing about who'd had the tougher career.

?I did 30 years in the Corps," the Marine declared proudly, “and fought in
three of my country's wars.

Fresh out of boot camp I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade.

As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General Macarthur. We pushed the enemy inch by bloody inch all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire.

Finally, as a gunny sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours
in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razor grass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire by day and mortar fire all night. In a firefight, we'd fire until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we charge the enemy with bayonets".


“Ah,? said the Navy Chief with a dismissive wave of his hand. “Lucky son of gun, all shore duty, huh??


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Old December 1st, 2005, 08:56 AM
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Ah raaa matie... thats a good laugh
My whole family are Navy so I can relate.
For Cristtmas I'm making a shadow box with the ribbons, metals, awards and letters of service for my Navy men.
Its a labor of love and I enjoy finding all the stuff stored away. Doing lots of on line research too.
There are no pictures, so the shadow box is better. Earl is building them out of beatuiful maple he has left over.
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Sounds a lot like many of the "conversations" I regularly hear over at the VFW!! As a Marine, I experienced some of the great "shore duty" they referenced. (not all of it,,,I'm not that old!!) I also got to cruise on some of the Navy ships they were talking about. (The Guadacanal, the Iwo Jima, and others come to mind) The Marines and Navy have always had a few words for each other, but just don't let a "dogface" or "flyboy" get in the middle,,,then the Marine and Swabbie are "one".
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A Dogface, you must be talking about the USMC. lol

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Good one John!! Actually, I don't know where the moniker, Dog Face, came from. Do you? Now you've got me wondering about that. Of course, you know the Marine is a Leatherneck!!!
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As a former Infantryman in the US Army (22 Years Infantry/Aviation) here is where the term "Dogface" comes from

Perhaps I should explain the derivation of the term "dogface". He lived in "pup tents" and foxholes. We were treated like dogs in training. We had dog tags for identification. The basic story is that wounded soldiers in the Civil War had tags tied to them with string indicating the nature of their wounds. The tags were like those put on a pet dog or horse, but I can't imagine anybody living in a horse tent or being called a horserace. Correctly speaking, only Infantrymen are called dogfaces. Much of the time we were filthy, cold and wet as a duck hunting dog and we were ordered around sternly and loudly like a half-trained dog.

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Call em what you want, I call them heroes. Thank you to all who served. My fil and dh are Marines.


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Thank you Betty, from both John and me. Thanks for your service too John. Actually, what you describe sounds a lot like what the Marines go through as well. I think all of our great sons and daughters, who are over in the sandy part of the world are doing a great job of defending our freedom these days.
I look forward to meeting you on one of our cruises, and shaking the hand of a fellow vet.
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P.S. Are you going on the Cruise of the Century next year? If so,,,,see you aboard.
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