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>19, First Sergeant
>April 24th, 2007 by CJ
>This is from a Marine First Sergeant serving in Iraq and about to come
>I guess I kinda had an epiphany two days ago when I walked outside and saw
>some Marines gathered around a convoy of 4 vehicles. I recognized that
>these were my Marines from another "Battle Position" so I thought I would
>go see what they were up to. Because of the fact that they are 40 miles
>away, I dont get to see them often enough, so I always welcome "face time"
>with this platoon.
>As I walk over, all I see are young Marines and a single Corporal. "Who is
>the convoy commander?" I asked, expecting to see a Senior Sergeant or Staff
>Sergeant appear from nowhere. "I am, First Sergeant", said Cpl Jansen. All
>of the Marines started to close in on me as if to see what they had done
>wrong that caused me to be looking for the convoy commander. So I asked Cpl
>Jansen how old he was and he replied "19, First Sergeant".
>This just really hit home with me, so I decided to point out to all of them
>the significance. "Wow, 19 years old and you take 17 Marines and head out
>accross hostile foreign land. I bet that if you asked someone back home who
>was in charge of a convoy in Iraq, they would think it was a Lieutenant or
>Captain or Sgt. But here you are√Ę‚,¨¬¶.a 19 year old Corporal leading
>Marines into combat." (Keep in mind that 45 days ago Cpl Jansen was a Lance
>Corporal-before he was promoted to his present rank Meritoriously for his
>actions in combat.) So, as I walked away, I just kept thinking what other
>kids his age are doing in America. The level of responsibility he has is
>truly Awe-inspiring. Thirty minutes later, Cpl Jansen mounted up his troops
>and headed right back out the gate and into harms way on his 90 minute
>convoy back to his base. What a difference eight months makes! This is just
>one example of how this deployment has changed lives and turned boys into
>You know, a lot of people look down on our current generation. People are
>quick to point out that they play too much video games, question authority,
>talk back to their parents, whatever.(I myself am guilty of saying these
>things). But I can assure you, that if you could see what I have seen here,
>you would stiffle yourself. They represent everything America stands for
>and they are perfect ambassadors of our country. My company is about 75%
>under 21 years old. These young men have a perfect understanding of
>patriotism and sacrifice.
>This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 11:41 pm
>Being a Marine isn't everything...it's the ONLY thing.
>Gerald T. Pothier
>Capt. USMC (Ret)
>"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have made a
>difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem."
>President Ronald Reagan , 1985
>"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and
>the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
>-- Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army
>"Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your
>share." -- Ned Dolan
>"America is not at war,
>The Marine Corps is at war;
>America is at the mall."