“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know.”

– Inscription on the back of a flak jacket worn by a Marine machine-gunner on the demilitarized zone (DMZ), Republic of Vietnam, 1968.

P.O.BOX 5481

Notes from Commandant, Jose Telles:
We have been together for six months now and here is what we have accomplished and done in that time:
1. We found out who we are-what we can do- what we cannot do- what a 501-c-4  is and "WOW" we can do a lot of things and we are still within National and Department By-laws and our Detachment By-Laws Thank you Judge Advocate Burt for that report.
2. We formed a Color Guard and a Rifle Squad
3. We raised $5100.00 dollars for our Color Guard and Rifle squad
4. We had an outstanding Memorial Event which was the talk of the town
5. We have scheduled a 11-11-11- Event for Veterans Day and an Event for Pearl Harbor Day Dec 7th look forward for those Events
6. We organized a 4th of July Parade float  I want to thank the working party that showed up to get the float ready and also, THANKS Cliff for the idea next year we will do much better. To our ladies, thank you for taking pictures and passing out candies Thank you Bruce our SVC for getting the water and candies, Marine Tom for enjoying the ride. I had the toughest job I had to tow the float, so I had to sit in an air condition truck. I was clocking our Color Guard and they were marching 2 miles per hour right in step and Marines it was kept up until the end GREAT JOB!
7. Marine Olson is right on top of our security for the fall festival
8. Marines we need more Marines to attend the meeting without man power we will be right back doing nothing PLEASE ATTEND OUR MEETINGS it is important and I assure you it will be fun and our Community will get to know about us
9. I submitted the newsletter names to our SVC and he is working on it.  A lot of good names were submitted good luck SVC
10. We were in the newspaper hope everybody saw the article

Well I think we are doing pretty good so far but we can do much better if we had more of you attend the meetings, So Come on, see you Marines on the 14th of July – Jose

Notes from the Judge Advocate, Burt Gigoux:
The 4th of July parade featured our Detachment’s Color Guard leading the Detachment’s float carrying our fellow members and ladies around the Calvada Eye. Char, Vicky, Anita, Bruce and Tommy were the expert candy throwers.  Commandant Jose Telles with his Lady June had the responsibility to pull the float with their truck and navigate the parade route. Mary Griggs was our photographer. To all a  Job well done. The Color Guard was comprised of Danny Griggs commanding and carrying the US Flag, Burt Gigoux carrying the USMC Flag, guarded by our two riflemen Cliff Bermodes and Billy Olson. My special thank you to Cliff. He led the way insisting that we participate in this parade. Cliff, Frank, Tommy, Danny, Billy, Jose, Bruce and Burt got it put together. Our Detachment is starting to work together as a team; what a privilege to be part of this Corps of Marines. Anyone that would like to be involved, please come to the Detachment’s meeting and join in. Honor Guard  Chairman.  

This has been floating around the internet and was sent to us by Bonnie. It is supposedly written by the musician Ted Nugent.
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.
Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces, the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe Sanh to Saigon, anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on
for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress. Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own.
There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.
While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken, but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains, every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans, just American men and women, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us, blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee." You haven't any inkling of what it took to get you where you are, but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all, because He is the one who provides those things. But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this, GOD BLESS AMERICA

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