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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
YELLOW RIBBON COLLECTOR PIN!
THIS GREAT COLLECTOR PIN MEASURES ONE INCH AND HAS A POST BACKING!
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"Land of the free ... because of the brave!"
"Go to the Scriptures...the joyful promises it contains will be a balsam to all your troubles. That book...is the rock on which our republic rests."
"Sir, I am in the hands of a merciful God. I have full confidence in His goodness and mercy...The Bible is true. I have tried to conform to its spirit as near as possible. Upon that sacred volume I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." [May 29th, 1845, just a few weeks before he died]
President Andrew Jackson
"Some people live an entire life time & wonder if they every made a difference in the world Marines don't have that problem."
President of the United States Of America
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AN UNFORGETTABLE PIN.... AT AN UNFORGETTABLE PRICE!
THIS IS A VERY HIGH QUALITY COLLECTOR PIN!
This is the BEST pin made period! Check out the complete tight pattern, detail trim, trend setting style of this pin, unlike others for a cheaper price....you get what you pay for!
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THIS PIN IS NEW AND IN MINT CONDITION.
Great colors and design combine to make this special pin a classic.
This is by far one of the best looking and exceptionally made pin out in the market and will make A GREAT GIFT, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO LAST!
This pin IS A MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR!
This great pin can be placed onto your jacket, shirt, hat, or use it in a shadow box or display it as part of your military memorabilia collection.
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This PIN is custom made & is one inch with a butterfly backing, so you can wear on anything!
MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS IS THE BEST-MADE MARINE PIN EVER!
THIS PIN IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR AND WILL BECOME AN INSTANT JEWEL IN ANY COLLECTION.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, WATCH THE SMILE ON YOUR MARINE'S FACE WHEN HE SEES YOU WEARING THIS PIN!
THIS PIN IS A GREAT SOURCE OF INDIVIDUAL AND PRIDE IN THE MARINE CORPS!
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CPL - USMC 1983 - 1986
Weapons Co. 2/9 81's Platoon
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HISTORY OF YELLOW RIBBON
Display of a Yellow Ribbon is a sign of loyalty to family, friends or loved ones who are welcome home. Customarily it is used to welcome home men and women who have been away for a long time under adverse or particularly difficult circumstances such as war or prison.
Background Did you ever wonder where the Yellow Ribbon Tradition came from? Most Music Historians trace the Custom to a 19th Century Civil War Song. The tradition of wearing yellow ribbons may date back to the Civil War when the U.S. Cavalry was symbolized by yellow piping on their uniforms. Women who were married to or dating soldiers wore yellow ribbons as they waited for their sweethearts to return from battle. It served a dual purpose because of the reputation of the calvary soldier: it kept away unwanted suitors and also provided a threat of reprisal from a calvary soldier should any harm come to his girl.
The early song was done for cadence as the soldier rode in formation. Historians believe this practice was commemorated in the 1917 song "Around Her Neck She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." The yellow ribbon debuted on movie screens in 1949 in the cavalry epic, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, starring John Wayne and Joanne Dru. The drama of the undermanned U.S. Cavalry post far out in the Indian country is centered on a veteran captain about to return. It develops into a saga of the Cavalry, its hardbitten men, loyal wives and unusual intrigues. Another story also comes to the folk tradition from that time. Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many established prison camps during the American Civil War. It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners kept in and around Richmond, Virginia, to a place of greater security and a more abundant food supply. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union Solders were confined there. Of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements. Reportedly, a member of the 9th Ohio Cavalry who had been a Confederate prisoner for a number of years wrote to his wife upon his release.
To coincide with the Cadence song and the supposed tradition of wearing a yellow ribbon, the man wrote that rather than wear the yellow ribbon she was to tie it to either a signpost or tree that was near the train station. The soldier told the others on the train as they traveled to take the released prisoners of war home about his letter and his not wanting to upset her life without him. The rest becomes a folktale passed down mostly through storytelling and word of mouth.
In 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn cut their number one song of that year and their all-time classic: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree. It seems the song is a modern rendition of the Andersonville Tale. Folklore has it that the inspiration for the 1973 song came from a true incident that occurred on a bus bound for Miami, Florida. It seems that one of the passengers had just been released from prison and he was bound for home. He had written his wife and let her know he still loved her and wanted to be with her. He asked her to tie a yellow ribbon around the lone oak tree in the Town Square of White Oak, Georgia, if she still had feelings for him and wanted him to be with her. Everyone in the bus asked the Driver to slow down as they approached, there it was! The Driver pulled over and phoned the wire services to share the story. It quickly spread throughout the country.
Songwriters Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown wrote the ballad from the news story. And now, "the rest of the story"! L. Russell Brown had the inspiration for writing the song. One late Spring morning he drove 33 miles to Irwin Levine's house and told him the story of the oak tree. It had nothing to do with any convict or news story. It was about a civil war soldier, a stagecoach and yellow (as Mr. Levine would say: "Use your imagination!") handkerchiefs. Irwin changed the yellow handkerchiefs to ribbons so as not to offend anyone with the reality of what makes handkerchiefs yellow! L. Russell Brown and and Irwin Levine updated the story by changing the stagecoach to a bus. L. Russell Brown picked up a guitar and wrote the first eight or so lines of music and lyrics himself. Irwin picked up the ball and wrote the ending: "100 ribbons round the ole oak tree". There was discussion about use of the word damn and then the whole song was written. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree was released in February 1973. It was the number one hit by April 1973. The song became a hit again in 1981 when the 52 Iran Hostages were returned after 444 days of captivity. The song was played throughout the United States because by then the Yellow Ribbon had become a symbol of loyalty.
During the 1991 Gulf War it's popularity again was brought to the forefront as communities saw a way to provide support for the soldiers fighting and the desire for their safe return home. During 9/11, it again is gaining in widespread use. It is expanded to include a message of support to all soldiers away from home along with a statement that they are always welcome and never far from the community's heart. With the current war people are again wearing the yellow ribbon with pride and support of the troops!
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United States Marine Corps 1978-88 Honorable Discharge
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.
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WHAT IS A MARINE?
WE WALK THE WALK AND TALK THE TALK
WE LEAD, WHILE OTHERS FOLLOW.
WE HAVE WALKED THROUGH THE VALLEY,
WHERE OTHERS FEAR TO GO.
WE HAVE SERVED WITH GIANTS
AND FOUGHT ASIDE HEROES.
WE ARE WHAT OTHERS STRIVE TO BE.
WE HOLD THE HIGH GROUND.
NAY WE ARE THE HIGH GROUND
WE ARE UNITED STATES MARINES!
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Cemetery Escort Duty
WARNING....DO NOT READ.....YOUR MONITOR WILL TEAR UP!
I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to Smokey's. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655. Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day. Full dress was hot in the August sun. Oklahoma summertime was as bad
as ever--the heat and humidity at the same level--both too high.
I saw the car pull into the drive, '69 or '70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail's pace. An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers--about four or five bunches as best I could tell.
I couldn't help myself. The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste: 'She's going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I'm ready to get out of here right now!' But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in.
Kevin would lock the 'In' gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to Smokey's in time.
I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step
and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine full-dress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began the watch at the cemetery.
I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman's squint.
'Ma'am,may I assist you in any way?'
She took long enough to answer.
'Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.'
'My pleasure, ma'am.'
Well, it wasn't too much of a lie.
She looked again. 'Marine, where were you stationed?'
' Vietnam, ma'am. Ground-pounder. '69 to '71.'
She looked at me closer. 'Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I'll be as quick as I can.'
I lied a little bigger: 'No hurry, ma'am.'
She smiled and winked at me. 'Son, I'm 85-years-old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let's get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name's Joanne Wieserman, and I've a few Marines I'd like to see one more time.'
'Yes, ma 'am. At your service.'
She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flowers out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn't quite make out. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918.
She turned away and made a straight line for the World
War II section, stopping at one stone. I saw a tear slowly tracking
its way down her cheek. She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943.
She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley
J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944.
She paused for a second. 'Two more, son, and we'll be done'
I almost didn't say anything, but, 'Yes, ma'am. Take your time.'
She looked confused. 'Where's the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.'
I pointed with my chin. 'That way, ma'am.'
'Oh!' she chuckled quietly. 'Son, me and old age ain't too friendly.'
She headed down the walk I'd pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted. She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968,
and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970.
She stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn't make out.
'OK, son, I'm finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.'
Yes, ma'am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?'
She paused. 'Yes, Donald Davidson
was my father, Stephen
was my uncle, Stanley
was my husband, Larry
were our sons. All killed in action, all marines.'
She stopped. Whether she had finished, or couldn't finish, I don't know. She made her way to her car, slowly and painfully.
I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car.
'Get to the 'Out' gate quick. I have something I've got to do.'
Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us there down the service road. We beat her. She hadn't made it around the rotunda yet.
'Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost. Follow my lead.'
I humped it across the drive to the other post.
When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny's voice: 'TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!'
I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye--full dress attention
and a salute that would make his DI proud.
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice.
I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac.
Instead of 'The End,'
just think of 'Taps.'
As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer: 'Lord,
keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas.
Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.'
Let's all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy.
'In God We Trust.'
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