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I Am a Retired United States Marine (usmc)

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 42 People

    Once a Jarhead. . . .

    Signed an open contract in 1981 and ended up in supply; served four years' a year in Okinawa, the rest at LeJeune, then got out in '85.  Much of what I learned in the Corps has been engrained in me, like the need to rise early, exercise, keep a stearn look, and give orders...
    think2much think2much 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 13, 2008

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    Fallen Heroes Marine Dog Tag.

    Fallen Heroes Dog Tag - Marines The cost of America's freedom is most dearly paid in the lives of those Marines who died defending that right. We owe our liberty to their efforts. These dog tags remember and commemorate that sacrifice. Minted in a brass alloy, these dog tags...
    midwest5772 midwest5772 66-70 Jul 2, 2010

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    Former Marine

    I was a Marine from 2000-2004. Picked up CPL in the inactive reserve. Was part of 3d TSB SPT, Co 31st MEU, 35th I believe MSSG. Have been all over Asia and spent all time that wasn't school living in OKinawa. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
    Karalas Karalas 26-30, M 6 Responses Sep 24, 2007

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    Happy 237th Birthday Usmc

    To all, who have served,,,,, past, present and future... A hearty and Happy 237th Birthday weekend to our beloved corps. Now let's git drinkin' Boy's!!
    TheThirdEye TheThirdEye 70+, M Nov 9, 2012

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    Any Regrets?

    Let me start off by saying I am not a retired Marine but I wasn't sure where else to put this. I'm currently 17 years old and will be finishing my senior year of highschool next year and trying to join the Marines has been on my mind for a long time now. I haven't met with the...
    bluesboy13 bluesboy13 16-17, M Mar 31, 2011

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    annirawrmuffin annirawrmuffin 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    What Mos Was Everyone

    so what MOS was everyone I was a 1345/1341 heavy equipment operator and heavy diesel mechanic.
    Karalas Karalas 26-30, M 7 Responses Oct 2, 2007

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    I Am a Marine Gf Looking For Some Help

    I am not a Retired Marine, but I am a Marine girlfriend. I joined this group so that I could post this story. There is a girl in our group talking crap about Marines. She is stating that they are all cheaters, that being a Marine isn't a "real job", that...
    Caligirl125 Caligirl125 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 12, 2009

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    I Love The Corps But Am Not A Marine

    I am afraid that I was a Squid, but I have loved the Corps since I was a small kid. My father fought with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific during WW-II and made the initial landing on Saipan and some other islands (something Jima, but not Iwo). I served as an officer in the...
    lickitysplit lickitysplit 61-65, M Sep 4, 2010

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    Helicopter Hydraulic Mechanic

    I was in the Suck from 1994-2001 I got out right as all the craziness was happening. I was a 6094 helicopter hydraulic mechanic. i did time at MCAS New River, Tustin, El Toro, Miramar, Futema and finally Camp Pendleton. I went on a Med cruise and a 6- month pump to Oki, saw...
    hharperson hharperson 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 11, 2008

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    Not a Marine Myself..

    ....but I'd love your feedback.  One word - infantry.  Tell me.  I'd trust you guys before I trust his recruiter ;-)
    sethandlisa08 sethandlisa08 19-21 2 Responses Mar 1, 2008

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    Service

    I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17.  I did it to show my Dad that I was tougher than he was.  Well, I also couldn't find a future in montana.  I know, sounds stupid now, but you should have been there.  I had lived the previous 3 years in the Philippines...
    broadshoulder broadshoulder 51-55 Aug 25, 2008

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    One Miserable Anti-american Human Being Called Bumsquirt

    There is this avowed Anarchist and Socialist on EP who is mouthing off with his hatred of America and our military men and women. He is a totally miserable excuse for a human being who calls himself "Bumsquirt." He has posted vile comments on my Whiteboard and reflected many...
    lickitysplit lickitysplit 61-65, M 3 Responses Sep 4, 2010

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    Where I Met My Love

    I was serving on Active Duty in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  I was an Admin Marine and he was an Infantry Marine.  We were both stationed on K-bay.  We met almost 4 years ago.  When we met I was in the middle of going through a divorce from my first husband who was also...
    FormerUSMCnowUSMCGF FormerUSMCnowUSMCGF 21-25, F Feb 15, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I joined the United States Marine Corps at 18, my Grandfathers, Giovanni Colavita, and Salvatore Valetoria received their US citizenship by joining the Marines and fighting in...
    AntonioV AntonioV 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 3

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    This is my first post on here, and first time ever talking about this at all. My boyfriend, who lives 4 states away to begin with, has been at bootcamp for almost exactly a month...
    sarahanngianna sarahanngianna 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! On this day I am very thankful for the fact that I got spend this thanksgiving together with my marine and also thankful that his family is very...
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F Nov 27

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    just got into my first little argument with my marine. last night he said he has been holding a lot back and not telling me things but he had to wait until morning to talk. by the...
    elliecrow elliecrow 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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    My recruits mom got a letter in the mail the other day with a Marine Corps dog tag that has the Marine symbol on the front and a Bible verse on the back. She said that he got one...
    CelinaH1907 CelinaH1907 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    question! has anyone's marine had some leave after MCT? or do all of them absolutely go straight to their MOS school?
    elliecrow elliecrow 18-21, F Nov 21

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    *Repost* I don't know how to feel. First he tells me he might not be allowed to come home for thanksgiving and now he says he was told they could be deployed next year in February...
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F Nov 22

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    it's my first Christmas with my marine and I'm so stumped as to what to get him. ANY IDEAS?!
    elliecrow elliecrow 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 27

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    Oh my god!!!! So my marine finally got approved for PTAD and will be here in 6 short days! I'll get to have him here for Christmas, New Years and his birthday!! I'm so excited...
    hotstreak426 hotstreak426 18-21, F Nov 27

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    I love my Marine, I'm so glad that I can call him mine. I can't wait for this weekend ?????
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Nov 27

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    Anyone have a marine graduating next week? My boyfriend is graduating next Friday and im soo excited!
    browneyes124 browneyes124 18-21, F Nov 28

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    I really love my Marine I always have and always will. his my everything I don't know what I would do without him in my life
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Nov 30

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    I was talking to my boyfriend the other night and he asked if I would be mad at him if he went into the Army in 2 years. I told him I would never be mad at him for doing what he...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Dec 1

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    I'm so proud of my marine since the day he signed in highschool to become a recruit .. Through basic and all ! He's the best thing ever <3
    Kyah2 Kyah2 16-17 Dec 4

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    Finally heard from my marine I love when we have our usual goofy conversations it makes him feel close. He told me that he's going to be deployed to Japan in June ...I think my...
    mzvrgo21 mzvrgo21 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    I love my marine and I swear this is the best person that was given to me this is what those past mistakes were for to meet someone who loves me more than anything ...
    Kyah2 Kyah2 16-17 1 Response Dec 4

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    it's the little things I love. it's him walking around his squad bay at camp gieger while he facetimes me introducing me to all his friends. it's the guys in his platoon that see...
    elliecrow elliecrow 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 5

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    I need some advice. My boyfriend graduated boot camp and is home on his 10 days leave right now. Seeing him graduate was amazing and so was spending time with him. He even got me...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    my marine has been working really early in the mornings ever since he has been home. I usually dont get a good morning or a good night text, but today was different, a few minutes...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Dec 9

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    So I am new to this! I just started dating my marine a few weeks ago and I'm not sure how feel. He left for training a week ago (only a week into our relationship) and we write...
    sarahcayganst sarahcayganst 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    to serve my country,to fulfil my childhood dream,make my family proud and become a better person,studying hard for it and become the few the proud,marine corps all the way
    tones714677 tones714677 22-25, M a week ago

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    Talking to him on Christmas and hopefully seeing him on my birthday... Happy things to look forward trying to stay positive.. I love my marine wouldn't trade him for anything <3...
    Kyah2 Kyah2 16-17 6 days ago

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    Anxious just to be able to talk to my marine .. He calls me on Christmas and I'm happy like I'm going to see him ... I can't believe we've been through so much and we're still...
    Kyah2 Kyah2 16-17 1 day ago

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    So, its been 4 days since my boyfriend of 3 years left to bootcamp. It was a really hard seeing his little brothers cry as he said bye and when it was my turn to say goodbye i just...
    ayramtorres ayramtorres 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 20

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    Hey everyone I haven't been on here in a while.....just wanted some advice on how to calm down lol. There's a 5th year reunion of a major battle my boyfriend was in and also the...
    sarah143757 sarah143757 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 20

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    my boyfriend is in the rehab platoon at basic right now and i got to hear his voice for the first time in 2 and a half months today. he called and I didn't even recognize his...
    vbjklk vbjklk 18-21, F Nov 20

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    Im just curious. But i hear of alot of S.O getting stationed in Lejune but does anyone know anyone stationed at New River?
    violetviola violetviola 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 20

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    Hey guys, I haven't been active on here for a while. So lets see, I flew down to NC Sunday to see him and went to his ball with him Monday night. It was nice I got to meet some of...
    MochaChocolatte MochaChocolatte 18-21 Nov 21

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    He's saying that they don't know if he's gonna get thanksgiving leave now :(
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F Nov 21

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    People ask me how I stayed with my boyfriend the 2 years he was back and fourth between home with me and in California for his job. they also ask how did I always have a smile on...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Nov 22

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    I love when he falls asleep on the phone with me at night(: it's super adorable and it means a lot to me that he calls me when he can.
    MarinesGirl94 MarinesGirl94 18-21, F Nov 23

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    25 days till family day :))))
    arikaannbolin arikaannbolin 16-17, F Nov 23

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    I know am not the only one sleeping alone tonight missing their other half.... Its gunna be one of those nights tonight I guess can't sleep but am here if anyone needs to talk or...
    ayramtorres ayramtorres 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 24