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The Mrs. and I spent last week visiting with our Grandson's wife, (now our Grandaughter) at Camp Lejeune, NC .

We like to stop by and visit with her of course, then catch the latest from the battle zone with her Marine neighbors & friends.

Our Grandson is in Iraq...a Marine Special ops who when he is not in the .50 cal ring atop a Humvee or kicking in doors going house to house after terrorists, is his unit's designated sniper.

Myself and his Dad started him early (about 4 yrs age)with shooting (a family tradition). He has " snapped many thousands of caps"

I figure that the extensive early training as well as his instruction by the Corps stood him well for his superior shooting skills.

I talked to the Marine from his unit's group on at home base that welcomes back and makes arrangements for returning troops ( wounded etc).
He told me that my Grandson's personal unit has about 60 Spec ops recon, in the enemy's face Marines and of course, he's one of them.

Of these 60 Marines, there have been awarded 24 Purple Hearts, with no KIAs.

Wow ! Those new ceramic armored vests do a great job...most wounds are to the etremities.

From the same source I got the following info..

About 2 weeks ago my grandson engaged an insurgent sniper...If I have it correct, it was across the river.

Insurgents captured later implied that they had been aware of a tough shooter where my Grandson operated ...so they sent down their local "best shot" ....
I am pleased to say that on that day the terrorist sniper was only the "second best" shot..

I firmly believe that starting them early is a very important plan..

I am glad I did !


God Bless the USA....Ironglow
 

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Congrats, Ironglow, for being a good and honorable grandpa and teaching that youngun (that's a pun there) something that is actually of value in life, unlike the "feel-good" crap the public schools seem to be so consumed with. And pass on my thanks, if you get a chance, for his service to his country. Sounds like my definition of a fine American.
 

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41retro;

Thanks Retro, I'll pass the word on as soon as I see him again.
Actually, I have met quite a number of his fellow Marines and they all seem to be a sincere, dedicated group...almost to a man.
Most have strong religious convictions...but then, who else would voluntarily serve in such a dangerous moment in time..
 

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You can be proud of him Ironglow and let him know we appreciate him and his fellow Marines for the job they are doing.
 

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You have every right to be proud and I am glad he is on our side.. Yep teaching them from young will prepare them for life..
 

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Great post ironglow!

You tell him we're all proud of him, as well as all the rest of them over there fighting that crazy bunch of murderers. My wife is a former Marine, and "The Boys" are in our prayers constantly.
 

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My grandson's unit, for their last operation, swept the Euphrates valley..killing and capturing terrorists. They uncovered many tons of explosives and ordnance.
The last night up near the airbase, he hoped to get some shuteye..but one of his unit's squads got into a firefight..so they were mustered out of their "hooches" to collect more terrorists...so his last day before flying out, they had.. as he said..." some excitement "..
He no sooner arrived in Kuwait and aboard his ship to return home...when the idiots bombed that mosque in Baghdad, so right off the ship again and more training "just in case "..
Hopefully, he will arrive home at the expected time (they are not coming directly home)..
When he does and I can get to talk with me about his "war stories"...I'll pass on some of them to you guys.
Naturally, he cannot/will not say much over the phone or mail...so I will have much to learn when he gets home..
 

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Ironglow,

Also thank your grandson for his service to this country for me!

Are there any updates?
 

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Now if you could only get the namby pamby politically correct crowd in DC to allow them to take scalps after a kill. :lol:
 

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Swany;
I doubt he's taking scalps...LOL !
He does say he has a black turban for his younger brother. ...Didn't say whether there were any .223 or .50 cal holes in it !!
On second thought...I guess .50 cal wouldn't be "just a hole".

He has many pics and some videos of " up close and personal " events.
He won't send the by mail..eithe e or snail...

To many " hate America first " knotheads out there trying to find something our courageous troops may have done that was not by the "Marquess of Queenbury rules".
I'll see them later..this old blacksmith is still amazed about how hundreds of pics can be stored on one of those little "chips "..
 

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thank him and his buddies for the BestLevers. American heros they are. Life is good, BestLever
 

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Update on grandson;
He arrived at Camp Lejeune on May 2..he and his bride of 1 year came home to rural western NY on May 13..

I am happy to see that he's the same happy, good natured grandson that went off to the combat zone.

That dozen days or so that he spent at base before coming home was actually a time for the various professionals to observe how well the returnees were fairing..must be careful of PTSS (post traumatic stress syndrome).
PTSS does exist but not nearly as much, I believe as some would have you think.
He did have one close friend that MAY have been showing some signs of such..

I truly believe it is his strong Christian faith that did much for his weathering the situation..Before he left, he had long discussions with myself, his Dad , his Pastor...and most important of all...his God..

Once settled, he became resolute..and set his battle face toward Iraq.

He brought back many pics and some small video clips. Most were about everyday life as a spec-ops Marine..
A few were particularly ghastly..too many of those terrorists were foolish enough to refuse to surrender to the Marines...not pretty..

The situation must have been at times, much like Iwo Jima of WW2..

In any case, we are pleased that he is home and he and his little bride are more than in love with each other ...and their Jesus , than ever...

Thanks for your encouraging words...Ironglow
 

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Glad to hear your family has re-gathered, Ironglow. Give your grandson a salute of thanks and a "welcome home" from me.
 

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IME in working with combat veterans faith is a major factor in determining how soldiers handle the stress of combat. It seems that you've given him faith AND skill.

Of course if you hadn't he'd have been one of those girlie-male socialists. Seems you did him 3 good turns!!!
 

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Sometimes we look back at the generations following us and wonder what the heck happened and wonder what will become of the world. I know my Grandfathers did. I know I do.

But then you read the stories of these young brave soldiers and it renews my hope that we are not doomed or weakening. We are as strong as ever and our nation is and will be in good hands.

My sincere thanks, respect and admiration goes you to your grandson and his generation. WELL DONE! Thank you for taking the fight to them. Because their bravery and skill the islama-extremists will know they cannot attack American soil with impunity and the enemy they have choosen will get up and fight back.

God Bless our Troops and the USA
 

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Update;
As you know, my grandson arrived home from Iraq (near Ramadi, Al Anbar prov) in May..he has been steadily training..training..training..

Looks like he may well deploy again soon ( Jan or Feb)...this time to Fallujah..

Those Marines are sure "gluttons for punishment"..LOL

Fortunately however, they always give out a lot more punishment than they get..

You guys are right..He was not raised as a "girlie man" as so many unfortunately are these days.

I started him with a picked instructor in kick-boxing & martial arts when he was in high school..driving 80 miles each of two nights a week.

Now after earning more belts with the Corps, he is a qualified USMC martial arts instructor, although his main MOS is armorer (in effect: battalion level gunsmith).

His main sustaining factor I believe is his strong faith...Each day (or night) as he entered into battle he carried with him the 27th Psalm...the one I call "the warrior's Psalm"..it helped to sustain him.

Read that Psalm...then pass it on to a warrior you know..
 
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