THE OATH Today was a good day. We sat as the sun went down and ended this Thursday. Smoking a cigar we listened to the many different prayers being broadcasted through the area. Not much fighting had gone on around us for the day but yesterday a SBVIED and numerous IEDs took their toll. Today was a busy work day with continuous missions being conducted out west. Both sides had suffered losses the past week and none of the fighting/losses had anything to do with the elections as that is a thing of the past now. A steady barrage of artillery went out yesterday afternoon to support Marines in contact. Tonight we received 3 rockets but there were no injuries. There is nothing that will take the place of the frequent rocket sound being launched in our area. Its one I will remember. Tonight fighting continues around the area out west and in central Iraq for the Marines. The Marine Corps is an institution. One that you have to prove you have what it takes to join and to survive. We are an organization that develops strong bonds even between Marines who had never met before but hold the same title. We have a saying that reads, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine� because when you get out of the Army or other branches you say I use to be in the Army. Marines don’t say “Im a former Marine�. We stay Marine and we stay together. We have lost Marines in the past months here. We have lost Marines in the past months back in the states as well. Some by accidental deaths and some by old age. To all the Marines, we salute you and your families for the hardship that you endured. For what you have done in the past and for what you are being trained to do in the future. Semper Fi Marines we hope to fill your shoes and make you proud. We have a continued commitment to duty to complete what we were sent here to do because we believe in it. Before any service member begins their military career they are sworn in and repeat the below: I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God. It may be difficult for those who never have been in the military to understand but it’s a dedication, an oath. That’s right America, an oath to defend and have allegiance to the greatest country in the world. If for some reason you wake up and eat a bowl of dumbass and break what you have sworn, you can and will be tried by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This is the military system of law. This a building block to our foundation of defending this great country. We are sworn to do it……and we will defend it so help us god!
Capt B, I've never met you or shook your hand or sent you a Christmas Card, but I hold you and all your brothers in arms in the highest regard. You are role models for our youth and heros to us all. My prayers are with all of you.
captain B ~

i dont know if its coincidental that the title of your blog for 20 Oct 2005 contains thoughts about ALL Marines, and is titled The Oath ~ since i recently wrote you about my dad...

your Esprit de Corps brings tears to my eyes, and you and your Marines are the men and women my dad spoke so highly of and loved so dearly...

you and your Marines are the reason i want to be a Marine...and while i may never stand on the Parade Deck at Parris Island and receive a Globe & Anchor emblem after completing boot camp, i have the heart of a Marine ~ fierce and loyal and i am a Marine always in my heart.

i would be out there with ya'll in a heartbeat...

god bless and keep you safe ~ come home soon to all your family...

much love and admiration,
connie o'malley
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