A good friend of mine retired Friday. Ray and I spent many years fixing tanks together. He is finally going back to Montana to relax with his family.
Waltzing Matilda is the song of the First Marine Division. We had bagpipers play it when Ray retired. Semper Fi Ray.
Here is his cake.
Very cool, wish him the best..
|Not as lean, not as mean,|
Still a Marine
I shall respect you until you open your mouth, from that point on, you must earn it yourself.
|E tan e epi tas|
Is that a chocolate tank with itty bitty chocolate smoke launchers. That thing is cute as hell.
"Guns are tools. The only weapon ever created was man."
|Lawyers, Guns |
Congrats. Love the cake.
"To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the law abiding that their rights depend not on their own conduct but, on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless."
- Lysander Spooner
"The United States government is the largest criminal enterprise on earth."
|His Royal Hiney|
Happy retirement to your friend.
I didn't know the song's connection with the Marines. I always thought that was an Australian song and the theme song of drunk sailors. The lyrics are kind of sad.
"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, 1946.
|Fighting the good fight|
It is an Australian song. The 1st Marine Division adopted it when they spent about 7 month in Australia during WW2, just after their ordeal on Guadalcanal.
They were stationed in Melbourne, Australia for rest and refitting from January 1943 through September 1943, when they left to assault Cape Glouster.
During the same period, the 1st Marine Division also adopted the British/Australian-style battledress jacket, a necessity born of a shortage of US uniforms. It was unofficially known as the "Vandegrift jacket", after the 1st MarDiv's commanding officer, Major General Alexander Vandegrift.
These proved so popular with the Marines that a US-made version was officially adopted for issue to the entire Corps in 1945. The Vandergift jacket, which became officially known as the "Battle Jacket" upon adoption by the entire Corps, persisted in Marine use through the early 1960s.
|fugitive from reality|
Congratulations to your friend on his retirement!
The jacket those Marines are wearing looks a lot like the Ike jacket the Army used for the same reasons.
'I'm pretty fly for a white guy'.
|Fighting the good fight|
A similar design. The Army's M44 "Ike" jacket was based on the British battledress jacket too.
A CWO4 is a rare bird. He must have had an interesting career.
Is that tank Chocolate????
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thats an awesome song - didn't know it was associated with the USMC
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather when you have your foot firmly on the enemies neck
"I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands." - George Harrison
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