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Poll results: Are you a veteran of the armed services, and if so, which branch (or equivalent)?

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  • Yes - Army/Ground Forces

    5 9.80%
  • Yes - Naval Forces

    2 3.92%
  • Yes - Air Forces

    0 0%
  • Yes - Marine Forces

    4 7.84%
  • Yes - Coast Guard/Other Armed Service

    0 0%
  • Not a veteran of my country's armed services

    40 78.43%
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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    Veterans?

    Just out of curiosity, how many Cyburbians are veterans of the armed services of their respective nations? Any veterans care to share any stories, in memory of Veterans Day here in the U.S.?

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    I wondered if anyone would pick up on this with my post on random thoughts this morning. I figured only another jarhead would get the significance of the Tun Tavern reference (birthplace of the Corps).

    It always felt to me like the Corps has a more of a 'big fraternity' feel to it than the other branches. But I could be wrong

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    While tomorrow may be Veterans' Day, today, November 10th is the 223rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.

    In accordance with the celebration, be sure to check out General John A. Lejeune's Birthday Message to the Marine Corps!
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Sad that my father died before Reagan officially recognized the Merchant Marine as Veterans of World War 2.
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    I used to want to be in the Coast Guard... I had these fantasies of being the guy flying the helicoptor into crazy storms, etc.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
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    Speaking of Ronald Reagan, it was he who once said, "Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Marines don't have that problem!"
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    I haven't served, but my father was drafted into Vietnam for one tour in the Army and got out immediately when his time ended. He disliked having to be there that he even failed his officer exam on purpose.

    He doesn't "cherish" his time in that war.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Not a vet (although I am currently a contractor for the Army Reserve - go figure). My father served (Navy, between Korea and Vietnam), as did his father (Army - Combat Engineers, killed at Normandy).
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    Happy Birthday to all of my brothers and sisters
    Semper Fi

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    While tomorrow may be Veterans' Day, today, November 10th is the 223rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps.
    233rd...

    To all who have served in a branch of the Armed Forces, you have my gratitude always. To all the Marines, happy birthday as well!

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    Not a veteran, but grateful to all that serve, and have served our country.

    Paternal grandfather was USNA '17; father enlisted in the Navy at 17 and fought in two battlewagons and a jeep carrier in WWII. I once asked him why he wasn't a member of the VFW or American Legion. His answer: I fought a war with those SOBs, why the he!! would I want to drink beer with 'em?
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    Are you kidding? If I'm too short to work at Disney World, I'm sure I'm too short to be in the services!

    As for my family.... my mom was a WAVE or a WAC in WWII. My dad was ineligible to serve for health reasons, but both of my uncles were in the Army. One of them was integral in convincing the military to begin using helicopters.

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    I volunteered for the Navy, but failed the physical.

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    Shouldn't we just lump Veteran's Day, Labor Day, and Memorial Day into a centralized Armed Forces Day and celebrate all wariors past, present, alive and dead???

    I think splitting them all up just confuses the hell out of people and they become just another day off, rather than true reflection and outpouring of respect. If it was all one day, it would be a much grander celebration, one that people would notice and honor.

    I mean really, most people consider Memorial Day and Labor Day the beginning and end of summer, repsectivialy. Veteran's Day?? No one even notices. That's no way to be honoring our soldiers.

    Or maybe it's just a ploy for federal employees and bankers to get more days off.

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    Labor day really has nothing to do with the military, its to honor the American worker. Veterans Day was created in response to other holidays around the world to honor military veterans and the end of WWI. Its days like today that I think about our current armed forces and wars and hope that when they come back we not only honor their service, but take care of them.
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    Quote Originally posted by mike gurnee View post
    I volunteered for the Navy, but failed the physical.
    My lasted until they found out about my poor eyesight and asthma.

    My sincere graditude goes out to all that were/are able to serve. We owe you a debt we cannot pay.
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    vets

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    U.S. Army - 1968-70.
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    I served two years with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserve). I don't consider myself a veteran as I never did anything operational...just training, drill, etc. All veterans have my sincerest gratitude and appreciation.

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    I'm not a veteran. My maternal grandfather served in Korea in the Army. And one of my best friends here at college is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and I have tons of other friends at college and from high school who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan or are currently serving in the military, stationed at bases and the like.

    God bless all who have served and thank you so much for your service and sacrifice.
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    Not sure what Marine Forces are but i checked the box

    USMC 1996-2004

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Jeff View post
    Not sure what Marine Forces are but i checked the box

    USMC 1996-2004
    I understand. I sent an email to my brother-in-law the other day who is in the Corp and based out of Okinawa. I mistakenly wished him a happy 223 B-day to the Corp.

    My bad.........should've said happy 233 B-day. He wasn't too thrilled with me, told me I need to re-learn basic math.

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    It always felt to me like the Corps has a more of a 'big fraternity' feel to it than the other branches.
    I would have said "cult", but then I was a squid (2001-2005).

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    This does not really count, but in late-2001 I was scheduled to take the State Dpt. US Foriegn Exam. Then 9-11 happened. I said "screw this I'll keeep my crappy local gubbmit bob"

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    Quote Originally posted by Jeff View post
    Not sure what Marine Forces are but i checked the box
    I used generic terms for different military operations in the poll so that non-U.S. Cyburbians can check a box that would be appropriate.

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