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  1. #1
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    Semper Fi

    A heart-warming story.
    Thanks to Maggies Farm.

    A fellow former Marine who knows the family forwarded this to me. For those, few, who don't know what Semper Fi means, it's the shortened version of Semper Fidelis - always faithful. (I've removed the name of the recruiter; any Marine would do this for another.)

    My dad Angelo was in the hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A former Marine and veteran of the Korean War, he was having his third knee replacement surgery. A long and very painful operation was going to be made even worse because dad was going through it alone. There was no one to hold his hand, no familiar soft voices to reassure him. His wife was ill and unable to accompany him or even visit during his weeklong stay. My sisters and brother lived in California, and I lived even farther away, in Indiana. There wasn't even anyone to drive him to the hospital, so he had arrived that morning by cab.

    The thought of my dad lying there alone was more than I could stand. But what could I do from here?

    I picked up the phone and called information for the Puyallup,Washington, Marine Corps recruiting station, where I joined the Marines ten years before. I thought that, if I could talk to a Marine and explain the situation, maybe one of them would visit my dad.

    I called the number. A man answered the phone and in a very confident voice said, "United States Marines, Sergeant XXXX. May I help you?"

    Feeling just as certain, I replied, "Sergeant XXXX, you may find this request a little strange, but this is why I am calling." I proceeded to tell him who I was and that my father was also a former Marine and 100 percent disabled from the Korean War. I explained that he was in the hospital, alone, without anyone to visit and asked if Sergeant XXXX would please go and see him.

    Without hesitation, he answered, "Absolutely."

    Then I asked, "If I send flowers to the recruiting station, would you deliver them to my dad when you go to the hospital?"

    "Ma'am, I will be happy to take the flowers to your dad. I'll give you my address. You send them, and I will make sure that he receives them," he replied.

    The next morning, I sent the flowers to Sergeant XXXX's office just as we had planned. I went to work and, that evening, I returned home and phoned my dad to inquire about his surprise visitor.

    If you have ever talked with a small child after that child has just seen Santa Claus, you will understand the glee I heard in my dad's voice. "I was just waking up when I thought I saw two Marines in their dress blue uniforms standing at the foot of my bed," he told me excitedly. "I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. But they were really there!"

    I began to laugh, partly at his excitement, but also because he didn't even mention his operation. He felt so honored; two Marines he had never met took time out to visit an old Marine like him. He told me again and again how sharp they looked and how all the nurses thought he was so important.

    "But how did you ever get them to do that"? he asked me.

    "It was easy. We're all Marines, Dad, past and present. It's the bond."

    After hanging up with my dad, I called Sergeant XXXX to thank him for visiting my dad. And to thank him for the extra things he did to make it special: wearing his dress blue uniform, bringing another Marine along. He even took a digital camera with him. He had pictures taken of the two Marines with my dad right beside his bed. That evening, he emailed them to me so I could see for myself that my dad was not alone and that he was going to be okay.

    As for the flowers, they hardly mattered, but I was glad for the opportunity to express my feelings. The card read: "Daddy, I didn't want just anyone bringing you flowers, so I sent the World's Finest.

    Semper Fi.
    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

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    Mar 2007

    Re: Semper Fi

    Great story! Thanks for posting it.

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    Re: Semper Fi

    And behold a pale horse. And he who sat on him was named death. And all hades followed. Rev. 6/8

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    Re: Semper Fi

    Excellent Story!!

    Semper FI!!!

  5. #5
    Aug 2008
    Edmond, OK
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    Re: Semper Fi


    Semper Fi!

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    Mar 2008
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    Semper Fi
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    The United States Marine Corps

    United States Marine Corps EmblemThe United States Marine Corps adopted the motto Semper Fidelis in 1883, on the initiative of Colonel Charles McCawley (January 29, 1827 October 13, 1891), the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps[7].

    There were three mottos prior to Semper Fidelis including "Fortitudine" (meaning "with courage") antedating the War of 1812, "Per Mare, Per Terram" ("by sea, by land"; presumably inherited from the British Royal Marines, whose motto it already was), and, up until 1843, there was also the motto "To the Shores of Tripoli". "Semper fidelis" signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for "Corps and Country", even after leaving service. Marines frequently shorten the motto to "Semper Fi".

    "Semper Fidelis" is also the title of the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. Sousa was director of the United States Marine Band ("The President's Own") when a replacement for Hail to the Chief was requested, but later rejected. Sousa considered it to be his "most musical" march. It was prominently featured in the movie A Few Good Men. Charles Burr wrote the lyrics to the march.
    On the United States Marine Corps Seal, the eagle of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem holds a ribbon emblazoned "Semper Fidelis

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    Apr 2007
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    semper fi .... 87-93... best thing i ever did.

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    lets liqudate the "islsmic state"and free the Islamic religion from these hijackers!

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    Re: Semper Fi

    Great story,
    it speaks of courage, patriotism, human kindness, espirite de corps
    love, kinship and true blue Americans, under Gods blue sky.
    Brought me to tears.
    P8 "Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?



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