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A Good Read for the Marines in the House - July 19, 2007, 03:13 PM

Washington Times
July 19, 2007

Marines' Drill A Sharp Contrast To Cindy's Ilk
By Tom Knott

The discipline, dedication and dignity of those who march on the grounds of
the Marine Barracks at Eighth and I streets in Southeast during the "Evening
Parade," held each Friday night in the summer months, is uplifting, stirring
and a reminder that not all of America is as sad as Cindy Sheehan and the
"Night of the Living Dead" ghouls flashing the peace sign.

There is a proud history connected to this stretch of turf. There is another
world behind the red-brick walls and wrought-iron gates. The Marines are all
too eager to tell you that President Jefferson and LtCol. William Ward
Burrows picked out this location in 1801 because of its proximity to the
Capitol and Washington Navy Yard. The oldest post of the Corps was completed
in 1806, with the Commandant's house on the north end of the quadrangle
being the only original building still standing.

The Commandant's house is said to be the oldest continually occupied public
building in the nation's capital, a distinction that came to be because of
the British-inspired bonfire at the Capitol in 1812.

The Marines from these barracks took part in Washington's defense in 1812,
just as they have answered the call to duty in subsequent wars. There is no
equivocating on these grounds, no cultural relativism, no intellectual
ineptitude that can be heard in the upscale eateries and saloons on Eighth
Street just outside these walls. It was at this site that John Philip Sousa
composed several of his famous marches while serving as the director of the
Marine Band.

If the walls could talk, they would tell of the great Americans who have
passed through these barracks, men who matched their words with deeds, men
who embraced God and country. And, of course, that mind-set is still in
evidence on the post, even if a good portion of America no longer believes
in such quaint notions.

We live in a nation of parallel universes now, and perhaps that parallel is
no more striking than at Eighth and I streets in Southeast, where one
America is surrounded by one that has lost its self-preservation instinct.

A doting father, with two tots at his side, has the bearing of someone who
once served and a T-shirt bearing an announcement that would cause panic
attacks among the smug in academia.

It reads: "I hate sand and camels." His was a nuance-free sentiment that
complemented the clear-eyed sense of purpose inside the compound. Theirs is
a refreshing mixture of old-fashioned patriotism and loyalty, qualities
seemingly out of vogue in the bluest precincts of the nation.

MGySgt. P.J. Wilson, the narrator of the event, told the tales of valor and
heroism of those being honored. These were tales of great sacrifice and
courage in the "global war or terror," as the narrator termed our fight with
utmost clarity.

The Silent Drill Platoon put on a show, tossing their bayonet-packing M-1
Garand rifles in precision without the benefit of a command. When the Marine
Drum & Bugle Corps did its rendition of "God Bless the USA," the crowd
belted out the words to it.

Oh, yes, they still believe in the United States at the Marine Barracks in
Southeast, and they do not ask for your pity or cheap slogans or obtuse
opinions.

At the conclusion of the night, a bugler standing atop a building on the
east side of the quadrangle filled the July night air with the playing of
taps.

The crowd soon filed out of the post to the other America, to "Bush lied,
people died," to "We support the troops, but not the war," to "an eye for an
eye and the world goes blind." And that nonsense is fine. The First
Amendment guarantees everyone's right to be a seditious armchair general.

But a good number of us prefer to stick behind those packing a rifle with
bayonet affixed to it. Come to think of it, I am not into sand and camels
either.
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July 19, 2007, 03:22 PM

Awesome read. Having been stationed there, I know it all too well.
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July 19, 2007, 03:24 PM

Thanks for sharing. Semper Fi
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Great read!!!


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FOREVER #47 "Walking In The Echo...."
Are you a 'Secret Believer"? Do you Conceal your faith from your family, friends and co-workers? Isn't it about time to step out of hiding and let others know whom you follow?
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July 19, 2007, 06:30 PM

Here's another good story with some bikes thrown in too.





The Lone Marine

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29

Thousands of people were lining the streets. It was May 29, Rolling Thunder Sunday in Washington, D.C., and the Run For The Wall was about to start. Impatiently pacing, I was scanning the crowds for one individual in particular, a Marine in full dress uniform. This particular marine had captured my curiosity. For the past several years, I had seen him in his dress uniform standing on the double yellow lines holding a salute for every biker in the Thunder procession. He would stand at attention from start to finish. This was a feat that would last over four hours and display the meaning of intestinal fortitude. I was on a quest to talk to this marine. I had tried in vain calling all the usual suspects from the Marine Corps, but no one knew anything on the subject. Only later did I find out this marine was a lone wolf, not a sanctioned poster boy for The Corps.

Noon was fast approaching and you could hear the collective roar of bikes getting ready to run their pilgrimage. I took one more long look around the corner of Constitution Avenue and then I saw him. Moving with a half swagger and half march, the marine approached, his family in tow, and he headed toward his appointed spot just shy of the turn onto Constitution. As he walked you could hear the loud shouts of "Semper Fi" which were in turn answered with a guttural "hoorah!" Along the way, he shook hands and stopped often to kneel down and talk to kids. You could feel his energy as he drew nearer and heard him speak. His demeanor was stern, but kind, and when he spoke he looked directly into your eyes. With a firm handshake, he agreed to give me a few minutes at the end of the run after the last bike rolled by. I in turn assured him a cold bottle of water when he was done. I knew he would need it.

A giant rock of a man was assigned to help guide motorcycles to the left and right, a road guard if you will. The marine began to take his position in the center of the street when a young boy wearing a Marines shirt walked up to him and in the blink of an eye, they were doing push-ups in the middle of the road. Suddenly, the call came out that the Run For The Wall was about to start. People were quickly cleared from the street. The roar of machines grew louder and the unrelenting lines of bikes appeared. In one smooth mechanical motion, the lone marine cocked his salute as bikes began to roll by.

The marine is Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers. I spoke to his mom, Diane Desantis, his grandmother Anne Desantis, his girlfriend, Mariam Ebrahimi and his buddy Nathan Linkof. Tim was one of six kids in a very active household. He came from a lineage of military folks as his father was a marine in Vietnam and his grandfather was in the Coast Guard in World War II. Tim?s family came from the small town of Silverton, Oregon.

Tim spends hundreds of hours helping out various charities, advocates for veterans' benefits and their causes and visits veterans' hospitals. Tim's card explains what he is all about. He is starting a charitable organization called "Tim-for-America" whose centerpiece is, "improving the quality of life of our youth, the less fortunate and heroic veterans." His aim is ambitious, but simple: Get people involved and volunteer to help.

After more than four hours, the last bikes finally came over the bridge and slowed down to pass by Tim. When the last escort motorcycle rode by, Tim cracked his salute in perfect military precision. He did a left face and walked toward his family. The surrounding crowds erupted into applause and people came from everywhere to shake Tim's hand and thank him. He would in turn thank every person for being there. Although sweating, Tim seemed no worse for the wear.

Tim explained that for several years, when he was stationed in D.C., he would wear his uniform during Rolling Thunder and walk around talking to people. He would shake hands and thank veterans and their families. He listened to their stories and their plights. Tim decided that he wanted to do something to show that he cared. He spontaneously, in full uniform, stepped into the road during Rolling Thunder 2002 and gave his salute to the riders in the Run For The Wall. The next couple of years his spontaneous salute evolved in to a planned event. This year, he was invited by The Rolling Thunder organization, which flew his family in from Oregon and Tim from 29 Palms, California.

As I walked away, it struck me that I hadn't asked the most important question. I turned around and called him, "Sergeant Chambers, why the salute?" His response was effortless and profound, "It's about the pain. A lot of these heroic guys still hurt and if I can relieve their pain for just one brief moment, then I've done my job."





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July 19, 2007, 08:30 PM

Good read Travis.. Thanks.. That's very inspiring.

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Went to the ceremony on Memorial Day wknd this year. Very inspiring. As my daughter said, "those men with coins on their uniforms are neat!"
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Oraaaahhh... Semper Fi..


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That's cool.. Being stationed here now... and being a part of H&S company.. I'm proud to say that i make the parades happen and look good..
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