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  1. #21
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    Rideacarr, thanks for putting up that link, good read for sure. I agree with you on the Pogue issue(people other than grunt). But my mos was artillery, i wasn't technically a grunt, but after 2 months firing a cannon that killed 50 people after every 3 minute fire mission, my unit became a rifle company for the next 4 months of Oif 1. Doing house to house searches and foot patrols, we became secondary infantryman.When I was deployed it was the initial surge and nobody had internet access. I slept on my ISO mat on the desert floor or next to a fighting hole. Oif 2 had air conditioned trailers and chow halls with freaking taco bells in them. But, it was still dangerous and deadly for the Marines who slept in those ac trailers. Its all perspective i guess. I used to be hostile because the army seemingly handed out ribbons and as Marines you had to be a killer to receive combat awards, which is the way it should be. But then i think about Vietnam vets and ww2 vets, and i feel like a Jennifer. They were a different breed. So its all perspective. And if people don't know that some rear bunny who made sure your paycheck had hostile territory benefits and never left the safety of the theater-acts tough because he was technically deployed to Iraq...then let him. I think you and him know the difference between the real heroes and the support team. But without him we wouldn't have had water to fill our camel packs. Its all perspective. But I still agree with you.
    Thanks all SI dudes for your support

  2. #22
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    do you have a copy of you book i can buy directlyfrom you rather than go through the amazon hassle? id love to pick it up man. love reading about the experiences of different Marines. My favorites are Semper Cool, Into the Fire, the Coldest War, and With the Old Breed.

  3. #23
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    Yeah pm me

  4. #24
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    You can get it through barnesandnoble.com too and have them send it to your local BN store, grab it there. But I have a few copies left from a speaking engagement I did last month at red bank regional. I have to buy my own book (at wholesale but still) and sell em just to break even. But I am thankful for the small company that helped me get it distributed at Amazon, barnesandnoble.com. Still trying to spread awareness for veterans and maybe someday get the support of a big publisher and promoter. With good reviews and good dudes like the SI supporters, maybe I will reach that goal. Either way, the book has helped me become a little bit less crazy.

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    It's a small world out there huh Doug / Mattyb? Pretty cool you two met up and didn't realize you're both fellow SI members. I've seen Mattyb's posts before talking about this book, I'm intrigued enough to want to pick up a copy now. Thanks for your service Matt, I know what you endured and continue to deal with is a hefty price tag, good on you for finding a way to deal with all that comes with that commitment you made.
    I couldn't believe that this dude who I had just surfed the same break with and was super cool and sincere was SI's Doug. Im still laughing about it. Thanks DawnPatrolSUP, if you get a copy and enjoy it, please let me know. Hearing positive feedback helps me on tougher days when I wonder if I picked the wrong career path...which is all too often when bills are due. Hah.

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    It would keep me laughing too. All I'd ever be able to picture while talking to him would be his avatars and I'd try to keep my vocabulary to 2 syllable words.

    Doug: Hi I'm doug from SI
    Me: Wassup Dou...bwahahahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyb View Post
    I couldn't believe that this dude who I had just surfed the same break with and was super cool and sincere was SI's Doug. Im still laughing about it. Thanks DawnPatrolSUP, if you get a copy and enjoy it, please let me know. Hearing positive feedback helps me on tougher days when I wonder if I picked the wrong career path...which is all too often when bills are due. Hah.
    Absolutely, will do, keep doing it if it's what's making you feel better, if that's all you get from this you've already won, and the rest is just icing on the cake

  8. #28
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    Matt: Just ordered 2 copies from Amazon. Thanks for your service to our country.

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    I think it's pretty sweet too that y'all met and didn't realize you were both on here. I have only met one swell-info er and I hadn't seen his posts at that time. Thanks for your service Mattyb. I tried to get in several times but had a juvenile record and they kept having trouble so I never made it.

  10. #30
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    Nice Dosxx. Thank you. I hear you Natkitchen I barely got in. But in 2001 they had a waiver for everything and arrest records were overlooked a bit as long as no felonies were on there. I heard they are crazy strict now because a bunch of gangsters and drug dealers were found in my recruiting generation. I think around 9-11 they just handed you a pen and then an M16, then asked questions later. As a result-Marines got tighter recruiting regs.