Subject: Fw: Good story ... atrocities ... and ... to ... up ... Is ... said ... but ... one ... dollars ... suggested ... guess ... you
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, Oct 29, 2001
Subject: Fw: Good story
> Subject: Fw: Good story
> GOD BLESS AMERICA!
> This came off the Special Ops Net, I thought you would enjoy it. It is
> amazing how true the statement, "Once a Marine, always a Marine!" seems to
> always ring true. Here's yet another example:
> Best Western) and went to dinner at Best Western.
> About 85-100 people were in the Restaurant. I'm at a table for about 5
> minutes when this "Group" comes in (20 people). They have Anti-War
> Picket Signs with them. It appears that two of these demonstrators are
> Professors.They all sit at a large round table behind me and begin to talk
> very loudly about US atrocities in Afghanistan. One of the "Professors"
> stands up and gives a brief talk about how the "US is famous for
> and Afghanistan will be no different. One of the students asked a question
> about Viet Nam POW's. The "Professor" makes a comment about how that was
> only US propaganda about poor treatment of POW's.OK - I'm really mad now
> I jump up and go over to their table. (In retrospect - Over the entrance
> the Restaurant is a huge American Flag. On each table is an American Flag
> and a small hand painted sign "United We Stand")
> I excuse myself and ask the Professor if I can ask him a question. He
> says yes. I said that he appears to be of age to have served in Viet Nam,
> and asked him if he had served.
> His answer was, "NO - I defended this Campus and told the truth to the
> I then asked if he remembered what he was doing on February 16, 1969.
> When he answered, "Of course not -- that was too long ago," I
> "Really, I remember what I was doing. That was the second day of my
> capture and I had been standing in a bamboo cage for 24 hours with water
> to my chest."
> I then said "Sir, your comments about how POW's in Nam were treated are a
> lie and I personally say to you, you are a ******* liar, as you never were
> I was a POW and they did not treat our POWs humanly. The only other
> person I have ever heard make the statements like you have is Jane Fonda.
> she telling the truth and not me?"
> He stood up and after about 10 seconds said, "Jane is a great patriot
> and I cannot visualize her lying."
> With that, I reached over and grabbed the small American Flag and
> United We Stand sign and said, "I'm taking this back to my table where it
> can be appreciated."
> No one said a word to me as I started to walk back.
> However after a few seconds, people started standing up and applauding all
> around the restaurant. Two men got up from a table across the room and
> walked over to me. The first identified himself as former US Marine
> Lieutenant Flynn and the other man was former Gunnery Sergeant Graboski.
> In a loud voice after introducing themselves, Lt. Flynn said they were
> former Marine Guards at a US Embassy. He then said, "We are over at this
> table to defend the US Flag from all foes, both foreign and domestic".
> They then sat down and asked their Waitress to bring their meals over
> to my table. A few more minutes went by with loud comments from the
> All of a sudden, "Gunny" Sergeant Graboski stood up and in a loud voice
> "All of you heard what the President said the other night. You are either
> with the United States or you are with the terrorists."
> He then said, "Please stand and join me in God Bless America." As he
> started singing, people all around the restaurant stood up and joined in.
> Several of the students at the "Anti-War" table also stood up half way
> through the song and joined in. Both Professors and the majority of the
> students remained seated and refused to sing. At the end there was a great
> ovation. The Manager came up to my table. (He and his staff came out from
> the kitchen and sang.)
> He thanked me for what I started and then went over to the Anti-War
> table and asked them to leave. "I will pay for what you have had so far
> I cannot in good conscience serve you -- get out now!!"
> One of the Professors then made a remark "Well, we are not going to pay
> dime for how shabbily we have been treated." As they were leaving, one
> customer stood up and said, "Manager, here is $5 towards their bill,
> anyoneelse willing to chip in to get this scum out of here?"
> All over the restaurant, people stood up reaching for their wallet and
> saying, "I'll chip in" The Manager, in tears said, "My family is from
> I am now a citizen and am so proud of what I see tonight." He started
> crying and a couple of the waitresses helped him into the kitchen.
> The two Marines and I were there for about another 20 minutes and
> finished our meal. The Hostess came up and showed us more than $100
> that all the other tables had told their Waitresses to give towards our
> bill. I thanked her but said I could not take the money. Lt. Flynn
> donating it in the Restaurant's name to the New York Relief Fund, so I
> that's what will happen.
> I just can't believe how Americans are coming together now. Just thought