Sleeping Dum-Dum

What in the Sam Hill was MarineĀ 1st Lt. Tomas Chanquet, of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, thinking when he broke into a house in Okinawa and decided to sleep there?

5 thoughts on “Sleeping Dum-Dum

  1. “Oh well, there it is, done! Enjoy your sleep son, you get a free hangover tomorrow morning, it will help take your mind off the workload when you clean the garden sheds out”.
    The quote of my Father when I turned up on the doorstep aged 16 drunk and extremely incapable… The following morning’s humiliation & suffering will remain with me until I die.

    Lets hope the Marine 1st Lt is not penalised because of the sins of the ‘other’ (far senior) High Ranker’s we have recently read so much about.

    Chastise him, punish him with additional duties, allow him to apologise to those concerned and compensate accordingly. But do not allow a Marine Officer’s career to suffer, because one day that man will give his all when it is requested.

    Just my thoughts

    Yours Aye.

  2. As an add on…

    “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer”.
    ~Abraham Lincoln.

    “May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead”.
    ~ Irish toast as used by my Grandmother.

    • As many of us know and are aware; my Irish step-father also admonished me of the same rule of thumb about being gone from the Devil’s presence before he realized you were no longer of this world….and even though I haven’t a drop of Irish or Scot’s blood in me, I can appreciate that same advice…but this is another opportunity for those who are not so fond of the military (meaning those of the leftist persuasion) as we are to mock, ridicule and punish them for only being human…what these people in Okinawa and other places are oblivious to is that their local economy is sorely dependent on the military presence to advance their own fortunes…but have long taken them for granted….it has been over sixty-five years since the American military has been there….they will sorely miss them and regret when they are gone….the same has happened here in the US…as much as the populace complains, the economy suffers a lot when they depart….k

  3. EB: While I share your thought of not excessively punishing a junior military member for a “mistake,” I also see this as a grave lack of discernment. It should not be a career ender, imho, but he certainly needs to see the error of his ways. I was in Okinawa in June and it was tense. There were even demonstrations against the inbound Osprey squadron.
    Kris: And you make the good point on the economics. So the questions is: with what the far away lands have to put up with, is it worth the influx of dollars into the local economy?
    Lou: Ahhhh, just right!

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