Corporals of the United States Marine Corps

SeamanI was Leading Seaman for a year at the beginning of my military adventure. I loved the job and probably took it far more seriously than the prior guys before me. (I did not take myself tooooo seriously, but the job, deathly so.)

The Navy, in its infinite wisdom, sent me and 66 of my ruffian cohorts to the Marine barracks. We had run out of room in the Navy building.

I got all the guys together and told them from that day forward we would solve all our own problems. No one whines to the quarterdeck until he gives us (me and four of the older guys) a chance to straighten things out.Seaman

For a year, this worked perfectly. (One minor exception, but we forgave the guy for blabbering to the JOOD. He was sleep-deprived and ate only Willy Wonka candy. A story for another time. . .)

In the Marine barracks, once my Marine friends made Corporal, they were a breed apart from us. It was a major step up from Seaman and Lance Corporal. They were men. Take this letter Corporal Joshua Boston wrote to Diane Feinstein. Without any fuss, the Corporal makes his point. And it ends with this beauty:

Corporal Joshua Boston's letter to Diane FeinsteinI am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

Corporal Joshua Boston's letter to Diane FeinsteinWe, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps

Go get ’em, Corporal. We should be in fine shape for the next twenty years with young NCOs like this. Yes- he is toeing, maybe crossing a line. But it is his chosen battle. And I always respect action over passivity. Read the rest at the link. . .

30 thoughts on “Corporals of the United States Marine Corps”

  1. Joshua Boston? What an incredibly apt name for such a Revolutionary Stand. Carry on, Corporal Boston, carry on! The people’s right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.

  2. That was an amazing letter! I hope everyone you page writes just as passionate and well thought out letter. I just followed the links to the original CNN iReport page. There is a note there now saying:

    “CNN PRODUCER NOTE joshdb50 was a Marine and was deployed to Afghanistan between the years of 2004 through 2005. Although he is no longer in the military he acknowledges that he owns gun.
    – Jareen, CNN iReport producer”

    I don’t think he crossed a line – I salute him!

  3. You can be poked with a sharp stick twenty times and not react; it is that one time when the point of the stick hits the wrong spot that creates a reaction to the action!

    Good man, I would consider his return hit the bulls-eye.

    Yours Aye.

  4. Of course, we all agree with the Corporal…with our Second Amendment and other rights these people choose to deprive us of, it becomes clearer we do need to take that stand…and I don’t think the military will turn on the American people for all the rhetoric….k

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