November 10, 2004


Fortunate Son (William McGurn, NY Post, 11/10/2004; via PowerLine)

America still looks to the Marines to do the job no one else can.

And no one knows better than Mindy Evnin the price: On a dusty Iraqi roadside in April 2003, her son, Cpl. Mark Evnin, gave his life wearing that same uniform.

But you hear only admiration for the corps from Mindy....

In Iraq last April, a San Francisco Chronicle correspondent embedded with Mark's unit let him use his satellite phone to call home. Two days later, Cpl. Mark Evnin was killed in action while returning fire in an Iraqi ambush.

And that's when Mindy really learned about the Marines. When Mark's buddies came back from Iraq, they wrote her as they might their own moms, and Mindy flew out to the base at 29 Palms, Calif., to spend some time with them. The young Marine recruiter who was in Burlington when Mark was killed recently invited Mindy to his wedding — and insisted on seating her in the row reserved for his family.

The sergeant-major whom Cpl. Evnin was driving when he was killed invited Mindy to his wedding. And on the first anniversary of Mark's death earlier this year, Marines sent her a bouquet of crimson-and-gold. (Actually, they had them delivered the day before, so she wouldn't be disturbed that painful day.)

There is no greater love than this: to give up one's life for one's friends and countrymen. There are no greater lovers than the U.S. Marines.

UPDATE: General Hagee's Marine Corps 229th birthday message (Nov 10, 2004)

The fortitude and sacrifices of Marines and their families have been vital in protecting our Nation from those who would do us harm...

Marins, as we celebrate with friends and families the founding of our beloved Corps, you should take pride in our long history of distinguished service to this great Nation and its citizens. I ask you to remember especially the sacrifices of our fallen and wounded comrades. Finally, rededicate yourselves to taking care of one another and ensuring we remain the finest warfighting organization in the world.

Happy Birthday Marines, Semper Fidelis, and Keep Attacking!

Posted by Paul Jaminet at November 10, 2004 7:47 AM

"America still looks to the Marines to do the job no one else can"

Actually the Shia could do it, if they had the appropriate testiculate configuration. However I understand they are busy right now dividing up bureaucratic positions for the new Iraqi Government and you can only do one thing at a time.

Posted by: h-man at November 10, 2004 8:13 AM

Here is a video of a battle in Mosul in August. Right-click and save target as to your computer. The men in shorts are private contractors who merely joined the battle in progress.

Here's the link

Another clip

Posted by: h-man at November 10, 2004 9:00 AM

Semper Fi!

Posted by: Ptah at November 10, 2004 9:31 AM

H-man, one day the Shia may well be able to do what our Marines are doing in Fallujah. But you know, the Corps didn't just happen -- it is the product of centuries of experience, training, funding and equipment.

It's a bit much to expect a group that was carefully kept away from any of that to suddenly leap up and take on well-funded and armed Ba'athists and jihadis with foreign support.

Posted by: rkb at November 10, 2004 12:16 PM

Ooh Rah!! Happy birtday Marines!

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 10, 2004 2:43 PM

A bit much? We could hope they'd keep the deseration rate down under 50 percent.

They aren't worth the bones of a United States Marine, or anybody else's bones, either.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 10, 2004 8:27 PM

I served with a great many honorable men over 20 years in the military.

My last two were in the Navy; I had a fair number of Marines in my unit.

They are the most honorable men I have ever known.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at November 10, 2004 9:05 PM