Veterans Day 2013

By: Patrap , 4:57 AM GMT on November 11, 2013

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6. WunderAlertBot
4:38 PM GMT on November 12, 2013
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5. Patrap
3:32 AM GMT on November 12, 2013
Devil Dog is a motivational nickname for a U.S. Marine.

It is said to be based on the apocryphal use of "Teufel Hunden" [sic] by German soldiers to describe Marines fighting in World War I.

According to United States Marine Corps legend, the moniker was used by German soldiers to describe U.S. Marines who fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918. The Marines fought with such ferocity that they were likened to "Dogs from Hell." The reports were made by American media and not verified by actual Germans. The "Devil Dogs" nickname for Marines first appeared in newspapers in the United States in April 1918 - about two months before the Battle of Belleau Wood. The LaCrosse Tribune ran a story about the nickname on April 27, 1918, and other newspapers used the story as early as April 14, 1918. The Battle of Belleau Wood began on June 1, 1918.

The April 27th article from the LaCrosse Tribune was probably referring to the action on April 20, 1918, the first action between the Marines and the Germans. The Germans made several attacks against the Marines on that date and were unable to dislodge them. The article states that it was the first scrap between the Marines and the Germans, showing that it was prior to the major fighting in June.

The term "Devil Dog" has its origins at Belleau Wood. It was in a dispatch from the German front lines to their higher headquarters explaining the current battle conditions that described the fighting abilities of the new, fresh Americans as fighting like "Teufel Hunden" or "Hounds from Hell."

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4. indianrivguy
3:04 AM GMT on November 12, 2013
Thanks for serving Devil Dog!
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3. Patrap
7:22 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
by Chuck Larlham:

I wrote a short post on Gather about this, and a lot of people stopped by to say "Thank you for your service, Chuck." So I wrote this:

OK folks, you want to thank me? Call, write, text, fax, e-mail or telegraph your Congress-critter and tell him or her to quit blaming those of our brothers in arms who have unseen damage, who are slowly self-immolating, who are crawling into that awful black cave in the back of their minds (it's back there in yours too, just waiting) and pullin' the entrance in after themselves for needin' services... and to get their self-righteous, sanctimonious tails in gear and provide some money for those overused, under-funded, politically unpopular services - 'cause they're the only services that help our brothers... and you're grateful for what they sacrificed.

What, by the way, did those poor bastards sacrifice? Not a lot... just the ability to dream without seeing their buddy's shattered arm fly past their eyes... with no buddy attached; the ability to care enough to maintain the only relationship they cared about before "it" happened, so they lose those families they were so desperate to get back to; the ability to respond in any acceptable societal manner to disappointment, hurt or deliberate provocation... and thus the ability to hold a job; the ability to concentrate long enough to learn anything more complicated than the operation of a hand-shovel and a pick, so they give up trying to support themselves because they're smarter than that and they know it; that's all they lost.
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2. BriarCraft
5:28 AM GMT on November 11, 2013

I didn't know Kayla, but I was drawn to her memorial at Lake Sacajawea Park (Longview WA) on Saturday when I was on a photo shoot for my blog. I remembered you do a Veterans' Memorial blog in honor of your father every year.
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1. Patrap
5:01 AM GMT on November 11, 2013

Joseph D. Pearson

USMC WW-2 Battle of Okinawa

Semper Fi Dad.

We love you and think of you everyday.

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