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Semper Fi

  • February 15, 2015

As a scrawny bookworm of a kid with a bad attitude and a big mouth I was never Marine material. Several of my family and friends have been, though, and some still are (there’s no such thing as a former Marine so there’s that, too). I read this fun little anecdote today and it reminded me of them, with pride, so I decided I’d share it. Here’s to them!

A large group of ISIS fighters in Iraq are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune: “One Marine is better than ten ISIS fighters.”

The ISIS commander quickly orders 10 of his best men over the dune where a gun battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice once again calls out: “One Marine is better than one hundred ISIS ‘S.O.B.’s’.”

Furious, the ISIS commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.

The voice calls out again: “One Marine is better than a thousand ISIS fighters.” The enraged ISIS commander musters 1,000 fighters and sends them to the other side of the dune. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets and cannon fire ring out as a terrible fight is fought … then silence.

Eventually, one badly wounded ISIS fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander, “Don’t send any more men … it’s a trap. There are two of them.”

This retired Zoomie feels a lot safer knowing those glorious knuckleheads are out there.


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