The story of the Lone Marine: These guys are made of something tougher than the rest of us

by editor on June 25, 2011

There’s an annual event in Washington, DC called Rolling Thunder Sunday in which thousands of vets ride their motorcycles to the Vietnam Memorial. It’s an incredible display of patriotism and comradeship — the kind of thing you’d expect from guys who were willing to risk their lives for the rest of us.

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We salute retired Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers

For the last few years, one Marine in full dress uniform has stood at attention in the middle of the street holding a continuous, unbroken salute for every biker in the procession. His remarkable exhibition of strength and dedication lasts more than four hours.

Back in 2002 retired Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers decided he wanted to do something to show all the other vets how much he cared, so he spontaneously stepped into the road to salute to the riders. That first salute has now become an annual event.

Why the salute? “It’s about the pain,” Tim said. “A lot of these heroic guys still hurt and if I can relieve their pain for just one brief moment, then I’ve done my job.”

This year’s salute was more painful than usual. Watch the video. Be amazed. Be proud. And be grateful that there are guys like Tim Chambers who are willing and able to do the things they do.

Semper fi, Sergeant Chambers.

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What a super, wonderful thing for the Sgt Marine to do…more of us should be as willing to salute other Marines & military men/women.


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shannon barks

I want to know how to send this man a letter. Please let me know.


My name is Tracy. Thank you Sergeant Chambers for your service to our country. I am sending hugs your way. I am unable to salute because I have not served our country. I am doing what I can as well for the vets that have served. I have two former military personel in my house. It is my privelage and honor to do what I can to help them with their flash backs. Thank you, sir. Semper Fi.


Tracy, that is a very nice post.
As a former member of the Air Force, I can safely say that nobody would begrudge you the opportunity to salute any member of our military.


Hi Tracy:
Same from the Army!

Celeritas en Conficiendo

Steve O'Brien

I was so touched by this photo and story, I wrote this poem in his honor.


Every year

At this time

I salute

These men of mine

As they roll

And thunder by

My right hand raised

To my eye

Does it hurt?

Is what they ask

In your honor

I accept this task

Thru the heat

The blazing sun

I stand here proud

For every last one

I cannot drop

My arm, My hand

I will not rest

I only stand

On iron horses

A steel cavalry

My eyes forward

I salute thee




CeCe Corvera

I LOVE this Marine! I cry each and every time I watch one of these videos…I post them every time they show up. And, I hope to get to DC for Rolling Thunder one year soon to thank him in person! God bless SSgt Chambers!


You’re a good person CeCe.