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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jdlar53
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Here is a Salute for you. Thank you Marine
From a Vet.

Charles M. Rushing, MD
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Try to imagine the resulting social fabric of the USA if all its citizens had the degree of discipline, sensitivity, concern, devotion and love of country as exemplified in Sgt. Tim Chambers. He is an outstanding young man and represents the best: a true American patriot.

LaughingRapaNui
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I’m always filled with wonder and pride at the type of spirit and soul these men and women have who fight in our armed forces. They are the backbone of what makes this country strong and safe. My heart skipped a beat when I saw SSGT Chambers struggle to keep that salute yet another vet stand fast behind him. This is the brotherhood that cannot be found elsewhere. Bless your souls Marines. Bless your family SSGT Chambers. Bless you SSGT Chambers and may heaven grant you the strength to keep doing what you’re doing for years to come. I hope I get to meet you in person and give my humble thanks to you with a handshake. You sincerely deserve it sir.

pat coburn
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I suggest anyone who thinks this is easy, try standing ramrod straight in a hand salute for 30 minutes, in the sun. This Marine (yes, I capitalized the word) makes me proud and humble to be a brother in arms. Semper Fi, SSgt. You ARE America.

Bennette C Sanner
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God bless you sir! Staff Sergeant Chambers! You demonstrated that strong back bone of our military! I am so, so proud to see this video! Washington State cheers you!

Ron H.
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SSGT Chambers, you, by far, are the greatest American i’ve ever seen and my children will learn from your honor. Ooh-Rah Devil Dog!! Thank you for standing for all of us… Until we all come home…….

JPTravis
Member

What a guy. Amazing what one man can do to restore my hope for the nation.

Redbone1
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Yes Honor and Pride. Once a Marine always a Marine. Thank You

Fits
Member

Outstanding, Staff Sergeant. Ooh-Rah and Semper Fi, Devil Dog.

Tim Chambers
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Wow, I came across this site. You guys humbled me over and over. I always had this enthusiasm. I grew up the oldest of six on a farm. My grandfather made the Marine Corps easy for me because he kept his hoe right next to my behind. I was the mascot in high school, I would wear my shoulder pads at halftime and march in the school marching band. Every unit I would report to the SgtMaj would see the enthusiasm and put me in some key role in the parades. I took over the adjutants job in 29 Palms because the young officer would fall out. I love drill and ceremonies. My enthusiasm has allowed me to have some very fond memories and make a difference where ever I ended up. I answered the call along with many Americans on 9/11 as the plane flew over my head into the Pentagon. Medical reasons has kept me out of combat even though I druel like a Wolf when it comes to having that chance to answer the call and bring my leadership and training and demonstrate this “basic riflemen” calling under fire to prove myself once and for all. Guilt I will bear (yes I know I spelled it Bear) with me for the rest of my life. So I attempt to stand for others. Is it the right thing to do. Do I do my brothers and sisters that are forward deployed that no one will hear about their actions, their heroics, or their deaths, do I do them justice. I cannot do this alone anymore. That’s why I will call upon every school in America. I will empower them with the tools to succeed in putting together a celebration on Veterans Day 2012. They will garner donations on how long I will hold the salute in DC next year on Memorial Day Weekend. They will have a few requirements, if you have any other ideas please email me Patriots! timchambers@hotmail.com I believe they will honor the local families that lost their loved ones due to military service. They will present to their elected officials what needs to be done to take care of them. They will put together a luncheon / BBQ they will make sure no Veteran in their town/city goes without a meal. They will learn patriotism from within. They will be united as one people. They will be sworn in as honorary friends of veterans. I feel this is the first step in chipping away at the politicians and refocusing them. A little biased on this idea as part of the program but I feel they should cut a birthday cake for my Marine Corps 🙂 on the tenth…..

hisham
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Tim, you are welcome to post a thread on this site anytime of the day or night. We’re happy that you’re okay after standing at attention for 3+ hours and holding a salute welcoming all the vets who rode into town! Like I said, son, You Rock! After watching you, I want to lose my retirement tire so I can fit back into my Army Dress Blues and help you with the Lone Marine Salute Ceremony next year!

RockingHorseGuy
Member

I salute you, sir.

LA Sunset
Member

M1A1 Mighty Fine.

matthew s harrison
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I wonder if a liberal could even sit still that long?
Our servicemen/women are amazing human beings. The sacrifice they make daily make them heroes, during times of war, and otherwise. Marines are a different breed, putting their job ahead of personal pain, fatigue, etc. Truly amazing human beings.
I salute them-and all of our military-and wish I was healthy enough to still be serving with such amazing men and women. God bless the Corps, and all other branches as our CIC puts them in harms way with handcuffs and shackles on!

Jim J
Guest

Thank you for sharing this. Great display of respect and sacrifice from one veteran to many others. Inspiring.

hisham
Guest

I can remember back to the days when I had to stand, for long periods of time, at parade rest, or the position of attention, especially during pass and review or parade practices, or change of command ceremonies. It was difficult for us to stand at the position of attention for fifteen minutes and if we were required to stand for more than a half an hour, quite a few soldiers would faint or be taken to the aid station because of the heat, or just plain exhaustion; add the sun or extra humidity and you’re in dress greens or dress blues and that just doubles your misery index. This lone marine, retired staff sergeant Tim Chambers, dressed in a tight-fitting and mostly worsted wool uniform, hot day, four-hour salute with a broken wrist, stand still, spine straight as an arrow…man. That rocks!

David Bishop
Member

Don’t lock your knees, private!!!

hisham
Guest

DB, it didn’t happen to me, I learned not to lock my knees long before I joined the military. Hell, I learned that in high school when I was in the Band and the last time someone actually called me a private and got away with it was when I was a private in 1972. I’m a retired staff sergeant, just like Tim Chambers.

Jane
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Thank you for your detailed insight, hisham. It really helps me to understand the physical sacrifice this young man endures and survives where i would otherwise not understand fully. This young man alone helps me to understand that, despite what it may seem, all will never be lost. Thank you, and thank all of you who were/are willing to die for us.

YT
Member

What is truely sad about all of this, other than the obvious disregard of their service by liberals and the country in general, is who these fine folk take their orders from (politicians).

Soon, they will be asked to sacrifice again “for the country” but it will really be because of sovereign debt crises throughout the world.

rightinwa
Member

What an incredible individual. It brought tears to my eyes trying to watch it.

deepthinker
Member

Honor and Pride. Many need to take notice.

NodakSuz
Member

Thank you Sergeant Chambers for your dedication and to all the veterans past and present for your sacrifices to keep this country free. For the sergeant to stand
there for three hours with a broken wrist truly shows his compassion for all veterans! God Bless All of Them!

JustAl
Member

I hope there are both chiropractors and massage therapists lined up to work on this guy for free. An outstanding individual by any measure!

J-Mac
Guest

God bless you, Staff Sergeant. Semper Fi.

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Progressive Hemrrhoid
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Progressive Hemrrhoid

That guy shows more fortitude and spine in 4 hours then our lame excuse for “Commander and Chief” will in his entire life.

Ken.ca
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“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.”

– Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

Pittsburgh Z
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compare that quote to The Jump Shooter and Chief when he talks about our military…..

michaelht1
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This type of dedication and personal honor surely speaks of an unique individual, we don’t see much of this type of volunteered sacrifice from non active military. God bless those who and have served.

Plainsman
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OOO-RAH!!!!!

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