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
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I want to know how to send this man a letter. Please let me know. smgjbarks@yahoo.com

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poppajoe49
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tracyhi
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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.

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RobertW
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Hi Tracy:
Same from the Army!

Celeritas en Conficiendo

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poppajoe49
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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.

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

I SALUTE THEE

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

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-Peace

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poppajoe49
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AWESOME!!

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CeCe Corvera
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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!

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poppajoe49
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You’re a good person CeCe.

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Dave
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Now that is a true hero! Thank you to every Service member who has ever served, or will serve and those who are first responders. Semper Externus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas!

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Sheryl Carlson
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I am significantly impressed that two additional Marines stood with SSG Chambers in Rolling Thunder 2012. At first I thought they would relieve him as 3 – 4 hours is a very long time. When I realized that they joined him rather than relieve him, I was even more impressed. Marines are a very unique breed of soldier. As I have studied our country’s Armed Forces, I haven’t been able to figure out what Marines DON’T do. Thank you, SSG Chambers for honoring the men and women who lost their lives in the service of our country, especially the respect and honor you give to those of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Sheryl Carlson
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I didn’t express myself completely … SSG Chambers, you stand and salute those of Rolling Thunder to honor them as well. By watching the videos, it is very apparent how much gratitude they feel for you.

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poppajoe49
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Great post Sheryl.

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Lisa
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What a wonderful way to say thank you to our veterans. Thank you to SSGT Tim Chambers and all those who are serving and have served this wonderful country. We owe you more than we can ever say.

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poppajoe49
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And a kiss on the cheek for the new lady on the block.

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English Patriot
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I stumbled across this news story by chance, and it brought me to tears. You guys really know how to salute and respect those that served your country, I wish were I lived (England) it was the same as opposed to one day a year. For what its worth I am grateful, at least of your great nations assistance during WW2. You saved us big time!

God bless America

From an English Policeman

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Sheryl Carlson
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English Patriot – it doesn’t matter what country you live in. Any man or woman who has the courage to stand for something that is just, to help those who cannot help themselves; to protect those who are in danger and reach beyond their own self for the benefit of another… all of you deserve the utmost respect and gratitude. I would stand on the steps of England’s most notable landmark to honor you and your fellow police officers for the same reason I would stand in Washington with SSG Chambers. When my son finishes his tour of duty in the US Army, he wants to be a police officer because he sees the need to help those who cannot help themselves. His love and compassion for others drives him to be the most he can be. May God bless you and protect you.

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poppajoe49
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Thank You English Patriot.
You should be here when we have discussions about government run healthcare. It would be nice to get a European perspective.

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Brandt
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20 years of service in the Australian Army, I too salute you – well done mate – stand proud!

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JOHN BOAG
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VERY WELL DONE VET FROM AN AUSTRALIAN VET

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Emily
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No one likes war but our country has participated in the fight for and preservation of freedom since day one. We as a group have treated our veterans shamefully in more than one instance. That Sgt. Chambers saw a way and acted on it to honor those MIAs POWs and veterans and to finally welcome them home is to be commended and respected and repeated. An amazing American.

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Barbara Galbo
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Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers I Salute You!

My Nephew is in the National Guard, home from Iraq/Iran he too hurts. He is much like you. He lives for us like you do, He crawls away to survive like you do, He stands tall and proud like you do… I too would do this for you…

God Bless you with all my heart and soul.. I love you Sergeant Chambers for the way you love me too…

Blessed to have you, Barbara G

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Sheryl Carlson
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I would do this for you and for all veterans! My step father, my father in law, my brother in law … they are veterans. My son – combat engineer – SSG Chambers, I would do this for you, and in my heart, I do this with you!

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sunshine
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TheDarkEricDraven. your sick. just reading your comments makes me wanna puke. you are a disgrace to our country. i belittle you. i would never want to meet you in person. because i would pound your face in. and i would never feel any sorrow for doing it either. you have no right to sit here and bash on our military. those men and women who serve our country should be worshipped. literally. they put all their time into keeping our country safe! they fight for us. they die for us. i have family, and friends, and former class mates who serve for us. i have dated a military man . i respect those people.! our men and women have families and friends who care about them. how would you like to see your husband or wife only what once or twice a year not even if that . im a 19 year old girl and i respect others. but you i have not even an ounce of respect for such an irrogant ass. im told to over look people small in the mind. but you. i could not keep my mouth shut for a second. i would give you the piece of toilet paper i wiped my ass with already. because thats how low i look at you. what you need to do is keep your comments to yourself. nobody could care about what you have to say these people respect those men and women for what they do and why they do it! because you dont ? you feel the need to boast about something that has absolutly nothing to do with this story ? its either you respect them or you dont. point blank. so do us all a favor and shut your trap. leave this page and go screw your mom. kay thanks and GOOD-BYE!

now SSG Chambers. thank you for all your hard work and duties to fight for our country. and thank you to anybody everybody else who has served or is serving for our country. god bless you all.

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FormerlyDeanH
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Darkerdildo is also an admitted pedophile who has not yet acted upon his desires. He is a sick and perverted child in every sense of the term and a danger to the children in whatever community he is in.

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sunshine
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darkrottencrotch. needs to be snuffed in his face for being such a disrespectful dumbass..
its discusting to even read his comments. someone so stuck up his own ass. makes him self yet look ohh so stupid.!
i would enjoy seeing him being deployed over to afganistan. let him see what those who serve see everyday. even just some of these men and women do multiple tours over seas to fight for us. they dedicate their lives for our country ! they see things nobody should have or needs to see. because what they see is so inhumane. they see things WE DO NOT see.
and to just sit here and boast about nothing is simply pathetic. show some friggin damn sympathy for these people who fight, who have and who will fight for us and for our country everyday everynight .
you sleep in a bed at night. you eat everyday. you see your friends. and your family. every single day.
you are not out at battle like our soldiers! they dont sleep in their beds at the end of the day. sometimes they dont even eat for days. and the shit they get prob doesnt even match up to anything we have to eat home cooked meals. fast food. resturants. they dont see or speak to friends and family everyday like most of us do.
i would love to spit in this kids face. for being such a douche.

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TheDarkEricDraven
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Why don’t you enlist?

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SHERYL
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To the Dark Evil one. I have read all of your posts/replies. I have a question for you. Can you tell me what if anything you have done for your fellow Americans? My family has had a member in one of the branches of the military for every war all the way back to the Revolution against the British. As for myself I was married to a USAF member for 20+ years and during that time I helped the younger wives adjust to being married to a person that could be deployed to a war zone. I helped with directions around base if they needed that. I have a rare blood type and am VERY hard to draw blood from, so the base hospital would call and ask me to come in and volunteer to have all the new students try to take a blood sample from me. Have you ever sat perfectly still and remained quiet when you get stuck by a needle where ever there is a vein? When 9/11 happened I got called to the hospital to give blood. Just as I did for every blood drive. After the buildings came down we packed up our BBQ and RV and drove from California to New York and provided free meals to all those who were working on the site. This was all done with our funds. After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisana we went to the gulf coast and using our funds and vehicles we rebuilt homes, churches, and community centers all along the gulf coast. After the tornado hit Joplin we loaded up once again and headed east to help our fellow Americans. Again we spent several months rebuilding as many homes, churches, and community centers as we could. We even had lumber sent to down to us. We didn’t expect or take anything. And now watching my home town burn, we are preparing for yet another trip to help our brothers and sisters rebuild. Again we accept nothing except for the occasional meal. I ask you again Eric. What have you done for your fellow Americans besides sit on your backside complaining about others. It’s AMAZING how many VETERANS we meet every time we go out to a disaster site. I feel sorry for you. You must lead a very lonely life, since you can’t see any of the goodness of the military and it’s veterans.

To Ssgt. Chambers, Thank you for your service!

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poppajoe49
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Excellent post Sheryl.
As drb said, the little turd is persona non grata.

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SHERYL
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Thanks for that info Poppa and drb, I had read all of his posts and couldn’t get them out of my mind when I got stuck in ICU for awhile, and the longer I thought about his nasty replies the madder I got. And then I began to wonder if anything has he EVER done in his miserable life to help out his fellow Americans??? In ICU there isn’t a whole lot to keep your mind off of your medical condition, and after three full days without sleep I had thought about this horrible little person way too much, and decided that as soon as I was well enough to get home and get online I was going to leave a reply. Can’t say I’m surprised to hear that he’s gone, just like cockroaches run from the light. Liars run from the truth. Our Veterans and Military is our nation’s true heros. When everyone else runs away they are the ones that run into danger. I can’t do enough to thank them for what they have done for me and my family. Sheryl

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poppajoe49
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Well Sheryl, he didn’t leave here before letting us know he’s a pedophile. That was what pushed us over the edge and got us going after him relentlessly.
We’re just glad he’s gone.

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drb
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He was vile to no end.

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drb
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lol

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poppajoe49
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Something to look forward to!

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drb
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Yeah, I know. We haven’t been carted off to the PIRFWaP yet!

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poppajoe49
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Well, since this is as close to you as I can get for now, it will have to do.

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drb
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Happy 4th Poppa. Hope your having a great one.

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poppajoe49
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True dat sweetheart

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drb
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You got that right! Best wishes on your health, Luv.

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drb
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He doesn’t post here anymore. Thank God!

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sunshine
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and i have my reasons for why i didnt…

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TheDarkEricDraven
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Such as?

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Tae
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She probably had better reasons than your parents did – when they got really drunk and adopted you from the zoo.

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Stacey
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I’m unsure why there is anything other than Thank you going on here? This is insane how people will submit their 2 cents with no thought. I’m a combat vet. A former Marine. I served my country with pride and if I could do it all again I would. I was part of the Lioness program in 2009 during OIF. An Iraqi national had a bomb strapped to her chest and a young child in her arms. She was 10 seconds away from detonating when she got to the heart of the security check point. Me and 3 other female Marines got her out of the building with 2 seconds left and jumped behind a concrete barrier. She blew up and so did her baby. You see stuff you should never have to, you do some things that you would not normally do to save you life, but in the end all of this is done with you pride for your country. Lot’s of innocent people would have died had we not done what we did, the same holds true for our service members from past, present, and future. So, before yo comment please make sure your being respectful and also thinking about what your about to say and how much people will dislike you because of your comment. Your best bet is to thank all military vets, without them you may not be as free as you are.

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Sheryl Carlson
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Stacey – how do you even deal with that memory? I so worry about my son who never speaks of his experiences in Afghanistan because he doesn’t want to worry me. I do worry about his silence and hope he has some strong connections within his company to be able to cope with his combat duties. As much to Staff Sergeant Chambers I give to you as well, thank you for serving our country and for the service you gave in Iraqi. May the mercy of the Lord be with the misguided woman who took her life and the life of an innocent child. You do your country proud, Stacey. Thank you.

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CO2Insanity
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Think about it Sheryl. We almost all have gone through traumatic experiences we don’t talk about because it brings back memories we’ve buried. I’m no combat vet but I did witness and tried to help 3 people who died in a brutal auto accident years ago on a Thanksgiving day no less. I have tears in my eyes as I’m typing.

Type in George Gaydos in IHTM search. My great-uncle jumped on D-Day and went all the way across Europe during WWII. You could watch Band of Brothers and get an idea of what his ordeal was.

One thing I noticed at a very young age was whenever someone would play “Little Drummer Boy” around Christmas he’d get way down and drink more than usual. You put 2 + 2 together and it’s not hard to figure out why that song major upset him.

Towards the end of the war Hitler was sending kids to the front to fight. I never heard it from him but I would expect he probably had to kill a kid or kid’s during the war and never, ever, got over it.

The man was a lush all his life. I can’t say I ever saw him sober. Guess why? But I respected him and while no one can ever understand what he went through, I had enough of a clue to get it.

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Tae
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Yes, thank you.

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PsychoDad
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Thank you for your service, ma’am.

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Rosa Ortiz
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This is the type of person who makes me proud to have shared 10 years of service. My deepest respect goes out to you SSG Chambers with a heart felt salute for your fortitude!!

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James Prescott
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God Bless you Sir!

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todd thomas
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as a service member currently in afganistan i see this and started to cry thank you for what you do marine with the courage to serve and protect “this we’ll defend” hoora

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TheDarkEricDraven
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I find it disheartening that a soldier fighting for my country cannot use punctuation or capital letters.

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Alien
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Dude.. this is pointless. Why don’t you enlist? See how much computer time you get while stationed in Afghanistan. Or perhaps see how well you type on a field laptop or mobile device. What possible reason could you have for grammar nazism in this context?

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TheDarkEricDraven
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Unless he was under fire while typing this, I expect the best from US soldiers. From the good ones, I mean.

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Alien
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For one thing, he’s a marine, not a soldier. For another, all them warriors expect the best of the civilians that they die for. Don’t be foolish about this.

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TheDarkEricDraven
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Okay, Alien. I’ll stop nitpicking since you have been polite about the issue.

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Sidekick
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I thought you were leaving this site. I don’t think anyone that I have come across anywhere needs an asskicking like you do.

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FormerlyDeanH
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You know how these lying liberal douchebags can’t ever tell the truth. Every last thing they say is an attempt to deceive. Which of the puke suckers hasn’t said they would never return here after some particular post? The only one that seems to be missing is k9, but this puss-filled zit on ass of the internet sounds like another new version of k9’s particular blend of bile and feces, albeit with an occasionally different hue.

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Sidekick
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He is a loathsome.

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flashingscotsman
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Turds X2.

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Janie Shaver
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been there and quite grateful for this young man…..

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Janice N. Richards
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As author of “Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue,” which will be out around the 16th of May I commend all who serve. While we sit home and have the freedom to complain those serving protect our right to have freedom. This weekend over 3000 Veteran Motorcyclists rode across country through our state to the Capitol of Boise, Idaho. There purpose was to discuss rode safety for motorcyclist. Not only do they serve in war times but they serve their country at home. The ride side by side with non-military groups. United as one to keep highways safe just like when they fight to keep the country safe. God Bless you Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers. You go beyond the call of duty.

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Vet's Daughter
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I Salute you Sgt. Chambers. May God Bless you!

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