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.

staff sgt tim chambers

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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Pam
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I respectfully salute you, Staff Seargent! May god be with you!

MaryLou
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God Bless you Tim Chambers for your RESPECT AND DEDICATION you show to all military especially those from Vietnam who did not receive such a warm welcome home….You are truly one of AMERICA’S HERO’S….

Angel
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I never cry. My father is a Viet Vet. My brother desert storm and desert shield vet (dad calls him a sandbox vet when they are joking around) My cousin joined Coast Guard though he didnt go over seas he served this country. His father served. Both of my grandfathers in WWII. My great grandfather was a calvery man who was assigned to a regiment chasing Pancho Villa. It goes back even to the civil war…We had one on each side serving, The revelutionary war…we had someone serve. My family is a military family. My dad went from Navy to Coast Guard when he needed to be closer to home. Teachers tried to teach me Viet Vets are evil. They even said some of the things people said here. He told me they were rapist and baby killers. Even then I stood up and called him a coward who knew nothing because he ran from the draft and only taught one side of the story because he was too scared to leaarn all the facts first hand. To ANY vet you have my respect such as it is, my thanks, and my love. To this lone marine….you brought tears to my eyes. You brought a profound since of respect to those who endured even more mental anguish added to what they saw and what they suffered by coming home to a country overrun by hippies and protesting hippies. Thank you.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Do you mean to imply Vietnam was justified?

Vet's Daughter
Guest

You miss the point entirely, Eric. But that is your intention. This country exists because brave men and women are and always have been willing to defend her, have always been willing to follow the orders of Our elected government. IE The Commander in Chief. Right Wrong or indifferent. Had they not always been willing to do so this country have never have been founded. Justified or not our armed forces were ordered into Viet Nam and they went. They went because they took an oath to defend this country and follow the orders of our executive branch of government, even if it meant they went to their deaths( many did). I suspect you are a coward because you refuse to acknowledge Courage, Honor, Duty in anyone else. You just want something to bellyache about. and oddly enough, you have that right. Granted by the sacrifices you mock!

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

They were DRAFTED into Vietnam.

bear 53
Guest

Uh, mr dickeric I was not drafted. Marines have been drafted only once in they’re history WW2. so as usual you are wrong. Hey give me your adress at your mom’s house, i would love to try some neat tricks the Marines taught me, and if you like, i can bringsomeof my Marine buddies with me. Does’nt that sound FUN?

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Oh, wow, are you sure you are in the marines as a real combatant, or did a charity for the severely mentally handicapped get them to make you an honorary soldier? The USA drafted people for WWI, WWII, Korea, AND Vietnam. I hope you take a bullet for a soldier with functioning brain cells.

bear 53
Guest

You are a disgusting piece of cowardly shit. Like i said in my previous post JUST GIVE ME YOUR ADDRESS!!!. Marines are a voluntary force everyone that has served knows this!, and i would gladly step i front of a bullet for a fellow military member. Would you? oh, that’s right you are a COWARD who lives on the internet.I wonder what you would do if there was nothing but air and common sense standing between us?

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Fine. It’s 1423 S Caraway Rd, Jonesboro Arkansas.

poppajoe49
Member

Don’t believe him, it’s actually:

#### Co***** Ma***** Road, Scott, Arkansas 72142

Who don’t you like at the phony address you gave Eric?

poppajoe49
Member

We’ll see how funny it is when the sex crimes unit comes looking for you.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

It is, because you got it wrong too.

poppajoe49
Member

Yea, hilarious.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

I figured it would be funny ^.^

Sidekick
Member

WTF is wrong with you?

FormerlyDeanH
Guest

Is it your opinion that all the servicemen in ‘nam were draftees? That would be erroneous in the extreme. That you think that is not a surprise.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Lots of them were. I never said all. Point is, many men were forced into taking that fucking oath.

ooddballz
Member

I know many that were drafted, and served the full 20 years.

PsychoDad
Guest

Looks like reform school let out early today.

FormerlyDeanH
Guest

That you insist on cursing is no surprise. That oath was taken by several hundred thousand draftees in the 1940’s as well. Take your teenage spleen and vent it on yourself, you fucking bag of putrid pedophile shit.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Used against the Nazis or not, it’s slavery.

Sidekick
Member

Actually, no.

flashingscotsman
Member

TD,……….MO.

Third. Dark Dork.

Sidekick
Member

10 U.S.C.
United States Code, 2011 Edition
Title 10 – ARMED FORCES
Subtitle A – General Military Law
PART I – ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS
CHAPTER 13 – THE MILITIA
Sec. 311 – Militia: composition and classes
From the U.S. Government Printing Office, http://www.gpo.gov

§311. Militia: composition and classes
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 14; Pub. L. 85–861, §1(7), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1439; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title V, §524(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1656.)

10 U.S.C.
United States Code, 2011 Edition
Title 10 – ARMED FORCES
Subtitle A – General Military Law
PART I – ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS
CHAPTER 13 – THE MILITIA
Sec. 312 – Militia duty: exemptions
From the U.S. Government Printing Office, http://www.gpo.gov

§312. Militia duty: exemptions
(a) The following persons are exempt from militia duty:
(1) The Vice President.
(2) The judicial and executive officers of the United States, the several States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the *censored* Islands.
(3) Members of the armed forces, except members who are not on active duty.
(4) Customhouse clerks.
(5) Persons employed by the United States in the transmission of mail.
(6) Workmen employed in armories, arsenals, and naval shipyards of the United States.
(7) Pilots on navigable waters.
(8) Mariners in the sea service of a citizen of, or a merchant in, the United States.

(b) A person who claims exemption because of religious belief is exempt from militia duty in a combatant capacity, if the conscientious holding of that belief is established under such regulations as the President may prescribe. However, such a person is not exempt from militia duty that the President determines to be noncombatant.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 15; Pub. L. 100–456, div. A, title XII, §1234(a)(3), Sept. 29, 1988, 102 Stat. 2059; Pub. L. 109–163, div. A, title X, §1057(a)(7), Jan. 6, 2006, 119 Stat. 3441.)

The Supreme Court does not agree with you!

Involuntary servitude
In Selective Draft Law Cases, 245 U.S. 366 (1918), the Supreme Court ruled that the military draft was not “involuntary servitude”.
Offenses against the Thirteenth Amendment have not been prosecuted since 1947.[7][8]
Psychological coercion had been the primary means of forcing involuntary servitude in United States v. Ingalls, 73 F. Supp. 76, 77 (S.D. Cal. 1947). However, in United States v. Kozminski, 487 U.S. 931 (1988), the Supreme Court ruled that the Thirteenth Amendment did not prohibit compulsion of servitude through psychological coercion.[9][10] Kozminski limited involuntary servitude to those situations when the master subjects the servant to:
threatened or actual physical force,
threatened or actual state-imposed legal coercion or
fraud or deceit where the servant is a minor, an immigrant or mentally incompetent.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, P.L. 106-386, updated the federal anti-slavery statutes to include victims who are enslaved through psychological coercion, even if there was no physical coercion.[11][12]
U.S. Courts of Appeals, in Immediato v. Rye Neck School District, Herndon v. Chapel Hill, and Steirer v. Bethlehem School District, have ruled that the use of community service as a high school graduation requirement did not violate the Thirteenth Amendment.

I love the Internet….

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Actually, yes. It’s forcing people to go to war.

FormerlyDeanH
Guest

Go away until you can think outside the ass.

Sidekick
Member

Something that you do not have the courage nor the conviction to ever do.

Alien
Member

that Oath hits you in the chest like a hammerblow

flashingscotsman
Member

Pay no attention to the Dark Dickwad behind the curtain, Angel. He is an insult to the human race.

Thank you and thanks to your family for their service.

Tae
Member

Now now, associating DarkEric with the human race signifies that he’s capable of standing upright. That requires a better @$$ to D!<x ratio. He currently gets so many of them in his @$$ that he no longer holds the capacity of standing upright. Thereby is not a human and instead an insult to monkeys everywhere.

The monkeys are angry mr Eric, very angry. They are also angry because he eats a disproportionate amount of their p00. that means they have less of it to throw at people passing by the Zoo cage he is held in. [3:

When my veteran grandfather died I thanked and shook the hand of every honor guard who showed up at the funeral, someone had to do it. Still as honorable people we should love all of mankind, and not hate anyone. Even if they eat their own p00.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

I’m pretty sure humans know to capitalize and punctuate “Mr.”.

Tae
Member

Only if it signifies a specific person place or thing. Such as to say that mr puppy wouldn’t be capitalized, while Mr. George would be.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

As in the case of “Mr. Eric”.

Tae
Member

It’s mr Eric because while DarkEric doesn’t really exist, we simply believe he’s a construct of fictitious storytelling and culture. Like how Christians don’t capitalize the word god when referring to gods of other religions. While they would capitalize the name of the god. On the other hand Christians would capitalize the word God when referring to the Christian God. Accepting that they exist would be considered sinful.

However, I still love you mr Eric.

PsychoDad
Guest

What, did someone flip out and and go on some kind of tantrum over a typo? Typical. For my part, I do my best never to mispell a word.

Tae
Member

Not really, but he did forget to place the period before the quotation marks in both of his Grammar Nazi comments.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

According to Wikipedia, you are just talking out your ass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.

Tae
Member

Here I’ll give you a useful link too. It’s far more insightful.

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Dumbass

Better yet you could try this one.

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Asshat

The later might keep you healthy, prevent eating of your p00, and or usage by other fellow monkeys.

Entertaining loved ones aside, I really wish I could hold Staff Sergeant Tim Chamber’s arm up.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Wrong.

Tae
Member

No no, it’s quite right. Mr. denotes that a person is a gentlemen, a master, or that they exist at all. Saying a person is mr Benny, for example, would be to insult them as being undeserving of the title.

I fail to see anything in the article that refutes my statement. According to it, giving you Mr. title would assume that you are either honorable, or deserving the personification of something the English language actually has a word for. I don’t think that pertains to your person, dear imaginary friend. [3:

PsychoDad
Guest

Someone is saying something about servicemen that sounds a lot like Archie Bunker claiming that some of his best friends are colored.

But with some leftards — oh, OK, most of them, they have another neat little “heads I win/Tails you lose” kind of game. When we go into Iraq, they scream that we’re just in there for the oil, the U$ of AmeriKKKa. Well of course, a reliable supply of oil is in the vital national interests of the US, as well as most of the rest of the world.

Now though, in Afghanistan, where there is no $$$ to be blamed, does that get us a pass? Of course not! We are accused precisely of being in there with no good reason! See this is why it’s pointless to argue or debate, because they pull the Jedi mind tricks like that. Or in another parlance, it’s what is known in the trade as “The Magician’s Force.” Suppose there’s a row of cards, and you are supposed to pick one – no matter what number you give, the magician will get to the one he needs, whether by switching which end he counts from, or counting up to the given number, and the next one is it, or even -worse comes to worse- spelling out a number – O – N- E to get to the third card, for example. Lefties do the same. no matter what reason you give for anything, they will be able to twist it around to bring it back to their core thesis: AmeriKKKa $uck$.

Larry Schwartz
Guest

GOD BLESS AMERICA and everyone who every served in our Military.

Lone Marine I salute you!

USAF Veteran

PsychoDad
Guest

Amen, Larry.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

Does that include the one that shot up a bunch of women and children? What about the ones who sexually assault female troops?

idaho2run
Member

Yes dumbshit, Categorize the millions who have served by the actions of a very few bad apples. So tell me your history of service towards others-what oh you don’t have any? Our brave men and women who serve VOLUNTARILY do so to allow cowardly, ,weasel dick welfare receipients such as yourself to shoot your stupid mouth off about things that you don’t know about. Try looking up dignity, respect, class and honor. I know they are foreign concepts to your type of filth. You don’t have the stones to talk shit in person to vets, only online from the comfort of your mother’s basement. And yes, I am a proud career vet. STFU.

bear 53
Guest

idaho2run THANK YOU. As a former Marine, I would love to perpatrate some extreme violence on this piece of shit!!

Sharon
Guest

You are an idiot, if you don’t like it here LEAVE!

Not so silent
Member

TD and MO unpatriotic child molester, of course you don’t like the military, they don’t take child molesters…

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

I don’t like the military because they fought a useless war and can’t reign in the psychopaths.

pettisce
Guest

Your disdain for the military is misplaced. If you really believe that the military picks and chooses the places they go or the things they do then you are poorly informed. Your disgust should be with those in office that send our men and women to do those things you claim to be useless. They use and abuse those that are willing to standup and answer the call to defend this nation. Based on the standards, rules, and regulations user which they fall, service members simply have limited choice in the wars they fight.

poppajoe49
Member

Well stated pettisce.

Barb
Guest

They fought for their country with pride…so people like you would have the freedom to sit on your fat ass and bitch. Move to a country that deserves your kind…

Sidekick
Member

You are a mousy little pussy, Eric/john. The elected leaders call the shots as to when the military is deployed not the military itself. Not liking the military because they were ordered to fight a “useless war” makes as much sense as not liking students because their teacher assigned them homework.

CO2Insanity
Admin

Not to mention the dingletard’s icon Obama just committed is to Afghanistan for 12 more years. But you won’t hear an ill word from him or the MSM about it.

julie
Member

Obama did NOT just commit to Afganistan for 12 more years! What news are you watching?

ooddballz
Member

You are either woefully or willfully ignorant.
A simple internet search proves this out, try it.

flashingscotsman
Member

I’m thinking both.

GhostntheMachine
Member

Na na na na Hey heeyyy goodbye and **. That was me spiking the football in your face Julie and… whatever, because Co2 has too much class to do it. Me? I have no shame.

CO2Insanity
Admin

Read retards. From the libtard LA Times http://goo.gl/75rzn

“After landing on a darkened runway late Tuesday night, Obama rushed to the heavily fortified presidential palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a strategic partnership accord that sets the broad outlines of U.S. engagement for a decade beyond the completion of NATO’s combat role in 2014.” In case you’re too stupid to get it, 10 years after 2014 is 2024.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

I need to stop taking my news from sites like this. It never surprises me when I find out how much they lie and distort things, such as their take on the Occupy movement.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

No idea what’s going on in Afgan. Nazis? Oil? Don’t know. What is the war ABOUT? Britan and Japan are in there, so it can’t be America charging in to get something for themselves like Iraq.

Sidekick
Member

What did we get in Iraq, Eric/john? Britain was in Iraq too. So were many other countries. That was why they called it a coalition.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

There was no draft. Anyone currently in the military chose to go. I mean, I don’t blame ALL military people. There are perfectly good people in the army, navy, air force, marines, and so forth. It’s the ones who aim for civilians and rape fellow soldiers that piss me off.

scoutsout82nd
Guest

when u have women and children shoot and throw grenades at you….you will realize there is no civilians

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

You are a fucking retard.

bear 53
Guest

How come every time i want to read your comments you have a poor rating? Oh thats right YOU ARE THE FUCKING RETARD. If you can actually get your head out of your ass maybe you will see things differently

Sidekick
Member

While I have no data to support what you claim, the military is a microcosm of society at large. You will have good and bad people distributed along the same curve as the rest of the population.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

And I repeat “I don’t blame ALL military people. There are perfectly good people in the army, navy, air force, marines, and so forth. It’s the ones who aim for civilians and rape fellow soldiers that piss me off.”

Barb
Guest

You are thick for sure… It sounds to me like you have affection for civilian rapist and pervs. Why do only Military pervs and rapist piss you off?

flashingscotsman
Member

The Dark Drip is going to be bothered by plenty of rapists when he’s in jail for his pedophile tendencies.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

All rapists bother me.

Not so silent
Member

I don’t like pervs cause they are psychopaths…And pssssst the Mooselimbs would never commit any kind of crime against us would they? The more you post, the dumber you look.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

I don’t recall hearing about a terrorist raping one of their own.

Sharon
Guest

Really??? Are you that STUPID?

flashingscotsman
Member

TD,…………MO.

AWH
Guest

Just because you haven’t heard of it or seen it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

I was there when the body of a young women was recovered from the Tondo gabarge dump in Manila in about 1985. She had been repeatedly raped in some very imaginative ways. Her body showed signs of torture by execution. Almost every inch of skin had then been peeled from her body. Finally, she was dumped, apparently still alive on a garbage pile. She was a known member of an NPA Sparrow Team, groups which were targeting and American military members for assassination. Her father, editor of Philippines largest daily newspaper at the time, was very vocal against the NPA and their activities. Her NPA comrades claimed the atrocity and stated it was a message to her father and others who disapproved of their tactics.

I have intervied victims of rapes in Kuwait. I have read numerous intelligence reports of incidents in many other places.

TERRORISTS ARE NOT NICE PEOPLE, no matter how much you wish them to be.

AMC
Guest

That is because their government controls their media. It would never be broadcast. In addition, a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s, so there is no such thing as “he said she said”; it’s just “he said”. And btw, haven’t you ever heard of honor killings? When a woman is raped, her own family kills her to protect the honor of the family due to the fact that the daughter/sister is no longer a virgin.

Don’t bash our military because of a rogue few. The majority are people with the courage to stand up for what is right at their own cost. For some of us, it means we never see them again and little boys grow up without their daddies. This is to protect the downtrodden citizens of their countries, and more importantly, all of us.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

The army should do a better job of keeping the “rouges” in check.

Bayushi Zero
Guest

You should do a better job of keeping your head out of your ass.

poppajoe49
Member

Bayushi Zero,
Fortunately the little turd no longer posts here.

flashingscotsman
Member

“The army should do a better job of keeping the “rouges” in check.”

Can you show me one, just one, picture of a soldier wearing makeup? The Dark Drag Queen.

TD,………MO.

flashingscotsman
Member

Puke.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest

“Even” the female soldier? Sexist.

flashingscotsman
Member

Couldn’t find an American soldier, huh? Even the female soldier would wipe the floor with your miserable ass, Dark Dumbass. While putting on her rouge with the other hand.

TheDarkEricDraven
Guest
AMC
Guest

If half of the positive things our soldiers did were as publicized as the negative, there wouldn’t be much airtime at all for those isolated events. Unfortunately, our society wants to find reasons to hate ourselves. It’s a sad and fatal flaw.

matt
Guest

It happens everyday because women are objects in their eyes. perhaps if you weren’t a pussy you might have deployed in support of OIF/OEF and you could have seen how “terrorists” really act.

1ID OIF vet

Not so silent
Member

No the goats and little boys never complain….

Sidekick
Member

?????????????????????

Retard

schwenkronald
Member

God bless him. He made this veteran shed a tear. I served 8 Years in the U.S. Airforce and I am a disabled veteran. God love this Sgt

WC0311
Guest

It’s the military that gives the ignorant and the ungrateful the Freedom and the Right, to make such comments. Worse than war. War is an ugly thing,but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much, much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight,nothing he cares about, more than his own personal saftey, is a miserable creature, that has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so, by the exertions of better men than he. Thank GOD, for such men. Semper-Fi.

Lt. D. M. Vickmark
Guest

Well said!

Tristan Gilbert
Guest

I think what this Sgt did was amazing, as a active duty sailor for the last 9+ years he shows what true dedication and respect is all about. What isnt needed here is for people to come on here bashing military groups for the certain actions of some and presenting it here. Either say something respectful or say nothing at all and keep your trash talking for some place else like facebook, it doesnt belong here, Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers I salute you!

wade
Guest

He is an idiot

flashingscotsman
Member

Why don’t you show up next time and tell him that in person?

jdlar53
Guest

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

Charles M. Rushing, MD
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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.
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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!

Jane
Guest

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.

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.

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!

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