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      11-10-2019, 12:13 PM   #1
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Happy MFing Birthday to all my Fellow Devil Dogs Out There!

Terminal Lance always comes through

Also, I really should have gotten a boat cloak. Probably the only thing I regret from my service.
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Yes, Happy National Donut Day!

Several years ago, I had the privilege of being in Washington, DC for a Federal Trade Commission event, celebrating National Donut Day with Commissioner Orson Swindle. For those who don't know the story (and why his last name is appropriate), here's the details:

http://blog.usni.org/2009/11/10/toda...unny-pow-story

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As most of you know, my husband, Orson, was a Prisoner of War in Hanoi for 6 years and 4 months. Ironically his shoot down date is Veteran’s Day, November 11, 1966. So this is a big week for him.

As we all know, being a prisoner is a tough experience, but the POW’s also have some funny stories to share, and the following is one of them….

In September 1969, after Orson had been a prisoner three very hard years (the early years were by far the worst) Ho Chi Minh died. Orson was at Son Tay with about 55 other men. One day in October he was called in for an interrogation… which he said was more of an “English lesson” for the interrogator as opposed to one of the beatings they received when Ho Chi Minh was calling the shots. The interrogator began by bragging about his country and its 4,000 year history and belittling the USA… saying, “Your country is very young, it doesn’t even have very many heroes or holidays.” Knowing that the Marine Corps birthday was coming up on November the 10, Orson began to spin a story…….

He pretended to take umbrage, saying… “No, no, no…. you are quite wrong… we have many holidays in our country, as a matter of fact, one is coming up very soon. There will be festivals and children will dress up in costumes and it’s very important to us.” The interrogator became interested so Orson proceeded that it was called, “National Donut Day”….

Before you can really appreciate this you need a bit of background. Before Ho Chi Minh’s death, the prisoners were practically starved to death. They were eating nothing but rice and swamp grass soup (as they call it) and sometimes pumpkin soup. Orson says they estimated that he went down to a little as 120 pounds… At shoot down he was something like 175 and 6’2”. So this is unbelievably thin. The men were hungry all the time. Very hungry. About twice a year they would get what they considered an incredible treat… it was nothing more than old French bread.. that had become hard and moldy, but the cooks would deep fry it and roll it in sugar and the prisoners called the result “sticky buns” and to them it was mana from heaven….

So when explaining National Donut Day, Orson told his interrogator that “Donuts are a lot like your sticky buns… they are sweet bread, and on National Donut Day everyone has one…. or more of them.” Not sure what the outcome might be, Orson was sent back to his cell, where he immediately started tapping through the wall to all the other POWs saying…”Hey guys, you gotta back me up. I just invented a new holiday and if they find out I was pulling their leg, there will be hell to pay — tell all the guards that National Donut Day is on November 10 — don’t let me down! Pass it on!” A few weeks went by, and to everyone’s great surprise, on November 10 the prisoners at Son Tay prison — known for being one of the worst —and also for the failed rescue attempt — were served sticky buns and — Orson was the hero of the day!

Orson had forgotten all about this story, and I had never heard it, but in March 03 a fellow POW, Bob Stirm, an Air Force Col was interviewed in a San Francisco paper and in it he described the origin of National Donut Day.
You have to give the guy credit for being a POW and getting his captors to unknowingly celebrate the US Marine Corp's birthday!!!!!
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Happy birthday, Jarheads. Got ya a cake.


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Run Silent ...too many big words.
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Happy birthday, Jarheads. Got ya a cake.


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Hey, uber driver, stfu.

Sincerely, the people who only car that you run the taxi amphibs on time.
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Hey, uber driver, stfu.

Sincerely, the people who only car that you run the taxi amphibs on time.
Hey. It's not my fault y'all are too dumb to have your own docs and need to borrow ours.

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And we wonder why civilians can't discuss their differences. . .

Thank you from a grateful citizen who was barred from service by diabetes at age 14.
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And we wonder why civilians can't discuss their differences. . .

Thank you from a grateful citizen who was barred from service by diabetes at age 14.
Inter service rivalry is almost 100% done in fun. Except to the USCG. Everyone hates those guys.
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I didn't even serve and yet give my BILIL shit for being USCG
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Inter service rivalry is almost 100% done in fun. Except to the USCG. Everyone hates those guys.
^This. I give him crap about eating crayons, he gives me crap about being an uber driver.

On a side note - ever notice how the USCG now has a height requirement of 6ft6in tall? Apparently this is so they no longer have to learn to swim and can just walk to shore if the ship sinks.

Ba-zing.
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