Happy Birthday, dear Chesty

and all of the other Marines. I was “George” at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Dunoon, Scotland – 1976, if memory serves. Not surprisingly, I was “George” in my submarine’s wardroom, as well.

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles. [Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997]

I knew (very slightly) Gen. Krulak when he was a Captain. He was one of the Company Officers at the Naval Academy when I attended. Not my Company Officer, but we had, let us say, occasional … dealings. Mostly when he was OOD and I had the watch. I’m pretty certain he wouldn’t remember me.

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