Sorry for the severe absence lately pups, been a busy and not so enjoyable couple months; but not as busy or unpleasant as a certain LC Marine Corps recruit. As some of you may recall LC Cortillaen shipped out for Uncle Sam’s School for Wayward Boys at MCRD San Diego, say about 13 or so weeks ago. You also may recall my request for words of encouragement and advice for him when he hit that inevitable low point.

Well, it is now my distinct and honored pleasure to welcome the newest member of my beloved Corps. Congratulations Cortillaen, and welcome to the brotherhood. You have earned a title that has cost thousands before you the same blood and sweat that you just paid for it. Congratulations Marine. I will direct  you here  for my last words of advice as you prepare for your first hitch.

To the pups who responded to my request for help for our young Sea Soldier aspirant, I will share these snippets from his email to me with you.

I don’t know how the Crucible works for Parris Island, but out in Camp Pendleton they hike us all over Edson Range to twenty-something challenges (it ends up being 40-50 miles of hiking, depending on the order you get assigned to the challenges) for two days, then wake us up to do the 11-ish mile Reaper hike (most of that being to and from, since hiking the Reaper itself is less than 2 miles, but that short distance is as much vertical as horizontal; the Reaper’s literally a small mountain) before the sun even gets out of bed on the third day.  We got back down as the sun was coming up and had the award ceremony where the DIs gave each of us a little black Eagle, Globe, and Anchor insignia.  More than a few guys teared up.  I made sure to put my EGA in a safe spot, and I intend to store it away carefully, maybe frame it or something.  A lot of sweat and even a little blood was invested in earning that little piece of metal, and I intend to cherish it.

Cherish it you should. It’s a rare, and valuable, commodity. Not many have earned it.

Also,  is this “Reaper” to which refer possibly  a little hill we Old Corps types would call Mount Motherfucker, or even Old Smoky?

I wanted to thank you personally for your support while I was there.  The young lady’s note was much appreciated, too. In addition to those, getting a couple letters from people I’d never heard of, at least by name, was certainly a surprise, and reading through all the comments in the thread you started really lifted my spirits.

As was the intent.

Semper Fi Marine, welcome to the Corps.

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By LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.

Former USMC infantryman, proud father of a current USMC infantryman and two Princesses who know what that means. Currently an NRA law enforcement firearms instructor, radar instructor, CPR instructor, a few others but you get the point. Catholic, conservative, heterosexual, gun owner, anything I can do to piss off liberals.

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Hvy Gunner 0331
Hvy Gunner 0331
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December 7, 2011 19:19

“Mt. Mother” is located adjacent to Range 314. The back side of “Mt. Mother” is called “Bitch Ridge”. “Old Smokey” is the hill that overlooks the School of Infantry, upon which resided “Mr. E’s Tavern”, so named because troop handlers liked to take their platoons to the top to eat lunch looking over “Dolly Parton Memorial Nuclear Power Generating Station”.… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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December 7, 2011 19:19

Congratulations. Now make Crunchie pay for all the beer….

Library Czar
Library Czar
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December 7, 2011 19:24

Congrats,

And please keep us informed of your progress.

Mike M
Mike M
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December 7, 2011 19:39

Congratulations on your EGA award, LC Cortillaen. You’ve earned it.

And for anyone who may not have gotten the Dolly Parton reference in Hvy Gunner 0331’s comment,

Orion
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December 7, 2011 21:24

HOOAH!!! Errr….sorry, to translate to Marine…OOOO-RAH!!!

Congrats Crunchie, and even more to our newest United States Marine! I’ve been wondering when we’d next hear of his exploits…

Orion

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
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December 7, 2011 22:37

Semper Fi, LC Cortillaen! Never forget your OATH!

LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
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December 7, 2011 22:44

Well I was gonna hit the sheets…but I think 1 Sam Adams Winter Harvest is called for.

CONGRATS :em01:

LC hilljohnny
LC hilljohnny
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December 7, 2011 23:40

congratulations LC Cortillaen . i will tip a little single malt in your honour.
:em01:

Emperor Misha I
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December 7, 2011 23:55

Well dammit, Cortillaen, another graduate from the American Viking Academy™. You done me proud, and you should be prouder still, because you’ve earned it. Now go forth, young warrior, and sow terror in the hearts of our enemies and pride and admiration in the hearts of your countrymen. We have heard your oath to us and your country as have… Read more »

Cortillaen
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December 8, 2011 00:32

Thanks, folks, both for the congrats now and the support several weeks back. Also, a special thank you to several of you who saw fit to take time out of you lives to write honest-to-goodness letters, with stamps and everything, full of advice and encouragement for a certain recruit in the midst of that painful transformation. The past few months… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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December 8, 2011 03:57

Dammit, you brought tears to my eyes…..reminding me of what our dear country is facing right now, whether the battle be fought overseas or here at home.

NR Pax
NR Pax
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December 8, 2011 04:45

Welcome to the family, Cortillaen. I fondly remember how the Reaper loved taunting us with those false hills and how my feet were a mass of blisters when I did the final sprint upon seeing the flags. Since life interfered before I could send you a return letter, I wanted to share a bit of humor with you. When I… Read more »

LC Xystus
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December 8, 2011 06:12

Cortillaen:

Mt. Mofo (as it is still called by my DIs)

And here we were thinking it might be renamed Mt. Murtha.

LC Draco
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December 8, 2011 07:47

Congratulations!!!!

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
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December 8, 2011 09:29

Well done and congratulations, Devil Dog!

L.O.R. Ankle biter
L.O.R. Ankle biter
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December 8, 2011 13:54

Cortillaen, should I ever happen to meet you, you are going to get a massive hug. It’s what I do when I meet someone who is now or ever has been in any of the armed services. I thank them, then I give them a hug I hope they never forget because I don’t have fitting words to express the… Read more »

MasterGuns Imperial Swampmaster
MasterGuns Imperial Swampmaster
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December 9, 2011 03:47

Welcome aboard Marine. You have now become a member of our exclusive club. Do not denigrate your MOS. Being a BB Stacker is not the easiest thing on the planet. I started as an 03, went to avionics(62, 66, 64, and finally 63 fields……they kept changing our MOS’s), and finished as an 02. All had a purpose. Always remember, even… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
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December 9, 2011 09:10

Congratulations LC Cortillaen USMC! May your check not be cashed, and, in season, may you age into a Veteran. The simple MOS are the the plainest, and hardest, but the most honorable, where everyone begins and sets up his store of honor.