Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Tun Tavern, perhaps the first brewhouse on the waterfront in the City of Brotherly Love, is where Uncle Sam's Misguided Children came squalling into this world. Most Americans don't realize that the entire American Revolution was born in taverns, all across the land.
TWC is an extremely reluctant warrior, but if a man must go to war, or if a bar fight breaks out around you, these boys is who you want to have your back. Them or IDF. But it ain't their birthday.
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery
So, pop a cork on a bottle of Jarhead Red and wish the Corps a happy birthday. I'm wondering if they'll be serving Jarhead Red at the Marine Corps Ball.
Jarhead Red is a red wine, a manly wine, as all wine would be if it could choose its destiny. Benito reviews it here.
For the guys out there that still think of wine as a girly drink, get over it. The Norwegian version of 'cheers!' is skål, which means 'skull'. This goes back to the practice of Vikings drinking wine* out of the hollowed-out skulls of their enemies.
Sidebar: If Harry Truman had his way, there would be no Marine Corps. After Iwo and the war in the Pacific? Who does that?
TWC spent a little time hanging with Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. However, I didn't do much for This Man's Marine Corps except get me a back seat flying license, a Firewatch Ribbon, and a pair of Captain's bars. The Captain's bars were for fun, to see how the other half lived. Get a salute instead of offering one up. In retrospect, I 'spose the Marine Corps might have taken impersonation of an officer a bit more serious than I did.
I never went to war, but I was called a Baby Killer anyway. Got run off the road once. Well, they tried, anyway. Never rode my murdercycle to El Toro in uniform after that. Got flipped the bird by long haired, drug crazed, hippie freaks every so often. There are those with a revisionist bent who'll say it wasn't like that. I've heard it before. I just shrug.
The Viet Nam vets had a cross to bear and a lot of them were draftees, not volunteers.The people who sent them turned their backs and the people who reviled the war blamed them for making the war happen.
Thankfully, it isn't like that now.
Photo Credit: TWC 11-23-11 ©