Contributor Post Created with Sketch. All Taken Care Of

 

ClipMy son, a Marine, is home.

The school he is attending shut down for the holidays. But since he has so little time in, he didn’t have enough liberty accrued to stay for the entire time between Christmas and New Year’s. To pull it off, he got a temporary duty assignment to the local recruiting office.

He gets up every morning and does the rounds with his Staff Sergeant, looking snappy in his uniform, talking to kids about his experiences at Parris Island, and his current schooling.

For lunch he’s been on his own. He’s been in a different local eatery for each of the last five days and — for each of those five meals — he’s never pulled money out of his wallet: for five days straight, he’s been told it’s all been taken care of. Every single time.

I’ve got a nice hometown.

 

 

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  1. Jules PA Member

    Happiest of New Years!

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    • December 29, 2014, at 6:57 PM PST
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  2. Kay of MT Member

    “I’ve got a nice hometown.”

    Yes, you do.

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    • December 29, 2014, at 7:01 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Outstanding, E.J.!

    A wise personnel decision on the part of the Corps. Sending a local lad back to his own stomping grounds would seem to be a no-brainer.

    And the response of the local eateries is excellent as well.

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    • December 29, 2014, at 7:39 PM PST
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  4. Doug Watt Moderator

    You have a great hometown and a good son. My dad who served in the Navy as an enlisted man during WWII in combat as a submariner at 18 years of age and then as an officer with a regular commission always had a great deal of respect for Marines. Semper Fi young man.

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    • December 29, 2014, at 8:18 PM PST
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  5. ST Inactive

    Nice post & congrats to the proud father of a new Marine. Fair winds & following seas to both.

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    • December 29, 2014, at 9:18 PM PST
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  6. Ned Walton Inactive

    Enjoy the time EJ, as I know you will. And may he be able to make it home for Christmas every year of his enlistment! We’ve had our Seabee for Christmas about three times in his thirteen years and those gaps always leave some big heart holes.

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    • December 29, 2014, at 10:08 PM PST
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  7. Pencilvania Inactive

    You’ve also got a proud & grateful hometown! So glad you could all be together, and bless him in his travels!

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    • December 30, 2014, at 4:49 AM PST
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  8. David Knights Member

    That is great to hear. It doesn’t surprise me, but it is still great to hear. Kinda gives you hope for the country.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 5:39 AM PST
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  9. Sam Thatcher

    “didn’t have enough liberty accrued” What a fantastic phrase. May he enjoy it to the fullest.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 8:23 AM PST
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  10. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Technically, it’s leave not liberty, but I’m picking nits.

    Hometown recruiting duty is a great benefit to new elistees and the services. So soon after boot camp/basic training people are filled with a sense of pride in their service and confidence in their accomplishment. Often the change in them is very noticeable to those in their communities, so they make fantastic temporary recruiters.

    As to your home town, I’m hazard a guess it is not a coastal city…

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:02 AM PST
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  11. Tuco Member
    TucoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Enjoy this time with him and thank you for the heartwarming story.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:53 AM PST
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  12. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The King Prawn: Technically, it’s leave not liberty, but I’m picking nits.

    Of course it is. I sometimes struggle with my son’s semantic expectations of his old man. Hat v Cover, Latrine v Head, Floor v Deck, Door v Hatch, et. al. (Sorry if that sounds like a litany of lawsuits, I only relax knowing that I, personally, am outside the UCMJ.)

    The King Prawn: As to your home town, I’m hazard a guess it is not a coastal city…

    That would be correct. Still, I am amazed that that many total strangers would pick up the boy’s lunch tab.

    I do a lot of traveling and I see a lot of young men and women in uniform. What I didn’t realize is that very few of those are Marines. And not just because they are the 1% of the 1% that serve, but because unlike the other services the Corps actually discourages their members from wearing the uniform while in transit or doing anything where they are not directly representing the USMC in an official capacity. If they are commuting in a private car between home and duty station they may only stop for an emergency.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:20 AM PST
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  13. iWe Reagan
    iWeJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    G-d Bless America, and all who seek to advance her ideals.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 11:14 AM PST
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  14. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    PS – He’s 6 for 6. Today it was the manager of the local Chik-fil-A.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 3:04 PM PST
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  15. Rapporteur Coolidge

    Awesome story, EJ, and it bolsters my sense that people really are decent. Thanks for sharing.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:19 PM PST
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  16. Spin Inactive
    SpinJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    It’s too bad he’s a Marine. But hey, you can’t have it all! ;-)

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    • December 31, 2014, at 9:36 AM PST
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  17. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Spin, say what you want about a Marine… Provided your insurance is up to date.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:30 AM PST
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  18. Sandy Member

    Please tell your son that we Rico-people admire and appreciate him and his mom and dad, too.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 11:02 AM PST
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  19. Spin Inactive
    SpinJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    EJHill:Spin, say what you want about a Marine… Provided your insurance is up to date.

    Heh heh, nice. I told my dad I was thinking about becoming a Marine (he was a Navy man), and he said “I would hope you’d shoot higher than that!” So I went in the Army. I only shot a little higher. ;-)

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    • December 31, 2014, at 11:35 AM PST
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  20. Spin Inactive
    SpinJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    At any rate, I’d buy him lunch too, even if he was a Marine!

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    • December 31, 2014, at 11:42 AM PST
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  21. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Spin – Please understand that the Marine Corps IS a department of the Navy. The Men’s Department.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 11:44 AM PST
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