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October 30, 2009

Showing Thanks to Our Marines! ~ Valour IT

The Marine Bike ...... Tribute from a Father

by Larry Tremblay, Sr.
I shall never forget that day in April of 2005 when two Marines came to my home to inform me of the death of my beloved son Joey in Iraq. During the two to three months that followed Joey's death an idea formed in my mind to build a tribute to Joey that would make him proud and that everyone who saw it would always remember Joey and all the other young men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

It is in this vein that the Marine (Tribute-Memorial) Bike was started. The Marine Bike was built for one, dedicated to a few and in honor of all who have fallen defending our great nation. My son Joey and I used to spend time together watching Jesse James on the Discovery Channel and the Biker Build Offs. We both enjoyed and admired the skill and talent it took to build a motorcycle that I thought would be a great monument to the son I so loved and missed.

There are many people and companies that have helped this idea come to life. This bike could not have been built without the help, talent, and support from the following: Power Tech of New Windsor NY, RPM Choppers Newburgh NY, Hannoush Jewelers Newburgh Mall Newburgh NY, Dino Petrocelli photographer Lathan NY, Moto Insanity Marlboro NY, JB Graffix Newburgh NY, Richard's Military Post Exchange Port Jervis NY, Custom Machinery Newburgh NY, and Stevenson Lumber Co. New Windsor NY

To all those listed above, and to all I may have left out by mistake, my heartfelt thanks. I could not have accomplished this memorial to my son and the many others without you. To my son Joey I know you are looking down from above and smiling. I hope you are proud of the bike, as we are so proud of you. I will hold you in my heart forever.

Until we meet again,
I love you,


Marine Tribute "On My Watch Tonight"

A trip to the National Marine Corps Museum set to the song "On My Watch Tonight" by Mike Corrado.

I had a chance to finally see the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. I thought Id share some of it with you. What an amazing place.


Reasons to Join the Marine Team

1. Marines have the best uniforms, hands down. And as everyone knows, chicks really dig a guy in uniform.

2. Marines know how to fight. That's why they're called America's 911 force:

In the true spirit of "jointness" I offer the following as "Everything you need to know about differences in service culture. All in good fun, of course.

US Marine Corps Rules for Gunfighting
1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4."
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

Navy SEAL Rules For Gunfighting

1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Return quickly to looking cool in latest beach wear.
4. Check hair in mirror.

US Army Ranger Rules For Gunfighting

1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound pack while starving.
2. Locate individuals requiring killing.
3. Request permission via radio from "Higher" to perform killing.
4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving.

Army Rules for Gunfighting

1. Select a new beret to wear.
2. Sew combat patch on right shoulder.
3. Change the color of beret you decide to wear.

US Air Force Rules For Gunfighting

1. Have a cocktail.
2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3. See what's on HBO.
4. Determine "what is a gunfight."
5. Request more funding from Congress with a "killer" PowerPoint presentation.
6. Wine & dine 'key' Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
8. Declare the assets "strategic" and never deploy them operationally.
9. Tell the Navy to send the Marines.

US Navy Rules For Gunfighting

1. Go to Sea.
2. Drink Coffee.
3. Watch porn.
4. Send the Marines.





....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at October 30, 2009 02:45 AM


Urrahh, Chrissie!!! :)

Posted by: Carrie at October 30, 2009 06:50 AM

Thanks Chrissie and Mark, great tribute.

Semper Fi Marines

Never forget it's the man in the arena.

Posted by: Jack at October 30, 2009 01:17 PM

Thank You, Jack.

The National Marines Corps Museum is a must to visit. If you are ever in the area. In the end of that video tribute you can see part of the top of the Museum a modern structure that is shaped structurally at the same angle as the Flag Rasing on Iwo Jima, at the moment the picture was snapped.

It is run by active duty Marines from Quantico. I went there and had chills the whole time I was there. You can go home again.

Semper Fi.

Posted by: Mark at October 30, 2009 04:17 PM

Wild Thing, this is one of your better posts! As a former 101st Airborne guy, and present supporter of the Army RANGER Swamp School here in the Florida Panhandle, I loved the post, the bike, the father's story, and the Rules for fighting. Now if the Marines can stay ahead of the Army in the Valor IT drive, I will be truly impressed.
READERS: Please, please, thank a GI today, tomorrow and every day. If you are blessed, (as I am), to live near a base, Fort, or camp, Treat a military family to dinner when you see them out. Even if it is but McDonalds. Yes, they can afford their food. It is the gesture that has the value. Try to be like Wild Thing and the rest of us who support the troops and go out of your way to let them know that America enjoys the freedom that they and they alone guarantee us.
Have a great weekend, Y'all.
And don't forget:
"99.999% of Terrorists are Muslim!"

Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at October 30, 2009 07:18 PM

Frankly, thank you so much.
Yes I hope the Marines do really well this time.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 30, 2009 09:45 PM