An 85 year old Marine Recuit.

  1. the marines are looking for recruits to join the few and the proud.
    this explains the one-page letter that arrived last month in barbara mercer's seattle mailbox.
    "now is the time to put your unique language skills to the test as a member of the united states marine corps," wrote brig. gen. w.e. gaskin.................


    mercer is certainly not game for physical duress to forge what the letter refers to as "a bond that cannot be broken."
    she might end up breaking a bone or two. "i'm 85 years old," mercer explains.......................

    perhaps it is equal opportunity loving, military style.


    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamies..._robert13.html


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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    Heck, if they'd take me when I am 90.... I'd go.

    Blink of an eye

    A 75-year-old Texas man was so excited to get a letter that he rushed out to get marching orders.
    THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Oct 15, '05
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Heck, if they'd take me when I am 90.... I'd go.

    Blink of an eye

    THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout
    My 83 year old father-in-law would agree with you Roy.

    I'll tell you my friend - I'm am so very grateful for marrying into this family and having this wonderful man as be such a loving grandfather and an excellent historian to our children about WWII . . .. the WWII vets are dying off and I'm glad our kids have had a taste of a true hero.

    steph
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, now I don't feel so strange getting recruitment letters begging me to join the Army Reserve as a nurse.......:chuckle

    It's funny though, how every year the age limit keeps going up according to my own age. When I was 45, the limit was 45 1/2; then, when I turned 46, it had been bumped up to 46 1/2. Now I'm about to turn 47, and I can't help wondering if I'll get another letter soon advising me to join before I'm 47 1/2.....

    All I can say is, God help this country if the military ever gets so desperate for soldiers that they'd want a menopausal asthmatic with arthritic knees, poor eyesight, and a bad back. Sheesh.
  6. by   mwbeah
    Quote from stevielynn
    My 83 year old father-in-law would agree with you Roy.

    I'll tell you my friend - I'm am so very grateful for marrying into this family and having this wonderful man as be such a loving grandfather and an excellent historian to our children about WWII . . .. the WWII vets are dying off and I'm glad our kids have had a taste of a true hero.

    steph
    The WWII veterans are truly heroes. Imagine what would have become of the world without them. You are very fortunate to have an in-law like that.

    Mike
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    Steph


    Is he willing at all to talk about his life in the Service?

    If he is, is his story on record?

    If not, I can recommend some good "Oral History" sites if you like (and ofcourse, if he is willing). You are completely correct - men of this precious generation pass away daily.
  8. by   Mkue
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Heck, if they'd take me when I am 90.... I'd go.

    Blink of an eye

    THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout
    you crack me up
  9. by   Mkue
    Quote from mwbeah
    The WWII veterans are truly heroes. Imagine what would have become of the world without them. You are very fortunate to have an in-law like that.

    Mike
    So true Mike..I can't imagine what this world would be like now without them.
  10. by   URO-RN
    Quote from mwbeah
    The WWII veterans are truly heroes. Imagine what would have become of the world without them. Mike
    :yeahthat:

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