Originally Posted by skyvalley
Well Bob, "Semper fi" is sacred to Marines. You missed USMC boot camp or USMC officers basic training . You are forgiven.
Just possibly not a good choice of words in this case, my friend.
Thanks for the good tire info on B. F. Goodrich. I also agree with your clear headed logic...
Came upon this thread when looking for/at GY and Chinese tire info.
However - I think somebody has a "holy-er than thou" attitude about
a innocuous use of "Semper Fi"!
(Or maybe has their head where the sun don't shine DI's & TI's had a more direct way of expressing that)
There was no disrespect to the US Marine Corps -or Marines - intended or implied in Mr. Thompson's original post.
Latin has been around lots longer than the Marine Corps!
Because Semper Fidelis is the (Latin) Marine Corps motto - does that mean nobody can use this term - long or short version?
Think that attitude runs counter to the very "being" of the Corps - and all of our military - which *ALSO* goes back further than the founding of the Marine Corps . . .to the US Constitution.
Here's a true 'Nam story for the "Doorgunner".
During the Nam era, we young guys were sitting around a coffee shop BSing. Something came up about the ongoing war.
Now - to set the stage there were two guys at the table who didn't know each other. A gung-ho US Marine (John), and a rather small, quiet Army guy, Chuck). Chuck had completed his 2 year Army commitment.
Most of us knew both.
(The Marine liked to drive around with his dress uniform hanging on the
overhead hook in his car - making it visible through the back window).
When the subject was on Nam for a bit, the Army guy -Chuck- kind of jokingly made a machine gun sound. Our Marine, asked him what service *HE* was in.
Chuck simply said, "Army".
At that our Marine - who I might add never went to Nam - or further than San Diego, says,
"What were you . . . . a cook?"
Chuck said politely, "No, door gunner in a Huey. Shot down twice."
The topic changed.
Fast forward. Chuck had a beautiful girl friend back then. A real sweetheart. She had Melanoma.
When she died from that - the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome caught up with him. Never was the same again.
Guess it was a -"Semper Fi"
- love story.