Music has already played an integral part of military history. It has guided men into battle, inspired them during battle and even been used to intimidate the enemy. However, music has also played a huge role in the lives of veterans. Believe it or not some service people have gone on to have had world-class musical careers. Here are 6 veterans who have excelled in the field of music showing that nothing is too great for a veteran to achieve.
Elvis Presley: Of course, we had to start with the King himself. When Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army back in March of 1958, it caused his legions of fans to go into frenzy mode. The ironic thing is that Elvis did have a choice of performing for the troops as a way of forgoing traditional service. Patriot that he was, he chose to become a tanker and served in West Germany.
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (aka A Boy Named Sue), Cash earned the rank of Sergeant serving in the U.S. Air Force where he intercepted codes in Germany during the Cold War.
Jimi Hendrix: Rock guitar virtuoso James Marshall Hendrix served in the 101st Airborne Division. However, due to his obsession with the guitar he was considered a poor soldier and eventually given an Honorable Discharge.
Ray Manzarek: This contemporary of Hendrix, keyboard player for The Doors, joined the Army before the buildup to Vietnam. He served in Thailand and Okinawa before being kicked out. Two months after returning home Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed their legendary band.
Tony Bennett: Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, Bennett saw hard combat during WWII as a member of the U.S. Army. Bennett did his basic training at Fort Dix and Fort Robinson and served on the front lines in Germany and France.
Toy Caldwell: Lead guitarist and co-founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, Toy served in the Marines Corps when he was injured in battle and received a medical discharge as a result of that injury.
These musicians and many others prove that nothing is beyond the reach of veterans. It shows that people who serve their country have a wide variety of interests and these interests do not have to end simply because one chooses to serve his or her country. Yes, music is an essential part of the Corps and always has been. So too are expressions of pride such as visitors to our site who purchase Marine Corps hats for sale and other Marine Corps clothing.
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – this is the technical name for one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever be passed by Congress. It’s more familiar name is the GI Bill of Rights and it has changed the lives of millions of service men and women in every branch of this nation’s military. And although it has evolved and been reconstructed since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it into law – particularly since 9/11 – it still gives veterans a myriad of benefits ranging from loan assistance for homes, farms or businesses and unemployment pay. It also offers training benefits such as:
College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor and advanced degree programs
Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
Licensing & Certification Reimbursement
National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
Tuition Assistance Top-Up
Differences Between the Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits and The Montgomery Bill?
As we’ve said, the GI Bill changed somewhat after the tragedy of 9/11. Under it, veterans are allowed to receive pretty much the same benefits as before. However, there are differences between it and the bill preceding it – known as the Montgomery Bill (MGIB):
Book stipend and living expenses: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: None
Expanded educational benefits: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No
Are benefits transferable? Post-9/11: Yes, under some circumstances; MGIB: No
Time limit: Post-9/11: 15 years; MGIB: 10 years
Yellow Ribbon Program: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No
In brief, The Post-911 GI Bill of Rights, increases the benefits students can receive in order to further their education. It also supplies funds for the cost of living a student may incur while attending school. Because the plans differ from one another, veterans should carefully go over the pros and cons of each. They can best do this by going to the VA website and studying the differences carefully. The government has gone through great efforts to show its appreciation for our servicemen and women. They are concerned with ensuring that each veteran reaches his or her potential both in and out of the service. We strive to help service people show their pride with the Marine Corps hats for sale and other items and apparel at our USMC store.
This past July the 4th we celebrated the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence. That is a goal that all Americans can be proud of. However, one of the things that instill us with pride, apart from how our brave servicemen and women serve us all, is that our products Marine Corps products are still made in America. Go online and seek out the big mass retailers and I would dare say that few could make that same claim. Nor do many of them care where they source their goods. We do. We care for the following reasons:
Products Made in the USA produce jobs – here! The global economy is one thing, but it is important that Americans can find opportunities to work here in the US. Products made in the USA move along a long chain and employs people who work in trucking, manufacturing, supply, etc.
Products Made in the USA are better for the environment: Many countries do not have the same strict manufacturing processes when it comes to the economy that the US does. America has much higher standards and better technologies that produce more eco-friendly end products.
Products Made in the USA help reduce the deficit: Unfortunately, our economy is nearly always running at a deficit. An investment in American products improves the economy while reducing the deficit.
Products that are outsourced to other countries rarely return here: The outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries has long had a devastating effect on American businesses. In too many cases, those jobs are gone forever. Buying American products help to reduce the chances that will occur.
Buying from American producers promotes our independence: We Americans are proud of our independence and rightfully so. Unfortunately, we have become reliant on foreign imports. Some of these imports are from countries that by no means have our best interest in mind. Buying American made products like our Marine Corps products online allow us to lessen our dependence on foreign countries.
In short, buying products that are American made makes us stronger as a nation. Sure, we could outsource like too many businesses do, but then we would only be contributing to the problem. After all, if we did not believe in a strong nation we would not have served in the armed forces.
To paraphrase political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary Thomas Paine, going through boot camp is a time that tests men’s souls and, as it so happens, their mettle. Completing this 13-week journey is also a time that every recruit is bound to remember for the rest of his life. It is also a time when military spouses, significant others and family members often choose to express their pride in this major accomplishment by giving them Marine Corps gifts. If you’re are searching for the perfect gift to give someone who has just graduated boot camp, consider the following Marine Corps items for sale:
Large U.S.M.C. Multi Tool Pocket Knife: Although recruits are issued a great deal of equipment upon completion of basic training, a multi-use pocket knife is still a stylish and practical gift that any serviceman will enjoy. Our multi-use tools are made of laser-engraved rosewood and a corkscrew, a bottle opener and several knives as well as other cutting tools.
Challenge coins: Challenge coins are durable, attractive and portable. They can also be engraved with a number of designs and messages all expressing pride in the Marines.
Gift certificates: Of course there is no better way to ensure that a new graduate will enjoy his gift than to let him pick it out himself. To this end, why not get him a gift certificate in amounts of $25 to $100?
Watches: A large part of military life is staying on a precise schedule at all times. To that end, a watch is both decorative and practical. Our watches are also durable and come in all kinds of Marine Corp related designs. We even sell a Gold U.S. Marines pocket watch.
Marine Corps wallet or money clip: Both money clips and wallets are practical and can be stylish as well. We have several money clips that are engraved with the Marine Corps logo as well as genuine leather wallets.
Those are just a few gifts that you can give the boot camp graduate in your life as a reward for making it through one of life’s toughest challenges. We have many other items on our site that boot camp grads will be proud to own. Let your loved know that their hard work and sacrifice is appreciated and that you support them through the long journey ahead as a US Marine.
This month marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied Liberation of Europe otherwise known as D-Day. The invasion, which started on June 6, 1944, marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. Many men made the ultimate sacrifice for the free world. And although most of those who served that day have names that the general public does not know, there were some very famous people who fought there as well. Here are a just a few and the roles they played in liberating Europe.
Sir Alec Guinness: Long before he became known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars universe, this legendary actor transported British troops in a landing craft onto the beaches of Normandy. A little more than a decade later Guinness would go on to star in the WWII classic “Bridge Over the River Kwai” (1957) as a British POW.
James Doohan: Star Trek’s “Mr. Scott” distinguished himself as one of several Canadian officers who lead his men up the hill on Juno Beach. Doohan was struck six times by machinegun bullets. (One of these bullets severed his right middle finger which he often concealed from viewers of the iconic show in which he would later star.) Doohan also trained with the Royal Canadian Air Force and learned to fly an artillery observation plane.
Yogi Berra: Famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra manned a Naval support craft and helped to storm Normandy. His craft bombarded enemy positions on Omaha Beach.
Medgar Evers: This civil rights pioneer served in the segregated 325th Port Company during WWII. His unit delivered much needed supplies during the Normandy Invasion.
John Ford: This iconic film director is known for having directed some of the most famous Westerns of all time. Ford went ashore on D-Day as a commander in the US Naval reserve. His team actually filmed the invasion which was eventually viewed by the public.
Henry Fonda: Head of an acting dynasty, Fonda served as a quartermaster on the destroyer USS Satterlee during the Allied landing at Normandy Beach. His ship provided support for the liberating troops. Years later he would star in several movies based on the war including “The Longest Day.”
Yes, the sacrifices that these brave men and others who help restore democracy in Europe will not be forgotten. Pride in the Corps can also be displayed with one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items all year round.
Father’s day is right around the corner and although it is not celebrated with the same enthusiasm by some, we here at eMarine PX value the importance of fathers. They are the most important male figure in many of our lives and are one of the cornerstones of the family unit. They do so much for us that it is only fitting that we honor them in some way at least once a year. We especially honor Dads who are on active duty as they have elected to be apart from their families to protect and serve our country. However, as important as this day is, we would wager that many people are in the dark about some basic facts surrounding this holiday. Here are some interesting facts about the Father’s Day.
Father’s Day was started by a woman: Sonora Smart Dodd is believed to have founded Father’s Day in Spoke Washington after hearing a sermon at her church that celebrated Mother’s Day. Her father was Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart who raised Ms. Dodd without a wife.
Father’s Day is the fourth-biggest day for sending greeting cards: The other big holidays for greeting cards are Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
A father’s death inspired the invention of the drinking fountain: The drinking fountain was invented in 1912 by a man whose father succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply. The man – Halsey Taylor – sought to both honor his father and keep the public safe.
The First Father’s Day: The first father’s day was celebrated in July 5, 1908, at a West Virginia church. The gathering was specifically designed to commemorate 362 men who had died in an explosion at a local mine.
Third Sunday in June: The effort to recognize Father’s Day has been hard fought. For 60 years it was not officially recognized as a US holiday. Eventually, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It was made a permanent holiday by his successor President Richard Nixon in 1972.
If you are contemplating what to get your active duty or retired dad, you should consider one of the many fine products from our eagle globe and anchor store. We have medals, clothing, decals, USMC novelties and gifts as well as other items that will demonstrate your dad’s pride in our nation.
Is your son or daughter contemplating a career in the Marine Corps? Has he or she seen the many advantages of serving such as the opportunity to serve one’s country, see the world, learn a specialty and carve out an upward path for his or her life? Well, as our readers know it takes more than the desire to join the service to become a vital part of this nation’s military. First, Marine recruits must go through 13 of the most grueling weeks of their lives. We know that parents who have served will want their sons and/or daughters prepared for such a challenge. Here are some ways to prepare your child for boot camp.
The Physical Preparation
Perhaps no organization places a higher priority on physical fitness than the US Marines. First and foremost, your son or daughter should prepare to be tested physically. We recommend that you first educate your son or daughter about Marine Corps testing standards. For example, he/she should know that they will have to take the Initial Strength Test (IST) which of course includes pull-ups/flexed-arm hangs, crunches, and a timed run. If your son or daughter is a natural athlete this will be helpful. If that is not the case, suggest to them that they may wish to start a workout routine in the months leading up to joining the Corps. Also, be sure that he/she eats healthy meals for the nutritional support they will need.
Preparing Your Son/Daughter Mentally
Of course the preparation for becoming a Marine involves more than just a test of one’s physical stamina. It also involves a test of one’s intelligence, focus, and character. Be sure that your child knows that a great deal of discipline and willingness to follow orders/instructions is a key part of basic training. Otherwise, his/her time with the Corps will be short, uncomfortable and unproductive. Also, be sure that your child is someone who can take responsibility for his/her actions and is a team player. Iconoclasts do not do well in the services.
In short, even civilians have heard about the rigors of boot camp. It is a grueling and demanding experience that tests one’s mettle and sorts out who will become a valuable asset to his/her unit and country and who will not. Make sure that your child reflects your pride in the Corps before joining what may be a family tradition for you. You will also want to be sure that he/she is prepared to face the physical and mental rigors that lie ahead. Also, show your pride in the Corps with our USMC items andMarine Corps products.
Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest vacation times for Americans. People from all around our great nation are packing, scanning the Internet for vacation deals and anticipating spending time with loved ones. However, as we all know, this holiday is not just about enjoying a three day weekend. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. One way to do this is by visiting one of the many museums in the nation dedicated to our fallen comrades. Here is a list of some of the most visited memorials in the nation.
National Infantry Museum: Located in Fort Benning, GA this $100 million museum includes displays from the Siege of Yorktown to the war in Iraq. Visitors can even try out the facility’s combat and rifle range simulators.
National Museum of the Marine Corps: Located in Triangle, VA: This museum provides a total immersion experience for visitors.
National World War II Museum: This museum does an excellent job of relaying the experience and magnitude of World War II. Visitors can even hear films narrated by Tom Hanks (who starred in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an emotional experience and an educational one as well.
S. Naval Academy Museum: This museum located in Annapolis, Md., pays tribute to the role the Navy has played in our securing and maintaining our nation’s freedom.
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum: This museum has displays dating back to the 1870s. The nearby field artillery museum has an impressive display of military technology housed there.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri: This museum pays tribute to that often forgotten war. There are over 75,000 items displayed there as it is one of Kansas City’s top tourist destinations.
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida: This museum is a tribute to naval air power. It even hosts a superb collection of over 150 aircraft, a flight simulator and the immersive Blue Angels 4D experience.
Yes, we know that visitors to our site would never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. These museums are reminders to the rest of us how freedom is an American birthright. Show your pride wherever you decide to vacation with a Marine Corps jacket or USMC jewelry.
What does service in this nation’s armed forces prepare one to do in civilian life? This is something that civilians who have never served sometimes wonder. Well, the answer is quite simple really – anything and everything. This is proven every day by veteran’s who excel in all walks of civilian life. It is especially demonstrated by veteran’s who have leveraged the leadership skills that they learned in the armed forces into management roles in the business world. It might surprise some of our reader’s to learn the names of some of these prominent leaders and the companies they started or now control. Among some companies you know that were founded by veterans are:
· RE/MAX: This real-estate giant was cofounded by Air Force veteran Dave Liniger. Liniger served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and says of his service that it taught him “self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.”
· FedEx: FedEx was founded by Marine Corps veteran, Fred Smith. Currently FedEx is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States.
· Wal-Mart: The world’s largest company was founded by a former Army intelligence officer named Sam Walton. Walton achieved the rank of captain. His brother Bud was a bomber pilot for the Navy in the Pacific.
GoDaddy: This company, which registers the overwhelming majority of web domains, was founded by Marine Veteran Bob Parsons. Parsons served in Vietnam and earned a Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart. He has written on his site that he would not be where he is today without the Marine Corps.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company: Headquarted in Clayton, Missouri, this rental car giant was founded by Jack Taylor, a decorated Navy pilot who served in WWII.
All these men have gone on to found or cofound successful businesses from lives that begin with service to the nation. All have been proud members of the country’s armed forces and would not be where they are without those years of service and the skills that the military instilled in them. All run their companies with that same pride. We too are proud members of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marines Corps League. Show your pride by displaying our USMC hats and other merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store.
Documentarians have a job that is more complicated and nuanced that those of ordinary film makers. They must attempt to educate as well as entertain. So for those people who have an interest in the nation’s armed forces and in history there are documentaries about military and war. Some of these documentaries are quite enlightening for those who have not served. Check out our list of the top documentaries about this nation’s military.
The War: This seven-part series is about World War II and is about the distressing, personal accounts of soldiers from standard American towns. It was made by Ken Burns noted documentarian behind the award winning PBS series on The Civil War.
Restrepo: Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger this documentary is about one year with a platoon fighting in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. It features: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan ‘Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney and LaMonta Caldwell.
Legion of Brothers: This documentary gives viewers access to the U.S. Special Forces and their efforts in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban immediately after 9/11.
Great Raids of World War II: This documentary features six stores of Allied military operations which took place during World War II. It is told through archival footage and veterans who survived the battles.
Escape from Marawi: Produced by ABC News Australia, this documentary tells the story of ISIS’ move into Southeast Asia as it attempts to gain territory and membership. It also tells about those who are trying to prevent this overthrow.
Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words: This four part series explores the Special Forces through candid interviews with former members. It relates their human experiences serving with the top secret, military unit.
Yes, all these documentaries attempt to capture some aspect of war and military life. Some are quite successful at capturing the sacrifice that must be made in order to protect freedom. That is why we have great pride in those documentaries that do capture that experience and relate it to the public as only skilled documentarians can do. We also have pride in the organizations that support us in our efforts to supply our customers with USMC hats and other Marine Corps merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store. These items are about expressing pride in our nation’s armed forces and the principles that they represent.
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