Tell it to the Marines

Thomas Lifson
Bookworm flagged  for our attention a great story: an 84 year old man carrying a grocery bag in each arm, a Marine veteran, was accosted by a knife-wielding teenage boy on the streets of Santa Rosa, California at about 2 PM  Wednesday. The Marin Independent-Journal account continues:
"Old man, give me your wallet or I'll cut you," the boy said.

The man said he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets before.

The 84-year-old put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking the youth to the sidewalk.

The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the teen doubled over.

My only quibble with the press account is that I am told there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. Those who have had the honor of serving in the Corps tell me "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Call them "former Marines."
Bookworm flagged  for our attention a great story: an 84 year old man carrying a grocery bag in each arm, a Marine veteran, was accosted by a knife-wielding teenage boy on the streets of Santa Rosa, California at about 2 PM  Wednesday. The Marin Independent-Journal account continues:
"Old man, give me your wallet or I'll cut you," the boy said.

The man said he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets before.

The 84-year-old put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking the youth to the sidewalk.

The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the teen doubled over.

My only quibble with the press account is that I am told there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. Those who have had the honor of serving in the Corps tell me "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Call them "former Marines."