Video: Marine loses leg in Iraq, returns to duty

posted at 9:29 pm on April 10, 2008 by Allahpundit

Returns to duty where? Quantico? Pendleton? Camp Lejeune?

Not quite.

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Outstanding, soldier.

Carry on. I got a round of beers back here with your name on them.

Semper Fi.

Good Lt on April 10, 2008 at 9:33 PM

This is a patriot. Wearing pink and yelling, eh, not so much.

Thank you, soldiers. I cannot say it too many times.

SouthernGent on April 10, 2008 at 9:35 PM

I admire the guy; he and all the men and women serving. God bless them all.

jencab on April 10, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Amazing. God Bless Spanky, Mike Monsoor and the USMC! A grateful citizen thanks you.

Zorro on April 10, 2008 at 9:36 PM

It speaks well of him.

For how able the Army is in getting enough troops, not so much.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Aghh. This was the perfect chance for NBC to say that Fallujah is no longer a combat zone, per Michael Totten. Damn them!

This guy is incredible. A real hero.

jimmy the notable on April 10, 2008 at 9:40 PM

I feel humiliated for complainibg so much about the economy, politics and other small things. We should appreciate these people that are willing to fight for us.
Thank you all !

SIJ6141 on April 10, 2008 at 9:40 PM

What a heroic man. The bravery and sacrifices these men and women are making cannot be underestimated and hopefully will never be taken foregranted.

bayam on April 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM

“Just another Marine”??? There’s no such thing as “just another Marine”!

Tony737 on April 10, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Amazing. God Bless Spanky, Mike Monsoor and the USMC! A grateful citizen thanks you.

Zorro on April 10, 2008 at 9:36 PM

……. (raising glass filled with grog….)

HOOO-YAAAAA!!!

….. (swallow, swallow, swallow……….)

God Bless the United States Military, each and everyone!!!

Seven Percent Solution on April 10, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Gawd, I love these guys! I don’t understand why all of America doesn’t. What’s not to love?

thatcher on April 10, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Gawd, I love these guys! I don’t understand why all of America doesn’t. What’s not to love?

thatcher on April 10, 2008 at 9:51 PM

The sincerest form of flattery is imitation.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 9:52 PM

You don’t admire him, M? Or you do admire him, but just not that sincerely?

Allahpundit on April 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Our soldiers are just like this guy — not even close to the caricatures the MSM loves to parade on a daily basis.

God bless you soldier, stay well!

Richard Romano on April 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM

That’s an awesome story! Guy is from America’s heartland, too. No surprise. Semper Fi.

The sincerest form of flattery is imitation.

That’s stupid. You don’t have to take estrogen pills if you want to flatter your wife.

Spirit of 1776 on April 10, 2008 at 10:00 PM

I wore the uniform with PRIDE,yet when I see these young men and women serving today, I feel humbled.

irongrampa on April 10, 2008 at 10:05 PM

A-mazing. Next time I’m depressed about some petty thing in my life, someone slap me and make me watch this video again.

irishspy on April 10, 2008 at 10:07 PM

@irongrampa
Ditto.

Stephen M on April 10, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Amazing fortitude,and grit and one tough Marine
Kudo’s to his spirit!

Only one thing bothers me,I do not trust Goodmorning
America!

Even though this is a positive piece coming from Goodmorning
show,during the video there was an interesting line!

“It was a (Loss) that would (stop) most of us in our tracks”

Call me crazy maybe,But an anti-war movie is out and its
called “Stop Loss”,and I find it so convienant in his
narrative about the marine!

canopfor on April 10, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Amazing story. I’m grateful for NBC for doing the story.

wise_man on April 10, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Has anyone been able to learn what company made Gibson’s leg?

Kralizec on April 10, 2008 at 10:53 PM

You don’t admire him, M? Or you do admire him, but just not that sincerely?

Allahpundit on April 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM

If I did not admire him I would not have said. “It speaks well of him.” I am, after all, not an easy grader. Just ask Juan Plantation McVano, The High Reverend Huckster, HildaBeast, J F’ing Kerry and Carbonman.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:24 PM

You don’t admire him, M? Or you do admire him, but just not that sincerely?

Allahpundit on April 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM

BTW, using M rather than MB4 is not copasetic as MB4 is a location in Oklahoma. I don’t know where M is at. :)

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:27 PM

Just another Marine”??? There’s no such thing as “just another Marine”!

Tony737 on April 10, 2008 at 9:47 PM

You said it Tony. Semper Fi Spanky.

Texyank on April 10, 2008 at 11:35 PM

I LOVE these guys. And there’s special place in Heaven for guys like Monsoor. I’m sure of it.

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Semper Fi

Johan Klaus on April 10, 2008 at 11:36 PM

For how able the Army is in getting enough troops, not so much.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM

If I did not admire him I would not have said. “It speaks well of him.” I am, after all, not an easy grader. Just ask Juan Plantation McVano, The High Reverend Huckster, HildaBeast, J F’ing Kerry and Carbonman.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Sure. You couldn’t even pay enough attention to which service the man is in.

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Quantico? Pendleton? Camp Lejeune?

Hint: not Army.

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:39 PM

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Amen

Johan Klaus on April 10, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Sure. You couldn’t even pay enough attention to which service the man is in.

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:38 PM

I was thinking about him losing a leg and still wanting to return, not his particular ground branch, so shoot me in my ex Army leg.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Sure. You couldn’t even pay enough attention to which service the man is in.

baldilocks on April 10, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Were you in the Marines?

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Kickin’ ass with a robo-leg.

Semper fi!

profitsbeard on April 10, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Outstanding, soldier.

Good Lt on April 10, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Thank you, soldiers. I cannot say it too many times.

SouthernGent on April 10, 2008 at 9:35 PM

God bless you soldier, stay well!

Richard Romano on April 10, 2008 at 9:54 PM

You may also want to shoot Good Lt, SothernGent and Richard Romano too, baldilocks. No, don’t do that.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, Civilians, all of the men and women who fight to keep our country free are my heros!

One of my Army comrades from the 1960′s who died of injuries from an auto accident in 1977 and had a son born after his death, lost that son he never knew in Iraq.

Esquire magazine has an article about this young Army Sergeant in it’s May 2008 issue. I put a small article about him, Robert Joe Montgomery Jr., on my blog. Another Hero that gave his life for our freedom.

For such a small population of the world we have many of it’s heros, probably most of them.

WildBillK on April 11, 2008 at 12:19 AM

It speaks well of him.

For how able the Army is in getting enough troops, not so much.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Right.

For the month of March and every month before then in this year, I might add, the Army and Marine Corps have made their recruiting goal.

For March 2008:
Army 101%
Navy 100%
Marines 137%
Air Force 100%

The 1st Cavalry Division has made their entire reenlistment goal for the fiscal year by the end of March. They are on track to approach 200% retention goal.

Your comments that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery indicates you think we would all be better off if we joined up as the Gunny did. I agree. We would all be better off.

But it ain’t happening because it is a game for younger Men. And the Real Men in this country ARE joining up because they
understand that if we don’t fight this war now, if we appease radical Islam, if we fail to attack al Qaeda everywhere it is, then we will most assuredly find ourselves in another World War against longer odds than before, and the cost will be much higher than what we are paying right now.

Ronald Reagan said “most folks wonder how to make a difference in this world. The US Marines don’t have that problem.” I’ll extend that to every Man and Woman in our Armed Forces. They made a choice to put their lives in jeopardy for all of us. Since contracts in the military are no longer than 6 yrs active duty, EVERY SINGLE Man and Woman in the Armed Forces today enlisted at least once knowing they were going to war.

They made the right choice. Disparaging the policy that uses them to save our lives cheapens their sacrifices and their actions on our behalf.

I don’t care where or when you served. I would prefer you just say Thank You to our youngsters for their Courage, Commitment, and Dedication to Duty, and just moveon.org outta here.

We aren’t worth their spit.

Thank you Gunny Spanky, for doing your Duty above and beyond what the rest of us lame jerks who disparage your every action on behalf of our country, would ever do.

Now say Thank You, MB4.

Subsunk

Subsunk on April 11, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Were you in the Marines?

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:50 PM

No.

You may also want to shoot Good Lt, SothernGent and Richard Romano too, baldilocks. No, don’t do that.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM

If you have a bullet hole in you, I didn’t do it.

I “picked on” you because you’re the one who saw fit to crap on the “Army” in your comment. And I figured the you should know better after claiming to have “occupied” Vietnam in the early seventies while in the military.

baldilocks on April 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM

This Vietnam vet says thank you for your service to that Iraq vet and a real big THANK YOU for going back there into the sands when you could just as well have stayed home and told war stories for the rest of your life! Semper Fi Marine!

Vntnrse on April 11, 2008 at 12:53 AM

I “picked on” you because you’re the one who saw fit to crap on the “Army” in your comment. And I figured the you should know better after claiming to have “occupied” Vietnam in the early seventies while in the military.

baldilocks on April 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM

I did not and do not “crap” on the U.S. Army. With all my comments, and the second sentence in your comment would indicate that you follow them, on said subject over the last few months it is astounding to me that you have not picked up on my theme at all.

I Don’t think that I exactly said that I “occupied” Vietnam as there were about 100,000 to 150,000 other guys there when I was there, and I think maybe about 2 or 3 gals, so it would be more like we “occupied” Vietnam or Vietnam “occupied” us.

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 1:10 AM

I emailed “Spanky” about a month ago… he did send a email back. Generic.. but hey he sent one back!

“Bill Gibson” Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:50:17 -0800 (PST) I have received almost a 1000 emails in the past 8 days I want to say, Thank you so much for the support. It’s truly a humbling experience. Its an honor to serve you and our country.
GySgt Spanky Gibson

Thanks Spanky!

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:36 AM

baldilocks on April 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM

MB4 has some isues. Thinks Iraq and Afghanistan is actually Germany/Japan/Veitnam. I don’t bother anymore.

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:39 AM

Now say Thank You, MB4.

Subsunk

Subsunk on April 11, 2008 at 12:25 AM

I remember you. You are the Sailor who so ungraciously told me to “Go pi$$ up a rope” some moons ago. At least you seemed to have cleaned up you “salty” language.

You know that’s the “funny” thing about goals, if they are not set very high they are easier to meet. It is no wonder that the services are meeting their goals as with a very small military their goals are correspondingly small. Plus the Air Force and Navy are not exactly engaging in much combat in Iraq, so don’t go all hog wild in counting them too much for purposes of Iraq. The Marines, well they are Marines, for better or worse, they have always been a bread apart.

BTW as to your “But it ain’t happening because it is a game for younger Men”, the Army now takes gents and lady’s up to 42 y/o. Do you have any idea how many tens of millions of Americans are between 18 (17 if H.S. grad) and 42 y/o? Doesn’t sound like it.

You may also not be familiar with all the Army has had to do to keep at current levels.

In 2006, the Army granted eight thousand three hundred and thirty “moral waivers” to new recruits, meaning that it had accepted that number of volunteers with past criminal charges or convictions. The percentage of high-school graduates willing to serve is falling sharply from year to year; so are the aptitude-exam scores of new enlistees. To persuade soldiers and young officers to reënlist after overlong combat tours, the Army’s spending on retention bonuses increased almost ninefold from 2003 to 2006.

You may also have missed this.

“West Point cadets are obligated to stay in the Army for five years after graduating. In a typical year, about a quarter to a third of them decide not to sign on for another term. But last year, when the 905 officers from the class of 2001 had to make their choice to stay or leave, 44 percent quit the Army. It was the service’s highest loss rate in three decades.”

You may also not be familiar with a man named Cody.

General Richard A. Cody graduated from West Point
in 1972, flew helicopters, ascended to command the storied 101stAirborne Division, and then, toward the end of his career, settled into management; now, at fifty-seven, he wears four stars as the ArmyVice-Chief of Staff.

and what he has said.

n 2004, in a little-noted speech, Cody described the Army’s efforts to adapt to its new commitments. (It was attempting to fight terrorism, quell the Taliban, invade and pacify Iraq, and, at the same time, prepare for future strategic challenges, whether in China or Korea or Africa.) The endeavor was, Cody said, like “building an airplane in flight.” Last week, the General appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and testified that this method of engineering has failed. “Today’s Army is out of balance,” Cody said. He continued: The current demand for our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan exceeds the sustainable supply, and limits our ability to provide ready forces for other contingencies. . . . Soldiers, families, support systems and equipment are stretched and stressed. . . . Overall, our readiness is being consumed as fast as we build it. If unaddressed, this lack of balance poses a significant risk to the all-volunteer force and degrades the Army’s ability to make a timely response to other contingencies.

Just to bring you up to speed a bit Sailor, as I don’t want to give you whiplash.

You are not one of those Sailors who wants to “fight” to the last multiple tours Soldier and Marine in Iraq now are you? I hope not as I am not an ex Soldier who wants to “fight” to the last current multiple tours Soldier or Marine in Iraq.

BTW, You may want to read some of McMaster’s “Dereliction
of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.” sometime.

BTW 2, I am sorry about you sinking you sub. I will have to be sure and send a nice condolences card someday.

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 1:49 AM

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 1:49 AM

You are so OUT of touch with reality it is Frightening!

Don’t you DARE put down anyone else service when you are so damn angry about yourself!

I am going to ask you and bug you until I get a answer out of you…. What was your MOS and under which Unit were you while in Nam as well as Year!

I am 31 yrs old MB4 and I re-enlisted or re-joined. I have been out for over 10 yrs and guess what, it has changed even in that small 10 yr stint! You don’t have a clue as to what the Army is doing and I don’t think you could care less. I am having to relearn EVERYTHING becuase of different tactics.. and they sure didn’t have anything UP on the INTERNET when I was in last time. Oh and I am female.. is that a problem for you? Or are you just to ticked off at the fact they let 42 (and it is 45 BTW) yr olds in now?

Until you answer my question…. I don’t think you have any room to talk! And you KNOW I will know if you are lying!

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:58 AM

MB4 has some isues. Thinks Iraq and Afghanistan is actually Germany/Japan/Veitnam [Vietnam]. I don’t bother anymore.

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:39 AM

I don’t have “issues”, and you probably shouldn’t “bother anymore” as you have an exceedingly faulty memory and will probably only get yourself even more confused if you do.

I am one of those who has said that Iraq is pretty much nothing like Japan or Germany. Go back and look at the threads that said they were and maybe you can see the obvious – that I was argueing on the opposing side.

Like Vietnam? There are many similarities.

I don’t think that I have even talked much at all about Afghanistan.

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 2:01 AM

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 2:01 AM

What was your Unit, What Year and MOS while you were in Nam?

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 2:07 AM

You are so OUT of touch with reality it is Frightening!

You sound silly and almost hysterical. You need to calm down. Take deep breaths.

Don’t you DARE put down anyone else service when you are so damn angry about yourself!

I am not angry about myself and everything I said was logical. If you want to take anything I said as a “put down”, that is your problem.

I am going to ask you and bug you until I get a answer out of you….

Stalker.

What was your MOS and under which Unit were you while in Nam as well as Year!

What do I get if I tell you?

Will it calm you down from your hysteria or not?

If it won’t then I don’t see why I should even tell you.

I am 31 yrs old MB4 and I re-enlisted or re-joined. I have been out for over 10 yrs and guess what, it has changed even in that small 10 yr stint! You don’t have a clue as to what the Army is doing and I don’t think you could care less. I am having to relearn EVERYTHING becuase of different tactics.. and they sure didn’t have anything UP on the INTERNET when I was in last time.

I have not been talking about the latest model of 155 howitzer, I have been quoting experts like 4 start General Cody. Did you miss that? I actually do a lot of quoting around here. I would do more but it upsets some people.

Oh and I am female.. is that a problem for you? Or are you just to ticked off at the fact they let 42 (and it is 45 BTW) yr olds in now?

Your being a female is not a problem for me. Is it for you? It was 42 last I heard. Did they have to raise it again? Why would that “tick me off”?

Until you answer my question…. I don’t think you have any room to talk! And you KNOW I will know if you are lying!

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:58 AM

You will. How will you know? Do you hear voices? Why should I tell you if it will be left up to your psychic powers to tell if what I say is correct?

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 2:23 AM

What was your Unit, What Year and MOS while you were in Nam?

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 2:07 AM

What’s in it for me if I tell you?

If I tell you and you say that you do not believe me can we both send a very substantial sum to an intermediary like Allahpundit {and no Allahpundit you wouldn’t get to keep it. Maybe a 1% commission would be in order however], if he would be willing, and then we can settle up per my dd214 that I would send him.

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 2:28 AM

Wow. More things going on in this thread than I’d expected.

Anyway, just wanted to say, WHAT a Marine. Am in awe of this man. Am so grateful men like him serve their country so well, and so willingly.

Somebody mentioned his email. A little googling turned it up, and here it is from a Fox related blog if anyone else would like to thank him for his service:

gibsonwespanky@yahoo.com or if that doesn’t work try gibsonwlspanky@yahoo.com

inviolet on April 11, 2008 at 6:48 AM

People like him are what makes America great. Semper Fi Gunns.

Hog Wild on April 11, 2008 at 7:05 AM

I wish they would always give the option to remain in service after amputations etc. There are many jobs that they can still do. I think it sux to get fired for getting hurt.

TheSitRep on April 11, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Dear MB4. I’m quite familiar with all you put up to support your claim that the military is broken and the troops are leaving in droves because they are somehow feeling unjustly treated by their professions. I know Gen Cody’s remarks. They say we are in danger of breaking the force. It’s true.

And yet, they serve. They enlist in more than the numbers required to sustain the meager force we have. And because of MTV, John (If you are stupid you join the military and end up in Iraq) Kerry, the Media making Britney, Extreme Sports fanatics, and bad conduct athletes the heroes of the younger generation, without a soldier or fireman or cop around to be the responsible good example on TV, we end up with kids (and parents) who think military service is beneath them… too dangerous to join, and yet it is OK to break your neck in Extreme Motocross and other crazy “Jackass” stunts because that is “cool”. When the Dhimmicrats support increasing the size of our military, without advocating a draft, instead of lying and insisting on Retreat in the face of as Evil an ideology as Naziism, Communism, and Fascism ever was, then I will listen to them, and to you.

How about the Dhimmicrats support a platform which requires increasing the size of the Armed Forces back to 2.4 million Active Duty forces instead of the 1.4 million set during the Clinton administration. I was there. I was part of making those cuts from D0Ds bureaucracy.

The only reason our force is stressed is because p*ssies on both sides of the aisle, like you, refuse to insist that in a time of war, our country support a larger military and demand they receive all the finest equipment, and be given complete support for their mission and for their occasional bad conduct in country. If you can’t go whole hog, boy, then don’t open your mouth to say you think it could be done better than it is being done. Put your money where your mouth is. Demand an increase of 1 million in the size of the Armed Forces (back to Cold War days), and then open your pockets to pay for it.

Unwilling to reenlist yourself? (I asked to go back in October 2001 and was denied). Unwilling to pay twice the taxes you currently pay? Unwilling to insist on Victory despite whatever bad press our journalists can think/make up?

Then shut up.

Subsunk

PS, And go piss up a rope, boy.

Subsunk on April 11, 2008 at 8:29 AM

PPS,

One of the finest Petty Officers I ever served with was a felon who was given a choice to join the military or go to prison for Grand Theft Auto. He turned out to be a fine instructor, an excellent nuclear trained sailor, and a fine Man. 9,000 waivers for convictions out of 72,000 folks annually doesn’t bother me if it gets me the kind of sailors I had in 1981.

Your rosy view of the world today is noted with disdain. Try taking off your manure colored glasses sometime and look at the Soldiers and Sailors serving today instead of comparing them to those you so disliked in Vietnam, boy.

…..and then go p*iss up a rope.

Subsunk

Subsunk on April 11, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Makes me so thankful and grateful and proud of Americans like this. God Bless them all.

buddylats on April 11, 2008 at 8:41 AM

This makes me feel guilty for getting out of the Navy with a bad knee at 22 when this fine Marine is in Iraq with a (wicked awesome) prostetic leg and he’s nearing 40! Then again, I was scared poo-less by every Gunny I ever met, even the one I had as my (seriously sweet and such a gentleman) instructor. Good to know they’re still making tough-as-nails Marines.

Between him and the intro about the SEAL, I’m having to hunt some tissues at my desk.

the goddess anna on April 11, 2008 at 9:48 AM

You may also want to shoot Good Lt, SothernGent and Richard Romano too, baldilocks. No, don’t do that.

MB4 on April 10, 2008 at 11:59 PM

I’m not trying to jump into this, but I thought everyone who served, Marines, Army, Navy, etc., were all soldiers. Is that incorrect?

And if so, is there a general term that applies to all?

Esthier on April 11, 2008 at 10:07 AM

MB4 is a POS fake, IF he really had served he would be proud to name his unit

Ltmousseman on April 11, 2008 at 10:20 AM

I really love our country. I’m proud to be a citizen and have countrymen like Sgt. Gibson.

OT: Because of Sgt. Gibson’s successful recovery, it sounds like we’re working on the first cyborg military units. Whoo hoo!!! I bet even the camels are sh!tting themselves! :-)

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Esthier on April 11, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Marines = Marines
Army = Soldier
Navy = Sailor
Air Force = Airman

Referring to all as a group = U.S. Servicemember

Hog Wild on April 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Hog Wild on April 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Thank you. I’ll keep that in mind.

Esthier on April 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

I Don’t think that I exactly said that I “occupied” Vietnam as there were about 100,000 to 150,000 other guys there when I was there, and I think maybe about 2 or 3 gals, so it would be more like we “occupied” Vietnam or Vietnam “occupied” us.

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Now you’re playing games. I know that you weren’t there by yourself.

Neither you nor any of those other people occupied Vietnam. The US military did not occupy Vietnam. It did occupy Germany and Japan. The concept of ‘military occupation’ has a definition which you apparently don’t understand and refuse to understand. You’re practicing willful ignorance.

baldilocks on April 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM

MB4 on April 11, 2008 at 2:28 AM

I think you are a fake MB4. Most Vets I know would not have a problem telling rank, years and what unit/squad they were in. I can think of a few good men who circulate HA who are like that. Also, it isn’t like people can steal you identity via rank, years and unit/squad if you tell it.

So what will it be?

upinak on April 11, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Not to pick a nit here but the correct moniker for a Marine is Marine, not Soldier…

Semper fi, and god bless Gunny Gibson

Nozzle on April 11, 2008 at 4:36 PM