Memorial Day – Remembering | Monument Wealth Administration


I’d prefer to spend a little bit little bit of time in at present’s weblog telling you a couple of Marine Brother who I spent the weekend remembering.

I met Chris within the spring of 2009 after I turned the Commanding Officer (CO) of Battery M, 3d Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment. As background, an artillery battery usually has two platoons. One of many two platoons is named “Weapons Platoon” and it’s the platoon with all the males who man the six M777 155mm cannons (Disclosure – there are not any girls in Artillery Batteries). They’re a grand lot of males – unforgiving, fiercely aggressive and feisty sturdy. They’re a gaggle of males who usually are not for the faint of coronary heart or for these with delicate ears – they’re equally relaxed slinging 100 pound projectiles over their shoulders as they’re stringing collectively a strand of expletives that makes The Wolf of Wall Road appear as tame because the film Frozen. And that’s when issues are going easily… it is best to see them when they’re mad.

Chris led these males for me, which brings me to my story. For these of you who know me, there’s at all times a narrative, however this one is particular.

Once I arrived to take command of the battery (generally known as “Mike Battery” by most, however as “Mike Battalion” by just a few who’re in on the joke) there was lots of turnover of personnel attributable to pure attrition after getting back from a fight tour in Iraq. There was additionally the truth that I needed to let some senior individuals go. By the point the weekend ended and we had our roster of who was staying, Weapons Platoon had nobody above the rank of Corporal, of which there have been 9. To place that into perspective, a platoon is led by BOTH an officer and a senior non-commissioned officer who normally has about ten years of expertise, of which I had neither remaining. It’s remarkable for a Corporal to be in command of a Weapons Platoon.

Memorial Day 2I used to be the brand new CO. The primary couple of days after taking command are pivotal – nobody is aware of you and everyone seems to be judging. As a result of Marines don’t like change and a brand new CO nearly at all times brings change, issues are dicey. After reviewing the standing of the remaining platoon, I walked out to the place they had been gathered working to go over the choices. The appears to be like of the lads all conveyed the apparent, “Oh man, right here comes the brand new CO, this could’t be something good…” and that was in all probability the clear model.

They work in an space referred to as a Gun Park. It is a place the place on the finish of the day, the lads are at all times soiled and the gear is at all times glistening. It was round 1630 in Marine language, 4:30pm to most everybody else. I gathered up the 9 Corporals and stated “I simply fired your Employees Sergeant and your Sergeant checked out, that leaves you 9 Corporals because the senior males within the platoon. Which of you is essentially the most senior?”

From the again row, a unclean greasy arm went into the air and Chris answered “I’m sir.”

Chris turned to the remaining eight Corporals and, in a means solely an artillery Corporal can string collectively a sentence (in all probability ten whole phrases in size with seven F-bombs), instructed all of them to get again to work.

From that second on, Chris, with barely 4 years of expertise led over 60 of the hardest males you might ever think about by means of the remaining time of my command. I by no means changed him with a senior Marine. To a person, the lads he led had been utterly unforgiving – errors on the gunline kill within the blink of a watch. One oversight on his half would have led to horrible penalties. There’s a video under the place you possibly can see among the howitzers in motion. You will notice what I imply.

For all the 2 ½ years that I had the consideration of main the Marines of Mike Battery, Chris was there. One 12 months, our battery gained a coveted High Gun Award for the perfect battery within the Battalion. It’s solely given out every year. Pictured is Chris and I with the High Gun plaque we gained when he led Weapons Platoon to victory that 12 months. He was by no means and not using a huge dip of Copenhagen as you possibly can see within the image. It was after the image was taken he turned and instructed me “Sir, that is the proudest second of my life.”

It was for me too, Chris.

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Mike Battery legend has it that the High Gun award was stolen underneath the quilt of darkness from the headquarters constructing and was positioned in his coffin, held in his arms. It was at all times his award, so I’m glad that the opposite Corporals he led made that daring raid on the headquarters constructing to make sure it might at all times stick with him. Main your friends who share the identical rank is the toughest activity given to any Marine, they usually revered him for his successes.

Chris left us on March sixteenth of 2012, and I take into consideration him on daily basis.

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Whereas the language is nowhere close to that of The Wolf of Wall Road, there are some “XYZ-bombs” within the hyperlink under, however when you’ve got 5 minutes to spare to look at a video of the lads of Mike Battery, please see the hyperlink under. Chris and I may be seen at 3:55.

When you acknowledge the man plugging his ears at 2:55…effectively, yeah, I’m in there too. Bonus breakdancing is seen at 3:28. All the lads you see on this video miss Chris very a lot.

As for a weblog in regards to the market, effectively, I believe everybody who learn this far will perceive I simply don’t really feel like writing about that at present.

I hope you remembered somebody this weekend and should you care to boost one later this week to my good friend Chris, he gained’t thoughts it being a little bit late, I promise.

Semper Fidelis, Chris. Wherever you might be, inform them you might be The King of Battle – Rounds Full, EOM, Okay.

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