Stories – May 18, 2007


Surgery by the Book

You look in your doctor’s eyes, and see confidence. You look in his hands and see … a BOOK? Read this real story sent to us by HM1(FMF/SW) Lance Chennault:

I am a Corpsman and I remember this time that we did an appendectomy (removing the appendix) on this Marine in 1992 in the Northern Pacific Ocean during February (we were just south of the Aleutian Chain of Islands off of Alaska), and we did it with Local Anesthetics (meaning we had to shoot each layer of muscle with Lidocaine, which also meant the Marine was awake for the whole thing) and our Medical Officer was assisted by the Dental Officer (Amphib ship, LSD) and they literally did the surgery by the book. When I say by the book, they had a book out with how to do the surgery and they did it “by the book”. Needless to say, I was the pharmacy technician and I was pushing the young Marine full of Morphine so as to keep him “out of it”. He survived and made a speedy recovery. Good times.
Thanks Lance!

Old School Tech Support. Check out this great video sent to us by Kathy. It’s how tech support used to be done. (

Some good quotes from

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
Dick Cheney

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
Thomas Jefferson

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine

Samual Adams said,
“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”


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