Milinet: General Wilson's "Birthday Toast"
by Dick Gaines (Login Dick Gaines)
I had to send this one, the first time I can recall reading it, courtesy of Barry Broman. A classic even at 0300! SF Pat
Subject: General Wilson's "Birthday Toast"
Courtesy of Wayne Morris's connections:
On the occasion marking the Birthday of the US Marine Corps, 1978, onboard
Camp LeJeune, and in the presence of several thousand Marines and their
Ladies, General Louis H. Wilson, CMC, arose to deliver his long awaited
address to the troops. He approached the dais (rostrum), nodded to the CGs
(Base, FSSG and Division) and proceeded to explain to the captive masses
that he would be short on words that night - then turned to his bride, Aunt
Jane, took a glass and, amid absolutely DEAD SILENCE, offered this Toast -
and promptly SAT DOWN!
The WHOOPIN' and HOLLERIN' went on for a good 10 minutes.
"THE WONDERFUL LOVE OF A BEAUTIFUL MAID,
THE LOVE OF A STAUNCH, TRUE MAN,
THE LOVE OF A BABY, UNAFRAID,
HAVE EXISTED SINCE TIME BEGAN.
BUT THE GREATEST OF LOVES,
THE QUINTESSENCE OF LOVES,
EVEN GREATER THAN THAT OF A MOTHER,
IS THE TENDER, PASSIONATE, INFINITE LOVE,
OF ONE DRUNKEN MARINE FOR ANOTHER."
Posted on Nov 11, 2003, 3:09 PM
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